P1: Writes and speaks clearly for different purposes and diverse audiences
The students are learning how to write a technical answer to scientific questions. They are also beginning to understand how to present scientific data in a table, chart, or graph which is summative and explanatory. The scientific data table, chart, and graph is emerging as a new tool to tell a complete story and not just a piece of a story.
P4: Imagines alternatives and generates solutions for problems.
The students are learning laboratory techniques in a manner that builds a tool box of ideas and concepts that can be applied within a living or non-living system. They are beginning to see what we learn in class as foundational information for future exploration and application in medicine, nanotechnology, biomimicry, and more.
I am exploring the project based learning methodology to make the labs a more central part of class time. It can be difficult because much of the background material is conceptual and difficult for the students to comprehend on their own. I could not do this for the entire school year, but I think realistically it is possible for the material covered in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3.