Story by Janie Bartling
What does the genotype bb mean? Blue eyes!
Eighth grade science students are learning about Punnett Squares and genetics. Abby Ingersoll, eighth grade, described the Punnett Square as a chart that uses the traits of two different things to determine the possible genetics of their offspring. The results of the Punnett Squares can show the possible hair colors, eye colors, nose shapes, and more, of the offspring.
One way the students learned about this topic was by creating an image of a person using Punnett Squares and their knowledge about genetics. Addison Joyce, eighth grade, said they found the traits of their person by flipping a coin with one red and one yellow side. Each side represented a dominant or recessive trait of their person. They then put this information together to find what the skin or eye color might look like.
Many students enjoyed this activity. “I really liked this activity because I liked the coloring because we don’t get to do that very often,”Ingersoll stated. Joyce agreed with Ingersoll by saying. “The coloring was fun because it was a nice break from notes and we learned a lot in a hands on way.”
Another aspect of the project students liked was the surprise of what their drawings were going to look like when they finished, and how they got creative freedom on some of the traits they were drawing.
“My person has yellow skin and long hair. It’s a boy and the eyes are red. I really enjoyed finally seeing what my person looked like when all the traits were put together because I had no idea what it would look like until the end,” Joyce said.
Ingersoll said, “My favorite part of the project was getting to choose my hair color. The hair color was not one of the assigned traits, so I got to choose whatever colors I wanted.”
This activity was not only enjoyable, but it was very informative and taught students a lot. Siri Surapaneni said, “The reason we made these drawings was to provide a fun way to learn first hand about genetics. I think I learned more from this than taking notes.”
After doing this activity, students were able to take their knowledge about genetics and apply it to their Shark Tank Projects.
“I was able to use Punnett Squares in my Shark Tank Presentation to find the traits of the offspring of two different species. The drawing activity was really effective because I was able to find the traits of something that’s not even genetically possible, which was really cool,” Siri Surapaneni said.
seventh grade language arts students create christmas window for conner prairie based on "The Christmas carol"
Story by Keshav Singh
The die is thrown, time seems to slow down as the students hope their luck has given them a good outcome. The die stumbles until it finally shows its number. The students cheer as they have been blessed with a good outcome.
Sixth grade is currently learning about how contact between different cultures caused change and navigating oceans in the 1400’s through the Explorer simulation. This simulation is about running a ship in the 1400’s.
Aryan Acharya, sixth grade, said he enjoyed the simulation. “(It) was a fun story way to learn about the topic,” Acharya said. The simulation helped them learn about how real ships would have functioned in this time period, he said.
Tobias Tilley, another sixth grader who participated in the explorer simulation, also enjoyed the activity.
“The explorer simulation was a good way to keep us engaged on the topic while still learning it,” Tilley said. He also thought that simulations were a better way to learn the topics in class because “simulations help me remember the information a bit better than learning it through a textbook," he said.
“The simulation immerses them in the topic of exploration," Mr. Patrick Anderson, social studies teacher, said. He said he's been using this simulation for five years. Although the simulation does gave some downfalls, as sometimes students get too focused on the game aspect of the simulation
So, as the students continued to roll the dice, finding their fate, they learned about the grueling life of an explorer, and how contact between cultures creates change, while sailing the imaginary seas in room 608.
Story by Maddi Eppink
You know the Make-A-Wish fundraiser is in full swing in October when you see students walking around the school with blue mouths.
Sixth graders on Team Avengers were out at lunch selling the star lollipops for Make-A-Wish, allowing students to help raise money for a good cause while enjoying sugary treats. Mrs. Kelly Spiedel, sixth grade science teacher, said that they have been taking part in this fundraiser for about five years now. The sales usually take place during October.
Naaman Duckworth, whose favorite flavor of sucker is watermelon, said he enjoys giving back to people because he really likes to help with certain things like foundations. “I would definitely consider doing it (again) because giving back to the community and helping people is good,” he said.
Spencer Sell, whose favorite flavor of sucker is bubble gum, also said that giving back to people is good. “I enjoy giving back to people because some are not as fortunate as us,” he said.
Not only do students raise money for Make-a-Wish in school, there are also a few students who go the extra mile and raise money for the foundation outside of school. Lydia Crist, whose current favorite flavor of sucker is blue raspberry, said that she used to sell lemonade and donate the money to Make-a-Wish.
After interviewing many sixth graders, the Make-a-Wish star lollipops have a favorite flavor. The most popular flavor was blue raspberry, with a very close second of watermelon. Blue raspberry sold out very quickly because it was a popular choice in both seventh and eighth grade.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.