From late September through late October students will be learning all about cells-the organelles, plant and animal cells, etc. Textbook pages 54-75 are a good resource to read over at home (books should stay at home until end of year). There are some links on my "Useful Links" page too that are helpful
From late October - most of November students will be learning about Cell Processess- things cells do. Chapter 4 in the science textbook is a good resource if students need additional support. In addition, science project packets will be given out October 28, 2016. I have placed the parent notification (due 11/10) and the topic approval form (due 12/6) on this page under "Files" In addition there is a copy of hundreds of possible project ideas on the "Files" page as well.
I did put a website link on this page that is a great place to help find science project ideas-there are some really good ones there. Cell Processes (things cells do) test is scheduled for Tuesday after we return from Thanksgiving Nov 29. There is a Quizlet link on this page as well under files. Historically this can be a tough unit. (The test will not be 11/29 for 6th period)
From early December through January we will be studying genetics/heredity. We will start with mitosis and meiosis and work through Gregor Mendel, Punnett squares and DNA.
Please note that we will spend a week in the library working on the 5 paragraph research paper and 3 source bibliography that goes along with the science project the week prior to winter break. Long term science projects like growing plants, mold, looking at stars, weather etc should begin over winter break. The research paper and bibliography are due Thursday 1/12/17. I have placed some addition resources on the files page to help with science projects, this paper, etc. Please do not wait until the end to work on the project. Display boards can usually be found at Michael's, Office Depot, Staples, Target, etc.
The science project and completed paper are due Feb 6, 2017. Our science fair is Thursday Feb 16th. We are asking students (if they wish to participate)to stay after school that day to talk to the judges until 4:15. There is a permission slip that will be given out in class and is on this page under "files". They can ride the activity bus or be picked up. The fair will be open to the public from 6:30-7:30 later that night. 6:30-7:00 will be the viewing of projects and then at 7:00 will be the awards ceremony.
The genetics unit test will be Fri 2/3. Please see Quizlet, Quizzezz links and the review sheet on this page. There will be a mid term type test that covers the big themes of the year on Feb 10. We will do some review for this in class and of course students can go back and do old Quizlets etc of the units. There is a Quizizz that will help review too (see links page)
A big thank you to all who came out and participated on our annual science fair. Team Mercury had a great showing and I appreciate all the support.
Most of February and early March will be spent on evolution. Chapter 7 and 8 are a good resource to read over in the textbook if students want to review. Chapter 7 is the more important of the two. There are also several links (Quizlet etc)on this page to websites that deal with evolution (See"links") The evolution test will be March 9
From mid March to mid April we will be studying classification and characteristics of life. Chapter 9 in the at home textbook is a good resource to use.