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Assignments for Dr. Mesmer's science classes:

April 7-11, 2014

 

Monday: Endless Variation

Tues.:  Time Line

Weds.:  Moths

Thurs:  Moths cont...

Friday: How Genes Work With Evolution

The environmental service project is due May 30th.

 

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Mrs. Halverson's Assignments for the Week of April 14th - 18th:

The Environmental Service Project (ESP) is due May 30th!!

Monday-  Introduce ESP / Complete Genes with Evolution Lab

Tuesday- Galapagos Video and Study Guide

Wednesday - Simulating Evolution Activity / Darwinian Explanation

Thursday - Famous Beaks (Islands and Finches Activity)

Friday- No School

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Check out the homework resources for some fun science activities to do!

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Ms. Randall's Activities/Assignments

Week of September 2-6

Monday:  LABOR DAY- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday:  

Wednesday:  

1. Expectations and Parent Sheet Due Sept 10th

2.  Journal Notes

3.  Concept Map - Due Friday

Thursday:

Friday:  ET and the Car Lab

 

Homework Activity Links:

 

JYMS Science Homework Resources
There are links to many wonderful science websites on this homework resources page. These can be used for the activities contract or just for fun.
Dr. Mesmer's Guidelines for a Peaceful Classroom
ESSENTIAL LEARNING TARGETS FOR 7TH GRADE SCIENCE
These are the learning targets and vocabulary that students are expected to know by the time they are done with 7th grade science.
Hire a Scientist
This assignment will be for TI.
Surviving in Winter
This will be used in TI.
1. LIVING
ET and the Car
This is an activity that we do in class to teach students the difference between observation and inference as well as life processes.
Living or Nonliving lab
This lab lets students evaluate items to see whether they do various life processes.
FIve Life Processes Song
2. ADAPTATIONS
Animal Adaptations
Students pick an animal, research the animal's adaptations and then find objects to represent those adaptations. Dressing up a group member with these "adaptations" teaches as well as entertains.
Build a Fish assignment
An interactive website simulation allows students to see how different fish adaptations survive in various habitats.
Build a Fish website
This is the website used with the Build a Fish activity.
3. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
Powerpoint on Experimental Design
Students can use this powerpoint to review how to set up controlled experiments.
Plant Project Presentation Directions
Here are directions about how to write up your plant project in Google Docs presentation.
Plant Project Presentation Template
Use this template to make a presentation on your plant project.
How to Write Up Experiments in Google Docs
Use this resource to help you write up experiments that are done in a research team.
How to Make a Spreadsheet in Google Docs
What to Include in a Conclusion
4. CELLS
Cell Reading
Here is a link to information on cells.
Cell Representation
The description of the cell representation project can be found here.
Cell Test Review
Cell City and Career
How is a cell like a city? Draw a map and figure it out!
Power Cell Powerpoint
Here's what happens when we eat and when we breathe.
Cell Songs
Cell Cell-Parts of the Cell Rap
A Youtube video to teach you the parts of the cell
Cells Alive website
Check out this website to learn more about cells.
5. BACTERIA AND VIRUSES
Bacteria packet and questions
Review on quiz of whether bacteria are alive or not
Bacteria Song
How the flu virus works
How Vaccines Work
Rx for Survival
This PBS show dramatizes how the first vaccines were made and then describes the end of smallpox and about the campaign to eradicate polio.
Study of Giant Viruses Shakes Up Tree of Life
This article from September 13, 2012 can help students with a 4 question on the test.
Medmyst
Your mission should you choose to accept it...
Exploring The Invisible Universe That Lives On Us ? And In Us
This animation show how important our microbiome, the small living things that live on and in us, can be in our lives.
Bacteria Test Review
6. PARAMECIA, EUGLENA AND AMEBA
Study guide for paramecium, euglena and amebas
Reading for Living Things with Nuclei that aren't Animals, Plants or Fungi
Paramecia, Euglena and Ameba Lab
Paramecia, Euglena and Ameba Songs
7. FUNGUS
Fungus Reading
Fungus Study Guide
Fungus Lab
Fungus Test Review
Fungus Song
8. PLANTS
Vegetative Reproduction Reading
Power Plant Powerpoint
Plant test review
Vegetative Reproduction Study Guide
Plant Songs
Photosynthesis video
Photosynthesis Song from Youtube
Plant Project Presentation Template
Use this with your group to make your presentation for your plant project. Make sure that you make a copy first!
9. ACTIVITIES CONTRACT
Activities Contract
Link to Resources to use for the Activities Contract
10. ANIMALS
Earthworm lab
Planarian Lab
Arthropod Reading
Arthropod Lab
Adapt a Bird
Cornell University's All About Birds Website
A excellent site to find out information about birds for the Adapt a Bird project.
Adapt a Bird presentation
This presentation includes many adaptations of birds.
Invertebrate Test review
Fish, Amphibian and Reptile Test Review
Can Ants Count?
This animated video from PBS relates research where scientists were testing whether ants could count.
Human interpretations of animal communications
A Youtube video of hilarious voiceovers of animals
11. GENETICS
Modeling Review Powerpoint
Cell Division Video
Watch this to understand what happens to chromosomes in cell division.
POP Summary for Picture Matching
POP Summary for Sex Cell Formation
This explains how sex cell formation works.
Sex Cell Formation and Fertilization Presentation
This presentation explains why we're somewhat like our siblings, but not exactly.
Genetics: Tour of the Basics
Learn about DNA, genes, chromosomes, proteins, heredity and traits.
Sex Cell Formation pictures
What happens if we have too many or too few chromosomes?
Sex Cell Formation Reading
Sex Cell Formation Worksheet
Gene Song
Review for Genetics Quiz 1
Mendel's Model of Simple Dominance
Mendel's Model Video Explanation
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain about Mendel's Model.
Human Chromosomes Powerpoint
Pedigree Construction
Genetic Counseling
How are Traits Inherited?
Understanding Mendel's Model
Gummi Bear Genetics
Gummi Fish Genetics
What happens when the data does not support Mendel's Model? Are different genes expressed differently?
Review for Genetics Test 2
Biologica
This site has two simulations about genetics, one about dragons and one about peas.
Learn Genetics from the University of Utah
Take a tour of DNA, genes, chromosomes, and genetics. You can also learn about epigenetics, the latest in genetic discovery.
12. EVOLUTION
Lamarck's Powerpoint
Tortoise powerpoint
Darwinian Model
Mr. Darwin music video
Natural Selection Quiz Review
Evolution Test Review
Graph Creatures Darwinian Explanation
Graph Creature Darwinian Explanation Video
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain how to write a Darwinian Explanation for the graph creatures.
Lizard Darwinian Explanation
Lizard Darwinian Explanation Video
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain how to write a Darwinian Explanation for the striped whiptailed lizards in New Mexico
Bug Hunt
No where to Hide
This is a simple, easy to use, computerized animation of the classic peppered moth example. Students control the level of pollution and watch the results as insects are consumed by birds and then reproduce.
Evolution simulation activity
This activity involves fictitious creatures that help you to understand the process of natural selection.
Finch Darwinian Explanation
Finch Darwinian Explanation Video
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain how to write a Darwinian Explanation for the Galapagos finches.
Evolution Song
Evolution short videos
Watch these and write a Darwinian Explanation about how a population changes over time.
Pocket Mouse video
Iguana Case
Variation, Selection and Time unit from Univ. of Utah
Look at: "Recipe for evolution: variation, selection" and time followed by "Things you may not know about evolution." Then you can look at "Change over Time" followed by "Evolution Starts with DNA." If you still have time you can any of the Case Studies under "Evolution in Action."
Sean Carroll Lecture: "Endless Forms Most Beautiful"
Dr. Carroll from UW-Madison relates the history of evolutionary theory and how natural selection works.
Sean Carroll Lecture: "From Butterflies to Humans"
Dr. Carroll explains the new idea of evodevo, evolutionary developmental biology.
13. ECOLOGY
Bluebird house plans
Use these plans to make a bluebird house for the environmental service project.
Compost Bin plans
Look here to see how to build a compost bin for the environmental service project.
Rain Garden plans
Look here to see how to build a rain garden.
Wisconsin Native Plants
Look here for a list of plants native to Wisconsin to plant for the environmental service project.
How the World Works
A reading about ecology
Food Chains, Webs and Pyramids Powerpoint
Food Chains and Food Web Song
A Youtube video about food chains and food webs.
Food Chains Video
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain about food chains.
Food Web Video
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain about food webs.
Food Pyramid Video
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain about food pyramids.
Carbon/Oxygen Cycle Video
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain the Carbon/Oxygen cycle in an ecosphere.
Carbon Cycle Game
Here's a game to help you learn about the carbon cycle in the world.
Water Cycle Video
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain the water cycle in an ecosphere.
Nitrogen Cycle Video
Hear Dr. Mesmer explain about how the nitrogen cycle happens in an ecosphere.
Another interactive carbon/oxygen cycle video
Virtual Ecosystem website
Try setting up a virtual ecosystem in a jar and see what happens!
Eagle Case Lake Superior
Eagle Case
This is a powerpoint to explain the research methods that were used to collect data for the Eagle Case.
Environmental Service Project
Ecology Test Review

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