Thursday, November 19th, 2015


In science we continued on with our study of the cell.  Students completed a cell organelle foldable and looked at some slides of animal cells and plant cells and tried to discern the difference.    Cell foldable  Students also set up an experiment to observe and ask questions of.  For those of you who were not here the lab template is here: Lab report document


1/2 cup water, 2 cups, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, dropper, iodine, baggies


place 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a cup and mix it up.  Pour it into the baggie and seal the baggie.  Wipe off the baggie and make sure that there is nothing on the outside.  Take other cup and fill it halfway up with water.  Place 20 drops of iodine into the cup of water.  Place the baggie with the cornstarch mixture into the iodine water.  What does it look like now? Watch and observe any changes you may see.

Here is a series of pictures of what happened.



starch iodine changed


Make your observations.  What does the starch with iodine look like after time has passed.  What does the iodine water look like?  Have there been changes in that water?  What are your questions?  What is your hypothesis?


Language Arts:

We discussed theme in literature.  Students were given this to add to their reading folder:  Possible themes in literary works

We also began an ongoing chart of survival in a challenging environment that Salva and Nya face.  Here is the chart.  Survival factors chart The chart is on page 3 and 4.  Some examples that students should write down are on page 2.

Students need to read chapter s 8-10 and complete the gist notes and vocabulary. A Long Walk to Water readers notes ch 8, A Long Walk to Water readers notes ch 9-10

Spelling pages 52 and 53

We discussed possible topics for our argumentative paper we will start after break.  When students come back from break they need to have their topic, their claim, and who they are writing to.  Here is the graphic organizer we used in class.  write to defend



Read The Kingdom of Ghana and complete the graphic organizer and answer the questions.  The kingdom of Ghana


Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!!!!! Enjoy your break and come back recharged!!!!