Friday, February 27, 2015

FRIDAY! 5.2 Quiz

Here is what is on the agenda for this lovely Friday! :)  Do each of the following in the order listed below.  Good luck and have FUN learning.

1.  Bell Work- It's FLASH BACK FRIDAY.  Hand in when complete.
2.  UTIPS- Username is your lunch #.  Password is your last name with a capital letter.
                          a.  5.2 QUIZ- Retake if you score below 80%
                          b.  Classification Practice Test- Retake if you score below 80%
3.  Test Review- You may use your notes, your textbook, or the Internet to help you.
4.  Check PowerSchool for missing assignments.
5.  Complete missing ALL assignments.
6.  If you are 100% done with everything listed above, READ QUIETLY :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cracker Dichotomous Keys

Today we will be creating dichotomous keys using crackers.  When you are finished with your dichotomous key and you have had your shoulder partner check it to see if it makes sense, then you are welcome to enjoy your crackers as a snack :)

On the back of your paper you need to fill out the reptile taxonomy of a gecko, crocodile, tortoise, and a cobra.  Use the links below to help you.

Gecko Taxonomy 
Crocodile Taxonomy
Tortoise Taxonomy
Cobra Taxonomy 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Taxonomy Foldable and Dichotomous Keys

For those of you who are still missing information on your Taxonomy Foldable, you can find information below to help you finish it.  Remember that it is worth 100 points.  DO YOUR BEST WORK!

Here is what you need to finish:

Today we will also be reviewing Dichotomous Keys. Don't forget that on Thursday you will be making your own dichotomous key. So, make sure you REALLY understand how to read them and the steps to follow in order to make one.

You can find the dichotomous key assignment by CLICKING HERE.

If you feel like you need more help with dichotomous keys watch the videos linked below.

How to Read a Dichotomous Key (2 min.)
How to Make a Dichotomous Key part 1 (2 min.)
How to Make a Dichotomous Key part 2  (1:30 min.)

Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's FRIDAY! Time for a QUIZ!

Here is what is on the agenda for today!

1.  Bell Work- It's Flashback Friday. Hand it in when you are done.

2.  5.1 Classification Quiz- on UTIPS

3. Finish your Classification WebQuest - Don't forget to complete the dichotomous key on the back page.  Hand it in when you are finished.

4.  Check PowerSchool for missing assignments.  Complete anything you are missing.  Is your 5.1 Vocabulary completed and turned in?  If not, you are currently NOT passing Science! :(

5.  If everything listed above is complete do any of the following:
                                         a.  Extra Credit
                                         b.  Read quietly
                                         c.  Free APPROPRIATE computer time
                                         d.  Complete an assignment from another class

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!                                      

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Classification WebQuest

We will work on our Classification WebQuest today and tomorrow in class.  You should be able to complete it in class and hand it in on Friday.  I will accept them until Monday without taking off any points for being late.

Good luck and have a BLAST learning! :)

PS-  Please check PowerSchool to see if you are missing any assignments.  Some of you are already getting behind this trimester.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dichotomous Keys

Today we will be learning about Dichotomous Keys.  What is a dichotomous key?  How do you read a dichotomous key?  How do you make a dichotomous key?

Hopefully the two short videos below will help you understand a little bit more about dichotomous keys.

Video:  How to Read a Dichotomous Key

Video:  How to Make a Dichotomous Key

Need more information on how to make a Dichotomous Key?  CLICK HERE.  The two videos on this link have a narrator with an accent.  Can't complain about that!  :)  Enjoy!!!

IMPORTANT!!!  When you are done with the videos, on your Bell Work Exit Ticket write 3 important facts about how to read a dichotomous key and write the steps you follow for making a dichotomous key.  I will check your answers when you hand in your Bell Work on Friday.

After you are done watching the videos on dichotomous keys and have written the information you learned on your Bell Work Exit Ticket, make sure and complete the smiley face dichotomous key on your paper and the complete the textbook review questions on the backside of the smiley face dichotomous key.

This assignment is due tomorrow at the beginning of class.

Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

5.2 Classification Systems and Domains

Absent today???  Here is what we did in class.  Use the student notes FOUND HERE to go through the information below.  Don't forget to listen to the Mr. Parr song!

Also, your Carl Linnaeus homework is due TOMORROW.

Good luck and have fun learning!!!

Here is the information you need to fill out your notes :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Science Court: Living Things

Living or Non-Living? That is the question! How can you decide if something is alive, once living, or non-living? Here is a video to help you remember the characteristics of a living thing.

Don't forget to do the video response sheet! Have fun learning!!!


When you have finished you Science Court response sheet and handed it in, make sure that you have completed the following:

1.  Invertebrates (Bill Nye), Study Jams, Classification of Species
2.  5.1 Vocabulary 
3.  5.1 Class Notes 
4.  Biology Song- Is It Alive?
5.  MSB Cells, Camouflage, Mimicry REVIEW

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Magic School Bus

Time for a QUICK review of cells, mimicry, and camouflage.

Make sure and fill out the video response for both videos.  Have fun learning!!!

Video- Magic School Bus Goes Cellular
Video Response- MSB Goes Cellular

Video- Magic School Bus Butterfly and the Bog Beast
Video Response- MSB Butterfly & Bog Beast 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Is it Alive???

Living, Non-Living, Once Living.  What is the difference?

Watch THIS VIDEO about living things and what it means to be alive.  Answer the questions on THIS worksheet as you watch the video.

Today we will be doing a group activity where you will make a chart categorizing whether the list of items you have are alive, never alive, or once alive.  It may be harder than you think!

There are a few things on the list that you may not know what they are.  I provided some links below to help you figure them out.

Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Do you know what these are???  Click the links below if you need help :)
Sea Anemone

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5.1 Notes: Living, Non-Living, Once Living

What is the difference between something that is alive?  Was once a live?  Or was never alive? Today in class we discussed the differences between these three things.  You will want to make sure you understand the differences for our test.  Sometimes it isn't quite as easy as you think!  Certain things can be a little bit tricky.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the notes you need to complete the information below.  Don't forget to read pages 134-140 in your textbook and to answer questions 1-6 in your textbook as well.  The notes and questions are due tomorrow at the beginning of class.

Have FUN learning!!!

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

Monday, February 9, 2015

Standard 5.1 Vocabulary: Classification Systems

Here's what is on the agenda for today:

1.  New Seating Chart
2.  Check Power School for missing assignments.  Write down ANY assignments you are missing on your Bell Work paper for today.  If you are not missing any, just write none.
3.  If you haven't already, then make sure and register for your REACH classes.

Report cards come out on Friday.  Make sure you have everything turned in by Wednesday.  I cannot accept any late work after Wednesday of this week.

Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

What Drives You?

What drives you to be a better person?  I LOVE this video.  Makes me think of all of the amazing things I see people do every single day, and makes me want to be a better person.

Make the world a better place by being the very best you can be.


A few classes that finished the game early had a little history lesson on music videos.  We watched the first music video ever aired on MTV.  It was played for the first time at 12:01am on August 1, 1981.

Here it is.  Enjoy!!!  Take note of the AMAZING special effects! ;)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Introduction to Classification

Our next unit is Classification Systems.  Use the information below to help give you an idea of what you will be learning in science over the next few weeks.

1.  Watch this short clip on the Classification of Species.
2.  Watch Study Jams: Kingdoms of Life
3.  Watch Bill Nye- Invertebrates 

Make sure and fill out THIS video sheet for the first two videos and THIS video sheet for Bill Nye.

Good luck and have FUN learning!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Test TOMORROW! (Tuesday)

Did you get above a 29 on the Practice Test??? If not, you need to retake it before tomorrow. Good luck!!!

 If/when you are done with the Practice Test, make sure you are done with the following:

1.  UTIPS Standard 4 Practice Test Login: Lunch #  Password: Last Name
2.  Watch the Fruit Fly Cancer Research Video and then fill out THIS response sheet.
3.  Watch the Eyes of Nye video about Genetically Modified Foods and then fill out THIS response sheet.
4.  When you are done with 1-4 start working on Standard 4 Review.  It will be due on TOMORROW.

Use this slideshow to help you correct your review sheet:

Click on the link below to play the Blubbr Trivia Game about Traits and the Environment.

Can YOU get the highest score in the class? 


 Have FUN learning!!! :)