Mrs. Birdsall's 8th Grade Living Environment
LABS FOR LIVING ENVIRONMENT 2013-14
LABS FOR LIVING ENVIRONMENT 2013-14
Brain Dominance Activity (Nervous System)
Students will determine which side of their brain is more dominant by taking a survey. Students will graph the class results.
Enzyme Information Packet (Lab #5,6)
This is a packet on enzymes to help understand how enzymes work in the digestive system.
Extra Credit Lab: Lung Machine (1 hour)
Students have the option of constructing a lung machine model to represent breathing. They will earn extra credit points and an additional lab hour.
Lab # 13, 14, 15: Menstrual Cycle
Students will complete a menstrual cycle calendar lab and a hormone graphing lab to understand how the female body prepares for baby. Completion of this lab is 3 hours.
Lab #1: Regents Graphing (1 hour)
This lab is worth 1 hour and reviews bar and line graphs and independent and dependent variables. It also introduces LE Regents questions about graphing.
Lab #11: Mitosis (1 hour)
This lab reviews the process of mitosis.
Lab #12: Flower Dissection (1 hour)
This lab helps students understand sexual reproduction in plants. They dissect a flower and identify the male and female parts as well as the sex cells. Completion of this lab is 1 hour.
Lab #12: Flower Dissection Notes
Notes to help with Lab #12
Lab #16,17: Visible Embryo (2 hours)
Students will complete this lab to understand the stages of embryonic development. Completion of this lab is 2 hours.
Lab #2,3,4: Nervous System
Students will investigate how the nervous system works. They will complete a lab on reaction time, mapping the homunculus, and hot and cold water. (3 hours)
Lab #20: Human Inheritance (1 hour)
Students will begin to understand how to write phenotypes and genotypes Completion of this lab and investigating traits is 1 hour.
Lab #21: Create a Baby Dragon (1 hour)
Students will create a baby dragon according to alleles inherited from parent dragons. Practices genotypes, phenotypes, and traits. Completion of this lab is 1 hour.
Lab #22,23: Human Karyotyping (2 hours)
This lab allows students to make karyotypes to learn about genetic diseases. Completion of this lab is 2 hours.
Lab #24: Genetics Coin (1 hour)
This lab helps students determine expected results for traits by practicing Punnett squares and then compare that to the probability of traits being inherited by tossing coins. Completion of this lab is 1 hour.
Lab #26: DNA Models (1 hour)
This one hour lab introduces the basic structure of DNA (pool, house, garage). Phosphate group, deoxyribose sugar, and nitrogenous bases A, T, C, G.
Lab #27: DNA Extraction (1 hour)
Students will learn the technique of extracting DNA from living cells. Completion of this lab is 1 hour.
Lab #28,29: Licorice Models (2 hours)
Students will construct model to understand DNA, DNA Replication, and Protein Synthesis. Completion of this lab is 2 hours.
Lab #30,31: Missing Persons Amino Acid Key
Needed to complete the lab
Lab #30,31: Missing Persons Investigation (2 hours)
Students will gather DNA evidence in a forensics unit to determine whether someone is suspected of a crime. Completion of this lab is 2 hours.
Lab #32: Darwin and Natural Selection (1 hour)
This lab will demonstrate Darwin's theory of natural selection. Completion of this lab is 1 hour.
Lab #33: Evidence of Evolution (1 hour)
Students will learn about comparative anatomy as evidence of evolution. Completion of this lab is 1 hour.
Lab #5,6: Biochemistry (2 hours)
This lab will allow students to understand all the characteristics of enzymes and how they function. Completion of this lab is 2 hours.
Lab #7: Calorimeter (1 hour)
Students will learn how food molecules are burned for energy. This will help students understand how cells metabolize macromolecules that are consumed in the diet. It will also help them understand calories and respiration in cells. Completion of this lab is 1 hour.
Lab #7: Calorimeter Notes
Biochemistry notes to help complete Lab #7.
Lab #8: Lung Capacity (1 hour)
Students will measure their lung capacity and investigate a possible correlation between height and lung capacity. A scatter polt graph is needed with a best-fit line. Completion of this lab is 1 hour. This interdisciplinary lab will be completed with Mr. Ranieri as well.
Lab #9,10: Heart Investigation (2 hours)
Students will learn about the anatomy of the heart by observing a real deer heart and by walking through a life size circulation diagram on the floor. This diagram will review pulmonary vs. systemic circulation. Completion of this lab is 2 hours.
Mapping the Homunculus Data Table (Lab #2,3,4)
Data table that is required for Lab #2,3,4: Nervous System
Notes for NYS Lab #2: Diffusion Through A Membrane State Lab
This lab is worth 2 hours and is required for the regents exam.
NYS Required Lab #1: Making Connections Lab packet
NYS Required Lab #1: Making Connections Lab Report Template
This formal lab report is worth 1 hour. This reviews how scientists think and work.
NYS Required Lab #2: Diffusion Through A Membrane packet
Students will observe diffusion of starch and sugar in dialysis tubing. They will also observe osmosis in onion cells under the microscope. Completion of this lab is 2 hours.
NYS Required Lab #3: Relationships and Biodiversity packet
In this lab students will work like scientists to find a plant species that will cure cancer. Students must perform several genetic tests to determine the plant species. Completion of this lab is 2 hours.
NYS Required Lab #4: Beaks of Finches packet (2 hours)
This NYS required lab is about natural selection, Darwin, and competition for resources. Completion of this lab is worth 2 lab hours.
Structural Evidence for Botana Curus, X, Y, Z (NYS Lab #3)
These are notes for the NYS Required Lab #3: Relationships and Biodiversity
Back to Mrs. Birdsall's 8th Grade Living Environment
Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School, 3 Glen Place, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Phone: 914-271-2191 | Fax: 914-271-6618