December 20

Qtr 2 Final Exam Results

Today students received their final exam grades. We reiewed over the essay questions and answers in class so that students had the opportunity to show me any information I may have missed when grading their essay paragraphs. Students then worked on reviewing cell functions and processes using USA Testprep.

There is No homework over the break. Enjoy the holiday!

December 19

A Jingle “Cell” ebration

Today students received their graded multiple choice questions from the final exam, Students were to review over any questions they missed and then complete the standards based assessment form to determine whether they meet the standard or need additional remediation. Students will be working on USA testprep tomorrow.

Students turned in their Mitosis ornaments. They are decorating the evergreens very nicely. Students then shared their cell transport or cell energy jingles. You guys did a great job on your jingles. I hear there are some recording contracts already being discussed:)

Be sure to turn in your notebooks by Friday. you will need a brand new composition book on Tuesday, January 7th when you return to school.

December 18

QTR 2: Cytology Final Exam

Today students took the final exam for the second quarter. If you were absent, be prepared to take it upon your return.

What’s due:

Jingle Ornaments…due tomorrow. ( make sure the chromsomes are correctly placed, nuclear membrane is present or absent depending on the phase you were assigned , and you are consistent within your group)

Jingle presentations will begin tomorrow. I hope your group is ready to entertain us.

December 17

Jingle Cells,Jingle Cells, Jingle All the Way!

 Warm-Up: Today students were provided the opportunity to review over the essay questions that will be on the final exam. One essay addresses cell energy, specifically photosynthesis and the other addresses cell transport. You may create a “cheat sheet” such as a graphic organizer or outline to help you compose your essay paragraphs. This “sheet” may not be used for the scan tron portion.

Today in class, students working in their Jingle Cell groups to create their “Jingles”. Refer to th e checklist to ensure that all vocabulary words for the element you choose have been used: Jingle Cells rubric

Jingle Presentations begin Thursday.

What’s Due:

Final Exam…Wednesday ( 35 m/c and 2 essays)

Jingle Cell ornaments due Thursday

Jingle Cell presewntations begin Thursday.



December 16

Cell Reproduction and Organization

Warm-Up: Response Page Questions

1.What are the three basic phases a cell goes through during a lifetime?
2.What type of transport moves simple sugars such as glucose into a cell if the concentration of sugar outside the cell is higher?
Today students received their graded  formal lab write ups. we reviewed over specific areas that students need to pay closer attention in order to receive full credit. Students took an open note quiz over cellular reproduction and organization of life. Students were to spend some time organizing their notebooks which are to be turned in Wednesday and no later than Friday for any credit.
Jingle Cell groups had an opportunity to meet today to review over the checklist for their Jungle Cell ornaments and songs. Tomorrow students will be given a class period to compose their songs, but all ornaments are to be completed out of class.
What’s due:
Final Exam is Wednesday…
(There is a review session Tuesday morning at 8:15am)
Jingle Cell ornaments due Thursday and presentations will begin. Be ready!
December 13

Cells Combine to form Tissues: Histology Webquest


What types of cells differentiate to become specialized? In what type of organism would these cells be found?

Today in class students research the four basic types of tissues: epithelial, connective, nervous, and muscular. Students used the microscopes to view a specific type of tissue and identify which of the four basic tyoes it represented.




Histology Webquest Links


Four Types of  Tissue:

Three Types of Muscle Tissue: (There is no review!)

Inflamed tissue:

Tissue Cells and Cancer:

What’s Due:

Finish Histology webquest…due Monday

Cell Reproduction and Organization QUIZ is Monday ( it is open note)

Jingle Ornaments are due Thursday ( Make sure your chromosomes are accurate and consistent with your group)

Quarter 2 Final Exam is Wednesday. ( There is a moring study session ..Tuesday)

Jingle Cell Presentations begin on Thursday! ( Students will work Tuesday in class to compose their “jingles”)

December 12

Cells In Action


1. What structure provides the directions for the cells to function?

2. What structure provides the energy for cells to function?

Today students watched the video: Hidden Life of a Cell. You can watch this video at: It is a great review showing how a cell works.

I realize that several students will be absent tomorrow due to the Mussic Department Field Trip.  Students that plan on being absent Friday can begin the Tissue Webquest using the websites below. Be sure your illustrations are useful. you will be provided with an illustration and you must identify the tissue.

Histology Webquest Links

Four Types of  Tissue:

Three Types of Muscle Tissue: (There is no review!)

Inflamed tissue:

Tissue Cells and Cancer:

What’s Due:

Monday: Quiz iver Mitosis, Meiosis, stem cells,a nd tissues (open-note)

Wednesday: Qtr 2: Final Exam

Thursday: Jingle Cell ornamanets and “Jingle” Presentations

December 11

What is a Stem Cell?

Warm Up:

In animal skin tissue, cell division is responsible for:

          A. growth and repair

          B. sexual reproduction

          C. obtaining energy

          D. production of sex cells

 2.   Which structure contains the genetic material for the cells?

Today in class students watched the following video:

A Stem Cell Story Video

Websites used  for this activity:

Students used the following websites to research stem cells and create a concept map or flow chart in their notebooks that demonstrates how stem cells are organized.intro to stem cells2013

human development and stem cells

Mapping cell fates

What is a stem cell?

What are some different types of stem cells?



Log onto your EDMODO account, click on the “Stem Cell Post” Button and then post a paragraph that addresses the following three questions.

1.   What is a stem cell ? Where do stem cells come from?

2. How do stem cells differentiate?

3. Can the process you described in your flowchart run backwards to produce stem cells from specialized cells, such as the cells that make up your bones?  Why or why not? What are some steps that would need to take place for this process to run backwards? ( Use this link if you rneed additional infomration:

Read another peers post and post a reply using the discussion rubric provided to you in class.discussion rubric general