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Assignments/Homework/Journal Prompts  Updated at 9/20/2018 10:43:00 AM

1st 9-Weeks

WEEK 1:

 Monday, August 6-

Assignment:  Review the policies and procedures found in the SMS Handbook

Homework:  NONE

Tuesday, August 7-

Assignment:  * Review the policies and procedures found in Mrs. Martin's Classroom Handbook

                    * Complete Middle School Inventory                     

Homework:  Bring last 2 pages of Classroom Handbook and supplies in by Monday, August 13th

Wednesday, August 8-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Write Letter To My Future Self                     

Homework:  * Finish Letter To My Future Self if not finished in class

                  * Bring last 2 pages of Classroom Handbook and supplies in by Monday, August 13th

Journal Prompt:  A scientist name Roger Bacon once predicted that a "youth potion" would someday be discovered.  If a scientist did discover a potion that could make you live forever, would you drink it?  Why or why not?  (NO LESS than 3 sentences) 

Thursday, August 9-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Team Building Activity                     

Homework:  Bring last 2 pages of Classroom Handbook and supplies in by Monday, August 13th

Journal Prompt:  List 10 qualities you believe a good scientist has.  Which 3 on your list do you think is the most important?  Why?

Friday, August 10-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * View "Why Study Science?" video and write a 3 sentence summary

                    * Complete The Language of Science Activity                    

Homework:  Bring last 2 pages of Classroom Handbook and supplies in by Monday, August 13th

Journal Prompt:  Sir Isaac Newton once said, "If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."  What do you think he meant by this?  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)

 

WEEK 2:  

Monday, August 13-

Assignment:  * Complete Sea Star Family vs. Human Family Phenomenon/Hook

                    * Complete Launch Lab                    

Homework:  NONE

Tuesday, August 14-

Assignment:  * Complete Before Viewing "Inside a Cell" Yes/No Checklist

                    * View "Inside a Cell" video and complete Walking With Ryan Activity                                      

Homework:  NONE

Wednesday, August 15-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Review After Viewing "Inside a Cell" Yes/No Checklist

                    * Complete Cell Knowledge "Pop" Quiz

                    * Complete "The Cells That Make Us" Reading Passage and Questions (when finished with quiz)

Homework:  Complete "The Cells That Make Us" Reading Passage and Questions if not finished in class

Journal Prompt:  Experimentation is an important aspect of science.  What is the most interesting experiment you have ever done (or seen demonstrated)?  Why did you enjoy it so much?  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)

Thursday, August 16-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Review "The Cells That Make Us" Reading Passage and Questions

                    * Begin viewing Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction PowerPoint and complete notes                    

Homework:  Review Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction PowerPoint notes covered in class today

Journal Prompt:  Name and describe some of the scientific instruments you have used.  Remember that everyday items such as thermometers are scientific instruments.  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)

Friday, August 17-

Assignment:  * Finish viewing Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction PowerPoint and complete notes

                    * View Amoeba Sisters Mitosis video and complete viewing guide

                    *Plan Mitosis Group Project

Homework:  Review Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction PowerPoint notes covered in class

 

WEEK 3:  

Monday, August 20-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Create Mitosis foldable (due Wednesday, August 22)                   

Homework:  Complete Mitosis Practice WS

Journal Prompt:  A stimulus is something in the environment that triggers a response from a living thing.  For example, a loud noise can make you flinch.  What are some of the stimuli in your current environment?  How do you respond to them?  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)

Tuesday, August 21-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Create a model of a phase of Mitosis (group project)                  

Homework:  Study for Mitosis Quiz and complete Mitosis foldable

Journal Prompt:  What is the purpose of reproduction?  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)

Wednesday, August 22-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Review Mitosis Practice WS (Monday night's homework)

                    * Complete Mitosis Quiz

                    * Complete Asexual Reproduction Enrichment Passage and Questions                  

Homework:  Complete Asexual Reproduction Enrichment Passage and Questions if not finished in class

Journal Prompt:  Life science is the study of living things.  Reflect on all the ways your life has been affected because scientists study living things.  (NO LESS than 5 sentences)

Thursday, August 23-

Assignment:  * Complete Asexual Reproduction vocabulary terms

                    * View Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction PowerPoint (asexual reproduction section only) and complete notes  

Homework:  Review Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction PowerPoint notes

Journal Prompt:  Define the following terms using the glossary found in the textbook:     1) diploid   2) asexual reproduction   3) fission   4) budding   5) regeneration  6) vegetative reproduction

Friday, August 24-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Read "Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones" and complete 3 BIG Questions Activity                 

Homework:  NONE

Journal Prompt:  List the 4 types of asexual reproduction (found in your notes) and give a description of each.

 

WEEK 4:  

Monday, August 27-

Assignment:  * Complete Before Viewing column of Bill Nye "Genes" video sheet

                   * Watch Bill Nye "Genes" video and complete After Viewing column while watching

                   * Complete DNA, Genes, and Chromosomes Enrichment Passage and Questions                   

Homework:  Complete DNA, Genes, and Chromosomes Enrichment Passage and Questions if not finished in class

Tuesday, August 28-

Assignment:  * Complete Bell Ringer Activity

                   * Complete "What Are DNA and Genes? Small Group Questions

                   * Complete Word Match Activity                   

Homework:  Review material covered in class today

Wednesday, August 29-

Assignment:  * Define vocabulary terms

                   * View DNA: The Code of Life PowerPoint and complete notes

                   * Complete Breaking The Code Launch Lab 

Homework:  Review notes and vocabulary covered in Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit thus far

Journal Prompt:  Define the following terms using the glossary found in the textbook:     7) DNA   8) genes   9) nucleotide   10) replication

Thursday, August 30-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Continue viewing DNA: The Code of Life PowerPoint and complete notes

                    * Label and color The Structure of DNA 

Homework:  Complete "Jake and Alice" Reading Passage and Questions

Journal Prompt:  Many people have negative feelings about bacteria because bacteria can cause sickness in plants and animals.  Most bacteria, however, are helpful.  Write a speech in support of bacteria.  (NO LESS than 8 sentences)

Friday, August 31-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Finish viewing DNA: The Code of Life PowerPoint and complete notes

                    * Review Word Match Activity

                   * Complete DNA, Genes, and Chromosomes Foldable 

Homework:  Review notes and vocabulary covered in Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit thus far

Journal Prompt:  Imagine you are receiving the Nobel prize for science.  What have you done to deserve this honor?  (Must be for something never invented of discovered before.)  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)

 

WEEK 5: 

Monday, September 3-

LABOR DAY HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 4-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Finish DNA, Genes, and Chromosomes Foldable

                    * Complete Putting It All Together Writing Assignment 

Homework:  Complete Putting It All Together Writing Assignment if not finished in class

Journal Prompt:  Scientists use observations to make discoveries.  Take a few moments to study your pencil.  Describe some of the things you observed about it.  What characteristics of the pencil would allow you to pick it out of a group of others similar to it?  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)

Wednesday, September 5-

Assignment:  * Complete vocabulary terms

                    * Read pages 9-14 in the textbook and complete Interactive Science Essentials pages 49-50 

Homework:  Review material covered in class today

Journal Prompt:  Define the following vocabulary terms using the glossary found in the textbook:     11) sexual reproduction   12) egg   13) sperm   14) fertilization   15) zygote   16) homologous chromosomes   17) haploid   18) meiosis   19) variation  

Thursday, September 6-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Review Interactive Science Essentials pages 49-50

                   *Watch Amoeba Sisters "Meiosis" video and complete listening guide 

Homework:  Complete Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis Enrichment Passage and Questions

Journal Prompt:  Some animals are able to regrow lost body parts.  Since the human capability for regeneration is very low, doctors and scientists have developed ways to transplant organs.  Would you consider donating your organs for transplant?  Why or why not?  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)

Friday, September 7-

Assignment:  * Complete Mitosis vs. Meiosis Chart

                    * Complete Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit Review 

Homework:  Review all material covered in Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit thus far

 

WEEK 6: 

Monday, September 10-

Assignment:  * Complete Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Review Questions

                    * View Advantages and Disadvantages of Asexual and Sexual Reproduction PowerPoint and complete notes

                    * Complete Compare and Contrast Sexual and Asexual Reproduction Activity and stem sentences (due 9/12) 

Homework:  Study for Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit Vocabulary Test tomorrow

Tuesday, September 11-

Assignment:  * Complete Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit Vocabulary Test

                    * Read pages 9-14 in the textbook and complete Interactive Science Essentials pages 49-50 

Homework:  Complete Compare and Contrast Sexual and Asexual Reproduction Activity and stem sentences (from yesterday) AND Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit Review if not finished in class

Wednesday, September 12-

Assignment:  * Complete Journal Prompt

                    * Complete Sea Star Family vs. Human Family: Take 2 Compare/Contrast Activity

                    * Review Compare and Contrast Sexual and Asexual Reproduction Activity and stem sentences

                    * Review Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit Review

Homework:  Study for Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit Test tomorrow

Journal Prompt:  In meiosis, what is crossing over?  In what phase does it take place?  What is the importance of it?

Thursday, September 13-

Assignment:  Complete Asexual and Sexual Reproduction Unit Test 

Homework:  NONE

Friday, September 14-

Assignment:  Watch "The Science of Survival" Documentary and complete video questions

Homework:  NONE

 

WEEK 7:

Monday, September 17-

Assignment:  * Finish watching "The Science of Survival" Documentary and complete video questions

                    * Complete Interactive Science Essentials workbook pages 87-90

Homework:  NONE

Tuesday, August 18-

Assignment:  * Bellwork-"The Science of Survival" video questions

                    * View Mutations PowerPoint and complete notes 

Homework:  Review material covered in class today

Journal Prompt:  1) What is a mutation?     2) How does a baby become albino?     3) What other organism beside humans benefits from the ability to break down the sugar in milk?     4) Give an example from the video of selective breeding using mutations.     5) How is skin cancer a mutation and can it be passed to offspring?

Wednesday, August 19-

Assignment:  * Complete vocabulary

                    * Finish viewing Mutations PowerPoint and complete notes

                    * Complete Mutations WS

Homework:  Complete Transcription and Translation Enrichment Passage an Questions

Journal Prompt:  Define the following terms using the glossary found in the textbook:   1) mutation   2) RNA   3) transcription   4) translation 

Thursday, August 20-

Assignment:  * Journal Prompt

                    * Review Mutations WS

                    * Watch Amoeba Sisters Mutations video and complete listening guide

                    * Review Transcription and Translation Enrichment Questions (in groups)

Homework:  Complete Genetic Mutations Enrichment Passage and Questions

Journal Prompt:  Explain the difference between a harmful, beneficial, and neutral mutation.  Give examples of each.  (NO LESS than 3 sentences)