It has been a wonderful year so far! I have truly enjoyed getting to know your child and teaching them about science! So far this year we have learned about Chemistry, the Hydrosphere, Energy Sources, Cell Energy, Populations & Ecosystems, Microbes & Diseases, and Biotechnology. We only have one more unit left this school year: Earth’s Geologic History.
It is with a heavy heart that I am informing you that Friday April 28th will be my last day as your child’s teacher. Starting on Monday May 1st, your child will have a substitute teacher for their science instruction. Even though I will not be present to teach your child, I have already fully planned out the remainder of the school year, and I have left very detailed instructions for my successor. Your child will still be given all of the instruction that they need to be fully prepared for their Science End of Grade exam in May!
All of the lesson plans and resources for the entire year can be accessed online. Go to the class website (Spears8Science.wordpress.com) and follow the link to the class calendar (tab located at the top right corner of home page) to find all information.
You can also Click HERE to access the Class Calendar
Ms. Bette and Mrs. Carlos are two other 8th grade Science teachers who will be teaching the same lessons that are planned for your child for the remainder of the year. Both Ms. Bette and Mrs. Carlos have tutoring hours that your child is welcome to attend if they need further help in Science. Both teachers request that you send them an email with advance notice of your child’s attendance.
Ms. Bette: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutoring Time: Wednesday Afternoon, 3:15-4:15
Mrs. Carlos: email@example.com
Tutoring Time: Tuesday Afternoon, 3:15-4:15
I am leaving the teaching profession to pursue a career in science. I have recently been hired by INC Research as a project specialist in their Central Nervous System department. I have a deep passion for science and research and I am so excited to use that passion in the field of biotechnology!
I will miss Wendell Middle School so much! It has been a great honor and a privilege to teach your child these past months!
Mrs. Lindsay Spears
Objective: To figure out how we can be good stewards to the Earth
Read the article on the Biotechnology Company INC Research. While reading the article answer the following questions:
1-What is a CRO?
2- What does a CRO do?
3- After what phase of drug trials can a new drug be approved by the FDA?
4- INC separates they company into therapeutic areas. Why is this beneficial?
5- Write one other fun fact about INC Research.
- Farewell Letter Wendell
- Earth Day Scavenger Hunt (outside)
DiscoveryEducation.com Quiz 26
Objective: Describe the types of careers available in the field of Biotechnology
Students watched the What is Biotechnology Video and then answered the following question:
How is biotechnology advancing/helping society? Answer in a minimum of 3 sentences.
¿Cómo está avanzando la biotecnología / ayudar a la sociedad? Responder en un mínimo de 3 frases.
- Students filled out Biotechnology Career Gallery Walk worksheet while going around to 12 stations. Each station provided information about various careers within the field of Biotechnology.
- After stations students filled out the reflection questions on the bottom of the worksheet
Objective: To introduce what GMOs are and why they are controversial.
Choose 3 biotechnology jobs and describe them
Elija 3 trabajos de biotecnología y describa
- Watch Eyes of Nye: GMO and fill out Eyes of Nye – GM foods worksheet
- Complete the Biotechnology Word Search reviewing our Biotechnology Vocabulary
Objective: To explore how North Carolina contributes to the field of Biotechnology
List 2 pros and 2 cons of GMOs.
Lista 2 positivos y 2 negativos de alimentos genéticamente modificados.
- Watch ‘Heal, Feed, Sustain: How Biotechnology can save the world’ and fill out Heal, Feed, Sustain Video Questions
- Read Article 10 Biotech Firms Rapidly Expanding in North Carolina. Students had to pick 5 of the companies and describe them
Objective: To the 5 Ws of GMOs
First we read the following exert from the NY Times artcle ‘U.S.D.A. Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans’
A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday.
The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of a chemical called acrylamide, which is suspected of causing cancer in people, is produced when the potato is fried.
The new potato also resists bruising, a characteristic long sought by potato growers and processors for financial reasons. Potatoes bruised during harvesting, shipping or storage can lose value or become unusable.
The biotech tubers were developed by the J. R. Simplot Company, a privately held company based in Boise, Idaho, which was the initial supplier of frozen French fries to McDonald’s in the 1960s and is still a major supplier. The company’s founder, Mr. Simplot, who died in 2008, became a billionaire.
The potato is one of a new wave of genetically modified crops that aim to provide benefits to consumers, not just to farmers as the widely grown biotech crops like herbicide-tolerant soybeans and corn do. The nonbruising aspect of the potato is similar to that of genetically engineered nonbrowning apples, developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, which are awaiting regulatory approval.
But the approval comes as some consumers are questioning the safety of genetically engineered crops and demanding that the foods made from them be labeled. Ballot initiatives calling for labeling were rejected by voters in Oregon and Colorado this week, after food and seed companies poured millions of dollars into campaigns to defeat the measures.
NEXT Students answered the following prompt:Would you choose to eat French fries or mashed potatoes made from this new G.M.O. potato? Why or why not? Explain in a minimum of 3 sentences.
¿Le optar por comer papas fritas o puré de patatas elaborados con esta nueva G.M.O. ¿patata? ¿Por qué o por qué no? Explica con un mínimo de 3 oraciones.
- Watch What is Genetically Modified Food?
- Read The Pros and Cons of GM food, have students fill out attached guided notes
Objective: Describe advantages and disadvantages associated with biotechnology.
- NO Bellwork
- Students participated in the Gram Staining Virtual Lab while filling out Gram Stain Virtual Lab Worksheet