Saturday, December 22, 2007

Week of 12/17 Protists!

Another Busy Week!

The protists arrived and we were back on the microscopes! On Monday, Wednesday and Friday we observed and asked meaningful questions about paramecium, euglena, stentor, blepharisma, and more! It was exciting to watch them move and interact and allowed us to refine our microscopy skills.

Here is a website with a few images of the organisms we observed:

Click Here

Here are some links that will allow you to learn more! Write some notes and submit them for extra credit!!

1) Protist Link #1- good info

2) Protist Link #2- good video clips

3) Protist Link #3- colecting and studying protists

Have a great break!

Mr. Forde :-)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Week of 12/10

Hi All,

Last week we reviewed the process of respiration and we discovered tat it occurs in the mitochondria, uses oxygen and simple sugars (glucose) to produce energy (in the form" of ATP) and produces water and carbon dioxide gas. I asked questions of the group like, "Why do we breath? and "Why do we eat?", in order to see if you could make the connection from breathing and eating to what happens in the mitochondria. We also discovered that without the "powerhouses of the cells", cells would have no way of getting the energy they need to live.

Next, we turned out attention to Mitosis:

Please remember to finish your flip-books and review the stages on the provided notes. Remember IPMAT..(interphase,prophase,metaphase, anaphase, telophase).

Also, think you all for signing my birthday card on Monday. I appreciated the warm wishes.

Mr. Forde :-)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Girls Rock at Science Competition!

See the details at this NY Times link.

Click here

*This may require a registration on the NYT web site....don't do this without parent permission!!!

Mr. Forde :-)

Enrichment Post #6- Demo-ing Mitosis

Hi Black Team,

If you were challenged to demonstrate the process of Mitosis any way you wanted...what would you do?

Would you rap about it, sing about it, dance about it, shoot a video, create an animation make a 3-D demo...or what?

The only rules would be that whatever you did creatively would have to demonstrate the phases of mitosis to the class. (Interpase, Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophases and Cytokinesis,)

I may be challenging you soon to do this soon (hint,hint) so let's share some of our ideas here!

Mr. Forde :-)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Enrichment Post #5 - Mitosis

Head to this web site and review the process of mitosis! (Click on the word mitosis in the left hand menu.) For extra credit write a brief summary of each stage of this process.

Good Luck!

Mr. Forde :-)

Week of 12/3

Hi All,

This past week brought with it a science test on the cell and microscope, as well as, the culmination of our hyper cell projects. Throw in a field trip to a modern art museum and you have a pretty busy week!

This coming week I hope to tie up a few loose ends. Since we haven't been working in my classroom a lot, I am hoping to finally connect you to your projects and return your test papers. Most students did quite well, but if there is a need to stay for extra help (especially if you scored less than 70% on the test) plan on staying with me one day this week for extra help.

We will try and cover the topic of cellular respiration and start building our understanding of cell division by the end of the week!

All the best!

Mr. Forde :-)

Monday, December 3, 2007

cell/microscope jeopardy!

Hi All,

Here is the link...
I hope it helps. Sorry about the one category that isn't behaving. Study the cell diagram (plant/animal) on the hand out I provided you with last week.

Mr. F :-)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Week of 11/19 and 11/26

Hi All,

The past two weeks have been a non-stop CELL-ebration in science class. The two full days we had on 11/19 and 11/20 (prior to Thanksgiving) we spent drawing cell city analogies. We will be cleaning them up and grading them this week!

This past week we start interactive HYPER cells using hyperstudio software. When these are completed they will be clickable cells with lots of information about cell organelles!

Here are a couple of shot of kids working on their cells!

Test ALERT--> Next week we will have a cell/microscope test in science class. Please review you cell notes and anything we have in our notebooks since we started out new table of contents.

All the best!

Mr. Forde :-)