Today we finished up yesterday's questions (IF YOU MISSED CLASS YESTERDAY OR TODAY you can grab the textbook during Study Hall to finish up!). We also reminded ourselves about the characteristics of life AND discussed how scientists group, sort, and organize living things. Tomorrow more with classification!
May 17th, 2017
May 16th, 2017
Oh the connections of life ...
Today we had a "wrap up our prior unit" day: Cells textbooks turned in (will use a class set for the rest of the year)... some speeches were shared (and if STILL not done you will need to schedule with Mr. Wilson)... and we discussed a bit about how scientific discussion is a good thing! The wheel keeps rolling with new info!!! IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY I will grab your book when I am back (I have a sub tomorrow).
May 15th, 2017
Today we had many ideas discussed: animal testing, climate change, vaccinations, antibiotic use, GMOs, and cloning. Some of the presentations were well prepared and some of us learned that preparation is actually helpful for best success! Monday we will hear from those final presentations (either during science or at the track star's scheduled times). Some of you were "saved by the bell" as we didn't have time to finish up! Take advantage of the weekend to have a fantastic presentation ready to go Monday. I will let you know the plan for our final unit in science AND finally deal with those notebooks! Have a great Mother's Day weekend!
May 12th, 2017
May 11th, 2017
Wrap up the work!
Today we continued with our argumentative speech work. Tomorrow is the last class time for work (and track stars should be ready to share tomorrow!). Spend a bit of time tonight if you realize you are off pace! Be ready for a great presentation. Practice makes for a perfect presentation!
May 10th, 2017
Today we worked more with our collaborative project. You should have researched your arguments and now are putting together your speech. Reminder that we shall miss class time periods 3-5 for the theater (read "theater" out loud boldly and with an "ah" sound at the end)... dress nicely tomorrow?! Speech work continues on Thursday with presentations Friday... track stars should be ready to share EARLY!
A few more links: CLIMATE CHANGE CLONING ANIMAL TESTING VACCINATIONS ARGUING YOUR POINT
May 09th, 2017
The debates begin ...
Today we spent BOTH Language Arts AND science class time researching pros/cons of our topic. Tomorrow we shall work on framing your arguments. Take a moment at dinner (or driving to and from your busy schedule) to find out what your folks think about your topic... do they have clear facts with scientific evidence or have they joined an emotional bandwagon? Spend a bit of time reviewing the importance of using factual information and identifying misinformation and alarmist or emotional arguments. GO FOR THE SCIENCE!
May 08th, 2017
Darwin tends to get all the credit for the Theory of Evolution BUT Alfred Russel Wallace also came up with same conclusion from evidence at a similar time! (I bet Wallace and Roslyn Franklin could have a little conversation about missed glory!) Add both Darwin AND ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE to your Giants of Science page. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you missed both a SWYK and a battle for the best geneticist! We also discussed ANOTHER IMPORTANT SCIENTIST who contributed to evolution: Nicolas Steno.
May 05th, 2017
Today we had a split day once again (we did today's lesson on Tuesday for periods 1 and 6). SBAC testing is done! YAY!!! IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY OR TUESDAY watch the video below and PRINT THIS (or just copy) for your notebook page 133. Tomorrow we SWYK about Darwin's Theory AND we shall do some "rap battling" of the Giants of Science for genetics! Track students should have taken the SWYK today!
May 04th, 2017
Today we examined adaptations for survival success. We FINALLY found out why there are butterflies all around the classroom AND we finished question #4 on the mouse lab. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you will need to grab your lab and finish #4. Tomorrow we will either be SBAC testing (HomeBase thru 3rd period) or regular classes (periods 4, 5, 6, and 7). We have a quick SWYK Friday on Darwin's work.
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