We All Start Somewhere
Due Date: 9/9/05
Objectives: At the end of this unit you will be able to:
1. Design and carry out a basic experiment.
2. Put the parts of the scientific method in order.
3. Explain the different parts of the scientific method.
4. Identify the different parts of a lab write up.
5. Demonstrate an understanding that the same data can lead to different interpretations and conclusions and that different interpretations and conclusions are not necessarily wrong, but can be useful in developing other scientific questions.
6. Describe a controlled experiment.
7. Know the rules of laboratory safety and use them in all lab work.
8. Know the basic concepts of laboratory drawings.
9. Demonstrate the process
of seed germination.
Required Assignments. (This
means you MUST do them.)
_____ 1. Read “Laboratory
Safety Acknowledgement Form”. Sign form and have
your parents sign form.
2. Design and perform an experiment on plant growth.
_____ 3. Make some sort of
scientific drawing that shows how your seed germinated (day-to-day
changes). Note significant changes for each stage.
Required notes for this
section. (Again … this means you MUST do them.)
_____ 1. Basic laboratory
_____ 2. The scientific
_____ 3. Organizing
Complete one "layer" before going on to another layer. Each assignment
has a point value based on the amount of time and effort necessary to
complete that task. You must earn the required number of points in any
one layer before moving to the next layer.
______ “C Level”. (Here is where you get to choose what you want to do.)
20 points are necessary
for a C.
_____1. Read about scientific investigation on pages 11 – 18. Be able to answer questions.
- 5 pts.
_____2 Read about organizing
laboratory data on pages 19 - 23. Be able to answer
questions. - 5 pts.
_____ 3. Make flash cards
for vocabulary. - 5 pts
_____4. Complete the Problem
Solving Lab entitled, “Made and Use Graphs” on page 20. Be able
to answer questions. – 5 pts
_____5. Complete the Problem
Solving Lab entitled, “Analyze Information” on page 16. Be able
to answer questions. – 5 pts
_____ 6. Complete
worksheets 1.2 entitled “The methods of Biology”. - 5 pts.
_____ 7. Complete
worksheets 1.3 entitled “The nature of Biology”. - 5 pts.
_____ 8. Complete the
worksheet entitled, “Biology: The Dynamics of Life”. - 5 pts.
_____ 9. Complete worksheet
entitled “Applying Scientific Methods”. Part A and part B
only. - 5 pts.
_____ 10. Complete the
reinforcement and study guide worksheet for section 1.2. - 5 pts.
_____ 11. Complete the
reinforcement and study guide worksheet for section 1.3. - 5 pts.
_____ 12. Complete the
chapter assessment worksheet. - 5 pts.
_____ 13. Complete the
reinforcement and study guide worksheet entitled, “What is
Biology?”. - 5 pts.
_____ 14. Complete the
problem solving worksheet entitled, “Using Scientific Methods”. - 5 pts.
_____ 15. Complete the
worksheet entitled “Activity 8: Forming Hypotheses: Educated
Predictions and Predicting: A smart guess”. - 5 pts.
_____ 16. Complete the
worksheet entitled “Activity 10: Testing a Hypothesis: Designing an
Experiment” - 5 pts.
_____ 17. Complete the
worksheet entitled “Activity 24: Interpreting Data: Observing and
Inferring.” – 5 pts.
_____ 18. Complete the
worksheet entitled “Section 24: Analysis Skill”. - 5 pts.
_____ 19. Complete the
worksheet entitled “Section 28: Analysis Skill”. - 5 pts.
_____ 20. Make a poster that clearly shows a laboratory safety rule. Make sure that you check with other students so that each poster is on a different laboratory rule. - 5 pts.
_____21. Design/AND SING a song about the scientific method - 10 pts
_____22. Design/AND PERFORM a skit about the scientific method - 10 pts
_____ 23. Complete the
worksheet entitled, “The nature of science - The Scientific
Method.” - 5pts.
Level: Choose ONE only.
_______ 1. Complete your
plant growth experiment!
_______ 2. Design and
perform an experiment that uses the scientific method. Get your
____________ “A” Level:
Choose ONE only.
_______ 1. Choose a famous
or groundbreaking scientific investigation. Research the
investigation in as much detail as possible. Write something out
that describes the research methods used by the scientist or scientists
in their groundbreaking work. Some possible topics include
Charles Darwin’s work in the Galapagos, Watson and Crick’s
determination of the structure of DNA, Gregor Mendel’s work with pea
plants, Norman Borlaug’s work with plant breeding, Barbara
McClinktock’s research on “jumping genes,” or George Washington
Carver’s work with agricultural crops.
______ 2. Research a
scientific finding that refuted earlier teachings. What method
was taken by the scientist and what was public opinion?