Students have finished with testing in Genetics and are now completing the Pre-Assessment in Evolution. Please be mindful that all recovery from Genetics Post Assessments are to be completed and turned in by Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
We will complete our introduction of standard S7L5 on Evolution-Change of time with PPT notes. Next, we will complete our class projects on the mystery of the far flung fossil. This will highlight the way that dinosaurs and prehistoric plant fossils have migrated and changed over time.
All previous assignments with a zero in the grade book must be recovered by Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 in order for students to receive up to a 70 percent average. After that, it will stay a zero.
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2020: Greetings parents,
This week, students are doing their personalized data review of the pre-assessment and benchmark recently taken. After that, students will complete a worksheet that reinforces everything worked on to date. Wednesday and Friday will be GIZMO on Mouse Genetics and a focus lesson on S7L3.a.
Remember, the notebook check will be the week of Feb 3rd and the post assessment on Genetics is the week of Feb 10th.
WEEKLY UPDATE JANUARY 21, 2020
The life science team will finish the month of January exploring the difference between Genetic Variance (Sexual Reproduction involving 2 parents) vs Genetically Identical Traits (Asexual Reproduction with 1 parent).
Students should know the 3 types of Asexual Reproduction: Binary Fission (splitting), Budding (Growth on the parent that eventually falls off or can stay connected), and Regeneration (Cutting off a limb and it regrows a full organism for each).
The activities for this week are as follows: Students are investigating reproductive strategies to assist them with understanding the differences between asexual and sexual reproduction.
By next week, students will have received a recap worksheet on DNA, Chromosomes, Genes, and Traits to complete as well as go over their data from the pre-assessment for S7L3
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 5, 2020
This week, Life Science will kick off the semester with Unit 3- Genetics.
The pondering question for the next 2 weeks states: How does Asexual and Sexual Reproduction affect the passing of traits to offspring?
Students will begin a Unit 3 Pre-Assessment on Genetics Standards S7L3.a,b,c plus all vocabulary terms starting on page 159. Next, we will begin exploring the two types of reproduction mentioned in the essential question above. Students will utilize a PPT to extract the information as well as an anchor chart to assist with Comparing Asexual vs Sexual Reproduction. By next week, scholars will receive the focus lesson on genetics to sharpen their foundational knowledge of genetics.
Please note that Notebook Checks will begin in approximately 2 weeks. Additionally, the Benchmark for S7L3.b will be administered in two weeks. Lastly, the Post-Assessment for this Unit should take place by the first two weeks in February.
DECEMBER 9, 2019 Greetings Parents,
In the final 2 weeks of school, please ensure that all students are working diligently towards finishing this semester strong.
Students have been given 5 lab station activities to do that reinforces body systems. The final notebook check will consist of these labs, a graphic organizer on body systems, 2 gizmos (circulatory and digestive) and a CER application on body systems.
November 21, 2019 Greetings Parents,
Students will have until tomorrow, Nov. 22, 2019 to turn in the most recent assignments graded. The choice board activities were assigned October 28, 2019 and I gave students several class periods to get the work completed. I am still not getting enough completed work. Additionally, the notebook check that was suppose to take place this week has been post pone until we return from Thanksgiving break. I am not seeing enough completed notebooks and/or assignments.
We have 3 weeks before the semester ends. -Week 1 - GIZMO and CER on body systems will be assigned Notebook check for assignments 21-30.
-Week 2 - Labs 4-6 will be assigned and completed
-week 3 - Labs 7-9 will be assigned and completed Final notebook check for assignments 31-40 will be held in week 3 as well as another benchmark on S7L2.c - body systems.
Note: I will probably administer all lab papers so students can work at their own pace to complete the information as quickly and accurately as possible.
WEEKLY UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18, 2019 This week, students will take the focused lesson assessment on body systems.
Labs 1-3 should be finished and inside the composition note books of all students. NB Check #3 is this week on assignments 21-30. 21. Bill Nye Cells 22. GIZMO on cells 23. Pictures from microscopes lab 24-28 will be choice board assignments, which are in the graded work box. Lastly, 29 and 30 will be labs 1-3. WEEKLY UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11, 2019 Greetings parents,
This week, students are transitioning from cells and the organelles that are within each cell to body systems. We are working on labs 1-3, which are interactive labs where students have to learn how to check a pulse rate, breathing rate while at rest and active. I will have the students give their rationale as to why humans sweat and create chill bumps.
Students should be able to articulate that cells are the smallest unit of living organisms in life science. They should also be able to follow the organizational trend of cells grouping together to form tissues, which group together to form organs. Now we are undertaking body systems to better understand why cells take in nutrients to help the organism grow, reproduce and make needed materials.....process and eliminate waste.
Choice board Activities is over a week past due and I am still having students to submit these assignments.
Grades will be updated by Monday, November 18, 2019. Regards,
Jeremy O. Major
MR. MAJOR'S WEEKLY UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 28, 2019 This week, students will complete a choice board of 5 activities. All scholars must choose 4 activities to complete. Please note that 3 of the activities are mandatory and has been identified on the choice board.
The scholars have been preparing for a benchmark assessment on S7L2.a this Thursday and Friday, October 31 and Nov 1. Please continue to ask questions with your scholar to ensure they are doing what you expect from them once they enter school. Please continue to check infinite campus for grade updates and progress monitoring.
Excessive Talking, tardiness, and showing disregard to directives given by staff is a challenge that scholars have been displaying. Consequences will be issued to those scholars that are disrupting the learning environment.
MR. MAJOR'S WEEKLY UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 2019
Last week, scholars completed their first CER on the questions of What are all living things made of?
This week scholars are going through their focus lesson on cells, S7L2.a
This week will start with scholars grouping living things vs non living things. Next scholars will copy notes from PPT slides. The slide will show White and Red Blood Cells that students must identify.
Scholars will also get a chance to observe different animal and plant cells under a microscope. Lastly, we will take our focus lesson assessment at the end of the week.
Benchmark testing for S7L1.a will be the week of October 28-Nov 1. Study and prepare.
Jeremy O. Major
MR. MAJOR'S WEEKLY UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2019 Standard:
S7L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how cell structures, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems interact to maintain the basic needs of organisms. a. Develop a model and construct an explanation of how cell structures (specifically the nucleus, cytoplasm, cell membrane, cell wall, chloroplasts, lysosome, and mitochondria) contribute to the function of the cell as a system in obtaining nutrients in order to grow, reproduce, make needed materials, and process waste.
This week, students will begin the week by completing an online interactive gizmo on cell structures. Towards the end of the week, students will start working on the focus lesson for S7L2.b.
Midterm progress reports will go out on Thursday
2 Notebook check grades were conducted and entered last week. If a student have not turned in a notebook then it will be considered late.
Week of September 30th,
This week in science, students will complete a brochure outlining the important information covering cells and cell theory. In addition, all students are required to complete the worksheet detailing the parts of a microscope. Towards the end of the week, students will get hands on experience with using microscopes to view plant and animal cell slides.
Note: Homework pages 77-87 is due as of Friday September 27, 2019. I am no longer collecting homework pages 52-69 nor am I receiving p. 4-13.
Have a great week.
Week of September 22
This week, students will begin the next unit on cells and body systems. The standard, S7L2, along with elements (a,b,c) will reinforce what students just learned about classifying organisms according to characteristics. Fyi, I am hoping to successfully plan a grade level trip to The Bodies Exhibit at Atlantic Station by the end of October 2019.
Week in review.....
Unit 2- Pre-Assessment Vocabulary Words Data Talks and recovery for Unit 1 Post Assessment Cell Theory Comparison of Eukaryotic Cells (multi-cellular organisms with a nucleus) vs Prokaryotic Cells. (Uni-cellular organisms without a nucleus) Compare 2 Eukarya Kingdoms such as Animal vs Plant Cells
VocabularyCell Structure, cytoplasm, nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, chloroplast, lysosomes, endoplasmic reticulum with Rough ER[carries ribosomes] and Smooth ER, mitochondria, homeostasis, equilibrium, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, passive transport (osmosis & diffusion) active transport (sodium-potassium pump where particles move from an area of low to an area of high concentration)
Standard S7L2 and S7L2.b S7L2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how cell structures, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems interact to maintain the basic needs of organisms. a. Develop a model and construct an explanation of how cell structures (specifically the nucleus, cytoplasm, cell membrane, cell wall, chloroplasts, lysosome, and mitochondria) contribute to the function of the cell as a system in obtaining nutrients in order to grow, reproduce, make needed materials, and process waste.
Mr. Major's Weekly Assignment
This week, students will participate in a performance task using jelly beans that reinforces how organisms are classified.
Additionally, students will have a notebook check and unit 1 assessment to gauge if students were able to master the standard, S7L1.