Lesson Plans 1/15 – 1/19

Weekly Summary:  This week marks the wrap-up of our cells and organization of life unit.  Students will wrap up the unit with some review on body system interactions and an end of unit project meant to show cell function and differences.

Benchmarks Addressed:

MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2:  Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS1-3:  Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

 

Monday

Students will begin the hour completing a note outline on system interactions.  Students will then create puzzle flow charts showing how different systems can work together to achieve a goal.

Student Objective – Students will describe how systems work together and interact in complex organisms.

Differentiation – Advanced students will come up with their own puzzle combinations for jobs that can be achieved pairing two or more systems.

 

Tuesday

Students will being the hour with a review assessing knowledge of system interactions.  Students will then be provided with a number of symbol items which represent organelles.  Working in groups, students will create models of two SPECIALIZED cells, emphasizing different ways the cells may be built to accomplish a job.

Student Objective – Students will identify everyday items that could model the function of organelles in a cell working together.

Student Objective – Students will predict differences in cell structure based on specialization requirements.

Homework – Study Sheet for Unit 3 test

Wednesday

Students will begin the hour with a review assessing their knowledge on organelle function.  Students will then continue working on Tuesday’s lesson.

 

Thursday

Students will being the hour studying in small groups.  Students will then play the review game to prepare for Friday’s test.

Homework:  Study for Test

 

Friday

Students will take their Unit 3 summative assessment.

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Lesson Plans 1/8 – 1/12

Weekly Summary:  Welcome to the new year!  Despite the long break, we find ourselves with 3 weeks of MP3 remaining.  This 3 weeks will include our mid-year MAP testing, All-School-Read, and finishing our cell specialization and system unit.  This initial week back will have us refreshing what we learned from the previous month as well as taking our math and science MAPs.

Benchmarks Addressed:

MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2:  Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS1-3:  Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

 

Monday

Students will begin the hour complaining about having to get up early and wondering why they had to come back.  Alternatively, students will begin the hour by creating a Thinking Map showing the different organelles that make up a cell.  Students will then add to the map by showing how those cells turn into organs and organ systems.  Students will complete a Freyer diagram describing the different systems, their organs, and their jobs.

Student Objective – Students will describe the relationship between cells, tissue, organs, and organ systems.

Student Objective – Students will identify different organ systems and their function.

Differentiation – Students will be allowed to use a variety of text and media resources per their preference.  Students who struggle with the material will be directed towards a subset of emphasized systems.

 

Tuesday

Students will begin the hour completing a formative assessment to show their knowledge over cell organelles.  Students will then complete Monday’s lesson.

Homework – Body System reading and questions

 

Wednesday

Students will begin the hour completing a note outline on system interactions.  Students will then create puzzle flow charts showing how different systems can work together to achieve a goal.

Student Objective – Students will describe how systems work together and interact in complex organisms.

Differentiation – Advanced students will come up with their own puzzle combinations for jobs that can be achieved pairing two or more systems.

 

Thursday

Students will take the science portion of the NWEA MAP.

 

Friday

Students will complete the science portion of the NWEA MAP.

Lesson Plans 12/18 – 12/22

Weekly Summary:  One week until Winter Break!  Students will be working with the microscopes more this week, learning how to prepare wet slides and observing onion skin cells.  Students will continue to learn about the function of different organelles within cells and learn how specialized cells organize and work together to achieve goals.

Benchmarks Addressed:

MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2:  Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS1-3:  Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

Monday – Lab Day

Students will begin the hour completing a note outline on organelles.  Students will then learn how to make a wet mount slide in the wet lab, observing how the image of the slide is reversed on viewing.  Students will then make slides of a piece of onion skin and observe its cellular makeup.

Differentiation – Students who adapt quickly to making slides will be allowed to make slides of human hair and cheek rubbings.

Objective:  Students will be able to identify all living organisms are made of cells, not just those which are “scientifically prepared”.

Vocabulary – Wet Mount Slide, Coverslip

 

Tuesday

Students will begin the hour completing a note outline finishing their organelles.   Students will then create a model of a typical cell by drawing and labeling the different pieces of the organelle, focusing and elaborating on the function of 4 organelles of their choice.

Homework/Assessment:  Students will complete a take-home quiz on the function of organelles in the cell.  This is an open-resource quiz.

Objective:  Students will identify how organelles contribute to the overall function and survival of the cell.

Vocabulary – Cell Membrane, Cell Wall, Nucleus, Cytoplasm, Mitochondria, Chloroplast, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi Body, Lysosome, Ribosome, Vacuole

 

Wednesday

Students will begin the hour with a note outline on cell specialization and levels of organization.  Students will then watch an Ameoba Sisters clip and complete a sheet in which they will explain the levels of organization.

Differentiation – Students will be provided their own laptop for the assignment, allowing them to replay or pause as individually needed.

Objective – Students will describe how systems in the body are structured.

Vocabulary – Cell, Tissue, Organ, Organ System

 

Thursday

Students will begin the hour completing a brief note outline on systems of the body.  Students will complete modified Freyer diagrams for the emphasized systems.

Homework – No Homework, Holiday Break looming.

Objective – Students will be able to identify different systems and their function within the human body.

Vocabulary – Circulatory, Respiratory, Endocrine, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Digestive, Excretory, Immune, Reproductive, and Integumentary

 

Friday – Shortened Hours

Students will begin the hour watching an amoeba sisters video on human body systems.  Students will then complete a review assignment over the function of each of these systems.

Objective – Students will be able to identify different systems and their function within the human body.

Vocabulary – Circulatory, Respiratory, Endocrine, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Digestive, Excretory, Immune, Reproductive, and Integumentary

Differentiation – Students will be provided their own laptop for the assignment, allowing them to replay or pause as individually needed.

Lesson Plans 12/11 – 12/15

Weekly Summary:  Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary!  Students will be spending a good chunk of time learning about the different organelles and functions of a cell this week.  There are many new and unfamiliar words to work with as students also gain insight into how a cell functions and contributes to a more complex organism.

Benchmarks Addressed:

MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2:  Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS1-3:  Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

 

Monday

Students will begin the hour by completing a note outline comparing eukaryotic and prokarotic cells.  Students will then being a group project describing the different organelles of the cell.

 

Tuesday – SUB DAY

I will be absent today due to a family obligation.  Students will watch a Bill Nye on cells and complete a reading with questions on cells.

Homework:  Cell Reading and Questions

 

Wednesday

Student will begin the hour with a note outline on organelles in the cell.  Students will then continue working on their power point project.

Assessment:  Students will show what they know about the difference between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells by completing an exit slip at the end of the hour.

 

Thursday

Student will begin the hour with a note outline on organelles in the cell.  Students will then continue working on their power point project.   Project is expected to be complete today.

Homework:  Students will complete a reading and questions on ancient bacteria.

 

Friday

Students will begin the hour with a note outline on organelles in the cell.  Students will then complete a graphing activity over cell growth over time.

Assessment:  Students will answer an exit slip showing their knowledge over cell organelles and function.

Lesson Plans 12/4 – 12/8

Weekly Summary:   The holidays are looming and we’re into a new unit!  The new unit will look at cell structure and function.  Students will get an opportunity to learn microscope and sketching techniques.  Students will also be completing a pre-test for the next unit.

Benchmarks Addressed:

MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2:  Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS1-3:  Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

 

Monday – LAB DAY

Students will begin the hour with a note outline on microscope use and safety.  Students will then use microscopes to look at a variety of prepared slides, sketching what they observe.

Tuesday

Students will begin the hour reviewing their sketches and identifying proper sketching techniques.  Students will then complete the unit pretest.

Homework – Microscope Anatomy

Wednesday – LAB DAY

Students will look at unicellular and multicellular organisms.  They will also look at plant and animal cells.  Students will sketch and compare what they see.

Thursday

Students will begin the hour completing a note outline about cells.  Students will then identify parts and functions of organelles in a cell, creating a diagram of what the different parts and jobs are.

Homework – Cells Reading

Differentiation – Students who struggle will receive assistance identifying parts of the cell.  Students who are advanced will receive additional organelles to identify and describe.

Friday

Students will begin the hour showing their knowledge by answering questions about cell structure and function.  Students will then complete a Guided Reading assignment about cells and cell function.

Lesson Plans 11/27 – 12/1

Weekly Summary:  Welcome back from break!  Hopefully you find yourselves refreshed and ready to finish the next few weeks strong before Winter Holiday season and the New Year are upon us!  This is a short week that marks the end of our 2nd Marking Period/1st Trimester.  We’re wrapping up some things that didn’t quite get done the week of Thanksgiving Break and looking to break into our new unit about cells and the structure of living things.

Benchmarks Addressed:

MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2:  Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS1-3:  Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

 

Monday – 

Students will begin the hour by remembering what the heck we talked about before break.   Kidding, sort of.  Students will begin the hour by reviewing the unit test we took the previous week.  Students will then review and practice their presentations.  Students then present their findings of the Unit Problem to the class.  Students who have not yet completed their Unit 2 test will be afforded the opportunity to do so.

 

Tuesday – 

Students will begin the hour by completing the Unit 3 Pretest.  Students who have not yet presented will get the opportunity to today.

Homework:  How Microscopes Work

 

Wednesday – Lab Day

Students will begin the hour by completing a note outline on microscope use.  Students will then go to the dry lab to practice microscope use, safety, troubleshooting, and sketching.

 

Thursday – Last Day of MP2

Students will begin the hour with a note outline on cells.  Students will complete  a guided reading on the structure and function of cells.  Students will show their knowledge at the end of the hour by completing a “Show what you know” activity.

Homework – None, last day of MP

 

Friday – No School for Students

Lesson Plans 11/20-11/21

Weekly Summary:  Thanksgiving!  We’re testing and presenting.

Benchmarks Addressed:

  • MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the ways water changes its state as it moves through the multiple pathways of the hydrologic cycle. Examples of models can be conceptual or physical.] [Assessment Boundary: A quantitative understanding of the latent heats of vaporization and fusion is not assessed.]
  • MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on qualitative molecular-level models of solids, liquids, and gases to show that adding or removing thermal energy increases or decreases kinetic energy of the particles until a change of state occurs. Examples of models could include drawing and diagrams. Examples of particles could include molecules or inert atoms. Examples of pure substances could include water, carbon dioxide, and helium.]

Monday – Test Day

Students will take the Unit 2 assessment.  Students who finish early will finish their unit presentation.

Tuesday – Presentations

Students will begin the hour with 15 minutes to share and practice their presentation.  Students will then present to the class.

Milwood STEM Magnet – 6th Grade Science