Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lyme Disease Awareness Month!

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month!

I'm kicking it off with this informational flyer from LymeDisease.org

https://www.lymedisease.org/get-ready-for-lyme-disease-awareness-month/

tick guy KIDS DOG with hats LDo 72dpi

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Harriet Tubman Picture Book

I read this book to my middle school history class yesterday. It's beautifully written and illustrated. There is a dialogue throughout between her and God. We're never too old for picture books!
 
 

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Organization of School Projects

What's Schoolin'?

When my olders were young we had a LOT of papers, projects, crafts, and so on that I stored.  Through the years I finally hit upon a system that really worked for my brain type, our chaotic schedule, and chronic illness that didn't always allow for a tightly organized home. 

1.  As they finished projects or brought things home from co-ops they were stored in these wonderful plastic drawers.  They worked for us because they were big enough for the bigger size of manila or construction paper.  They also fit inside a closet under the lowest shelf - although I had to raise the shelf a little and took off the wheels of the cart.  Each child had their own drawer with their name on the front of their drawer.  Since we had 3 children storing items at the time it was perfect :).

2. At the end of each school year we would spread everything out and take pictures of each child with their projects.  Then, selected items would go into a binder and the rest would go in the trash.

Admittedly, there were summers when this didn't get done.  When that happened I would put a large manila paper in the drawer with a note written on it to divide the years.

 
Hope this helps in your organization endeavors!
 


Monday, February 22, 2016

Apologia Biology Module 8

What's Schoolin'?

And now on to Module 8...

Day 1:
~Intro to Module 8; prereading strategies
~Video [40 minutes][Mendel and His Pea Plants; episode 14 of The Great Courses - Biology: The Science of Life; Nowicki of Duke University][Students take notes.]

Day 2:
~ Check the Study Guide
~ Amoeba Sisters videos for Monohybrid [plus their worksheet] and Dihybrid and Punnett Squares

Day 3
~ On Your Own problems #1-4 in class
~ Spudoodles Lab [I remade the handouts/lab sheet.  I'll try to upload later...]
~ Mutations video from Amoeba Sisters [No time in class; will send the link to students.]

Day 4
~ Module Test [Apologia Test plus Quizlet x-choice - 10 questions for Bonus Points each worth .5 pts]


Great overall resource for this module:
http://homeschoolersresources.blogspot.com/2011/01/biology-module-8-mendelian-genetics.html
http://homeschoolersresources.blogspot.com/p/biology.html
http://mindfulramblings.com/2010/12/03/apologia-biology-module-8-mendelian-genetics/


Online interactive activities and quizlet quiz:
http://www.e-learninglinks.com/science/biology_apologia_vocabulary.htm

Heredity and Traits activites (scroll through pages to find activites)
http://teach.genetics.utah.edu/content/

Spud activity using Punnet Squares:
https://appliejuice.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/last-post-on-biology-whooo-rah/
https://appliejuice.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/gmo-spuds/
https://appliejuice.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/genetics-and-spudoodles/
http://www.slideshare.net/jkmcclung/spudoodle [I'm changing a few things on the traits chart so that the Dominant/Recessive pairs have a dominant phenotype (outward appearance).
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dXzSQiUsKBAznKewkG7YRh3nqR-OulIrL2Peufx_oUE/edit?hl=en&pli=1# [Already edited http://martysahm.blogspot.com/2011/01/biology-module-8-mendelian-genetics.html]


https://appliejuice.wordpress.com/apologia-sciences/apologia-biology/

Flash interactive online activity:
Pass the Genes, Please (Melonheads)
http://clc2.uniservity.com/GroupDownloadFile.asp?GroupId=437525&ResourceID=2619726

Videos:
We'll be using the Mendelean Genetics episode from:  Mendel and His Pea Plants; episode 14 of The Great Courses - Biology: The Science of Life; Nowicki of Duke University

Here are some more videos for this module:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-0rSv6oxSY&list=PLwL0Myd7Dk1F0iQPGrjehze3eDpco1eVz&index=14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIGXTJLrLf8&list=PLwL0Myd7Dk1F0iQPGrjehze3eDpco1eVz&index=15

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2xufrHWG3E&list=PLwL0Myd7Dk1F0iQPGrjehze3eDpco1eVz&index=16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4izVAkhMPQ#t=32

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Apologia Biology Module 7


What's Schoolin'?

I don't really have time to organize this right now so I'll post as-is.  Our enrichment meets 2x/week for 1 hour each time and this will be a 2-week module. 

Day 1: Pre-reading strategies and videos for DNA replication/transcription/translation/protein synthesis/RNAs. [Possibly strawberry DNA video if we have time]
Day 2: Study Guide due.  Go over Study Guide and OYO questions.  Create DNA model with Twizzlers and colored marshmallows.
Day 3: Extract DNA from strawberries (I may have them watch the video of it before class for homework).  I don't think I can stomach doing it from our own saliva in class! Videos for mitosis/meiosis/mutations/virus/gene expression/cancer.
Day 4: Test

Video of experiment 7.1 (Pea DNA extraction)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvoevXwujlQ

Thinkwell videos:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=thinkwell+biology

http://teach.genetics.utah.edu/content/dna/#item3

http://teach.genetics.utah.edu/content/heredity/

http://www.alyvea.com/biologystudyguides/DNA.php

http://www.alyvea.com/biologystudyguides/mendelian-genetics.php

http://www.alyvea.com/biologystudyguides/recombinant.php

http://mindfulramblings.com/2010/11/13/apologia-biology-module-7/

http://mindfulramblings.com/2010/12/03/apologia-biology-module-7-experiments/

Online interactive activities and quizlet quiz:
http://www.e-learninglinks.com/science/biology_apologia_vocabulary.htm

http://teach.genetics.utah.edu/content/dna/#item3

http://teach.genetics.utah.edu/content/heredity/

Videos, etc:
http://homeschoolersresources.blogspot.com/2010/11/biology-module-7-cellular-reproduction.html


Edible DNA model:
https://appliejuice.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/biology-catch-up/

Isolate DNA from strawberries:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOpu4iN5Bh4

http://genetics.thetech.org/online-exhibits/do-it-yourself-strawberry-dna

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/squishy-science-extract-dna-from-smashed-strawberries/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&ved=0ahUKEwjoz7afvd_KAhWKJiYKHdojA4MQFghKMAY&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.genome.gov%2FPages%2FEducation%2FModules%2FStrawberryExtractionInstructions.pdf&usg=AFQjCNETLseZpn7UCWdBIZ2RFYXwDuFtzA&sig2=vkJJa3BmkfPm8HlvWVisoQ
[That's a huge URL.  You can try the strawberry DNA extraction poster here:
http://www.genome.gov/activities/ ]

https://appliejuice.wordpress.com/apologia-sciences/apologia-biology/





Saturday, January 9, 2016

Apologia Biology Module 6

What's Schoolin'?

Here are some links that I'm using as resources for Module 6 (parts of the cell).  We will be making cell models but I'll give them the options of edible/inedible and individual/group.

Pictures of slides for the module experiment.  This is great since with my new classroom setup it is hard to use microscopes for all of the students.
http://mindfulramblings.com/2010/11/06/apologia-biology-module-6-experiments/

Another link with pictures of slides. 
This is for the plant cells:
http://www.biologycorner.com/worksheets/plantcells.html

Great resource with links to several incredible edible cell posts with pictures.  This really is an amazing link!
http://homeschoolersresources.blogspot.com/2010/11/biology-module-6-cell.html

Intro to cell video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn9oJtXZYcU

organelles:
 
 

Amoeba Sisters Videos:
 
cell respiration and mitochonria
 
 
Animal cell coloring page (I didn't use these since we were doing cell models):
 
Plant cell coloring page:
 
https://appliejuice.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/awesome-edible-cell-instructions-and-grader/

https://appliejuice.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/a-mad-science-project/

http://sciencespot.net/Media/cellpjcta.pdf

https://appliejuice.wordpress.com/apologia-sciences/apologia-biology/

http://martysahm.blogspot.com/p/apologia-biology.html

http://www.thedaisyhead.com/2012/11/apologia-biology-labs-module-6/

http://www.alyvea.com/biologystudyguides/cellparts.php

There are some online activities here and games:
https://wikis.engrade.com/hcabiology/bio6

Interactve online activities:
https://www.quia.com/jg/1828311.html
https://www.quia.com/hm/662107.html

I use quizlet vocabulary for test bonus points (10 multiple choice/both/worth .5 each for a max of 5 bonus points):
https://www.quia.com/hm/662107.html

What's Cookin'?

Some dinner ideas for this week (with children's input):

Crock Pot Lasagna (with kale hidden inside - shh!)

Spaghetti/salad

Chili

Chicken Enchiladas

Homemade Pizza

Need to prep:

Soak/cook beans
Precook rice
Precook 3 pounds grass-fed organic ground beef from Aldi's!
Prebake chicken

Public Domain Images

The New York public library just released its public domain images digitally. Great resource for making educational materials!

http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/

Article about it:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/06/462128514/new-york-public-library-makes-180-000-high-res-images-available-online

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chicken 'n' Dumplings


What's Cookin'?

I used THIS recipe for my inspiration but below is what I actually did.  This recipe makes a double batch but somehow we didn't end up with very many leftovers!

Ingredients:

2 Tbl butter
2 pre-cooked chicken breasts; cubed
2 quarts organic low-sodium chicken broth (I like to use Real Salt)
1 package frozen mixed vegetables
3 Tbl flour
6 button mushrooms (totally optional - just happened to have some!)
Salt to taste
Adobo seasoning to taste
Pepper to taste

Dumplings:
2 C flour
1 teaspoon UNrefined salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 C (homemade) buttermilk (After mixing this was a bit dry so I added an extra splash of buttermilk)

Directions:

1. Melt the butter in a large pot.  If using mushrooms, sautee briefly in the butter. 

2.  Add the 3 tablespoons of flour and stir into the butter. 

3.  Slowly add the chicken broth, stirring constantly. 

4.  Add the chicken and packet of vegetables. 

5.  Turn on medium-high heat to bring to a boil while you make the dumplings.

6.  Make the dumplings -  Mix the dry ingredients; add the buttermilk (more as needed). 

7.  Add spoonfuls of dumplings to the boiling broth.  Cover.  Boil for 20-30 minutes or until the dumplings are done.  I gently stirred after about 10 minutes and mine were done at about 20 minutes.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

All Hallows Eve

What's Schoolin'/Celebratin'?


Today is what most people celebrate as Halloween.  We celebrate All Hallows Eve and focus on studying/celebrating the saints.  This year it will be oh-so-simple due to oh-so-many constraints but this is what we have planned.

Halo cake:  This was dd's brilliant idea as we thought about what we had on-hand.  We just happen to have a cake in the freezer begging to be decorated and eaten.

Halos: We'll enjoy some Halo clementine oranges for snack.

St. Lucy's Eyes:  Grapes - morbid, I know!

St. Francis' Guessing Jar: A jar filled with Annie's cheddar bunnies [See THIS post that inspired this idea].

Movies:  We've checked out several saint biographies from the local library AND Amazon Prime has quite a few for free download for Prime members.  I'll update later with a list of what we watched/checked out/discovered.

This was amazing - I learned so much!



All Soul's Day [Dia de los Muertos]:

HERE is a quick recipe for Soul Cakes

Pray for Us November candy/treat bags:  From THIS blog.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Enchiladas with Sour Cream/Green Chili Sauce

What's Cookin'?

 Sour Cream Enchiladas

I used the filling left over from THESE chimichangas to fill the enchiladas.  THIS link was my inspiration.  Below is how I made the sauce.

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons butter
1/3 C diced red onions (optional)
1/4 C flour
8 oz organic chicken broth
1/2 jar Herdez green chili sauce
8 oz Sour cream

Directions:

1. Melt the butter and cook the onions until slightly tender. 
2. Add the flour.  Stir constantly until the butter is absorbed into the flour. 
3. Slowly add the broth, stirring constantly, and then slowly add the green chili sauce. 
4. Cook, still stirring constantly, until it reaches a slow boil and continue 1 more minute. 
5. Remove from the heat and add in the sour cream. 
6. Cover the enchiladas with this sauce.  Top with grated cheese - I used 2 handfuls... Maybe 3/4 cup?
7. Baked at 350F for 20 minutes.  Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.

 
PS:  Even my mom liked it!  Enjoy!