Winter Break

Wishing to all of you a wonderful time to enjoy being with your families and friends.  See you in the New Year!  Ms. U.

Water Density and Currents

Today students performed a lab to determine what happens when dense salty water is dripped into fresh water to simulate current formation. Watch for pictures as soon as I figure out how to up load them.

Mini Report on Ocean topic

Be sure to remind your student to complete the mini ocean report by Friday, 11/20 to receive 10 extra credit points!

Wow! I am at Scenic, now!

Will update soon. Please send comments.

Say, what phase is the moon in today?

From Six to One

We’ve been very focused for the past few days on clarifying the key characteristics of the taxonomic six kingdoms, Animalia, Plantae, Protista, Fungi, Archaebacteria, and Eubacteria.  Students are testing on this material today and tomorrow (periods 3 and 5) using knowledge learned in this unit, and notecards they prepared in class.

Next week, we get the exciting prospect of focusing (literally and figuratively) on the kingdom of Protists, or Protozoa.   The little critters will arrive  sometime next week for us to watch and view under microscopic observation.  Students still need to develop a few basic microscope skills to make this work.  They will be reading the fine print in newspapers using the microscope beginning Thursday.  If you would like to help and see what is going on next week, please call or email alison.uster@district6.org,  to volunteer.  I could use a couple of extra hands next Thursday and Friday.  (Oh, and please remember to sign in at the office and get a visitor’s ID.  Thanks!

Mystery Students!

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More pictures!

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King Phillip Can’t Order Fuzzy Green Socks

more learning!taking notesClassification unit began last week.  This week, students have been gathering information about the key characteristics of the six classification groups, called kingdoms.  Once the information was gathered, they created posters, presented the information to the class, and then took notes in their science journals,  in an activity I like to call a Museum Walk.  Here are  few pictures of students actively learning this new material.

Extra credit question:  Which kingdom contains mostly unicellular organisms that have complex structures, and mimic both plant and animals?

Update 2/4

Science:  Read pp 202 to 207, Q 1-5 due Thursday, time in class to finish.

Extra credit:  What does King Phillip Can’t Order Fuzzy Green Socks have to do with Science? 2 pts (Comment to this posting for credit)

Language Arts:  Review two writing samples from the ODE website, found under 8th grade samples.  Evaluations due Thursday.

Health:  complete word search; we discussed importance of body systems working interdependently

Please bring in food labels for our nutrition search tomorrow.

Enjoy the fog!

DNA Summaries period 3

Please add your DNA paragraphs in the comments section for extra credit:

What is DNA, you say?

“Well DNA is something we all have.  It’s shaped like a twisted ladder, also called a double helix.  DNA is in cells.  DNA is an important thing in our bodies.  DNA can also copy itself.   DNA gives instructions for making molecules called proteins.  DNA is made of only four subunits.  The four bases are adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine.”   Laurel B.

“Well it’s lots of things.  It looks like a twisted ladder, and it’s in the nucleus.  DNA tells what cells look like…  A chromosme is made up of DNA and protein.  Every chromosome has an enourmous amount of DNA in it. Those are some things that make DNA special. ”  Elle P.

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