Saturday, April 19, 2008

Weekly Schedule April 21st – April 25th

This is our schedule for the week ending April 25th, 2008. If you have any questions, please contact me at extension 38.

1st Year Science (Period 2 & 3)

Monday: Work Due: None

Inside Story with Slim Goodbody: The Breath of Life:
The Inside Story of Respiration

Illustrates how the respiratory system brings oxygen into the body and gets rid of waste, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Using giant models, Slim traces the path oxygen takes from the air to the alveoli, capillaries, and body cells, and the path carbon dioxide takes back. Worksheet is due Tuesday. There will be a quiz.

Tuesday: Work Due: Respiration

Inside Story with Slim Goodbody - Down, Down, Down:
The Inside Story of Digestion

Reveals the digestive pathway and explains how food is broken down before our bodies can use it. Slim discusses the importance of eating a variety of foods and the role of teeth, the stomach, small intestines, saliva, enzymes, and blood in digestion. Worksheet is due Wednesday. There will be a quiz.

Wednesday: Work Due: Digestion

Matter and Its Properties: What Makes Up Matter?

In order to determine what makes up matter, students will be introduced to the abstract notion of the atom through 3-D animation. The structure of the atom, including protons, neutrons, and electrons, is highlighted. The examples of gold, silver, and oxygen are used to show how atoms make up elements, and the examples of steel and water are used to show how different kinds of atoms form compounds. The language of chemistry is also introduced through simple chemical symbols and formulas. Worksheet is due Thursday. There will be a quiz.

Thursday: Work Due: What Makes Up Matter?

Matter and Its Properties: Observing the Properties of Matter

In this program, students will learn how to use their five senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, to determine the different properties of matter. Properties such as shape, size, color, texture, odor, sound, weight, and taste are discussed. Everyday examples of matter are examined through vivid images, helping students better observe and describe their world. Worksheet is due Monday. There will be a quiz.

Friday: Learning to Communicate.

Helps children develop the communication skills that will make them clearer speakers and better listeners. Featuring vignettes close to student experience, this program teaches the basics of effective communication, including the importance of body language and tone of voice and the need to avoid communication roadblocks. Pauses at key points to offer extensive opportunities for children to participate in activities and role plays designed to further improve communication skills.

2nd Year Science (Period 1 & 4)

Monday: Work Due: None

The Basics of Biology: What Is Life?

Get your junior scientists off to a good start as they learn that the science of biology is the study of life. Viewers will see and hear about the characteristics of all living things and how they contrast to characteristics of nonliving things. Learn how all living organisms are made up of cells. There will be a worksheet that is due Tuesday. There will be a quiz.

Tuesday: Work Due: What is Life?

The Basics of Biology: How Living Things are Structured

Students are introduced to the basic concepts of how living things are structured and how their separate parts work together to form whole living organisms. This program looks at one-celled organisms, cell colonies, tissues, organs, and organ systems in a variety of living things. These levels of biological organization are compared with the developmental stages that occur in a vertebrate embryo. There will be a worksheet that is due Wednesday. There will be a quiz.

Wednesday: Work Due: How Things are Structured

The Basics of Biology: The Kingdom of Animals:
From Simple to Complicated

Rich live-action imagery excites the imagination as students learn some basic facts about the incredible diversity that exists in the animal kingdom. Starting with one-celled animal-like protists, this program examines a variety of animal phyla: sponges, sea anemones, spiny-skinned animals, flatworms, nemertine worms, segmented worms, mollusks, arthropods, and vertebrates. There will be a worksheet that is due Thursday. There will be a quiz.

Thursday: Work Due: Kingdom of Animals

The Basics of Biology: The Kingdom of Plants

This video examines the major branches of the plant kingdom. Starting with one-celled plant-like protists, students learn the role of photosynthesis in producing food and oxygen. Then, important characteristics and developmental trends are revealed as the program looks at a variety of living things. Students also discover the life cycle of a fern, how seeds form in a lily by pollination, and how bean seeds grow to mature seeds. There will be a worksheet that is due Monday. There will be a quiz.

Friday: Gangs: The Tough Decision to Stay Out.

Current gang members can give young people some pretty convincing arguments as to why they should join a gang: "You get the girls, you get the money, you get to belong. This program gives teens a look at the reality of gang membership -- criminal activity, drive-by shootings, drug abuse and, all too often, an early death. The program provides compelling media support for Health, Guidance and Life Skills units on gangs, conflict resolution, teen violence, youth-at-risk, behavioral choices, and decision making, as it explores gang-related issues such as the lies gang members disseminate to recruit new members, the real dangers of gangs, and how hard it is to get out once you have joined. Alternatives to gangs are also covered, proving that popularity, friendship and power can all be achieved through legitimate activities such as organized sports, school clubs and volunteer groups. Young people are encouraged to find positive adult role models, and to think for themselves rather than throwing their lives away on self-destructive gangs.

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