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    Thank you to all the students and their families who participated in the student led conferences. This week we have been dilegently working on punnett squares. We will continue our discussion on genetics over the next couple days as we discuss genetic engineering, CRISPR, Cloning, and more.  The enriched students have already discussed them. These topics are very important to have diasucssions on at home.  In class we discuss mainly how they work and that there are ethical issues that need to be considered very carefully.  Students should be working in their workbooks on Chapters 6, 7, and 8 and 3 collumn vocabulary sheets.. By the end of today students will also have a review sheet to complete.  Students may also play quizizz to help review for the test we intend to take next week.  Enriched will take their test Tuesday while the 1st, 2nd, and 7th will take theirs Firday. The code is 576784.  Students have taken quick checks on two of the standards already.  Just as a reminder the retake for the quick checks is the test.  If they test higher than the test grade will replace the quick check score.   Monday, the science fair boards are due. We will go over presentations techniques and practice.  Then the students will do their presentations.  Most presentations are less than 5 minutes.  Please email me if you have any questions and have a wonderful weekend.  
    Posted by armstrem  On Jan 31, 2020 at 5:45 AM
    We have completed our first week from break and have been working on DNA.  This unit that not only deals with DNA but genetics relates to wonderful topics for family discussions.  These include discussions on family history and geneology, gmo's and genetic modified organisms, cloning, and more.  As we enter a wold where we have begun to modify humans it is important to start the moral discussions of these topics at home.  Other interesting discussions include 23 and me and genetic testing done on infants for medical purposes. In class we will discuss what was the human genome project, what is a clone and how did the first scientist accomplish this in a sheep, what is a GMO and what are some arguments for and against, what is CRISPR and how did the first genetically modified human come to be as well as how do we predict the possibility of different traits and the genome project.  We will learn about Mendel and his peas and the history of the discovery of the shape of DNA. Last week, amongst all the snow days, we learned the shape of DNA, What the letters in DNA stand for and what makes up the strand of DNA.  We reviewed how Chromosomes are made of DNA and that a section represents a gene.  The gene is code for a specific trait. Students have been givien there vocabulary and should be working on them at home.  We are also on oue last weeks of working on the science fair projects. Last friday the graph, data table and results paragraphs were due.  Before break, students were given aids, a demonstration, and class time (including this past Thursday) to work on their projects.  This Friday, the rough draft for the conclusion paragraph is due.  The firnal report is to be typed, printed and submited on January 24th.  In addition, retakes for standards 9 and 10 must be completed by Friday.  Please email me if you have any questions.
    Posted by armstrem  On Jan 13, 2020 at 5:39 AM