Dumb question

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  1. becky

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    Is there chloroplast in animal cells??

    Everything I'm finding online- diagrams, etc, don't show that.
     
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    Chloroplasts are not in animal cells. Typically, the organelle is found only in plant cells.
     
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    I didn't think so.
    My daughter's science teacher is having her make a model of an animal cell. Some of the other kids are, as well. He told them it must contain chloroplast. One of the kids questioned that and he insisted it had to have chloroplast.:rolleyes:

    I homeschooled my daughter up till this school year, Glen. Days like this, I really question my choice to send her to school.
     
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    Wait, the science teacher said to include chloroplast in the animal cell? Errr, doesn't the teacher understand what the chloroplast is and what it does?
     
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    The chloroplast is the organelle that's primarily responsible for photosynthesis. Unless her teacher has recently discovered an animal capable of photosynthesis, I would definitely call him out on his mistake.
     
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    Chloroplast is what gives plants their green color and it absorbs sunlight to let the plant perform photosynthesis, so yeah... there's definitely no chloroplast in any animal cells!
     
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    I did recently hear about a sea slug that can use chloroplasts from the algae that it eats to do photosynthesis on its own. I doubt that's what the teacher has in mind, though.
     
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    Is it possible there was a breakdown in communication when giving the directions or it it written in the assignment?
     
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    Email the teacher and ask.
     
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    Asking us to confirm is very much not a dumb question, becky.

    What's dumb is that the question has had to cross your mind.

    The ability to photosynthesize (which is what chloroplasts 'green forms' are for) is precisely what sets plants apart from all the other life forms. Lack of that ability is precisely why fungi (yeasts and mushrooms) got drop-kicked out of the plant kingdom and into their own kingdom.
     
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    I thought he might have said 'cytoplasm'. Jeannie said no, he said 'chloroplast'.
     
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    This teacher doesn't answer emails, czacza. I go right to the lead teacher now.
     
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    Yeah, you need it in writing. Send a note to him tomorrow asking for clarification.
     
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    I felt dumb for asking because I already knew the answer. I did wonder if I was forgetting something. After all, I am retired now, TG.;)
     
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    It won't get answered, unfortunately.
    That's cool, though; conferences are coming..:cool:
     
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    And Becky, I think it is a big problem if she doesn't have written directions for this assignment. I think that would be what would make me the maddest . . . that a simple assignment has created a problem because the assignment wasn't clearly defined by the teacher. UUUGGGGHHHH
     
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    Good point!
     
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    Yeah, I have NEVER sent home an assignment that didn't come with written directions. It doesn't' matter what age your students are, people forget things. Period.
     
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    :confused: right because every student would clearly be able to remember if the teacher said either "cytoplasm" or "chloroplast" :mad:

    Again, sorry you and J are dealing with this . . . again what could have been an enjoyable learning hands-on learning experience made difficult for lack of clear explanation :mad:
     
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    I would have her make her model as it should be. Let him hang himself if and when he takes points off.
     
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    It is HUGELY aggravating! As I type, I don't think written directions are ever sent home by any of her teachers. Sometimes directions are to be copied off the board in science. I HATE not knowing exactly what's expected, and I wish they'd even break down how points are earned on an assignment. I believe Jeannie needs to see that, kwim, because I still push her to do her very best on everything she turns in.
     
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    On a lighter note, you all know I get my teaching fix helping with this stuff, right? :wub:
     
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    The thing that gets me is, she believes she will get a bad grade now, because she didn't add the chloroplast!
     
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    None of my kids teachers have ever sent home written instructions past elementary school.
     
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    It may be a matter of limited paper resources; I've read here time and again of people having copy and/or Xerox limits.

    It's not possible that he said (or meant to say) "Plant cell"? Instead of you emailing, why not have Jeanne ask for clarification?
     
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    Yeah, I've seen that, too. I'd donate copy paper to have requirements in front of me, Alice!

    I don't see Jeannie asking for clarification. She recently had an assignment where she was unsure of something, and wouldn't go to the teacher for fear of looking stupid. I could not make her see the teacher would be impressed that she was trying to get it all right. I ended up emailing the teacher.
     
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    And I'm the biggest forgetter!:lol:

    To have directions in front of me would help in so many ways. I'd know exactly what's expected of her, I'd know where to encourage her to do more, and it would even make it easier to look for resources.
     
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    I do get the issue of saving paper. So, then have the directions posted on your website or send out a mass email. There should be no excuses. Even in college our assignments were written out for us, either as a handout, on a teacher's website, or on blackboard.
     
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    Honestly, I wouldn't choose to email. I would nudge her out of her comfort zone, even if it was after school, one on one.
     
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    I know they are trying to instill responsibility in the kids, but I'd still like that extra layer of comfort a handout of some sort would provide.
     
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    I feel the same way Becky. I don't push it but it would be helpful.
     
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    See, I get that. It's just I know I have a REALLY bad memory. And with other responsibilities and homework, I don't get how we can expect kids to remember all the details of a project. Now, if it was your regular old homework assignment where you read such and such pages and then answer the questions, or something simple like that, then yes, they need to write that down in their agenda. But when it comes to more in depth projects, then those are the ones that we need to send home (or post online) the instructions/guidelines. I don't see anything wrong with that. In this aspect, it's not about responsibilities but going over what the assignment is about and what is required of you, etc.
     
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    It really is a good point. Even college gives you that kind of stuff.
     
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    Something else more Jeannie-specific, and I'm not using this as an excuse, but she's not used to all the classroom noises and commotion. Getting caught up in that takes her focus from notes on the board, for example, to whatever is being said by the kid that has everyone's attention.
     
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    Yeah, I'm not in anyone's face over it, either. Hopefully, between what she remembers and how I encourage her here, she'll always do well on whatever.
     
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    So how did things pan out?
     
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    She turned it in, so we'll see.

    Her dad and I were there today for T-giving dinner, and I saw just how much she likes that school and the teachers. She absolutely glowed when her history teacher told us his opinion of her!

    I glowed when she got to leave with us. I didn't realize how much I still miss her being home.:wub:
     

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