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59f75d18494bc PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE TO VIEW THE SLIDESHOW Emma and Maddy looking at the external features of the frog.
Cole and Logan looking at the pigmentation of the frog's skin.
Sydney and Alaina learning they had to break the jaw of the frog in order to see the inside of the mouth!
Mrs. Daub making sure Logan and Skyler broke the frog's jaw properly in order to see inside the mouth.
Carli and Sydney contemplating how they are going to break the frog's jaw!
Mikayla is preparing to make the first incision, while her partner, Sage is instructing her on how to do it.
PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE TO VIEW THE SLIDESHOW Emma and Maddy looking at the external features of the frog.

Mrs. Daub - Classroom Spotlight

The 6th grade science students began their year by learning about laboratory safety, and how to properly use lab equipment. They are now working on their Cell City projects, after learning about the the differences and similarities between plant and animal cells. ​Plant and animal cells have most of the same cell parts (organelles); however, plant cells have a cell wall, chloroplasts, one large vacuole to store water, and are rectangular in shape. The animal cell lacks a cell wall and chloroplasts, has many small vacuoles to store food and water, and has a round shape. The 6th graders are working in teams to create a poster depicting a city or other scene that corresponds to the parts (organelles) of either a plant or animal cell. They create analogies between the parts of the cell, and the parts of a city. They also have to draw a plant or animal cell with the parts (organelles) labeled. This is a project that can very challenging; but is also a lot of fun for the students to show their creativity while learning to work together.

 

The 7th grade science students started off the year by learning about the early classification systems of Aristotle; and how the Father of Classification, Carl Linnaeus, gave us the system that we still use today.  Biologists use a taxonomic key to classify organisms; and the 7th graders learned how to read and create a taxonomic key. They then learned that all living things are classified into six different kingdoms: archaebacteria, eubacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. We briefly looked at each of the kingdoms; spending the most time studying animals. This led us to dissecting the following animals: the earthworm, clam, sea star, and finally the frog. They did a great job; and enjoyed it in the process! And, I saw many potential future surgeons!

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