Monday, January 31, 2011

Genetic Disorder Project

Today students continued to work on their Genetic Disorder Project. They continued reading about their selected Genetic Disorder and wrote a summary about what they read. Next, students started answering specific questions about their disorder that will be on their final project. The project is due February 11th. They can choose to either create a power point, PSA, story, brochure, or a essay about their disorder.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Genetic Disorders

Today students took a quiz on unit D Genetics. Students then each received a information on a Genetic Disorder. They began taking notes about the disorder and wrote down questions and predictions on what they think they are going to learn. Students will be creating either a powerpoint, story, PSA, or brochure on their genetic disorder.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Activity 56: Marfan Syndrome

Today students will investigate a genetic disorder called Marfan Syndrome. They will watch a movie about Marfan and will answer analysis questions about the disorder. We will also discuss the pros and cons of genetic testing. They will be starting their own research project on Friday about a specific genetic disorder.

Homework: Progress report due Friday!

Hint: Quiz on Friday

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Activity #55 Plants Have Genes Too!

Today students investigated leaf color inherited from two green leaf parents. They planted seeds and will water them for a week. They predicted which colors the offspring will be and once they grow will analyze their results. Students will get progress reports today and are due back on Friday with a parent signature. We also finished the traits graph from yesterday's activity~

Monday, January 24, 2011

Activity #54: Investigating Human Traits

Today students investigated six different human characteristics including eye color, height, arm span, PTC tasting, tongue rolling, and finger crossing. They recorded their results and analyzed how much variation was in the class by creating a graph with the traits on it.

Due Today: One World Essay

Friday, January 21, 2011

Current Science Magazine

Today students are reading the current science magazine. They are reading different articles about events that are happening around the world. As they read the magazine, student will answer analysis questions as they read. They will also analyze a graph while reading about drug problems. The worksheet is due at the end of class

Homework: One World Essay Due on Monday (Which is better, the individual or the society?)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Unit C Micro-Life Exam

Today and tomorrow during block days, students will take the unit C exam. It includes multiple choice and short answer. Students will also write an one world essay that addresses the guiding question: Which is better, the individual or society? If students do not finish the essay they will have until Monday to turn it in. On Monday, we will begin unit D: Genetics. Friday I will have a sub because of Science meetings. Students will be reading a current science magazine and answering questions about each article.

Homework: Finish One World Essay

Hint: Viruses are NON-LIVING!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Unit C Review

Today students reviewed Unit C: Micro-life. They reviewed important concepts and ideas. Review activities 30-53 in your notebooks. You will also be answering the guiding question for your One World Essay tomorrow. Test test has 30 questions including 4 short constructed responses. Please review: the five kingdoms, infectious diseases, microbe, antibiotics, vaccines, timeline, and cell characteristics.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Activity #53 Maracondo Fever

For the next three days in life science students will be investigating a mysterious disease called Maracondo Fever. Each group of four will have a game board and will be collecting evidence of the disease. There is a doctor, veterinarian, ecologist, and epidemiologist in each group who are in charge of specific evidence and data. Teams will make their final hypothesis of what is transmitting this disease.

Thank you for everyone who attended science fair last was a huge success!

You all did an awesome job!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Activity 51-52 Antibiotic Resistance

Today students read about bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. While students read, they took Cornell notes about the reading and then wrote a summary about why bacteria are resisting antibiotics. The three reasons we discussed are:
1. People are not finishing their full course of medication
2. People are taking antibiotics when they are not sick
3. People are taking antibiotics for the wrong microbial disease

Reminder: Science Fair tonight at 6 tonight in the cafeteria

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Activity #49-50 Penicillin

Welcome Back....I hope you all had a great break! Today students started off class by discussing their Science Fair grades and January 10th which is next Monday were we will hold a school wide science fair from 6-7 pm. Judges will score all the projects and awards and winners will be announced at 6:30. Next students watched a video and answered questions about the discovery of penicillin and how it has effected us today. Then students compared vaccines and antibiotics. Finally students wrote a persuasive letter to Ms. Lanier or Mr. T about our bacteria experiment and asked them to clean specific areas in our school where bacteria grew the most.

Hint: There will be a quiz tomorrow over unit C!