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Monday, June 6, 2011


Hello everyone! Thursday's class was simple! We did a cell lab which was really really fun because we saw the different types of cells, not just that but we also learned how cells work and the different types of cells!

Now let's take a look on the actual microscope that we were using in class!

As you can see, there are many parts on the microscope, but they forgot to label the switch whitch is down at the bottom kind of below the light source!

Now let's talk about the cells!

There are many different types of cells that we were exploring in class! There are plant cells, animal cells and many more! The ones that we were exploring in class were these two, but it was still fun to learn about them! Here is a picture of a plant cell and animal cell that might help you! It's also labeled!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Reflection Post

1. I think I've improved: my writting, putting the captions for pictures, by using more links, and by sometimes even putting videos.

2. Blogs can be very useful because they can provide new information, they can keep you up-to-date, they can be useful for videos/links, you can check if you have missed anything in class...

3. A blog can also be used for a personal online diary.

4. Blogging has helped my overall writing because most of the time it does not have spell-check, so it forces me to read over the material and I can see the mistakes I've maken, it can also help you writing because of other people's comments (in case you've misspelt a word, then they can correct you)...

5. Blogging has helped my commenting to others about their writing because, it helped me look for mistakes in their writing, and I could then easily help/correct them.

6. The most important thing I learned about blogging, except for all of the information, is that it helps a lot with grammar, punctuation...and it helped me to learn how to revise my work, as well as others.

Tuesday, May 30th's Class

Hello Everyone!!!

On Tuesday, everything started out with every student saying what was most creative in their Cell Project, and why they used it. These were later handed to Ms.D for grading. Also, there were many things that were due on Tuesday. First, we had to do the last blog comment of the year. Then, there was also a Reflection Post that was due. Here are the directions to the past homework. Later, we discussed the many things that will be happening this week. First, there will be a Cell and Microscope Quiz Friday for all of the seventh graders. Remember, this is the last big grade of the quarter (along with blogging), so study hard!! The picture above shows a plant cell with all its parts, so it might help to study! Here is a fun link that helps you review the different parts of a cell! Basically, what we have to study is the following:

  • The different Organelles of a Plant and Animal cell

  • Microscope Parts- Here are my notes for the Microscope parts:

  • Magnifies small objects so humans can see them better.

  • Types of microscopes- simple, compound, electron and light.

  • Simple- only 1 lens to magnify objects,

  • Compound- 2 or more lenses used to magnify,

  • Light- magnifies as far back as cells! Refracting light.

  • Electron- magnify from electron level, amazing resolution.

  • SER (scanning electron microscope)- outer of organisms,

  • TEM (tunneling electron microscope)- inside of organisms.

This is a picture of an Animal Cell!

Here is a Video that might help you revise for cells!!

We also have to study the organization of everything. Here it is!

Strings(?)- quarks (6)- protons, electrons, and neutrons- atoms- molecules- elements- compunds or mixtures- DNA (Deoxy-Ribonucleic Acid)- cells- tissues- organs- systems- organisms- species- Genus- Family- Order- class- Phyllum- kindoms(6)- Biomes- Planets- galaxies- cluster of galaxies- Universe- ?

Basically, it is how everything in the universe is classified, from smallest to greatest. The question mark on the string is because scientists are not sure if there actually are the strings. Also, the one after the Universe is because no one knows if there is something bigger yet.
Later in the class, we started talking about our Cell Lab. Ms.D gave us the worksheets and we continued started working. The partners were the same we had had for our practice Lab, or numbers 7 on our appointment clock.

Here are some pictures of the people that worked together!

Courtney (and me)!

Tamara and Ghazaleh!

Karin and Maria Chiara!

Eric and Dave!

Valentina and Emilija!

Finally, our homework is to STUDY!!!!!!! Study as hard as you can, because, as I already said, the test will be the last final grade of the quarter!!

Here is a link to Moodle!

I hope you all enjoyed my post!!!

Oh, and I almost forgot.....The next scribe is........amazing, humongous final drum roll of the year..... JAKUB!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cells and "E" Lab

In class on Thursday May 26 we labeled Animal and Plant Cells. We also started and finished a small lab called the “E” Lab. I will explain what we did in that lab later on in my scribe post.

Parts of an Animal Cell:

Cell Membrane - The outside boundary of a cell

Cytoplasm -
Liquid inside a cell

Golgi Body - A structure in a cell that receives proteins and other newly formed materials from the endoplasmic reticulum.

Lysosome -
A small round cell structure containing chemicals that break down large food particles into smaller ones.

Mitochondria -
Rod-shaped cell structure that converts food into energy.

Nucleus -
A cell structure that contains nucleic acids.

Ribosome -
A small grain like structure in the cytoplasm of a cell where proteins are made.

Endoplasmic Reticulum -
Carries material from one part of the cell to another.

Vacuole -
Stores food, water, waste, and other materials.

Labeled picture of an Animal Cell:

Parts of a Plant Cell:

Cell Membrane -
The thin layer of protein and fat that surrounds the cell, but is inside the cell wall.

Cell Wall -
A thick layer that surrounds a plant cell.

Chloroplast -
Captures sunlight to produce food for the cell

Cytoplasm -
Liquid inside a cell

Golgi body -
A structure in a cell that receives proteins and other newly formed materials from the endoplasmic reticulum

Mitochondrion -
Rod-shaped cell structure that converts food into energy.

Nucleus -
A cell structure that contains nucleic acids.

Ribosome -
A small grain like structure in the cytoplasm of a cell where proteins are made.

Endoplasmic Reticulum -
Carries material from one part of the cell to another.

Vacuole -
Stores food, water, waste, and other materials.

Labeled picture of a Plant Cell

“E” Lab

So now a little about the “E” Lab. When we did the “E” lab we had to cut out any type of “E or e” letter from a magazine that was the size of this font, and paste it on a slide that had a drop of water on it. Then we put a cover slip over it and pasted it on the microscope. The people that had chosen color full letter “e” had seen many color full dots mostly colors like blue, green, yellow, and light purple mixed with dark purple. But the people that chose letters that were black saw a black letter with little lines around it. After we were done looking at the letters we had a sheet to fill in of what we saw and we also had to draw a little pic of how the letter looked like.


Web sites to Animal Cell information/ games:





Web sites to Plant Cell information/ games:



Microscope Game:


Emilija's Reflection Post

I think I improved in my blogging over the past year. I think I mostly improved in my style of writing and the formatting. I think that blogging is helpful for class because the person that is the blogger for a specific class summaries the whole class in a few paragraphs and helps the people that weren’t there to see what we did and also it is helpful to the people that didn’t understand something in class to have a
chance to read what we did.I think blogger could be used also for many other things like for what we did in any other subject like German or French, like Croatian or any other subject. Blogger helped me with me learn how to summaries a one and half-hour of class in a few paragraphs without having to use difficult language. Blogger didn’t really help me with commenting, but it helped me correct a few errors. The most important thing I learned from blogging is that you should do your work on Microsoft word and then past it on blogger!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Chiara's Scribe Post 4th Quoter

I feel that I improved the way I put my post together. I learned how to use hyperlink and how to put in pictures. My grammar improved. I think that blogging helps when you miss the class. You can always go and look at the blog for an explanation. It can be used for sharig informetion and opinions. Blogging gave me practices with my english, and with writing in general, and it was good to hear other peoples' suggestion. I learned to give constructive criticism. Ilearned how to write a blog, which before I didn't know how to do.

Karin's Reflection Post

I think that I did inprove over these couple of years on Blogger, all though sometimes my blog posts were not as good as they could have been. I think that this class blog was sort of useful because it is quite the same thing as moodle and only people who have been sick usually check it. But sometimes it is helpful for other people who are not in our class to see what we are learning about in science class. I think that this blog could also be used for our parents to see what we did in class and what homework we had. Blogger helped my grammer skills a little bit but not by much. Blogging has helped my commenting by knowing what i should look for in a blog post. The most important thing i learned from blogging is how you can use the most simple thing like a science class and turn in into a learing site on a blog.