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Complete Workbook 23-2 if you didn't finish it in class.

posted on: March 12, 2007

3rd and 4th period Only

If you did not finish your Chapter Assessment in class, you must finish it for homework over the weekend. Complete # 1-28, skip #16.

posted on: February 23, 2007

Ms. Larkin AND Mrs. Carroll's Students

If you did not do so in class, please be sure to complete all the questions from today's activity, How Many Bears Can Live In A Forest? Students should have also completed Day Two (#1-5) in their Ecosystem In A Bottle Activity.

posted on: February 13, 2007

Mrs. Carroll's Students

Please make sure you have completed questions 1-8 on your Ecosystem in a Bottle Lab, as well as your ecosystem poster/illustration. Your poster should be on unruled, computer paper and divided into quarters. Label each quarter as organism, population, community, and ecosystem and give an illustration that depicts the definition of the term. The poster should be colored.

posted on: February 12, 2007

Ms. Larkin's Students

Be sure to complete questions 1-8 on your Ecosystem in a Bottle Lab, the 22-1 Vocab & Review Packet, and Workbook 22-1.

posted on: February 12, 2007

Finish Posters

If you didn't finish your assignment in class, be sure to finish your poster on organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystem. The poster should be labeled and colored.

posted on: February 09, 2007

Chapter Five Test

Chapter Five Test will be on Thursday, February 8th. There will be a study session at 8:15 on the day of the test. Students were able to pick up study guides last Friday. When completed and signed by the parent, the study guide is worth five bonus points.

posted on: February 06, 2007

Chapter Five Test

We will be testing on Chapter Five towards the end of next week, probably Thursday. There will be an optional study guide available, worth five bonus points when completed and signed by a parent. A study session will be held at 8:15 the morning of the test.

posted on: February 02, 2007

Jekyll Update

Science teachers sent home a check sheet and payment envelope with students. The check sheet indicates what each student is missing. At this time, the second payment of $90.00 is due, but should be turned in by February 14th at the absolute latest. Also, there will be a Jekyll Island parent meeting on Monday, February 5th @ 6:30. At this meeting parents will receive a packing list, itinerary, and emergency contact information, as well as the opportunity to ask questions or turn in any last minute payments or papers. Chaperones will have a brief, but mandatory meeting following the general parent meeting.

posted on: January 31, 2007


If you did not finish in class, complete Workbook 5-1 for homework.

posted on: January 17, 2007

Virtual Pig Dissection

For those who are faint of heart, (or die-hards that just can't get enough), here is an excellent site for virtual dissections.

Virtual Pig Dissection

posted on: January 09, 2007

Piggy Week Begins

Homework - Finish questions 1-5 and 1-3 in your student packet. If you have trouble with the questions, download the Pig Dissection Guide from my previous blog post.


posted on: January 09, 2007

Pig Dissection Guide

Click below to download the dissection guides you used in class. The dissection guide contains very helpful information, such as the location and function of different organs and should be used to complete the daily questions. This is an extremely large file and may take several minutes to download, please be patient!

Pig Dissection Guide

posted on: January 08, 2007

Piggy Week!

Students will be exploring the human body by participating in a pig dissection thist week. As you may already know, the organ systems of pigs are most similar to that of humans and are becoming a major resource for organ transplants. The dissection will take place Monday-Thursday, with a lab test scheduled for Friday. Each day, students will follow an instruction and question packet to guide them through the dissections. Each night, students should review the packet, as its content will make up the majority of the test.

* I will hold after-school study sessions on Wednesday and Thursday so that students can ask questions and further examine their pigs before the test on Friday. I will remain at school until 5:30 to help students, but please consider sending a snack or money for the snack machines. *

posted on: January 08, 2007

Organ System Quiz

There will be a quiz on the human body organ systems on Wednesday. Students should study from their 9-page organ system packet they completed two weeks ago. All questions will be taken directly from these worksheets! Also, all notes and labs students completed this week during presentations should be turned in tomorrow.

posted on: December 19, 2006

Organ System Web Sites

To help you with your research, I have bookmarked several student-friendly websites that might help you. I will continue to update and add links to this site so check back frequently. If you find a website that was particularly helpful to your group, email me the link and I will post it. Go to the website below and click on your organ system folder to access the links. Larkin's Life Science Class

posted on: December 02, 2006

Organ System Notes

Click on the links below to download your organ system's note sheet. At minimum, your group should address all the terms and questions listed for your organ system. Each member of the group is responsible for having their own notes in the group folder.

Circulatory System Notes.doc

Digestive System Notes.doc

Endocrine System Notes.doc

Excretory System Notes.doc

Immune System Notes.doc

Integumentary System Notes.doc

Muscular System Notes.doc

Nervous System Notes.doc

Respiratory System Notes.doc

Skeletal System Notes.doc

posted on: December 01, 2006

Designing a Lab

Below are two templates groups may use to assist them in planning and conducting their labs. One template is in an outline format and one is in the form of a concept map.

Experimental Design Experimental Design Map

posted on: December 01, 2006

Organ System Project

This week, students broke themselves into groups and were assigned an organ system in the human body. Students will be working with laptops to create a digital presentation, design a lab experiment to conduct with their classmates, and construct a visual model or demonstration. Students will begin presenting their organ systems in class beginning the week of December 11th. Download the instructions and rubric by clicking below.

Organ System Project

posted on: December 01, 2006

Chapter Four Test and Study Guide

We will have a test on Chapter Four on Monday, November 13th. As always, there is an optional study guide worth five bonus points when completed and signed by a parent. There will also be a study session Monday morning at 8:15.

Chapter 4 Study Guide

posted on: November 09, 2006


If you didn't finish in class, students should finish making their pedigrees and answer the five questions from today's activity.

posted on: November 06, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Chica says, "Happy Halloween!"
Homework: Be safe, come back in one piece, bring me a peanut butter cup!

Pug Big Pumpkin

posted on: October 31, 2006

Chapter Three Test

There will be a test on Chapter Three on Friday, October 27th. As always, there is an optional study guide available that can be picked up in class. If completed and signed by a parent, the study guide is worth five bonus points. There will also be a morning review session on Friday morning at 8:15.

posted on: October 25, 2006


Students need to complete their Photosynthesis & Respiration compare/contrast sheet, plus Workbook 2-4 on Respiration. Students also need to bring a plastic bag to class tomorrow so they can take their Chia Pets home!

Click on the link below to download the Compare/Contrast sheet.


posted on: October 02, 2006


Students should expect a quiz on Friday, September 29th. The quiz will cover sections one, two, and three of Chapter Two. Topics include the chemicals of life, types of compounds, diffusion, osmosis, and photosynthesis.

posted on: September 27, 2006

Cha-Cha-Cha Chia

Students will be making their very own Chia Pets in class on Friday as we begin our studies on photosynthesis. Students need to bring in pantyhose and any decorative items that can be glued down, such as pom-poms, googley eyes, pipe cleaners, buttons, beads, or anything that sparkles and shines. The pantyhose may be used or new and knee-highs will work as well.


posted on: September 20, 2006

Lab Report

Students will be analyzing their data and writing lab reports based on their Eggcellent Eggsperiment. The lab reports should be typed; however, if this is not an option, the students may hand write their report, using pen and only writing on the front sides of the paper. Graphs should also be made on the computer, but again, if this is not an option the students may neatly make them by hand but should use computer paper or graph paper, not notebook paper! Students will have one day in class to work on rough drafts, ask questions, and proof read. Below is a rough draft of the lab report expectations, but more specific details will be presented in class. Lab reports are due on Friday, September 22.

Eggcellent Eggsperiemnt

posted on: September 18, 2006

Workbook 2-2

Students should complete Workbook 2-2 to review cellular transportation.

posted on: September 18, 2006

Workbooks and Fluids

Today we began Chapter Two. Students should complete Workbook 2-1 as a review. Also, students are supposed to bring in a liquid of their choice for tomorrow's lab. Remember, fluids should be school appropriate, safe to touch, and in a sealed container.

posted on: September 13, 2006

Eggcellent Eggsperiment

By Thursday students should have brought in a liquid of their choice to soak their eggs in overnight. It is only necessary for one partner to bring in a liquid. Please be sure that the liquid you choose is safe and school appropriate. Bring liquids in a sealed container (such as a water or coke bottle) with your name, class period, and liquid name clearly labeled.

Check out what our eggs are doing tonight! Can you guess what will happen to the eggs when soaked in food coloring overnight? Will the egg lose or gain mass? What effect will the dye have on the egg?


posted on: September 12, 2006

Test Postponed

We will be moving our Chapter One test from Friday the 8th to Tuesday the 12th. The study guide will now be due on Tuesday and the morning review session will be held on Tuesday morning instead of Friday morning. Remember, the study guides are optional but are worth five bonus points when completed and signed by a parent.

posted on: September 06, 2006

Test Friday

There will be a test on Friday, September 8th, covering Chapter One, sections one through three. We will not test on section four. There will be an optional study guide available to students on Wednesday, September 6th. If completed and signed by a parent, the student will receive five bonus points on their test. I will also hold an optional study session on Friday morning at 8:15. While studying, students should focus on the following topics:

1. The six characteristics of life
2. The four needs of all living things
3. The three points of the Cell Theory
4. Who: Invented the microscope, the "discoverer" of cells
5. Cell organelles: identification and function
6. Difference between plant, animal, and bacterial cells.

posted on: September 05, 2006


Students should complete Workbook 1-2 for homework tonight. Third period students will finished their assignment in class tomorrow.

posted on: August 31, 2006


There will be a quiz on Friday, August 25th. The quiz will cover Lab Safety, Scientific Method, and Microscopy. Students should review the notes and handouts they have received thus far.

If not completed in class, students need to finish their microscope worksheet and vocabulary crossword.

posted on: August 23, 2006

Wednesday, August 16th

Students should finish the Sponge Bob - Controls and Variables worksheet for homework if they did not finish it in class. Also, any missing forms need to be returned, including: Lab Safety Contract, Syllabus, and Student Information Sheet. Students WILL NOT participate in any lab activities until their contract is signed and returned.

posted on: August 16, 2006

Tuesday, August 15th

Students should finish their lab safety bookmarks for homework. For a copy of the instructions, click on the link below. Also, don't forget to have your Lab Safety Contracts signed or you cannot participate in experiments.

Lab Safety Bookmark.doc

posted on: August 15, 2006

Pig Dissection Guide

Click below to download the dissection guides you used in class. The dissection guide contains very helpful information, such as the location and function of different organs.

Pig Dissection Guide

posted on: May 08, 2006

Chapter 22 and 23 Test

There will be a test covering Chapter 22 and Chapter 23 on Thursday, March 30th. A completed study guide that is signed by a parent is worth five bonus points. There will be a study session Thursday morning at 8:15.


posted on: March 29, 2006

Chapter 22 and 23 Test

There will be a test covering Chapter 22 and Chapter 23 on Thursday, March 30th. A completed study guide that is signed by a parent is worth five bonus points. There will be a study session Thursday morning at 8:15.


posted on: March 28, 2006

Chapter 22 Quiz

There will be a Chapter 22 quiz on Wednesday, March 22nd.

posted on: March 20, 2006

3/14 Classwork for Orchestra Students

For those students who were out with the Orchestra today, we completed Workbook 22-1, answered the questions on pg. 693, and read 22-2. Also, don't forget to turn in your ecosystem!

posted on: March 14, 2006

Vocab Quiz and Graphic Organizers

There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, February 7th. The quiz will cover all terms from Chapter 7, section 1. A list of terms is attached. Students used these terms to fill in graphic organizers during class on Friday. The graphic organizers should be used as a study guide for the quiz and is due on Monday if the student did not finish in class.

Vocab terms -

Chapter 7-1 Terms.doc

posted on: February 03, 2006

Homework for the Weekend

Due Monday, January 23rd.

Students will use Chapter 6, Section 3 to create a "WANTED" (think Wild West or police search) poster for bacteria. Students may make a "WANTED" poster representing either an unlawful, harmful bacteria, or a desirable, helpful bacteria. Students may use their text book or Internet to research a type of bacteria.

- Color picture/graphic of the cell (may be hand drawn or computer generated; may include facial features, clothes, props, ect.)
- Genus and Species name (may be real or fictitious name, use correct punctuation)
- Explanation for why the bacteria is wanted (Harmful ex: strep throat, vomiting, food poisoning, spoiling food OR Helpful ex: food digestion, making milk, cheese, yogurt, medication)
- Description of physical characteristics (ex: spherical, rodlike, or spiral shape, color, etc).
- Where you would find the bacteria (Last seen.....ex: in the intestines, cheese factory, hiding in a pond, the bottom of your shoe)

Posters should be made on a sheet of computer paper, (no lines), but may also be made on construction paper, poster, etc.

Have a great weekend!

posted on: January 20, 2006

Writing Assignment

Students should bring in a rough draft of their paper tomorrow, December 20th. Students will peer-edit their papers in class. Scroll to the bottom of this entry to read a sample paper.

Choose One Writing Prompt:
What is the potential effect of genetic engineering on the course of evolution?
Do the potential benefits of genetic engineering outweigh the potential risks?

Turn In/Staple
- Rubric
- Final Copy
- Peer Evaluation
- Rough Draft

Do Not
- Write in 1st person, (no “I think…”)
- Avoid use of words such as this, that, it, stuff, etc. Use proper names, nouns, or adjectives that are descriptive.

- Make your opinion clear.
- Type and double-space 2 pages, (done at school)

Search terms to use if you decide to research at home
- genetic engineering or gene therapy
- controversy of..., benefits of..., risks of...

- Chapter 4, Modern Genetics
- Chapter 5, Evolution

Click below to read a SAMPLE STUDENT PAPER.
Download file

posted on: December 19, 2005

Homework for 11/9

Students should complete Workbook 4-1 if they did not do so in class today.

posted on: November 09, 2005

Homework for 10/25

Students should finish Workbook 3-2 for homework.

posted on: October 25, 2005

Homework for 10/24


Students should finish their Sponge Bob Genetics sheet for homework.

posted on: October 24, 2005

Homework for 10/19/05

Students should finish their mitosis flip books for homework, (worked on in class yesterday), and complete section 3-1 of their workbook.

posted on: October 19, 2005

Test Review Sheet

The Chapter One and Two Test Review sheet can be downloaded and printed from the link below. The questions on the review sheet are extremely comprehensive and STRIKINGLY SIMILAR to the test that will be given on Monday, October 10th. The review sheet may be completed and signed by a parent for an additional 5 bonus points.

Download file

*There will be a study session before school on Monday morning at approximately 8:15*

posted on: October 06, 2005

Homework 9/29

Students need to finish Workbook Section 2-3 for homework tonight, though must students finished before leaving school.

posted on: September 29, 2005


Based on quiz scores, students were assigned one of three activities that would meet their learning needs. The distribution is as follows:

Quiz Score/Activity:
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!

Download file

posted on: September 28, 2005

Homework - Monday, August 29th

Students should complete Section 1-1 in their Guided Reading and Study Workbook. Section 1-1 can be found on pages 5-7 of their workbook.

posted on: August 29, 2005

Lab Safety Bookmark

Click on the link to retrieve the directions for the Lab Safety Bookmark. Bookmarks are due on Monday, August 15th. Your bookmarks will be laminated and returned to you next week.

Download file

posted on: August 12, 2005

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