November 29, 2006
Students have been working at their respective centers for the last 3 days. Tomorow will be their last day at their station. They are expected to have all their work completed for their center tomorrow. They will get a grade for their first center and it will be posted on I-parent in couple of days. Late work will not be accepted as everything is done in class and they have plenty of time to finish their assignments. They will move to the next center on Friday(Dec 4).
Posted by Kulkarni at 07:29 PM
November 27, 2006
Progress reports had been sent home. Please bring the signed progress report back.
For the next three weeks students will be learning about the different body systems( Skeletal, Circulatory, Respiratory/Excretory and digestive system). Students are assigned to different groups and each group has been assigned a system. Students will stay at their station for four days and then move to the next station.
Students are encouraged to read the chapters to keep up with the activity in class.
Posted by Kulkarni at 07:53 PM
November 21, 2006
November 16, 2006Study guide-1.doc
Today in class, students took a DNA plasmid extracted from a jellyfish and inserted it into the DNA of bacteria. The name of the jellyfish is Aequorea victoria . The bioluminescent jellyfish glows in the dark because of the Green Florescent Protein. The bacteria will produce a protein that will fluoresce under UV light. Students got a glimpse of how geneticist work to create new traits in species.
Posted by Kulkarni at 10:17 AM
November 13, 2006
Study guide for Ch 4 will be given out today in class. The study guide is due on Thursday and the test will be on Friday. Study guide is graded as a homework grade however half credit will not be given if turned in the next day(Only exception is if the students are absent). The reason for not giving any credit is that students are given the answers to the questions on the assigned due date and students without the review guide are encouraged to write down the answers.
Notebook Quiz and Study guide due: Thursday Test:Friday
Below is the link for the study guide: Study guide.doc
Table of contents for the Notebook Quiz
- Warm up
- Traits and Genes
- Genetic disorder(Student notes)
- Sex linked genes
- Advances in genetics(Student notes)
November 10, 2006
Students answered their questions in class on Thursday. I will be sending their answers home today.The check on the paper does not mean that I have graded the paper it only means that they have turned the paper in.
They need to type the paper and turn the rough copy stapled with the final copy on Monday(No exceptions). They also were asked not to write in first person so they must check their paper for that. They will need to check their paper for spelling mistakes and grammar.
They will be graded on correct answer 70%
Spelling mistakes and grammar 30%
November 09, 2006Writing in content area .doc
November 08, 2006http://tiki.oneworld.net/penguin/genetics/home.html Article on Cloning http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20011020/bob15.asp
November 06, 2006
We have talked about how traits are passed on from the parents to the offspring. Students had been working on the genetic disorder posters and exploring the causes and symptoms of the disorders. Here's a sneak a peek of our week.
On Friday we solved the family puzzle found in the textbook(Ch 4:Sec 1).Students worked on it individually and shared their answers with their table groups.
Today we completed the genetic disorder poster and talked about Genetic disorders.
On wednesday we will look at Selective breeding, Cloning and genetic engineering.
On Thursday we will read some articles on genetic engineering and cloning. Students will summarize the articles in their composition books.
On Friday we will solve the mystery of the stolen Crown Jewel. Students will receive police reports and collected DNA samples from the four suspects. They will evaluate the DNA found at the crime scene and identify the suspect.
Posted by Kulkarni at 07:59 PM
November 05, 2006
If you would like to chaperone for the Jekyll trip please send me an e-mail so I can put your name on the list.
My e-mail address is
Posted by Kulkarni at 12:43 PM
November 02, 2006
This student podcast is a brief overview of the cell cycle.
Posted by Kulkarni at 12:40 PM
November 01, 2006
Students were asked to bring a cube: box or a Kleenex box to do this assignment. Students picked their own pair this time and are responsible for their assignment. They were asked to bring everything today as we are going to put together the boxes tomorrow in class. They will need the box and the typed questions(answers should be 5 sentences long).
They know that if they don't have it tomorrow they will get a "0" for the assignment. Credit or Half credit will not be given if turned in the next day. (They were given a week to bring the box in and were reminded everyday)