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September 28, 2006

Review Guide:Ch 2

We will finish with our differentiation activity on Photosynthesis tomorrow. Next week from Monday-Wednesday we will talk about Cell cycle.
Students will take a notebook Quiz Thursday: Oct 5th
Test on Chapter 2 will be On OCt 7th.

Students will need to read Chapter 2 before the test.All the answers for the questions on the review guide will be found in the textbook.
Click below to find the review guide.

Ch 2 Review guide

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:07 PM

September 27, 2006

Table Of Contents:Ch 2
1:Warm up 2: Vocabulary 3: Osmosis and Diffusion 4: Active and Passive transport 5:Organic Compounds 6: KWL chart 7: 2 column notes:Photosynthesis 8: 2 Column notes: Respiration In class,Students are working on different activities depending on their learning styles. Some groups are writing a play, some are creating a newspaper articles, some are coming up with an interviewing section and some are making an ad campaign. They will be graded on creativity, group participation, typed questions and answers and spelling and grammar.

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September 25, 2006

Chia Pets

Today in class we finished making the chia pets. Students who had finished the pets on Friday could see some growth on their pets. Hopefully in a few days all chia pets will be covered with grass. We have placed the pets in different locations to see the effect of light on grass growth.

In class we talked about Photosynthesis and students made a KWL chart which is #6 in their notebook. They also took 2 column notes on Photosynthesis (#7 in their notebook).We will talk about respiration and compare and contrast it with photosynthesis.
Warm up #4: Transport by proteins is an example of_______transport.


Reminder: Vocabulary assignment is due on Monday(Oct 2nd)
Notebook Quiz(Oct 5th)
Test on chapter 2 will be next Friday(Oct 6th)

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:21 PM

September 24, 2006

Homework:Ch 2: sec 3 and 4

Here is the homework for Ch 2:sec 3 and 4.Students can choose the activities from the following link.

Posted by Kulkarni at 06:21 PM

September 23, 2006

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Posted by Kulkarni at 02:03 PM

September 20, 2006

Chia Pets

We discussed Active and passive transport in class today. We will soon start our studies on photosynthesis. Students will be making their own Chia Pets in class on Friday to study photosynthesis. Students need to bring in used or new pantyhose or Knee-highs and any decorative items that can be used to decorate their pet. Items include buttons, pom-poms, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, beads etc..

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:40 PM

September 19, 2006

Tuesday(September 19th)

Today in class we talked about the purpose of the "Eggcellent experiment". We continued our discussions on cell processes and the importance of Osmosis. We defined Osmosis and diffusion and then worked on the Vocabulary words from Chapter 2:Sec 1.
Osmosis and diffusion are examples of Passive transport. Tomorrow we will continue defining active transport and list some examples.

Notes on Osmosis and diffusion

Diffusion is movement of molecules from higher concentration to lower concentration.
Example: Air freshner

Osmosis is diffusion of water molecules through a selectively permeable membrane.
Example: Root cells transporting water to the stem.
Egg absorbing water during Eggcellent lab
Watering of carrots when salt was added to it.

Osmosis and diffusion are examples of Passive transport(Transport that does not require energy).

We also talked about chemical compounds.
Chemical compounds are of two types
1: Organic compounds: Compound that contain carbon
Ex. Proteins, Carbohydrate, Lipids, Nucleic acids
2:Inorganic compound: Compound that does not contain Carbon.
Ex. Water, Salt, Carbondioxide(exception)

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:31 PM

September 18, 2006

Eggcellent experiment write up

Some students have been given an opportunity to finish the writeup at home and it is due tomorrow.

Posted by Kulkarni at 04:06 PM

September 16, 2006

Monday: September 19th

Students will be writing a lab report in class on the "Eggcellent eggsperiment".Students will need a graph paper to show the effects of different liquids on the size of the egg. If they finish and have time they can read a science article and summarize it.
Some students have been given an opportunity to finish the writeup at home and it is due tomorrow. Students are required to read mininmum of 15 different science articles in class by the end of the year. Articles are provided to them in class. They will summarize their articles in their composition books.

Eggcellent experiment lab report.doc

We will start discussing Osmosis and diffusion:Ch 2. Students should be able to define the words and understand the difference between them. They are encouraged to read the chapter at home.

Wednesday is early release and we will be discussing organic compounds. We will then look at photosynthesis and respiration.

Posted by Kulkarni at 04:40 PM

September 14, 2006

Progress reports
Progress reports will be sent home tomorrow.

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September 13, 2006

Eggcellent Eggsperiment

Standard Element: S7L5.1.a
Explain that cells take in nutrients in order to grow and divide and to make needed materials.

Students have been working on the eggcellent experiment since Friday, september 8th . We soaked the egg in the vinegar, followed by plain water,colored water and sornstarch water. Students have been recording the data and observing the effects of different liquids on the egg.


Standard Element: S7L5.1.a
Explain that cells take in nutrients in order to grow and divide and to make needed materials.

Posted by Kulkarni at 08:58 PM

Review and Reinforce:Ch 1
Sep 13-15th Students will be working on different assignments in groups on Wednesday, Thursday and half of Friday. This will help to reinforce the characteristics and needs of living things along with the organelles that make up a cell. Students will turn in their assignment on 15th september. assignment.doc

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Podcast on Cell Study

We have been studying cells for the last couple of weeks. Joshua and Alex have summarized the cells for us in this podcast .
Listen to our cell podcast!

Posted by Kulkarni at 12:45 PM

Cell City project
Students have been working on the cell city project for 3 days. Students who did not finish the project were given an opportunity to take the work home on 12th September. All the projects should be turned in on the 13th september. (No exceptions )

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September 09, 2006


This announcement is for students invited to podcast.
Monday podcast is cancelled.

Posted by Kulkarni at 07:52 AM

September 08, 2006

Study Guide for Ch 1

Students will be tested on Ch:1(all sections) on Tuesday.
Review guide has been given for homework and will be graded as homework grade. It is due on Monday.
Review guide is due on the assigned date. Half credit will not be given if turned in the next day. We go over the review guide on the assigned date and students that did not finish the review guide are encouraged to write down the answers on their review guide.

Notebook Quiz will be on Monday. We will go over the review guide on Monday.

Posted by Kulkarni at 07:54 PM

September 04, 2006

Cell City

Essential Questions:
1: What are the components of the cell?
2: How are plant and animal cells different?
3: How do cells combine to form organisms?

This week we will continue to explore the cell organelles. Students will compare and contrast the plant, animal and bacterial cells. They will look at cheek cells and cells from Elodea leaf.

Students will create a city, in class, that will represent the living cell.
Cell city

Posted by Kulkarni at 11:36 AM

September 03, 2006

Homework: Characteristics And Needs(5- 8 Sept)

Tuesday 5th -8th
To review and reinforce characteristics and needs of living things, students will choose one of the two following assignments.

1: They can write to NASA explaining how the creature they found is alive. They have to include all the characteristics and needs of living things.
Is it Alive?

2: They can answer questions listed about needs and characteristics.
Mission: Life on Diaz

Click below for studet work

Mission:Life on Diaz

Posted by Kulkarni at 03:44 PM

September 02, 2006

Amazing Finds

Do you want to know if the type of flavoring in bubble gum has an effect on how long the flavor lasts? Are you interested in finding out which kind of water:hot,cold or water at room temperature will freeze faster? Have you wondered how you can tell a hard boiled egg from a raw egg? If you are given different liquids which liquid will evaporate the fastest? Which brand of sponge has the most absorbency?Is root beer more acidic than vinegar?Do you want to know which popcorn pops the best or if Carnations can drink water?
To find out the answers for these questions don't go far away. The answers are just a click away. Students have followed the basic scientific method to find a solution to these problems.

Bubble gum and flavor

Evaporation of different liquids

Sponge absorbency

Freezing rate of water
Freezing rate

Root Beer Vs Vinegar

Raw egg Vs Boiled eggs


Seeing plants drink

Posted by Kulkarni at 09:07 PM

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