From class discussion today – WoW 6th Graders rock!


In response to portions of an article we read today from Quanta Magazine: Cells Talk and Help One Another via Tiny Tube Networks 2018;

From class discussion :

Why would it be helpful for a cell or group of cells to help another cell?

  • Keeps cells alive by splitting amount of protein each gets
  • If cells help each other, sick cell would not die
  • If one cell is sick, cure it, so disease doesn’t spread
  • Cells work as team, everyone participate; if one is sick, it can’t do its job
  • Keeps neighboring cells alive

What is the possible negative side to these tiny nanotubes (tnt)?

  • TNT connects sick to healthy, so disease could spread
  • Could take from healthy cells items they need; resulting “helping” cell getting sick or dying
  • Healthy cell loses and sick cell still might die
  • Some cells might stop working

Cell Project Links – Project due date extended to May 21

Please see instructions sent home with students today (04/18) and or refer to Google Classroom

Note check due 04/23 & 24 (21 – 30 points) 1 pt. each

100 points for project

Late Work Snowball Effect

Any work from March must be turned in no later than Monday to receive 80 possible credit max.  Otherwise, it will count as 50% work.  We have moved on to Life Science, and having kids work on Physics at this point (over a month late) doesn’t help kids learn current material.  Any questions, please email me at


Thank you for the support!

Beginning Life Science Unit

Tentative due date for Cell Project 05/08. Watch for directions and rubric next Monday.  We are testing all day the Lang. Arts. SBAC alternating half of the students on either Tuesday and Wednesday; kids will be building and flying kites on their off test day during the math portion (incorporating a bit of math and science).  Materials were delayed in transit.

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