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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 1 – Dabbling with DNA, Dr. O (Rising 3rd and 4th)

Posted by on Monday, June 11, 2018 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

Welcome to Dabbling with DNA!

Hello parents and students! We had a great first day!

We learned all about microbiology and what it means to be a scientist! We lectured on the three main types of microorganisms; fungi, bacteria and viruses and how some are good and some are bad. You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them!

After lunch we headed to the computer lab and calculated our very own research data from several physical traits. (cleft chin, widow’s peak and dimples) We made bar graphs and calculated the number of students with and without these features….to be continued later this week.

Microscopes were definitely the highlight of the day. Students got to see grass, leaves, bark, and whatever else they could find to see life on a microscopic level. Students also got to visualize Euglena, single celled organisms, aka “worm thingys” swimming  like tiny termites at 400X the normal eyesight.

Since cells are the building blocks of life, we learned all about them including the organelles inside. Don’t be surprised if your student call you a nucleus! It is a complement! The nucleus is the control center of the cell and decides how all other components function. It is where the DNA is stored.

Check out the cool cells your students made!

And find your photo below taken from the group  microscopic outdoor exploration!

See everyone tomorrow!

Get some rest!

-Dr. O