Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Food Web Project and Helping Video Links

Watch this video on food webs and how biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem are connected.

Amoeba Sisters Video on Food Webs and Energy Pyramids

Food Web Project

Create a food web for an ecosystem that is within the State of Maine. For example a forest, field, stream, backyard, saltmarsh, or beach. You are encouraged to choose an ecosystem that you are familiar with. You should organize your food web so that relationships between organisms are demonstrated (like we did in class).

A good way to start:
Brainstorm organisms within an ecosystem (you should have 15-20)
Place the organisms into groups: producer, consumer, decomposer (click to find more).

Vocabulary to keep in mind:
decomposer (click here to learn more)
food web
trophic level

Checklist of Required Items
Your food web should:

  • have 15 - 20 organisms represented in the food web.
  • identify the name of each organism (this should be specific, do not just list fish or tree).
  • include arrows to indicate the flow of energy (going in the direction that the energy travels)
  • have at least 2 of every trophic level represented (decomposer, producer, consumer).
  • show many organisms interacting.
  • contain a sketch for each organism (computer printed images are OK if you do not like to draw).
  • use a ruler to draw straight lines.
  • contain color.
  • contain a title (example - A Tidal Pool Food Web).
  • contain your name and group.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ecology Introduction and Vocabulary

As we begin our new unit on Ecology, here are some important links to get us started:

Link to Sciencesaurus Reading:
Click here to access

Link to Ecology Vocabulary
Click here to access
Make a copy, Replace "Copy of" with your last name, and move to your science folder.

This article links to the food chain that we completed today in class.  It also discusses the idea of invasive species and their impact to an ecosystem in Maine.

Tackling Maine's Pike Problem - Portland Press Herald

Videos on Food Chains

Food Chain Game

Further articles that have links to invasive species and food chains in the State of Maine.

Portland Press Herald


Bangor Daily News

Pike Portland Press Herald Article
Troubled Waters for Wild Brook Trout
Click here to access questions

Read and and pay close attention authors view points. 
Portland Press Herald Article.
Mayday Gulf of Maine in Distress

Monday, April 24, 2017

Trophic Cascades and the Wolves of Yellowstone

Introduction to Ecosystems
NGSS Standards:
MS-LS2.A.2 ( Middle School Life Sciences ): Growth of organisms and population increases are limited by access to resources.
MS-LS2.A.3 ( Middle School Life Sciences ): In any ecosystem, organisms and populations with similar requirements for food, water, oxygen, or other resources may compete with each other for limited resources, access to which consequently constrains their growth and reproduction.
MS-LS2.B.1 ( Middle School Life Sciences ): Food webs are models that demonstrate how matter and energy is transferred between producers, consumers, and decomposers as the three groups interact within an ecosystem. Transfers of matter into and out of the physical environment occur at every level. 
MS-LS2.C.1 ( Middle School Life Sciences ): Ecosystems are dynamic in nature; their characteristics can vary over time. Disruptions to any physical or biological component of an ecosystem can lead to shifts in all its populations.

How the Wolves Changed the Rivers

Link to Worksheet - Click here to access.

Ideas to consider:
1. What is a biotic factor vs an abiotic factor?
2. What is a trophic cascade?
3. How does one organism impact another?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Informational essay writing

Introductory Paragraph - Click here to watch

TaskYou will be researching and writing an informational editorial article on an ecological or biological topic. You should choose a current event that is of high interest to you in order to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with your audience.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Skin Cancer and Types

Skin Cancer Types

Skin Cancer Types

Animated Video on Melanoma 

UVA and UVB Rays and Sun Screen

Essential Questions:
What are UV Rays?
How do UV Rays effect your body?
Click on the above link and make a copy  

UVA rays cause skin aging and wrinkling and contribute to skin cancer, such as melanoma. Because UVA rays pass effortlessly through the ozone layer (the protective layer of atmosphere, or shield, surrounding the earth), they make up the majority of our sun exposure. Beware of tanning beds because they use UVA rays as well as UVB rays. 

UVB rays are also dangerous, causing sunburns, cataracts (clouding of the eye lens), and effects on the immune system. They also contribute to skin cancer. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is thought to be associated with severe UVB sunburns that occur before the age of 20.
-summarized from Kids Health

UVA and UVB Sunscreens

Sunscreen Information

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Skin Unit- Integumentary System

Here is a link to the Skin Unit.

The Mini-Unit will consist of:
  • What is the structure and function of skin?
  • What are UV Rays?
  • What is skin cancer?
  • Who is at risk of skin cancer -melanoma?
  • How can you identify skin cancer? - ABCs
  • How is skin cancer treated?
  • What are some risk factors and preventions?  - AWARE

EQ: What are the Structures and Functions of Skin?

Kids Health Link - Click to Access

EQ: What are UV Rays?
How do UV Rays effect your body?
Link to UV Rays Webquest
Click on the above link and make a copy  

What is skin?

UV Rays and Your Skin

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Muscular and Skeletal Study Links.

Here are the study packets and links to help review for the test next Friday!

Topics to Study for the Assessment:
1. What are the structure and functions of the skeletal system?
2. What are the structure and functions of the muscular system?
3. What are the types of muscles and give and example and location of each?
4. What are the types of joints and give and example and location of each?
5. How do the muscular and skeletal system work together to allow your body to move?
6. What are diseases, disorders and injuries found in the skeletal and muscular systems?
7. Describe the difference and give an example of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
8. What is bone composed of?  Be specific of the different components, what they are made of and what their function is.

Click here to link to the study packet for the assessment.

Bill Nye Bones and Muscles Full Video

Here is a link to the study guide key, including the skeletal system page we worked on in class today.

Here is a Quizlet.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bone and Joint Diseases, Issues and Diagnosis

The Skeletal System - Diseases, Injuries, and Bone Health

Reading on Skeletal Injuries - Click here

Completed - Note Sheet- Answer Key of Bone Injuries, Diseases, Treatments -Click here to access

Topic #1 - Taking Care of Bone/ Osteoporosis 
p. 18 and 19 in Reading Above
Questions to answer: What is it? (cause, effect, treatment)

Topic #2 - Fractures, Dislocations, and Sprains
p. 20 and 21 in Reading Above
Questions to answer: Kinds, effect on body and when do they happen?

Topic #3 - Identifying Injuries- X-ray
p. 21 in Reading Above
Questions to answer: Be sure to answer the advantages and disadvantages, cost, and when is it used?

Topic #4 - Identifying Injuries- MRI
p. 22 in Reading Above
Questions to answer: Be sure to answer the advantages and disadvantages, cost, and when is it used?

Topic #5 - Joint Replacement Surgery
p. 23 in Reading Above
Questions to answer: What is it? Candidates for and advantages/disadvantages.

Topic #6 - Arthroscopic Surgery
p.23 in Reading Above
Questions to answer: What is it? Candidates for and advantages/disadvantages.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Composition of Bone and Other Bone related Links

Biodigital 3D Link- Click here to access
Cross section of a bone.

Here are some links to some review items on the skeletal system:
Reading on Bones and joints- Sciencesaurus
Worksheet Labeling the Bones found in your body

Link to the Medtropolis - Skeletal System Online Webquest
Click here to access - Good Review

We are going to cover the major structures and functions of you bones:
  • Periosteum
  • compact (hard) bone
  • cancellous (spongy) bone
  • bone marrow (red and yellow)

Download in Pages to type into

Bone composition - Click to link

Bone Remodeling - Click to link

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

QFocus Links:

QFocus: The muscular and skeletal systems work together to provide locomotion in your body.  

Taz Devils QFocus

Tweetie Birds QFocus

Ducks QFocus

Identifying Skeletal System Structure and Function

Click here to access, choose "Make a Copy", and replace "Copy of" with your name.

Additional sites to explore:

Interactive Sites:
Webcode- CEP - 4012

A neat video on drawing a ankle joint.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Circulatory and Respiratory Review

A few resources:

Study Guide

Standards Assessed:

In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems. These subsystems are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs that are specialized for particular body functions. (MS-LS1-3)

Topics Covered:
1. Structures and functions of the Circulatory System - Cover sheet and readings

2. Structures and functions of the Respiratory System - Cover sheet and readings

3. How do the circulatory and respiratory system work together to perform the gas exchange? - Work sheets, constructed responses, interactive links.

4. How do we breathe? - class simulation, worksheets, interactive links

5. How does the blood flow in the heart? - performance assessment, video on blog, worksheet

6. How do molecules of oxygen flow in the respiratory system from the outside air to the alveoli? - reading, questions.