Science with Ms. Allnutt

February 9, 2015

In Ms. Allnutt’s physical science class, students have been learning motion and forces. We finished up a unit on velocity and acceleration and now are learning about the fundamental laws of Motion developed by Sir Isaac Newton. We are taking these laws and applying them to our actions every day. We have also discussed how these laws of physics are often not followed at all in movies, and especially in cartoons. Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner are a perfect example of how these laws of motion and gravity don’t work! We also got to play Jenga to test to see how inertia worked!

 In biology, we have been learning about genetics and how DNA is the “blueprint” for life. We used supplies that can be found at home to extract the DNA from a strawberry. It did not look at all like they expected it to, but it was a great success! Students made models of DNA out of licorice and marshmallows and played Codon Bingo to practice turning that genetic code into a useful protein. Next, we will be talking about the history of life on Earth and how organisms are classified and related to each other. Lots of questions have come up and we are all excited to be starting this new unit. Coming soon: dissections of crayfish, grasshoppers, squid, and frogs!

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