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Science Articles
We will continue working with Science articles today after D.E.A.R. Tomorrow students will dissect an owl pellet. Reminder: Post Test on Monday.We have been reviewing for the test in class.

posted on: May 17, 2007

And The Winners are....

The winners for the Science film festival are......
Best Film:
How do they keep up from getting frostbites?
Competition and predation with Hyena.
Troubles in the Savannah
Circle of life

Best Sound:
How will you help the world?
Energy roles and Population
Energy roles: 3rd period
Adaptations of Antartica

posted on: May 17, 2007

Science Film Festival

We have been working on the wild life documentary project in class for the last few days.
Today the classes got to vote for the best film and the best sound. Here are the nominees from each classes.
1st Period:
BEST FILM:
How will you help the world?
Savannah
How do they keep from getting frost bite?
Live or die
BEST SOUND:
How will you help the world?

Savannah
Environmental issues
How do they keep from getting frost bite?
Live or die
Adaptations of the wild
2nd Period:
BEST FILM:
Energy roles
Competition and Predation with Hyena
Cheetah
Population
BEST SOUND:
Energy roles
Competition and Predation with Hyena
Grassland biome
Population
Hunt of the Leopards
3rd Period:
BEST FILM:
Competition,Predation and Symbiosis
Troubles in the Savannah
Energy roles
Do something
Tropical rainforest
Arctic biome
BEST SOUND:
Energy roles
Competition , Predation and symbiosis
Troubles in the Savannah
Rainforest biome
4th Period:
BEST FILM:
Circles of Life
Abiotic and biotic
Adaptations of Leopard
Environmental issues
Symbiosis and chain of life
Energy roles
Adaptations of Antarctic
Grassland
BEST SOUND:
Circles of Life
Abiotic and biotic
Adaptations of Leopard
Environmental issues
Adaptations of Antarctic
Grassland
Competition, symbiosis and Predation

posted on: May 14, 2007

Post test and Articles

Post test on Science will be on May 21st.We are reviewing for the test in class.

We will finish our I-Movie Project next week.
Students will present their projects on May 14th .
We will work on the Owl pellet lab on Tuesday May 15th.
Field day:Wednesday: May 16th
Students will finish the remaining 8 articles on 17th and 18th in class.

posted on: May 02, 2007

End of May :Post test
We are reviewing for the post test in Science . I have been giving them warm ups with important questions. The warm up questions will be their review guide for the post test (The test will be on all the chapters that have been taught).

posted on: April 26, 2007

I-Movie
Along with the protist lab, we will start an wildlife documentary film project next week. Students will select their own teams to create a wildlife documentary film using video clips that have been provided to them. The two-minute film will have a unifying concept that is developed by the team and supported by research. This project will last for the next three weeks.

posted on: April 20, 2007

Classification:Outdoor
We went outside to the park yesterday to classify ten living things. Students were asked to classify plants as Vascular and nonvascular and animals into mollusks, arthropods, worms and so on. They were given a classwork grade for it. We will be working on a Protist lab today and will continue working on it next week. They will be given a classwork grade for correctly following the procedure and writing the lab report.

posted on: April 20, 2007

Classification of Animals

On Thursday and Friday we talked about Vertebrates and Invertebrates.
Vertebrates: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish
Invertebrates: Sponges, Cnidarians, Echinoderms, Arthropods, Worms, and Mollusks.
Students wrote the characteristics,the type of reproduction and examples from each of the groups.

We will review all the chapters on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

posted on: April 15, 2007

Plant: classification organizer.
Here is an organizer we did in science class today. Plant Classification

posted on: April 11, 2007

Learning center grades on I-parent.

I'am trying to grade the assignment for learning center as I receive them. By the weekend all the grades will be updated. It might say that some assignments are missing on I-parent for your child. It means that they have not done the activity yet or I have not graded their latest assignment.

posted on: March 27, 2007

Classification chart
Here is the classification chart we completed in Science class today. Classificationchart1

posted on: March 26, 2007

Classification Chart

Here is the Classification chart we filled out today in class.
Classification chart

posted on: March 21, 2007

Classification chart
Here is the classification chart we completed in Science class today. Classificationchart1

posted on: March 21, 2007

Classification

Bring a kleenex box for the cubing assignment and colored paper.

We will begin classification of organisms(Ch 6) tomorrow.
We will discuss the need to classify the organisms and the scientists that came up with the idea of classification.
We will talk about the levels of classification
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, family, Genus and Species.
We will then look at the taxonomic key and develop an taxonomic key.

The next 8 days student will be working on the learning center on Bacteria and Protist. Students will be divided into groups of 3. Half the class will start with Bacteria and the other half with the protist. They will switch the centers after 4 days.

Wednesday:
Day 1: Students will work on a cubing assignment on Bacteria( they will be provided with 6 different questions)
H.W: Research a bacteria and bring in the information about the characteristics and its uses or how it is harmful.
Day 2: Lab: Bacteria and the living world
Finish the cubing assignment
Day 3: Work on the "Wanted" poster on Bacteria.
Day 4: Complete the poster and answer the virus questions


Protist:
Day 1: Complete the lab: What lives in a drop of water?
Take notes.
Day 2: Work on the Poster: Create an imaginary poster on a protist from the planet Volvox.
Day 3: Eutrophication: Threat to clear and clean water :Identify, analyze and find a solution to the problem.
Day 4: Make a brochure on the importance of fungi.

posted on: March 19, 2007

Take Home test

Take home test has been given to students. It is due on Monday. Students will use their test to put their answers on the scantron. If students do not have their test with them on Monday they will take the test with no help(without using their notes or textbook).Students will be given 20 minutes to finish the test.

posted on: March 15, 2007

Endangered species: LAST PART

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As a culminating activity students will create awareness about their species. They will choose one choice from the list.
Choose one choice from the list.
1: Letter - Draw a picture of the endangered species and the biggest threats to its survival. Write a letter explaining why you drew it, and tell them how you feel about endangered species and why it is important to protect them.
2: Campaign – Create a campaign by writing about your species. Write in your own words how you feel about endangered species and why it is important to protect them.
3: Make Masks
4: Make Puppets
5: Make a Storybook
6: Make a button

posted on: February 28, 2007

Endangered species

Students will be completing the endangered species project this week. Students will create food webs for their endangered species and then come up with ways to save these species.

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posted on: February 25, 2007

Endangered species

Students will be working on the endangered species project for the next 8 days. They will be working in groups and groups will be given slightly different assignments.


Here are some websites for the project:
1:http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.html

2:http://www.fws.gov/endangered/
3:
http://www.wwf.org/
4:http://http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa.html
5:http://www.nwf.org/
6:http://www.endangeredspecie.com/index.html
7:http://http://www.fws.gov/endangered/kids/index.html
8:http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/what_we_do/species/our_solutions/endangered_species/index.cfm
9:www.panda.org/about_wwf/what_we_do/species/our_solutions/endangered_species/rhinoceros/black_rhinoceros/index.cfm
10:http://www.sierraclub.org/wildlife/species/factsheets/quickfacts.asp
11:http://raysweb.net/specialplaces/pages/species.html
12:http://www.animalinfo.org/rarest.htm/
13:http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/1460/
14:http://library.thinkquest.org/25014/english.index.shtml
15:http://www.worldwildlife.org/endangered/

Threatened species
16:http://www.iucnredlist.org/

posted on: February 15, 2007

Endangered species

On Friday students will create a PowerPoint/Keynote on endangered species.
Task:
1:Choose an endangered species.
2:Write its food, diet, habitat, biome, characteristics of biome……..
3:What are the causes that lead to the species becoming endangered?
4:What was the habitat of the species?
5:Why should we be concerned about the species?


(Presentation will be graded on answering all the questions and accuracy of information(60%), correct grammar(20%), completion in a timely manner(20%))

posted on: February 14, 2007

Thursday(Feb 15th)

We looked at three types of symbiotic relationships(Mutualism, commensalism, Parasitism) today in class. Students then worked on symbiotic relationships were they had to define the terms, give two examples of each type of symbiotic relationship and write a story.

Students will complete both the assignments if not yet completed(exploring ecosystem and symbiotic relationship) and turn them in for a grade. Students will then D.E.A.R.

posted on: February 14, 2007

Symbiotic relationship(Wednesday)

Students will finish their exploring ecosystems in class. They will then work on the symbiotic relationships assignment.Click below to read about the assignment.
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Task: You will work in pairs to explore and research information about the three types of symbiotic relationships: mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. You will
1: Define: Mutualism, Commensalism and parasitism
2: Give examples of each type of relationship.
3: Answer the question:
The year is 2800 in a galaxy far, far away. You are a symbiont in search of a humanoid (used to describe a being from another planet that has the appearance or characteristics of a human) in order to form a symbiotic relationship. What type of relationship would you form? (mutualistic, commensalistic, parasitic) What would you look like? How does your relationship impact the humanoid? Write a science fiction story about your life as a symbiont and illustrate it!
You have the option to type or handwrite the information

Here are some links for the symbiotic relationships.

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent591k/symbiosis.html
http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/S/Symbiosis.html
http://www.answers.com/topic/symbiosis
http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet.cfm?base=symbio
http://www.ms-starship.com/sciencenew/symbiosis.htm

posted on: February 13, 2007

Outline
Here is #4 in your notebook(Outline for Ch 22 sec 2) outline-1.doc .

posted on: February 13, 2007

Ecosystem
Complete your ecosystem picture at home if you did not finish it in class. I will check it tomorrow. We started with Ecology today in class and will continue learning about it for the next few weeks. 41/2 weeks Progress reports will be sent home on wednesday.

posted on: February 12, 2007

Feb 12th:Ecology

Instead of starting Ecology on Friday we will start the chapter on Monday. Graded tests will be returned on Monday.

Average for the classes:
1st period: 87%
2nd period: 91%
3rd period: 92%
4th period: 86%

Reminder:Vocabulary H.W is due on Monday if I have not checked it already.
Students need to bring colored pencils to class on Monday as they will be creating ecosystems with different habitats.

posted on: February 10, 2007

Ecology

Graded test and Quiz will be given back on Monday.
We will start talking about ecology(Ch.22) from tomorrow(Friday). Here is a tentative schedule for the next week.

Instead of Friday we will start this on Monday.
DAY 1: (Friday: Feb 9th)
Read Ch 22: section 1
Make a concept map on Ecosystem: Organism, Population, Community, and Ecosystem (include abiotic and biotic factors).
Students will illustrate the vocabulary words and find the connection between these words.(Assignment will be graded as C.W)

DAY 2 (Tuesday)
Make an outline: Studying populations(Ch 22:SEc 2).
Counting Turtles lab(Page 701)/ Exploring ecosystem(Lab/assignment will be graded:C.W)

DAY 3 (wednesday)
(Relationship: Mutualism, Symbiosis, Commensalisms, Predation, Prey adaptation) We will talk about all these vocabulary words and what they mean. Symbiotic relationship assignment will be graded
Butterfly: Discovery activity(Page 703)1butterfly.gifWe will work on a project for the next couple of weeks on Endangered species.

DAY 4 (Thursday)
Create a PowerPoint/Keynote on your endangered species.
Choose an endangered species.
Write its food, diet, habitat, biome, characteristics of biome……..
What are the causes that lead to the species becoming endangered?
What was the habitat of the species?
Why should we be concerned about the species?

DAY 5(Friday)
Work on power point
D.E.A.R


(Presentation will be graded on answering all the questions and accuracy of information(60%), correct grammar(20%), completion in a timely manner(20%))
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E.Q: What happens to the ecosystem as a whole, if there is a change in one part? What is meant by “interdependence of nature”?
2: Element: S7L4.a
Demonstrate in a food web that matter is transferred from one organism to another and can recycle between organisms and their environments.
3: Element: S7L4.c
Recognize that changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of both individuals and entire species.
4: Element: S7L4.e
Describe the characteristics of Earth’s major terrestrial biomes (i.e. tropical rain forest, savannah, temperate, desert, taiga, tundra, and mountain) and aquatic communities (i.e. freshwater, estuaries, and marine).
5: Element: S7CS5.a
Observe and explain how parts can be related to other parts in a system such as predator/prey relationships in a community/ecosystem

posted on: February 08, 2007

Timeline:Geologic time scale

Students have been working on the timeline since Friday.They finished the timeline today and read Ch 5 :Sec 3.
We went over some of the questions that will be on the test, today in class.
Tomorrow we will play a review game and go over the review guide. Students will also have a notebook quiz tomorrow. Students need to read the chapter for this test(Ch 5:Sec 1-3)

Review guide due tomorrow
Notebook Quiz tomorrow
Test Thursday

posted on: February 06, 2007

Sites For Evolution

Here is a wonderful site to learn how fossils are formed.
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/fossil/5to8/Intro.html

Here is a site on the information that fossils can reveal.
http://http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/stories/middle/intro.html

This is a site that explains how life is related.
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/Trex/navigation.html

posted on: February 03, 2007

Review Game
Today in class we played a review game using the promethean eggs. Students then had D.E.A.R time. Writing assignment on Darwin is due tomorrow. Please finish it tonight if you haven't finished it already.

posted on: February 01, 2007

Adaptation:final day
We worked on note cards today in class. Some students did not finish it and have been given an opportunity to work on them tonight. Students had to complete the picture of their bird or fish along with the note cards. Ev1 Test on Evolution will be next Thursday. Review guide will be given this Friday and will be due next Wednesday.

posted on: January 31, 2007

Adaptation: Tuesday
We started this project today in class. Please complete this tonight if you were absent. You will need note cards tomorrow to complete the project. Ev

posted on: January 30, 2007

Writing Assignment: Jan 26th

Students are writing about the theory of evolution in class.
The assignment is as follows.

You are a young reporter for a local newspaper.You have been asked to interview Charles Darwin about his theory of Evolution. Write 3 question that you would ask Charles Darwin.Choose one question and answer it as Darwin would have in 2 paragraphs. This assignment is due on friday and we will be working in class.

posted on: January 26, 2007

January 24th

We completed "Nature at work" today in class. Students will complete Analyze and conclude 1-4 on page 153 in their composition bookin class. Grade for this assignment will be given when students finish their answers to the questions.
Students who completed their assignments summarized the platypus article in their notebook.

We also watched a small clip on "How evolution occurs?"

posted on: January 24, 2007

Jan 23rd

Today in class we read the article on "Platypus". We worked on an activity called "Nature at work". The activity is in the textbook on page 152. Students worked on part 1 and will be working on part 2 tomorrow in class.

I have collected the comic strips today and will be returning them in couple of days.

Reminder: We are in dire need of Jekyll money! We asked for the first deposit of $100 to be turned in during the month of October, but as of yet we have only received money from about a third of the 7th grade population. Though we do not want to leave any students behind for financial reasons, or worse yet, cancel the trip, we have fiscal obligations that need to be met to ensure this amazing field trip occurs. If you have not sent in the first deposit, please consider doing so now, even if your donation comes in smaller increments. The second deposit will be due in February.

posted on: January 23, 2007

Comic strip:Adaptation
Students compared and contrasted selective breeding with natural selection. They have started working on a comic strip on adaptation. They will finish it at home if they don't finish in class.It is due tomorrow and late work will not be accepted. T.O.C 1:Warm up 2:Vocabulary 3:Nature of Science 4:Compare and contrast(Selective and natural selection) 5:Comic strip Below is #4 in your notebook. Evolution

posted on: January 22, 2007

Nature of science :Notes

We have started learning about evolution in class. Here are some notes on "Nature of science" Nature of Science is # 3 in your notebook. Nature Of Science

We will working on the Vocabulary words on this chapter in class. Students will define and illustrate the words tomorrow.
The vocabulary words are as follows:
!:Species
2:Adaptation
3:Evolution
4:Natural Selection
5:Variation
6:Fossil
7:Petrified fossil
8:Mold
9:Cast
10: Sedimentary rock
11: Relative dating
12: Absolute dating
13:homologous structure
14:Branching tree
15:Fossil record
16:Extinct
17:Scientific theory

posted on: January 18, 2007

Week of 16th.

We will review everything we have learned so far tomorrow in class. We will start looking at Nature of science on wednesday.. We will start Evolution from Friday.
Pig dissection papers have been graded and will be returned on Wednesday. On Tuesday students will be given three different assignments to work. They will work in groups to solve the problem. The assignments are cube activity, checks lab and crime scene investigation. These activities will help them understand the nature of science.  Image Animations Smiley-Faces ~Ts1168891977558 Smiley 031
Grade average for pig dissection test:
1st Period : 83%
2nd period: 87%
3rd period: 84%
4th period: 80%

posted on: January 15, 2007

Lab test: Pig dissection(Friday)

Students will need to identify the organs and write the functions of the organs. Here are some review questions.
1: Where is the liver found? (abdominal cavity)
2: What helps small intestine absorb the nutrients?(Viili)
3: Which organs absorb water?(Large intestine)
4: Which organ helps absorb nutrients?(Small intestine)
5: What is the function of the gall bladder?(Stores bile)
6: What muscular wall separates the thoracic and the abdominal cavity?(Diaphragm)
7: Where is the respiratory system located?( Thoracic cavity)
8:Where is the digestive system located? (abdominal cavity)
9:What organ is found just below the diaphragm?(Liver)
10: What organ contains nephrons?(Kidneys)
11:What is the function of the kidney?(Filters blood)
12:What is the function of the skeletal system?(Protects internal organs, shape and support, produces blood cells)
13:What is the long tube called that carries food through the process of peristalsis?(Esophagus)
14:What connects kidney to the urinary bladder?( Ureter)
15: What is the function of the urinary bladder(Stores urine)
16: Duodenum, jejunum-ileum are part of which organ?( Small intestine)
17: Where are the feces stored?(Rectum)
18:Rectum is part of which system?(Digestive system)

posted on: January 11, 2007

Digestive system: Pictures

Here are some pictures from day 2 dissection. Students looked at the digestive system today in class.

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posted on: January 09, 2007

Pictures:Pig Dissection

Today in class students looked at the external anatomy of the pig. They determined the sex of their pig. Thye looked at some parts of the digestive system such as the mouth, tongue, glottis and epiglottis. They completed Page 1, 3 questions on Page 2 and 7 functions on the last page of their dissection guide today in class.

Here are some pictures from our day 1 pig dissection.

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Glottis, Epiglottis and nasal chamber
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posted on: January 08, 2007

Piggy Week: Jan 8th- Jan 12th

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Welcome back! Hope everyone had a wonderful and restful vacation!
We will begin the new year by dissecting the fetal pig.
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The purpose is to relate the pig's body systems to the human body systems. The dissection will be done from Monday to Thursday. A lab test is scheduled for Friday. Students will follow an instruction packet to guide them through the dissections. They are to complete the lab questions on the packet after each dissection.The dissection guide contains information about the location and function of different organs.The guide will be collected on Friday for a grade.

Below are some links for Virtual dissection:

http://www.whitman.edu/biology/vpd/main.html


http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Sparta/1822/pageone.html

posted on: January 07, 2007

Pictures:Learning center

Here are some pictures from the learning centers. We will finish the centers in the next five days.
Reminder: Review Guide due on 18th .Credit will only be given if turned in on 18th.

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posted on: December 12, 2006

Classroom news

We are still working on the learning centers on Human body. Students have finished 2 centers and will need to finish 2 more centers in the next 8-10 days.
Learning center information

learning center assignment


Most students are almost done summarizing 10 articles in their composition books. Students are reminded everyday and are given plenty of time to summarize the articles. Students are aware that they have to finish 7 articles by 20th December to get full credit otherwise they will end up getting "0" for the classwork assignment.
Test on Human body is on 20th December. Test will be multiple choice and study guide is posted under Homework category. Study guide is due on 18th of December. The test includes digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, skeletal and muscular system. Most of the answers for the questions can be found on the sheets given in class on the different systems. Check the table of contents to make sure you have all the sheets for completed centers in your binder.

posted on: December 06, 2006

Table Of Contents:Learning centers

1:Warm up
2: Digestive process
3: final digestion
4: 2 Column notes Interview with an organ
5: Blood and Lymph
6:Closer look at blood
7: Transportation system
8: Flow chart
Lab A-B-O's and Heart beat
9: Crossword:Excretory
10:Crossword: Respiratory
11:Excretory system
12: Respiratory system
13:Your framework
14:Skin
15: Concept map on Muscles
16:Skeletal system
Bony Joe

posted on: December 01, 2006

Human body learning centers

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 on: November 29, 2006

Nov 27th

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 on: November 27, 2006

Look everyone what we did!
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posted on: November 16, 2006

This was fun !

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.
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posted on: November 16, 2006

Article
Students were asked to read the article in class.They were then asked to pick one question out of six and write their answer in 3-4 paragraphs. They had D.E.A.R after they were done. Writing in content area .doc

posted on: November 09, 2006

Genetics

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 on: November 06, 2006

Cubing assignments

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)

posted on: November 01, 2006

Graded test:Ch 3

Graded test for Ch. 3 will be given back tomorrow. Students did really well on the test.

Average for 3rd period and 6th period was: 87%
Average for 4th period and 5th period was: 93%

Some students have not been turning their assignments on the assigned date. This has resulted in 50% credit or no credit for that assignment.Grades for these students are extremely low. Progress report was sent home with these students on Friday. Parents please sign the reports and send them back with your child.
Parents please check blogs and I-parents to keep up with your child's progress.

posted on: October 30, 2006

The Chia Unit

This student podcast is a brief overview of our Chia Unit.



posted on: October 27, 2006

Genetics:Think-Tac-Toe

Here are some pictures from the Think-Tac-Toe assignments.

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posted on: October 26, 2006

Reminder

Review guide is due Friday.
Notebook Quiz is Friday.

Test and 3rd assignment(Think-Tac-Toe) is due on Monday.

Bring an empty box and typed question and answers on Meiosis by next Thursday for cubing activity.Answers should be 5 sentences long. We will work on that in class.

posted on: October 25, 2006

"All in a family" project: Due Monday
100_1249.jpg 100_1251.jpg Students who did not finish the "All in a family" assignment were given a chance to take it home and finish it.It is due on Monday. Students who were absent are also expected to turn it in on Monday for a grade. They also have the white packet, yellow sheet and the blue sheet that is required to complete the assignment. Review guide was given out today and is due on Friday: Oct 27th. Students who had informed me about their absence on Friday were given a review guide on Thursday.

posted on: October 20, 2006

Smiley Face Traits

Students finished creating smiley face family today in class. They worked in groups for the activity. To increase their understanding, they will be working on another activity individually. The activity is called "All in a family."

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Objectives:
Students will define Genetics, Heredity, Traits, Phenotype, Genotype, Homozygous, Heterozygous and Allele.
Identify the factors that control the inheritance of traits in organisms.
Use a Punnett square to predict how an new organism might look.

Reminder: 1st homework assignment is due Friday. It will graded as a project grade and is due on the assigned date.
Turn in Jekyll Island forms before Nov 3rd.

Tentatively the test is scheduled on 30th October for Ch 3.

posted on: October 18, 2006

Oct 16th

I'm looking forward to meet you during the conference week.

We will revisit Ch 3 :Sec 1 on Monday. We will talk about Punnett squares, the chart that shows combinations of alleles this week. Students will create a smiley face family in groups using the punnett squares.

Jekyll packets will be handed out on Monday.
My 3rd, 4th and 5th period classes will be on the 2nd trip: Mar 7th-9th.
My 6th period class will be on the 1st trip: Mar 5th -7th.

posted on: October 15, 2006

Test:Graded
Graded test will be returned in class today. I have asked some students to get their tests signed. Parents please sign the test and return it back.

posted on: October 09, 2006

Oct 9th

On Monday students will play board games on cell cycle created by some students in class. They will also look at some presentations created on photosynthesis and respiration by some of the students.

On Tuesday we will begin talking about Genetics:Ch 3. They will learn about traits and how they are passed from generation to generations.
Students will work on the anticipation Guide. They will read section 1 and verify the answers on the guide.
Anticipation guide

Students will also fill out the heredity organizer.
organizer

Objectives:
Students will define Genetics, Heredity, Traits, Phenotype, Genotype, Homozygous, Heterozygous and Allele.
Identify the factors that control the inheritance of traits in organisms.
Explain the role of genes and chromosomes in the process of inheriting a specific trait.
Use a Punnett square to predict how an new organism might look.

Friday is Teacher workday. No school for the students.

posted on: October 08, 2006

Cell Cycle

To review the cell cycle visit the Extension activity category and click on the second entry to play the cell cycle game.

You can also visit the link below and scroll down to watch the video on cell cycle. Try to identify the stages of cell cycle(Don't forget IMPMATC) .

http://www.biology.arizona.edu/cell_bio/activities/cell_cycle/cell_cycle.html

posted on: October 04, 2006

Cell Cycle Assignment
Few students did not finish the assignment in class and have been given extra time to finish at home. However if it is not turned in tomorrow that will be a 0 grade for that assignment.

posted on: October 04, 2006

Oct 4th
Students have started working on the cell cycle book yesterday in class. They will finish the cell cycle book today in class and then start working on creating a board game, song or a model on cell cycle.

posted on: October 04, 2006

Oct 2nd

We talked about cell cycle today. Students who were absent need to read ch 2:Sec 5. Tomorrow students will have a choice to make up a song on Cell cycle or create a model of cell cycle or a board game.

Notebok Quiz: Thursday
Test: Friday on Chapter 2

posted on: October 02, 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 on: September 28, 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.

posted on: September 27, 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.

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

posted on: September 25, 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..
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posted on: September 20, 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 on: September 19, 2006

Eggcellent experiment write up

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

posted on: September 18, 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 on: September 16, 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.

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

posted on: September 13, 2006

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

posted on: September 13, 2006

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 on: September 13, 2006

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 )

posted on: September 13, 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 on: September 04, 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
Bubblegum

Evaporation of different liquids
Evaporation

Sponge absorbency
Sponge

Freezing rate of water
Freezing rate

Root Beer Vs Vinegar
Acidity

Raw egg Vs Boiled eggs
Eggs

Popcorn
Popcorn

Seeing plants drink
Carnations


posted on: September 02, 2006

Scientific Method

Click the play button to learn about our science lesson on the Scientific Method.


posted on: August 29, 2006

28th Aug- 1st Sept

Last week we finished the gummi Bear lab and the microscope Mania. We discussed the latest science news about the eight planets.

Reminder: Project is due on Tuesday.

We will review for the lab safety, microscope and scientific method test tomorrow. Textbooks will also be issued tomorrow.

Tuesday students will take the test. They will complete the vocabulary for chapter 1 when they are finished.

Wednesday we will discuss living and nonliving things. We will talk about the needs of livings things. Students will work on a mindmap. They will illustrate all the needs of the living organisms on Butcher paper. They will work in groups for this activity.

Thursday students will finish the map and present it to the class. They will then have D.E.A.R for the rest of the class.

Friday we will talk about organs, tissues and organ system. Students will create a 4 tab book on cells, tissues, organ and organ system.
They will then read the article "How Cells work?" and summarize it.

For the next few weeks students will be working on the following skills.

Students will describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
Explain that cells take in nutrients in order to grow and divide and to make needed materials
Relate cell structures (cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria) to basic cell functions.

Looking forward to meet you on Tuesday.

posted on: August 27, 2006

Microscope Mania

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Students have been working on the "Microscope Mania" a seven station lab. Students are using compound light microscopes, hand-held digital proscopes and a small hand lens to observe different things. Students were able to view gold fish scales,rabbit hair, fowl feather,silk, algae and pond water. By working on these stations students are exploring the parts and functions of the microscope. We will finish the lab tomorrow and will review for the test tomorrow and Monday.

The test will be Tuesday.

Below are some questions that might help the students on the test.
Labsafetyguide

posted on: August 24, 2006

Gummi Bear lab and "Microscope Mania"

Reminder: Book marks are due tomorrow.

This week in class students will be working on the following skills.

1: Understand the importance of - and keep - honest, clear, and accurate records in science.
2: Use appropriate tools for measuring objects and/or substances.
3: Write clear, step-by-step instructions for conducting particular scientific investigations, operating a piece of equipment, or following a procedure.
4: Scientific investigations usually involve collecting evidence, reasoning, devising hypotheses, and formulating explanations to make sense of collected evidence.

Students will work on the Gummi Bear lab to investigate the effect of water on gummi bear when soaked overnight. They will follow the scientific method to work on this lab.

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Also this week, they will learn the parts and functions of the microscope. We will have a day of “Microscope Mania” where students will go to different stations to perform activities.
Bring your D.E.A.R book on Thursday.

Test on Lab safety rules, Scientific method and Microscopes will be next week.(Week of Aug 28th).Students should start looking at their binders and review the concepts. I will post the exact date of the test later.

posted on: August 21, 2006

Science Journal

Show me your Science journal today to receive the credit, if you did not have it yesterday. The question was :What is Science? Do you like or dislike Science and why? Both the questions should be answered to receive the credit.

posted on: August 18, 2006

Week 1

First week of school is used to establish routines and procedures in the class.

We will look at different learning styles tomorrow and read the lab safety manual. On Thursday students will take a pretest in science and will D.E.A.R when they are done. On Friday we will review the scientific method. Students will use the scientific method while working on the Gummi Bear lab on Monday.

posted on: August 15, 2006

Pig dissection: Pictures

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posted on: May 09, 2006

Pig lab dissection guide

If you need to complete the lab packet please visit Ms.Larkin's blog. The link for the guide is under Classwork ( Pig dissection guide )

posted on: May 09, 2006

Pig week

Students are dissecting the fetal pig this week. The purpose is to relate the pig's body systems to the human body systems. The dissection will be done from Monday to Thursday. A lab test is scheduled for Friday. Students will follow an instruction packet to guide them through the dissections. They are to complete the lab questions packet after each dissection.

Below are some links for Virtual dissection:
http://www.whitman.edu/biology/vpd/main.html


http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Sparta/1822/pageone.html

posted on: May 08, 2006

May 03

We will learn about the skeletal and the muscular system. Students will need to know all the bones that make up our skeletal system and the types of muscles.

We are getting ready for the Pig dissection next week. We will dissect the pig to look at the different systems.

posted on: May 02, 2006

April 10th- April 14th

We are reviewing characteristics of animals this week. We have been looking at different specimens and trying to identify the organisms provided in the jar.

On Thursday, students will identify the specimen given to them. They will write down the characteristics of the organisms. It will be counted as a test grade.

posted on: April 11, 2006

Tests and Notebook Quiz

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

posted on: March 27, 2006

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 on: March 23, 2006

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 on: March 15, 2006

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 on: March 12, 2006

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 on: March 01, 2006

Notes For Chapter 8 and 9

Here are some notes for chapter 8 and 9. Read the notes and see if you can answer the questions posted on the blog under homework category.

Download file

posted on: February 27, 2006

# 7 In Your Notebook

Here are the notes for # 7 in your notebook :Fungi. Read the notes and use them to complete the study guide. You need to read other notes on the blog to study for the test. Also make sure your notebook is organized.

Download file

posted on: February 04, 2006

# 5 and # 6 in your notebook (Jan 30th -Feb 3)

Here are some notes on Molds(Fungus like) and Algae's(Plant like). They are #5 and #6 in your notebook respectively.

Download file


Table of Content:
1: Warm up
2: Vocabulary
3: Protist
4: Protozoan
5: Fungus like
6: Plant like


This week we will review protozoans and molds. We will learn about Algae(Plant like Protist). We will also continue looking at the effect of fertilizer on the growth of algae.

We will look at different protozoans and algae under the microscope. It is exciting to watch the movement of these micro organisms.

posted on: January 29, 2006

Protist And Protozoan Notes

Here are some notes on Protist and Protozoan. They are # 3 and #4 in your notebook respectively.

Download file

posted on: January 24, 2006

January 23- January 27

We will start Chapter 7 on Monday.

Essential Question:
What are Protists?
What are the characteristics of animal-like, plant-like and fungus- like Protists?

On Monday we will be talking about Protists and different groups of Protists. We will look at the Pond water and try to find some Protists.

On Tuesday we will finish studying all the different groups of Protists.

Wednesday is early release. We will talk about algae.

Thursday we will work on a lab: "Explosion of Life."

On Friday we will learn about Fungi.

posted on: January 22, 2006

Notes For The Test

Here are some notes for you, to study for the test. Read the notes and see if you can answer the questions listed below the notes.

Bacteria Notes:
Download file

Virus Notes:
Download file

Classification Notes
Download file

posted on: January 15, 2006

January 10th- January 13th

Hope everyone had a wonderful vacation!

We will continue with chapter 6: Bacteria and viruses. We will review few things about Bacteria and then start learning about viruses for the next 3 days.

posted on: January 08, 2006

December 19th- December 22nd

We have started Chapter 6: Bacteria and Viruses. We talked about the different kingdoms and their characteristics. Monday is Career cruising day. Guidance counselors will be taking the students to the Mac lab.

Tuesday and Wednesday we will be talking about Bacteria, their shape, structure and reproduction methods. We will also be learning about useful and harmful Bacteria.

Thursday we will be reviewing all the content they have learned so far.

posted on: December 18, 2005

December 12- December 16

This week we will start chapter 6. We will be studying about classification system of Linnaeus, classification today and levels of classification. Students will also learn the importance of the taxonomic key. We will also talk about the different kingdoms and their characteristics.

Students will classify the given critters and create a taxonomic key for those critters.

Objectives:
Correctly use a taxonomic key to classify organisms
Develop a taxonomic key for classifying objects
Understand the characteristics of each kingdom.

Skills:
Classify critters
Create a taxonomic key for the critters.
Taxonomic key sheet
Graphic organizer on six kingdoms.

posted on: December 11, 2005

Dec 5-Dec 9

We have been talking about changes over time. We are almost at the end of the chapter. Tuesday and Wednesday students will be creating a timeline on" Life's Long Calendar."

Please bring markers/Colored pencils and calculators for this activity.

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posted on: December 04, 2005

Nov 28 -December 2

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Progress reports will be sent home on Monday. Parents please sign the reports and send them back.

For the next two weeks we will be studying Chapter:5. We will be talking about changes over time and how different species adapt to the surrounding. We will have few hands on activities to help understand some of the concepts.

posted on: November 27, 2005

November 14th- November 18th

This week we will be finishing chapter 4: Modern Genetics. We will talk about Advances in Genetics and will do some activities related to DNA fingerprinting. Students will be solving couple of mysteries this week.

Skills:
Students will identify some uses of DNA fingerprinting.
Students will state the goal of Human Genome project.
Students will describe three ways in which people have developed organisms with desired traits.

Assessments:
Graphic organizer
Case of the Crown jewel mystery.
TEST

posted on: November 13, 2005

November 7th-11th

We will be starting Ch:4: Modern Genetics.
On Monday, we will talk about multiple alleles and read section 1. Graded test and Notebook Quizzes will be returned. Students did really good on this test.

On Wednesday we will talk about pedigrees. We will also look at different genetic disorders and then compare and contrast different diseases.
On Thursday, Students will work on an lab:" Family Puzzle"
On Friday we will continue learning about advances in Genetics.

Objectives:
Students will explain multiple alleles
Explain why some human traits show large variety of phenotypes.
Explain how environmental factors can alter the effects of genes.
Describe the causes and symptoms of five human genetic disorders.
Describe three ways in whih people have developed organisms with desired traits.
Identify uses of DNA fingerprinting.

Assessments:
Graphic organizers
Lab: Family puzzle
Compare and contrast

smiley face activity
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posted on: November 06, 2005

Oct 31st - Nov 4

Students have been given a review guide for the test. The review guide is due on Tuesday.
Below is the link for the review guide.
Download file

We will complete the "Making a pet family" project on Monday,review Meiosis and talk about DNA coding.

Notebook Quiz is on Tuesday.
Test on chapter 3 is on Wednesday.

Students will read articles on Genetics and summarize them on Thursday.

We will start Ch:4 on Friday.

posted on: October 29, 2005

Oct 24th -Oct 28th

We will continue studying Genetics this week. We will talk about Punnett Square on Monday. To reinforce the concept students will work on Sponge Bob Genetics sheet. Tuesday students will create a mind map using all the vocabulary words they have learned in this chapter. Wednesday and Thursday they will work on a project:” All in the family."

Notebook Quiz: Tuesday: Nov 1st.
Test on Ch 3 will be next week on Wednesday: Nov 2nd
REVIEW GUIDE will be given on Friday: Oct 28th and it is due on Tuesday: Nov 1st.


Objectives:
Students will define Genetics, Heredity, Traits, Phenotype, Genotype, Homozygous, Heterozygous and Allele.
Identify the factors that control the inheritance of traits in organisms.
Explain the role of genes and chromosomes in the process of inheriting a specific trait.
Use a Punnett square to predict how an new organism might look.

Assessment
Sponge Bob genetics
Create a mind map
All in the Family Project

posted on: October 23, 2005

Friday: October 21st

We started Ch.3 Genetics on Thursday. We talked about traits, heredity, dominant and recessive alleles. We will talk about Phenotype and genotypes and review all the vocabulary words. Students need to know what heredity, traits, allele, genes, dominant and recessive alleles, phenotypes and genotypes mean.

Students will fill out the graphic organizer on Heredity using all the vocabulary words listed above in class.

Download file

posted on: October 20, 2005

Oct 17th- Oct 21st

This week we will start Genetics: Chapter 3, after the test on Tuesday.
Homework for this week is to complete the vocabulary for Chapter 3. The Vocabulary will be given on Tuesday and is due on Wednesday.
Download file

Students will work on the anticipation Guide on Wednesday. They will read section 1 and verify the answers on the guide.
Download file

Objectives:
Students will define Genetics, Heredity, Traits, Phenotype, Genotype, Homozygous, Heterozygous and Allele.
Identify the factors that control the inheritance of traits in organisms.
Explain the role of genes and chromosomes in the process of inheriting a specific trait.
Use a Punnett square to predict how an new organism might look.

Assessment
Concept maps
Genetic sheets

posted on: October 16, 2005

Cell cycle: Oct 13th

We studied and reviewed cell cycle this week. All the students made a book on cell cycle. To review cell cycle, students had to choose one of the three activities that would meet their learning needs. Some students used beads, pipe cleaners and yarn to model the cell cycle while others created a flow chart and a pneumonic device.

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Students have been given a review guide. We went over the review guide in class and students had the opportunity to correct the answers. They were also given time to organize their notebooks.
The test on Chapter 2 is on Tuesday.

posted on: October 13, 2005

Oct 10th- Oct 13th

Students have been learning about the stages of cell cycles.We will review the cell cycle this week.

Objectives:
Students will identify the events that take place during the three stages of the cell cycle.
Students will explain all the stages of mitosis.
Students will describe the structure of DNA and DNA replication.

Assessments:
Flip book on Mitosis
Model the cell cycle
Create a pneumonic device
Create a flow chart.

On Tuesday, to accommodate different learning styles students will choose one of the three activities that would meet their learning needs.

Students can model the cell cycle.
Students can create a time line/ flow chart of the cell cycle.
Students can create a pneumonic device to remember the steps of the cell cycle.

Please click on the link below to find the activity.

Download file

posted on: October 09, 2005

October 3rd: October 7th.

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of the first 9 weeks. We will finish chapter 2 in the next 1 1/2 weeks.
We will study about photosynthesis, respiration,fermentation and cell cycles. Please read the sections at home so you will be prepared for the class. TEST on this chapter will probably be on the 13th of October(Thursday). I will inform you if that changes.

Skills:
Students will define respiration,photosynthesis and fermentation.
Students will describe the relationship between photosynthesis and respiration
Students will contrast photosynthesis and respiration.
Students will identify the events that take place during the three stages of the cell cycle.
Students will explain all the stages of mitosis.
Students will describe the structure of DNA and DNA replication.

Assessments:
Concept map on photosynthesis,respiration and fermentation.
4 layered book on Mitosis
Test

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posted on: October 02, 2005

September 28th-September 30th

Students will complete the lab write up: Eggcellent Eggsperiment
We will be learning about photosynthesis and respiration for the next few days.


Standards:
Explain the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration

Skills:
Students will define photosynthesis and respiration.
Students will contrast photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

Assessments:
Concept map.

posted on: September 27, 2005

Week of September 19th

Students will be finishing their Osmosis lab tomorrow. They had been observing the effects on their eggs by adding different liquids on it.

Test and Notebook Quiz have been returned. Students did very good on the test.

This week we will continue studying different methods of transporting materials. On Wednesday students will write a lab report on the Osmosis lab.

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

Skills:
Students will define Osmosis, diffusion, active and Passive transport.
Students will identify Osmosis and diffusion.
Students will compare and contrast active and Passive transport.

Assessments:
Osmosis/Diffusion lab
Osmosis/Diffusion compare and contrast sheet.


posted on: September 19, 2005

September 12-16th

Students had been studying different types of cell, organelles and their functions. To assess their understanding students created a "Cell City."Students did an excellent job on the "Cell City" project.The project has been graded and will be returned on Monday.

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

Standard Element: S7L5.1.b
Relate cell structures (cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria) to basic cell functions.

Skills:
Students will compare and contrast plant, animal and Bacterial cells.
Students will compare the atmosphere of early Earth with today's atmosphere.
Students will understand different methods of transport.

This week we will work on Egg-speriment lab to understand function of the organelles. We will also look at different types of transports: Osmosis, diffusion and active transport.


September 12th:
Compare and contrast different types of cells
Read Chapter 1:sec 4

September 13th:
Egg-speriment lab: Students will measure the circumference of the egg and soak the egg for 2 days in Vinegar.

September 14th:
Notebook Quiz.
Home work:Review Guide due
Will go over the review guide.

September 15th:
TEST on Chapter 1.
Students will check the eggs that they had soaked in Vinegar.
Homework: Vocabulary for Chapter 2.Due: Monday

September 16th:
Discussion on Diffusion,Osmosis and Active Transport.
DEAR.

posted on: September 11, 2005

Absent on Friday:

If you were absent on Friday, click on the link below to find the information on Organelles and their functions. You can also use your textbook to find the information.

You will use 2 column notes to write down the information. The heading of the first column is Organelle and the second heading is Functions.

Download file

posted on: September 05, 2005

September 6th-September 9th

September 6th:
Cell analogies sheet
Click on the link below
Download file
Who am I riddle?
Students will draw a plant and an animal cell.

Septembeer 7th:
Cell City Project
Students will create a city and name the parts of the city for the cell organelles.
H.W:"Is it Alive?" due.

September 8th:
Students will complete the Cell city project.
Students will compare and contrast plant and animal cells.
DEAR

September 9th:
Plant and animal cell lab.

posted on: September 05, 2005

August 29th-September 2nd

Aug 29th:
Characteristics of living and nonliving
Read pages 18-21
Graded notebook Quiz and lab safety quiz will be given back.

Aug 30th:
Needs of living and nonliving things
Mind map on characteristics of living and nonliving.(Markers required)
H.W:Is it alive? Due:September 7th

August 31st:
Organization of life powerpoint
Flow chart
Students will create a Four tab book on cells, tissue ,organs and systems.

September 1st:
Cell organelle and its functions
2 column notes
DEAR

Septembet 2nd:
Cell analogies sheet
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Who am I riddle?

posted on: August 28, 2005

August 23-26th

August 23rd:
Microscope Mania
Students worked at different stations observing under microscope, identifying mystery pictures, using hand lens to observe water and identifying the parts of the microscope.

H.W: Review guide for the Quiz..

August 24th:
Review metric conversion
Complete the microscope crossword puzzle.
Will go over the review guide

August 25th:
Quiz
Vocabulary for the chapter(Homework if not completed in class)
DEAR

August 26th:
Characteristics of Living and nonliving

posted on: August 23, 2005

Absent on Friday

If you were absent Friday click on the link below and complete the functions of the parts of the microscope. The microscope functions can be found on page 802 of the text.


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posted on: August 21, 2005

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