Today we will be working on understanding the Scientific Method and a controlled experiment. Notes will be given today and explanation of the things we discuss are located on the Notes Over Controlled Experiment listed below.
We will also be working on developing a plan to collect seeds and specimens. Glen Fell, who is the director of our regional Native Plant Society, has volunteered to come assist our classes with identification and collection of seeds of native plants and flowers.
We also made discussion on Friday about how our grades are determined in class during the year. I wanted to put this on here as a reminder to students as well as allow parents to know if they use the blog as well. We have 3 categories of grades in biology class; Test/Quizzes, Homework and Activities including labs, field activities and presentations. Each of these categories will hold 1/3 of the point accumulation for the final grade. In order to bring a category grade up, you must experience gain in a particular assignment that is found within that category. For example, if you have 100% in your homework category, another homework 100% will not move your overall grade.
There were also things that were discussed on Friday as to how to gain extra credit points. We have several options here that are involved in gaining additional points. We are using native stone, limestone, around the plantings we have done on campus and may continue to use the limestone around other areas. I have told students that they may bring in some rock for extra credit. We are also wanting to get involved with a program out of Wamego, that will allow us to learn about grapes and development of grape vines on campus. We will use hedge post to build fencing around the garden area so the grapes can grow in the fence. These too, can be brought in for extra credit. We are also looking at the process of harvesting seeds and transplants of native grasses and flowers (forbs). If students bring in identified samples of plant seeds they can also get extra credit added to their grades.
We made a list of plants that we will be using on campus this fall and next spring. From this list below, students are to research and located the plant and then bring in the seeds produced here this fall. Hopefully there are still some seeds left after the hard rain we experienced last Friday. This list, is a list of common names for these plants. Tomorrow we will be looking at the development of a table that will allow us to finish information we obtain about these plants to make a comprehensive collection for the collection of data on these plants.
Low Growing Medium Growth Tall Growth
Prairie Garlic Lead Plant Purple Prairie Clover Big Bluestem
Blue Grama Columbine Narrow Leaf Coneflower Swamp Milkweed
Shooting Star Whorled Milkweed Pale Purple Coneflower Switchgrass
Missouri Evening Primrose Aromatic Aster Bottle Brush Grass Royal Catchfly
Spiderwort Blue False Indigo Rattlesnake Master Indian Grass
River Oats Russian Sage
Coreopsis Little Bluestem
"Full Moon" Grey Golden Rod
Golden Alexander Ohio Spiderwort
Notes over a Controlled Experiment