Revisiting Pathogens, Disease and Biotechnology


Today we played a more intense version of Boom Bag to get as many concepts covered as possible before our CFA #4 tomorrow. Students individually retrieved their 20 vocabulary cards, science notebooks and also received 1 NC COACH science book per group. In addition to their flashcards, a set of approximately 36 open-ended question cards were also thrown into the mix! If students did not know the answer, they had 30 seconds to check their science notebooks or COACH books to find the answer. We kept score, too, so the winners could be rewarded with a small prize. Check out the pictures of our directions below:

Boom Bag Day Directions

You can find the “cards” with open ended questions here: CFA #4 – BoomBag Open Ended Questions

Tomorrow we will take CFA #4 and then Wednesday – Friday we will work on  our next unit 8.L.5.2 – Healthy Living.

See you tomorrow!

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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