HW 8e1, 8e2, 812 Due Tuesday Research Sources

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

You need to look through the sources we discussed during class for your research report…

1)Go to webliography category of blog

2) Find Genetic Engineering posting

3) Look Through Websites

4) Write down the websites you will use for your information (2)

5) Write down the headlines of the ARTICLES you will use to support your information (2 for good and 2 for bad)

Due Tuesday

Categories: 812 HW, 815 HW, 8E1 HW, 8E2 HW

Genetic Engineering/Cloning Research Paper

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

You will be writing a research report related to cloning and genetic engineering.  Here is the task…

Write a expository essay discussing/covering the positive and negative effects/consequences of cloning living organisms/organs OR genetically engineering living organisms.  Be sure to include textual evidence and ideas discussed during class discussions.

 *This is NOT a persuasive essay…Here is the breakdown/outline.

1 Paragraph introduction

2 paragraphs explaining how cloning and genetic engineering is performed.

2 Paragraphs about the positive/beneficial aspects to cloning and genetic engineering

*Include real examples of times where it was used successfully or could be used.

2 Paragraphs about the negative/possible problems with cloning and genetic engineering

*Use specific examples to support your ideas.

1 Paragraph closing statement to tie all of the ideas together.

**Please use the Power Paragraphing guidelines taught to you

**Please refer to the Genetic Engineering/Cloning post under the 8th grade webliography category for your research sources.

The Final Product will be due after Christmas Vacation…However, I will be checking over the next few weeks the progress being made (rough drafts)

Categories: 812 HW, 815 HW, 8E1 HW, 8E2 HW, Projects

8th grade Genetics test on 11/23/11

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are the review terms for the exam

sexual reproduction

asexual reproduction






allele (dominant and recessive)








You should know how to complete and analyze a  punnet square

Study the textbook pages, notes, and handouts related to genetics…

Here is a file you can download to see some review questions…

genetics review

Categories: 812 HW, 815 HW, 8E1 HW, 8E2 HW

Links related to DNA discussion

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080130170343.htm (blue eyed ancestor)

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/albinism/DS00941/DSECTION=causes (causes of albinism)

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=killing-albinos-tanzania-albinism (abuse of albinos in Africa)

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/ (Great website for further reading and interactive activities to learn about DNA)

Genetics and Heredity

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

http://www2.edc.org/weblabs/Punnett/punnettsquares.html (punnett square practice)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110517091937.htm (aging of children’s chromosomes)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101201095559.htm (diet during pregnancy and fetus)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110116144452.htm (genetic damage from smoking)

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/traits/activities/pdfs/inherited%20human%20traits%20quick%20reference_public.pdf  (site showing the explanation of traits discussed during class)

www.thetech.org (stanford university genetics website-Amazing for research, asking questions to experts and further reading about the topic).

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/posters/chromosome/ (site based on the poster in my classroom-You can order one for free or use the website to view each chromosome and the gene/traits found on each)

Mitosis Websites

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The McRib is Back!!

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Before you get too excited, read the article that will have you thinking twice before you say “I’m loving it”!

Find out what’s in the McRib


This McDonald's sandwich's ingredients reportedly include "restructured meat product" and a flour-bleaching agent used to make the soles of shoes. Delectable?

Here is a link to all of the ingredients in McDonald’s food…I dare you to look up some of the more confusing ingredients!