Ice Age

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Use the websites above to help you answer the following questions about the Ice Age:

What plants and animals lived during the Ice Age? How do we know about these animals?

Why did many animals become extinct at the end of the Ice Age? Why did some survive?(

What is an ice age? When have ice ages occurred, and what has caused them to take place? What are some species of animals that are alive today that could have possibly evolved from animals from the Ice Age? Explain their evolution. 

Write a paragraph, or two, explaining your overall understanding of the Ice Age. 

Genetics Test – Thursday, March 29

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The Genetics Unit Test will be Thursday, March 29. Students should be studying, and reviewing their notes every night! They will get a study guide Tuesday, and it should be completed by Wednesday! 

Study Island – Cells

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 Study Island

Do the cells assignment!

Login –
Username: lunch # @jcs
Password: Lunch #

****You must show Mrs. Curtis or Mrs. Smith your grade!!!

End of Cells Unit

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We are finishing up with our cells unit. Students should be working on their “Dinner Menu” task, due Friday, February 24 (See attachment). Next week we will be reviewing, and the Cells Unit Test will be Thursday, March 1. Students should know the cell organelles in both plant, and animal cells, as well as their functions, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, osmosis, and diffusion.

Cell Dinner Menu

exCELLent projects

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The students did an awesome job on their 3D cell projects!

S7L2. Students will describe the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. 


Cells Quiz – Thursday

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We will have a quiz Thursday over the cell organelles, and their functions, active & passive trandport, osmosis & diffusion, and photosynthesis & cellular respiration. 


Study Links –



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Use the link to write the definition & draw a picture of the cell organelles. Make sure you identify if they are part of the plant cell, animal cell, or both. 

Answer the following questions –

  1. Write down some similarities & differences  between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

  2. Name three types of substances found in the cytoplasm of both types of cells.

  3. What are flagella?

  4. Name the three main chemicals found in the cell membrane

  5. What is the most important function of the nucleus?

  6. What are made in the nucleolus?

  7. What is the main function of the Golgi apparatus?

  8. What do lysosomes contain?

  9. What is the function of ribosomes?

  10. What process occurs in mitochondria?

  11. What is the difference between rough and smooth endoplasmic reticulum?


Using your notecards, take the quiz below. Show me your score.


Healthy or Not Project – Due Thursday, January 19th

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1. Research the effects of a unhealthy habit on the 10 assigned systems (all but reproductive).

2. Produce one of the following projects to show the affect of the unhealthy habit, and the difference between the healthy system & the unhealthy system.

– Comic Strip

– Story (with graphics)

– Full size human body (traced) with one healthy side and one unhealthy side

– Book

– Paper Dolls (traced)

– Other Ideas (must be approved)

3. All projects MUST include

· Labels of all 10  systems

· How the bad habit affects each system (long & short term)

· How each system that is affected by the bad habit or disease would indirectly affect another (ex. if the nervous system is affected, how would that affect the muscular system)

4. Exceeds

– Explain how each bad habit or disease affects TWO systems indirectly


1 day late – silent lunch

2 days late – 2 more days silent lunch & phone call to parent

3 days late – after school detention

4 days late – office referral

 If you are absent, you have an extensions for the number of class days you are absent.


Helpful Sites –

Biomes Book

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Students should be working on their Biomes Book. They are due Friday, November 11.

Students will use their Biomes Books for an assessment on Friday.


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We are currently working on the biomes unit. Students will be expected to identify the 7 different land biomes, and the 3 aquatic biomes by the end of the unit. Our first big assessment will take place next week. Students will construct a “book” of all the Biomes and their characteristics, then answer questions using the books.

The unit test is currently for Friday, November 18th. 


S7L4. Students will examine the dependence of organisms on one another and their environments. 

e. Describe the characteristics of Earth’s major terrestrial biomes (i.e. tropical rain forest, savannah, temperate, desert, taiga, tundra, and mountain) and aquatic communities (i.e. freshwater, estuaries, and marine).


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National Geographic – Habitats

MBGnet – Biomes&Ecosystems

Earth Floor Biomes

The World’s Biomes

Blue Planet Biomes – World Biomes

Cybersleuth – Biomes

Kids Do Ecology – Biomes 

The Wild Classroom – Biomes

**Things to be completed by Tuesday, November 1: 

  1. Concept Map (1 per person)
  2. KWL Chart (Blue & Yellow Star Groups Only) (1 per person)
  3. Visual Aid (poster, powerpoint, or travel package) (1 per group)
  4. Review Game (1 per group)
  5. Presentations (1 per group – ALL group members are expected to participate!!)

How to make a concept map

1. Place your biome as the center concept on your map

2. Make 4 branches from the center point for each of the following categories: animals, plants, climate, and interesting facts.

3. Research your biome to include terms and ideas for each of those main categories. Include photos or images if appropriate.



End of Unit 2 Survey

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Unit 2 Survey

**Remember, this is an anonymous survey. If at any point you want me to know it was you who made the comment, please include your name**

Symbiosis Assessment Wednesday, October 5

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Study your notes and vocabulary. You will need to know – 

  • Symbiosis

  • Types of symbiosis (mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism)

  • Examples of each type

  • Competition

  • Competition vs. Symbiosis

Science Fair Forms Due THURSDAY!!!

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All permission forms, and completed research plan, need to be returned no later than Thursday, September 29. 

Symbiosis Investigation

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Symbiosis Videos – 



Websites – 

Good Buddies



Symbiosis in Nature – With Videos

Odd Couples –

How Stuff Works –

Bacteria/Animal Symbiosis –

Discovery –

Symbiosis Marine Studies –

How does life work?

Symbiosis in Nature Quiz –

IMPORTANT – Revised School Calendar

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The JCSS school calendar has been revised. Please take a minute to review the new calendar. The most important dates in the near future are:

October 10 – Changed from a student day to a teacher work day

December 16 – Changed from a holiday to a normal school day for TEACHER and STUDENTS

JCSS 2011-2012 Calendar 

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