AMI-snow day assignments

Attached is a copy of the 5 assignments to be done if we miss more than our 5 snow days that are built in to our calendar.  You will obtain a magazine (Smithsonian, National Geographic, Scientific America, etc.) from the box in my room and keep these assignments at home with the magazine.  A copy of the assignments will also be posted on my website.

The assignments are numbered 1-5, one for each additional snow day we have beyond our 5 built-in to the calendar (up to 5 additional).   If we use our 5 snow days, and must miss a 6th, Assignment #1 will take the place of the school day for science, if we miss a 7th, assignment #2 will take place of the school day for science, etc.   After the snow day when we return to school, the assignment(s ) must be turned in when school  resumes or you will be considered absent for the day, and receive a zero on the assignment.

 

Science in the News Project:

 

You should have picked a mqagazine from the classroom box.  Answer the following questions about your magazine on a piece of notebook paper, or typed on a word or google document.

Number the questions and use complete sentences in your answers.

In upper right hand corner put your name, the date, and the # and name of the assignment.

Keep this handout at home with your magazine.                                                                                                                  

 

Bring-in your work when finished, or share with me electronically. My email address is dmacri@valley.k12.ar.us . If you have questions, you can email them to me.

 

Assignment #1. Cover and Contents.

Look at the cover of your periodical (magazine).

What is the name of your periodical?

  1. What is the date of your periodical?
  2. What is the featured cover story?
  3. Describe the picture on the cover.         
  4. List three qualitative observations about the picture. (If you forget what qualitative means, look in your notes or in dictionary.
  5. List two quantitative observations about the picture. (If you forget what quantitative means, look in your notes or in a dictionary.
  6. Still only looking at the cover, write down three other stories that you can read about in the periodical.

 

  1. Look at the back of your periodical. What is on the back?
  2. Write three qualitative observations about the back cover.
  3. Write three quantitative observations about the back cover.

Open the periodical to the Table of Contents.

  1. What is the page # of the Table of Contents? (If there is no apparent page number, you may have to flip ahead a  page or two to find a # and then count back.)
  2. What is the Volume and Number ?
  3. Flip the page; how many pages are the Table of Contents?

  1. Looking at the entire Table of Contents, Write the name of an article that would deal with:

       a.    the Life Sciences (plants or animals)

  1. Physical Sciences (matter, energy, astronomy, technology)
  2. Earth Science (geology, geography)

  1. Now find the information listed about the magazine. (Should be on one of the first pages around the Table of Contents.) Who is the Editor in Chief?

    16. Find the Editor's Note (Editorial). What page is it on

    17. Read the Editor,s note. Write an essay that summarizes the Editorial. (Minimum 5 sentences)

 

Assignment #2: Choosing Articles

1. Turn to the Letters to the Editor (should be a page or two past the Editor's Note). Read a few letters. Briefly describe two, one in which the the person was pleased with something, one in which the person was upset or disagreed with something. Include: what is the person commenting on? Why is the person pleased or upset?

 

*Find the Table of Contents. Write down the names of five articles that sound interesting to you.

 

3. Now take the rest of the hour to leaf through your magazine page by page. Look at pictures and the names of articles. As you are perusing, write down the names and page #'s of five short articles (partial page,one, or two pages), and two longer articles (four or more pages with text on it, not counting pages of just pictures) that you would like to use in your analyses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Assignment#3: Short Articles

  1. Find your short articles that interested you when you looked through the periodical. Pick two that you would like to write about. For each answer the following questions:
  2. What is the name of your article? What page # is it on?
  3. Read the entire article. Read all the captions under the pictures.
  4. Write three qualitative observations about the picture(s).
  5. Write three quantitative observations about the picture(s).
  6. Write a summary of the article.
  7. List at least three facts you learned by reading the article, the captions, or looking at the pictures.
  8. Write a second paragraph stating your opinion about the article. Was it interesting? Did you like it, if so why did you like it. Did you not like it, if so why did you not like it? Do you want to learn more about the subject? Did you like the pictures?
  9. Write and define three vocabulary words from each article

 


This part of the project should take 2 days; 4a and 4b will count as day 4 assignment, and 4c and 4d will count as day 5 assignment.
Assignment #4 and #5: Long Articles -

 

Find your long articles that interested you when you looked through the periodical. Pick one that you would like to read and write about. You will turn in 4 assignments: 4a,4b,4c,4d. All four assignments should be written on four different pieces of paper or electronic documents.

 

Assignment # 4

Assignment 4a

  1. What is the name of your article? What page # is it on?
  2. Page through the article and look at the pictures.  
  3. Write five qualitative observations about the picture(s).
  4. Write five quantitative observations about the picture(s).

Assignment 4b

  1. Begin reading the entire article. Read all the captions under the pictures. As you read, make an outline to record main ideas. You must turn in (or share electronically) your outline.

 

Assignment #5

Assignment 4c:

  1. Write a summary of the article (minimum 5 paragraphs). Use your outline to help you organize your essay. Write about what you have learned by reading the article.      

Assignment 4d:

  1. Write and define five vocabulary words from the article.
  2. Write a paragraph stating your opinion about the article.  Was it interesting? Did you like it, if so why did you like it?  Did you not like it, if so why did you not like it?  Do you want to learn more about the subject? Did you like the pictures?  Why or Why not?