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My first week! (from Nora's perspective)
Homework Week of Nov. 12, 2012
Homework Week of Nov. 5, 2012
7th grade online activity: cell cycle mitosis DNA replication wrap up
Homework Week of Oct. 29, 2012



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 Monday, 01 April 2013
Monday, 01 April 2013 06:22:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( mapping | oceans | El Nino )

Using Sonar to map the ocean floor video link:


Gyres & garbage patch in the ocean link:

 Video of costal erosion: (link will be inserted here)

Explination of cause and effect of El Niño / La Niña / ENSO :

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 Monday, 25 February 2013
Monday, 25 February 2013 11:33:34 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )


6th grade Links from class:

River Channel with large meanders, erosion and deposition along river curves (inside the curve vs. outside the curve), formation of oxbow lake & floodplain...

Grand River - photo sequence from 1939-1996 showing the re-formation of a meander in the Grand River....

6th grade HW: Read TB p. 342-353, do SciNB p. 85, 86

7th grade HW: Read TB p. 284-288, do SciNB p. 68, 69.

7th grade link from classs:


6th grade: Do SciNB p. 87, 88

7th grade: Do SciNB p. 70

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 Sunday, 03 February 2013
Sunday, 03 February 2013 12:00:28 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( flowers | interactive | life cycles | plants | reproductive processes )

On your Flower Dissection Lab, draw an example of each item #10-14 as seen under a high power microscope (i.e. Scanning Electron Microscope, Scanning Tunneling Electron Microscope)

Lily like the example flower provided by Mrs. Fischer in class:

Did you use a different flower?  They might have it on this page (once on the link, you click on the flower's photo to get more details about the flower) :

Additional images of pollen for #18 (select one picture to sketch):

Go to the following links in the order listed.  Once you have completed the links, you may start the MI high interactive which is below the links. Below each link is a statement to copy onto the back of your binder paper & complete.

Seedless plants:


1. For moss to reproduce sexually it requires ______ to transport sperm to eggs.
2. The sporophyte generation of a moss is ____ & produces spores.  (hint: answer is either diploid or haploid)

Seed Plants:

Life cycle of gymnosperm:

3. In the gymnosperm, the male cone is called a _____, the female cone is called a ____.

How seeds travel:

4. Some plants reproduce using seeds, which must move from the plant to a new location.  To move the seed, some plants rely on the wind, ____, ____, ____.  Coconuts use ___ to move, while dandelions use ___, and apples ______________________________.   Some plants have their seeds catch a ride on an animal like cattails, burdocks and ______.

Life cycle of angiosperm:

5. A plant that has a ___ is an angiosperm which means ________.  Inside the flower, the carpel is made up of ____________________________________, and is the female part of the plant.  Meiosis takes place in the _____ and ____ of the flower.  The pollen grain carries ______ and enter through the pollen tube.  A seed is formed which will g_________ later.

*Parts of an angiosperm:

6. Draw and label the reproductive parts of an angiosperm.

*= this is a site from the United Kingdom, the flower parts they emphasize are a little different.

MI interactive on parts of a flower & zaping seeds before they spread:   (Turn in your packet with the 4 pages of of flower related work paper before doing the interactive below)


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 Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:08:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Hi Everyone!

I hope your finals are going well.  I too am learning new things and teaching my parents all sorts of important lessons this past week (like to ALWAYS bring a change of clothes when we go out in the car seat along with more than 2 diapers ... I will tell you a little about THAT when I talk about the wonders of my car seat.)  Thank you for all of the nice welcome notes on the banner!  I might be ready to share Mommy with you starting in Feburary.  I wrote about my first week on the outside with Mommy and Daddy.  Since I am only a week old, I hope it all makes sense and please do not expect my spelling to be perfect.  (Mommy is a little too tired for me to ask her to proof read my work at the moment).  Have a wonderful rest of the week and Winter Vacation.  I will try to talk Mommy into posting some more of my adventures over your vacation on her web site, but I am keeping her and Daddy pretty busy!  They have done dishes and laundry more often in the last week than they used to do in a month!  (To think I have only been home for a few days!)

     :)  Nora

  Miss Nora's Adventures - week 1


Monday 12/10/12- Born this morning - a litle late for the first period classes (at 8:47), but I was still early (sort of)  because I was due 12/11 instead.  I was 6 pounds and 20 inches long.  Here I am with Mommy when I was 2 hours old ...  She promised me some early extra credit if I arrived before my due date!  I think I will collect it when I am a teenager!  Oh, and met Mommy's parents today, and over heard Daddy talking with his parents. 


Tuesday and Wednesday - I had a touch of Jaundice which is very common and needed a special light under my back to help get my liver to "wake up" (at least that is what Mommy told Daddy) ... my parents started calling me "our little glow worm" and for those of you that are sci-fi fans, you might say I looked a bit like an alien (especially with the tube that had to come out of my onsie behind me (it is in Daddy's right hand here).  Got to meet even more people - met more Grandparents (Daddy's parents) and my Great Aunt!  All of my nurses are very kind and have been teaching my parents a lot!

Thursday night - Came home and got settled in with help from my Great Aunt, and Grandparents. 

(But wait!  There's more ... you might have to scroll down for more pictures if it seems to end here)

Friday - I surprised Mommy and Daddy with a couple new tricks today - First we had a doctor's appointment for me (my 1 day home check up) and after they let the doctor's lab poke me with a needle and it made me cry a lot.  Don't worry, I got them back as soon as they tried to put me into my carseat.  That was my first diaper explosion!  Mommy and Daddy are now calling Friday my Poo-tastic day! (I gave Mommy and Daddy a few other adventures as well today.  I just have to say that they will never look at brownie batter in the same way again. 

The other trick I showed off was my wiggling skills ... I wanted it to be darker so I could take a nap and I wiggled myself so that my eyes were under the blanket and formed a great cave to rest my eyes under.  To test their hypothesis  that I was trying to find shade for my eyes, they pulled me back from the blanket, and I repreated my wiggle maneuver ... I made my parents smile and laugh.  I heard them say "she definitly takes after us!"  I was just demonstrating one of the characteristics of living things for Mommy's 7th grade classes.  I also started sleeping for 10 minutes at a time in my crib to give Mommy, Daddy, and Grandma's arms a bit of a rest. 


Saturday- Daddy and I had Tummy Time.  It helps me to start developing my arm, torso, head, neck and leg muscles.  It also helps my brain to develop.  The only thing is, I am so young that I must always be supervised and can only start out having Tummy Time in for a very short amount of time before it becomes too much for me.  Daddy is keeping me entertained and safe here on the blanket that is spread out on the floor!


Sunday - we went for my first ride in the stroller, and my first outside walk.  We only went a few houses down, but I found out that I really like moving in the fresh air.  If my stroller stopped, I would fuss.  (Did I mention that I am not a fan of my car seat?  So far each time I have let my parents know very quickly!  As soon as they bucklet me up and have checked to make sure I am correctly buckled in, I create a present for them and that gets me a little quick freedom on the changing table!  (My freedom does not last long though because we usually have to go back into the car seat afterwards.) 


Monday 12/17- I am now 1 full week old!  I continue to amaze Mommy and Daddy with my awsomeness!  I can now sleep in my crib for 2 to 3 hours a few times each day (if I have been put to bed in just the right way!).  I will work on building up to 4 hours this week!  Oh and Daddy tried to remove the infant insert that came with my car seat and found out that I am way too small to be without one at this point.  Mommy is very glad they bought a car seat that came with the insert because it is a must have!

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 Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:34:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

M 11.12- Veteran's Day (observed), no school

T 11.13-

6th- Do SciNB p. 36 and record "page I found this on" for SciNB p. 37 and 38.  (if absent today, do SciNB p. 37 and be sure to finish cutting out the continents and tape them into SciNB p. 37, use the textbook p. 168 to help you position the continents using the fossil locations.)

7th- finish questions from DNA isolation activity

W 11.14-

6th- finish classwork (following the directions on the handout Earth Today and Long Ago Foldable on continental drift) and
      answer TB p. 173 # 1, 2, 3 in SciNB p. 38 SumIt box (FCS, RSQ)

7th- SciNB p. 22, add haploid cell and diploid cell for the words to be defined for homework tonight

R 11.15-

6th- SciNB pages 39-41

7th- TB p. 133 # 5, 6, 8, 9 and finish mitosis/meiosis worksheet from class if necessary

F 11.16-

6th- finish the 2questions on the Sea Floor Spreading activity from class AND be sure to finish SciNB pages 39-41 if had not finished yesterday.

7th-Finish SciNB p. 23 and 24 if did not finish in class.


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 Monday, 05 November 2012
Monday, 05 November 2012 10:40:23 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Monday 11.5-

6th- finish recording details on the "inner core" and "outer core" on JCE paper (use JCE fact sheet and TB p. 102-108 to help you)

7th- finish today's online assignment; click here for the assignment

Tuesday 11.6-

6th- finish coloring and classwork for JEC (crust and mantle)

7th- Use TB p. 98-107, do SciNB p. 17,19.

Wednesday 11.7- 

6th-finish SciNB p. 18, 19, and study for tomorrow's quiz on ch 2 lesson 3

7th- protein synthesis: answer w.s. Q's

Thursday 11.8-

6th- color locations of ancient fossils on the continents

7th-finsh Tuesday's activity questions (about the triangles and levels of organization / differentiation)


Friday 11.9- Enjoy your weekend

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 Saturday, 03 November 2012
Saturday, 03 November 2012 11:02:54 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( 7th grade | animations | cell cycle | interactive | life cycles | mitosis | Moible Laptop Assignments )

 Cell cycle:

Click on Basic animation: draw or describe what happens during S stage





Click on Check points:
copy the three check points (the cell will continue onto the next part of the cell cycle if the check point is true)
 #2:  #3:



 what type of cell is shown?




      draw the cell at anaphase:




draw the cell at cytokinesis




Finished Early?   Show paper to Mrs. Fischer for stamp and then:


Build a DNA molecule


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 Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 09:19:18 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

 M 10.29-

6th- color illustrations in today's thinking map (showing the uses of salt) and add a sentence summarizing the importance of salt

7th- finish Bill Nye Science guy questions using complete sentences

T 10.30-

6th- finish procedure # 8 in rock cycle game

7th- follow coloring key to shade DNA & study with study guide (HINT!!!)

W  10.31-

Have a happy & safe Halloween!  6th graders - Bring in 3  fun size layered bars

R 11.01-

6th- Use TB p. 102-108, do SciNB p. 17

7th- Finish questions from DNA replication activity (there are 6 questions total)

F 11.02- Set your clocks back 1 hour Saturday --> Sunday.


Note: The late work deadline was Oct. 31, it will take me about 2 additional weeks to grade and enter the assignments.  As a result, the improved scores on the late assignments will not make it into the gradebook until mid-November (after the second grading period has already ended).  The grades will be entered though before the semester ends.

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