Monday, September 30, 2013

Classification Test REVIEW

DON'T FORGET!!! Tomorrow is our UNIT TEST on Classification Systems. In order for you to be ready, here are some things that you can do:

1.  Review your Classification Foldable.
2.  Review your text book and text book reviews from Standard 5.
3.  Review the notes and vocabulary in your textbook and in your Science Journal.
4.  Look at anything I have posted on the class blog up to this point.
5.  Review the information in the Jeopardy Game I have attached below.


Classification Jeopardy Review by loridelee

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Characteristics of Life REVIEW

Need a little refresher on the Characteristics of Life before the test on Tuesday?  Here you go! :)

Have fun learning!!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

How to Make a Dichotomous Key

Yesterday we learned how to read a dichotomous key.  Today we are going to learn how to make one :)  It's going to be fun!!!  Put on your thinking caps and let's get started!

First of all, CLICK HERE to read a little bit about dichotomous keys.  When you are done, watch the video below.

 Now that you are done watching the video, let's make a dichotomous key using a variety of crackers. YUM!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dichotomous Keys Part 2

At the beginning of this unit I had you watch two short videos on Dichotomous Keys and do a short homework assignment.  If you need a little refresher, CLICK HERE.  Now do you remember?  I hope so!

Here is some more information about Dichotomous Keys.  Don't forget that tomorrow you are going to make your own dichotomous keys using potato chips and if we have time, you will be using your shoes.

Watch this video and then do the dichotomous key below.  Have fun learning!!!

Here is the link to the worksheet for dichotomous keys.  PLEASE let me know if you have any questions! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Taxonomy Foldable Instructions

Here are the DETAILED instructions to our Taxonomy Foldable that we have been making for our Standard 5 Unit in class.

Remember that this assignment is worth 100 points and is due Friday September 27, 2013.


A rubric for how the assignment is going to be graded is at the end of the presentation.  Make sure your foldable has ALL of the information included in the slideshow.  It should all look familiar, it is the same slide presentation we have used in class.


Here is what your foldable should look like (all instructions are in the slide show below):
Classification Systems Foldable Science 7

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Classification Test Hints & Helps

Here are some GREAT links to help you review concepts for our classification test.  We will take the test on Tuesday October 1, 2013.

Beside the links listed below, some other resources you may want to use to study are: your textbook, your taxonomy foldable, your review sheet, UTIPS (new) pretest, vocabulary sheets, previous posts on this blog, and any notes you have taken in class.

Here are the links.  Have fun learning! :)

The Six Kingdoms

Diversity and Taxonomy

Taxonomy Quiz 

What is Taxonomy?  

Carl Linnaeus 

History of the Microscope

Living Things Video 

Living and Non-Living Things

How Do We Classify Life? 

Principles of Classification

Friday, September 20, 2013

Classification Review

Here is the review video we watched in class.  I am also going to attach a video from Khan Academy that might help some of you who are struggling with some of the classification concepts.

Remember, if you are planning on taking the accelerated test on Monday then you need to have ALL of the work completed and have taken the UTIPS pretest (on NEW UTIPS) before Monday.  GOOD LUCK!!!

 Here is the Khan Academy video:

 See you MONDAY! :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Classification Song

Here is the classification song I showed you in class.  It has a lot of great information that will help you on your test. Enjoy :)

PS- DON'T FORGET: Your Linnaeus Homework is due on Wednesday at the BEGINNING of class.  It is worth 40 points, so you don't want to forget to do it!

Below is a copy of the paper I gave you in class about the Linnaeus assignment. Let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

NEW Carnivore Discovered! The Olinguito

Say hello to the olinguito!  He is the first new carnivore species to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in over 35 years!  How exciting is that???

Isn't he cute??? :)

Want to learn more about the olinguito???

CLICK HERE to read all about him on National Geographic's website.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Taxonomy: Life's Filing System

Hello again to my SPECTACULAR Science Students!!!  It's time to learn something new :)  Excited?YOU SHOULD BE!!!

Learning Objective:  I will understand what taxonomy is and how to use the taxonomic classification system.  

Here are two videos that will help you understand classification systems a little bit better.  The videos will be helpful to ALL of you, but especially helpful to those of you who are thinking of doing the accelerated science unit and testing on September 20th instead of the first week of October.

Have fun learning!!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Living, Non-Living, Once Living

Learning Objective:  I will understand the difference between living, non-living and once living.  

Living, Non-Living, Once Living.  Is there a difference???  Of course there is!  We talked about the Characteristics of Life in class all last week.  If you have forgotten and need a reminder, see the blog post just below this one.

The Characteristics of Life help us to define whether something is living, non-living, or once living.

Tonight's homework: (Due Tuesday 09/10/13)

1.  Read pages 116-121 in your text book.

2.  Answer questions 1-5 on page 122.

3.  Watch the video below :)


 PS- Don't forget our new vocabulary words from last week. These are definitely words you should know!

cell, organism, growth, development, reproduction, 
cellular respiration, classification, living, nonliving, once living 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Characteristics of Life

Learning Objective:  I will understand how to define a living thing.

What is life?  What makes living things different from non-living things?

Watch the video below to see if you can figure out what characteristics that all living things share:

Introduction to the Characteristics of Life from Frank Gregorio on Vimeo.

Life cannot be defined by one characteristic; rather an organism must have a combination of characteristics. However, not all scientists agree on a single list of characteristics.

Here is one example of what some scientists believe are the characteristics of living things:

All Living Organisms Have:

1. Cells – Organisms made of one or more cells.
2. Metabolism – Organisms need to get and use energy, and get rid of wastes in order
to carry out life processes.
3. Response – respond to their environment .
4. Growth/Development – organisms grow and develop.

5. Reproduce – organisms make more of the same species.

In order to be alive, organisms must have ALL of the characteristics of life.

Another way to help you remember the characteristics of human life is from Mrs. Gren.

Mrs. Nerg is another fun way to learn about living things.  Want to know more about Mrs. Nerg?  CLICK HERE and find out more about her :)  

Have fun LEARNING!!!