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Weekly Assignment sheet #3 1/17/17  

WAS #3... This Week in Science  1/17/17   Characteristics of  living things!


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Adams - Classification and Characteristics of Living things 


Tuesday:  CDC complete and turn in!   More on scientific methods.  Intro to microscopes. Homework:  Finish your study guide.  Work on your Project... due tomorrow


Wednesday:   Microscope Pioneers:  Hooke and Leeuwenhoek.  Study guides... check and review. Turn in your project.  Homework: Study for test!


Thursday:   Test.  Dichotomous keys.  Homework: Complete the dichotomous key identification.


Friday:   Cladograms: Taxonomy Taken a step Further(Investigating Biodiversity and Independence pages 16-19).   


   Rubric for Classification Triangle Project     Due on Wednesday 1/19/17   On card stock paper...

Common Name of your Favorite Animal          2 points

Scientific Name... separate from triangle... Proper format                 4 points

At least one picture of your animal 3 points


Classification triangle... seven layers of triangle completed            14 points


Neatness, creativity, overall presentation             2 points 

Small test grade 25 points




Vocabulary:    Biotic     Abiotic     Homeostasis     Organism     Cell     Multicellular      Unicellular     Taxonomy    Linnaeus     Kingdom     Genus      Species     Dichotomous Key      Cladogram     Hooke       Leeuwenhoek


Classifying Living Things...



House cat


Sugar Maple          Strep throat bacteria




   Eukaryote            Prokaryote-Bacteria




     Plantae                     Eubacteria




 Magnoliophyta               Firmicutes




    Rosidae                             Bacilli




 Sapindales                    Lactobacillales




   Aceraceac                 Streptococcaceae 




       Acer                       Streptococcus 




  saccharum                      pyogenes





Why do you think it is important to use scientific names instead of just common names?  Why do you think Linnaeus used Latin and Greek in naming organisms?  Is there only one way to classify a set of objects?  Is there a “best” way?  How are living things classified?





Characteristics of Life Outline: 

I.  There are a wide variety of living things that exist on our planet, but they all have several characteristics in common.

    1. Living things are composed of one or more cells.
      1. A cell is the smallest unit that can perform all life processes
      2. Some organisms have only one cell (single-celled) or many cells (multicellular). 
    1. Living things can sense and respond to change.
      1. All organisms have the ability to sense change in their environment and respond to that change
  1. Organisms respond to a stimulus 
  1. A stimulus is anything that causes a reaction or change in an organism.
  2. Organisms need to react to their environment to help maintain homeostasis.
  1. Homeostasis is the maintenance of a constant stable internal state in a changing environment.

Content Outline: Characteristics of Living Things (1.4) – Part 2      

  1. There are a wide variety of living things that exist on our planet, but they all have several characteristics in common.
    1. Living things can reproduce.
      1. Asexual Reproduction – reproduction that does not require the union of sex cells and requires one parent

a.  Offspring from asexual reproduction are genetically identical to the parent.  Most single-celled organisms     reproduce this way.

         Sexual Reproduction – reproduction that requires the union of sex cells (egg and sperm), also called gametes

  1. Offspring from sexual reproduction share traits from both of the parents.
    1. Living things have DNA.
      1. The cells of all living things contain the molecule Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
      2. DNA controls the production, structure and function of cells.
      3. When organisms reproduce, they pass copies of their DNA on to their offspring.

Content Outline: Characteristics of Living Things (1.4) – Part 3          

  1. There are a wide variety of living things that exist on our planet, but they all have several characteristics in common.
    1. Living things use energy.
      1. Organisms use energy to carry out the activities of life, such as making food, breaking down food, moving things into and out of cells, and building and repairing cells.    ATP is the molecule of cellular power (work).
      2. Metabolism – the sum of all chemical processes that occur in organisms.
    1. Living things grow and develop.
      1. Whether they are singled cell or multicellular, all living things go through periods of growth and development.
        1. Single-Celled Organisms get larger and then reproduce.
        2. Multicellular Organisms increase in number of cells and thereby grow larger.

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Weekly assignment sheet #1-2 1/5/17  

This Week in Science #1-#2         1/5-13/2017         Nature of Science/Characteristics of Life

Materials needed:  Composition notebook, pencil/sharpener, glue stick or tape

Thursday:  Welcome!  Introductions, syllabus and procedures.  Lab safety and equipment will be introduced.  Assignment:  Return safety contract and all papers in your envelope.  Have parents email me for a surprise!    Bring composition notebook tomorrow or  $1.00  to purchase one.  


Friday:  Scientific methods.  Lab safety (   Assignment:  Complete your Observation sheet as needed.


Monday: Observations and inference. Forming and testing Hypothesis.  Lab Safety  Assignment:  Study vocabulary below using notes and quizlet!


Tuesday:  Complete work on Controlled experiments and Intro to Characteristics of Life.



Wednesday:  Characteristics of Life foldable.  What’s in an Organism’s Name article and reader’s guide.


Assignment: Read the article and start working with the “What’s In an Organism’s Name?” article and reader’s guide.

Thursday: Taxonomy andLinnaeus’ Classification system.  Classification project  Assignment:Work on your Classification project due on Monday.  


Friday:  Cladistics and Microscopes!  Assignment:   Study!  Work on Classification project due Monday.  


Vocabulary:  Biology    Scientific method    Hypothesis    Quantitative data     Qualitative data     Inference   

Independent variable        Control      Constants       Dependent variable      Scientific Trials       

 (Quizlet:  Nature of Science - Adams  )


Tips for Science Notebook Success ...*Bring your notebook to class every day! 

*Label /date everything in your notebook.   

*Use color-try for 4 colors on each page- to help organize and illustrate your notes.  

  • If you are absent make sure to find out what you missed.  You are still responsible for the work!   
  • Pens may be used for text as desired but not for scientific drawings!  Don’t use markers.  They bleed through the paper.

Use this picture as you answer the safety questions

(write answers on the next page of your Science notebook)



Unit 1: Scientific Process              Content Outline: The Scientific Method  - Part 1


  1. The Scientific Method
    1.   A series of steps followed to solve problems. Steps are not always the same for each question you are researching.
    1. State your Problem/Question

1. Develop a question or problem that can be solved through experimentation.

C.  Make Observations/Do Research

  1. Make observations – the act of seeing an object or an event and noting the physical characteristics or points in  

      the event. Observation is an extension of our senses; when we observe, we record what is seen, smelled, 

      tasted, heard, and touched.

a. Qualitative observations- These describe an object’s characteristics, properties, or attributes. For example, in the state, “The apple is red,” red is a qualitative observation of the apple’s appearance.

b. Quantitative observations – These involve a quantity or an amount. In the statement, 

“The apple weighs 125 grams,” 125 grams is a quantitative observation of the apple’s appearance.

c. Inferencesconclusions based on observations. Inferences go beyond what we 

can directly sense  (Example: You make an inference when you use clues from a story to figure out something the author doesn’t tell you.     

D.  Formulate a Hypothesis

  1. A hypothesis is a prediction or possible answer to the problem or question.

               2.  Needs to be an “If... then” statement.  The “If” part of the statement is the independent variable/what you are  going to do or change   (graph on the X axis).    

                    The “then” part of your statement is the dependent variable /what you will measure at the end of the   experiment (graphed on the Y axis).

 IfI run in place for 3 minutes then my heart rate will increase.