September Science Starters 9/6 Benefits of Science How do you benefit from science every day? Write your response in the back of your science notebook. 9/9 Scientific Inquiry How do you “do” science? What skills are needed to do a scientific investigation? 9/10 Dictionary Definition of Science You are entering Webster’s Dictionary Contest for the best definition of science. If you win they will publish your definition in their new edition. Write your definition of science for the contest. 9/11 Name that Scientist A. Anthropologist B. Botanist C. Odontologist D. Pathologist E. Psychiatrist F. Serologist __ 1. Examines body tissues to determine cause of death __ 2. Analyzes dental records and dental work __ 3. Analyzes botanical (plant) evidence __ 4. Analyzes skeletal remains __ 5. Provides personality profiles based on evidence __ 6. Analyzes blood evidence 9/12 Find the differences 9/13 The Missing Computer Chip Now that you have all of the clues and you have worked with your team to solve the case of the Missing Computer Chip, write your claim as to who you think stole the computer chip. Remember to use additional sentences to support your claim with evidence. 9/16 Slylock’s Trash Tosser An inconsiderate slob dumped trash on Rachel Rabbit's lawn. One of these two suspects is guilty. Slylock Fox found evidence that may identify the loathsome litterbug. What did Slylock observe to help him identify the trash tosser? 9/17 Slylock Bank Robbery A witness reported seeing Harry Ape rob the First Forest Bank and then speed away in his car earlier this morning. Harry insists he’s been home gardening all day. What evidence did Slylock Fox observe that suggests Harry Ape might be lying? 9/19 Water Challenge All you have is a 3 gallon and a 5 gallon container (NO OTHER CONTAINERS FOR MEASUREMENT!) You have an unlimited supply of water, but need to get EXACTLY four gallons how could you do it using only these two containers? 9/23 Charts and Graphs What are 3 benefits of using charts and graphs in science? 9/24 Basketball Match-up Hint: Teams chosen by the same sportswriter did not play each other. There are four basketball games Saturday night. Three sportswriters predicted the winners in the Saturday morning paper. • Perimeter picks the Raptors, Pacers, Magic, and 76ers • Exponent picks the Hawks, Pistons, Magic, and Raptors • Helix picks the Heat, Pacers, Pistons, and Raptors • No one picks the Bucks. WHO PLAYED WHOM? Organizing and analyzing information to make logical decisions are important skills in many professions. Company managers, doctors, and scientists all use these skills. 9/25 Home Electricity Use Home Electricity Use Weekday What is the purpose of this graph? What questions could you ask to give yourself a better understanding of, or to further investigate this topic? Average hours used per day Key Weekend 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 Lights TV Computer Fridge Appliance What claims can you make based on this information? Heater Other 9/26 Breakfast Graphs 7th Grade Boy’s Breakfast Choices 7th Grade Girl’s Breakfast Choices Includes Fruit or Vegetable Includes Fruit or Vegetable No Breakfast No Breakfast High in Sugar High in Sugar How Boys Eat Breakfast How Girls Eat Breakfast At School No Breakfast No Breakfast Sit Down On the Go Quick Snack At School On the Go Quick Snack Sit Down Write a claim, based on the information these graphs provide. Then use the data to support your claim in an additional sentence. 9/27 $5000 Suitcase A suitcase containing five thousand dollars fell from the overhead luggage rack. The turtle, bear and snake each claim the suitcase is theirs. Which one does Slylock Fox believe is the most likely owner? Use evidence to support your answer. 9/30 Averages and Reliable Data What is the mean, median and mode for the data in the graph? What happens if you take Wendy’s data out of the picture?