Today we watched a movie "The Story of the Gene" to get an overview of the next unit. Monday we shall dive into the textbook and understand more about Gregor Mendel's peas and the principles of heredity.
A few of you still need to make up work from this week: LAPS &/or Indian Why stories. Scroll back this week for details/help or email me if you have questions. Do not choose to have zeroes!!!!!! Wrap up the work!
Today we shared our Indian Why Stories explaining origins in a clever non-science based way. We also discussed one of science's stories as to the origins of organisms (RNA is involved). Fun to use the wheel to search for answers isn't it?! Here is another video which explains a bit about what RNA does in our cells!
For those who still have current events &/or stories to finish... DO IT!!!
Tonight you will finish your story. Remember to follow the tradition of the native stories as you write... feel free to review THESE STORIES collected from Frank B. Linderman. You may also be interested in THESE STORIES from the Salish (Coyote is the star of many of the Kootenai, Flathead, and Kalispel stories). I also enjoyed THIS STORY about Coyote and there are additional links for Owl, Raven, Eagle and Deer. Be sure to follow the elements of a good story: exposition, rising action, climax of the conflict, falling action, and resolution (denouement).
Read your tale out loud tonight to prepare to share with the class tomorrow! Current events should be done and in the red basket... otherwise be sure to wrap the LAPS tonight as well. I expect you will have your work done OR stay for PRIDE tomorrow afternoon to finish this week's work. We start our next unit on Friday!
Today we dove into a few of the latest and greatest research topics involving cells, DNA, and research! Tonight you need to finish the LAPS worksheet (if not already done and turned in) for your article... Click the links below if you didn't grab an article and still need it! Possibly you lost your LAPS page? CLICK HERE
Today we competed in a jeopardy review of all content from our Cell Theory unit. IF you missed out you can play HERE (choose 1 team) and see how well you do!
Tonight would be a good night to check PowerSchool to make sure you are not missing any work from the last few weeks. Zeroes will get a comment tomorrow "too late to make up this assignment" so get the work done and turned in!
We will be doing LAPS work on current events tomorrow in class. This time we will dive into the real world research of the past month or so! Exciting!
A fun song YOU can sing along with on your day off... I know you want to :)
Today we extracted DNA from a strawberry. Great job following procedure! Enjoy the long weekend!
Some of you may need to finish some missing work this weekend before we move on to the next unit: Genetics and Heredity. Science explains the existence of life with a chemical story... DNA and genes play a
big part. But RNA has a role as well, and may even explain the beginnings of organisms. Watch the video below AND take the opportunity to help collect data through the video game and help write RNA's story!
Today we translated some coded instructions (just like mRNA translates DNA code) then we constructed a critter (just like ribosomes make proteins which make US). Good day of music and videos (WATCH AGAIN?). Tomorrow we shall follow instructions (NOT in code... whew) to extract DNA from a strawberry. Fun indeed!
We sure have some interesting criitters. This shows that even though instructions (or DNA code) is similar, the final organism may be very different because of how they were constructed (much like how we have similar "recipes" in our genes as humans but our expression of these genes is unique)! We even had some new organisms (tigers with spots = leopard and giraffes with stripes = okapi) from just one word that was changed in the translated code. Mutations can cause change and may result in new organisms... oh the diversity!!!
Today is all about the base... the DNA base(s) and how they code for amino acids. We read pages 97-103 and added notes to pages 84-85 in our notebooks. Tomorrow WE decode instructions to build organisms!
Today we discussed how cancer is uncontrolled cell growth. We read from the textbook pages 64-67, visited with Tim and Moby for BrainPop, and watched an animation comparing the growth of normal cells to those of cancerous cells. Next week we learn to "read" DNA as well as how mistakes in our DNA may not all be bad!
Have a great weekend!
But also a very important process to make more cells. Good SWYK today! Some of you still need to finish up your End of Section Questions from page 62. Use loose leaf AND complete sentences. I hope all your DNA models are done. Next week we learn how to translate (or read) DNA! Tomorrow we discuss what happens when cell division doesn't stop! Some of you are pondering what to experiment with or build for the KMS Science Fair... check out SCIENCE BUDDIES for ideas! Be sure to contact Mr. Eash with any questions.
Great exploration today of DNA, mitosis, and microscope use. Tonight you need to make sure your visual is all finished (INSTRUCTIONS HERE) and be sure to answer the End of Section Questions for page 62. Use loose leaf paper and answer using complete sentences. We shall briefly review tomorrow before the SWYK.
I think the Powers of Minus Ten app was the winner today... Watch THIS as a reminder of the coolness!
Today we made our own visual of cell division (DIRECTIONS HERE). Tomorrow we will look at slides of cells undergoing the cell cycle and try to identify each phase and we shall explore with the ipads. If you want to continue work tonight on the phases, sequence, events, and purpose of cell division you could watch THIS...
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