Today we observed the growth of our seedlings and predicted how they will look tomorrow after I flip them upside down at the end of the day (hint: tropism will affect them!). If you were absent today you can PRINT THESE NOTES and paste them in your notebook on page 139. Tonight's reading pages are 136-145. Tomorrow we will look more closely at seeds, flowers, and fruits. Track stars will miss this delicious dissection :(
Yes this is a LONG video... but interesting for sure! Maybe have it playing while doing another chore like dishes.
April 30th, 2015
Today we refreshed our memories of photosynthesis (how plants obtain and use energy). IF you were gone today you missed our rousing "act like a plant cell" activity as well as the video which also addressed plant growth and responses (our topic tomorrow!). We reviewed our own notes pages 71-74 in the notebook.
April 29th, 2015
Today we continued with our study of the plant kingdom. We watched a video which explained more about how roots, stems, and leaves help plants. IF you were absent today PRINT THIS and paste on p. 138 in notebook! Tomorrow a photosynthesis review! BE SURE TO WRAP UP YOUR GMO PAPERS! They are late!
Ways that roots, stems, or leaves can actually reproduce a plant (asexually with vegetative propagation)!
Be sure to read all about plants tonight: pages 104-111!
April 28th, 2015
April 27th, 2015
Today we began our exploration of the plant kingdom... We reminded ourselves of the characteristics of living things (cellular organization, obtain and use energy, grow and develop, respond, reproduce, and adapt), watched an introductory video about plants (YOU COULD WATCH THIS VIDEO IF YOU WERE ABSENT) and then sorted groceries into roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds.
Tonight your only task is to make sure the GMO paper is turned in according to instructions.
Tomorrow we shall dive into the cellular organization of plants. Wednesday a review of how plants obtain and use energy. Thursday we delve into growth, development, and reponses of plants. Friday is all about reproduction.
April 26th, 2015
Let's get those papers done this weekend!!! Remember all details from Friday's post OR visit Mr. Wilson's site!
Today we had our last in class typing day for the GMO project. You need to finish this paper over the weekend. Due date Monday April, 27th by 3:30 pm! Great Paideia discussion in language arts!
You may need to review THE DIRECTIONS or even the PARTNER REVISION task. You can find all you need by logging into Google Classroom as well. Your goal is to have at least 3 different people comment on your work before you Turn In. Some of you have quite a busy weekend ahead of you for this project! Put forth that awesome effort!
Any questions? PLEASE email myself (email@example.com) or Mr. Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
April 24th, 2015
April 23rd, 2015
Let the debate begin...
Today we had a great presentation about how worms can help us compost much of the waste stream helping to bring soil and nutrients to grow crops! A great topic for this Earth Day! Do what you can for the earth!
Tomorrow you will have the opportunity to TYPE your paper in both Science and Language Arts! Friday you will have a Paideia seminar to discuss your stand. You may want to watch THIS DEBATE for some pointers.
HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!
April 21st, 2015
Interesting when you think of how much soy, canola oil, and corn (and corn starch and corn syrup)
is in our processed foods. Then there's cotton! Love the social studies connection here!!!
How about another VIDEO TO WATCH ABOUT GMO's AND THE CONCERNS...
or ANOTHER VIDEO with a sarcastic yet informative viewpoint (a good one for thinkers) ...
GMO research continues...
Here's one interesting article: http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/People/Plant-geneticist-on-GMOs-Food-s-an-emotional-issue-and-people-need-to-be-better-informed
And still another! http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/People/Dr-Chassy-None-of-the-animals-and-plants-we-eat-today-exist-in-nature-they-have-all-been-extensively-genetically-modified
How about an infographic? http://carrington.edu/blog/student-tips/health/genetically-modified-food-pros-and-cons/
10 PRO reasons? http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/01/26/10-studies-proving-gmos-are-harmful-not-if-science-matters/
10 CON reasons? http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs
Wow we sure are making your research easy aren't we? (You're welcome)
Today we began our work on the GMO project. Sometimes technology doesn't make it easy for us (ipad craziness)! The instructions for this project are HERE (click to view) but you also can find the information from Google Classroom as well as Mr. Wilson's blog (visit Mr. Wilson's page for all the details). More tomorrow!!!
Those of you who missed last week's SWYK on Fungi are still on the hook... I should have seen you after school today (yet did not see many at all). Track stars should worry about eligibility from this! Be responsible!
April 20th, 2015
April 18th, 2015
Thursday's absent folks need to check THIS POST...
April 17th, 2015
Enjoy the day today... looks lovely outside... THURSDAY'S ABSENT FOLKS MAKE SURE TO CHECK THIS POST!
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