Tuesday March 10th


Today we begin the Digestive System! Students did a KWL chart in their notebooks and were given a new table of contents for this 9 weeks. We discussed the beginning of digestion and saw a 6 min video clip of the digestive system from an endoscopy camera. Students were given class time to work on the foldable due Thursday on beginning digestion ( from the mouth to the stomach).

Foldable directions

Monday March 2nd


Today students learned about the Integumentary System and we discussed the ways out skin protects and helps us. Students were given a reading guide on skin after the ppt presentation and video clips. HW is to create a small poster on the back of the worksheet that is colorful and contains text and pictures informing others on how to protect and take care of their skin.  Benchmark Test Friday!

Skin Reading Guide Classwork/Homework

Wednesday Feb 26th


Today we reviewed the bones to get ready for our quiz Friday. We took notes on muscles from a powerpoint and then saw a video clip of a man using all his muscle power at once. STUDY for the bone quiz tomorrow -= no surprises just know them all and how to spell them. Finish the muscles coloring sheet

Powerpoint Notes on Muscles

Muscle Notesheet

Muscles Coloring HW

Bones Quizlet

Tuesday Feb 25th


Today we continued to study the skeletal system. We reviewed the info and the bone labeling from yesterday. We saw a few discovery school clips on the amazing human skeleton and the Classwork/Homework is to draw and label and define the four movable joints in the human skeleton.


Monday Feb 24th


Today we began our unit on the Human Body which will carry us until the end of the year! We will start with the Skeletal System. Students took a short “pretest” on the body systems to see if they could name them and then took notes on the levels of organization in the human body. They saw a powerpoint on the skeletal system and labeled  a skeleton ( quiz on this and spelling counts no word bank on Friday!) Then they answered the questions on the back of the skeleton worksheet using the textbook.

Organization Notes

Skeletal System Powerpoint with labeled skeleton

Labeled Skeleton to Study!

CW/HW from Textbook

Week of Feb 17-21 2020


Monday  – No School for Students

Tuesday  – Today students graded the Cycles of Nature Foldable from last week. We went over basic vocab ( see powerpoint from last Friday’s post ) and worked on the study guide for the Ecology Test tomorrow. We will check it tomorrow before the test as it is mostly vocab and all found in the notes and assignments from this unit. Please see Friday’s post for the study guide and a quizlet review. Test tomorrow

Wednesday – Test Day. HW – Vocab Cell, Tissue, Muscle Tissue, Nervous Tissue, Connective Tissue, Epithelial Tissue, Organ, Organ System, Homeostasis, Stress. Define and draw a colorful pic to represent each term 

Thursday – Students will read and answer comprehension questions on articles about African American Scientists.   

Friday – Check vocab from Wed. “Pretest” on the Human Body Systems. We will watch the Eyewitness Video  – The Human Machine and answer questions during. 

We will begin the Skeletal System on Monday! Have a Super Weekend! 

Week of February 10-14 2020


Monday   – Today students attended a field trip to OMHS to see the show choirs perform. The classes I saw today 3,4,5,6 completed a nearpod lesson on Isle Royale and the wolf/moose issue. It is a real life 65 year study on a predator/prey relationship on Lake Superior.

Tuesday – Populations Lesson   – PPT and video clips. CW/HW – Populations Reading Guide due THURSDAY

Populations Reading Guide

Wednesday –  Water/Carbon/Nitrogen Cycle ppt and clips. Water Cycle Foldable Due Friday

Cycles Foldable

Thursday-  We will check the populations reading guide from Tuesday for points and review the cycles from yesterday . We will spend time in class creating our Nerdy Valentines – they are  due tomorrow. Foldable from yesterday due tomorrow.

Science Valentine Instructions

Friday-  Study for your Ecology Test on Wed 2/19. See links below

Ecology Powerpoint – Review for Test Wed

Study Guide – Ecology ( Students will receive on Tuesday)



Week of January 28 – Feb 1 2020


Monday- Galapagos Animal Research Day. Students were given a research sheet to use with the ipads to research and draw a Galapagos Animal . These will be due on Wednesday. See me if you were out for your animal assignment and the research sheet and white paper. Tomorrow is our open note test on Evolution. You should still study and have your notes as back up. You may use anything in your binder. Play the review games on the Padlet that we did in class Friday.  ( you can access through google classroom)

Tuesday –  Test on Evolution ( you may use your notes )  and complete the Galapagos Animals that are due tomorrow!

Wednesday –  Begin Notes on Ecology and Discuss Symbiotic Relationships in Nature. We will take notes on Ecology terms ( many you will know – food chain, food web, etc).Biotic/Abiotic sheet for HW

Biotic/Abiotic HW pg 1

Biotic/Abiotic pg 2

Thursday  – We will “act out” soap opera symbiosis and try to guess which relationships in nature they represent. If time students will come up with “skits” Classwork – Notes , homework  – Color By Number on Symbiosi( see me to get a copy of this as it is copyrighted and I cannot post it here).

Friday– BBC – “Trials of Life – Living Together” Video. Students will complete the worksheet questions to ID the Symbiotic relationships in the video. No HW!

Week of January 27 – 31


Monday and Tuesday –  – Skittle Fish Lab. We will discuss speciation and convergence and students will do a lab to simulate natural selection in the skittle fish population in two different environments. Lab questions and graphs are due by Wednesday – this is a gold grade!

Wednesday –  We will discuss mimicry and camouflage and other protective adaptations. Students will work on a foldable in class that is due Friday


Thursday – Students will take the scantron performance series test in Science

Friday – Students will go to google classroom and access review games for our Open Note Test Tuesday on Evolution

January 20-24 2020


Monday  – No School MLK Holiday

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Tuesday  – Students worked on a comic strip on a natural selection scenario they drew out of a bucket. They went to storyboardthat.com and logged in with google. We will work on it on Wed. in class also and it is due by Thursday morning

Wednesday – Students finished the comic strip and used the chromebooks to complete the nearpod on evolution.

Thursday  – We will present the comics on the big screen and read together and scan the pictures in the text book on evolution. Students will begin the reading guides that they will have the entire period tomorrow to work on.

Friday – Evolution Reading Guide Questions.


Week of January 13-17 2020


Monday  – Welcome to the first full school week of 2020! We are continuing our unit on Classification. We will have a 60 point quiz tomorrow. Students should study the vocab predict chart, 3 domains drawings, and the Classification Reading Guide. We started the Original Organisms Drawings today that will be due on Wednesday. Use the links below for extra review –

Practice Quiz 

Quizlet Game – Classification

Original Organisms Assignment – due Wed

Go Tigers!

Tuesday – Quiz and Finish Original Organisms due tomorrow!

Wednesday – Darwin Reading Guide and Kingdoms Flyer HW

Darwin Reading Guide Classwork

Kingdoms Flyer Instructions

Thursday – Today students will check  the reading guide from yesterday and watch a ppt on Darwin and Natural Selection. Students are to complete the Voyage of the Beagle Map for HW

Darwin PPT Presentation

Beagle Coordinates HW pg 1

Beagle World Map HW pg 2

Friday – Today students will watch the A&E Documentary on Charles Darwin and answer the 4 questions about his life. No HW!

MLK Birthday Monday – No School


Week of January 7-10 2020


Welcome back to 2020! It is going to be a great year and new semester at OMMS! I hope you had lots of fun, got lots of rest, and enjoyed time with your families! The grades for last 9 weeks were great! All the classes final averages averaged together to a 90.4 %.  Great Job!  We have a short week ahead of us to learn a few new things about how Scientists classify living things. Did you know they recently named a prehistoric shark after Coach Bear Bryant ( Roll Tide – sorry I could not resist!) See the pic below!

Tuesday– We will start the small unit on Classification of Living Things. Students will do a vocab predict chart with me and then we will skim over the textbook sections on the Domains of Life. HW will be to finish the Domains Drawings we start in classby Thursday.

Domains Drawing Instructions

Wednesday -Kingdom Cards Lab in groups  – groups compete to see who can name the kingdom for unidentified organisms based on characteristics listed. Domains Drawings from yesterday are due tomorrow.

Thursday –  Reading Guide in Class – due tomorrow ( students will have the entire class period to work on this. It will be like the “study guide” for their 60 point test on Tuesday.

Classification Reading Guide

Friday – Bring your earbuds for a great Nearpod Lesson on Classification!

Have a great weekend! We will have a test on classification next Tuesday 1/14

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Week of Dec 9-13th


Monday – Protists Notes and Powerpoint no HW!

Benchmark Tuesday Dec. 17th / DSQ Open Note Journal Test Wed Dec. 18th 

Protist Notesheet Answers

Protist PPT Presentation

Tuesday – Reading Guide  – Protists Classwork  – See me to get if you were out. 

HW – Ode to a paramecium or a euglena – example on the reading guide. 

Wednesday  – Meet in the C-17 Science Lab for the Microscope Lab! We will look at Bacteria, Paramecium, Amoebas, Euglenas, Human muscle and artery cells, live samples of volvox, euglena, paramecium, and amoebas .

Thursday – We will discuss Fungus and take notes on Fungi. Tomorrow we will work on a study guide for our benchmark  which is on Tuesday 12/17. DSQ Open Note test is on Wednesday 12/18

Friday – Study Guide – We will work on the study guide all day today and if any part is not done it will be due on Monday. 

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Tuesday December 3rd


Today students saw two power point presentations on bacteria. They filled in a notes sheet with the second presentation. Students were then assigned a small reading guide using the Bacteria section in their textbooks and had 25 mins to work on this in class. It is due tomorrow! Tomorrow we will review and discuss viruses!

Bacteria Power Point

Power Point Note Sheet filled in

Bacteria Reading Guide

Monday December 2nd


Today students were sent an assignment in Google Classroom. They were sent the links to all of the other google site projects that their peers created in their class period. The were instructed to fill out the google form documenting which sites they chose to visit and a few questions about the sites. This is due via google classroom by Wednesday.

Week of Nov. 18-22 2019


Monday   – Blue Fugates article and pedigree – I cannot post here due to copyright  – see me for a copy if you were absent!

Tuesday – Friday Students are working the rest of the  week on a Genetic Disorders Google Sites Project. The project is due  at the end of class on Friday and we will work on it in class Tues – Friday. Students were assigned a partner and a genetic disorder. Specific instructions are on the handout given out in class ( see below).

Genetic Disorder Google Site Project 2018

Have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving with your families!

The next unit after Thanksgiving will be Viruses and Bacteria! See intro videos below:

Week of Nov 4-8 2019


Monday Nov 4th – Punnett Square Quiz. Classwork/Homework   – Sponge Baby traits using a spinner  – see me for a copy

Tuesday Nov. 5th – Intro to Incomplete Dominance – video clip below and practice using the Bikini Bottoms Incomplete Dominance Worksheet

Sponge Bob Incomplete Dominance

Wednesday Nov. 6th – 

 – Mrs. Gilmore out – Students read about Codominance, Incomplete Dominance, multiple alleles, and Sex-linked Traits. HW  – Color by Number Punnett Square Review ( copyrighted I cannot post – they can see me to get a copy)

Non – Mendelian Genetics Patterns

Thursday Nov 7th   -We will grade the Sheets from yesterday and work on the genetic disorders foldable due Tuesday

Genetic Disorders Foldable

Friday  Nov. 8th – Genetic Disorders Nearpod – you can access through google classroom. Finish foldable above under Thursday’s assignment. 

Thursday Oct. 31st


Today students worked on an in class project – Dead Scientists Tombstones. The researched a scientist and made a headstone containing the information to hang in the hallway in our “graveyard” I have decided to move the Punnett Square Quiz to Monday so we can practice punnett squares more tomorrow. Thanks! Have a Happy Halloween!

Tuesday Oct. 29th


Today we discussed probability and punnett squares! Students saw a ppt. on probability and we discussed ratios, fractions, and percents. We then worked through Bikini Bottoms I ( Sponge Bob) Genetics together using Notability and Apple TV. Tomorrow we will practice punnett squares again for our quiz Friday. Genetics Reading Guide ( from yesterday) due tomorrow!

Probability PPT

Bikini Bottoms I Genetics

Monday Oct. 28th


10/28 – Today we began our unit on Genetics! We checked the picture dictionary vocab words for 20 pts. and students were told their score on the DNA Test from Friday. We saw two powerpoints on Genetic Traits and Gregor Mendel. Students were given 30 mins in class to work on the Genetics Reading Guide that is due on Wednesday. Tomorrow we will begin Punnett Squares and have a quiz on these on Friday!

Mendel Powerpoint

Genetic Traits PPT Pics

Reading Guide – Genetics ( only go through #32)

Week of Oct. 21-25 2019


Monday – NOVA Video – “A Killer’s Trial” the forensic study of Sam Sheppards Murder Trial and Recent DNA discoveries.We will do a writing piece on this tomorrow. We will also have “pop” quiz tomorrow so the HW is to study your DNA notesheet from last week. Big test on DNA on Friday 

Tuesday  -“pop” quiz on DNA followed by a writing piece from A Killer’s Trial or Anastasia Dead or Alive to be completed in class. Homework – Complete the Study Sheet for Friday’s Test on DNA/RNA – Replication, Transcription, and Translation.

DNA/RNA Protein Synthesis Study Sheet

Wednesday -Today students built DNA segments out of K’NEX blocks. We reviewed DNA objectives from last week. We will have a test Friday on DNA and RNA.

Thursday  – Today we will extract DNA from a Strawberry using dish soap and salt. Study for the Test tomorrow!

DNA/RNA Quizlet

Friday – Test Day! HW – Picture Dictionary.

Week of Oct 14-18 2019


Monday   – No School for Students. Grades have been averaged – Breakdown is as follows:

Parenting Day this Friday – Please see the notes under Friday!

Benchmark Average: 81.4

1st 9 weeks Average: 87

Tuesday – Students will take 1/2 of the DNA Synthesis Notes today from the powerpoint. We will watch a few youtube video clips on the structure of DNA

DNA Notesheet to go with powerpoint 

DNA Powerpoint

Wednesday – We will continue the other 1/2 of the notes and begin a reading guide due Friday.

Thursday – DNA Dogs Activity in class – DNA Dogs due Monday. Reading Guide due tomorrow.

Friday  -DNA Tic Tac Know  classwork activity

Parenting Day – You are invited to hear speakers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department speak on Vaping and Social Media Issues in our county at 10:00.  Please stay and visit 4th and 5th period classrooms ( I will not be in my room due to being the Parenting Day Coordinator :)) and stay for lunch with your child on this day!

Week of Monday Sept 23rd – Friday Sept 27th


Monday – Today the students checked the foldable from Friday. We discussed photosynthesis and respiration and saw a powerpoint on the two processes. Students watched Bill Nye Plants and we discussed the mechanism for photosynthesis again at the end. No HW tonight.

Tuesday  – Today we  will discuss Cell Transport and students will complete  a teacher led NEARPOD on the chromebooks. This nearpod will be in  google classroom. We will also   fill out a note sheet on active and passive transport. No HW

Wednesday  -Students will work on a tic-tac-know lesson that will be  turned in at the end of class – NO HW

 Thursday  – Students will complete the first half of the gummy bear osmosis lab and will begin working on the cell transport reading guide ( due Monday)

Cell Transport Reading Guide

Friday –  Students will finish the gummy bear lab and questions in their lab groups. They will have time to work on the Cell Transport Reading Guide above which is due on Monday. We will have a quiz Tuesday on Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Cell Transport. Our Benchmark test is Monday Oct. 7th and our DSQ Test will be Tuesday Oct. 8th. 

Quizlet review for cell transport


Week of Sept 3-6 2019


Monday – No School Labor Day

Tuesday – Students will begin the Cells in the Headlines Project that we will work on in class for two days and it will be due on Friday!

Cells in the Headlines Directions ( please note this is due Fri. Sept 6th,  not the 9th as indicated on the link. The hard copy students received on Tuesday has the correct date on it).

Wednesday – Continue Cells in the Headlines

Thursday – PUNK ROCK DAY – Punk the Pirates!

Cell City Analogy and Cell Job Application HW ( they will have a copy of this as I cannot post )

Cell City Analogy

Friday – Nearpod on Cell Organelles. Students will go to google classroom and complete in class. TEST ON THE CELL NEXT WEDNESDAY 9/11!


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Monday August 26th


Today in class we discussed the microscope and the cell theory. Students saw two powerpoints and took notes on the Cell Theory PPT.  They were given a wordsearch to work on at the end of class that is due on Wed.  We will have a quiz on the microscope parts definitions and locations on Friday. Students should bring in a magazine that they can “cut up” for a project next week. The deadline for the magazine is Friday.

Wordsearch – Microscopes

Cell Theory PPT

PPT Notes

Microscope Study Guide

Wednesday August 21st


Today we reviewed the characteristics of life. Students did fill in the blank notes from the powerpoint below on the history of spontaneous generation

Spontaneous Generation Powerpoint with blanks for notesheet

HW is to create a vocab foldable using the following terms – Organism, Cell, Unicellular, Multicellular, Stimulus, Response, Development, and Homeostasis. They should take a piece of paper and fold like a ” hotdog” and cut 8 strips on one side. They should place one term on each strip. They should put a colorful picture on the back of each strip and the definition behind each door ( on the solid strip). It should look similar to the one below but you don’t have to have the title strip that they have in yellow. These are due tomorrow.

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Week of August 12th – 16th 2019


Monday -We discussed the definition of science and students were given a Textbook Survey/Review to work on while lockers were given out. Students were given a table of contents and we set up our binders. There will be a quiz next Monday on Science Skills and the Scientific Method.

Tuesday – Students will do the pipe cleaner challenge in groups. We will have a few minutes to work on the Textbook Survey/Review from yesterday ( we will check this tomorrow for a grade).

Wednesday – We will check the Textbook Review/Survey and take notes from a powerpoint on the Scientific Method – Quiz Monday

Powerpoint Notes

Notesheet with blanks to go with Power Point

Thursday – We will review the Scientific Method and complete the What is Science? Reading Guide in class. Color by number for HW if not complete in class.

Friday – Lab Groups will try and “SAVE FRED”. Quiz Monday !

Quizlet Review