The Mr. Ellis Newsletter

What's Going On in Mr. E's Class and Around Midway Middle

Week of April 4th to April 8th

HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT SPRING BREAK!


SCC FIELD TRIP ON TUESDAY FOR 5/6 PERIODS (ELLIS, BRITTIAN, CLARK, AND JOSEPH)


REPORT CARDS WILL GO OUT ON THURSDAY, APRIL 7TH.


EARLY RELEASE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 14TH


THE MAKEUP SNOW DAY WILL BE APRIL 29TH


8TH GRADE PROM WILL BE SATURDAY, MAY 14TH AT SANDY RIDGE AT 6:00 PM.


SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK:

THE SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WILL BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF MOCK EOG TESTING, FIELD TRIPS, EARLY RELEASES, ETC.


SCIENCE:

WE WILL START OUR UNIT ON EVOLUTION AND ADAPTATION.

STUDENTS WILL HAVE HOMEWORK THIS WEEK.

MOCK SCIENCE EOG ON WEDNESDAY

B DAY CLASSES WILL HAVE SCIENCE MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY.

- HW DUE ON FRIDAY

A DAY CLASSES WILL HAVE SCIENCE TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.

- HW DUE ON FOLLOWING MONDAY



MATH:

MON- WORK ON MATH CONTRACT

TUES-FIELD TRIP

WED- WORK ON MATH CONTRACT

THURS- WORK ON MATH CONTRACT

FRI- MOCK MATH EOG

MIDWAY MIDDLE TENTATIVE SPRING TESTING DATES

April 6, 2016 MOCK 8th Grade Science

April 8, 2016 MOCK Math (All 6th – 8th graders)

April 12, 2016 MOCK Reading (All 6th – 8th graders)

April 13, 2016 MOCK Math I (All 6th – 8th graders)

May 24, 2016 Reading (paper/pencil) (All 6th- 8th graders)

May 25, 2016 Math (paper/pencil) (All 6th- 8th graders)

May 26, 2016 8th grade Science – (Online)

May 27, 2016 EOG make up

May 31, 2016 8th NCFE SS- (online)

June 2, 2016 CTE (online – All computer labs will be used for testing)/

June 3, 2016 Math I (Online)

June 6, 2016 Make-up any/ all subjects

June 7, 2016 Make-up any/ all subjects

SCIENCE HOMEWORK FOR WEEK 28

HOMEWORK WEEK 28 EVOLUTION

Evolution

Extinction

Archaea

Domains

analogous structures

comparative anatomy

Eukarya

Charles Darwin

homologous structures

taxonomy

Bacteria

Carlos Linnaeus


1. Which best helps scientists explore the relationship between modern organisms and ancestral species to create a system of biological classification?

A. Fossils

B.volcanicash

C.DNAevidence

D.igneousrocklayers


2. Which of these groups contains single­c elled organisms?

A. birds

B. plants

C. fungus

D. animals


3. Which is most likely to be related to a human based upon similar anatomical structures? A. Flea.

B.fish

C.coyote

D.grasshopper


4. Throughout fossil records, many species appearing in lower layers of rock disappear in higher layers of rock. Which best explains their disappearance?

A. Thespeciesbecameextinct.

B. Thespeciesmovedtoanothergeographiclocation.

C. Thefossilremainsweredisruptedbyanearthquake.

D. Environmental conditions were not suitable for fossil formation.


5. Which best demonstrates analogous structures in animals?

A.cat fur and dog fur

B.whale fins and human arms

C. bird wings and insect wings

D. gills in fish and lungs in mammals


6. What do scientists most often use to form the basis for biological classification?

A.dietary habits

B. population size

C. geographic location

D. comparative anatomy


7. Who was the first person to base a system of classification on organisms having similar structures?

A. Aristotle B.Darwin C. Einstein D.Linnaeus


8. How are fossils compared to one another for biological classification? A. by their size

B. by their estimated life spans

C. by the geographic locations where they are found

D. by similarities and differences in their body structures


9. Which best explains the separate evolution of African and Asian elephants? A.overhunting B.volcanic activity C. splitting of Pangaea D. extinction of dinosaurs


10. Which best illustrates how comparative anatomy supports the modern theory of evolution?

A.Whales have finger bones in their fins.

B. Alligators have eyes positioned to peek out just above the waterline.

C. The African lion’s tan coat blends in with the environment, helping it to stalk prey.

D. Koalas rarely need to drink because they get most of their water from the eucalyptus leaves they eat.


11. How are organisms classified as Eukarya different from organisms classified as Archaea and Bacteria?

A. They are all multicellular.

B. They all reproduce sexually.

C. They all produce their own food.

D. They all have membrane b ound nuclei.


12. How does geological evidence support the theory of evolution?

A.Fossils can be used to determine the exact age of a particular species.

B.Fossils record information about the mechanisms ancestral species used to capture and transform energy.

C. Fossils preserve DNA, so that comparisons can be made between modern organisms and ancestral species.

D. Fossils can be used to show similarities in body structure between modern organisms

and ancestral species.


13. Which best explains why species living in Australia are found nowhere else on Earth? A.Australia has an ecosystem different from any other area on Earth.

B.Humans have genetically altered many Australian species in laboratories.

C. Australian species were genetically altered after a comet hit the landmass.

D. Australia separated from other continents and species there evolved independently.


14. Which evidence best supports the theory that many species of organisms have become extinct?

A.Current fossil records reflect only species that exist today.

B. Radioactive dating of rocks provides evidence of extinct species.

C. Some fossil records reflect organisms that no longer exist today.

D. Scientists have uncovered ancient writings that describe organisms no longer living.


15. Some scientists think that all life evolved from a common ancestor. Which provides evidence that this may be true?

A.analogous structures of organisms

B.homologous structures of organisms

C.extinction of many varieties of plant species

D. existence of many varieties of bacteria species

Would you like to get a text message from me telling you what your child has for homework each night?

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For Science 1A (Mon, Wed), text @ellissc1mw to 81010

For Science 2A, (Tues, Thur) text @ellissc1tt to 81010

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