Today you are to investigate one current news event.  For this you can either read an article from an online newspaper (links are below) or watch a video from a network news station (links below). 

Steps to complete your assignment:
  1. Find an article
  2. Read or watch the story
  3. Summarize the story in 4-6 sentences
  4. Create a time line for your story with at least 5 dates/events (if you cant find 5 dates research the topic and find out some history on it)
  5. Write a 2 sentence response to your summary.  Include your reaction to reading the article.
  6. Post your article on the comment section of this blog post and include the link to your article or video.
Newspaper links:
http://www.ohio.com/
http://www.nytimes.com/
http://www.cleveland.com/plaindealer/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/?reload=true
http://www.usatoday.com/?refresh=1
 
 
Changes in Ecosystems can have both positive and negative effects on the environment.  Human effects such as polluting and habitat destruction can destroy entire ecosystems.  Other factors occurring in nature; such as forest fires and volcanoes effect ecosystems as well. 

Today's assignment:
  1. After reading the "changes in ecosystem" lesson in Study Island you are to select either a natural effect on ecosystems or a human effect on the ecosystem.
  2. Once selected, research a human documented example of this change in an ecosystem.  (for example, If i choose a human effect--->I might look up the gulf oil spill and research the effects this disaster had on the ecosystem.)
  3. List what you selected and write a brief description of the event. (when, where, and what happened)
  4. What wildlife/plants were effected by this.
  5. How was the overall ecosystem changed by this event.
  6. Post answer on this blog

 
 
Food Chains vs. Food Webs

This week you are to write and describe an example of a food web and a food chain and Post it in the comment section.  DO NOT USE THE EXAMPLE SHOWN IN STUDY ISLAND FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT!

Please respond following the guidelines below:
  1. Your first paragraph should include the definition of a food chain and an example of a food chain with at least 5 organisms.  Make sure you name the organism and explain who eats who in the chain.
  2. Your second paragraph should include the definition of a food web with at least 5 organisms.  Make sure you name the organisms and explain who eats who in the food web.
  3. This post should be two paragraphs and should take you no longer than 30 minutes.

 
 
Examine the types of relationships between organisms discussed in Study Island this week.  Symbiosis or Symbiotic Relationships are described as, "an interaction between individuals of different biological species. At least one of the organisms receives a benefit from the interaction."  After examining the chart below and watching the video provided please complete the following:

Please research to complete the following...Answers should be posted to this blog!

1. An example of a Commensalism Symbiotic Relationship found in nature...List the two species and include the benefit received by one species.

2. An example of a Mutualism Symbiotic Relationship found in nature...List the two species and include the benefit received by both species.

3. An example of a Paraistism Symbiotic Relationship found in nature...List the two species and include the benefit received by one species and the negative effect received by the other species.
 
 
Life is very diverse and living things come in all shapes and sizes.  For this week research different types of living things and write about them. 

Step by step directions:
  1. Look up two types of plants; one example of a vascular plant and one example of a non-vascular plant.  Please write their scientific name (genus and species) and provide a brief description of them.
  2. Look up two types of animals; one example of a vertebrate and one example of an invertebrate.  Please write their scientific name (genus and species) and provide a brief description of them.
  3. Look up one example of a single cellular organism and one example of a multi-cellular organism (you can use one of your examples from above if you want.  Write a brief description and their scientific name.



Standard OH Grade 7, Science Standard Life Sciences 1
Investigate the great variety of body plans and internal structures found in multicellular organisms. Covered by Study Island Topic:
Diversity of Life OH Grade 7, Science Standard Life Sciences 8
Investigate the great diversity among organisms. Covered by Study Island Topics:
Climate & Biomes, Diversity of Life


 
 
Today you are to investigate one current news event.  For this you can either read an article from an online newspaper (links are below) or watch a video from a network news station (links below). 

Steps to complete your assignment:
  1. Find an article
  2. Read or watch the story
  3. Summarize the story in 4-6 sentences
  4. Create a time line for your story with at least 5 dates/events (if you cant find 5 dates research the topic and find out some history on it)
  5. Write a 2 sentence response to your summary.  Include your reaction to reading the article.
  6. Post your article on the comment section of this blog post and include the link to your article or video.
Newspaper links:
http://www.ohio.com/
http://www.nytimes.com/
http://www.cleveland.com/plaindealer/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/?reload=true
http://www.usatoday.com/?refresh=1

Videos:
No links for video