Friday, December 17, 2010

Science Fair Celebration

Today students had a party to celebrate their hard work on science fair in the last couple months. I am so proud of the hard work everyone put into this project. It was a great success and I can't wait to see everyone on January 10th for the school wide science fair. Today the signed progress report and five kingdom flip chart was due today. Have a great break!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bacteria in Henry

Today students observed and recorded bacteria growth in Henry World School. On last Friday, students went around Henry and swabbed areas to see which areas would grow the most bacteria. Today we are calculated the number of large, medium, and small colonies as well as the color and shape of each colony. We then ranked growth from the most growth to the least growth. We will finalize the results in the first week of January.



Monday, December 13, 2010

Activity #48 Handwashing

Today students simulated hand washing. Before we did this, students took quiz 5 over last week's content. The answers to the quiz are:
1-2: Viruses are non-living, not made of cells, and can't reproduce on their own. Bacteria are living, have a cell wall and no nucleus.
3: Two diseases in the Fungi Kingdom are athlete's foot and ring worm.
4: The kingdoms that have a nucleus are Protists, Plant, Animal, and Fungi.

Due on Block Days this week: SCIENCE FAIR!!!!!
Due on Friday: Flip Chart

Friday, December 10, 2010

Activity 46-47 Reducing Risk

Today students tested Henry for bacterial growth. Students selected two different places to test. We used agar in a petri dish to grow bacteria. Students used the scientific method and made hypothesis of where they thought the greatest amount of bacteria would grow. Students taped their petri dish closed and we will observe and analyze data.

Homework: Science Fair due on block days! Flip charts due next Friday!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Activity #45: 5 Kingdoms of Life

Today students examined the characteristics of the five kingdoms of life. Students first began by reading about microbes and their characteristics. As students read they filled in the inner conversation chart about what they noticed, what they wonder about, what they found out, and where they got lost. Next, we made a chart of the five kingdoms and put the characteristics of each kingdom into the chart. Then students made a flip chart of the five kingdoms.

Homework: Finish five kingdom flip chart and work on Science Fair

Hint: Quiz on Friday!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Activity #44: Classification of Microbes

For the first part of the day students went to their CSAP testing rooms and took the writing benchmark test. After the test was done, students attended periods 1-4. In science class, students practiced classifying microbes. They started of by looking a different cards that had information and pictures of specific microbes. Then as a group they sorted each microbe into a group according to a specific characteristic. Next, students were given a information card to each of the five kingdoms of life and a virus card. There job was to revise their groups into one of the kingdoms or virus groups. They wrote their final groups in their notebook.

Homework: SCIENCE FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Honors Class: Cell (favorite place) Drawing

Hint: There will be a quiz on Friday over the 5 Kingdoms of life!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Unit C Quiz4

Today students took a quiz over the structures and functions of the cell's organelles. The answers to the quiz are: Plant cells have cell walls, chloroplasts, and a central vacuole which animal cells do not have. The mitochondria is used for cell respiration, the nucleus is the control center of the cell, the cell membrane protects the cell, the cytoplasm is the jelly that holds all the organelles in place, and the chloroplasts carry out photosynthesis.

Honors class: cell house diagram

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Activity #43 Protists and Bacteria

Today and tomorrow in block classes, students will be observing protists and bacteria under the microscope. Students will focus slides to look at characteristics of both microbes. Next, students will draw pictures of the microbes in their science notebook. Then students will complete a Venn diagram of protists and bacteria. Finally, students will write a summary of the similarities and differences between protists, bacteria, and human cells.

Homework: Study for organelle quiz on Friday!