July 24


Cell Organelle Quiz Retakes on Monday 8/26 Tuesday 8/27
Turn in your Remediation packet to retake the quiz

Replicating Form and Function

“Design is not just what it looks like, design is how it works”,
Steve Jobs.

ToyCo,Inc, an international supplier of gizmos, gadgets, and toys for all ages is in need of a new product. Scientists observe and learn from the world around them. They study naturally formed structures, then mimic these working systems to improve our daily lives. ToyCo, Inc. has contracted you as an innovative developer to study the components of a cell and design a new product that will entice a specific age group. As a team, analyze the parts that make up a cell, as well as the structure and function of each one of these parts. Then, utilize the engineering design process to generate a toy concept using the same principles that allow a cell to work through form and/or function. What will be the purpose of your toy? How will it work? How will you build it? What parts will you use and how will those parts compare to those of a cell? ToyCo, Inc. would like to see at least eight of the most vital cellular components represented within the toy either structurally and/or functionally. Design and build a prototype of your toy. It must be mathematically scaled to size if not presented as actual size. Finally, create a written proposal and marketing presentation for the board members of ToyCo, Inc. Why should ToyCo choose your design? What will you name your product? What makes your toy innovative and unique as well as interesting to the end consumer? What age group will your toy target? How much will it cost the consumer and how much do you predict the company will profit from the sale of each individual unit after construction? Make sure your presentation is clearly labeled/written, attractive, colorful, well designed, and scientifically informative. Don’t forget to include a bibliography of your sources.

ToyCo. Inc.
Project Idea Proposal Project Title/Name: ______________________________

Team Members: _____________________________________________________________

1. Briefly describe the issue or problem that motivates this project idea proposal.
2. Describe the function or purpose of your idea/product and how it works. (Attach scaled sketch).
3. How does your idea exhibit or model the components of a cell?
4. What are the novel features of your idea and why should ToyCo choose your product?
5. Describe your target audience.
6. How much did it cost to build your idea?
7. What is your suggested retail price and the rationale behind your SRP?
8. What percent profit will ToyCo, Inc. acquire from selling your idea?
9. Are there any limitations that must be overcome prior to distribution?
10. What are additional selling features? (Other ideas that can be created and sold in conjunction with your idea?)

Attach labeled sketch which was used to support and develop your

CEll TOY Model presentations on Sept 4th and 5th

Aug 19th -23rd

Use the Cell Toy Model PBL lesson to challenge students with creating a model that identifies cell organelles and their functions by making an analogous toy. Students research the various cell organelles and their functions, complete a lab comparing plant and animal cells, and create a final presentation DUE ON AUG 29th and 30th
Cell Organelle quiz
Cell Picture Quiz

Aug 12th-16th
We start a new unit Cells.
Complete the graphic organizer on Cell organelles and their function using the power point.
label the parts of an Animal and Plant Cell
Cell scavenger hunt.
Compare and Contrast Plant ,Animal and Bacterial cell

Ask your students to join game with this code at https://join.quizizz.com

Aug 1st -9th
We worked on the classroom rituals and routines.
We answered questions and made posters on the lab safety comic strip in groups.
Supply list for my class and sign up for Remind given out today . Passwords for Remind have been given out as well.
The students had fun flying paper copters in the classroom.Students performed the paper copter lab and wrote a summary lab report. We learned about the Scientific Method, manipulated variable and responding variable.
We took the SGM Pretest.

Dear Parent,
Your son’s or daughter’s science class will soon begin exploring a unit on the structure and function of cells. In this unit, students will learn about the working parts of cells and how these parts perform functions for obtaining nutrients in order to grow, reproduce, make needed materials, and process wastes. By the end of the chapter, students should demonstrate a clear understanding of and discuss the following topics:
1. Cell Structure and Function
• There are two basic types of cells;
o Prokaryotic cells do not have a nucleus. (bacteria)
o Eukaryotic cells have a nucleus. (plant and animal cells)
• Eukaryotic cells are made up of smaller parts called organelles, each having its own function within the cell. The major organelles with which students should be familiar are the cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria, and lysosome.
2. Cell Processes
• Diffusion is the movement of small particles such as oxygen and carbon dioxide across the cell membrane without the use of energy.
• Osmosis is the movement of water across a cell membrane without using energy.
• Active transport moves larger particles across the cell membrane and requires the use of energy. Endocytosis and exocytosis are examples of active transport.
• Photosynthesis is the process that plants use to sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to make food in the form of the simple carbohydrate, glucose. Photosynthesis also produces oxygen. Photosynthesis occurs in a chloroplasts of plant cells.
• Cellular Respiration is the process that plants and animals use oxygen and glucose to produce energy in the form of ATP. Cellular respiration also produces carbon dioxide and water. Cellular respiration occurs in the mitochondria of plant and animal cells.
• Most cells reproduce in a process called Mitosis.
You can help your child learn about these topics by asking questions as the unit progresses or asking your child about key terms from this summary.

I would like to welcome you to a successful year of exploration in the world of Life Science. A little introduction about myself, my name is Mrs. Nidhi Khurana and I have been teaching Science at Griffin Middle School for last 17 years

This school year, I would like your child to increase their knowledge and to value learning. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and concerns. I am looking forward to a productive and successful school year.

Parents Here is the link to sign up for Remind
Remind is a communication tool that helps me connect instantly with students and parents. I can send quick, simple messages to any device

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