Lesson 38 expands on the molecular geometry work introduced in Lesson 37. We jumped straight into the Lesson 38 Worksheet, with students working in groups of four to build and describe molecules using molecular modeling kits. For homework, students were assigned Lesson 38 textbook questions 5-7 on page 199.
Before transitioning to Unit 4: DNA, we launched class with a short movie starring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson which served to remind everyone why the study of science is so vital to our democracy:
Next, we followed up on the House A freshmen advisory meeting from last week in the gym (focusing on attendance, behavior, and grades) by reviewing specific sections of the syllabus .
Finally, we launched Unit 4 by reviewing the Unit 4 calendar and then holding a brief class discussion in which students shared out what they know (or think they know) already about DNA. Students then received a worksheet with questions that were answered by watching The Double Helix video. The completed worksheet will be turned in tomorrow.