First assignment

High School Science
Speecial Assignment

This assignment has 4 goals:
• To introduce you to major concepts in science through a non-classroom methods of learning.
• To introduce you to key terms that we will be using in class.
• To allow you to earn strong grades to start the year out with confidence.
• To decrease the volume of information you will learn during the school year.

Assignment #1:
Letter of Introduction
Your first assignment is to successfully send me an email

• Email me a “Letter of Introduction” write to me at (see instructions).

Your email must adhere to the following guidelines:
• Use clear, full sentences with correct punctuation.
• Use the spell check to insure that your using correct spelling.
• Do not use SMS or cellphone text language! Do not abbreviate words like you would when texting a friend. Rather, use a formal style of communication in the letter like you would use when writing to your college professor. This will be good practice for communicating with your real professors in the future.
• Address the email to me at
• Make the subject heading: Letter of Introduction: (Your first and last name). Do not include the parentheses; just add your first and last name.
• Begin the letter with a formal salutation, like “Dr. Scott,” or “Dear Dr. Scott.” Do not begin the letter Hi, Howdy, hello or in any other informal way.
• Now introduce yourself and tell me a little bit about yourself
o What do you like to do (hobbies, sports, music, interests)?
o What do you like most about science and why you want to learn study science.
o What in science are you are you hoping to learn?
o What are your strengths in science and what are your weaknesses?
• End the email with a formal closing, like “Sincerely.” Then skip a line and write your name below the closing like you would if you were writing a hard copy letter.

After you send me this first assignment you will receive a PowerPoint presentation within 48 hours that will cover our first week's lectures and prepare you for the exciting lab and field trips we will conduct. If you do not receive a return email from me then in all likelihood I've not seen your email and it would be a good idea to resend it.

Due to the nature of the large size of the PPT's I'll be sending I recommend you use a Gmail account that can handle file attachments up to 10 Gigabytes in size.

It is a good habit, during the school year to always check your email on the weekends as I will assign chapter quizzes or have you complete activities on websites later this year.

Assignment #2: Digital Scavenger Hunt

For this part of your assignment, you will be familiarizing yourself with science terms that we will be using at different points throughout the year. In the following is the list of terms. Do your best to chose terms that you think you will need to know in your forthcoming class, be it Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Environmental Science.

• Select 30 terms

Define all 30 of these terms in an e-mail to me.

The Subject of the e-mail must be:
“Science Digital Scavenger Hunt: <Insert Your Name Here>”
(Do not include the quote marks or the brackets, just the words)

  • Remember, all e-mails to me must be in the formal, professional style with a formal salutation, formal closing, and include your name at the end as if you signed a letter.

• “Collect” 30 items from the list of terms below.
When I say “collect”, I mean you should collect that item by finding it and taking a photograph (digital or paper printed) of that item. You will upload your photographs with corresponding explanations/ captions to me via e-mail. You do not need to find the exact item on the list, say for example, if it is an internal part to an organism, but you must apply the term to the specimen you find and briefly explain in your document how this specimen represents the term. This can be done by adding text next to your picture in a Microsoft Word or Pages document.

If you choose the term “phloem,” you could submit a photograph you have taken of a plant leaf or a plant stem and then explain in your document what phloem is and specifically where phloem is in your specimen.

You cannot use an image from any publication or the Web. You must have taken the photograph yourself. The best way to prove that is to place an item in all of your photographs that only you could have added each time, something that you might usually have on you like a pen or a coin or a key or your phone, etc.

Some specimens may be used for more than one item, but all must be from something that you have found in nature. Take a walk around your yard, neighborhood, and town. DON’T SPEND ANY MONEY! Research what the term means and in what organisms it can be found… and then go out and find one.

You may work with other students in the class to complete this project, but each student must turn in his or her own project with a unique set of terms chosen. There are 110 choices… probability says there is a very small chance that any two students will have most of the same 30 terms chosen.

1. adaptation of an animal
2. Anhydrous
3. acid (strong and weak)
4. actin
5. amniotic egg
6. amylase
7. angiosperm
8. animal that has a segmented body
9. annelid
10. anther & filament of stamen
11. arthropod
12. archaebacteria
13. autotroph
14. Base (strong and weak)
15. basidiomycete
16. Batesian mimicry
17. balloon lifting power
18. bryophyte
19. C 4 plant
20. Calvin cycle
21. carbohydrates
22. catapult
23. cellulose
24. chitin
25. Control group in research
26. cnidarian
27. coelomate
28. Carbon family
29. commensalism
30. connective tissue
31. carbon allotropes (show two)
32. deciduous leaf
33. deuterostome
34. dicot plant with flower & leaf
35. diploid chromosome number
36. Electromagnetic energy
37. ectotherm
38. endosperm
39. endotherm
40. enzyme
41. epithelial tissue
42. ethylene
43. eubacteria
44. eukaryote
45. exoskeleton
46. fermentation
47. flower ovary
48. Ferrous metals
49. fruit – dry with seed
50. free fall
51. Gravity
52. Gastropod
53. Genetically modified organism
54. Gibberellins
55. Glycogen
56. Gymnosperm cone
57. Haploid chromosome number
58. Hypothesis
59. Hermaphrodite
60. Inertia
61. K-strategist
62. K vitamin
63. Leaf – gymnosperm
64. Lepidoptera
65. Lichen
66. Lye
67. Lipid
68. Littoral zone organism
69. long-day plant
70. Merry-go-round centripetal force
71. Modified leaf of a plant
72. Motion
73. Metalloids
74. Monocot plant with flower & leaf
75. Muscle fiber – striated
76. Mutualism
77. Mycelium
78. Magnetism
79. Mass number of an element
80. Nematode
81. Niche
82. Newtonian telescope
83. Parasite
84. Parenchyma cells
85. Phloem
86. Pine cone – female
87. Physical change of matter
88. Pollen
89. Proton, neutrons and electrons (ping-pong ball or marble models)
90. porifera
91. Prokaryote
92. Protein
93. Plutonium
94. Platinum
95. Quark particle
96. Recycled resources
97. Radial symmetry
98. Rhizome
99. S wave propagation through the earth
100. spore
101. Second law of thermodynamics.
102. Spectrum of visible light
103. Semiconductors
104. Stigma & style of carpel
105. Tendril of a plant
106. The periodic table
107. Unicellular organism
108. Vascular plant tissue
109. Wavelengths in light and sound
110. X-ray radiation

After you send me the second assignment I will send you information on the textbooks we will be using in class.

Assignment #3: Collect School Supplies

Due Date: Every day of school

• 3 or 5 ring binder with 2 dividers (for class and for lab) A4 size
• Standard size, loose leaf notebook paper
• Pencils with erasers
• Colored pencils
• Graph paper
• Black ink pens
• Typing paper
• Access to the internet & Microsoft office (Word, PowerPoint) or iWorks
• graphing calculator
• Good collegiate level dictionary
• USB Memory stick (2 gigs or more)
• 3X5 Index Cards
• Rulers