Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009


Best Link found by my students

Dissection vocabulary


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

ISAT week games

New activities:

Keep a record on notebook paper of the URL (address) of the activity you completed and write a short summary of what you did at that site. The paper will be collected Friday.

Example: http://www.quia.com/-----------
I completed the astronomy Rags to Riches game. It took me five tries before I got to a million. I didn't know all those names of scientists.

Observing the sky Rags to Riches www.quia.com/rr/343808.html

A family of planets Rags to Riches www.quia.com/rr/344063.html

Astronomy Games www.quia.com/jg/361076.html

Meteorology Review Hangman www.quia.com/hm/145594.html

Plants Games www.quia.com/jw/225310.html

Review activities:

Metrics Columns www.quia.com/cm/2419155.html

Genetics Hangman www.quia.com/hm/474294.html

Cell Organelles Rags to Riches www.quia.com/rr/391231.html

Cells and Heredity word games www.quia.com/jg/1532316.html

After you complete a minimum of 20 minutes on science sites, you may go to
Additional sites for fun and learning:






Required site for review


Friday, February 27, 2009

Thank You

Thank you to all those students and parents who have shown genuine concern for science education and have made use of this blog. Unfortunately, due to lack of interest, I find it necessary to discontinue posting. I will begin posting again, with enthusiasm, when someone other than my friends and family indicate an interest.

Thank you
Ms. Susan Grumbine

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fermi Lab

I had the most incredible experience at Fermi Lab, the national accelerator located in Batavia, Illinois about an hour north west of Steger. I strongly encourage parents and students to visit the website as well as the research grounds that are part of Fermi Lab. You don't have to be a scientist, a teacher, or even someone who likes science to enjoy the site. You can watch the buffalo roam; go fishing; bike through the grounds and around the accelerator; view the sculptures; enjoy nature; become a human sundial....all without even entering a science building!!


02/10 bone structure

Students completed the diagram of the bone structure. They also worked on p.19 1,2,3.
Any work not completed in class becomes homework.

I was absent from class today. Mr. Lale was my substitute.

Monday, February 09, 2009

2/09 bones & medical terminology

Labeled and studied the bones of the skeleton. Worked on Medical Terminology Made Easy. DUE in class Tuesday. (exception: 9th hour will have an additional day.) There really is a reason why scientists use "those big words" to identify organisms and parts of organisms. Laboratory: Homeostasis. Why can't you hold onto a book with your outstretched arms forever?
Complete Medical Terminology if not done in class. Study bone names.

2/02 week in review


Introduction to the skeletal and muscular systems. Viewed 20 minute video. Students received credit for their attention to the video.

We played "Ms. Grumbine says" to identify the names of bones as we learn them. It became a favorite right away.


TEST - Modern Genetics the test included extra credit points beyond the 20 basic questions. Students submitted their Cells and Heredity text and received Human Biology and Health text.


Introduction to the human body. We viewed Man the Incredible Machine to preview the upcoming unit on the body systems. We reviewed the handouts and vocabulary necessary for students to study for the test.


Genetic disorders group presentations. Students were evaluated on their accuracy, cooperation, and presentation as a group.


Genetic Disorders.

Monday, February 02, 2009

02/02 genetic disorders

Reviewed Friday's genetics laboratory. Introduced the genetic disorders mini-presentation. Students worked in groups of 3 or 4 to answer the following questions about their assigned disorder. What causes the disorder? What are the symptoms or signs of the disorder? What treatments are available for this disorder? What are some adaptations that can be made at home and in the classroom for children with the disorder? I provided the research on Down's Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Cystic Fibrosis, and Hemophilia.
Study Modern genetics for TEST Thursday. Complete diagram from p.126 or commercial as assigned last Thursday. DUE in bin Tuesday.