• The Living Ocean
    Why the Ocean Matters
    Did you spend a day at the beach this summer? A few days? Even if you never go to build sandcastles or play in the waves, the ocean is an important part of your life. Watch the National Geographic video "Why the Ocean Matters." Pay attention to the many ways the ocean affects our lives.
    Oceans Overview
    You know it's fun to play at the beach. A lot of people enjoy vacations there, but did you know that your very life depends on the ocean? How? Watch the National Geographic "Exploring Oceans: Overview" to find out. While you watch, take Cornell Notes. The essential question is "How does my life depend on the ocean?"
    Blue Planet Project
    What do you wonder about the ocean? Choose one question that interests you a lot. We will research the answers to our questions and make a small project to illustrate what we learned. For full directions, see the Our Blue Planet project sheet. Take notes as you research; then write your paragraph based on your research. (Video: How to set up your notes) You will be graded based on the 6th grade informational writing rubric.
    Ocean Discovery!
    We are a team of deep ocean explorers and scientists. Using a remote-controlled submarine, we have collected samples of an unknown substance. We believe it may actually be a micro-organism! How can we tell for sure? Since this hasn't been discovered before, we can't just look it up, we have to use the scientific method. Check out the Is It Alive? page for more details.
    NewsELA Ocean Articles
    First, adjust the reading level to your lexile; then read the article. Take Cornell Notes while you read. Don't forget to include an essential question and a summary. You may take electronic notes or take notes on paper. (If you haven't set up a NewsELA account, you can use the sign up with Google button to create your account. That way, you don't have to remember another password and login.)
    Classifying Life
    As you know, all living things have certain characteristics in common. How many can you name? But each kind of living thing also has many traits that distinguish it from other living things. We use these unique characteristics to classify organisms. When we classify them, we sort them into groups. Learn how scientists classify organisms by watching the BrainPOP video "Classification."
    Next, you are going to try it and see how good you are at classifying organisms, but before you do, you will need to practice a little with some vocabulary from the game. Sign in to Quizlet and do the "Classifying Life Vocabulary" set. When you are familiar with the words, visit the PBS "Classifying Life" page. Be sure to read the introduction before you begin the game!
    Reproduction Reading

    There are two basic types of reproduction: sexual and asexual. In science, sexual reproduction doesn't have to mean anything like what you are thinking. It just means there are two parents that give DNA to the offspring. For example. A honeysuckle plant just outside our classroom might reproduce with a plant on the other side of the school even though they can't ever get close to each other. The pollen from one plant is carried by the wind or insects to another plant and a seed forms. Since the seed got DNA from two parents, it was sexual reproduction, even thought the parents never even met. 

    To understand asexual reproduction, you need to know that the prefix "a-" means not. Something that is even on both sides is symmetrical. Something that is uneven is asymmetrical. A theist believes in the existence of a god. An atheist does not. Asexual reproduction is simply not sexual. It does not require two parents to contribute DNA.

    As you read about reproduction, complete the 3-level reading guide and Venn Diagram. 

    Genetics book reading: See this pdf if you have to read at home. If you didn't get in in class, you may print the 3-level reading guide and p. 274 from the reading.
    Did you get it? Check yourself by trying this Sexual vs. Asexual Reproduction Dragster