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Get to Know Your Classmates – Science Style!
Science Reference Sheet
Branches of Science
There are three main branches of science: physical science, Earth science, and life science. Within each
branch are several smaller categories. These categories often intertwine and overlap each other. For
instance, scientists studying oceanography may also be interested in the zoology of ocean animals.
Astrophysics – study of physics of the universe
Geology - study of Earth and its processes
Meteorology - study of weather and climate
Human biology/medicine - study of the human body
Oceanography - study of oceans
Astronomy - study of objects in space
Zoology - study of animals
Botany - study of plants
Physics - study of motion, forces, and energy
Chemistry - study of the structure and reactions of matter
Computer Science - study of computer systems
Genetics - study of genes and heredity
Biology - study of living things
Paleontology - study of ancient life
Forestry - study of forest management
Ecology - study of ecosystems
Biotechnology – study of using living things to make useful substances
Engineering - designing and building machines, structures, bridges and other things
Chemical engineering – study of creating useful substances from raw materials
Pets - Binomial Nomenclature
Binomial nomenclature is the system used to name all living things. Every living organism has a name
that is used by scientists in every language. Although we call a lion “lion”, Japanese people call a lion
“raion“, and Russians call a lion “lev”. However, scientists in every country refer to a lion using their
scientific name, Panthera leo. Notice that scientific names are made of two parts - first is the
organism’s genus name, then their species name. Scientific names are written in italics, and the first
word is capitalized but the second isn’t. Here are scientific names of a few common (and not-so
common) pets:
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Science Careers
The following is a list of many jobs you could choose in science. This is a very limited list – there are
many more science jobs that haven’t been included! Additionally, there is much more to these jobs
than is listed below. The descriptions are just a quick snapshot of each career.
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Get to Know Your Classmates – Science Style!
Name__________________________________
Directions: Meet up with several different students from your class. Ask each other the questions below and
record each other’s answers. (You write down what each partner says, not your own information!) Use your
Science Reference Sheet to help you. An example is provided below:
Name - Dan Middleton
Hobby - Making YouTube videos, best fits computer engineering
Pets - Has two dogs, pugs Darcie and Ellie, scientific name Canus lupus
Science Job - Dan would love to be a computer programmer
Funny Gravity Story – His dad did a belly flop into the water this summer
Crazy Weather Story - Lightning hit his house last spring
Classmate Name ___________________________________________________
What is your favorite hobby? Which branch of science best fits this hobby?
Do you have pets? If so, which kinds? Use binomial nomenclature!
Which science job would you most like to have and why? (It doesn’t have to be on the list!)
What is the funniest thing you have experienced or seen where gravity affected you or someone else?
What is the craziest weather event you have ever experienced?
Classmate Name ___________________________________________________
What is your favorite hobby? Which branch of science best fits this hobby?
Do you have pets? If so, which kinds? Use binomial nomenclature!
Which science job would you most like to have and why? (It doesn’t have to be on the list!)
What is the funniest thing you have experienced or seen where gravity affected you or someone else?
What is the craziest weather event you have ever experienced?
Classmate Name ___________________________________________________
What is your favorite hobby? Which branch of science best fits this hobby?
Do you have pets? If so, which kinds? Use binomial nomenclature!
Which science job would you most like to have and why? (It doesn’t have to be on the list!)
What is the funniest thing you have experienced or seen where gravity affected you or someone else?
What is the craziest weather event you have ever experienced?
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Classmate Name ___________________________________________________
What is your favorite hobby? Which branch of science best fits this hobby?
Do you have pets? If so, which kinds? Use binomial nomenclature!
Which science job would you most like to have and why? (It doesn’t have to be on the list!)
What is the funniest thing you have experienced or seen where gravity affected you or someone else?
What is the craziest weather event you have ever experienced?
Classmate Name ___________________________________________________
What is your favorite hobby? Which branch of science best fits this hobby?
Do you have pets? If so, which kinds? Use binomial nomenclature!
Which science job would you most like to have and why? (It doesn’t have to be on the list!)
What is the funniest thing you have experienced or seen where gravity affected you or someone else?
What is the craziest weather event you have ever experienced?
Classmate Name ___________________________________________________
What is your favorite hobby? Which branch of science best fits this hobby?
Do you have pets? If so, which kinds? Use binomial nomenclature!
Which science job would you most like to have and why? (It doesn’t have to be on the list!)
What is the funniest thing you have experienced or seen where gravity affected you or someone else?
What is the craziest weather event you have ever experienced?
Classmate Name ___________________________________________________
What is your favorite hobby? Which branch of science best fits this hobby?
Do you have pets? If so, which kinds? Use binomial nomenclature!
Which science job would you most like to have and why? (It doesn’t have to be on the list!)
What is the funniest thing you have experienced or seen where gravity affected you or someone else?
What is the craziest weather event you have ever experienced?
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Teacher Notes
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Activity Sequence: First, pass out the Science Reference Sheet and have students review the
information individually or with a partner. Inform them that this information will be important
when it comes to getting to know their classmates.
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Instead of letting the students mingle randomly to find partners (which tends to lead to them
meeting up only with friends), we do this “carousel style”. Form a circle of half the students
towards the outer edge of the room, and then the other half of students match up with them.
The inner circle moves when it is time to switch, and the outer circle stays put.
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For the sake of class time and limiting the numbers of copies necessary, we have students meet up
with 7 other students, which is how the “worksheet” is presented here. If you want the students to
meet up with more classmates than that, simply make extra copies of the second page for them to
fill out.
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If there is an uneven number of students, join in yourself!
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The students will need a bit of explanation from you before they begin. Explain each category,
and how they will use the reference sheet to help them. There is an example provided on the
student sheet, but you could also use the following example:
Classmate Name: Tony Hawk
Favorite Hobby: Skateboarding - best relates to physics
(explain how answers may vary, students thinking about the
skateboarder themselves may say medicine or biology)
Pets: Has a cat - Felis concolor
Science Job: Dietician
Gravity: His cat fell into his pool by accident
Weather Event: He remembers a snowstorm that made 2 feet of snow.
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