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Project Checklist with points assigned

I will use the checklist with points to evaluate your project logbook and formal reports that are due on Monday.

Grading Rubric For Projects

Today students worked on their team's presentation for Monday.

Remember: project logbook, final report, and team presentation

posted on: May 11, 2007

Classification Unit (animals) Test

Thursday is the test over animal classification. Please review the sections (most of 4 chapters) that were assigned for reading and lessons.

Remember that I am allowing you to use your vertebrate comparison table, the study guide on mollusks and arthropods, and the visual organizers that you created for cnidarians, sponges, and 3 worm phyla. Of the 9 major animal phyla, you have a written resource on 8 of them to use during the test. There will be a few questions about phylum Echinodermata so review those pages in your book.

You may work on presentations following the test.

I will collect the Owl Pellet Lab activity and your bone cards tomorrow. Please review your answers to see that you have it completed.

We will watch our iMovies on Friday and you may bring a movie snack to enjoy if it is not too messy.

posted on: May 09, 2007

Checklist for Service Learning projects

A few students have selected service projects for their research this year. Here is the checklist for their final reporting:

Service Learning

posted on: May 08, 2007

Checklist for Project assignment

Today in class we watched a video about birds or mammals, depending on which class you were in. The Vertebrate Comparison Table final two sections on birds and mammals are due tomorrow. Most students have completed them already and I will check them tomorrow.

In class, we discussed what was due to me next Monday and students received a handout outlining the details.

Final Report Checklist

Any students working with protist projects should check with me tomorrow as we hope to be able to capture digital video at that time.

I have cultures of paramecium, euglena, and amoeba for your use if needed. See me for help. Time is running out. This is not a project that can be done in one afternoon!

posted on: May 07, 2007

Project Work

We will work on our projects during class time inside tomorrow and outside on Wednesday. You have 3 weeks to complete your data collection and/or work on your project. The final report is due on Monday, May 14th.

For homework tonight please write out your research question (or project goal for a few student projects) and the details of what you will do to complete your research and when you will do it. Be specific about the details of what you need to do to answer your question.

Think like a scientist. Remember that you must base your conclusion on your data. Data should be recorded in quantitative measures or counts, organized in a table, and presented in a graph if possible. You should also describe your observations and findings with words.

I am available this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for after school work in the park. You may check out materials and work on your research with a parent supervising.

posted on: April 23, 2007

Little Books

Please complete thework on your "Little Books" so they can be checked and shared with others on Monday.

Grading Criteria:
Do you have a clear message relating to 7th grade science learning objectives? (30)
Are your facts sufficient and accurate? (30)
Is your work neat? (no smeary pencil, easy to read, etc.) (20)
Good use of color and illustrations? (10)
Is your book creative, unique, or interesting? (10)

I will be available to stay after school for students to work on their research / park projects on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week. Please make arrangements with me ahead of time if you plan to stay.

posted on: April 13, 2007

Final CRCT practice due

Remember that you should complete the last three review tests tonight.

posted on: April 11, 2007

Online Review Tests

Remember that you have Teacher Assigned Tests- Carroll Review 6,7,8, and 9 due tomorrow. That means that you should do them tonight for homework.

EQ: What characteristics are most useful in creating and using a taxonomic key? Use a dichotomous key to classify organisms... (S7L1.b)
In class today, student teams created a taxonomic key for 10 items found at the table. Tomorrow we will swap keys and a different table will use them to identify two of the organisms. If you were absent today, try to catch up tomorrow during class.

Here is a good site to summarize some of the concepts that might be on your CRCT next week.
review site
Check out the differences between sexual and asexual reproduction in section 4. Sections 1,2,3,6, and 8 have a summary and questions that might help you remember what you have learned this year also.

posted on: April 09, 2007

CRCT Review

Login here to take practice tests assigned to you.

Students will be responsible to complete these 12 practice tests for homework during the next few weeks.

posted on: March 21, 2007

CRCT Review

Login here to take practice tests assigned to you.

Students will be responsible to complete these 12 practice tests for homework during the next few weeks.
A few weeks ago, a letter was sent home with the individualized assigned student password. Locate your letter and try to login and take the evolution practice test. See me if you are unable to login.

posted on: March 21, 2007


Today students recorded the rough cut of their voice track of their wildlife videos and downloaded some of the video clips from the server.

This assignment does not require the attention of the entire team for the whole class period, so we will continue to work on other things each day.

Please finish the following assignment for homework tonight if you have not yet finished it. Re-read pages 182-168.

classification notes.doc

posted on: March 20, 2007

Jekyll Questions

Remember to complete the Jekyll questions tonight if you did not yet finish them. They will be collected tomorrow and evaluated for a test grade.

posted on: March 12, 2007

Ecosystem studies

What factors affect the carrying capacity of an ecosystem?

For homework tonight, complete the graphing and analysis questions in the activity from class today.

I am updating grades tonight. As usual, please let me know if there is an error in your grade report.

posted on: February 27, 2007

Project Deadline approaches

February 28th is the due date for students to submit their written reports of their research/service projects. Students have a schedule (see handout for details) of extra times that they may work on their projects with my assistance and should be planning to budget their time to complete the data collection, analysis, and reporting within the remaining time. Class presentations by research teams will be made later in the year so students do not have to have a display board to go along with the project report on the 28th. (The presentation / sharing of research will count in the next grading period and details for the requirements will be provided in March.)
Here are the times that I am available:
Saturdays: February 3rd and 10th from 10:00A.M. until 1:00 P.M.
After school on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 5:30 P.M.
Every morning during homeroom 8:45-9:10 A.M. (Notify your HR teacher before you come to my room.)

posted on: January 31, 2007


S7L5.c Explain how the fossil record found in sedimentary rock provides evidence for the long history of changing life forms.

Today students read and discussed section 2 in chapter 5 (pages 157-164). Students who did not earn at least an 80 on the last test should be working on the study workbook pages for all of chapter 5.

We watched and discussed the video: Prehistoric Life.

Homework: Revise your project research plan to represent your what you are actually doing. (Some students have modified their plans since they were approved.) Research Plans (including bibliography) and signed forms are to be re-submitted to me on Wednesday. Please turn in your edited plan along with your original plan.

See me if you have a question.

posted on: January 29, 2007

Classes Outside on Friday

Students will work on data collection outside tomorrow and the forecast is that it will be clear but cold. Please dress in layers and bring hats, gloves, etc to keep you warm outside during your class time. Extra socks are a good idea if you are using the boots to get in the creek.

I need to see student project journals by tomorrow.
Here is what I am checking:

The timeline for completing this project is about 5 weeks and students should be planning their time to get the work done.

There is no additional homework.

posted on: January 25, 2007

Mystery Cubes

EQ - How does the inquiry process lead to scientific theories like the Theory of Evolution?
S7CS9.b Investigate by collecting evidence, reasoning, devising hypotheses, and then formulating explanations to make sense of evidence.

Students practiced and probed the inquiry process with a class activity involving three mystery cubes today.

Homework: Please work on your research project. Get your journal up to date with your research plan and reflections on prior work. Additional research may be needed as you prepare to get out in the field again next week. Students should bring needed materials to class for work on this ongoing project.

Is evolution happening today? Here is an interesting article.


posted on: January 19, 2007

Final systems

Today students completed the study guides for the final body systems in our unit.

Lymphatic SystemEndocrine System NotesThe Integumentary System

If the work was not finished during class, please finish at home.

How do the lymphatic, integumentary, and endocrine systems function to serve the needs of cells and how do they function to help organisms maintain homeostasis?

posted on: January 17, 2007

Nervous System

Homework: Read and study pages 620-634, complete the study guide for the nervous system

Nervous System-1.doc


Nervous System

There are several students who need to stay tomorrow to make up their test from Dec. 20. (Human Body Systems Part 1). Students who were absent for the pig lab test should also stay tomorrow afternoon after school to take a make-up test. Other interested students may also stay and take a make-up exam. Your grade will be averaged with your first grade. Remember that you will be answering questions and interpreting illustrations---NOT USING ACTUAL PIGS for this test.

posted on: January 16, 2007

Day 3 Fetal Pig Dissection

Classwork/Homework: Complete the questions on page 4 and the terms through "heart and pericardial sac" on page 6.

Remember to study and review all that you have learned each night so you will be ready for the lab test this Friday (1/12/07). The three sites posted on Monday should be very useful for completing your study guide and testing yourself.

Students who missed the final test of last term (Human Body Systems -part 1) will need to make it up tomorrow morning (1/11) at 8:15 AM or Wednesday (1/17) afternoon at 4:15.

posted on: January 10, 2007

Day 2 Fetal Pig Dissection

Complete pages 1-3 and terms through "diaphragm" on page 6.
I will check to see that you are up to date on your assignments tomorrow.

Use the links in the prior post to help with questions and to learn even more.

Here is an idea of what your test on Friday might be like?
What is the name of the body part/structure that is indicated by the probe? What is it's function?


What is the substance used to break up fat particles that is produced by the organ that is indicated in the lower picture? Where is it stored?


posted on: January 09, 2007

Fetal Pig Dissection Begins

EQ: How do the organ systems interact to serve the needs of cells for oxygen, food, and waste removal?

This week seventh grade science students will dissect fetal pigs. Today in class students received a 6 page handout titled: Study Questions and Anatomy Review. Please keep your study questions in your notebook for safe keeping. They will count as 2 daily grades and 2 homework grades. Homework/classwork will be assigned in this packet each night this week and there will be a lab test on Friday.
Monday, today, we investigated the external features and explored inside the mouth of the pigs.

Students should be able to answer all questions found on page 1, questions 1-3 on page 2, and the first 7 terms on page 6 for class/homework. Tomorrow we will open the abdominal cavity and study the digestive system.
Check out the sites linked below for additional information, virtual dissection, and practice quizzes.

Fetal Pigs

posted on: January 08, 2007

End of Grading Period

Students received a copy of their current grade reports in class today. Several assignments were turned in to me today and I am updating grades daily.

For homework tonight, please complete all missing work and turn it in to me tomorrow so I can update your grades for this term.

Most classes went outside today to work on their research projects. We will review in class tomorrow.

The following systems will be included on the test Wednesday:
You may use your notes sheets for the test.

So many students have been absent and are struggling to get caught up that I have decided to cut off the introduction of new material and hold the rest of the systems to be included in the next term.

posted on: December 18, 2006

Respiratory System

Today we completed the Respiratory System notes sheet and completed a lab investigation on the effect of holding one's breath on the rate of respiration. If you were absent today, do not worry about making up the lab activity. You should complete the note sheet so that you will have it for your test next week. Remember that you will be allowed to use all of your note sheets on the Human Body Systems Test on Wednesday.

26 Human Respiration.doc

Respiratory System-1.doc

Please complete the respiratory system notes and excretory system notes for homework.

posted on: December 15, 2006

Digestive System

Today students took notes about the digestive system in class today. The note sheet should be completed for homework if it was not finished in class today. Tomorrow we will do an activity and take notes on the respiratory system.

Digestive System.doc

I am collecting work and trying to get all students caught up before the term ends. Please submit your make up assignments ASAP and try not to fall behind.

Students will be allowed to use their note sheet for each system during the test next week. Please take time to read, reflect, and record the information requested as we are trying to compress 6 or 7 chapters into a short 3 week unit.

The fetal pig dissection week will be carried over to the beginning of the next term- when students return in January.

posted on: December 14, 2006

Human Body Systems Notes

EQ: Explain how the different organ systems interact with each other to serve the needs of cells for oxygen, food, and waste removal.

Today and tomorrow we will do lab activities on the muscular and respiratory systems.
Here is the lab for Monday:

15 Muscle Funct Analysis.doc

Note sheets for today and tomorrow:

Muscular System.doc

Respiratory System.doc

Excretory System.doc
Please have these note sheets and your lab questions completed to be checked on Wednesday.

posted on: December 11, 2006

Skeletal System

If you were absent today, we watched video about the skeleton and completed the note sheet that is attached below.

I collected the cardiovascular system note sheet that was completed for homework earlier in the week during class today. You will have a note sheet for each system that will be included on the Nov. 20 test and I have hinted that detailed notes may be valuable to you on test day.

Skeletal System

Remember to get a parent signature on your project research plan Form 1B. The bibliography should be included too. Your forms, plan, and bibliography are due on Monday.

posted on: December 08, 2006

Student Research Plans and forms

There was a little confusion about the research plans and forms that students have been working on lately.

Hopefully all questions have been answered and students will be able to complete the assignment and submit it to me for approval on or before Monday, Dec. 11. Remember to include your bibliography.

Parents need to read your research plan and sign in the space for parents on form 1B only. Students remember to tell your parents that I am the sponsor and have studied the rules.

Students who are engaging in studies of salamanders need to have the Vertebrate Animal form and the student teams that are using the bacteria tests that were ordered will need to complete an additional form. The forms are available online below or I will give you one at school. I will work with you to help complete them.

Remember that safety is always the most important consideration. Please make a note in your research plan about safety precautions that you will take as you perform your investigation. You could make a statement about the use of protective eyewear (goggles) if you are using any chemical tests for water quality. If you are getting in the stream to collect or measure, make a note that boots will be used and that hands will be washed following the data collection. Students involved in bacterial studies will be limited to making observations of dishes that are taped shut and I will be in charge of disposal of the dishes after observations. Think about safety during field studies.

Here is the link to UGA for the official 2007 Rules for Precollege Science Research. All students are asked to complete the necessary permission forms for research even though they may not be participating in science fair.

Rules Book

Science Fair Site

posted on: December 07, 2006

Monitoring EKG

Today students analyzed a graphical recording of the electrical events occurring within the heart. Here is a copy of the analysis questions for students who did not finish them during class.

The circulatory system notes sheet should be completed for homework tonight.

Circulatory system.doc

Experiment # 28 Monitoring EKG


1. The electrocardiogram is a powerful tool used to diagnose certain types of heart disease. Why is it important to look at the time intervals of the different waveforms?
2. What property of heart muscle must be altered in order for an EKG to detect a problem? Explain.
3. Based on what you have learned regarding electrocardiograms, can they be used to diagnose all heart diseases or defects? Explain.
4. Describe a cardiovascular problem that could be diagnosed by a cardiologist using an electrocardiogram.

posted on: December 05, 2006

Human Body Systems Links

Here are a few interesting sites to help you learn about the parts of the systems of the human body and how they function and interact with each other. Use your textbook and these sites to help you complete your note sheets and review each system.

There will be a test over the human body systems on Wednesday, Dec. 20th. This is your last test for this term.

Trackstar for Human Body Systems

posted on: December 05, 2006

Heart Rate and Exercise

Today we performed an experiment using probeware (Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitors) that interfaced with our computers. This enabled us to analyze graphical data quickly and easily. Students were asked to record that data and answer the analysis questions in their journals. Here is a copy of the data table and analysis questions if you did not finish the analysis in class.

Experiment 4.doc

For homework, please finish reading chapter 17: pages 536-560. We will be doing assignments and working in 7 different chapters in the following 3 weeks so do not get behind in your reading.

Students who needed to re-write their introductions have until 12/5...that's turn them in to me. :-)

Paperwork for your project is due on Thursday.

I am available tomorrow morning at 8:30 A.M. and after school until 5:15 P.M. on Tuesday for students who need a little help or time to work on their experiment set-ups.

posted on: December 04, 2006

Research/Independent study project paperwork

All students received the forms for submitting and getting approval for their experiments today. The forms should be turned in to me on or before Thursday. Dec. 7.

A parent signature is required on Approval Form 1B.

Most students have completed all of the needed parts of the research plan, but some need to be edited. I tried to discuss project details and revisions with most students today and will meet next week with the ones that did not have a chance to discuss their plans with me.

All students should read pages 536-547 for homework if they did not read it during class time today. We will begin our studies of the human body systems on Monday with lab activities on pulse rate and interpreting an EKG.

posted on: December 01, 2006

What is DNA fingerprinting and what are some of the practical uses?

Today students modeled the procedure for creating DNA "fingerprints" with an activity called Who Stole the Crown Jewels? Additional time will be given in class for students to finish the data analysis and share results

Please visit the DNA sites posted yesterday to gain understanding of how this process was developed and what it is like today.

For homework tonight, please complete the review sheet that was given to you in class today.

posted on: November 28, 2006

What information can be learned from pedigrees?

Thursday there will be a test over the rest of our genetics unit--this includes all of chapter 4.

Remember, the workbook pages for chapter 4 are required if you did not make an 80 or higher on the last test.

Today in class we completed the activity called Family Puzzles on pages 130-131.
For homework, complete the review worksheet.

Here are a few links that I thought you might enjoy:

DNA interactive Go to the "Recovering the Romanovs" link for an interesting story related to the royal family of Russia.
Explore the "Human Identification" pathway to help you understand DNA fingerprinting.

A more complete pedigree of Queen Victoria

Pedigree practice as a genetic Counselor

Nova's Create a DNA Fingerprint

posted on: November 27, 2006

pGLO Bacterial Transformation Lab

Tomorrow we will begin the genetic transformation lab procedures that are detailed in your Student Manual on pages 32-37. Please take some time tonight to re-read the procedures and write yourself some notes about the time allotments for each step. You should have answered the focus questions in class today.

Advances in genetics is discussed in your text pages 132-138. Please read tis section before Friday.

posted on: November 14, 2006

Genetics Test Thursday

There will be a test over genetics tomorrow. We reviewed in class today and students should have several assignments from chapter 3 to study. Remember to pay extra attention to the diagram on protein synthesis found on pages 110-111.

Students who did not make an 80 or higher on the last test are reminded that the Chapter 3 Guided Reading Workbook pages are due to be checked by me for a homework grade tomorrow.

Experimental design diagrams and procedures are due tomorrow. This assignment may be written by hand or typed. Our lesson on Monday was about using an experiment design diagram to evaluate the elements of an experiment. I hope that lesson helps you in your planning. See the handout and rubrics that are on the back. I know that several students will need to revise their experiments, so do not worry about getting it perfect before submitting it to me. Do turn something in.

posted on: November 08, 2006

Reports due on Tuesday, Oct.31.

Tuesday is the due date for the introduction part of the research projects and should be written using the background information found on student note cards. A bibliography/works cited page should also be added. This assignment counts in the test/project category in the gradebook. If students are unable to print their reports, they may send them to me via email. If sending is not an option, then students may neatly write out their reports by hand. The number of pages will be increased to account for the writing.

Here is an updated timeline with details about what is due on Tuesday.

Timeline for Research Projects-1.doc

The following rubric will be used for this part of the project.

Rubric for Research Introduction.doc

Detailed steps for the research project will be due on Nov. 9th. See the timeline handout above.

posted on: October 27, 2006

The scoop on genetics

In class to day, we will learn how to use a Punnet square to predict the probability of outcomes of a cross of parents with various traits.
As you go through the lessons here, click on the options at the bottom of the page for animations and problems to solve.

Genetics /Great Tutorial

For homework, work on those note cards. I will check to see that you have 25 to 30 note cards and 5 to 8 bibliography cards on Monday.

posted on: October 20, 2006

The scoop on genetics

In class to day, we will learn how to use a Punnet square to predict the probability of outcomes of a cross of parents with various traits.
As you go through the lessons here, click on the options at the bottom of the page for animations and problems to solve.

Genetics /Great Tutorial

For homework, work on those note cards. I will check to see that you have 25 to 30 note cards and 5 to 8 bibliography cards on Monday.

posted on: October 20, 2006

Research continues

Homework: Continue to take notes about your topic on your note cards. I will check them on Monday 10/23. You should have 25-30 cards from 5-8 different sources.

Trackstar sites for research projects

posted on: October 18, 2006


Parents and students: I am available after school from 4:20-5:15 Monday-Thursday to help students with their research.
The root word of question is quest.
Your research question sends you on an exciting quest.
About finding a question . . .
"Sometimes you have to do some wondering to get to your wonderings.”
“Research is a process of discovery—a process that continually requires us to rethink, and re-search our understandings.”
Research is a tune-in activity ~
Research means paying close attention tuning in to what is going on so you don't miss out.
Source:The Art of Classroom Inquiry  by Ruth Shagoury Hubbard and Brenda Miller Power
Thanks to Mrs. Worthington for finding the quotes above.
As we begin our research in the media center, it is nice to reflect on the process.
Here is the preliminary timeline for our research this term. Students received a copy today and were asked to make notes in their agendas about upcoming deadlines.

Timeline for Research Projects.doc

This handout gives some guidance for students who may need to find a more interesting or more reasonable question for research.

Independent Study Projects-1.doc

We will go to the media center again tomorrow and note cards will be checked on 10/23 at the end of the class.

Homework this week, 10/17-10/22, is to take notes on note cards as you gather background information for your project. A bibliography card should be completed for each source that you use. Remember to use bullets; avoid sentences. Paraphrasing takes longer and sometimes leads to plagiarism.

posted on: October 17, 2006

Research Continues

Please remember to bring your index cards to class tomorrow. We will begin the note taking phase of your independent study project as we work in the media center on Tuesday and Wednesday.

For homework tonight, please complete both sides of the Flip-It! activity sheet that you received in class today. Today during class we discussed several possible research questions. I hope that everyone has discovered an interesting question for their project! Please see me if you need help.

posted on: October 16, 2006

Make - Up Test is Tuesday at 8:15 A.M.

Students need to dress to go outside for class on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (weather permitting).

There is no homework tonight. I will score tests and post grades by tomorrow evening.

Any students who missed today's test will need to be here tomorrow morning at 8:15. I will meet you at the door or in study hall. Most students who were absent today are aware of this scheduled make-up time. This is just a reminder.

posted on: October 09, 2006

Cell Cycle today...Test Monday

1. Today students took notes on the cell cycle using the textbook on pages 72-79. The notes should give details about what is happening in each of the three stages in the life cycle of cells.
2. Students then connected to my blog and the Trackstar lesson on the Reviewing the Cell Cycle that was posted earlier. The Online lesson on Onion Root tip mitosis (1st site) was completed with the data and analysis written on the same page as the notes.

Take time tonight to check out the other sites on the track to learn about the cell cycle.

Homework is to begin reviewing for your upcoming test, which is scheduled for next Monday. It will cover how cells grow, divide, and make/obtain needed materials (all of chapter 2).

Also on the homework board is to continue researching your possible park questions/ research topics so you will be able to make a good choice for your project.

I will issue the Life Science Guided Reading and Study Workbooks tomorrow. Students who did not earn at least 80 on the last need to compete the lesson pages for chapter 2 and get them checked before next Monday so they will be better prepared for the next test.

posted on: October 03, 2006

What events take place during the cell cycle?

Here are some of the sites that you will visit this week for our lessons on cell cycle. There will be a test over the chemical compounds and cellular processes that we have learned about in chapter 2 tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday.

Reviewing the Cell Cycle

posted on: October 02, 2006

How do cells get they energy that they need?

Today we checked the photosynthesis and respiration comparison tables. I will collect this assignment tomorrow for a grade.

Students took time to record the Grass Head lab activity in science journals today. Title, Problem/Question, Hypothesis, Procedures, Data, Analysis and Conclusion should be included in the write-up. Everyone measured 10 representative grass blades from their grass head to enter as their data. The average for each grass head was written on the board to be be combined and averaged for the class data. We will finish the analysis of data and conclusion tomorrow.

We discussed how cells get the energy that they need when oxygen is not available. Alcohol fermentation and lactic acid fermentation were compared.

Homework tonight is to read pages 72-79. We will learn about the cell cycle this week.

posted on: October 02, 2006

Compare and Contrast

Here is the assignment that we worked on in class today. Read and study pages 65-69 to learn more about respiration. Your organizer and summary should be completed by Monday.

Compare and Contrast photo:resp.doc

Also, take some time this weekend to explore your other possible park research questions using the format that we used in the media center on Thursday.

posted on: September 29, 2006

Photosynthesis and DEAR

DEAR time was today with a continued emphasis on the skill of understanding conclusions.

We also corrected Test 2 and watched part of a DVD on Photosynthesis. We will finish the video and lesson on photosynthesis tomorrow.

For homework tonight, READ and STUDY pages 61-65.

Our guiding questions:

What happens during photosynthesis? How do chloroplasts function to store energy for a cell?
Standards: S7L2-Describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.

S7L2.a Explain that cells take in nutrients in order to grow and divide and to make needed materials.
S7L2.b Relate cell structures to basic cell functions

Our grass-heads are looking great! We will analyze the data on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

posted on: September 28, 2006

Questions for Research

Today EQ: If cells are the building blocks of life, what are the building blocks of cells?

In class today, we used molecular models to learn about carbohydrates, one of the four types of organic compounds found in living things. Students completed a lesson worksheet and should have it in their binders.

Tomorrow our class will visit the media center to work on finding a research focus question for independent study projects this year. Students should have several questions from last Thursday's assignment in the park to use as a starting point.

For homework tonight, write down at least three interesting questions that are suitable for research that is connected to Sweat Mountain Park.

posted on: September 26, 2006

Connect 2 Science

Today students visited the Connect 2 Science site at Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative to learn about this interesting opportunity and to read Dr. Berry's post. We had a short lesson about how to write interview questions that might be appropriate for posting on the site.
Connect 2 Science

For homework tonight: Write three quality interview questions and also tell why you would like to be a student author for this project.

The remainder of class was devoted to gaining an understanding of the types of chemical compounds that are in living things. We began working on an activity about carbohydrates using molecular models. We will continue with this tomorrow.

Our grass heads are just beginning to show tiny roots and tomorrow we will be sorting them into two groups per class- an experimental and a control group. Each class will come up with a research question.


posted on: September 25, 2006

Test Wednesday and Report due on Friday

Tomorrow there is a test over cell parts and their functions. You should also be able to compare plant, animal, and bacteria cells. See pages 34-42 in your text to review. Are all the cells in an animal (like humans) alike? What about plants, are all their cells alike? So... what are specialized cells and why are they only found in multicellular organisms?

Here is a link to one of the sites that we used in class today to review the parts of cells.

Cells Alive

Today, students received the following handout that gives more details about how to write the lab report that is due on Friday.

egg report.doc

Here is the link to the graphing site.

posted on: September 19, 2006

"Egg"-speriment with a Cell

Why did the egg change in mass and circumference in some soaking solutions and not in others?

Students worked on analysis of results from last week's experiment today in class.
In your journal:
1. Create an organized table of your data.
2. Graph your data. Use a ruler; be neat.
3. Describe your results using one or more paragraphs.
4. Explain what you think your data mean. Use diagrams to help with your explanation.

Your final report should be typed and is due on Friday at the beginning of class. Your write-up of the lab should be in your journal and complete by Friday as well.

For homework tonight, complete the three sections of the handout that deal with membrane transport.

posted on: September 18, 2006

Friday classwork and homework

How do plant, animal, and bacteria cells compare?

Classwork- create a Venn diagram to analyze and compare the characteristics of plant cells, animal cells, and bacteria cells. See your text pages 34-42 and 192-194 to find details to include in your comparison. Next, write a paragraph to summarize what you have learned.

Homework- Read about the cell in it's environment (pages 56-60). This is section 2 in chapter 2. We will begin the analysis of your egg data on Monday and I will explain what you should include in your report that is due on Friday, Sept.20. (See the rubric on the back of your lab handout.)

There will be a test over cell parts and functions on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

We had some great Job Descriptions and Want Ads turned in today! I am looking forward to evaluating them.

We said goodbye to our eggs today. Today was fun, pretty messy, interesting, and a little disgusting. We made many interesting observations that will be shared in our reports next week.


posted on: September 15, 2006

Cell Organelle - Job Description and Want Ad

Link here for the assignment. Remember your login? It is the same as the lesson/activity on cell size. The quick link is 248.

For homework, students should prepare a first draft of a want ad or job description for their team's organelle. It should be typed and ready for editing in class. The final product is due on Friday.

Remember each person should do only one of the assignments...the job description or the want ad.

Here is a sample want ad that I found online; it is adapted from the work of a student in South Lake, TX. Can you guess the organelle?

“Looking for a great opportunity to lead? Do you enjoy making decisions for others? Is guidance your strong point? If so, we are seeking to fill a managerial position. We are in need of a control center for a cell. Must be able to operate a cell. Should have solid experience reading and de-coding DNA. Should exhibit strong leadership skills. Benefits include: placement in low-stress arm cells, long life don't die; you just divide and multiply! If interested contact The Body at 817-8WE-CELL.”

Your want ad should be created with a 2.5 in wide space for the text. Change your margins or create a text box for your ad. We will try to piece our ads together to make a "page from the newspaper" to post in the room. Do not include the name of your organelle in the ad so other students can try to figure out which one it is.

Your grade will be determined by how well you communicate what you have learned about your organelle. See the rubric below.

Cell Project Rubric

Tomorrow is DEAR time in science and we will spend some time finishing our egg-speriment on membrane transport. Remember to bring in the last soaking liquid for your egg.

posted on: September 13, 2006

Cell Structures and Organelles

Trackstar on Cells

Use the above link to get to the list of sites that I have collected for your research on cell organelles. You should become very familiar with your selected cell structure so that you will be able to complete the activities, including writing a job description. We will work on this assignment during class tomorrow.

posted on: September 12, 2006

Why are cells so small?

Today you will complete a web lesson that will be launched from the following site.
Why are cells so small?

You will get a copy of the handout in class.

Please finish this assignment for homework if you do not finish it during class today.

posted on: September 11, 2006

Thursday 8/31

Students enjoyed D.E.A.R. time with a focus of looking for examples of cause and effect. The effect is often implied, not stated. How many examples could you find today?

We watched a video called Assignment Discovery: Cells following our reading. Students were encouraged to take notes and we discussed interesting points following the viewing.

There is no homework for Thursday night.

Students who did not have their Wednesday homework when I checked it today should remember to complete it tonight and show it to me for a late grade tomorrow.

posted on: August 31, 2006

Tuesday and Wednesday activities

Your bones quiz is scheduled for tomorrow. You should know the 20 bones in the diagram in your book?
Be prepared to turn in your "A closer Look at Skin" lab activity on Thursday that was finished on Tuesday. You should have completed the EKG lab in class today. Here are the questions, just in case you did not finish your analysis in class today.
1. The electrocardiogram is a powerful tool used to diagnose certain types of heart disease. Why is it important to look at the time intervals of the different waveforms?
2. What property of heart muscle must be altered in order for an EKG to detect a problem?
3. Based on what you have learned regarding electrocardiograms, can they be used to diagnose all heart diseases or defects? Explain.
4. Describe a cardiovascular problem that could be diagnosed by a cardiologist using an electrocardiogram. (you may need to do a little research for this one if you did not read the handout in class).

posted on: April 26, 2006

A Look Beneath the Skin

For homework tonight, please complete your lab report for "A Look Beneath the Skin" found on page 493 in your text. You should have clearly labeled diagrams for your observations and all questions should be answered using complete sentences that restate the question.

also ---Read about the skin on pages 494-500.

posted on: April 24, 2006

Online CRCT review update

Please complete the CRCT practice by Wednesday for 3 homework grades. (Every four review tests counts as a homework grade.) I am checking online to see how you are doing. Remember to choose Teacher Assigned tests to begin. Take time to review items that you are missing using your book. Each chapter has Study Guide sections that summarize key concepts.

We begin the last major unit- Human Body Systems- this week so take time to carefully study your mistakes and use your book or ask during class if you need clarification on a concept.

I have a few students who are doing the review with hard copies instead of online. Remember that you must check your answers and tell me your % score for each test completed.

posted on: April 17, 2006

Owl Pellets and Diatoms

We enjoyed examining owl pellets and the bones that they contain on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. Each student team removed the bones, identified them and glued them to a card. Their bone displays and student worksheets were turned in during class on Thursday.

During class on Thursday and Friday, students reviewed some of the concepts from our evolution unit by doing an activity about diatoms in Yellowstone lake. Student teams worked on completing this assignment during class today. Our activity using core samples of colored sugar layers to model the concept was fun and a little messy. The analysis should be completed for homework tonight and will be collected during class on Tuesday. (That includes parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.)

posted on: April 17, 2006

CRCT practice now available online

I have it set up now for you to review with practice tests online. Go to the address given below and use your student number (with three 0's in front of it to make a total of 9 numbers) as your Logon ID. Your password is education. There should be 12 tests available for you to use. I will be checking to see how you are doing and if you have completed them all. See me if you are having problems. This is your homework this week.

Go to the Ga. Dept. of Education site here to logon.

posted on: April 12, 2006

Writing a Lab Report

Download file
Use the document above to help you create your final report for your eggsperiment.
The formal report is due on Tuesday, Sept. 27th.
See me if you have any questions.

posted on: September 22, 2005

Test Corrections

Remember that you have another article summary due this Thursday.
Students should correct their Science Test #1 for homework tonight.
This means that each missed question should be written out on notebook paper and the correct answer written out beside it- not the letter of the correct answer. The corrections will be turned in for a homework grade. If you had one or two points deducted for the experimental design diagram, then you may simply write out the missed part. If you missed 3 or more points on this part of the test, then you should redo the whole thing.

Here is a sample of what you could have written for the experimental design diagram:
Title: The effect of type of plant material on the percent of water that each contains.
Hypothesis: If the type of plant material is a fruit, then the percent of water that it contains will be greater than the percent of water found in the other plant parts.
IV: Type of plant material used
apples grapes strawberries potatoes carrots
1 1 1 1 1
DV: Percent of water in the plant material calculated using the change in mass before and after dehydration (drying)
C: equal size pieces, sliced the same way, same amount of time, same method of drying

posted on: September 06, 2005

Evaluating Experiments

Today students worked in groups to evaluate the design qualities of several experiment scenarios. If you were absent from class today, see me for a copy of the scenarios and directions.
For homework that is due on Wednesday, 8/24, you should select one of the experiment scenarios (2-5 on the back) and complete the experiment design diagram.

We will go to the Sweat Mountain Park (adjacent to Mabry)for our lesson tomorrow. Please wear shoes on Tuesday that are suitable for a walk through the park.

posted on: August 22, 2005

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