Mr. Manning's Life Science Class
            HOW TO RECOGNIZE A SCIENCE CLASS
If it moves, it's BIOLOGY.
If it stinks, it's CHEMISTRY.
                                                                                                        If it doesn't work, it's PHYSICS.

If you are examining things that are dead, stinking or broken, it's
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES.

If you are explaining why things are dead, stinking or broken, it's
INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES.

If you are trying to prevent things from dying, stinking or breaking, it's
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY.


 Words of wisdom:

The Parable of the Pebbles
A man was out walking in the desert when a voice said to him, "Pick up some pebbles and put them in your pocket, and tomorrow you will be both happy and sad."

The man obeyed. He stooped down and picked up a handful of pebbles and put them in his pocket. The next morning he reached into his pocket and found diamonds and rubies and emeralds. And he was both happy and sad. Happy he had taken some - sad that he hadn't taken more.

And so it is with education.
Try out the "Picture of the Week."  Click on Picture of the Week

If you stare at this picture long enough you should be able to see a giraffe. This is weird. Give it a try.
                                       

Click one of the following links for more information.
Lesson Plans
Topic Outlines
Major Vocabulary
Homework
Class Assignments and Handouts
Power Point Presentations
Project
Tests
Genetics  (Major Resources)


 On-Line Textbook
Students must access the Georgia Holt Science & Technology Life Science textbook through the Gwinnett County student portal.

             
9th Grade Biology:
Click on the following link:
Biology Home Page


 CRCT Practice Exams
Please continue to practice these CRCT Practice Exams!!

 RBES Vocabulary
Click on the following link for practice exams:These exams will be given as a combination exam including all 50 words.
RBES Vocabulary Exam Qtr. 1  and   RBES Vocabulary Exam Qtr. 2  and  RBES Vocabulary Exam Qtr 3


 In-School Field Trips
The "in-school" field trips are listed below.
Jan. 28 --- Toothpick Fish/Genetics
Mar. 4 ----- Birds of Prey
May 6 ----- Snakes Alive/Kingdoms                              

Inquiry Based Interactive Programs:
Click on this link    Medical Mysteries to play MedMyst, an interactive, learning adventure. As you enter a futuristic world, you will help solve medical mysteries in infectious diseases. You will accept challenges (missions) to become a member of an elite team of Reconstructors. Your goal will be to rediscover lost medical knowledge and prevent the spread of disease. Be sure to wear your headphones to enjoy the full sound effects!



Lab Equipment and Safety Guidelines


 What to bring to class:
Bring your science folder to class EVERY DAY!
Check the classroom bulletin board for other specific items. Each classroom has the information for ALL your classes for that day.
Bring your AGENDA BOOK everyday. You should have this with you at all times.
Bring your materials to class (pens; pencils; paper, and anything else you will need to be successful in class.)



Preparing for the 7th Grade 

Time Management

Recognize that wise time management is a skill students learn through the combined efforts of parents and teachers.
Reserve a consistent homework time every afternoon or evening.
Insist that your child do the homework on the night that it is assigned rather than the night before it is due. Following this schedule will keep the student one day ahead.
Help the student establish a morning "drill" or checklist to be certain that all materials (binder, books, homework, assignment notebook, pencils, etc.) are in readiness according to that day's schedule.


The First 9 Weeks

Anticipate that the first nine weeks of school is an important period of adjustment for students and parents coming off the summer vacation.
Check the student's assignment notebook (agenda) daily for homework assignments and future tests, quizzes, and projects.
Reinforce a consistent homework schedule.
Review for tests and quizzes with your child.
Begin the year with a mental gameplan for establishing well-defined routines that will support academic success.

Before School Starts

Use the initial supply list to purchase school supplies.
Establish a quiet place for nightly homework and studying that is free of distractions.
Stock the desk or study area with school supplies like pens, pencils, paper, markers, and index cards.
Complete the summer reading requirements as specified in the summer reading list.

The Assignment Notebook (Agenda Book)

An agenda book is provided to every Pinckneyville Middle School student at the beginning of the school year.
The agenda book is an excellent home/school communication tool. Send a note to a teacher in the book and check the book regularly for notes from your child's teachers.
Students will write down all class assignments in every class. Check the assignment notebook after school to stay informed concerning your child's homework.
Students are expected to carry this agenda book with them during the school day because it also serves as the official school hall pass. An important barcode sticker for computer access is placed on the inside back cover.
No other agenda or day timer may be substituted for the one issued by Pinckneyville Middle School.


Parent Tips 

Parental involvement in schooling can lead to academic benefits for students. Parents are encouraged to:

Help students manage and organize daily and weekly routines.
Set a regular time and routine for doing homework and extended assignments.
Establish a regular place which is well-lit and quiet for completing homework.
Remove distractions during home study time. No television or phone calls.
Provide supplies including calculators, pencils, and paper.
Review homework for accuracy and understanding.
Review and discuss with students science labs and class assignments.
Read and discuss newspaper articles that are science related.
Visit museums, nature centers, and other places of scientific interest.
Supervise visits to sites on the Internet that extend student understanding of the life sciences.



 Late Work Policy For Seventh Grade

ALL assignments are due on the date specified by your teacher.
Students will be allowed two days for each day of excused absence to complete missed assignments or class work.
Any work turned in past the due date will be corrected but no grade will be recorded.
Teacher discretion will apply and override in any mitigating circumstances and matters.

 The Brain Is A Wonderful Thing!
This is amazing. Try to read the paragraph below, then consider what it actually says. The brain is a wonderful thing isn't it?

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