G6 Week 05

Friday, October 6th

Today in science: During the first portion of the lesson, students completed a pre-announced microscope quiz. After that, our guest teacher, Mrs. Bloodworth, asked students to continue making wet-mount slides of cells and tissues taken from two different living organisms: bananas (Musa acuminata) and onions (Allium cepa). Students were asked to send Dr. Merritt their best labelled photo of an onion cell by email (brett.merritt “at” tasis.ch)

Homework: There is no science homework during the 3-day weekend.

Thursday, October 5th

Today in science: Students were asked to add the scientific (Latin) name of the specimen yesterday’s microscope investigation: Lumbricus terrestris. They were also asked to write the following caption to the first of their four drawings:

A prepared slide of the intestinal region of an earthworm in cross section.

Students were then asked to prepare their notebooks for today’s investigation with the following title: “Wet-Mount Slide Drawing, Specimen: Musa acuminata“. To their four drawing circles, they were also asked to add the proper magnification (40x, 100x, 400x) AND the following caption:

A wet-mount slide of a domesticated banana by dabbing a cut specimen prepared by [full student name] on 2017-05-10. Stain: Iodine

Homework: Students should continue studying for Friday’s monocular light microscope quiz (see below).

Wednesday, October 4th

Today in science: After taking a short reading quiz based on the Taxonomic Classification reading, students first had to convince Dr. Merritt that they knew what they’d see if they saw either tissue and/or a cell underneath the microscope. As soon as they could accomplish this task, students then spent the period making drawings–and taking photos–of what they saw in the microscope when looking at a multi-stained, cross-section of an earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) under low (40x), medium (100x), and high (400x) power.

Homework: Students should continue studying for Friday’s monocular light microscope quiz (see below).

Tuesday, October 3rd

Today in science: H period does not meet on Tuesdays.

Homework:

Monday, October 2nd

Today in science: Students were told of a quiz that will take place on Friday. This quiz will be on the names of the parts of the monocular light microscope and their functions. To study, students can use this link or use the presentation seen below.

Students then prepared their notebooks to make four drawings during Wednesday’s microscope investigation of corn roots and worms.

At the end of the class period, Dr. Merritt asked students to do a Quick Write that required answers to two questions: 1) When you see a tissue in the microscope later this week, how will you know it’s a tissue? And, 2) When you see a cell in the microscope later this week, how will you know it’s a cell?

Homework: Do the homework reading on Taxonomic Classification. There will be a 3-5 question reading quiz at the beginning of tomorrow’s class, which will be based on the information contained within this document.

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