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Living vs. Non Living


Monday: B Day

Aim: How do scientists solve problems?

Do Now: Students will be given a problem and will be asked to write the steps in which they would use to solve it. Ex. I need a date for Friday night. What next?

Procedure: Discuss steps of solving this problem aloud with students. Write steps on the board. Describe the steps of the scientific method by creating a flow chart with the students. Give students a handout with particular topics and have them write a problem and a hypothesis for each of the topics. Discuss variable, control group and experimental group. USE IDEA MAP FROM PAGE 15 OF GLENCOE TEXT.

Homework # 12: Complete the Scientific Method worksheet ordering the steps and completing the matching.

Tuesday: A Day

Aim: Can I use the scientific method to solve a problem?

Do Now: Get Lab Folders and record lab. Lab #4 Just Drop It/Scientific Method

Procedure: Students will utilize the scientific method by making hypotheses, gathering data and forming conclusions by dropping two different kinds of balls and measuring the height of their bounce.

Homework #13: Complete Page 2-4 of UPCO Book and remember to underline answers in the text.

Wednesday: B Day

Aim: To continue with the steps of the scientific method?

Do Now: Students will take a short quiz ordering the steps of the scientific method by completing a blank flow chart.

Procedure: Students will identify the each part of an experiment. Continue with a discussion of a control and the variables. Students need to know the importance of the validity of an experiment. Variable is the factor being tested. All other variables must be controlled so they do not change. A controlled experiment has an experimental group in which one variable is changed and there is a control group where there are no variables. Use the take control worksheet. Students will also answer questions on page 20. Check Your Understanding Questions 11-15

Homework #14: Complete the chapter Quiz on Page 11 and 12 of UPCO book. Part A #8-20 and B 1-10

Thursday: A Day

Aim: What are the characteristics of living things?

Do Now: Make a list of five living things and five non-living things

Procedure: Students will discuss the nine life functions that define life, (Nutrition, transport, respiration, excretion, regulation, growth, reproduction, synthesis and metabolism.)  For an organism to be considered living they must have these functions, all but reproduction. Students will form groups and create index cards for each of the life functions. We will discuss each function and how it relates to living things.

Homework #15: UPCO Book Page 35-36 Questions 1-7

Friday: A Day

Aim: What do all living things need?

Do Now: Copy chart from board

Procedure: Students will continue to discuss the nine life functions in detail.

Nutrition: Organisms obtain and process food/supplies energy

Transport: Circulation and absorption of nutrients/O, H2O, nutrients and waste move to and away from cell

Respiration: Chemical reactions that release energy for life activities/Aerobic-O and Anaerobic-no O

Excretion: Removal of waste materials because of respiration/CO2 and H2O

DONT CONFUSE Egestion: Getting rid of waste from digestion

Regulation: Control and coordination of all activities/Responding to stimuli Endocrine-Nervous systems

Synthesis: Producing a complex substance from simple substances/PHOTOSYNTHESIS

Growth: Increase in size and /or number of cells of an organism/

Reproduction: Making of a new organism/Extinction could occur in entire group does not reproduce but individual will not die without reproduction.

Metabolism: Total of all processes taking place within the cells of an organism/Homeostasis: Maintaining a stable internal environment regardless of changes externally. Organisms constantly strive for homeostasis.

No Homework! Have a great weekend!

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