February 22, 2017

Splicing Mitosis Into Bob Dylan–Week 18 by Derek Massey

Every week one student in our class gets to sit out the super quiz and write the weekly update.  This week’s update was done by 8th grader Derek Massey.  Thanks, Derek!

This week in Mr. Houck’s class we started off the week by being assigned three new projects. First of all the books that we were assigned to read over winter break we now need to create a presentation that will convince the class to read that book. After that we also have to interview one of our relatives or friends who has or had a disorder or disease. This project was assigned due to the health unit we are doing. Finally, at the beginning of the week we were assigned poems on how something in our lives has taught us lessons. For example, food, riding a bike, and perhaps cooking—you were able to choose anything you like. We finished the poem on Thursday and shared them with the class.

Some of the other things we did this week were work on cells, which will lead into body systems and so forth. The main thing while studying cell division was the six stages of mitosis. After leaning about those subjects on Monday, and part of Tuesday, we went into mitosis groups with our table group and had to create a poster on how our stage worked. In my opinion it helped me lean the six stages a lot easier than watching a video. The reason for that is because the language was a bit easier to follow. Also as with every week we did vocabulary. We had eleven words and those were, luxuriate, bureau, decrepit, parched, crimp, parcel, shorn, scrutiny, tepid, tuft, and splice.

As I’m sure you can see we were busy as always and didn’t let the end of winter break get in our way. In the next couple weeks we will continue human body systems as well as other fun projects here and there.

Lucas Houck About Lucas Houck

Mr. Houck teaches in the middle school. He thinks it's the greatest place to be. Born and raised in Oregon, he enjoys camping, fishing, soccer and good food. He loves his wife, his pets, his work, and his friends!