Extra Credit

Warnings and Conditions:
PLEASE NOTE:
1. If the Student has NO ZEROS (all assigned work turned in), they may do up to two of the extra credit ideas (not including hall passes). 
2. To be accepted, ALL extra credit must be submitted ONE WEEK before the end of the quarter. 
3. Please be aware that incorrect extra credit will not be accepted If the extra credit report does not meet the requirements, it will not be accepted as extra credit. Common mistakes: a full page goes from top to bottom. Please do not waste space with a large title and spaces between paragraphs. Please do not insult me by trying to trick me. Copying or stealing others' work is plagiarism, do not do it-- make sure your extra credit is your own work. If you're going to do it, do it right. 

EXTRA CREDIT IDEAS:

1. SAVE THE PLANET: Bring photographic proof (of you and how you are saving the planet), and a 2 paragraph summary. This extra credit may only be done ONCE per quarter.
Ideas: Plant a tree(s), Change the light bulbs in your house to more efficient light bulbs, Check pipes and find ideas to conserve fresh water/ electricity, Recycle, Walk/ Ride a bicycle, Encourage others (peaceably) to walk instead of drive, Research your own way to help out, etc . . . (click here for more ideas, this link leaves the this site).


2. Visit a scientific museum. Create a high quality poster, presentation or TYPE a two page report (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman). The project must answer the following questions:
a. What is the main field of science studied in the museum?
b. Give 3 examples of the use of the scientific method.
c. Describe 3 things you already knew (about the scientific subject) before you went to the museum.
d. Describe 3 things you learned at the museum
e. Write 3 questions you have about the field of science or something you saw at the museum.
Nearby IDEAS :
Museum of Science, Boston
Harvard Natural History Museum
New England Aquarium

3. Watch 2 movies/documentaries that involve science. Create a high quality poster, presentation or TYPE a two page report (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman). The project must answer the following questions:
a. What is the main field of science studied in the movie?
b. Give 3 examples of the use of the scientific method.
c. Describe 3 things you already knew (about the scientific subject) before you watched the movie.
d. Describe 3 things you learned (about the scientific subject) because you watched the movie.
e. Write 3 questions you have about the field of science or something you saw in the movie.
f. Identify and describe ANY false scientific ideas you saw, or "bad" scientific processes found in the movie.
** Be aware that there is a lot of "bad" science in many movies. Just because it is in a movie, does not make it true or even reasonable, sometimes. Enjoy finding the distinction!! :)


4. Create an emergency plan for your family. Create a high quality poster, presentation or TYPE a two page report (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman). The project must answer the following questions:
a. What supplies are in your emergency kit?
b. What is your plan if you are not with your family while the emergency is taking place?
c. What is your plan if you cannot meet up with your family at your home?
d. What is your plan if someone in your family is injured?
e. What is your plan for food/water/heat/cooling in case you cannot access a store, or the water is contaminated?
f. Describe your family meeting to plan these strategies.

5. Read 4 newspaper/ magazine articles. Create a high quality poster, presentation or TYPE a two page report (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman). The project must answer the following questions:
a. What is the main field of science studied in the articles?
b. Give 3 examples of the use of the scientific method.
c. Describe 3 things you already knew (about the scientific subject) before you read the articles.
d. Describe 3 things you learned (about the scientific subject) because you read the articles.
e. Write 3 questions you have about the field of science or something you read in the articles.
f. Identify and describe ANY false scientific ideas you saw, or "bad" scientific processes found in the articles.
g. Document the author, date, and place where you found the article.
NEED some articles? Click here to go to the Current Event Page for RSS feeds of a few magazines and websites.

6. Going on a family vacation? Create a high quality poster, presentation or TYPE a two page report (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman). The project must answer the following questions:
a. What is the main field of science studied at the place?
b. Give 3 examples of the use of the scientific method.
c. Describe 3 things you already knew (about the scientific subject) before you went on your vacation.
d. Describe 3 things you learned about science on your vacation.
e. Write 3 questions you have about the field of science or something you saw on your vacation.

7. Research a type of usable energy (coal, ethanol, wind, nuclear, solar, etc). Create a high quality poster, presentation or TYPE a two page report (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman). The project must answer the following questions:
a. How is it used?
b. What are the positive advantages to using the source?
c. What are the negative advantages to using the source?
d. Where does the energy originate?
e. List any concerns associated with the source.
Possible Sources (you are not limited to these ideas or sources):
Ecology Global Network
How things work (secondary or background information)
National Geographic
United Nations Environment and Energy
White House: Energy and Environment
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
United States Department of Energy
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Science Daily News (Matter and Energy)
Science Daily News (Earth and Climate)
(As a critical reader, realize that every organization has their own predilection (look it up). Read through the information and make your own decisions-- to make a fair decision, you must know both sides).

8. Research the life and studies of a scientist. Create a high quality poster, presentation or TYPE a two page (double spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman), report about their contribution to science and humanity. Only use 1/2 of one page for biographical statistics (birth, death, family, etc). The project must answer the following questions:
a. What were the scientists main fields of study?
b. What major contributions to society have the scientist made?
c. Any interesting or unique facts about the scientist?
d. Any problems that the scientist faced in their research?
e. How has other scientists built on their research?
Ideas (do not copy and paste your reports-- that is plagiarism):
Famous Scientists. net
Crystal Links: Famous Scientists and a short biography
100 Most Influential Scientists (according to author, John Galbraith Simmons)
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