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Links for Webquest on Mitosis

December 16


Please go to these websites and answer the questions:

1.)            – Go to www.brainpop.com

2.)           Watch one of these movies to see a real cell going through mitosis!




3.)           Watch this AWESOME cell mitosis animation!


4.)           Play the Mitosis game!! YAY!


–       Click on the cells while you wait, watch them divide!

–       Click on Enter when you are ready, and use the arrows to read the story and play the mitosis game!!


Model Cells – Life Science

December 1

We made these cell models with Crayola Model Magic, building the cell from the nucleus out to the cell membrane, and with the understanding of what a cross section is. In other words, from a 3D perspective. Every 7th grader made one with the learning target of 5 identifiable features. I think they hit the mark! Can you tell which ones are plant cells?

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November 18

This one is pretty cool, too!

November 9

A big shout out to my pal Julian for turning me on to Mr. Parr science videos!

Aahsmosis and Diffusion, not Confusion

November 4

One of the best explanations and visualizations. Check it out!  This should help clarify and expand your understanding.

Osmosis Video

November 3

Update from Room 42

November 3



Greetings Parents, Guardians and Students,

I hope everyone is doing well this beautiful weekend! I will be giving a quiz over the cell organelles and this Wednesday, November 6th. That’s right, students! I’ve extended your study and review time. Make good use of it.

The textbook reading homework for pages 112-116 is due the first class meeting for students this week. I really want to stress 100% completion, as we will be conducting a lab on diffusion and osmosis. The background information in the textbook reading is essential to the lab. The assignment is in TeacherEase and you can download the reading guide worksheets below.

Finally, students recently participated in a cut glass mosaic project with local artist Rachel Rodi. We are looking for volunteers to help with the installation of the panels, also available for viewing at www.buglady.org. I hope you can come out and help. The project is amazing!  http://rachelrodi.com/blog/2013/11/2/flowers-installation-coming

Nov 8 Friday – Install Sections
Session 1: 10:00 – 1:30 Need 5 – 10 volunteers
Session 2: 1:30 – 5:00 Need 5 – 10 volunteers

Nov 9 Saturday – Install Sections
Session 1: 10:00 – 1:30 Need 5 – 10 volunteers
Session 2: 1:30 – 5:00 Need 5 – 10 volunteers

Nov 10 Sunday – Grout
Session 1: 10:00 – 1:30 Need 5 – 10 volunteers
Session 2: 1:30 – 5:00 Need 5 – 10 volunteers

click here for reading guide 112-116


Cell Membrane Rap

November 3

Osmosis and diffusion
Should not cause you confusion
Just listen to this flow
If you really want to know!

Mosaic Project

October 27

Local mosaic artist Rachel Rodi is leading this project with the visual arts exploratory classes, through the support of our PTSA. The glass mosaics are California native wildflowers, constructed by students from all grades. They will grace the cement wall on the east side of the school courtyard. Parents are invited to help with the installation of the panels on Saturday November 9th.

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Compare & Contrast: Eukaryotic Cells

October 27

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