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Extra Credit

Extra Credit
Options and Expectations

There are five extra credit options listed below. If you have any questions about the extra credit please ask. Plagiarism or failure to complete any of these steps in their entirety will result in zero extra credit points.

Option 1

Step 1: Locate a science or math article that interests you in a science magazine such as Discover or Popular Science.

Step 2: Find at least two other sources about the same article. These sources must be credible sources. To ensure that they are trustworthy, you may only choose sources from the following:

  • Books and magazines in our Library Media Center
  • Other science magazines or journals
  • Your text book
  • Newspapers (not the opinion column)
  • Television news programming or documentaries
  • Authorized Websites
  • Other .gov websites
  • Other sources must be approved
Step 3: Write a two-page paper. The paper must be typed. It needs to have standard one-inch margins, be double-spaced, use 12-point Times New Roman font, and have a cover page. The cover page should include your name, date, class, and title of your paper. The first page of your research summary should start directly at the top margin on the next page. 

Step 4: Create a works cited page. This page should be separate than all the other pages.On this page, you should correctly site the sources that you used in your paper. You should follow the MLA format (see the Library Media Center page).

Step 5: Proofread your paper. Check for spelling and grammar errors. Check to see that you used the appropriate font and the correct margins. Make sure that you used a cover page in the front and that you added a works cited page in the back. Most importantly, make sure that you did not plagiarize anywhere in your paper. Plagiarism is copying from another author. You may, of course, use ideas from another source, but you must put them in your own words. If you do choose to copy directly word for word, then you must use quotation marks. You must also tell who originally wrote what you quoted.


Option 2

Step 1: Interview a person that works in the science, mathematics, or engineering profession. Ask questions pertaining to the person’s job. Find out why the person went into the particular profession, what they like most and least about the job, what schooling they needed, what other qualifications they needed to get the job, what they do specifically, what science or math they use within the job, etc. You must ask at least 20 questions. Make sure that you accurately take notes so you can quote the person correctly.

Step 2: Research the career of the person you interviewed. Determine a specific college or university one could attend to earn a degree that would lead to that career and the coursework necessary to complete the degree. Find out what the starting salary is for the career and the likelyhood of obtaining a job in that particular profession. Determine how math or science specifically relates to the career.  Write a one-page paper that includes the information you researched and anything else you find interesting about the career.

Step 3: Type your interview notes in a question answer format. Your notes and paper must have standard one-inch margins, be double-spaced, and use 12-point Times New Roman font. 


Step 4: Include a cover page. The cover page should include your name, date, class, and title of your paper. The first page of your interview notes should start directly at the top margin on the next page. Your research about the career should follow the interview.

Step 5: Create a works cited page. This page should be separate than all the other pages.On this page, you should correctly site your interview source and all other sources you use in your research. You should follow the MLA format (see the Library Media Center page).

Step 6: Proofread your paper. Check for spelling and grammar errors. Check to see that you used the appropriate font and the correct margins. Make sure that you used a cover page in the front and that you added a works cited page in the back. Most importantly, make sure that you accurately quoted the person interviewed.

Step 7: Present your findings to the class.


Option 3 (Math Classes Only)

Step 1: Complete the projects section at the end of the chapter. You may skip one (and only one) of the problems. Answer each question that you chose completely.

Step 2: Organize the projects in a neat manner. Use graph paper for all graphing and show all work. Please type when appropriate. Correctly identify each problem that you completed. Do not skip any part of a question. Do not plagiarize any research.

Step 3: Include a cover page. The cover page should include your name, date, class, and chapter of your projects.

Step 4: Create a works cited page for all your research and/or interviews. This page should be separate than all the other pages. On this page, you should correctly site your research/interview sources. You should follow the MLA format (see the Library Media Center page).

Step 5: Proofread your work. Check for spelling and grammar errors. Check to see that you used the appropriate font and the correct margins when typing. Make sure that you used graph paper for all graphs. Make sure that you used a cover page in the front and that you added a works cited page in the back. Most importantly, make sure that you each question in its entirety and that it is neatly organized.


Option 4 (Science Classes Only)

Step 1: Research the geology of one of the state parks or caves listed below.

Step 2: Then, go to the state park or cave and observe the geology in person. Take pictures of the geological formations and landforms that you read about through your research.

Step 3: Write a two-page trip report describing what you learned through your research and what you observed during your personal visit. You must also include pictures that you took on your visit. Include a picture of yourself at there.  The paper must be typed. It needs to have standard one-inch margins, be double-spaced, use 12-point Times New Roman font, and have a cover page. The cover page should include your name, date, class, and title of your paper. The first page of your research summary should start directly at the top margin on the next page.

Step 4: Create a works cited page. This page should be separate than all the other pages.On this page, you should correctly site the sources that you used in your paper. You should follow the MLA format.

Step 5: Proofread your paper. Check for spelling and grammar errors. Check to see that you used the appropriate font and the correct margins. Make sure that you used a cover page in the front and that you added a works cited page in the back. Most importantly, make sure that you did not plagiarize anywhere in your paper.

Note: If you would like to study the geology of a location not on the list, please ask.

State Parks

Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton, MN
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/jay_cooke/index.html

Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors, MN
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/gooseberry_falls/index.html

Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay, MN
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/tettegouche/index.html

Caves

Forestville/Mystery Cave in Preston, MN
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/forestville_mystery_cave/index.html

Cave of the Mounds in Blue Mounds, WI
caveofthemounds.com/index.html


Crystal Cave in Spring Valley, WI
www.acoolcave.com/

Eagle Cave in Blue River, WI
www.eaglecave.net/tours.htm


Ledge View Nature Center and Caves in Chilton, WI
www.co.calumet.wi.us/departments2.iml?dept_id=70



Option 5

Step 1: Visit one of the following locations below and explore what they have to offer.

Step 2: Write a one- to two-page trip report describing what you learned and observed during your personal visit. You must also include pictures that you took on your visit.Include a picture of yourself there.  The paper must be typed. It needs to have standard one-inch margins, be double-spaced, use 12-point Times New Roman font, and have a cover page. The cover page should include your name, date, class, and title of your paper.The first page of your research summary should start directly at the top margin on the next page.

Step 3: Create a works cited page. This page should be separate than all the other pages.On this page, you should correctly site the sources that you used in your paper. You should follow the MLA format.

Step 4: Proofread your paper. Check for spelling and grammar errors. Check to see that you used the appropriate font and the correct margins. Make sure that you used a cover page in the front and that you added a works cited page in the back. Most importantly, make sure that you did not plagiarize anywhere in your paper.

Locations

Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN
www.smm.org/

Soudan Underground Mine in Soudan, MN
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/soudan_underground_mine/index.html


Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at UMD, Duluth, MN
www.d.umn.edu/planet/

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