Fantastic Friday!

Greetings everyone!

Today marks the last day of school of 2013 – we have 2 full weeks of winter break before we resume classes on January 6th!

To finish the day and year on a STRONG note, we finished up and submitted our layered curriculum. A few students asked for permission to take theirs home to work on over break. If you’re one of my students who fits into this category, be sure you submit it when return to school in January.

A MAJOR thank you (from me and Mrs. Hill-Norman) to all the wonderful students and parents who showed their appreciation and were so generous this holiday season. 🙂

Happy HolidaysSee you in 2014 !

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Wednesday We…

Began our 2nd layered curriculum activity!


As you can tell, these next 3 days will be filled with students working on their layered curriculum. I love doing these because it totally provides options and choices for the students to select their OWN activities to complete. By the end of today’s class (day 1), students were to have 35 points completed. Shoutout to the students in my 4th block today! They were AMAZING! They were focused and working so diligently, providing responses that will earn them a 4 on the EOG. W.O.W!

We used textbooks, coach books, flashcards, classroom posters, and more to help us provide the best possible answers.

Science Resource for Layered Curriculum

You can find a copy of our layered curriculum for pathogens, disease and biotechnology below:

Layered Curriculum – Pathogens, Disease and Biotechnology

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

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Text Tuesday – Biotechnology in North Carolina

Greetings Everyone!

We are 1 day closer to winter break! Today we  read a text from our textbook (truly a rare occasion) about how biotechnology impacts North Carolina. Students worked on a corresponding worksheet that addressed

  • What biotechnology is and what the process looks like
  • The Human Genome Project
  • Three parts of biotechnology including medicine, forestry and agriculture
  • Risks and benefits of biotechnology
  • Four careers that stem from biotechnology in North Carolina

You will need NC28 through NC30 of the North Carolina Edition of Grade 8 Science textbook by McDougal Littell to complete this assignment.

The worksheet can be found here:

Biotechnology Textbook Worksheet – NC 28 to NC 30

Tomorrow we’ll be starting another layered curriculum activity packet that will be due FRIDAY DECEMBER 20th!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Monday Monday GMOs!

Hey hey everyone,

Today we started a mini unit (and I mean super mini) on biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)! To warm up we revisited our flashcards for the week. Shoutout to my student Anna! Check out these AWESOME, OUT OF CONTROL AMAZING FLASHCARDS she made!

Anna Flashcards

We learned that biotechnology is an attempt at genetically modifying living organisms to provide solutions for various problems. This is quite a controversial issue and we used an awesome infograph (pictured below) to help us sort through “the good, the bad and the ugly” of GMOs. Brace yourself, this is a rather long (but SUPER helpful) infograph.


We turned this infograph into a booklet with questions to help us analyze all the information. You can find this document below:

GMO Infograph Activity

Have a great evening!

Mrs. Barton



Friday: Pathogens & Diseases Unit Test

Greetings guys and gals!

Today we took our unit test on pathogens and diseases, afterwards students worked on a variety of activities!

Please note:  if you were absent today you will have to complete your rest as soon as you return to school.

Some students completed science vocabulary puzzles, some began a HUGE review sheet that we will continue to work on throughout the coming weeks, and others began working on their vocabulary flashcards for next week.

Our vocabulary for next week is:

biotechnology / genetic modification / genome / agriculture / cloning 

Biotechnology Vocabulary

These cards are DUE on Monday! Don’t forget you must have all aspects of your vocabulary cards completed (see the picture for an example of a previous vocabulary word).

Vocab Card Instructions

Have a happy weekend everyone!

Mrs. Barton


Hey hey everyone,

Today is a double post – some info from yesterday as well as what we’re doing today! So, let’s get started!

Yesterday read a CommonCore reading about outbreaks, pandemics and epidemics and answered corresponding comprehension questions. These questions required a little bit more than normal proved rather challenging for some of my students. Afterwards, students worked on 8.L.1.2 Performance Task in which they were to analyze data about pandemics throughout the last century and create a graph to represent how the fatalities of pandemics has decreased over the time.

Today, 1st block was occupied with MAP Testing in reading, so they’ll have to complete the stations review prior to taking our Pathogens & Disease unit test. The rest of my classes were able to complete 4 stations as a review for our unit test, tomorrow!

You can find materials used this week below:

Monday: Vocabulary & BoomBag (see the post here)

Boom Bag Directions

Tuesday & Wednesday: Epidemics & Pandemics

Outbreaks, Epidemics and Pandemics CC Reading

8.L.1.2 Performance Task


Pathogens Stations Review

Have a happy Thursday!

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Text-ish Tuesday

Hey all,
Today in class we did a fun demo to model epidemic and pandemic as well as look at how vaccines can help prevent the spread of viruses.
First, we watched 2 short clips of movie trailers that depicted outbreaks and pandemics and afterwards began constructing our foldable.
Although not everyone made it to their text Tuesday assignment, we will continue with it tomorrow as well as answer the comprehension questions.
Materials to follow!
Have a great evening!