Cells & Homeostasis: Cell Membrane Function Quiz

As promised, students were quizzed on their understanding of the content we covered on Monday’s lesson on Membrane Function.  Specifically, students needed to apply their learning of several key vocabulary terms to an example of a plant in a solution analogous to an egg in corn syrup.  Because the quiz was content-rich, students were allowed to use their written notes, as well as their phones to access the PowerPoint from Monday’s lesson.  As we progress into the year, supports like using notes on quizzes will be removed, with students having to improve study habits in order to commit content to memory.

Matter, Atomic Structure, and Bonding: The Periodic Table

We continued our exploration of the Periodic Table by working through the first 13 slides of the Lesson 10 PowerPoint.  Students then worked through most of the Lesson 10 worksheet with their groups from yesterday.  We will complete both the slide deck and the worksheet activity tomorrow.

Update 10/2 – Students completed the Lesson 10 worksheet in class and were also assigned the Lesson 10 questions from the textbook.  In advance of Monday’s Chapter 2 quiz, students received practice copies of the Chapter 2 Multiple Choice and Short Answer quizzes.  Students were also encouraged to work through the Chapter 2 review questions on page 49 of the textbook.  The review questions and practice quizzes are not assigned and do not need to be turned in for credit.

Cells & Homeostasis: Egg Lab Report – Day 3

Today marked the final day of time available in class for students to write their Egg Lab reports.  Reports are due to me by the end of the day Saturday, and the best way to get the report to me is for students to “share” the report via Google Docs.  Students who finished early were encouraged to download the class data set (posted yesterday as an Excel spreadsheet file) and compare their individual egg lab results with those of the students in my other classes who used similar conditions.  The data also enabled students who tested their egg in complex “mixtures” (three or more solutions) to see how each solution affected the egg individually, providing a context for analyzing their own results.

To prepare for tomorrow’s quiz, students should study the lesson from Monday on Membrane Function.