Rube Goldberg Machine Designs

posted May 18, 2015, 6:50 AM by Ryan Heasley   [ updated May 18, 2015, 6:51 AM ]

It's that time of the year again! Students are getting ready to build their Rube Goldberg machines. To prepare, they learned about simple machines (e.g. pulleys, inclined planes) and designed absurd Rube Goldberg machines. I'm excited for these engineers to start building their masterpieces. Stay tuned! :)






Geographic Islands

posted May 3, 2015, 10:18 AM by Ryan Heasley   [ updated May 3, 2015, 10:29 AM ]

In our science/history unit on how geography impacts people, students learned about landforms and then designed their own thematic islands with several landforms with unique names. Many students even used alliteration when naming their landforms (e.g. Tic Tac Tundra).

Animal Research Reports

posted Feb 8, 2015, 8:41 AM by Ryan Heasley   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 1:13 PM ]

Students recently researched animals of their choice. In addition to learning about how different animals adapt to their surroundings, we learned that porcupines can and do, in fact, cuddle. One of the animals that was researched even visited our classroom. This bearded dragon named Hartsiepoo (a.k.a. Huddlefarts) is native to Australia and likes to feel pretty and wear blue nail polish because she's worth it.

Cell Analogy Project

posted Nov 25, 2014, 12:08 PM by Ryan Heasley   [ updated Nov 25, 2014, 12:11 PM ]

Students did an amazing job on their cell analogy projects. They compared cells to a variety of things like cities, the ocean, a state, a hospital, the human body, a car, a school, and even a hunting store. I'm so proud of their hard work! Below is Nurk Vurt's Minecraft Cell Analogy Project.

Bacteria on Agar Plates

posted Nov 16, 2014, 6:35 PM by Ryan Heasley

Students swabbed various surfaces and items around the school (e.g. phones, drinking fountain, door handles) and grew colonies of bacteria in agar plates. Below are a few colonies that grew in just a couple weeks.

Cell Models

posted Oct 31, 2014, 6:53 PM by Ryan Heasley   [ updated Nov 16, 2014, 6:14 PM ]


Cell Model Project

posted Oct 10, 2014, 7:06 PM by Ryan Heasley   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 2:19 PM ]

Construct an animal cell or a plant cell with materials from home. You may make it however you want, using whatever you want. Your model must include your selected cell’s parts. Label each part of the cell. You can do so with mini flags, or you can take a picture of your model, and digitally add labels on a computer. You could even make a key. It’s up to you how you label it. 

If you choose to construct a plant cell (page 20), you must include these parts: cell wall, endoplasmic reticulum (ER), nucleus, cytoplasm, ribosomes, Golgi body, mitochondria, cell membrane, vacuole, and chloroplasts.

If you choose to construct an animal cell (page 21), you must include these parts: cytoplasm, ribosomes, nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum (ER), Golgi body, cell membrane, vacuole, lysosomes, and mitochondria.

For extra credit, you could include more detail to your model. In the nucleus, you could include/label its nuclear envelope, chromatin, and nucleolus (page 18). You could also include centrioles, a cytoskeleton, plastids (plants cell only), or centrosomes (animal cell only). You may even differentiate between the smooth ER from the rough ER.

To see some examples of how you could construct your cell model, click on the files below.

Your model is due Monday, November 3rd. If, however, you finish it before then, you may bring it at any time to present it to the class.

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