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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Enrichment post #9- Karyotyping

Here is a chance for you to do an interactive karyotype. You may recall that each of your Somatic (body) cells have 23 pairs of chromosomes. A karyotype is a photograph of the chromosomes from a single cell.

Let's see if you can pair up the chromosomes from a single cell properly in this activity!



Click here for the actvity!

Once you are done post a message to let me know how you did!

Mr. F :-)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Here I am in action in New Orleans!

Here I am on a ladder...gulp!



Here is my caulk filled finger!



Wish me luck!

Jim :-)

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Orleans Trip

Hi All,

I am doing this entry from my blackberry. All is well but it is tough to see how much there is to do here. I'll provide updates as the week goes on!

Mr.F :-)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

More Candy DNA molecules!

Here are a few more DNA creators!




Saturday, February 9, 2008

Gov. Rell and DNA!

HI All!

We discussed this in class. Read the following article and tell me how you feel about the role of DNA in crime fighting!

Click here for the article.

What are the pluses? Are there any possible minuses?

Mr. F :-)

Candy DNA Molecules!

Hi All!


I challenged my students to create DNA from Twizzlers, gum drops, and toothpicks! There were many cool creations but this one was the only one I snapped a picture of. Good Job Steven, Steven and Cameron!





This project illustrated the nitrogenous base pairings of Adenine (A) with Thymine (T) and Guanine (G) with Cytosine (C). I was thrilled that some students tried to simulate the twisted ladder (Double Helix) shape of DNA also!

I hope you enjoyed creating and then eating DNA!

Mr. F :-)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Talking stain comments...

I was asked to create this section to allow you to comment on the stain ad! :-)

Be kind or I won't post your responses! :-)

Mr. F :-)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

More about DNA!

HI All!

Today we learned alittle bit about the DNA code.

click here and select the button "more about DNA" to learn a lot more!

Write a post if you learned something new!

Mr F :-)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Gibble Breeders!

How are you doing on the problem?

Write here if you need some help!

Mr. Forde!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Genetic Smile Monsters!

Hi All!

Click Here to see ALL of the black team genetic monsters!



These were created by our students by coin flipping to determine the genetic traits of each monster.

For example, if they flipped Heads/Heads for face shape they would have gotten "C" "C". This is HOMOZYGOUS DOMINANT. (Ask your local black team student to explain this.) These two dominant alleles result in a round faced monster.

If they flipped Tails/Tails they would have gotten "c" "c", or HOMOZYGOUS RECESSIVE. These two recessive alleles would result in a oval faced monster.

What would happen if you flipped heads and then tails? What shape would the monster face be?

Mr. Forde :-)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Photo booth Fun

Whoever invented photo booth certainly understood what middle schoolers are all about! Here are some winning creations!

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Mr. F :-)

Food Bank Visit 1/29

What wonderful visit we had this week! Yet again, the kids did fantastic work to benefit this worthy organization! Here we are posing with some of our favorite donations!


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Here is the generous award they issued our school to thank our students for there food bank wrist band purchases. Great job Scofield!!!