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Lesson Plans for the 2011-12 school year will be posted here.  We have a 6 day cycle with science classes meeting 4 out of 6 days. Each class period is about 45 - 50 minutes.

2011-2012

Week 10

Big Idea: DNA is the genetic material of living organisms and is located in the chromosome of each cell.
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • Describe Watson, Crick, and  Franklin’s discovery of DNA’s double helix

  • Describe the basic structure of DNA

  • Explain how DNA molecules can be copied

  • Explain the relationship between DNA, genes, and proteins

  • Outline the basic steps in making a protein

  • Describe three types of mutations, and provide an example of a gene mutation

Date Day Classwork Homework
11/7 E Genetic Disorders Due
Intro to DNA Structure
read pgs. 67-68 & 101-102
11/8 F Intro to DNA Protein Synthesis read pgs 102-106 answer ques. pg. 106
11/9 A drop day none
11/10 B Review DNA structure and Protein Synthesis review for quiz Monday
11/11 C drop day review for quiz Monday

Notebook:

  • Genetic Disorders (doc)

  • DNA Structure (doc) + (ppt)

  • DNA Protein Synthesis (doc) + (ppt)

BrainPOP Movies and Quizzes for Review:

·         DNA

·         RNA

·         Mutations

Interactive Links to use:

·         Build a DNA Molecule

·         DNA Replication: 

·         Replication

·         Advanced Replication

·         Advanced -DNA Replication Song

·         Protein Synthesis

·         Transcription/Translation

·         Transcription

·         Translation

Week 9

Big Idea: Heredity is the passage of traits from one generation to the next
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • describe the process of meiosis

  • explain the difference between mitosis and meiosis

  • research common genetic disorders

Date Day Classwork Homework
10/31 F Power Outage - No School pg. 100 due Wed
11/1 A drop day pg. 100 due Wed
11/2 B pg. 100 due
Review Meiosis, pool noodles
Begin Genetic Disorders Research

read pgs. 117-118 on pedigrees

 and 119-123

Answer questions pg. 123

11/3 C drop day drop
11/4 D Genetic Disorders Continued diseases due 11/7

Notebook:

Related Links:

Links to use for research

  1. World Book or Britannica Online - login

  2. Learn Genetics: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/disorders/whataregd/ Genome Project: http://www.genome.gov/10001204

  3. Yahoo Directory: http://dir.yahoo.com/health/diseases_and_conditions/genetic_disorders/

  4. Genetics Home Reference: http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/BrowseConditions

BrainPOP Movies: login using password provided in 1st class

Week 8

Big Idea: Heredity is the passage of traits from one generation to the next
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • describe the process of meiosis

  • explain the difference between mitosis and meiosis

Date Day Classwork Homework
10/24 X Parent Conferences - No School study for test
10/25 B Review for test study for test
10/26 C drop day study for test
10/27 D Test - Cell organells to Punnett Squares relax
10/28 E Meiosis Notes & ppt read pgs. 96-100 answer ques pg. 100

Notebook:

Related Links:

BrainPOP Movies: login using password provided in 1st class

Week 7

Big Idea: Heredity is the passage of traits from one generation to the next
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • Explain the difference between dominant and recessive traits

  • Explain how genes and alleles are related to genotype and  phenotype

  • Use the information in a Punnett square

  • Explain how probability can be used to predict possible phenotypes in offspring

Date Day Classwork Homework
10/17 C drop day none
10/18 D Traits Lab write up & data analysis complete lab report
10/19 E Smiley Face Genetics Kairos Night
10/20 F SpongeBob Genetics complete SPG
Test Next Week
10/21 A drop day review notes

Notebook:

Related Links:

BrainPOP Movies: login using password provided in 1st class

Week 6 top

Big Idea: Heredity is the passage of traits from one generation to the next
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • use a model to review the steps of Mitosis
  • review phases of the cell by observing Onion Root images
  • explain the relationship between traits and heredity
  • describe the experiments of Gregor Mendel
  • explain the differences between dominant and recessive traits
  • explain how genes and alleles are related to genotype and phenotype
Date Day Classwork Homework
10/10 X Columbus Day - no class none
10/11 E BrainPOP - Mitosis
Mitosis - pipe cleaners
Onion Root ppt & pdf
go over Mitosis
complete Onion Root
10/12 F BrainPOP: Heredity
Who is Gregor Mendel?
read pgs. 80-85 answer questions pg. 85
10/13 A drop day none
10/14 B An inventory of my traits pdf & ppt read pgs. 88-93 quest. pg. 93

Notebook:

  • Mitosis Notes (pdf) + (ppt)

  • Mitosis - pipe cleaners (pdf)

  • Onion Root (pdf) + (ppt)

  • Gregor Mendel (pdf) + (ppt)

  • Inventory of my traits (pdf) + (ppt)

Related Links:

BrainPOP Movies: login using password provided in 1st class

Week 5 top

Big Idea: Cells carry out important life functions including taking in nutrients and releasing materials, obtaining energy, and growing
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • learn how to use a microscope and draw their observations
  • Explain how cells produce more cells
  • Describe the process of mitosis
  • Explain how cell replication differs in animals and plants
Date Day Classwork Homework
10/3 F Microscope Observations
signed quiz due today
pg. 31 questions due today
review parts of the cell
10/4 A Drop Day none
10/5 B Intro to Mitosis Notes read pgs. 61-68 answer questions pg. 68
review for quiz
10/6 C Drop Day review for quiz
10/7 D Quiz - Cell History and Cell Organelles
go over hw pg. 68
none

Notebook:

  • Microscope Observations (pdf)
  • Intro to Mitosis Notes (pdf)
  • Intro to Mitosis ppt

Related Links:

·         Cells Alive-Interactive link: http://www.cellsalive.com/cells/cell_model.htm

·         Inside a Cell - Interactive link: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/insideacell/

BrainPOP Movies: login using password provided in 1st class

Week 4: top

Big Idea:  All organisms are composed of one or more cells.

Big Idea: Cells carry out important life functions including taking in nutrients and releasing materials, obtaining energy, and growing
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

·         Robert Hooke was the first person to observe cells using a microscope

·         Anton van Leeuwenhoek made simple microscopes and observed single celled organisms

·         State the parts of the cell theory

·         Describe the parts of a cell

·         Explain the difference between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells

·         Identify the different parts of a eukaryotic cell

·         Explain the function of each part of a eukaryotic cell

Date Day Classwork Homework
9/26 B go over Alien Key
Cell Books handed out
Intro to the Cell Discussion, notes, ppt
Read pgs. 16-22 answer questions 1-5 pg. 22
Review for quiz
9/27 C drop day review for quiz
9/28 D quiz none
9/29 X No School Today none
9/30 E Intro to the cell - organelles

Read pgs. 23-31 and answer questions 1-5 pg. 32

Notebook:

  • Alien Classification (doc)
  • Intro to the cell - history (doc)
  • Intro to the cell - history (ppt)
  • Intro to the cell - organelles (doc)
  • Intro to the cell - organelles (ppt)

Related Links:

·         Cells Alive-Interactive link: http://www.cellsalive.com/cells/cell_model.htm

·         Inside a Cell - Interactive link: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/insideacell/

BrainPOP Movies: login using password provided in 1st class

 

Week 3: top

Big Idea:  Living things must be able to obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and maintain stable internal conditions

Big Idea:
Organisms can be classified into groups based on their characteristics.
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • Describe the 6 characteristics of living things
  • Explain why organisms need food, water, air, and living space
  • Scientists use classification to study organisms and how organisms are related to each other
  • Identify eight levels of classification are domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species
  •  Explain scientific names
  •  Describe how dichotomous keys help in identifying organisms
  • Explain the three domains
  • Describe the four kingdoms in Eukarya
Date Day Classwork Homework
9/19 C drop day Tootsie Roll Lab due Tues
9/20 D collect lab write ups

Is Sammy Alive?
Characteristics of Life Wksht
9/21 E go over hw

Domains/Kingdoms - Intro to classification

BrainPOP: 6 kingdoms
Fill in notes, watch BrainPOP movie, take quiz to review
9/22 F Classification - Binomial Nomenclature, Dichot. Keys
BrainPOP: Classification
Alien Key
9/23 A drop day  

Notebook:

Related Links:

BrainPOP:

Week 2: top

Big Idea:  Scientists use scientific processes to study the patterns of natural events and to solve problems.
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • explain the importance of asking questions in life science
  • determine the appropriate design of a controlled experiment
  • use information in table and graphs to analyze experimental result
  • explain how scientific knowledge can change
  • compare the ways that scientists use hypothesis, theories, and laws
  • give examples of how scientists use computers and technology
Date Day Classwork Homework
9/12 D Organize First Class/Set Up Science Folders
Complete Heights Lab Analysis in class
hand in Metric Review Sheet
Lab posted and printed
9/13 E Tootsie Roll Lab none
9/14 F Tootsie Roll Lab Analysis due Tuesday posted
9/15 A Blairstown Trip lab due Tues
9/16 B Blairstown Trip lab due Tues

Notebook:

Related Links:

BrainPOP:

Week 1: top

Big Idea:  Scientists use scientific processes to study the patterns of natural events and to solve problems.
NJCCC Standards: 5.3

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • explain the importance of asking questions in life science
  • determine the appropriate design of a controlled experiment
  • use information in table and graphs to analyze experimental result
  • explain how scientific knowledge can change
  • compare the ways that scientists use hypothesis, theories, and laws
  • give examples of how scientists use computers and technology
  • practice using the metric system and basic conversions
Date Day Classwork Homework
9/6 X Labor Day none
9/5 X New Student Orientation none
9/7 A First Day of School
Meet with Mr. M and Mr. D for brief intro
1/2 inch binder and folder
9/8 B Heights Lab- Who is taller, 7th grade boys or girls?
Metric Review Sheet
metric review sheet
9/9 C Drop Day  

Notebook:

Related Links:

BrainPOP:


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