March 20th, 2017

Objective: To determine whether or not Rabies can be considered an Epidemic in the State of North Carolina


  1. Bellwork:
    Define each of the following vocab terms: Virus, Epidemic,Vector
    Definir cada uno de los siguientes términos de vocabulario: Virus, Epidemia, Vector
  2. Use the Rabies Data 2005 and Rabies Data 2015 to fill in the maps for Rabies Maps NC and answer all follow up questions on worksheet



March 17th, 2017

Objective: To show my understanding of microorganisms through the creation of a “wanted poster”.


  1. Bellwork:
    List four facts about the disease you were assigned for your ‘Wanted Poster’
    Lista cuatro hechos sobre la enfermedad que se le asignó para su ‘Cartel querido’
  2. Students worked on and turned in their final copy of the ‘Wanted’ poster by following the Wanted Poster Rubric


Homework: Quiz 23

March 16th, 2017

Objective:  To show my understanding of microorganisms through the creation of a “wanted poster”.


  1. Bellwork:
    Why do scientists study microbes? Write 3 sentences.
    ¿Por qué los científicos estudian los microbios? Escribe 3 oraciones
  2. Introduce the Microbe Wanted Poster to students.  Provide them with the Wanted Poster Rubric and answer any questions that they may have.
  3. Students are to read the information sheet provided to them about their assigned microbe and start collecting information.




Reminder: SciPi Night forms due FRIDAY

Sci Pi Night is March 23rd, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm

SciPi night will be an evening of Science and Math presentations designed to engage students in STEM learning


Students who attend SciPi night will get a Science Homework pass if you come and sign in at Mrs. Spears’ booth

Volunteers  will get 2 homework passes (1 for Science and 1 for Math) and will earn service hours.  SciPi Student volunteer Form must be filled out and turned in by Friday March 17

Student Presentations:

  • If you would like to present you need to turn in SciPi Student Presentation Consent Form
  • Deadline: Friday March 17th
  • Students who put on a presentation will earn 50 points of Extra Credit towards their next Exam (in addition to homework passes for Math and Science)!!!
  • You need to come up with an activity or a demonstration that has to do with our curriculum:

ØEnergy (cell or energy sources)
ØEarth’s History (fossils, carbon dating, etc.)

March 15th, 2017

Objective: To observe the microbes and pathogens we have been learning about under the microscope


  1. Bellwork:
    Pick THREE parts of the Microscope and describe their function.
    Escoge tres partes del microscopio y describir su función.
  2. Students will look at different microbes/pathogens under the microscope and draw what they observe for each one (done on their own paper- no worksheet provided).
    Microbes looked at:
  • Bacillus Bacteria (Can cause Tetanus, Tuberculosis, and Leprosy)
  • Hookworm (Parasite- attaches to small intestine)
  • Liver Fluke (Parasite that can live in your liver)
  • Plasmodium (Parasite that causes Malaria)
  • Mite (Parasite that can cause Scabies and Mange)
  • Blood Infected with Tuberculosis (Bacterial infection, destroys lungs)
  • Malaria
  • Blood Infected with Influenza (Virus, can lead to death)
  • Cross section of Tapeworm (Parasite- lives in intestines.  Can grow to feet long)
  • Pinworm (Parasite, Lives in Anus)
  • Ascaris Larvae (parasitic worm)
  • Streptococcus (Bacteria that causes Strep Throat)
  • Tick (Vector for Lyme disease)
  • Bed Bug
  • Head Louse (Causes Lice)

3. Follow up questions (answered on students own paper):
1.Is it possible that microbes exist that are smaller than those you observed?  Explain how you might try to collect evidence to prove or disprove your idea.

2.Develop three rules you will use the next time you do microscopy drawings

3.As a scientist you are asked to describe two of the microbes that you saw to someone who has never looked through a microscope.  Write a short paragraph describing the microbes you observed.

4.Imagine that you are a researcher studying microbes.  Would you choose to study a disease-causing microbe or one that does not cause disease?  Explain.

March 13th, 2017

Objective: Describe the types of microbes that cause diseases


  1. Bellwork:
    For EACH microbe list TWO diseases(examples) that the microbe can cause: Bacteria, Fungus, Virus, ParasitePara cada lista microbio dos enfermedades (ejemplos) que el microbio puede causar: Las bacterias, hongos, virus, parásitos
  2. WHO AM I activity (Students were given an informational sheet on a disease and in their group come up with a skit based on the disease.  Students performed the skit in front of the class, and the class had to guess what the disease was)