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If you need to reach me,  please email me directly at:   ayresej@pwcs.edu     Thank you!*
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May 26th
Here is an exciting opportunity from the Smithsonian.  YOU MUST REGISTER for this:

On May 28, 2020: DNA Barcoding with Dr. Sarah Luttrell and Faridah Dahlan
Join DNA specialists Sarah Luttrell and Faridah Dahlan to learn how scientists work through the Smithsonian’s Laboratories of Analytical Biology (LAB) to use “DNA barcoding” for species identification. Follow along as Sarah describes the basics of DNA barcoding and how this unique marker has changed the way basic species identifications are conducted in the daily duties in the Feather Identification Lab to help improve aviation safety. Sarah and Faridah will also share a real protocol you can follow at home to extract DNA in your kitchen, no laboratory or special equipment required.
Click the "ticketing" link to register:

 https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/live-video-programs

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May 23
In the "Files and Documents" you will find documents for review.  I had posted a lot of work during the school year that will help you.  I have also added files during this time of quarantine.  Everything there will definitely help you.  I miss all of you.
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May 20th
Mitosis review for this week.  Please go to YouTube and look up mitosis.  There are wonderful Amoeba Sisters videos.  Also, look for "hand jive", you will remember the ones we watched, look at some others because they are fun.
Here is a picture of the cells going through the cell cycle.  Please label each picture block as one of the phases:  Interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase... Drawing of dividing plant cells
Finally, answer this one question:  Are these plant cells or animal cells?  Tell me how you know.
In the "Files and Documents" you will find an excellent review sheet on mitosis, with great questions that I would have asked you in class.  Please try it!
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It is hard to believe we haven't seen each other for two months.  This makes me sad, and I am sure all of you are missing school as much as I do.  

Today, I put up six lessons for review work on the Teams page.  You do not have to turn in work to me, but I would be pleased if you would look over what I have posted.  I have added pictures, and each lesson is not long.  I keep trying to find fun YouTube videos for you to look at, these are especially good if you do not have your textbook at home.

Don't be frustrated by the Science work.  If you are REALLY struggling, email me and I will make it make sense for you.  If I have asked you to draw a picture or a diagram, remember I used to tell you that drawing uses a different part of your brain and by drawing you will remember it better.

Be kind, and be patient at home.  Everyone is stressed out from all of this.  I am proud of you for continuing to learn and doing it online!  You are all wonderful!  Love you bunches!



April 3rd
Here is a link to FREE audiobooks for you! 

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/622397/free-audible-audiobooks-available-online?fbclid=IwAR1B0XOZv-yurw46qgv-vZnHy5cV-CC2S827SFBI26zG-xrOSj-0KTos98s


In addition to the land biomes you are now aware of, there are two water biomes.  Freshwater and marine.  You can remember the marine biome is the ocean because that is where we keep subMARINES!  Fresh water biomes include everything you would find on land: rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, etc.  Marine biomes include all of the salt water oceans (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, etc).  Each of these biomes have organisms that only survive in that particular biome.

Which aquatic biome do you prefer?  Why do you like that one? Name the aquatic biomes that are near us here in Virginia.
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April 1st 
Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.

I will try to provide fun ways to look at the materials and topics we would have covered.  You should check this page once a week to see what I have suggested for you!  Stay safe and remember to be kind to your family - they need you!

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March 31
I have had a couple emails asking me what you should be working on.  At this point, you should have looked at the Biomes powerpoint and should have done the biodiversity page I posted 2 days ago.  Today, I want you to pick one biome.  Then you are to think of two organisms that live there and tell what adaptations they have to stay alive. (Example: Plants with broad leaves in the rainforest collect more sunlight.  OR: Plants in the tundra are small and low to the ground to avoid being frozen.)  After you have done this adaptation exercise is to think of types of symbiotic relationships there are in the biome you chose.  You may have to look things up - that's okay, I just want you thinking!
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March 29
Hello!  I have found a unique worksheet about biodiversity.  I have put the file in "Files and Documents" and it is titled Biodiversity.  This is something you might encounter on the SOL next year, and really should take you less than 20 minutes to work on.  Please try it!
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March 27
Hey guys!!  Check out this Mythbusters video on the "safe sneeze".  What do YOU think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vw0hIs2LEg&fbclid=IwAR1BU0PxU1uNN2jhbyI0CfZHwZTOE5UUsGrgn3emNcfn4UnAdIY4U_YPS6A

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March 26
Hello students!  While it is raining and you cannot get outside, please learn the geographic locations of biomes.  Tundra in the north, rainforests at the equator, deserts north and south of those rainforests, at 20degrees.  This is a link to a power point about biomes:  

https://www.slideshare.net/rowenaaquinodelosreyes/powerpoint-biomes-34162037

You need to know which biome we live in.  IF you have questions, I am here to answer them!  This is an easy part of Life Science, it is logical map reading.  Please take care, remember to be patient with your family, and do a little science!

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March 20th
Dear parents and students . . . I am providing the link to the Life Science standards from the State.  In this document, you will see what is required knowledge as well as the essential questions the students should be able to answer.  We have covered everything except L.S. 8 and L.S. 9.  The lessons prior to this break were covering L.S. 8, and there are power point presentations available.  I will be posting the L.S. 9 power point presentations next week.  To ease your minds, the students have covered almost ALL of the Life Science information.  They need to learn about biomes and ecosystems and should firm up their understanding of symbiotic relationships because we had just started that topic.
Should you wish to reinforce these two topics, YouTube is full of short videos that I would use in class.  I think the Khan academy videos are excellent, but are a little dry.  I would suggest a good review of information already learned would be extremely helpful.  You will find each topic in this State document.

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/science/2010/curriculum_framewk/life_science.pdf


March 13th
I have posted the most recent power point presentations for the unit we are currently studying. Those will be found in the "Files and Documents" link to the left. I will be posting links to YouTube videos that will give my students the information they would have gotten in class.  Please stay safe and healthy during this time.  You should be looking for anything labeled "Unit 9".
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Unit 8 Test is on Wednesday March 11th.  You will find a unit review sheet for this test in the "Files and Documents" tab.  Review for this test began today and will continue on Monday and Tuesday. 

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Wow!  This year is really flying by!  Currently all Life Science classes are working on the classification unit.  I have the students making a booklet in class of all the kingdoms and phyla they need to know for the test (Friday 2/21) That booklet should go home tomorrow (2/14).  Please encourage your child to look over this booklet - perhaps once a day.  There is so much to memorize and by going over their work, they should find it easier to learn.  After Presidents' Day, we will dissect a worm.
Spring time lessons will involve our world.  Students will learn about specific biomes, the animals in each area and then will work on ecology and learn the effects man has had on our planet.  The dissection for these units is an owl pellet - not as drastic as the worm and very interesting as we cover predator/prey relationships.
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December 20
We have three weeks left in this quarter, so this is just past the interim period.  The grade book is up to date at this point.  Thought you should know!

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December 18
The heredity unit exam is scheduled for Thursday 12/19.  We will be testing in the computer lab.  Reviews for this exam began last Friday and we finish our last review today in class.  Our next unit of study is evolution, beginning 1/6/20.
I hope everyone has a very pleasant Christmas break.  If you travel over the holidays, please come home safe!

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December 12/10
We are halfway through the heredity unit and have just begun studying DNA.  The unit test will be on Thursday 12/19.  Review for this test begins Monday, 12/16.  Everyone is getting excited about the possibility for snow and of course, Christmas break.
Please remind your child that their phones need to put into the lockers where they are safe.  The cell phone has become the biggest problem in my room.  Thank you. 

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Friday 11/22
We started the heredity unit today.  I have posted a web link to help you understand dominant and recessive genes, and have also posted two different power point presentations that I found on the web.  This will be good for review.

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Monday 11/4
We start the second nine weeks with the cell cycle and mitosis.  There will be one project on mitosis and the unit test will be Nov 21 or 22.
I will be adhering to the seventh grade policy on late work from now on.  Students are allowed up to two weeks after the due date to turn in their work, after that, it will be NHI (Not Handed In) which is equal to an F.  The projects that I assign are designed to assist with studying for the unit exam, so turning in a project 6 weeks late does not help with preparing for an exam.
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Friday 10/25
Almost the end of the nine weeks!  I will take late work up to October 30th.  The unit test on Photosynthesis is October 31st.  On November 1st, the students will have a presentation on Nature Bridge.  Nature Bridge is offered only to 7th grade.  It is a 3 day/two night trip offered by the national company called Nature Bridge.  The students study science with scientists on location (Forest Park National Forest).  In November, we will study mitosis and genetics will be our December unit.

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Thursday 9/26

We are beginning the study the cell and its parts.  Students were introduced to the organelles today and will review them in class and have a cell project.  I plan to assign the project Monday and have it due on October 7th.  This will help prepare the students for the unit test on October 11th.  It may help if the vocabulary is reviewed at home.

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Thursday, 9/12
The classes have started into characteristics/need of life and cellular processes.  We will be exploring osmosis and diffusion next week.  I have posted the syllabus and the osmosis/diffusion power point. If I have not purchased a power point, I will try to have it posted so everyone can review.
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Friday 9/6
Every student took the pre-assessment today.  This will be entered into the grade book as an "informative" grade and will not affect their grade.
Monday, 9/9/19, Life Science will begin the study of life, cells and cellular processes.

Friday 8/29
Mr. Herritt worked very late today and let us know that lockers will be assigned on Tuesday morning!  I thought you would like this good news!
Hope your four day weekend is relaxing.

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Welcome to a new school year!  I am looking forward to seeing all of you on Back to School Night, 9/9/19

Supplies needed for Life Science:
*One 1" three-ring binder that stays in the science classroom.  Please, no large binders, I do not have the room for them.
* Notebook paper
*Pencils or pens, whichever your child prefers to write with.
*Color pencils

Nice to have: scissors, extra erasers

 

LATE WORK POLICY:  I will accept late work up to two weeks after the original due date.   If the due date is near the end of the nine weeks, the due date will be when grades are to be submitted, and not after the end of the nine weeks.

RE-TESTING POLICY:  Any student may re-test any portion of the unit test that they were not successful on.  The student needs to tell me when they wish to re-test:  Tuesday/Thursday after school or early mornings   They should review their notes and the review sheets I have provided.  The score will be put in for the original score (if higher) or not put in at all (if a lower grade).


Calling all volunteers! 

Do you have a passion for all things science related? Do you have an interest in innovative scientific approaches and techniques? If so, you might be interested in volunteering to judge for Rippon Middle School's Annual Science Fair

 

Volunteer judges are needed for Friday, Feb. 1st, 2019 (snow date 2/8/19) at 3:30 pm. Once all science fair boards have been judged, volunteers will be treated to pizza and refreshments as a sign of gratitude for offering your time and expertise.  


Just a few requirements:

 

  1. Must have a background in science (familiar with science fair, work in STEM related career, conduct research, etc.).
  2. Must be 16+
  3. Must be available on the above mentioned date.


If you meet those requirements, email Ms. Harrington (harrinca@pwcs.edu) or Ms. Combs (combsa@pwcs.edu) to receive further information.


 

Thank you for your interest in judging Rippon Middle School’s science fair and we look forward to working with you!

 


Calling all volunteers! 

Do you have a passion for all things science related? Do you have an interest in innovative scientific approaches and techniques? If so, you might be interested in volunteering to judge for Rippon Middle School's Annual Science Fair

 

Volunteer judges are needed for Friday, Feb. 1st, 2019 (snow date 2/8/19) at 3:30 pm. Once all science fair boards have been judged, volunteers will be treated to pizza and refreshments as a sign of gratitude for offering your time and expertise.  


Just a few requirements:

 

  1. Must have a background in science (familiar with science fair, work in STEM related career, conduct research, etc.).
  2. Must be 16+
  3. Must be available on the above mentioned date.


If you meet those requirements, email Ms. Harrington (harrinca@pwcs.edu) or Ms. Combs (combsa@pwcs.edu) to receive further information.


 

Thank you for your interest in judging Rippon Middle School’s science fair and we look forward to working with you!