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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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?
Open the periodical to the Table of Contents.
a. the Life Sciences (plants or animals)
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
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