Thursday, May 04, 2006

I hope that you enjoyed two days in a row of PE. Now it's time to get back to the fun of using computers to explore and learn.

As I mentioned this morning, we have so much that we still want to accomplish before the end of the year. Whew! I'm exhausted just thinking about it. We have an hour and a half in the computer lab today, and I want us to use our time well. Here is a list of the things that we need to get done:

1. Update your blog. It does not need to be much, but I want everyone to post something. If you cannot think of anything to blog about, you can summarize the book you are reading now.

2. My Samoan Chief reading group, you still owe me book brochures. I want you to make the completion of the brochure a priority.

3. We are continuing our discussion of genetics. Today I want you to learn about karyotypes. Click on this link: Chromosome Hunt. Read the information, and answer the following questions:

What is a karyotype?

What do scientists use karyotypes for?

How many pairs of chromosomes do humans have?

Both males and females have two sex chromosomes. Using the letters X and Y, describe the sex chromosomes of



What do you think would happen if a person was born missing a chromosome or with too many chromosomes?

Post your answers on your blog.

Ok, so this is a lot to get done in an hour and a half, but if you are a speed demon, I have one more assignment for you. We still want to make a movie this quarter. I need you to find material for our script. Go online, and try to find examples of the two myths that we discussed in class this morning.

Ok. I'm tired from typing all of this, and I'm excited to get to work. Let's get busy!!!

Have fun!

Mr. Hatcher


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