3/30/12

Friday, March 30th


Today, students watch an episode of the Food Network series Good Eats.  The episode watched was Yogurt - Good Milk Gone Bad.  The episode discusses how bacteria are used to make yogurt.
After watching Good Eats, students worked on the Microorganisms Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle.
In the afternoon, we watched Mythbusters.

3/29/12

Thursday, March 29th


Student spent both morning and afternoon observing protozoans today.  They took samples and made slides to observe.

3/28/12

Wednesday, March 28th


Today we reviewed some food handling standards and guidelines.  Students read the guidelines and completed a worksheet.
In the afternoon, students began reading Kid’s Discover Microbes, pgs. 2-11 and complete a worksheet.  This section concentrates on beneficial microorganisms.

3/27/12

Tuesday, March 27th


Students followed up yesterday’s Disease Report by making a Microbe Wanted Poster identifying the microbe responsible for causing the disease on which they reported.
In the afternoon, students spend one last day working on missing work.

3/26/12

Monday, March 26th


Students worked on You Make Me SickEach student is assigned a disease.  They read their handout to get some basic information (what causes it, how do you get it, what are the symptoms, and how is it treated).  They put together their report and present it to the class.
In the afternoon, students worked on missing work.

3/23/12

Friday, March 23rd


Students watched Formaldehyde Theater – Microorganisms, a short video that review information about microorganisms.
Students completed The Case of the Perils at the Picnic and What's My Diagnosis.  Students are given symptoms of an illness and they use a classification key to identify the disease.
In the afternoon students worked on missing work.

3/22/12

Thursday, March 22nd


We began class with a review of harmful microorganisms.
Student the completed The Case of the Perils at the PicnicThey read about a picnic and were asked to identify the things that were done wrong.
Students with missing work worked on it in the afternoon. 

3/21/12

Wednesday, March 21st


Students took a quiz about protists.  Most did an outstanding job.  They’re beginning to understand protozoans.
After the quiz, students began working on the Scientists Report assignment.  Students write a brief biography about seven scientists who have advanced our knowledge about microorganisms.
In the afternoon, students continued working on the What is a Microbe booklet using What is a Microbe book.

3/20/12

Tuesday, March 19th


Here’s what we did today.
Students finished the Discover for Yourself How to Make a Model of a Protist worksheets in the Bacteria-Protist Worksheets assignment. 
They then completed the Microorganisms Timeline assignment.  Using information about specific scientists, students complete a timeline showing key scientists and how they increased our knowledge of microorganisms.  Near the year, they write the name and the scientists’ contribution.
In the afternoon, they worked on the What is a Microbe booklet using What is a Microbe book.

3/19/12

Monday, March 19th


Students began making paper models of protists.  (See Discover for Yourself How to Make a Model of a Protist worksheets in the Bacteria-Protist Worksheets.)  They made models of an amoeba, a Euglena, and a paramecium.  They didn’t have time to complete it today, so students will finish this assignment tomorrow.
In the afternoon, students worked on What is a Microbe booklet using What is a Microbe book.

3/15/12

Thursday, March 15th


Students spent the first twenty minutes of class studying their Microorganisms Concept Cards. 
They finished the Passport to Pond World worksheets in the Bacteria-Protist Worksheets.
In the afternoon, they continued working on What is a Microbe booklet using What is a Microbe book

3/14/12

Wednesday, March 14th


Students began the hour by studying their Microorganisms Concept Cards. 
We then watched a Louis Pasteur DVD.  Students took notes during the DVD identifying Pasteur’s contribution to our knowledge of microorganisms. 
In the afternoon, students began working on What is a Microbe booklet using What is a Microbe book.

3/13/12

Tuesday, March 13th


I’ve been having problems with my website the last couple of weeks.  I hope the problems have been resolved.
Today we continued working on the Bacteria-Protist Worksheets.  We worked on the Kingdom Protista & Passport to Pond World.  This has been a good review for students.  They have reviewed bacteria and are now reviewing protists.
In the afternoon, they continued working on the What is a Microbe assignment.

3/8/12

Thursday, March 8th

We went to the computer lab today.  Students are assigned to complete a worksheet at the Microbe Zoo website.
In the afternoon, they worked on an assignment, What is a Microbe?

3/7/12

Wednesday, March 7th


Students took a short quiz about the basics of bacteria and protozoans.
After the quiz, students watched the video Eye of the Cyclops – Protozoans and Algae.  While watching the video, students completed a worksheet.
After the view, student completed an overview of Kingdom Fungi, pg. 15, Microorganisms Workbook I.
In the afternoon, students worked on the ScienceWorld assignment.

3/6/12

Tuesday, March 6th


Students worked on three worksheets dealing with protozoans.  They learned about the amoeba, Euglena, and paramecium (pgs. 9-14 in the Microorganisms Workbook).  These three are excellent examples of protists.  The assignment consisted of reading information about the organism, answering questions about the protist, and coloring a picture, identifying the parts of the protist.
In the afternoon, students continued to work on the ScienceWorld magazine worksheet.

3/3/12

Space Station Aurora Fly-Thru Video



 The International Space Station has a unique view of geomagnetic storms as it flys above the green and through the purple and red lights produced by oxygen atoms in various states of excitation. The science behind the phenomenon is examined.

3/2/12

Friday, March 2nd


We continued working in the Microorganisms Workbook I.  We completed It’s So Simple:  Kingdom Monera (Bacteria) and It’s Still Pretty Simple:  Kingdom Protista (Protozoan) (pgs. 6-9).  These assignment explained characteristics of Monerans (bacteria) and protozoans.  The assignment gave students characteristics of newly found organisms.  They had to determine if they were Monerans (first assignment) and Protists (second assignment).
In the afternoon, students watched Mythbusters.  We also had the intramural volleyball championship playoff.

3/1/12

Thursday, March 1st

Students took the size and scale of the universe test today.  After the test, we reviewed each question.
In the afternoon, students continued their ScienceWorld assignment.