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  1. 1. . . . Ms. Hughley's Herald Using the City as a Classroom March 2006 Volume 1, Issue 3 By A.M. Hughley Biology students kicked off the DNA unit with visits to the Koshland Inside this Issue Science Museum where they focused on the exhibit Putting DNA to Work. Breaking out into small groups, students NIH’s National Institute of Human 1 Using the City as a Genetics has acclaimed April 25, 2006 moved through DNA Overview where Classroom National DNA Day. The students are they learned the percent of DNA currently studying Chapter 11 of their homology between humans and fruit texts which focuses on DNA and Genes. 1 Their work is being displayed outside of Reading Across the flies, mice, yeast, and chimpanzees. Room 105 until the end of the week of Curriculum They learned about the four molecules April 25th to commemorate the occasion. that come together to create the DNA 2 molecule. Finally, they placed the DNA research funding and science policy. Physiology & Jazz Music molecule in biological context with This I believe is a powerful lesson for related molecules such as the nucleus, us all. the gene, nucleotides, and nitrogen 2 Different Kinds of bases. I find this final exercise to be of Learning Reading Across the the utmost importance when students are studying structures smaller than they Curriculum 2 What’s Next can see. Each group moved on to the second portion of the exhibit where they By A.M. Hughley were able to become experts on one of 2 the following subjects: DNA in Tips and Tricks Since the ability to read to learn and Forensic Science, DNA in Crop then communicate what’s been learned Modification, DNA in Disease through writing documents (which others will then read) is key to every Diagnosis, or DNA and Public Health. academic discipline, students in the Students learned how DNA technology M/R 2nd and 3rd period classes were and genetic engineering affects their asked to write essays that answered one daily lives in these disciplines and of the following two questions: What is sci7teach04@earthlink.net shared it with the class. They also DNA and why is it important that School Without Walls SHS brainstormed about ways these everyone know about it? Or If you 2130 G Street, NW technologies could be applied in the were a genetics researcher, what would Washington, DC future. The museum’s Director of you study and why? Look for these essays posted outside 105 as a part of Education, Dr. Loveland was extremely our DNA Day exhibit. The best essays convincing in communication the idea were submitted to the American Society that science literacy is key to making of Human Genetics (at ashg.org) the informed decisions regarding science sponsor of the contest. .......................
  2. 2. March 2006 . Physiology & Jazz Music Miles Davis, legendary jazz . trumpeter in a piece entitled, The On Wednesday, March 8 the Physiology of Sound: A Tribute to What’s Next in Biology? Human Anatomy & the Musical Genius of Miles Davis. Physiology class Alicia Jenkins and Serena Wong STANDARDS: C1. The cell; C2. contributed to the provided wonderful narration of The molecular basis of heredity. annual SWW Black the power point while History Month Natasha Dupee ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What program with a is a cell and how does it performed an function? multimedia entertaining solo for How does the nucleus direct all power point the audience. Significant activities of the cell? contributions to the power presentation point were made by Derek In March, students began their featuring a Lancaster and Victoria Pope. Genetics unit with Chapter 11 of saxophone solo. At the the text followed by10.1, 12 and It is always a challenge to make time, students were studying 13. science fun for most people but this the nervous system so they presentation was definitely communicated the biology of Specifically focusing on the interdisciplinary. hearing by featuring the music of topics: Different Kinds of BiologyTutorial and 11.1 DNA: The Molecule of Learning Homework Help Heredity 11.2 From DNA to Protein By A.M. Hughley ~SPRING BREAK~ Several students are now required to 11.3 Genetic Changes stay after school on Tuesday through Many individuals have long Thursday to receive help on their suspected that there is more than one 10.1 Mendel’s Laws of Heredity homework. Biology tutorial is still discipline in which individuals can excel or express genius. These being held on Thursday afternoons from 12.1 Mendelian Inheritance of disciplines or intelligences, if you will 3:30 until 5:00 pm. Any students were characterized and classified in the Human Traits wishing to come to tutorial who are following manner by Howard Gardner 12.2 When Heredity Follows required to participate in homework in 1989: Musical/Rhythmic, Visual/ Different Rules help should speak to the teacher in Spatial, Bodily/Kinesthetic, 12.3 Complex Inheritance of charge of their homework location and Logical/Mathematical, Different Traits ask for permission to come down to Verbal/Linguistic, Interpersonal/Social, and Introspective. tutorial in room 105. I may also be Often, I try to integrate any number Anatomy & Physiology available to answer questions on of these disciplines to maximize the Tuesday and Wednesday as late as number of students I reach with any 4:30pm but students should ask me STANDARDS: C5. Matter, given lesson. The T/F 2nd period class before the school day ends what time I energy, and organization in undertook the visual/spatial project of living systems. am leaving that afternoon. creating a timeline of the key discoveries that lead to understanding During the 4th Advisory students the molecular structure of DNA. This Tips and Tricks are working in groups and then activity also incorporated the National individually to study one organ Science Standards: G1. Science as a This month I want to introduce system of the body more in depth human endeavor and G3. Historical another tool that educators are and present what they learn to perspective. In addition to documenting encouraged to employ when classmates. Their understanding the contributions of James Watson and teaching reading across the Francis Crick, names synonymous with of the organ system will culminate curriculum: SQ3R. This acronym DNA, students also learned about the with the design and production of reminds students to combine the contributions of Linus Pauling and a health education pamphlet for a techniques of Survey, Question, Rosalind Franklin, to name a few. Look disease that affects that organ Read Actively, Recite, and Review. for the timeline on display outside of system. 2 ........................
  3. 3. MS. HUGHLEY’S HERALD NEWSLETTER Learning . . . As students sit down to read a new chapter, they should (1) flip through (Continued from Page 2) Tips and Tricks room 105. In the T/F 3rd period Biology material written in the Inside Story class in particular we undertook section, or captions describing a project employing visual/spatial and kinesthetic scientific drawings can be intelligences. The students particularly helpful, (5) finally, a planned and erected a larger- review of notes taken, chapter than-life model of the DNA objectives and section check double helix. Students first had questions can further the integration to demonstrate knowledge of of new material into students’ the molecular structure of DNA memories. and then translate each of these building blocks into a material that was inexpensive, plentiful and readily available to them. During the construction process students had to demonstrate Tutorial Sessions Proving Helpful to Students creativity and tenacity since this project, like so many science The numbers of students attending Thursday afternoon tutorial sessions has and engineering ventures was increased steadily since the beginning of January. Many students find the straight challenged by limited time and forward lecture style more accessible than the Socratic Method used during regular resources. After reworking their original plan slightly, a classes. Generally we begin with a series of questions that students should be able final structure was erected. to answer from memory (although they usually seek assistance from the book.) May I assert, the final lesson we Students put answers on the board. I then discuss the related concepts in as much should have learned is that detail as possible for the following hour correcting any erroneous answers as I go nature is far better than humans along. Remember Biology Tutorials are Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm. at creating a structure with regularly duplicating helical angles on two macromolecules running anti-parallel and intertwined with one another. 3 ........... An update on the happenings in the classroom.
  4. 4. March 2006 School Without Walls BULK RATE 2130 G Street, NW US POSTAGE Washington, DC 20037 PAID CITY, STATE PERMIT NO. 000 ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED 4 ........................