I'm so proud of the hard work my students have put into their work and learning so far this year. Take all that Science Knowledge and show what you know today! Good Luck!
Reminder to my 7th grade Life Science Students: We have a Unit 6 test tomorrow, Wednesday April 9, 2015. The test will cover material learned about adaptations and changes over time. I encourage students to use their notes along with the vocabulary quizlet located on the classroom website at http://mrbakerlifescience.weebly.com/vocabulary.html ...Click on "Unit 6: Adaptations & Evolution”.
Well......We certainly had to come to terms with the fact that winter refuses to let go of its clutch on us. However, even though we have not been able to attend school...we really can't afford to not DO school. We will be having a test next Wednesday on the Animal Kingdom. Students will likely need to clean the cobwebs away in their brains to review the learned material...Therefore, I encourage all my students to use the classroom website (http://mrbakerlifescience.weebly.com/vocabulary.html) to review the Animal Kingdom vocabulary. Students will be completing an Animal Kingdom Study Guide on Monday (3/2/15), participate in a review activity on Tuesday (3/3/15), and then TEST on the ANIMAL KINGDOM on Wednesday (3/4/15).
Additionally, we started another round of incubating chicken eggs in early February, with an estimated Hatch date of Friday (2/27/15). Due to the Frozen weather, I brought home the incubator to keep watch over the eggs...and so far 6 chicks have hatched (See photos here!). Students will be able to see the chicks when we return on Monday (3/2/15). Hopefully, we will have more chicks hatch before then.
I'm looking forward to seeing the students on Monday...until then, stay safe and stay warm!
We have started the 2nd semester learning about the six (6) Kingdoms of organisms (Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Protist, Fungi, Plant, & Animal). We have already covered Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, and Protists...and are just now jumping into the Fungi Kingdom. I will be testing students over those four (4) Kingdoms on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. I encourage students to review the material using the resources made available to them (Notes, Texts, and the classroom website). Students can access the Vocabulary "quizlet" by visiting the "Vocabulary" tab on this site and clicking the unit 4 Vocabulary "Bacteria, Protist & Fungi Kingdoms" Button. It is a wonderful tool to use when studying for tests.
We will then begin learning about the Plant & Animal Kingdoms over the next few weeks. We will dissect flowers to better understand the plant and flower anatomy. Students will then work on an Animal Kingdom project covering one class of organisms from either the vertebrate or invertebrate phylum. Because there is greater volume of information in each of those Kingdoms, students will be tested on each of the Kingdoms separately...first Plant Kingdom, then Animal. In February/March we will incubate chicken eggs for a second try. We usually have a higher hatching success rate when we do the Spring incubation.
I'm looking forward to the remainder of the school year!
We are nearing the Holidays and the end of the 1st Semester of the 2014-2015 school year. We are currently in the middle of learning about the main organs and functions of each of the human body (Organ) systems. Students have been constructing a booklet containing information about each of those systems. The booklets will be due at the beginning of class on Tuesday December 9, 2014.
Students will also be taking the Organ Systems Test on Tuesday December 9, 2014. I encourage students to study for the test using their notes, their booklets, and the website Vocabulary for Unit 4 Vocabulary "ORGAN (BODY) SYSTEMS".
Once we finish the Organ Systems, we will begin the next part of Unit 4: Viruses and then the Organization of the 6 Kingdoms of living things.
On Wednesday December 17, 2014, students will be taking the 2nd 9-weeks Benchmark Test, which will cover all of Unit 3 (Cells, Cell Structure, and Cell Processes) & the Organ (Body) Systems. We will begin reviewing on Monday 12/14/14 to prepare for the test. However, I still encourage students to begin their own preparation by reviewing the Unit 3 Vocabulary.
We are in the final week of our Unit 3 lessons covering standards S7L2: a, b: Cells, Cell Processes, Cell Cycle, & DNA. The students have already taken Part 1 of the Unit 3 test, and they will finish up the Unit with a Part 2 test on Wednesday 11/12/14. I encourage the students to review the Unit 3 Vocabulary by clicking THIS LINK. It is a great tool to use when preparing for tests & quizzes.
The students just finished working in groups constructing a model of the DNA molecule. You can look at their masterpieces by clicking on the Gallery Page. They did a great job!
We will begin Unit 4 on Thursday 11/13/14. This unit will focus on the organization and classification of organisms. Students will continue to learn about the Levels of Organization of living things, the structures and functions of Organs & Organ Systems, and the differences among the six (6) different Kingdoms of organisms (Eubacteria, Archaebacteria, Protists, Fungi, Plants, & Animals).
Finally, in your spare time, feel free to look at the Tybee Island 2014 Picture Gallery...the Students who attended had a great experience!
This week marks the end of the 1st 9 weeks. Students will be finishing up their cell projects on Wednesday 10/15/14. I'm looking forward to hearing their presentations, and seeing the end results of their physical projects. I will be posting photos of their work later this coming week. We will also be reviewing our Units 1 & 2 material prior to students taking a Benchmark test. It is going to be a very busy week!
In two weeks, some students will be attending the Environmental Education Camp at the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island, GA. Be on the lookout for photo and video updates covering their experiences while at the camp. They will be posted during the week of 10/26-29/14.
We have just finished instruction on our Unit 2 Segment, which included the concepts of the energy roles within ecosystems: Producers, Consumers, & Decomposers. We have also learned the concepts of Food Chains, Food Webs, & Energy Pyramids: understanding how one organism transfers 10% of energy to another. Finally, we spent the last two (2) weeks covering material on the World's Terrestrial (Land) (Tropical Rain Forest, Desert, Grassland/Savanna, Temperate Deciduous Forest, Taiga, & Tundra) and Aquatic (Water) Biomes (Freshwater and Marine), which are groups of ecosystems with similar climates.
Students have already taken a pre-assessment "quiz" to check their understanding of the Unit 2 material...but now they should be reviewing the learned material over the weekend to prepare for their Unit 2 Test on Monday (9/29/14). I encourage students to use the VOCABULARY TAB on this website to study the Unit 2 vocabulary ("Transfer of Energy" and "Biomes"). I have found that students who are able to take advantage of this tool improve their quiz and test scores dramatically.
Next week, we will begin working on Unit 3: Cells & Cell Processes. There will be a few fun activities that coincide with the unit that I believe the students will enjoy. We will attempt to incubate and hatch some chicken eggs. Some students have donated some eggs and I am very grateful for their contribution. This is a great hands-on visual that helps the students understand cell growth and development. I plan to place eggs on the incubator on Monday, so if there are any other students/parents who would like to donate a few more eggs, it would be greatly appreciated. Students will also be working on a cell project to gain an understanding of the cell organelles and functions. Students usually enjoy this project a great deal...and it often times results in the creation of delicious treats.
I am proud of the students and their progress so far, and am looking forward to the coming weeks and months!
The students are hunkering down, and compiling research on the World's Terrestrial (Land) and Aquatic (Water) Biomes. Using computers, textbooks, and magazines, they are diligently gathering information about the climate, animal life, and plant characteristics of the Desert, Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Deciduous Forest, Tropical Rain Forest, Grasslands, Savannas, Marine, and Freshwater Biomes. They are then going to transfer their data into a Biome Informational Booklet, which will also include illustrations. The booklet will ultimately become a great studying tool for the Unit 2 standard assessment coming up next week. I encourage students to continue to review the vocabulary for Unit 2 at this VOCABULARY PAGE LINK.
It will definitely give them the head start they need in understanding the material better.
Once we finish Unit 2, we will begin learning about the building blocks of all living things...cells. Unit 3 will include a cell project that involves some unique and fun ways of learning the material. It is a project that the students typically get excited about...primarily because it often involves food! Be on the lookout for more information about that project in the next couple of weeks. Until then, Keep Calm and Explore Science!
I have some GREAT NEWS for students! Due to the long Labor Day weekend, I have decided to change the Unit 1 test date to Thursday Sept 4, 2014. We will spend time on Tuesday and Wednesday reviewing the Ecology material learned over the last 2 1/2 weeks, and adding new material on Mimicry, Camouflage, Producer and Consumer. On Wednesday, the students will compete in a "Jeopardy" review game for a fun way to prepare for their test on Thursday.
Students should also take personal time reviewing the vocabulary in their Unit 1 notes and/or the Website Vocabulary Quizlet found at the following link: UNIT 1 VOCABULARY: ECOLOGY
The students voted on new names for our classroom critters for the year. You can see the new names and pictures of the critters at the following link: CRITTER PICTURES.
Finally, Some new pictures have been posted in the website gallery of last week's "Interdependence of Life" activity. I will continue to post pictures periodically throughout the year showing various student tasks and activities. Keep checking back to see new posts!
REMEMBER: UNIT 1 TEST is now this Thursday, September 4, 2014.