Welcome!  This class focuses on the study of life processes and living things.  Our textbook is from Prentice Hall.  We study cells, cell functions, DNA, genetics, classification, and human systems.  Here is a link to the California state standards for middle school science.  You can see what we are doing in class by checking out the Assignment Calendar below.  You can also check out the Downloads section at the bottom of the page if you need an extra copy of an assignment. 
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 #9 Classification
 7.4
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April
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NO SCHOOL
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 finish pre-notes, strange creatures worksheet
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notes 9.3, taxonomic key activity
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notes 9.4, taxonomic key activity
20
finish taxonomic key, vertebrate graphing
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HW          
OBJ   understand how to use a taxonomic key / lead, guide key topic choices create own taxonomic key  / assist as needed create own taxonomic key  / assist as needed practice graphing / assist as needed
  Unit 9 (Chpt. 7.4)  Classifying Organisms (NGSS Stds LS2-2,3,4, ESS3-3)
   
CW
begin animal report (iPads)
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finish animal report (iPads)
25
tree identification activity
26
anatomy intro notes, vocab crossword
27
skeleton video
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HW         progress reports
OBJ begin  in depth info page on assigned animal / assist as needed complete the in depth info page / assist with finding info, printing develop opinion about genetic tech / assist as needed be able to name the 4 most important organ systems / lead discussion explain how bones are formed and function / lead discussion
  Unit 9 (Chpt. 7.4)  Classifying Organisms (NGSS Stds LS2-2,3,4, ESS3-3) Unit 10 (Chpts. 13-14) Anatomy

Animal Report Research Sites
link to Encyclopedia Britannica http://school.eb.com/levels/middle           link to Encyclopedia of Life http://eol.org/           link to Wikipedia  http://wikipedia.org
          (norris   ---   reads)
                   
Course of Study   Downloads   Historical Scientists
Science Basics
Light and Color
Biochemistry
Science Fair Intro
Cells Intro

Cell Organelles

 
Cell Processes
Mendelian Genetics
Modern Genetics
Classification
Anatomy
  Animal Report Form
Encyclopedia of Life
Unit 9 notes (all)
   Unit 1: Galileo Galilei
 Unit 2 : Albert Einstein
              Isaac Newton
 Unit 3 : Dimitri Mendeleev
              Joseph Priestly

 Unit 4 : Robert Hooke
              Anton von
               Leeuwenhoek

 Unit 5 : Camillo Golgi
 Unit 6 : Melvin Calvin

               Hans Krebs
 Unit 7 : Gregor Mendel
 Unit 8 : Watson & Crick
              Alec Jeffreys

Unit 9 : Carl Linnaeus
Science Fair Fill-In
Science Fair Example ?'s
Link 1
  Link 2  Link 3
 
   
Big Ideas
#9: Organisms can be grouped by similarities for better understanding.
#8: DNA is the key to understanding and manipulating how our bodies function.
#7: Traits pass from parents to kids according to established rules.
#6: All cells utilize energy to stay alive and develop.
#5: Cells are made of organelles that carry out necessary functions.
#4: All living things are made of cells.
#3: All cells require and are made of similar compounds.
#2: Light is energy and provides most of our information about the natural world.
#1: Scientists use tools to understand the natural world.
Visual of kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species for panther
image from http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0pKwESrOYy0/TZZkPR72i8I/AAAAAAAAQKA/jpOd8lpApj...
Visual of 6 kingdoms of life.
image from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/ba/Tree_of_Living...