Thursday, September 20, 2012

New York Worms

Giant Mealworms

Set up a mealworm experiment that tests this company's claim that there are GIANT Mealworms.  Outline the experiment.

  • How could you test this claim?
  • What would you do to test this claim?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Homeostasis of the Eye Lab

Positive and Negative Feedback Loops and Homeostasis

This is a great YouTube video, 14 min or so, that helps explain positive and negative feedback loops.  Some of the information is a bit advanced but it can provide some basic information to help understand the lab and to advance your learning :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Features of Living Things Mini-Project

Students have been assigned this short and creative project to help reinforce learning the 8 features of living things. Students may choose either the cartoon or comic strip design and then they should research their chosen organism and plan their project to show how each of the 8 features applies to or "fits" their chosen organism. Ultimately, proving that their organism is indeed a living thing.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Living Things Day!

Students have been assigned to bring in a living thing!!  On Wednesday, September 12th students will bring in a living thing of their choosing.  This is a fun and engaging way to kick-off the school year in life science and to evaluate the features of living things.  Parameters have been set; no dogs or cats please and humans can't count for credit.  I've asked students to be creative in their ideas/choices and I've given many examples to help clarify.  Simple is fine, and free is good, I told them.

Individually, students will observe their living thing and determine the features they think make their living thing living.  They will record their responses in their science journal.  As a class, students will be asked to share responses and then we will discuss the features set in place by scientists.  We will discuss the reasons why scientists have specific criteria for determining what is living and what is not.  Students will revise their journal entry and reflect on the experience.