Monday, November 23, 2015

Unit 2: Dynamic Equilibrium: Other Organisms

Unit 2: November 30 - February 11

"Other Organisms" refers to living things that are not humans.  In our first unit we discovered the human body and how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and keep us functioning.

In Unit 2 we examine how other living things are similar to and different from humans.
  • Unit 2 Introduction: What characteristics do all living things share?
    • Made of cells
    • Take in energy
    • Use energy
    • Exchange gases
    • Reproduce
    • Contain DNA
    • Contain water
    • Go through a life cycle 
  • Animals: 
    • Invertebrates
    • Vertebrates (5 groups)
  • Plants 
    • Characteristics
    • Classification

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


UNIT 1 EXAM: Thursday, 11/19

Use the links below to help you review the human body systems for the Unit 1 Exam.

In-class Unit Exam Review

Interactive Game for Human Organs

Articles for Tuesday, 11/10 homework

1. Cutting Sugar Improves Children's Health in Just 10 Days
2. Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Topics we are currently studying:

Cell division
Importance of cell division
The role of chromosomes in cell division

Previous weeks:


  • Glands are structures that make hormones
  • Hormones are chemicals that signal parts of the body to perform certain functions
  • Students created posters based on one gland 


  • The nervous system sends signals from your brain, down your spinal cord and through your nerves to control movement and responses to your environment
  • The Autonomic Nervous System controls body functions you don't think about


  • Muscles cross bones 
  • Muscles contract (get shorter) and pull on bones to create movement 
  • 3 types: smooth (internal organs), cardiac (heart), and skeletal (for movement, connected to your skeleton)
  • 2 ways muscles are controlled: voluntary (you think about it), involuntary (you don't think about it)

  • provide support for your body
  • make red blood cells
  • provide protection for soft internal organs
  • Axial skeleton: skull, ribcage, vertebrae
  • Appendicular skeleton: legs, arms, hands, feet, pelvis, shoulder

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Excretory System

Urinary System - Watch the VIDEO we watched in class about Iyanti Browne on dialysis.

Parts of the Urinary system:

  • Kidneys - filter the blood
  • Ureters - tubes from the kidneys to the bladder
  • Bladder - muscular bag that holds urine
  • Urethra - tube that passes urine from bladder to outside of body
Other ways waste is excreted (removed) from the body:
  • Skin - sweating
  • Respiration - exhale carbon dioxide and water
  • Digestion - solid waste that is not digested from your food

Monday, October 19, 2015

Respiratory System

Path of Air:
nose - air is cleaned by tiny hairs called cilia
pharynx - throat, epiglottis is a flap of tissue that covers the trachea when you swallow food
larynx - voicebox
trachea - windpipe, made of flexible cartilage
bronchi - 2 branches of the trachea
bronchioles - more branches in the lungs
alveoli - tiny air sacs at the end of the bronchioles, touch capillaries in the circulatory system to transfer oxygen into your blood stream

Air you breathe in has more oxygen, air you breathe out has more carbon dioxide.
The millions of alveoli increase the surface area, just like the villi in the small intestine. This helps to increase the amount of oxygen that diffuses into your bloodstream.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Circulatory System

Schoolhouse Rock Circulation Song

Your Circulatory System is made of three main components:

  1. Heart - 4 chambers
    1. 2 upper - atriums
    2. 2 lower - ventricles
  2. Blood vessels
    1. arteries
    2. veins
    3. capillaries
  3. Blood
    1. plasma
    2. platelets
    3. red blood cells
    4. white blood cells

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Respiratory System

Click here to watch the video we saw in class today.

Complete any blanks in your notes.

Rewrite your notes using either a concept map or a drawing.  This must be done by hand, not on the computer.

Friday, May 29, 2015

CPCS Summer Science Homework

Summer Science Homework For All 6th Grade scholars entering 7th Grade

Objective: I will be able to...
  • Use my reading skills to stay up-to-date on science current events.
  • Use my critical thinking skills to analyze the data from the article.
  • Use my writing skills to construct a written piece of evidence to show my understanding. 
  • Read a science-related article from the newspaper, magazine or one of the following websites: Popular Science, NOVA, New York Times, Time for Kids, National Geographic, Earth and Sky Kids or Earth and Sky, NPR, Nature,,
  • Write a Claim/Evidence and Personal Response to the following questions:
    • How can this apply to your daily life?  
    • What is the scientist claiming about his or her finding? 
    • Explain whether you agree or disagree with the scientist's claim.
    • What background knowledge did you use to help you understand and/or infer the meaning of the article?

  • See THIS EXAMPLE to help you. 
    Use this rubric to edit your work.
    Scholar work must be typed with the article attached or a link to the article.
    Due on the first day of school.
  • You may also email your completed assignment to Ms. Moore at