I will introduce "Bones" students to their new project asking them to research and write about a disease or condition that has a negative impact on the human skeletal system. I will start them off by talking a little about osteoporosis, the condition most of the students will think about first. I don't want them to research osteoporosis, because given the choice, most of them would probably pick osteoporosis to research. WIth their research, students are going to be expected to write a 2-page paper summarizing what they have found. After, students will construct a poster that will give public awareness to the disease or condition, which will be presented to the class at the end of next week, I hope!
The year 11 students will be investigating stomata of various types of plants. Sheryl took me today to pick up a key material for their investigation- clear nail polish. It was somewhat weird buying nail polish at the store today! The students will use it to make an impression of the bottom surface of a leaf to be viewed under the microscope. If it is done correctly, the students will be able to use the model to view the stomata of the leaf, and will be able to count the stomata in a given field of view. I will have a few extension questions for them to answer at the end of their investigation to probe their thinking.
Once tomorrow is over, it will be smooth sailing for the rest of the week, since most of my lessons are planned. On thursday night, I will be playing volleyball with a few of my peers and, hopefully, will come back with another win!
I'm starting to count down the days until I arrive home, but the thoughts of going home is certainly bittersweet. I miss my friends and family, but wish I could just transplant them here!