Friday 4/21/17– Other disruptions to the food web. Examples: Crown of thorns becoming too efficient (predator) and Sea Stars/Starfish of the west coast getting Starfish Wasting Disease. Environmental pressures indirectly changing food web/energy pyramids.
Extension available: Ext#16 keystone species
Thursday 4/20/17- Sea Otters, Urchins and Kelp Forests of the West Coat.
Using historical population data to show the interconnectedness of species within a food web.
Which island can sustain more people- and island where the people eat only or an island where people eat plants and animals?
Food Chain Energy Transfer practice
HW #28- Food Chain HW HW28FoodChainMath2017
Monday 4/17/17– Pass Back Tests (homeostasis)
Chicken and Cornflakes scenario: If you were trapped on a desert island which would sustain you the longest? (You have 4 chickens and a case of corn flakes) Water is not an issue
Friday 4/14/17- Day 3 of photosynthesis lab-
HW #27 due
Thursday 4/13/17- Day 2 of photosynthesis lab- draw results for all 4 test tubes. Describe what is happening in all 4 test tubes. Use photosynthesis and respiration in your descriptions.
Tuesday 4/11/17 – Day 1 of photosynthesis lab
Set up plants in test tubes A and C. Lab1PsynthDay12017
Monday 4/10/17– Review of all biology concepts so far and how they will relate to our next unit. HW #27B available in file folders in room 133
Friday 3/31/17- Homeostasis test
Study guide due today
Thursday 3/30/17- Nervous system Olympics – fun demonstration/games involving specific parts of the brain
Tuesday 3/28/17– Nervous System preview for Nervous System Olympics
Monday 3/27/17– Start study guide for homeostasis unit
Review of respiration equation- chemistry behind using food to make ATP
In class review:HW25CellularRespiration (not actually homework)
Homeostasis feedback loops- negative and positive feedback loops.
Examples: first 5 min of http://www.bozemanscience.com/ap-homeostasis-review
Examples of behavioral vs physiological homeostasis
HW #24 due Friday HW24FeedbackLoops
Friday 3/10 Finish respiration rate lab
Extension (extra credit) due Ext14Fish
Thursday 3/9/17 Respiration Lab Lab20 Respiration Rate
Monday 3/6/17- Exercise vs HR lab (to introduce Homeostasis) Lab1HeartRateClassData2015
HW #23 due Friday HW23Heart Position
Friday 3/3/17– Scheduling day with counselors. Come prepared with your schedules ready
Thursday 3/2/17– Evolution test
Tuesday 2/28/17– Snow day! Ahhhh!
Review for the evolution test (take questions from study guide/hw)
Start video: Great Transformations
5 Evidences of Evolution (powerpoint) with practice scenarios
Finish Cytochrome C lab (finally)
Set up HW #21 (Cladograms) in class hw21cladograms due Thursday (because I don’t see you on Friday)
Thursday, February 2nd/ Friday Feb 3rd– Cytochrome C Lab. Looking at differences in amino acid sequences to determine how closely related a group of organisms are to each other. Part 1 in class today. Part 2 will be finished in class Friday.
Extra Credit opportunity: extension due Monday ext12antibioticresistance If you were sick this week and missed Tuesday, this might be a good way to learn about antibiotic resistance.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Evolution= change in allele frequency over time. Which evolves faster- a human or bacteria?
Looking at how evolution of bacteria is involved in antibiotic resistance.
Reading (in class) “The Last Days of Wonder Drugs”
Question of the day, “Why should a person always finish the entire prescription for antibiotics rather than stop taking them after he/she feels better?”
Welcome to 2nd semester!
Monday January 30, 2017
Finish Chex Lab analysis and graphs
HW #19 Polygenic traits due Friday hw19polygenicevo2016
Friday 1/13/17- HW #16B due today
Thursday 1/12/17– Groups of 8 (1 for each scientist) meet to discuss each scientist and to decide the order in which they lived (or worked).
Tuesday 1/10/17– Expert groups of 3 meet to discuss their scientist
Start Time Line of Major Scientific Ideas- Each student will begin background research on a particular scientist. They will complete the Idea Line Graphic organizer
HW #16B due Friday- Monogenic vs. Polygenic traits hw16monopolygenic
Monogenic vs. Polygenic traits
Height vs. Wingspan activity lab5wingspan
Lab books due Monday
HW #16 genetics-math-practice
due Friday 1/6/17
Unit 2 Genetics Exam
50 points, 5o problems, Multiple Choice
Wednesday 12/14 and Thursday 12/15– Review days for Genetics test on Friday. Email any questions that you have for me on Wednesday and I will have a practice problem ready to review with you in class (Thursday).
Monday 12/12/16 and Tuesday 12/13- Snow days
For those of you that are looking to start studying for Friday’s test, here is the study guide. We will have time to work on it Wednesday in class. Your homework for this week is to make a study sheet from this outline. You need to include all major topics. To qualify for test corrections (up to one third points missed can be retrieved) you must show where that topic was reviewed on your study sheet. Due Friday
In green journal or on a sheet of paper (since your journals may be at SHS). This is your only homework for the week
Friday 12/9/16– teacher workday
Thursday 12/8/16– Sex linked pedigrees (Colorblind example of the Fairbanks family)
Practice with Pedigrees including co-dominant and incompletely dominant
Sex-linked traits and Punnett Square problems
Overview of next Friday’s test: DNA, RNA, Proteins, Mitosis, Meiosis, Punnett Squares and Pedigrees. We will review each of these topics next week.
Co- dominance in Punnett Squares
including blood type practice Punnett Squares
HW #14 due Thursday (No school Friday)hw14bloodtypes-002
Notes and practice problems on co-dominance and incomplete dominance
Extension ! (extra credit) ext8geneticdiseases due Monday 12/5
Genebugs! Build bugs in class. Make up next Thursday during anchor if you missed today
More pedigree practice
Types of mutations- relationship between macroscopic (pedigrees) and microscopic (point mutations in DNA that cause disease)
Introduction to Pedigrees- notes and practice
HW #13 – due Thursday 12/1 pedigreeintro
M-W Nov 21-23rd– GATTACA the movie- the ethics of genetically engineered babies
No homework this week.
Predicting which genes and traits will be passed on from parent to offspring.
Short history of Mendelian Genetics
Introduction to Punnett Squares
HW #12- Due Thursday in class – hard copies available in class in green file folders
Finish Meiosis/Clay activity to show 4 important stages of meiosis
Question of the day: Why is it so important to have genetic variety in offspring? How does that help ensure the survival of a species?
Friday 11/11 Veterans Day- no school
Claymation activity- introduction to meiosis
Monday 11/7/16 and Tuesday 11/8/16
HW #11 hw11inheritingproteins
Activity- Cystic Fibrosis- looking at the DNA sequence of 4 patients to determine who has Cystic Fibrosis. Activity available in class
Friday 11/4/16 Teacher workday – no school
Thursday 11/3/16 Researching types of cancer activity (in class)
Work on HW #10 hw10proteinsynthesis due Monday 11/7
Cancer and the cell cycle
Causes of cancer (what we know and don’t know)
Why we cant cure cancer
HW #10 hw10proteinsynthesis due Monday 11/7
Protein folding diseases- Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell Anemia
How a change in amino acid changes the shape of a protein and therefore the ability of a protein to do its job.
Correct HW #9 in class
Finish protein folding in class
If finished, look at two different genetic diseases that are a result in a misfolded protein. Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell Anemia. Articles available in class.
Protein Folding Activity- How does the order of bases in DNA actually influence the proteins that are made during translation?
Who, What, When, Where and Why? For Transcription and Translation. Details in class.
(Who is involved in each process, what happens in each process, when does each process happen, where does it happen and why does each process happen)
Lecture: DNA transcription (using DNA to make RNA) and translation (using the code on RNA to assemble protein).
HW #9 decoding DNAhw9decodingdnag
Finish Mitosis Lab- how much time does a cell spend in each phase of mitosis?
HW #8 due today
Extension #5 extra credit due Monday in lab book (I will have your green journals)ext5crisprradiolab
Terrific Thursday 10/20/16
Cell mitosis notes and lab activity (available in class)
Tuesday 10/18/16 Finish DNA models, demonstrate DNA replication using the models
Monday 10/17/16 DNA paper models
Thursday 10/13/16- DNA extracti
on of a strawberry
Tuesday 10/11/16- The history of DNA
Monday 10/10/16- Review Unit 1 test. Test corrections due Thursday (write out question, correct answer and how your thinking has changed. Attach to test and place in “in” box) No HW this week (HW #7)
Unit 1 test in class
HW #6 due (study guide for test)
Cell Size Lab- How surface area to volume ratios affect diffusion in a cell
Start reviewing for Unit one test. Begin by highlighting unfamiliar concepts on study guide studyguideunit1rossreimers Make a review sheet using the questions/concepts from the study guide. Focus on concepts that you highlighted. This is your HW #6 due Thursday
Reading Day, take notes on:
Bill Bryson’s, “A short history of nearly everything”
Chapter 20- A small world
Extra Credit (optional) Extension # 4- Construct a model of a plant or animal cell. No journal required. ext4cellmodel
Finish Egg Lab in class.
Facilitated diffusion vs. active transport. Getting things in and out of the cell
Egg Lab Day 2
Diffusion – notes, demonstrations, dramatic interpretations 🙂
Set up Day 1 Egg lab
HW #5 due Thursday hw5movementacrossmembranes
Finish Graph and analysis for Enzyme lab. Analysis questions #1-5 .
Short reading from Bill Bryson’s “A short history of nearly everything”
Chapter on cells.
X- Country runners: See me when you get back. Have a fun trip!
Extra Credit: extension #3 entirely optional- due Monday ext3proteindiseases2016
Catalase Enzyme Lab: How temperature affects the function of catalase. Data collection in class.
Enzyme demonstration (with foam models) to introduce enzymes, active sites and substrates for Thursday’s lab
Set up Enzyme Lab (Catalase from turnips is the enzyme)
Background information and pre-lab notes in class
Finish Biomolecule lab- conclusion
HW #5 Due Thursday hw4proteins
Testing for biomolecules lab
Parent night! 6pm at SHS Usually just the parents show up but occasionally a parent requests that a student comes along (parents get lost too).
Review of biomolecule notes and big concepts
If you were absent check out this powerpoint. You should have included in your notes: the atoms that make up each biomolecule, the main jobs of that biomolecule, the monomers of that biomolecule and the polymers of that biomolecule
How are small molecules used to make large molecules? Make a polysaccharide using dehydration synthesis
How are large molecules broken into smaller molecules? Break down a polysaccharide into many glucose molecules (using hydrolysis)
Homework: hw3assemblingbiomolecules due Thursday
Score HW #2 (what is food?) in class
Finish building biomolecules
Extra Credit Opportunity: Extension #2 (complete in your yellow/lab journal by Monday)
Building biomolecules activity
Notes on major biomolecules (proteins, fats, carbohydrates and DNA/RNA)
Finish cell analogy activity (in-class activity)
Homework #2 hw2mfoodbiomolecules-3 due Thursday at beginning of class
Review Cell Lab
Pass back homework and clarify “adaptations” vs. “respond to environment”
Start discussion of jobs that every cell must perform in order to survive
Extra Credit Opportunity: Extension #1 Are Viruses Living Organisms?
Ext1Viruses Complete in your green dot journal (ignore directions for red dot) Due Tuesday
Thursday 9/1/16 Cell Lab Day
HW #1 due
Tuesday 8/30/16 Are Viruses alive? Which characteristics of living things do they show?
Write a paragraph to answer this question
Monday 8/29/16 Powerpoint/Class notes on characteristics of living things. Paper copy available in class.
Start HW #1- Characteristics of Living things. Due Thursday
Friday 8/26/16 “Is it alive?” Reviewing characteristics of living things using 7 stations.
*turn in notebooks at end of class
Thursday 8/25/16 Corn Chip Activity- focus on observations
Wednesday 8/24/16 Welcome to Biology! Today we will talk about the general set-up of this class and complete a class scavenger hunt activity.
June 23rd- 1/2 day. All classes plus anchor. Happy Summer!
June 22nd – Final for period 5. Same as June 19th
June 19th– Periods 2 and 4 “special schedule” Finals for periods 2 and 4
Final activity: 1. ID 8 native plants listed below.
2. Botany scavenger hunt: find examples of species that show different leaf types (simple vs. compound), leaf shapes (linear, oval, Spatula, lobed, spade), veination (net veins or parallel veins), leaf margins (smooth, toothed, pinnately lobed, palmately lobed) and lear arrangement (opposite, alternate, whorl), seed types, flower types
Wednesday/Thursday June 17th and 18th–
Leaf terminology/Leaf Identification cards
Native Plants to recognize:
Douglas Fir, Red Alder, Black Cottonwood, Western Red Cedar, Vine Maple, Nootka Rose, Ocean Spray, Snowberry
Tuesday June 16th periods 1-6
Pea Pod dissections/types of fruits
Monday 15th periods 1-6- Finish flower dissections
Friday June 12th– teacher workday
Thursday June 11th– Start flower dissections/ watch “sexual encounters of the floral kind”
June 10th– Biology EOC starts at 7:45am! Do not be late. Leave cell phones at home or in your locker. Periods 2,4,6
Period 2, 4, 6 start plant unit- Native/Non-native plant walk
Tuesday June 2nd- Tuesday June 9th– We will be reviewing for the biology EOC. A series of review activities will be available in class. In addition there is a very detailed review that covers content from the entire year. This is available in class (the electronic version is not included because it was formatted to make it a booklet and therefore is not computer friendly)
Wednesday May 20th– Water quality puzzle WaterQualityPuzzle
Monday/Tuesday May 18th and 19th– Finish water quality tests (especially BOD) and calculate class averages and write complete conclusion (focusing on whether or not your data makes sense based on your knowledge of each test).
**** no homework this week!!!******
Friday May 15th– Reading, “Water” book pgs 58-63. Relationship between agriculture and water quality issues starting in the late 1940’s- early 1950’s during the “green revolution”
Wednesday/Thursday May 13th and 14th– Start water quality tests for Lake Whatcom and Scudder’s Pond. Phosphate, Nitrate, Dissolved Oxygen and Biological Oxygen demand.
Monday and Tuesday May 11th and 12th- Why are all the starfish dying? Looking at starfish as a keystone species. Observe specimens with starfish wasting disease.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/mysterious-epidemic-devastates-starfish-population-pacific-coast/ (Watch this 7 minute program)
starfish Open the starfish document and complete the questions in your green journal
Wednesday/Thursday May 6th and 7th– Finish ecology terms from Tuesday.
Rabbit and Wolves Simulation with questions
Tuesday May 5th– Ecology terms. BookEcologyQs
HW #31 HW31DeerWolves
Tuesday April 14th– Respiration and Photosynthesis as part of homeostasis. Sticky note activity and building respiration and photosynthesis equation out of molecules
HW 28 HW28Review due Friday
Monday April 13th– “Cornflakes and Chickens” respiration review as a part of homeostasis
Wednesday- Friday April 1st- 3rd– Nervous System Olympics
Lab7NSolympics2013 due Friday April 3rd.
Monday March 30th/Tuesday March 31st Ted Talk “Teen Brains”
How neurons communicate- sketch, color, read, paraphrase
How neuron communication can be disrupted.
Growth mindset vs. fixed mindset- why resilience is so important
HW #27 HW27BrainGrowth due Friday (turn in earlier if you will miss a day)
Friday March 27th– Non -fiction reading day on development of teenage brains, research on drug use and developing brains.
HW #26 due
Thursday March 26th– Stages of brain development and dendrite pruning
Wednesday March 25th– Anatomy of a neuron, types of neurons, communication between neurons. Text rdg/discussion/questions
Tuesday March 24th– Video, “Influenza” and “Calling the Shots” about how the immune system works
HW #26 due Friday HW26IQEducation
Tuesday March 17th– quiz on homeostasis and the respiratory system
Start notes on specific and non- specific defenses of the immune system.
HW #25 due Friday HW25ImmuneSysOverview
Monday March 16th– Patient Zero activity
Friday March 13th– purple Friday (teacher workday)
Tuesday March 10th–Thursday March 12th– Osmosis/Diffusion Lab Lab5DiffusionMembrane2014
Monday March 9th- Homeostasis content day. Pages 200-201 in biocomm book. How negative feedback loops are used to maintain homeostasis. HW #24 handed out HW24FeedbackLoops (due Block day due to purple Friday)
Tuesday March 3rd- Friday March 6th– Lab- “How temperature affects breathing rate of fish” Lab2Respiration2015
HW #23 due Friday- HW23CirculatoryStructure
Monday March 2nd– Goldfish circulation day- look at the blood vessels of a living goldfish under the microscope. (Goldfish is wrapped in wet cottonball and on a petri dish with water) Return to tank after observations
Friday Feb 27th– . Correct HW 22 in class
3 adaptations to living at high altitude (I read the article and we discussed the differences in how people in Africa, Asia and South American highlands adapt to deal with low oxygen levels in high altitude)
Extension – due Monday in orange journal Ext13HeartAttack
Wednesday/Thursday 25th and 26th– Exercise and Breathing activity- data collection and analysis. Lab2Respiration2015
Tuesday Feb 24th– Biology Teacher planning day. Movie, “Great Transformations” with Cornell notes.
HW #22 handed out. Due Friday HW22Heart Position
Monday Feb 23rd- Finish Exercise and Heart rate activity. Make 2 graphs. (see data section of Lab). Complete conclusion questions 1-3.
Friday Feb 20th- Introduction to Homeostasis (or dynamic equilibrium)
Exercise and Heart rate activity Part 1- data in orange notebook
HW #21 due
Wednesday/Thursday Feb 11th and 12th-
HW #20 due
Monday Feb 9th- Polygenic evolution graphing problems PolygenicEvoWS2013
HW # 20 (sorry the handout says hw 18) due on block day- HW20PolygenicEvo2014
Friday Feb 6th- HW #19 due in class
Wonder drugs WonderDrugs Antibiotic resistant bacteria
Wednesday/Thursday Feb 4th and 5th– The Chex Turtles Frequency Lab
Tuesday Feb 3rd- Isolation and Speciation
Types of reproductive isolation (geographical, temporal, behavioral)
HW #19- due Friday 2/6 HW19NaturalSelection
Monday Feb 2nd- Types of Selection (directional, stabilizing and disruptive)
Friday Jan 30th– grading day for teachers. End of semester 1
Wednesday/Thursday Jan 28th and 29th– Finals
Monday and Tuesday Jan 26th and 27th- Study days for final. I will answer questions and study guide and help you make your one page study guide for final
Friday Jan 23rd- Correct HW #17 These questions are similar to those on the EOC for biology. The EOC will be taken in mid- May and is a graduation requirement. The final for biology will include questions similar to those on HW 17. The final will also include some questions on evolution. Be familiar with the 3 things necessary for evolution to occur (Variation within a population from mutation/gene shuffling, more offspring born than can survive……) Check out the first couple of slides from this powerpoint. Natural Selection Quick Check
There will also be a few review questions from the cell unit and the genetics unit. Review your test corrections from cell unit and genetics unit (green journal) . Review class notes and mark any topics that may need further review. You may email questions to me or ask in class (email@example.com)
Wednesday/Thursday Jan 21st and 22nd – Human Ancestors Lab
Tuesday Jan 20th- Section 16-1 in Dragon Fly text (available in class) Lesson on taking cornell notes. Short video clip from Howard Hughes Medical Institute. “Making of the Fittest” part 1 Natural Selection and adaptation, and part 3 “Natural Selection in Humans”
HW #17 due Friday (Scientific Method Review) HW17Review
Monday Jan 19th– MLK day No School
Friday Jan 16th– Scientist group presentations, self evaluation
Extenstion #9 NSEA work party Monday 9-12. Signature sheets handed out in class.
Wednesday/Thursday Jan 14th and 15th– Work in a group with the 7 other scientists. Present information about your scientists key ideas to other members in the group. They will write this on a colored post it note. Arrange all of these notes in your green journal. Start making a timeline (on a piece of poster paper) that puts your scientists in chronological order, using your post its as evidence to defend your choices.
Tuesday Jan 13th– Expert groups. Get in a group with other like scientists and complete “expert group” questions
HW #16 HW16GenesInPopulations
Monday Jan 12th– Start Idea Line
Scientists contributing to the idea of evolution. Read article about your scientist and take notes in your journal.
Friday Jan 9th– Bill Bryson’s, “A short history of nearly everything” Chapter 25, “Darwin’s singlular notion” Work in a small group using reading guide or read individually and take Cornell notes.
Homework #15 due Test corrections due
Extension #8 due Monday (extra credit) Ext8Mutation&Variation
Wed/Thur January 7th and 8th– Meiosis Clay Lab- build 4 key stages of meiosis using clay. Sketch each phase and describe each in your lab journal
Tuesday January 6th– look at sources of variation within a population.
Look at University of Utah’s genetics page for a summary http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/variation/sources/
HW #14 HW14KlinefelterDown
Monday January 5th– Height vs. Wingspan activity. Look at two types of variation. Continuous vs. discontinuous variation. Graph class wingspan
Wednesday/Thursday Dec 17th and 18th– Genetics test
You may use one 8/5 X 11 sheet of paper (front and back) This will be turned in with your name on it for homework credit (HW #15)
Monday Dec 15th- Start reviewing for Genetics test on Block Day
Make a study guide using one 8.5 X 11 piece of paper (front and back)
Wednesday/Thursday Dec 10, 11th– correct HW #14 in class
Cell Cycle and stages of mitosis activity in orange journal Lab6StagesOfMitosis
Tuesday Dec 9th– the cell cycle including 3 parts of interphase (G1, S, G2) and mitosis (prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase, cytokinesis). When do cells divide? Do all cells divide? Why do some cells need to divide a lot?
HW #14 due block day (because Friday you have no school) HW14MitosisCellCycle
Monday Dec 8th– Short videos/discussion of Cancer and the Cell Cycle
Friday Dec 5th- Cancer Warrier Video
Extension: Ext9Cancer due Monday in orange journal
Wed/Thursday December 3rd/4th Karyotyping activity
Tuesday Dec 2nd– Introduce co-dominance and incomplete dominance. Use blood typing as an example of co-dominance with multiple alleles
HW #13 due Friday HW13BloodTyping
Monday Dec 1st- Use wall mural to describe the processes of transcription and translation. Re-visit key ideas from CF activity and discuss “big ideas” from conclusion section.
Wednesday November 26th– half day, early release. Wall mural- DNA to RNA to protein using paper models
Tuesday November 25th– finish CF activity from Monday.
Monday November 24th– Finish protein folding activity and start Cystic Fibrosis activity (a disease caused by a small change in the DNA that codes for one specific protein). This will tie in protein folding to genetics. Lab5CysticFibroShort
Thursday/Friday Nov 20th and 21st (block days with BJTAC shopping schedule)- How amino acids fold into proteins. ProteinFoldingActivity
Wednesday Nov 19th– Review of Punnett squares, transcription and translation. Choose which topic you need to review and complete activity at that station. Transcription and Translation
Tuesday Nov 18th– Genetics Punnett square review, codon wheel and genetic mutations (harmful and helpful)
HW #12 Decoding DNA due block day (Thursday for periods 2.4, 6 and Friday for periods 1,3 and 5). HW11DecodingDNAG
Monday Nov 17th– Finish Pineapple enzyme lab and explored University of Utah’s genetics interactive website to practice transcription and translation. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/molecules/transcribe/
Wed/Thurday November 12th and 13th– block days. Pineapple Enzyme Lab. The enzyme “Bromelein” found in pineapple is made of a protein (a long string of amino acids put together in a very specific order by the ribosomes. The code for the order and number of amino acids if found in the messenger RNA). Enzymes speed up the building up or breaking down of molecules. We will look at how temperature affects the ability of Bromelein to break down gelatin.
Tuesday November 11th Veteran’s Day
Monday November 10th Use your DNA, RNA and amino acid models to show the processes of transcription and translation.
Homework #11 HW#11_TranscriptionTranslation Read and Color
Wed/Thur/Friday November 5-7 build paper models of DNA, RNA and amino acids. Introduce ideas of transcription (DNA used as a template to make RNA) and translation (RNA’s code being “read” by a ribosome so that the correct number/order of amino acids join together to form a protein)
Tuesday Nov 4th– Dihybrid crosses
Monday Nov 3rd– Extraction of Strawberry DNA
Friday Oct 31st- Non-fiction reading day. Bill Bryson’s, “A short history of nearly everything.”
Wednesday/Thursday Oct 29th/30th– Introduction to Pedigrees
Pedigree lab activity- interpreting pedigrees
Tuesday Oct 28th– Finish Genebug conclusions.
Discussion questions, What is a gene? Why its so unlikely to have parents produce two identical siblings from different eggs
HW #9 HW9PunnettSqs2013 Due Friday
Monday Oct 27th– Genebugs- using punnett squares to determine genotype and phenotype of 8 traits.
Friday Oct 24th– Non-fiction reading day. Brave New Babies- article about gender selection of babies.
Wednesday/Thursday Oct 22nd/23rd– Probability and Genetics penny flipping lab
Tuesday Oct 21st– Post Gattaca discussion
HW #8 Who am I due Friday Oct 24th HW6WhoAmI
Friday Oct 17th– Start genetics unit by watching GATTACA in class.
Thursday Oct 16th– Cells test in class. You may use yellow notes sheet.
Tuesday Oct 14th– Review for test and make study guide
Monday Oct 13th– Review of transport across membranes including: active transport, facilitated diffusion, osmosis, and diffusion.
Homework #7 Study guide for test. Complete this study guide (in any format) on the yellow sheet of paper given. This yellow sheet may be used on Thursday’s test. You will be given 10 points for a complete study guide. CellsExamReview2014
Friday Oct 10th– No school
Wednesday/Thursday Oct 8th and 9th– “Why are cells so darn tiny” Lab on diffusion rates and surface area to volume ratios. We will finish the conclusion for this on Monday.
Homework #6 due
Tuesday Oct 7th- Discussion, video, and notes on Active and Passive transport and Facilitated diffusion. Labwork looking at elodea in salt water and elodea in fresh water
HW #6 HW6OsmosisDiffusionProbs
Monday Oct 6th– Textbook reading on chapter 7 cells. Cornell like notes on organelles
Friday Oct 3rd– Bill Bryson reading on cells. Cells chapter from, “A short history of nearly everything”
Wednesday/Thursday Oct 1st and 2nd– Enzyme Lab-
Tuesday Sept 30th– Enzyme models activity to demonstrate building big molecules out of small molecules and breaking down big molecules into smaller molecules
HW #5 HW#5 Enzymes due Friday in green journal
Monday Sept 29th– Intro to Enzymes with guided notes, intro video and 4 corners vocabulary exercise.
Friday Sept 26th– Bill Bryson chapter “Small world” close reading activity
Wednesday/Thursday Sept 24th/25th- Lab- testing for biomolecules
Tuesday Sept 23rd- We demonstrated respiration today using molecules (opposite of photosynthesis).
4 biomolecules (notes) Fats, Carbohydrates, Proteins and DNA (notes available in class). We tied these to organelles that they are associated with.
HW #4 Due Friday in Green Journal HW4Biomolecules2014
Monday Sept 22nd
Molecular Modeling. We were chloroplasts today and demonstrated photosynthesis. We built 6 Carbon Dioxides and 6 Waters at our table. After the sun hit our table (had the energy to break bonds between C,H, and O) we made glucose (C6H12O6) and 6 Oxygen molecules (6 O2).
Class notes available
Friday Sept 19th-
Grade and turn in HW #3 (exponential growth)
Finish data and conclusion from egg lab in class. (Questions 1-3 are required. Answer additional questions if you have time).
Extra credit: Extention #1- 5 points extra credit in lab journal due Monday Ext1Ebola
Wed/Thurs Sept 17th and 18th– Block days.
Egg lab- continue from last block day
Tuesday Sept 16th- Continue working with the microscope. Choose 2-4 stations and prepare a slide. Stations include: pear, snakeskin, elodea, amoeba, celery cross-section, thread, cork.
HW #3 due Friday in green journal. HW3ExponentialGrowth2014
Monday Sept 15th– Microscope review day. Working with the microscope in-class activity
Friday Sept 12th- Teacher workday
Thursday Sept 11th– Block day Period 2, 4, and 6
HW #2 due for periods 2, 4, and 6
Manipulated Variable, Responding Variables, Hypotheses, experimental questions
Start set up for egg lab
Wednesday Sept 10th- Block day. Periods 1, 3, and 5.
HW #2 due for periods 1, 3, 5
Manipulated Variable, Responding Variables, Hypotheses, experimental questions
Start set up for egg lab
Don’t forget to send your parents to parent night!
Tuesday Sept 9th– HW #2 handed out. This homework is due on block day (Wednesday for period 1,3, 5 and Thursday for periods 2,4, 6. HW1HeLaCellsHW2014 Homework is completed in the green dot journal. Write all responses in the journal.
In class: Are viruses alive? Are bacteria alive? Which characteristics of living things do they have? Keep working on cell analogy assignment.
Monday Sept 8th- Cell pre-test in class
Start cell analogy activity in class
Friday Sept 5th- Please sign and return class syllabus. Finish in class assignment (think of an experimental question and describe how you would set up that experiment using the scientific method). If you are having trouble with this please do not spend more than 30 minutes on it. This is an informal activity that will help me plan the next unit. I would like to see how much experience students have with the scientific method.
On the class syllabus please note that you will only need 2 composition notebooks for my class this year. The syllabus says to bring three but we will only be using two.
Tuesday Sept 2nd– Welcome Back! Today we will be starting some team building activities. Please get 2 composition notebooks (available at the student store) for tomorrow. Periods 1-6 will meet each day this week.
Monday June 16th– Finals for periods 2, 4 and 6
Our test will be on the last unit (neuroscience of addiction)
Study guide: Final Study Guide
Friday June 13th– Finals for periods 1, 3, and 5
Our test will be on the last unit (neuroscience of addiction)
Friday May 30-Thursday June 12th–
We will be studying the neuroscience of addiction using a modified curriculum from the National Institute of health. All student activities are available from the following website: http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements/nih2/addiction/activities/activities_toc.htm
Tuesday May 27th- Thursday May 29th EOC testing in class. No homework.
I will be grading your EOC materials from the last 2 weeks. This is in your red journal. Here is a scoring guide: EOC review materials 2014
Wednesday-Friday– More EOC review in class. Take a complete EOC practice test (see site listed on Tuesday’s plans. Score a sample procedure using rubric.
Tuesday May 20th- Review mitosis and meiosis in class. Start practice test.
HW #31 Plan an experiment. Practice problem from EOC review . Copy given to student in class.
See site below for complete practice test. HW came from question on page 20 of “Updates 2013 Biology EOC”
Monday May 19th– Correct Genetic Review Practice and start EOC 5 practice if time.
Friday May 16th– Genetics review day. EOC4GeneticsReview Practice Punnett Squares, transcription (DNA to RNA) and translation (RNA to protein). Check out this webstite for review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qaTtv-tkVU
More review opportunities:
Learn the basics of genetics: http//learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/tour/
Protein to DNA: http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/dna/
Extension due Monday in red journal Ext25MitosisFlipBook
Wednesday/Thursday May 14th and 15th– Introduced/Invasive species. What makes an invasive species become invasive? 4 invasive species on campus (walk campus to find Scotchbroom, English Ivy, Himilayan Blackberries) Short video clip on Cane Toads.
Tuesday May 13th– EOC Vocab Review. Make flashcards for 4 biomolecules, cell structures and ATP EOC Review Flashcards 13 total
HW #30 vocab crossword review
Monday May 12th– EOC Scientific Method Review, “How amount of carbon dioxide affects the mass of a bean plant” in class review in red journal
Friday May 9th- Turn in HW #29, finish biodiversity lab, watch video clip about biodiversity. Extension available in class (due next Friday because I forgot to hand out to period 3 and 5).
Wed/Thursday May 7th, 8th- Biodiversity Lab looking at two 1 meter by 1 meter plots in courtyard and by parking lot. Compare biodiversity and % coverage of each area.
Tuesday May 6th- Simple vs. Complex food webs and stability of an ecosystem. Reindeer on St. Matthew’s Island reading.
HW #29 Reindeer on St. Matthew’s island due Friday HW24Reindeer
Monday May 5th– Textbook reading and content on succession and carrying capacity. Worksheet, “Ecology concepts and terms” in green journal
Friday May 2nd- National Geographic Article, “Re-introducing Wolves to Yellowstone.” Red journal summarize history of wolves in Yellowstone as well as pros and cons of reintroducing them to the park.
You tube video “How Wolves change Rivers” discussion and intro to National Geographic article
HW #28 due
Wednesday/Thursday April 30,May 1st – Predator/Prey activity with coyotes and mice. Finish graph and conclusions as well
Tuesday April 29th– EOC review questions on nitrogen cycle.
HW #28 “Oh Deer” due Friday. HW28DeerWolves
Monday April 28th– Nitrogen cycle background information. Word through nitrogen cycles 1 and 2.
Friday April 25th– Movie, “Meat Eaters” Notes in red journal
Tuesday April 22nd– Add numbers to Carbon Cycle. Carbon cannot be created or destroyed but it can change locations. Human’s role in increasing Carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide) in atmosphere and hydrosphere. Negative effects of increased carbon dioxide in atmosphere and ocean acidification (due to increased dissolved carbon dioxide in ocean/hydrophere).
HW #27 due Friday in green journal HW27PhotResp2014
Monday April 21st– Carbon cycle introduction. Class notes and discussion. Sketch carbon through atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Discuss human’s role in changing where Carbon is stored.
Friday April 18th– Non-fiction reading day “Silent Spring” pages 42-49 on bioaccumulation. Cornell notes
Wednesday/Thursday April 16th/17th– Bioaccumulation lab in class. Simulation of accumulating toxic particles through a food web of grasshoppers, frogs and hawks.
Tuesday April 15th– Short lecture on ratios of reactants and products in photosynthesis and respiration equations. In class practice problems. HW #26 due Friday in green journal. HW26PhotoResp2014
I will be grading lab journals on Wednesday afternoon!! Please turn them in the class bin by Wednesday!
Monday April 14th– Part 3 Photosynthesis lab- complete data and final conclusion. Restate each hypothesis and whether or not your actual results agreed with it. Do your results make sense? Use the photosynthesis or respiration equation in your answer.
Friday April 11th– Part 2 Photosynthesis/Resp lab
Wednesday/Thursday April 9th and 10th- Start photosynthesis/Respiration lab with Elodea. Set up part 1. Complete group activity on current knowledge of photosyn/resp.
Tuesday April 8th– Test day. Study guide due. No additional homework this week 🙂 Check your grade on skyward. My quarter grades are due tomorrow.
Monday April 7th– Study day to finish study guide for tomorrow’s test. You may use your notes on the test.
Wednesday-Friday March 26th- March 28th– Nervous System Olympics lab in class. This lab will be kept through the Wednesday following Spring Break. If you miss any part of it you may make it up until that Wednesday.
Homework 24 due Thurs (per 2,4,5, 6) due Friday (per 1,3)
Spring Break Homework: Study Guide for Homeostasis test. Study day on Monday, April 7th. Test (with notes) BiologyStudyGuide
Monday-Tuesday March 24th, 25th– Background information on the nervous system and brain. Parts of a neuron, how neurons communicate, parts of brain (cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem, 4 lobes, thalamus, hypothalamus)
Homework #24 due Thurs/Friday HW24BrainGrowth
Friday March 21st– No School (teacher workday)
Wednesday March 19th/Thursday March 20th– short block days (55 min) Short video clip on immune system. 3rd line of defense notes. Write a paragraph or sketch a diagram that shows what happens when a pathogen enters the body. Include 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines of defense. www.bozemenscience.com Go to biology, immune system and watch short video if you missed it in class
Tuesday March 18th- HSPE testing day (30 min classes)= Textbook notes on 1st and 2nd lines of defense (text chapter 1034)
HW #23 HW23ImmuneSysOverview due Monday
Monday, March 17th– Notes on Disease Transmission. Patient Zero in class activity
Friday March 14th– Non-fiction reading day. “The Great Influenza” Chapter 8. Pre- reading notes. Cornell notes on reading.
extra credit Ext19Diffusion&Circulation
Wednesday March 12th/Thursday March 13th- Finish Diffusion Lab (dialysis tubing, iodine, starch) including all conclusion questions Lab5DiffusionMembrane
Tuesday March 11th– Review diffusion, dynamic equilibrium. Set up diffusion lab
Homework #22 Feedback loops due Friday HW19FeedbackLoops
Monday, March 10th – Notes on homeostasis and feedback loops
Friday March 7th– Making models of a heart. Include 4 chambers, direction of blood flow, levels of oxygen, where blood came from and where its going.
HW #21 due, Lab journals due
Wed/Thurs March 5th/6th– Part two of Respiration lab (warm water calculations)
Tuesday March 4th– Part one of Respiration lab. Take data on how the temperature affects the breathing rate of a goldfish. (warm water) Goldfish Circulatory System Lab
HW #21 Due Friday HW21Diabetes Please note that the electronic version has modified the notes expectation. You may take notes in any format (not necessarily using the bulls eye) . The paragraph does not need to be scored
Monday March 3rd– Circulatory system of a gold fish
Friday February 28th- Circulatory System reading in Dragon Fly book. Chapter 37 section 1. Emphasis on arteries, veins and capillaries.
Wednesday, February 26th and Thursday- finish graphs and conclusions for exercise and heart rate lab
Tuesday, February 25th – 2 hr late arrival
Get data for exercise and heart rate lab
HW #20 HW17Heart Position This is the affect of heart position on heart rate homework. Due Friday
Monday, February 24th– Snow Day
Friday February 21st– Bill Bryson Chapter 28, “A Mysterious Biped” first 7 pages of chapter and cornell notes focused on Dart and Dubois. This will include group discussion as well.
Extra credit: Ext. 16 Ext16HumanSpeciation
Wednesday/Thursday February 19th/20th Final Activity for the Evolution Unit. In class work in groups of 4. Finish at least parts one and two. EvolutionFinalActivity14
Tuesday February 18th– HW #16 Cladograms due Friday HW19Cladograms
In class work: Types of selection (stabilizing, directional, disruptive)
Friday February 14th– Finish Cytochrome C Lab. The last 7 conclusion questions will be extra credit and can be finished this weekend.
Wednesday February 12/Thursday February 13th– Cytochrome C Lab in class Cytochrome C Comparison Lab
Tuesday February 11th– Class discussion on speciation. Practice with cladograms.
Monday February 10th– Polygenic traits worksheet with graphs. In class example to use with HW #18 HW18PolygenicEvo2014 Homework due Friday
Friday February 7th– Movie, “The Ape that took over the world”
Wednesday/Thursday Feb 5th and 6th-
Tuesday, February 4th– 10 minutes to finish final data from lab. Start practice problems for HW #17 (due Friday)
Monday, February 3rd- Continue with Hardy Weinberg bean lab. Get group results for table 1 and 2.
Friday, January 31st- Non-fiction reading day. Part 2, “Darwin’s sigular notion” review, vocab, guided notes and small group discussion
Ext #13 due monday (extra credit) Extension 13 HardyWeinberg
Wednesday/Thursday January 29th/30th Hardy-Weinberg Lab: Natural Selection in Populations LabHardyWeinberg2013
Tuesday, January 28th– Handspan activity looking at continuous and non-continuous variation in populations HandSpanVariation
HW #16 Genes in Populations – due Friday HW16GeneFrequency
We will introduce this topic today but continue working on it on block day
Friday January 24th– Finals periods 1,3, 5
Thursday January 23rd– Finals periods 2,4,6
Tuesday/Wednesday January 21st, 22nd Study days for finals. You may use your red journal with notes from study guide on the final exam.
Monday- Friday Jan 13th-Friday January 17th- In class individual and group research on scientists contributing to knowledge of evolutionary ideas. By Friday each group has a poster showing a timeline of these scientists and why they put them in that order.
Friday Jan 10th– Period 3 make up exam from Dec 20th. You may use all notes and your study guide.
HW #14 due
Periods 5 and 6 Reading Day: Bill Bryson, “Darwin’s singular Idea” with notes in red journal. Period 3 will not complete this due to snow day exam make up.
Extension- Paper copy available in class. If you did not get a chance to pick one up you can get one on Monday and hand it in by Wednesday.
Wednesday/Thursday Jan 8th and 9th– Block day
Meiosis “Claymation” activity in class. Build 4 of the main stages of meiosis with clay and sketch in journal.
Monday Jan 6th/ Tuesday Jan 7th– Introduce meiosis. Compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis. Discuss the importance of genetic diversity for the overall survival of a species. Notes and questions in green journal.
Homework: Due Friday HW14KlinefelterDown
Friday Dec 20th- Snow day. Period 3 will make up exam Friday 1/10
Thursday Dec 19th– Periods 2,4, 5 and 6 today. Modified block schedule. Test day
Wednesday Dec 18th– Study day- practice problems and review for test. Finish study guide. (HW for this week)
Tuesday Dec 17th– Finish “Genetics of Taste” and work on study guide. You may use one page of notes for test this week.
Monday Dec 16th– Activity, “The Genetics of taste” collect class data. Finish conclusions Tuesday
Start study guide for test on Thursday/Friday (periods 2,4,5 and 6 on Thursday, periods 1 and 3 on Friday) GeneticsStudyGuide2013
Friday Dec 13th- I will be at the SIOP conference today. You will watch the PBS documentary on evolution, “Why Sex?” 20 quetions 20 answers in red journal
Extension (extra credit) due Monday in red journal Ext10GeneticDiseases
Wednesday/Thursday Dec 11/12th– Mitosis Activity looking at stages of cell cycle in an onion root tip. Lab6StagesOfMitosis
Tuesday Dec 10th– Background information on cell cycle. Text pages 244-288. Parts of cell cycle, details of mitosis.
HW #12 Mitosis and the Cell Cycle due Friday in Green Journal
(use today’s class notes to complete) Mitosis and the Cell CycleHW
Monday Dec 9th– Faces of Cancer activity in class
Friday Dec 6th- Finish Jello Enzyme lab
HW #11 due
“Cancer Warriers” video – new techniques for cancer treatment. P 5 and 6 only
Extension – extra credit due Monday Ext9Cancer
Wednesday/Thursday Dec 4/5th Jello Enzyme lab. We will look at the effect of temperature on Bromelain (an enzyme in pineapple that breaks apart gelatin).
Tuesday– Notes/Discussion on proteins and enzymes.
HW #11 due in green journal this Friday (Dec 6th) HW11Proteins
Monday Dec 2nd– Protein folding activity. This can be made up during anchor or after school for absent students.
Wednesday Nov 27th– half day, early dismissal
Blood Type activity in class (co-dominance) This was homework but we will be completing it in class HW10BloodTyping
Tuesday Nov 26th- Incomplete and Co-dominance activity in class.
There is no homework this week! We are doing the homework in class HW10PracticeBloodtypes
Monday Nov 25th- In class activity “alcohol and genes.”
Correct HW #10 in class
Thursday (periods 2, 4, 6) Nov 21st or Friday (periods 1,3,5) Nov 22nd
Modified block day (shopping day for BJTAC) Finish CF activity in class
Wednesday Nov 20th– Early release day. Periods 1-6, 25 minutes each. Short quiz on protein synthesis. Focus on HW #9 , and study your transcription and translation drawings and questions.
Tuesday Nov 19th – Start Cystic Fibrosis Coding activity in class
HW #10 HW10GeneticsMath2 due on block day (Thursday or Friday) in green journal
Monday Nov 18th
Finish DNA to RNA to Protein activity from last Thursday.
Friday Nov 15th- Movie “Cracking the Genetic Code” movie with notes in red journal
HW #9 due
Extension is available on Mr. Doan’s website. Due Monday in red journal. Go to Sehome website, choose “academics” then “science” then “biology” and there is a section for extensions. This is extra credit and is not required
Wed/Thursday Nov 13 and 14th– Finish modeling transciption and translation. Watch video clips, notes and discussions and drawing of transcription and translation. Textbook pages 300- 306 are a good reference
Tuesday Nov 12th– Finish models of DNA/RNA. Watch demonstration of transcription (making RNA using DNA’s code) and translation (using code from RNA to assemble proteins).
HW #9 due Friday HW9DecodingDNAA
Friday Nov 8th- HW #8 due
In class: Bill Bryson: “The Stuff of Life” Cornell notes and class discussion
Wednesday/Thursday Nov 6th and 7th- Paper models of DNA Lab3DNAModel2012
Tuesday November 5th– DNA extraction of a strawberry. DNAExtraction
HW #8 Genetics math HW8geneticsmath2013
Monday November 4th– more pedigree practice problems
Friday November 1st– Non-fiction reading day. “Brave New Babies” with Cornell notes
HW #7 (punnett square practice problems) due
Ext #7 (extra credit) due Monday in red journal Pedigrees Ext6PedigreeStory
Wed/Thurs Oct 30th and 31st– Finish conclusion from Genebug activity. Start background information for pedigrees. Construct a simple pedigree. Textbook pgs 341-343 (Biology Prentice Hall Miller/Levine 2002)
Tuesday Oct 29th- Genebug building activity. Use the vocabulary words from Monday in an activity to build a marshmallow creature. genebugs
HW #7 More Punnett square and genetics vocabulary due Friday HW7PunnettSqs2013
Monday Oct 28th – Vocabulary group activity. Words to be familiar with: Heterozygous, Homozygous, Genotype, Phenotype, Allele, Dominant, Recessive
Wed/Thursday Oct 23rd/24th – Finish Gattaca. Give back cells test and discuss corrections/retakes.
Monday/Tuesday Oct 21-22
Mendelian Genetics Punnett square activity (monohybrid cross) due on Monday. Copies available in class to take home. Conclusion was “formulating generalizations” #1-3.
HW #6 Due Monday (no school Friday) HW6WhoAmI
Friday Oct 18th–
I am at the SIOP district training today.
Intro to genetics. “GATTACA” movie with guided questions
I will grade red journals today (Cornell notes for Henrietta Lacks rdg and Bill Bryson readings).
Thursday Oct 17th – test day
Wednesday Oct 16th– Super Wednesday with early dismissal. No biology today
Tuesday Oct 15th
Review for test. You may write notes in your green journal. The green journal may be used on the test. Unit 1 Assessment Review
Monday Oct 14th
How cells get things in and out. Osmosis, diffusion, facilitated diffusion, active transport
Friday Oct 11th
Reading, Bill Bryson’s a short history of nearly everything . Directions in class
Extension (extra credit) due Monday in red journal
HW #5 due Ext5CellProcesses
Wednesday/Thursday Oct 9th/10th
Lab Day – Cell Size
This will not be due this week. We will discuss the results on Friday/Monday and you will be given a chance to complete the conclusions
Tuesday Oct 8th
Elodea Activity – diffusion, water, saltwater
Actual homework: HW5OsmosisDiffusionProbs
Monday Oct 7th
Finished Cell Questions from last Monday
Friday Oct 4th
Non-fiction reading day using a short segment of Bill Bryson’s “A short history of nearly everything” segment on cells.
Extension #4 building a cell model Ext4CellModel
Wednesday/Thursday Oct 2/3rd
Enzyme lab- amylase Lab4Enzymes
Tuesday Oct 1st
HW #4 due Friday Homework4 Done in green journal
Lecture/discussion about connection between biomolecules and cell organelles. Copy of notes available in class
Monday Sept 30th
Lecture/discussion on atoms and biomolecules.
Copy of notes available in class
Friday Sept 27th
Reading day. From Bill Bryson’s “A short history of nearly everything”
If you prefer to read this book in spanish, here is a link:http://es2.bellinghamschools.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://depa.fquim.unam.mx/amyd/archivero/Bill_Bryson-Una_breve_historia_de_casi_todo_12511.pdf
Cornell notes in red journal
Ext. #3 extra credit Ext3BioMolecules
Wednesday/Thursday Sept 25th-26th
Molecules of Biological Importance Lab- testing for carbohydrates (sugars and starches), fats and proteins using known indicators. Lab activity only may be made up after school or during anchor. Last make up day next Wednesday. HW3Biomolecules
Monday/Tuesday Sept 23rd- 24th
Molecules of biological importance. Build the models in class. Discuss their importance in relation to cells. How does size, shape influence how they get into and out of cell?
HW #3 I was absent on Tuesday (district training) and the homework will not be due until Friday. That will give you a chance to ask questions.
Wednesday/Thursday/Friday September 18-20th
Finish all parts including class data and conclusions by end of class on Friday. I will grade lab journals on Monday
Extension #2 due Monday (extra credit)
Ext2TuskegeeInstructions2012 If you dont have a paragraph scoreing guide I will score the paragraph for you.
Tuesday, September 17th
Continue/finish Cell/microscope lab
Pass out homework (due block day in green journal)
Monday Sept 16th
We reviewed the parts of a microscope and how to set up a microscope (sketches and instructions in yellow journal)
Start Cells/Microscope lab
Friday Sept 13th
Non-fiction reading day- Henrietta Lacks
Cornell style notes in red journal
Ext. #1 (extra credit) due Monday in red journal. Optional Ext1HeLa2013
Wednesday/Thursday, September 11th and 12th
Turn in HW #1 (HeLa Cells) in green journal.
Review of scientific method/ start set up for egg lab (will complete next week).
Tuesday, September 10th
Cell Analogy assignment parts 1 and 2 in class
Hand out homework #1 on Hela Cells HW1HeLaCellsHW2012
This is due on block day (per 1,3,5 on Wed and per 2,4,6 on Thurs) in green dot journal
Summarize the reading and write out and answer the questions in complete sentences
Monday, September 9th
Finish poster and paragraph. (Details below in attached file for Friday)
Pre-assessment for cells unit (in class)
Friday, September 6th
In class: Characteristics posters and paragraph. See attached file
First day handouts due. 3 comp books should be in class by today Biology Friday September 6th
Thursday, September 5th
In our green dot journals we came up with a list of 6-9 characteristics of living things. We looked at some odd life forms (such as freezing frogs and mud “bubbled” frogs). We discussed whether or not viruses are alive.
Wednesday September 4th
Begin characteristics of living things. Classify: yogurt, hydrated crystals, plants, marine shells, bacteria and yeast as living, once living or never living. Make group list of characteristics of living things.
HW Get first day sheet signed and returned. BioFirstDay2013
Bring 3 composition notebooks by Friday (earlier is better)
Tuesday September 3rd
Welcome Back! Please get 3 composition notebooks for this class. They are one dollar each at the student store.
Tuesday June 12th– Dissection of Pea Pod. HW #27 (last homework) set up for Friday’s leaf activity. Copy the 8 boxes (for the 8 plants) into your journal. We will complete them on Friday.
Monday June 11th- Very short classes today. We finished the second part of the flower dissection (looking at pollen).
Friday June 7th – Flower dissection in class FlowerDissection
Ext 26 Ext26FlowerDissect due Monday in red journal
Tuesday- Thursday June 4-6 EOC testing in biology class. There are 3 fifty minute sessions. They will all be given in class.
Free breakfast each morning!
Monday 6/3/13 Last EOC review day. Practice Evolution test (EOC #7) and finish all other reviews, get help with any last minute questions
Homework due next Thursday (but a good idea to finish by Tuesday for EOC) mitosis flip book in red dot journal
Thursday 5/30/13 EOC reveiw #4 and #5 Genetics review and Mitosis/Meiosis
Tuesday 5/28/13 EOC #3 vocab review activity (crossword and short answer).
In class: observe a foodweb including a Moonsnail, Clams, Eel grass, Sand dollars, Seastars. Look at the sand dollars move under the dissecting microscope. Look at Varnish clams (an introduced species) being eaten by Moonsnails.
Homework: Homework #26 due Friday (flashcards for EOC) available in class
Friday 5/24/13 Cell Game- review of organelles, photosynthesis and respiration. Focus on organelles needed to synthesize protein.
Check out the Seattle Public Schools EOC review pages 1-4. You can download the entire review from their wiki site:
Thursday 5/23 Review for EOC using the Bark Beetle as an example. Finished and reviewed work from Tuesday. barkbeetlereveiw
Monday/Tuesday 5/20 and 5/21 I was absent on these days. Mr. Carter subbed for me. On Monday the class worked on the Post Ecology Review Questions in their red dot journals. Tuesday they started the EOC for “How did that plant get there?”
Friday 5/17/13 Ecology test
Thursday 5/16/13 Potato Lab- parts of an experiment review lab for EOC
Tuesday 5/14/13 Review for ecology test (Friday). Complete study guide on salmon colored paper. One page can be used for Friday’s test.
Monday 5/13/13 Introduced Species and their effect on food webs. Non-fiction reading day with Himalayan Blackberries. Questions completed in red dot journal.
Friday 5/10/13 Quiz retakes (food web quiz from Monday) Finish Biodiversity Lab with self evaluation
Thursday 5/9/13 Biodiversity lab. Pick 2 locations and study biodiversity of 1m X 1m plot
Tuesday 5/7/13 Finish reading/questions/discussion on population ecology
HW #24 due Thursday HW24Reindeer
Monday 5/6/13 Population Reading in text. Quiz- energy
Friday 5/3/13 Reading Day Return of the Gray Wolf National Geographic May 1998 page 72 with reading guide
Ext. 23 extra credit due Monday Ext23PredatorPrey
Thursday 5/2/13 Finish Predator/Prey Activity in Yellow Dot Journal.
HW Last day to turn in HW 23 is Friday at beginning of class
Tuesday 4/30/13 Finish conclusion for complex food web activity (from yesterday) Introduce HW #23 (due Thursday) HW23DeerWolves
Monday 4/28/13 Disturbances in the food web. Comparing/contrasting the impact of disturbance on a complex vs simple food web DisturbancesToFoodWebs
Friday David Attenborough “The Life of Mammals” – Meat eaters.
Red dot journal describe adaptations of 6 predators.
Extention #22 Ext22EndangeredSpecies
Thursday 4/25/13 Kelp/Otter Trophic level activity Lab3OtterArticle
Tuesday 4/23/13 Continue working on math problems involving the Carbon Cycle. Notes on biomass of different trophic levels. Start first 3 problems of HW 22 HW22EcologyMath2
Monday 4/22/13 Happy Earth Day! Notes/discussion on Carbon Cycle. Glue Carbon cycle into green journal. Be familiar with how Carbon can be transferredd between atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere. How have humans interferred with this cycle?
Friday 4/19/13 Silent Spring reading/notes/reactions on bioaccumulation. Pgs 42-49 and 118-122. Notes/reactions in red dot journal
HW #21 collected
Extra credit! Extention 21 on biomagnification due Monday in red journal. Ext21BioMagnification
Volunteer Opportunity! Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at Squalicum Creek Part from 9:30-12 this Saturday morning. This will count as full 3 hr volunteer assignment for this semester. Watch for other opportunities this spring
Thursday 3/18/13 Bioaccumulation Lab- complete in class
Tuesday 3/16/13 Practice energy problems using photosynthesis and respiration
HW #21 due Friday HW21PhotoResp
Monday 3/15/13 Finish photosynthesis and respiration lab. Turn in yellow dot journal at end of period.
Friday 3/12/13 Day 2 Photosynthesis/Respiration Lab Follow “Day 2” Protocol to test respiration of each test tube. Complete results for photosynthesis.
Extra Credit: Extention #20 available in class. Due Monday in red dot journal
Thursday 3/11/13 Lab day. Set up photosynthsis lab with elodea Lab1PhotosynthRespira2013
Tuesday 3/9/13 Test on homeostasis (emphasis on nervous system, immune system, respiratory and circulatory systems. Study guides collected (10 pts)
No additional homework this week
Monday 3/8/13 Study for tomorrow’s test. Complete study guide on yellow sheet of paper (only homework this week) due tomorrow when test is turned in.
Friday 3/29/13 Half day Period 1 and 3
I have no biology classes today. Happy Spring Break
Study guide for test (Tuesday after Spring Break) Biology Study Guide
These were passed out during class on Thursday but I included a link to the study guide for those who may have missed class on Thursday.
Thursday 3/28/13 Periods 2,4,5,6 today
HW #20 due (in green journal)
Finish Nervous System Olympics and lab write up.
Wednesday 3/27/13 Period 1-6 today
Start Nervous System Olympics
Tuesday 3/26/13 Nervous system background information. Chapter 35 text reading and questions in green dot journal.
Homework #20 passed out. Please complete in green dot journal HW 20ReflexArc
Monday 3/25/13 Discussion and powerpoint presentation on body systems and how they relate to homeostasis.
Friday 3/22/13 No school
Thursday 3/21/13 Goldfish respiration lab “how temperature affects the respiration rate of goldfish” data collection and lab write up.
Tuesday 3/19/13 We finished the circulation lab from yesterday (conclusion questions 1-4) and I gave an introduction to HW #19 on homeostasis. HW19Homeostasis
We prepared for Thursdays lab, “How temperature affects respiration of goldfish” Background research, question and hypothesis should have been finished in class
HW #19 due Thursday.
Monday 3/18/13 Circulatory system of goldfish. Look at the blood flow of the tail of a goldfish under the microscope. Sketch drawing of set up, record observations, answer conclusion questions in yellow lab journal.
Friday 3/15/13 Read “Influenza” Chapter 8 . Notes/rxns in red dot journal
Thursday 3/14/13 Immune system Card sort activity . Correct homework
Tuesday 3/12/13 30 minute periods (HSPE day) Continue with slide show/notes on immune system. Pass out HW #18 due Thursday HW18ImmuneSysOverview
Monday 3/11/13 Patient Zero Activity- figure out who “patient zero is” during this disease transmission simulation. Start Power Point/notes on immune system.
Friday 3/8/13 Film “Influenze 1918” Introduce immune system and relationship to homeostasis. Ext #18 due Monday (extra credit) Ext18Diffusion&Circulation
Thursday 3/7/13 Finished diffusion lab, finished questions from Monday, corrected HW 17 Lab5DiffusionMembrane
Tuesday 3/5/13 We needed to switch labs this week due to scheduling appointments during class. We set up the diffusion lab today. HW #17 due Thursday HW17Heart Position
Monday 3/4/13 Today we worked on background research for our goldfish lab. Chapter 37 in the dragonfly book. Ch37TextQuestions Parts of the heart, direction of blood flow, where and how blood picks up and delivers oxygen and carbon dioxide. HW 17 passed out- due Thursday.
Friday 3/1/13 We will finish the respiration lab (graph and questions)
Ext 17 due Monday (extra credit) Ext17Fish This will be background information on a respiration of goldfish lab that we will complete next week.
Thursday 2/28/13 We decided against homework for this week. We will give homework next week. Sorry!
We will finish Monday’s activity, discuss homeostasis and start our respiration lab.
Tuesday 2/26/13 No School due to power outage
Monday 2/25/13 Start new unit, “Homeostasis” Started first activity, “Effects of Exercise on heartrate” Collected data in class. We will continue this activity on Thursday.
Friday 2/22/13 Reading Day. National Geographic article, “Last Days of the Wonder Drugs” notes and reactions. Class discussion on pros/cons of antibiotics as well as dangers of misusing the drugs. HW #16 collected, yellow dot journals collected today
Extra Credit Extention #16 due Monday in red dot journalExt16HumanJaw
Thursday 2/21/13 We completed a group assessment activity for our evolution unit. Each person completed their own work after discussing answers with group and referring to old labs and the textbook. evolution final activity
Tuesday 2/19/13 Finish Cytochrome C Lab with questions and cladogram. Correct (and collect) HW 15 that was due last Thursday.
Handout HW #16 (due Friday) HW16Cladograms
Monday 2/18/13 Presidents Day
Friday 2/15/13 No School
Thursday 2/14/13 Cytochrome C Lab. Find differences in amino acid sequence in Cytochrome C protein within different species
Tuesday 2/12/13 Start Cytochrome C comparison Lab- tracking differences in amino acid sequences over time to determine relatedness between different organisms.
In class: pre-lab data, and part a (practice data)
Monday 2/11/13 Practice HW problem on graphing polygenic outcomes (multiple line graph) and start HW #15 in class (due Thursday 2/14)
Friday 2/8/13 BBC’s “The Ape that took over the world” available on You Tube with 20 questions/answers
Extention #15 Extensio15Human Evolution due Monday 2/11 in red dot journal
Thursday 2/7/13 Human Fossils activity in class due at end of period
HW #14 corrected in class (per 2 and 4 today per 6 tomorrow)
Tuesday 2/5/13 We reviewed materials from last Thursday and Friday (when I was absent). HW #14 passed out. We worked out question #1 together as a class. HW due Thurs (per 2 and 4) or Friday (per 6) .HW14UsingHardyWeinberg
Monday 2/4/13 All finals passed back. We reviewed all questions and students had a chance to make test corrections in green dot journal
Friday 2/1/13 Mr. Carter was a guest teacher again today. Powerpoint lecture and discussion on styles of natural selection (directional, stabilizing, disruptive). Worksheet on these styles glued into green dot journal . styles of selection wkst
Extension #14 passed out. Due Monday in red dot joural Ext14SelectionScenarios2
Thursday 1/31/13 First day of new semester. I was at home with a sick child today. Mr. Carter (experienced biology teacher) was a guest teacher. . Continue studying evolution unit. Periods 1-6 today and Friday
Natural selection and polygenic traits. Reading in dragon fly book pages 395-400 with questions. Extra copies available in biology basket in front of room.
Wednesday 1/30/13 Teacher workday
Tuesday 1/29/13 Finals periods 2/4/6
Monday 1/28 Finals periods 1,3,5
Friday 1/25/13 – Study day for final. Complete green study sheet for test (due on Tuesday 1/30/13) Clarify any questions for final.
Thursday 1/24/13– Begin reviewing for final in class. Class review of natural selection and practice Hardy Weinberg problems. Work on study guide for final.
Tuesday 1/22/13 We finished data collection for Hardy Weinberg lab. Class data will be on the white board through Thursday. Lab due Friday in yellow dot journal. No homework this week. Start making review sheet for study guide. Final exam on Tuesday, 1/30/13. Comprehensive exam will be in 2 parts. One part is the Sehome exam where you can use your green study guide and the other part is a district assessment where no notes may be used. 1stSemesterFinalReview
Friday 1/18/13 We self corrected HW #13 in class and then continued to work on Hardy Weinberg lab (with beans).
Reminders: Monday is the last day to volunteer. Maritime Heritage Park 10am- 1pm. Permission slips needed (available on Mr. Doan’s website via the Sehome Home Page) or bring your parents to sign a waiver.
Extension #13 due tuesday in red dot journal Extension 13 HardyWeinberg
Thursday 1/17/13 Block day Hardy Weinberg notes and bean lab (start lab and discuss equation).
Tuesday 1/15/13 Powerpoint on Natural Selection with notes. Powerpoint too big to attach but available in class.
Quick activity- hand span variation of class. Data, graph and questions HandSpanVariation
HW #13 Genes in Populations due Thursday HW13GeneFrequency
Monday 1/14/13 Wrap up evolution time line- Each group will write 1 sentence to best describe each of the 8 scientists greatest contribution. Descriptions on white board. Matching quiz tomorrow. Reading pages 378-383 in dragon fly book. Discussion of natural vs. artificial selection and survival of the fittest
Friday 1/11/13 10 minutes to finish Evolution timeline before presenting to class and completing self evaluation. Extension #12 Ext12VariationSelection due Monday
Thursday 1/10/13- Block Day Finish Evolution timeline in class. Groups of 8 students arrange scientists in chronological order according to their research.
Tuesday 1/8/13 In class: Step 2 of “Evolution Time Line” In expert groups (3-4 people who have the same scientist) complete group discussion questions about your scientist. Be ready to describe your scientists ideas to a large group (8 people, 8 different scientist) on Thursday.
Homework #12 due Thursday HW 12KlinefelterDown If you would use a Bulls Eye or a Venn Diagram as the graphic organizer.
Monday 1/7/13 In class: Review activity, Venn diagram comparing and contrasting meiosis and mitosis.
Start “Evolution Idea Timeline” Each student was assigned a scientist. Students individually read articles about their scientist and completed a graphic organizer in their green dot notebook
Friday 1/4/13 Finish meiosis claymation activity (with conclusion questions) in yellow dot journal. Discuss nondisjunction and other conclusion questions. Pass back and review unit 2 test. Conclusion questions for Meiosis Claymation
Extra credit: extension 10 due Monday in red dot journal ext 10
Volunteer opportunity!!!! 1/21/13 (MLK day) volunteer at Maritime Heritage Park from 10-1 if you have not already volunteered. 20 pts Volunteer hours must be completed by end of semester (1/29/13).
Thursday 1/3/13 Notes and discussion on meiosis. Two graphic organizers completed. Start meiosis claymation activity. (Finish Friday)
Thursday Dec 12th– Unit 2 test.
Tuesday Dec 11th/Wednesday Dec 12th– Study guide passed out during class. Due on Thursday before test. Unit 2 test study guide
Monday Dec 10th– In class reading, “Genetic Jobs” with questions. Review questions for test
Thursday Dec 6th– Salivary Amylase lab in class. Make up Friday after school. Homework corrected in class.
Tuesday Dec 4th– In class- Continued to review for next week’s test. Multiple choice practice and review for population genetics math (revised punnett square problems). HW #11 passed out. HW11geneticsmath Due Thursday at beginning of class.
Monday Dec 3rd– Notes and video clips about Enzymes. Started to review for next week’s genetics test (Thursday or Friday Dec 13th/1th).
Friday Nov 30th– Silent Spring pgs 208-222. Read and take notes/reactions. This portion of the book focuses on chemicals that can disrupt the cell cycle. Extension- extra credit: Ext9HouseholdChemicals in your red joural due Monday.
Community Service Opportunity!! This Saturday from 9-12 at Little Squalicum Creek Parkway by BTC. See Community Service Link on Mr. Doan’s website (Sehome Homepage) for forms if you do not have one. 20 pts for one volunteer day this semester
Thursday Nov 29th– Claymation activity- build all stages of mitosis using clay.
Tuesday Nov 28th– Cell cycle notes and questions from text. Homework #10 passed out. Due Thursday hw10mitosis
Monday Nov 26th– Cancer and the cell cycle- notes and discussion about 6 short video clips
Monday Nov 19th– Wednesday Nov 21st Start Cystic Fibrosis activity. PDF is attached. This will take M, T, and W in class. This week is a modified (short) schedule. If you will be absent please work on this activity while you are away. There is no additional homework this week. CycticFibrosisLab
Friday Nov 16th– periods 1, 3, 5 no biology today
Thursday Nov 15th– Homework #9 due! We corrected HW in class and scored. We finished the strawberry DNA extraction lab and turned in yellow dot lab books to be graded. In class we worked on a review transcription and translation activity- parts A and B. Part C was extra
Tuesday Nov 13th– Review transcription and translation (notes) and extract DNA from a strawberry (in yellow lab journal). Finish last questions on Thursday. DNAExtraction
Homework: homework # 9 assigned (due Thursday) HW9DecodingDNAA
Monday Nov 12th– Veteran’s Day no school
Friday Nov 9th– Nova Season 8 “Cracking your Genetic Code” movie with questions
answered in red dot journal
Extra Credit: Extension #7 Extension 7 3factor cross
Thursday Nov 8th– continue working on DNA/RNA structure activity. Demonstration of protein synthesis using models.
Volunteer opportunities this weekend! volunteer nov 17 3 hours of community service/volunteering due by the end of the semester . See Mr. Doan’s webpage for details
Copies of volunteer forms:
Tuesday Nov 6th– Start structure of DNA and RNA- cut out parts (continue Thursday)
HW #8 due Thursday HW8blood typing
Monday Nov 5th– Notes on co-dominance and incomplete dominance with practice problems
Lab books will be graded today! Leave yellow dot journals in class bin.
Homework #7 due!
Tuesday Oct 30th– Dihybrid Cross problems #1-4dihybridcross
Homework: Punnett square review (will be attached on tuesday) Homework is always due Thursday in green dot journal .HW7PunnettSqs
Monday Oct 29th– We will discuss the results of our monohybrid cross from Thursday’s activity. Set up dihybrid cross example
Friday Oct 26th – No school. I graded homework #6 and gattaca notes
Thursday Oct 25th– Probability and Mendelian Genetics activity. We finished monohybrid crosses, including individual and class data
Tuesday Oct 23rd– We finished Gattaca and discussed genetic engineering. Biology Homework #6
Homework is done in the green dot journal and is due Thursday
Monday Oct 22nd– Hand back tests and review them. Introduce volunteer opportunities. Volunteer for a total of 3 hours during some point in first semester. See link from Mr. Doan’s website :
Continue Gattaca movie.
Friday, October 19th– In class: Gattaca- a movie that will introduce the topic of genetics. Questions in red dot journal
Thursday, Oct 18th– Test today!
Tuesday, Oct 16th– We studied for the test today. We used our study guides, notes, labs, textbooks to make a notes sheet for Thursday. This is the only homework this week.
Monday, Oct 15th– Oops I forgot to attach directions for the extension on Friday’s post. Here it is: Ext5CellModel If you want to make a cell model please turn it in by this Friday.
In class: We discussed the conclusion/analysis questions from the cell size lab. Students self assessed their labs using a rubric. We handed out the study guide for Thursday’s test. We started making study notes on one sheet of pink paper.
Friday Oct 12th- Silent Spring Chapter 3 notes and discussion in red dot journal. Assembly schedule and shorted classes so Cell Lab due Monday at end of class.
Thursday, Oct 11th– Cell Size Mini Lab in class.Cell Size Mini Lab We will finish this on Monday. Tomorrow is a shortened schedule and reading day. Homework #5 in green dot journal due today.
Monday Oct 8th- Review of organelles using University of Utah site. Copy of instructions available in class. Completed in green dot journal
Friday Oct 5th: We watched Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and completed 20 questions and answers in our red dot journals. If you were absent please make arrangements to watch the movie before next Thursday
Homework: Extra Credit- Extension #4 due Monday RachelCarsonBiographicalExtension
Thursday Oct 4th: We will be playing the cell game in class today. Homework #4 is due.
Tuesday Oct 2nd: We continued our discussion on dehydration synthesis (making polymers out of monomers) and hydrolysis (breaking polymers into monomers). We started our homework and got ready for the cell game on Thursday. Homework must be started in class (first couple of questions require cell game)
Homework: HW #3 due Thursday in green dot journalHomework4
Monday Oct 1st: In class: we finished building molecules in green dot journals and discussed dehydration synthesis (making polymers out of monomers) I collected and graded green dot journals.
Sept 28th– In class: Read chapter 2 Silent Spring
Homework due: HW #3 due today (usually thursday but the substitute told you Friday)
Extension: due Monday Ext3BioMolecules
Sept 27th– In class: Testing for important biomolecules. This must be done in class. It cannot be sent home. You may make up the lab after school or during anchor on wed/thursday of next week.
Sept 25th In class- I was home sick today so the substitute finished the molecules of biological importance activity.
Homework: Homework #3 on biological molecules due Thursday please complete in green dot journalHW3Biomolecules
Sept 24th. In class- We reviewed diffusion/osmosis from last weeks egg lab and started “molecules of biological importance” in green dot journal. This will be finished in class on Tuesday and requires “molecules” that I cannot sent home. If you need to make this up please come in during anchor on wed/thur or after school on Wednesday or Friday
In class Sept 21st Finish egg/cell membrane activity. Turn in yellow journal to be graded.HW2ExponentialGrowth2012
Extension #2 tuskagee syphillis experiment. In the first paragrap explain why TSE was a faulty study. In the second paragraph discuss three things that you found most troubling when reading this article. Score both paragraphs using your scoring guide (topic sentence, body, conclusion, conventions)
In class Sept 20th– block day. Finish microscope lab (15 min in class). If you dont finish you can come in after school thurs/fri. Egg/cell membrane activity in yellow journal (egg in vinegar, move to fresh water, notes on diffusion, osmosis) Collect Homework #2
In class Sept 18th: Finish microscope activity from yesterday.
Homework: HW #2 due Thursday for all classes
In class Sept 17th: Parts of a microscope (yellow dot journal) and how to set up a microscope
In class Sept 14th: Silent Spring Chapter 1 notes in red dot journal.
Homework: Extension (extra credit) Bed bugs assignment. Read article and summarize/answer questions on separate piece of paper. Due Monday to “in” box for your class
In class Sept 10th: I scored the green dot journals today for set up and the first notes on characteristics of living things. Students wrote a paragraph about the characteristics needed to make something alive. Paragraph scoring guides were glued into the back page of their green dot journals.
We will use our yellow dot journals (lab/activity) on block day. Please bring them to class!!!
Homework due Sept 6th– Please bring 3 composition notebooks (available at the student store) by Friday. Get first day sheet signed by Friday.