Due to the amount of special events, assemblies trips, etc, The final test of the year will be sometime between Wednesday May 29th and Monday June 3rd. The test is open note and 33 questions long and it will cover multiple subjects- bridges, antibiotics, and the sound/light presentations. This is the last major grade of the marking period.
The following pages in your notebook would be helpful to have:
The Monsanto company makes genetically modified seeds. They change the DNA of seeds to make crops grow bigger and better.
Some farmers are buying plants that were grown from Monsanto's seeds and replanting them in their own fields- basically getting the supercrops for free.
The farmers believe that once you buy something, you can do what you want with it. If you buy an iPhone, you can sell it to a friend later on without paying Apple any money. So if you buy a seed from Monsanto, you can do whatever you want with it, including selling it or replanting it over and over again.
Monsanto believes that this is not correct- what the farmers are doing is like buying one iPhone from Apple, copying it 5000 times, and then reselling it themselves without paying Apple any money.
For the 4th marking period extra credit assignment, write a blog post that includes...
-an explanation of what genetically modified food is.
-an explanation of the problem between Monsanto and the farrmers.
-your opinion on whether or not we should be growing geneticaly modified food.
-your opinion on who, if anyone is right in this situation.
Using either Microsoft Publisher to make a brochure, Prezi, Blogger, Microsoft Word, or Google Docs, Choose a genetic disorder to research. Genome.gov has a list of genetic disorders as well as information on each one, however you may use other sources as well.
Design a pamphlet that includes… (50 points total)
- The name of the disorder
- How it affects the body
- How it is inherited
- Interested facts about the disorder
-pictures of a person with the disorder or another relevant graphic
- 8th grade effort
- Accurate information
- A works cited section that does not use any sources such as answers.com, yahoo answers, etc.
If you are creating a hard copy, hand it in to Mr. Mason next class. If you are creating a digital copy, post your work or a link to your work on your blog before next class begins.
Use the Google search engine on the right side of this page, sciencenewsforkids.org, or any other news website and search for "genes" or "genetics". Find a science current event about this topic and answer the following questions on your blog in essay format:
1.) Name of the article 2.) Link to the article
3.) Date published: (skip if you can't find it)
4.) Author: (skip if you can't find it)
5.) Who or what is the article
about? Write a summary of the article in your own words.
6.) If you were the reporter who wrote this article, what questions would you ask a geneticist about this article? What do you think their answer might be? (this may require additional research)
Add in some relevant pictures or youtube videos to make your blog post stand out.
The 3-2-1 Rule is now in effect for 8th graders. Students were given this contract in an assembly today (Friday, May 10th) to be returned to myself or Mrs. Knouse. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Olausen or Mr. Smith in the main office.
Friday (weather permitting) is a "C" day- you will have a 33 question test. The test will be made up of multiple choice, fill in the blank, and matching. All of the information comes from our recent student presentations.