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March 30, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 30, 2006
Today, we presented our presentations. We will present the remaining tomorrow.

Posted by at 08:43 PM

March 29, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 29, 2006
We had 10 minutes to work on any finishing touches on the presentations. After that the groups presented. We will be presenting through Friday. Make sure you have all the required elements to your presentation.

Posted by at 08:22 PM

March 28, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 28, 2006
Today we worked on our presentations. Some groups presented today. All presentations will be presented by Friday.

Posted by at 07:56 PM

March 27, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 27, 2006
Today we continued working on our multimedia presentations. There will be some groups presenting tomorrow, so there will be time cut to work on your presentations. All presentations should be completely finished by tomorrow.

Posted by at 09:12 PM

Tests and Notebook Quiz

Graded Tests and Notebook Quizzes were given back. Grades are posted on I-parent.

Posted by Kulkarni at 07:46 PM

Class Notes for: 3/27/06

Today in class we had no warm up. We worked on our animal projects (which is either a powerpoint or iMovie) the entire class period. Our vocabs were collected, and our tests and notebook quizzes were handed up.

Homework: None

Posted by at 10:17 AM

March 26, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 24, 2006

Essential Question:
What are the characteristics of animals?

Today we worked on the research presentations. We were a given a topic and a day to present our research. We will be working on these for most of the week.

Posted by at 08:03 PM

March 23, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 23, 2006
Today we presented the remaining dilemma cards. Students discussed their choices . We then took the test. After that we did DEAR for the rest of the time. The vocabulary worksheet is for homework and is due on Monday.

Posted by at 08:36 PM


Here are some websites for the animal project.

Download file

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:24 PM

Animal Project

Tomorrow we are starting a project on Animals. Students have been assigned groups or pairs and will be given a topic to find information. Students will present their project on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week.

Students will be graded on content, technology and presentation by using the attached rubric. They can use Powerpoint, Keynotes or create a short I-movie to present their material.

Download file

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:02 PM

March 22, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 22, 2006
Ms.Kulkarni checked our review guide today. She had given us 5 days to finish the review guide. After that we took the notebook quiz.
She then gave us the dilemma cards. We had a debate in the class on the environmental issues presented on the cards.
Don't forget to study for the chapter test tomorrow.

Posted by at 09:07 PM

March 21, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 21, 2006
Today we worked on our concept maps. They were completed in class, and were presented. Students asked good questions on everyone's topic.We read the last few minutes of the class. The notebook quiz is tomorrow, and the review guide is also due tomorrow. The chapter test is Thursday.

Posted by at 07:53 PM

March 20, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 20, 2006
The warm up #9
Which of the following is an example of predator adaption. The choices were: a porcupines needles, a sharks jaws, a frogs bright colors, or a plants poisonous chemicals. The answer is a sharks jaw.

Today we reviewed all the chapters we were studying. The test has been postponed until Thursday, and the notebook quiz will be on Wednesday. The review guide will also be due Wednesday. We worked on a concept map in class on key vocabulary in our chapters. After that we finished a concept web on biodiversity.

Posted by at 09:21 PM

March 19, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 17, 2006
The warm up #8:
Write the charcteristics of a decidous forest, and write the characteristics of a tundra biome. The answer for the first one is trees that shed leaves, moderate rainfall, and warm in summer, and cold in winter. The second answer is the ground is frozen, tundra circle artic circle.

We turned in the packets today, and we were given a review guide. It is due Tuesday. The notebook quiz will also be on Tuesday, so make sure you have everything in your notebook. The chapter test is Wednesday which is over chapters 22 - 24.

Posted by at 08:02 PM

March 16, 2006

Class Notes for 3/16/06

Today in class we had a substitute. We were allowed ten minutes to finish the biome bar graph. Afterwards we worked on a packet about Kaibab deer. If you did not finish the packet, it had to be finished for homework.

Homework: Finish packet

Posted by at 10:20 PM

Class Notes For Second Period

March 16, 2006
Today in class we completed the bar graphs.We were given 10 minutes to complete them. After that we were given a packet, and if you didn't complete that in class then it is homework. We did DEAR after that.

Posted by at 09:07 PM

Review Guide: Ch 22,23 and 24

Here is the review guide for the test.

Do not forget to take your text book and your science binder home.

Download file

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:36 PM

March 15, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 15, 2006
Warm up # 7
What are biomes?
Write the names of 3 biomes.

Today in class, we learned about the different types of biomes. A biome is a group of ecosystems with similar climates and organsims. There are certain trpes of biomes such as: marine, grassland, and rainforest biomes. Ms. Kulkarni gave us information about all the different types of biomes. After that we worked on our bar graphs. If you did not finish the bar graph,10 minutes will be given to complete it tomorrow.

Posted by at 09:34 PM

March 15th

Warm up# 7:
What is a biome?
Write the names of three biomes?

Today in class we looked at the characteristics of all the biomes. Students completed illustrating their bar graph. They all did a pretty good job drawing the plants and animals that live in the biomes.

Tomorrow is D.E.A.R and students need to bring a book with them to read.

Posted by Kulkarni at 09:31 PM

March 14, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 14, 2006
Warm up #6"
What is succession, and what are the processers that make up a water cycle. The answer for the first one is predicting changes in an ecosystem. The second answer is precipitation, condensation, and evaporation.

Today we worked on a bar graph about different parts of the world. It was on deserts, prairies, mountains, and rain forests. We had to illustrate the biome. This was done in groups of 4. Remember to bring colored pencils and a sharpener to class tomorrow. We also reviewed succession.

Posted by at 09:36 PM

March 13, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 13, 2006
warm up #5
Bacteria living in the intestine of humans is an example of what, and at what level is most energy available at? The answers are mutualism for the first one, and producers for the second.

We learned about the water, carbon and oxygen, and nitrogen cycles. The water gets evaporated, and then condenses in the cloud, and later fall as precipitation. In the carbon and oxygen cycle, humans release carbon dioxide,in the process of respiration, which the plants use to make oxygen in the process of photosynthesis.In the nitrogen cycle, the free nitrogen is converted to usable nirtrogen in the process of nitrogen fixation . The bacteria live in the nodules of leguminous plants. When the producers and consumers die the nitrogen is released back in the environment.
We played a game outside to learn about succession.

Posted by at 09:17 PM

March 12, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 10, 2006
Warm up #4
What 3 roles can an organism play in an ecosystem? The answer is they can be consumers, producers, or decomposers.
We did a lab today, and it was very exciting! We disected owl pellets. We had to seperate the bones from the fur. You could see that the owls had eaten atleast 3-4 different animals! There was a sheet to identify the different bones and the animal it was from. We completed a packet with our partner. This was completed in class.

Posted by at 08:23 PM

March 13-17th

We have started talking about food chains and Food webs. We dissected an Owl Pellet on Friday, and found bones of rodents and birds in the pellet.
We will look at the cycles of matter, Ch 23 and then study the different biomes this week. Students will make a bar graph on the amount of rainfall in each biome.We will then look at the environmental issues and problems.
Test on Ch 22, 23 and 24 will be early next week. I will post the day by Thursday.

Posted by Kulkarni at 07:47 PM

March 09, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 9, 2006
Warm up #3: what is the difference between a food chain and a food web. The answer is a food chain is when one organism eats another and gets energy.
An overlapping of food chains is a food web. Today we talked about energy roles in an ecosystem. First there are the producers that produce food for the consumers. The consumers eat the producers. There are 4 different types of consumers, the carnivore, the herbivore such as a cow, omnivore such as humans, and scavengers like vultures. Then there are the decomposers that eat all the dead material. Examples of decomposers are bacteria, fungi and insects. After we learned about this, we watched a video on birds of prey. We did DEAR after that. There is no homework tonight.

Posted by at 09:04 PM

Class Notes for 3/9/06

Warm-up #4 , "What is the difference between a food chain and a food web?"

Mrs. Kulkarni talked for a few minutes about food chains and food webs. Afterwards we took a few notes from the board on Energy roles. We then watched a video about birds of prey.
D.E.A.R time finished up class.

Posted by at 04:29 PM

March 08, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 8, 2006
Warm up #2
What are the three limiting factors that help control the population?
Food, Space and weather
What are the three types of interactions?
Predation, Competition and Symbiosis

Today we completed and checked the packets on living things and environment, Interactions and Populations and communities. After that we played a game outside. It was about predators and prey, and how it feels to be one of them.

Posted by at 06:53 PM

March 07, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 7, 2006
Today we discussed population densities and adaptions. We had to read in class, chapter 22 sections 2 and 3.

Section 2 is about population of organisms. A population would increase if birth rate increaases or there was immigration to the area, but it would decrease if death rate increases and organisms emigrated from there. All the animals around a certain area depend on food to eat and if the area lacks a certain amount of some species then the predators will die.

Section 3 has a lot to do with chapter 5. As we all recall, chapter 5 was about adpating to an enviorment. Certain animals will adapt to the enviorment, and the animals that are the best adapted to an area will survive. There are three types of interactions: Competition, Symbiosis annd Predation. Competition is organisms competing for food and space. The three symbiotic relationships are:Mutualism where both the organisms benefit, commensalism where one organism benefits and the other is neither harmed nor benefitted and parasitism. When talking about predators, predators are the ones that kill the animal, and the prey is the animal that gets killed.

We were given a packet for class, it is not homework. It needs to be completed tomorrow.

Posted by at 07:40 PM

Class Notes for 3/7/06

Warm up #1, "What makes up a community? What is an ecosystem?" After we completed the warm up, we paired up to read a section in our book. We then discussed the section with our partner, later informing another pair about it. We answered a few questions about the sections afterwards. We were handed out three sheets to complete as much as possible in class today, though the rest will be finished tomorrow.

Homework: None.

Posted by at 06:11 PM

March 06, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 6, 2006
Today we did a review game on all the stuff we have learned so far. The test were given back as well as the Jekyll packets. The plant project was also completed today.

Posted by at 06:25 PM

Class Notes for 3/6/06

Today in class Mrs. Kulkarni played a game with us. We went around the room by tables, and she asked us questions about everything we have learned so far this year. After we played the game, we were to finish our Dream Plant projects. If you hadn't emailed Mrs. Kulkarni your groups finished paper, you were supposed to complete them in class. Graded tests, vocabulary, and Jekyll Island packets were handed back today.

Posted by at 05:25 PM

March 02, 2006

Class Notes For Second Period

March 2, 2006 Essential Question: What characteristics do all plants share?
Today we took the chapters 8 & 9 test. After that we got the vocabulary worksheet for chapter 22. You need to complete this for homework.

Posted by at 07:44 PM

Class Notes for 3/2/06

Today in class our warm-up was to study for a few minutes with others. After the few minutes were up, our tests were handed out. You were to answer the questions with atleast two complete sentences before turning it in.
Afterwards we were allowed to work on our vocabulary(Homework) for the upcoming chapter,for some time. We had D.E.A.R time (Drop Everything And Read) for the last half-hour of class.

Finish vocabulary (due tomorrow)
Bring colored pencils

Posted by at 04:26 PM

March 01, 2006

March 3rd and 6th: Plants With A Purpose

On Friday to review genetics and plants, students will be creating a plant using genetic engineering. They will use independent thinking skills and group cooperation to create a new plant that has a function that can be defended as useful for some purpose.

Students will brainstorm and generate list of characteristics of their plant on friday. Is it Vascular or non vascular? If it is Vascular will it reproduce by spore or seed? If it reproduces by seed will it be an angiosperm or a gymnosperm? If it is an angiosperm what kind of floweres will it produce? What is the color of the fruit?

They will then list the uses,its importance and how it was originally reproduced.
They can hand write or type the information and bring it on Monday.

They will be graded on content, creativity and cleanliness.

Posted by Kulkarni at 09:41 PM

Vocabulary :Ch 22

Homework for March 2nd:

Complete vocabulary from ch 22.If you did not get the vocabulary sheet please write down the definition for all the bold-lettered words in you chapter.
Due on Monday :March 6th

Posted by Kulkarni at 09:38 PM

March 1st

Warm up #6:
What is the purpose of a flower?
The flower helps in reproduction.

We have finished ch. 8 and 9. To review what the students have learned, they worked in groups to illustrate all the concepts from the chapters. They will take the test tomorrow.

Posted by Kulkarni at 09:33 PM

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