September 29, 2005
Students need to finish Workbook Section 2-3 for homework tonight, though must students finished before leaving school.
Posted by Larkin at 06:33 PM
September 28, 2005
Based on quiz scores, students were assigned one of three activities that would meet their learning needs. The distribution is as follows:
0-14 points - Review Sheet (blue handout)
15-17 points - Design Crossword (lime green handout)
18-20 points - Persuasive Arguement (red handout)
Though the Word Document is not color coordinated, click on the link below to view and print the appropriate activity. All three options will appear so be sure to scroll down until you find your activity!
Posted by Larkin at 06:03 PM
September 22, 2005
Students have been steadily working on their lab reports this week and are beginning to wrap up their projects. Tomorrow, students will be given a copy the score sheet and have the opportunity to evaluate and revise their project. For a peek at the score sheet, click on the link below.
Posted by Larkin at 06:04 PM
September 20, 2005
For the past week students have been learning about osmosis and diffusion through an egg experiment. Once the shell is removed, a raw egg serves as an excellent model of an animal cell. Students were able observe solutions of varying water concentration diffusing through the egg's membrane.
To conclude the laboratory experience, students will be spending the next week writing a lab report. Students may choose to present their data in the following formats: PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Key Notes, 3-sided display board, or Pod Casting. The project will be completed entirely in class and should require no outside resources. To view the project components, click on the link below.
1. Computation of mass and circumference
2. Application of knowledge of diffusion and osmosis
3. Deduction of daily lab data and results
4. Creation of lab report, rationale, data, and graphs
1. Eggcellent Eggsperiment Lab Journal
2. Eggcellent Eggsperiment Lab Report
Standard Element: S7L5.1.d
Explain that tissues, organs, and organ systems serve the needs cells have for oxygen, food, and waste removal.
Standard Element: S7CS2.2.b
Scientific investigations usually involve collecting evidence, reasoning, devising hypotheses, and formulating explanations to make sense of collected evidence.
Standard Element: S7CS2.2.f
Scientists use technology and mathematics to enhance the process of scientific inquiry.
Posted by Larkin at 06:33 PM
September 18, 2005
Thanks to everyone who came to Rivers Alive this Saturday at Sweat Mountian Park. Trash was collected, the owls and hawks were cool, fun and games were had by all! Check out some of the pictures.
What happens when students puppy-sit...
Posted by Larkin at 02:10 PM
September 15, 2005
I'm making my first attempt to upload photos onto my blog. Here are some before and after pictures from our Gummy Bear experiment. Can you conclude what the effect of water is on a gummy bear when left in a cup of water overnight?
Posted by Larkin at 07:40 PM
Parents - Your students will be bringing home a progress report on Friday. Progress reports should be signed and returned to school on Monday, Septermber 19th. I am happy to report that grades are very high, as they should be since we have spent much time reviewing. Please prevent your students from becoming too comfortable with these high grades, as it will only get harder throughout the year.
Posted by Larkin at 07:23 PM
September 14, 2005
Students will take a quiz covering parts of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 on Friday, September 16th. A study guide has been provided to students in class, but you may download an extra copy from the link below. Students who return their completed study guide with a parent signature on Friday will recieve five bonus points on the quiz.
Posted by Larkin at 02:11 PM
September 08, 2005
For Third Period AC Only!
Brainstorm tonight so that you're ready to hit the ground running tomorrow! The link below will allow you to download the Cell City instruction sheet. Remember, if you'd like to use your home computer you may, but please come to class tomorrow ready to work on your "city blueprint" before building your city at home. I will provide you with computer paper, markers, rules, etc.; however, you're welcome to bring in any additional supplies from home.
Posted by Larkin at 02:17 PM
September 07, 2005
This week students are studying different types of cells, the organelles specific to each type of cell, and the function of each organelle. Students will explore the functions of the organelles through a week long "Eggs-periment!" More details will come next week.
For a review of the parts of the cell, click on the link below.
1. Identify and explain the parts of the cell.
2. Differentiate the different types of cells.
3. Examine the importance of the cell as the basic building block of life.
1. Text and Workbook – Chapter 1, Section 3.
2. Cell Diagrams
3. Labratory write-up.
4. Multiple Choice and Fill-in-the-blank quiz on cell organelle parts/functions and the differences of plant and animal cells.
Students will describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
Relate cell structures (cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria) to basic cell functions
Posted by Larkin at 11:29 AM