G6 Unit Project: Build a Solar Oven

Product: Solar Oven

Subject: A device that can boil water using energy from the Sun

Research and Take Notes

Gather information – Look up “solar oven” on the Internet to find out how such devices work. You may find different types of solar ovens, but all will have common features.

Take notes – Take notes or draw sketches of ideas that you want to incorporate into your design. Look for the simplest design that will be easy for you to build and will meet your requirements.

Determine your materials – List all of the materials you will need to build your oven. Choose materials that are inexpensive and easy to find. Solar ovens often use materials that can be found in your home or school, such as cardboard boxes and aluminum foil.

Develop Your Design

Apply your knowledge – You know that dark colored surfaces get warm in sunlight and that shiny surfaces reflect sunlight. Solar ovens uses shiny panels to reflect sunlight into the cooking area, which is usually painted black.

Consider the constraints – Design a plan that you can build within the time constraints for the project and that uses simple materials. You will also need a workspace and an outdoor, sunlit location where you can set up your oven and leave it for periods of time.

Draw a sketch – Make a labeled sketch of your design. List any additional tools and materials that you will need to build the oven.

Build and Test Your Solar Oven

Follow safety procedures – Use caution when cutting cardboard with a knife or other cutting tool. Be sure to use gloves or oven mitts when handling the container of water.

Build and test your oven – Gather your materials and build your oven. Place it in a sunny outdoor spot with the cooking area facing the Sun. The oven should begin to reach 100 degrees Celsius within 20 minutes or so.

Modify your design – If the water does not boil, reposition the oven so more light is reflected in the cooking area. Think of ways to increase the efficiency of your oven. Make design changes to raise the temperature of teh oven more quickly.

Write up your lab report –  Complete your sketches, notes, lists, and explanations about your oven. Write a paragraph or draw a detailed diagram that describes how the oven works. Hand in your lab report.

Demonstrate your oven – Prepare demonstration of your solar oven for teh class. If your demonstration must take place outdoors, point out the parts  of the oven and explain how it works. Compare your design with those of others with the same project. If your oven can be used to heat pizza or another food, you may want to share some with the class.

Deadline: 26th of October 2012


15 points – Product

20 points – Lab Report

10 points – Presentation

5 points – Use of Class Time

Total: 50 points

An additional of 5 points will be given to outstanding projects.


G8 Unit Project: Medicines Around You

Product: Oral report on a medicinal plant with samples

Subject: Local plants with medicinal uses

Research and Take Notes

Research – Search the Internet, using the key words “medicinal plants” and the name of the region you live in, to identify possible plants to research. You might also use an encyclopedia to research the healing customs of the native peoples in your area.

Take notes – Paraphrase or write note in your own words from the sources you consult. Be specific about what illnesses the plant is used to treat as well as how the medicine is prepared. Find out what is the important compound or active ingredient  in the medicine. If you find a picture of the plant, make a copy or sketch of it. Be sure to not the title, author, publisher, and location of each source.

Collect Samples

Find samples –  If you have access to a plant conservatory or nature museum, seek the aid of an employee to help you find a sample of the plant. Visit a forest a preserve only if you are accompanied by a forest ranger or other adult. If you cannot find any samples of the plant, find as many pictures or make as many sketches as you can of the plant.

Develop Your Report

Look at your information –  Read again all the information you have collected. Decide what information you wish to include in your report.

Plan your visuals – Decide how you will use your visuals. Will you direct attention to any particular parts of the plant? Will you demonstrate how the plant is prepared for use as a medicine? Be sure your visuals can provide the information you wish them to show.

Write a script – Write a script for your report. Read it aloud and revise any parts that sound rough.

Practice Your Report

Practice – Practice your report several times before delivering it. Use a tape recorder so you can listen to how you sound.

Present – You will present your report to the class on Tuesday, 2nd of October 2012.


15 points – Content

10 points – Visuals/Samples

20 points – Oral Presentation

5 points – Use of Class Time

Total: 50 points

An additional  of 5 points will be given to outstanding projects.

G7 Unit Project – The Brain: “Then and Now”

Product: Diagram

Subject: The Brain

Research and Take Notes

Research the history of the brain. Research folklore and early scientists’ thoughts about the brain. How did they explain function? What were some of the limitations they encountered? How did studying cadavers change the way we think about the brain?

Research contemporary thought. what does modern-day science tell us about the brain? how have modern imaging techniques such as MRI increased our knowledge? What is the cutting edge of brain science? What does the future hold?

Conduct research using library and internet resources. Take notes based on your research. One way to keep your ideas organized is to make a chart. Include a bibliography.

Plan your diagrams

Make a plan. Decide what to include in your “then” and “now” diagrams. How will you represent what people thought about the brain in the past? How will you represent what people thought about the brain the past? What will your diagrams look like? What information will you include? Will you need any materials? If so, make list of what you will need and plan with your teacher or parent or guardian how you will obtain materials.

Construct the diagrams. Create diagrams of your “then” and “now” brains. Make sure your diagrams are neat and readable at a distance. Label the features and explain the function of each part.

Present your diagrams

Prepare for presentation. Brainstorm how to present your diagrams so they capture the audience’s attention. During the presentation, make sure to tell the story of the brain: the history of what we used to think and what we think now. End the presentation with a discussion of what future may hold.

Deadline is on 12th of October 2012


15 points – Content

15 points – Visuals

15 points – Presentation

5 point – Use of class time

Total: 50 points

An additional of 5 points will be given to outstanding projects.

Adopt-A-Pet Persuasive Essay

“My very own pig. Now, I have to name you. A perfect name for a perfect pig. WILBUR! Wilbur. What a beautiful name! I’ll bring you some warm milk tight after breakfast” – Fern


Have you ever considered an animal more than just a pet? Read the first chapter of Charlotte’s Web. After reading through, write a letter to Fern’s father, Mr. Arable explaining why he should spare Wilbur’s life and allow Fern to raise the pig as her pet.

For additional information that may improve your persuasive essay, you may choose to view several sites that explain the benefits of pet adoption.

– Pig Preservation Association:  http://thepigpreserveassociation.org/index.html
– Petfinder: http://www.petfinder.org/

Deadline of Submission:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 

School Year 2012-2013


Welcome back students!

I hope summer has been exciting for all of you and that you have had a wonderful time with your family and friends.

September’s back and that only means one thing – it’s school time once again! Hooray! Since we love studying, you can expect more fun and challenging activities in all your subjects. We’re also revamping the activities for science, so make sure to brace yourself to keep up in our fast-paced learning.

To keep my message sweet and short, I’d like to welcome you all in our blog. This is going to be your best friend for the year, where can find extra resources for your subjects. Feel free to comment ans share your thoughts. Remember, CIA First students are encouraged to speak up their opinions, so the best way to to do it is through practice.

As your homeroom teacher, I am looking forward to a wonderful year with you guys! Aja!Image