Friday, November 30, 2007

Mitosis & Microscopes cont.

F Block: Read the post below this, from Thursday November 29th, for what you did in class.

E Block:
Objective: Students examined slides to see how a plant cell undergoes mitosis and compared plant cells to animal cells to observe the difference in cell division.

Today students looked at plant cells and after completing drawings, needed to find various stages of mitosis on their own on the slides as opposed to looking at slides that were already focused.

Homework: Read section 9.3 and complete the notetaking sheet. Answer the concept check questions for section 9.3, #1-3 on page 188.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Objective: Students will use microscopes to look at unlabeled slides of animal cells going through mitosis.Purpose: This activity follows the ABC educational theory (activity before concept). Students will draw the stages they see and answer questions about the slides. After answering questions independently, we will talk about the questions as a class.

Homework: Read section 9.1 in the book and answer the concept check questions on page 181 # 1-3.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

For the winter term only...

posts made on Tuesday will also apply to Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.
Why's this? Because E and F blocks each meet on either Tuesday or Wednesday for 55 minutes (therefore you'll be doing the same things).

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Unit: Cancer, Mitosis & the Cell Cycle

Welcome Back! I hope you all enjoyed you Thanksgiving break and caught up on some much needed rest. We are starting a new unit on Cancer, Mitosis and the Cell Cycle that will take we will finish right before winter break.

Objective: 1. Introduce the cell cycle, cancer and mitosis unit to the students. 2. Identify myths and truths about cancer.

Students competed a true/false quiz in teams
to test their knowledge on cancer (don't worry it doesn't count as a quiz grade). We discussed each myth and explained if it was true or false.

Homework: None.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Food Lab: Bringing together the unit on Macromolecules.

What are you eating? Are you getting the protein you need? Today students conducted an experiment to see if various food samples contain protein, lipids, starch and/or sugars (specifically glucose and sucrose).

Homework: Complete the questions in the lab handout, we will go over the questions and how you should write your lab report.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Macromolecules Wrap Up

Today we finished the presentations on macromolecules. Each group made some great posters and handouts. You should be very proud of yourselves. To make sure we didn't miss any info, students completed a guided reading and study guide to review.

Homework: Bring in three different food samples. 1 that you think contains protein, one that you think contains MOSTLY starch and one that you think contains mostly fat.

Tomorrow we will be doing the Food Lab and you will get to see what your foods contain.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Peer Evaluation for Project

Please answer the following questions as HONESTLY as possible:

1. Out of 100% how much work did you do and how much work did your partner do? If you think you shared the work equally, you would write "I did 50% and my partner did 50%."

2. Were you pleased with the partner you had, or were you disappointed. Explain.

3. What did you learn about group work from this project.

4. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the worst, 10 is the best). What score would you give your parter. You must write at least 3 sentences explaining your grade.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Personal Day

I'm taking a personal day today to recover from the race yesterday. Please come prepared to give your presentations tomorrow.

Friday, November 02, 2007

What are you going to say?

Today students put the final touches on their projects and rehearsed what they are going to say on Tuesday.

Homework: practice what you are going to say for the presentation.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Projects cont.

Today students worked on their projects. Tomorrow students will have a practice presentation of their projects. Remember: this counts as a test grade.

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