Battle of the Beaks
Ms. O'Toole's Biology students had a "Battle of the Beaks" today. This lab simulates Darwin's discovery that different beaks benefit different finch species while eating specific food types. Students were also introduced to Darwin's 5-week exploration of the islands of the Galapagos. Students worked in groups, shared out data with the class, and graphed and analyzed their results.
Anatomy and Physiology students concentrate their studies on how the rods and cones of the eye's retina work to help us distinguish motion, color, shape, and letters. Seen here are students working in groups to use a peripheral vision disk to explore their own eyes' abilities in a lab activity.
Ms. O'Toole's Anatomy students have continued their studies of the nervous system this month--this time focusing on the special senses. As a part of this unit, they were able to dissect a cow eye to see the analogous structures it contains. Students use their iPads to document the lab and then create a video lab report to demonstrate what they have learned.
Ms. O'Toole's 1st period biology class has been studying DNA and DNA replication. As a part of this genetics unit, students enjoyed a lab experience in which they isolated their own DNA from their cheek cells--this shows students how easy DNA can be isolated for cutting-edge research such as gene mapping and DNA fingerprinting.
Careers in Art
Local Artist, Ryan Clark came to speak to Mrs. Wright's art classes today to discuss how to become a successful artist. Topics ranged from the history of tattooing, to art education and owning and running a successful business. Students were also given question and answer time. This is just the first of many artist to visit Mrs. Wright's classroom as she kicks off her careers unit.
Pulling the inside out
Students in Anatomy and Physiology enjoyed dissecting the sheep heart in class. To prepare for their own exploration, students first watched (via the Polyvision board) a heart dissection performance in which major anatomical features were identified. To also aid their work, students had written step-by-step directions to help identify these major features.
Real Life Lessons
On January 11th and 12th, Anatomy and Physiology students, who have been studying the cardiovascular system, were given the opportunity to practice taking pulse and blood pressure on each other. To do this, they enjoyed using both the stethoscopes and sphygmomanometers. Students also learned about the systolic and diastolic numbers (ex:120/80), what those numbers mean, and common factors that affect blood pressure. In the near future, these same students will be dissecting a sheep heart which has structures analogous to the human heart.
Each week High School teacher Ms. O'Toole's class pet, Hammie, spends the day with students in Ms. Luvara’s Middle School ELA classes. Ms. O'Toole was delighted to see this delightful picture posted outside the classroom and learn that Ms. Luvara is a vessel for their writing skills.
Mrs. Logan, Mrs. McGrew, Mrs. Churilla and Mrs. Clark's students all participated in Chemistry week at the high school. High school students led experiment stations for the elementary and middle school kids to rotate through. They did a great job talking about safety, why and how the experiment works and walking the kids through the different experiments.
Day of the Dead
Mrs. Wright's Art classes have been learning about The Day of the Dead holiday and have created projects based on it. Art 1 created Ofrendas, Mixed Media is working on Calaca Masks and Ceramics is working on Calavera Sculptures.
Student Led Lesson
Mrs. Logan's Chemistry students introduced Bunsen burner basics to Mrs. McGrew's 7th grade for their chemistry lesson/lab. The 7th graders also performed flame tests after they mastered lighting the Bunsen burner.
Anatomy students in Ms. O'Toole's class perform team building activities to start off the year.