Tuesday June 12th-

Ecology test in class.  You may use your 8 1/2 X 11 study guide that you have handwritten.  Multiple choice.  Approximately 60 points.

Thursday June 7th–   All late assignments are due today!  I will not grade any old work after today!  The only additional assignments in the grade book will be your study guide and the final ecology test.

Review day for Ecology test.

Tuesday June 5th-

  1.  Introduced species- how they can affect the ecosystem.  Classic cases of introduced/invasive species such as the cane toad.

2.  Carbon Cycle-  If carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are rising, where did the carbon (in that molecule) originate from?  How have humans changed the recycling of carbon in the environment?   

Friday June 1st–  lots of folks on band/orchestra tour so here is the make up lesson:

In class:  Watch short video on bioaccumulation of PCBs in Orca whales in puget sound (7 min)

Complete the following article and questions 1-6.



Wednesday May 30th

How  Nitrogen and Phosphorus affect living things.

*   Too much of a good thing- what happens when Nitrogen and Phosphorus are added to the ecosystem.

Watch Bozeman Science, Water Pollution (focus on addition of Nitrogen and Phosphorus)


HW #15- What is wrong with Lake Whatcom-  available in class.

Friday May 25th

Ecology terms and practice sheet

Turn in HW #14

Wednesday May 23rd

Review Sea Otters, Kelp and Urchins

Start HW 14, ” Oh Deer, Here come the Wolves” Due Friday  HW14DeerWolves2017

Video on “How Wolves Change Rivers”


Monday May 21st

Food Web additions/subtractions

The following word document has links needed for short video clips needed to answer the questions about Sea Otters/Urchins and Kelp in a food web.


HW will be given out on Wednesday this week


Thursday May 17th-

“Oh Deer”  Food web activity looking at resources and populations.  Examples of carrying capacity.  What happens when a predator is added?

HW #13 due (photosynthesis/respiration equations)

Tuesday May 15th

Get results for photosynthesis/respiration lab

Plants photosynthesize and respirate

Animals only respirate

HW #13- set up examples in class.  Due Thursday.  Available in class (Food web math)


Friday May 11th

Set up elodea/photosynthesis and respiration lab

Wednesday May 9th-

Test- homeostasis

Start photosynthesis/respiration

“Where does the mass of a tree come from?”

“Which island can support a bigger population- vegetarian or omnivore?”


Monday May 7th

Review day for Wednesday’s quiz on homeostasis

More practice on negative feedback loops, neuron anatomy, communication between neurons

HW 12  Due Wednesday (review for test, passed out last Friday) homeostasisstudyguide2018)

Thursday May 3rd

Homeostasis of neurons is disrupted by drug use

Review neuron/neuron communication.   Look at endogenous molecules that are mimicked by drugs.  Example:  endocannabinoids vs cannabis.   How Cannabis can effect your endocannabinoid system.

HW  I forgot to give you your homework last class!  Study guide for next Wednesday’s  homeostasis test.




Tuesday May 1st

homeostasis and the nervous system

Page 1 “Exploring the New Science of Addiction”

Page 2:  Brain sketch – reward pathway



Friday April 20th

Finish Circulatory structure lesson

Looking at the circulatory system of a goldfish under the microscope

Prep for “How temperature affects respiratory rate of a goldfish”  Lab data on Tuesday


HW #10 due today

Wednesday April 18th-

Introduction to circulatory system

“valentine” heart- showing 4 chambers and directions of blood flow

Practice worksheet:  Circulatory Structure.

Monday April 16th

Lab:  How activity affects amount of carbon dioxide produced.

HW #10 passed out (available in class)  “How body position affects heart rate”  Due Fri

Thursday April 12th-

Finish Nervous System Olympics

Tuesday April 10th-

Nervous System – introduction, parts of the brain, brain hats

Start Nervous System Olympics

Friday March 30th

National Geographic March 2018 article on human genes  “Skin deep”

No homework for spring break!  Have a fun, relaxing and safe break

Wednesday March 28th

Natural Selection/Evolution test

Science in the news!  A new organ found in humans???

Study guide due

Monday March 26th

Review day for test

Time to work on study guide for Wednesday’s test

Thursday March 22nd

Short Video:  The Evolution of Lactose Tolerance- HHMI biointeractive video (15 min)

Finish #3 and 4 from HW #8

Time to work on Study guide for next weeks evolution test.

Homework for next week:  HW #9 due next wednesday March 28th.  Wednesday March 28th is our test day.  study guide unit 4


Tuesday March 20th

Comparing Mammal Skull Lab

HW 8 (due Thursday) Mutation, Variation and Evolution

HW8MutationEvolution (002)


Wednesday/Friday March 14th and 16th

Finish Smithsonian Human Origins Activity

Comparison of Hominid Skulls.  Look at skulls of Humans, Chimps, Australopithecus, and Homo Erectus.  Which are most closely related?   Compare brain area, cranial capacity, jaw angle, dental formulas, sagittal crest, brow ridge.

HW 7 due

Monday March 12th

Smithsonian Human Origins Activity

In class:  Snapshots in time.   Take notes on these videoclips

In computer lab:  Complete the science interactive (with worksheet) on Human Origins.  Start at:

HW – #7 due Friday.  HW7HomologousStructures2018

Monday March 5th-

Finish Cytochrome C lab.

HW #6 passed out (cladograms) due Wednesday but we will review final details of placement of of organisms during class.  Try to make a cladogram but dont worry about small details.  HW6Cladograms2018

Thursday March 1st

Cyt. C Lab, comparing the sequence of DNA from multiple species to construct a cladogram.  HW #5 due

Tuesday February 27th

Watch video from link above and answer questions about antibiotic resistance (1/2 sheet taped in your journal).  Due Friday

In class:  evidences for macroevolution (paleontology, biogeography, embryology, comparative anatomy and molecular biology

Intro to Cladograms- using the sequence of DNA for the protein “cytochrome C” to see how closely related different organisms are…


Friday February 23rd-

Speciation- barriers that prevent fertilization (pre and post zygotic)

Turn in HW #4


Wednesday February 21st

Register for next years classes

HW #4  Peppered Moth evolution due Friday  HW4PepperedMoth



Friday February 16th

Correct HW #3

More examples of changes in allele frequency over time




Wednesday  February 14th

Natural Selection vs. Artificial Selection vs. Genetic Modification

Special Guests:  Maggie McCracken and #98 and #66.  Examples of Artificial Selection

Readings on evolution of bacteria (also called antibiotic resistant bacteria)

Monday February 12th-

In class:  Natural Selection notes

Natural Selection Bird Beak lab

Finish Last week’s data about size of bird beak over time

HW #3 (Natural Selection) due Friday.

Monday February 5th

HW #2- Genetics math- start first problem in class.  Due Wed!!!! (last time I see you this week)   hw2

please note that word document of hw 2 is not marked as the correct number within the document- sorry)

In class:  Timeline of important scientists

8 scientists- you will read about 2 of them.  Take notes, especially their main contributions to science

As a table group you will create a timeline of these scientists based on their discoveries/contributions.

Thursday, February 1st

HW#1 due

Graphing moth color data from 2002 and 2015 from Deming and Seattle

Intro to stabilizing selection, disruptive selection and directional selection


Tuesday January 30th

Warm up #11 Monogenic vs Polygenic traits

Start HW #1  (we started over!  Its a new semester) on Mono and Polygenic traits HW1MonoPolygenic

Intro to Genetics Math-   We will be using this to see how gene frequencies change over time.

Friday, January 26th-

Return tests and look at commonly missed answers.  No test corrections on this one (grades are already complete) but you are welcome to come in before school if you would like to continue to look at the test and discuss any misconceptions.

Monogenic vs. Polygenic traits- notes

Activity:  Height vs Wingspan.  Graph class data to determine if these are likely monogenic or polygenic traits.


Tuesday, January 23rd- The final – turn in your study guide

Congratulations.  The first half of the year is complete.  We start over on Friday.

Friday, January 12th

Karyotyping- pictures of 23 pairs of chromosomes can be used to determine genetic abnormalities.  Karyotyping activity in class.

Pedigrees:  Draw a pedigree that looks at a genetic abnormality that runs in families.  This will not be a sex linked trait.


Wednesday, January 10th-

Claymation activity.  Use 4 different colors of clay to show the key stages of meiosis.  Take a photo of each stage and explain the stage using biology vocabulary.


Monday January 8th

Introduction to Meiosis.  Notes/discussion/video/colorings of the main stages of meiosis.

See Bozeman Science “Meiosis” for a review of main stages.

Compare and Contrast  meiosis and mitosis

HW (meiosis) #17- available in class.  This is a cut/paste/coloring puzzle that will be pasted in your green journal and due on Friday

Thursday January 4th-

Warm up #9 – practice with co-dominant, completely dominant and incompletely dominant monogenic crosses (in class in hanging folder)

Using pedigrees to look at sex-linked traits  PedigreeIntro

Correct HW #16 in class


Tuesday January 2nd-

Welcome back!

Please check Skyward, I need labs by Thursday!

Mendel vocab warm-up #8  (tape in journal)

Incomplete dominance & co-dominance with practice problems (in hanging folders in class)

HW #16 due Thursday


Tuesday December 12th

Movie:  Gattacca!  Watch and write a paragraph on the bioethics of this movie

Thursday December 7th

Genebugs!  using Punnett Squares to predict genotypes of offspring

Tuesday December 5th

What do Punnett Squares really mean?  Regular Cell division (mitosis) vs. cell division resulting in egg/sperm cells (meiosis)

Bozeman Science Punnett Square Lecture with notes

Practice problems for monogenic crosses.

HW #14 due Thursday (we will have time to start this in class)





Friday December 1st–   Unit 2 Exam

Wednesday November 29th– Class review for test including Kahoot questions (made by my t.a.s )

Short activity on types of mutations (you don’t need to memorize these, but they are a good review of all major concepts)

Monday Nov 27th-

Study Guide For Unit 2 test (available in class)  DNA-RNA-Protein

Work on study guide in class

Tuesday November 21st

Video on Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell Anemia (see Friday’s link)

Activity on Cystic Fibrosis

Friday, Nov 17th

Protein Folding Diseases Activity

**These links will be helpful

 NIH website about Cystic Fibrosis :

HHMI video on Sickle Cell Anemia:

*****NOTE: Homework #12 DUE


Wednesday, Nov 15th

Practice with translation HW#12

Protein folding activity – why the order of amino acid matters


Wednesday, Nov 8th

Transcription – finish modeling trancription

Translation- When RNA is used to make a protein.

HW #11 (I apologize that this was not given Monday, but with all of the 4 day weeks, we were not ready for it)  Due Monday, Nove 13th  HW11ProteinSynth2017a

Need to review?  Watch Bozeman Science podcast on transcription/translation


Monday, Nov 5th-

DNA replication

  • notes- who/what/when/where/how?
  • coloring
  • paper model
  • foam model

DNA transcription (using DNA to make a copy of one section (a gene) that codes for a particular protein)

  • coloring
  • notes

Wednesday Nov 1st

Cancer and the cell cycle- with guided video notes

Henrietta Lacks- what we learned from her cells.  Introduction to bioethics.

Monday October 30th-

Review of DNA- histones, chromosomes.  How are they related?

HW:  Who am I?  due Wednesday.  Inherited traits are traits that are genetic.  Acquired traits are learned.

Thursday October 26th-

Practice with the cell cycle, especially mitosis.

Cell Cycle activity: determine the % of time the cell spends in each phase.  Instructions available in class

Tuesday, Oct 24th-

DNA coloring activity.  Color code sugar/phosphate backbone and 4 bases

Intro to Cell Cycle.  How does a cell spend its time?  See Crash Course for a review or if you missed class.

HW #9 Mitosis (cell division part of the cell cycle) available in class

Thursday, Oct 19th-

Strawberry DNA lab (extract DNA from a strawberry)

Correct HW #8

Tuesday, October 17th-

Unit 1 test

Turn in study guide.

Start next unit (DNA/Heredity)

HW #8 (start in class, due Thursday)  HW#8 DNA Structure Function

Friday, October 13th,

Review for Tuesday’s test.  We will have the entire period to review specific topics and work on the study guide.  Come to class with topics or questions on  Study Guide highlighted if you would like me to spend extra time reviewing those topics.

Wednesday, October 11th

Super Wednesday!  35 minute classes after your WWU field trip

Finish conclusion for Cell Size Lab

HW  I will pass out a study guide for the test on Tuesday.  Friday will be a review day and you will have a chance to work on the study guide.  THE STUDY GUIDE WILL BE DUE TUESDAY!!!!!!!     You will make a 1-2 page (8.5X 11) study sheet that addresses the topics on the study guide.  Spend the most time on topics that you need to review.  Spend little time on topics that are clearly understood  StudyGuideUnit1Ross

Monday, October 9th

Finish results and conclusion for egg lab.  Mass of egg, which molecules went where?  Use vocabulary:  selectively permeable, diffusion, high concentration, low concentration

Start (and get results for) Cell Size lab.  Cut 3 cubes of “jello like substance” and place in vinegar.  Wait 10 minutes.  Measure the diffusion of vinegar.  This will be the yellow part.  The parts of the cube that were yellow were fed.  Calculate % fed for all three cubes.

Monday Sept 25th

In class:  more background information on enzymes

Correct HW from last Friday

HW #5 due this Friday  HW5BuildingCells2017

Thursday Sept 21st-

Finish write-up for biomolecule lab and complete grading rubric.

Correct HW #4 in class and turn in.

Begin discussing an important protein (enzymes).  Use models to show how enzymes speed up the build up or break down of molecules.

Tuesday Sept 19th

HW#4  due Thursday  HW4ProteinFunctions

In class:  Testing for biomolecules in 4 types of babyfood.  Lab available in class

Tuesday Sept 12th

More work building and discussing monomers and polymers of major biomolecules

HW #3 due Thursday   HW3AssemblingBioMolecules2017

Friday Sept 8th

Introduce biomolecules.  Start with Carbohydrates.  Structure/Function of monomers and polymers

Build a glucose.  Make a disaccharide by connecting 2  glucose molecules and removing a water.  (Dehydration Synthesis).

Wednesday Sept 6th

Pass back HW #1 and discuss HW expectations

Pass out HW #2 Intro to Biomolecules due Friday- set up first few problems in class  HW2FoodBiomolecules2017

Warm up #2- characteristics of living things

Cell Analogy classwork (diagram of cell, jobs, parts involved)

Friday, Sept 1st

Correct HW #1 in class, pass back Wednesday’s quiz

Lab:  Microscopes and Cells

Review- how to focus a microscope, use a microscope to determine magnification and size of field of view

Wednesday, August 30th

Quick 4 pt quiz about quantitative and qualitative observations (from Friday’s chip activity)

Today we will look at the basic requirements of a living cell, build a model of a cell (using glitter, thread and an empty capsule)

The relative size of cells and cell parts is difficult to visualize.  See:

for a fun demonstration of the relative size of common things.

Class assignment:  Are viruses alive?  Look at your notes about characteristics of living things.  Write a paragraph that defends your viewpoint.  Use evidence from your notes or other sources to defend your ideas.

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Today we will look at what makes something living or non-living.  There will be a series of stations containing objects that are currently living, once living or never living.

Video clip:  National Geographic- Live on the Edge.  This is about some very strange life forms that do not have typical life characteristics.

HW #1  due Friday at the beginning of class (given out in class)

August 24th 2017

Welcome to Biology!  Today we will start with an observation activity.  You will sketch, measure, describe a corn chip both qualitatively and quantitatively.  Each chip has been chemically marked so that it can be identified later.  After observing and recording the chips you will place the chip in a bowl and have another partner group identify it based on your recorded observations.  We will test the chip at the end of class to see if it is your original.

Homework?  None today.  Go soak up some vitamin D while you still can. Homework will be given on M/T and collected on Th/F of each week.  A copy of the homework will be found in class as well as on this site.

HW31LakeWhatcom  (This is hw 31B)

Friday 5/5/17–  More bioaccumulation- using Orca/Killer Whales and PCBs as an example

Correct HW 30 (disturbances to food webs)

Quick 3 minute Cane Toad video (a major food web disturbance and classic example of an introduced species)

Extension !  More Killer Whales research  Ext17BioMagnification

Friday 4/28/17-  30 minute periods/early release

Correct HW #29 and finish any questions from T/Th lab activities

If time watch 4 minute video “How wolves change rivers”

Thursday 4/27/17–  Finish graph and conclusions for “Oh Deer”

Computer simulation of rabbit and Wolves

Tuesday 4/24/17–  “Oh Deer”  Tracking deer, resources and predators over time.

Monday 4/23/17–  Exponential vs Logistic Growth

practice graphing each

Carrying Capacity and why exponential growth doesn’t occur for very long

HW 29  HW29DeerWolves2017

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.

Collect hw/correct

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.

Sea Otters Lab Q’s

Tuesday 4/18/17

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)

Quiz:  Photosynthesis

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

Extension  Ext15PhotosynthRespir2016extracreditduenextThursday

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

HomeostasisStudyGuide2017 (002)

Monday 3/20/17-

Review of respiration equation- chemistry behind using food to make ATP

In class review:HW25CellularRespiration  (not actually homework)

Homework:  Due Friday 3/25  Cellular respiration acquires its reactants and gets rid of waste products by using the circulatory system MondayHW25CirculatoryStructure

Monday 3/13/17-

Homeostasis feedback loops- negative and positive feedback loops.

Examples:  first 5 min of

Examples of behavioral vs physiological homeostasis

2 examples:

Frozen frogs

Hot frogs

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!

Monday 2/27/17

Review for the evolution test (take questions from study guide/hw)

Start video:  Great Transformations

Tuesday 2/14/17

5 Evidences of Evolution (powerpoint) with practice scenarios

Monday 2/13/17

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

Monday 1/8/17

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

Thursday 1/5/17

Monogenic vs. Polygenic traits

Height vs. Wingspan activity  lab5wingspan

Lab books due Monday

Tuesday 1/3/17

HW #16 genetics-math-practice

due Friday 1/6/17

Winter Break……..

Friday 12/16/16

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)

Tuesday 12/6/16

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.

Monday 12/5/16

Co- dominance in Punnett Squares

including blood type practice Punnett Squares

HW #14 due Thursday (No school Friday)hw14bloodtypes-002

Friday 12/2

Notes and practice problems on co-dominance and incomplete dominance

Extension !  (extra credit)  ext8geneticdiseases  due Monday 12/5

Thursday 12/1/16 

Genebugs!  Build bugs in class.  Make up next Thursday during anchor if you missed today

Tuesday 11/29/16

More pedigree practice

Types of mutations- relationship between macroscopic (pedigrees) and microscopic (point mutations in DNA that cause disease)

Monday 11/28/16

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.

Tuesday 11/15/16

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

Monday 11/14/16-

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

Thursday 11/10/16

Claymation activity- introduction to meiosis

Good video:

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

Tuesday 11/1

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

Monday 10/31

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.

Friday 10/28/16

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.

Thursday 10/28/16

Protein Folding Activity-  How does the order of bases in DNA actually influence the proteins that are made during translation?

Tuesday 10/26/16

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)

Monday 10/24/16

Lecture:  DNA transcription (using DNA to make RNA) and translation (using the code on RNA to assemble protein).

HW #9 decoding DNAhw9decodingdnag

Friday 10/21/16

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

HW #8hw8mitosiscellcycle2016-002

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)

Friday 10/7/16

Unit 1 test in class

Thursday 10/6/16

HW #6 due (study guide for test)

Cell Size Lab- How surface area  to volume ratios affect diffusion in a cell

Tuesday 10/4/16

Monday 10/3/16

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

Friday 9/30/16

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

Thursday 9/29/16

Finish Egg Lab in class.

Tuesday 9/27/16

Facilitated diffusion vs. active transport.  Getting things in and out of the cell

Egg Lab Day 2

Monday 9/26/16

Diffusion – notes, demonstrations, dramatic interpretations 🙂

Set up Day 1  Egg lab

HW #5 due Thursday hw5movementacrossmembranes

Friday 9/23/16

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

Thursday 9/22/16

Catalase Enzyme Lab:  How temperature affects the function of catalase.  Data collection in class.


Tuesday 9/20/16

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

Monday 9/19/16

Finish Biomolecule lab- conclusion

HW #5  Due Thursday hw4proteins

Thursday 9/15/16

Testing for biomolecules lab

Wednesday 9/14/16

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).

Tuesday 9/13/16

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

macromolecules  (powerpoint)

Monday 9/12/16

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

Friday 9/9/16

Score HW #2 (what is food?) in class

Finish building biomolecules

Extra Credit Opportunity:  Extension #2 (complete in your yellow/lab journal by Monday)


Thursday 9/8/16

Building biomolecules activity

Notes on major biomolecules (proteins, fats, carbohydrates and DNA/RNA)

Tuesday 9/6/16

Finish cell analogy activity (in-class activity)

Homework #2  hw2mfoodbiomolecules-3   due Thursday at beginning of class

Friday 9/2/16

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.   (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 10thThursday 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

Cytochrome C Lab  Lab5CytochromeC   Lab5CladogramReading
Tuesday Feb 10th–  introduction to Cytochrome C lab which examines a protein common to almost all living things

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

Extension Ext11Measles
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

study guide bio semester 1

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 (

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

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

Punnett Square Practice Pages

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.

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 Intro Practice

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.

Read1BraveNewBabies Ext4GeneticEthicsArticle



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-

Enzyme Lab_Directions

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

Testing for Biomolecules Lab_Student Support document

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:

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.

More review opportunities:

Learn the basics of genetics:  http//

Protein to 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

Wednesday/Thursday April 23rd and 24th–  Kelp/Otter/Sea Urchin/Orca Whale food pyramid.  Article with notes, reactions, energy equations.  Human impact assignment.  Lab3OtterArticle  Lab3Otters

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.  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

Extension  Ext18Fish

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).

Pineapple Enzymes and Jell

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  (link to movie)

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

Ext due Tuesday (extra credit) Ext7GeneticEthics  Ext7GeneticEthicsArticle

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

In class practice problem HW5DiffusionPractice

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:

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

Egg Lab

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

Friday 5/31/13  EOC reveiw finish #5 (mitosis/meiosis) start #6 (protein synthesis)  EOC5bMitosisMeiosis  EOC7 Protein Synthesis Review (This is really EOC #6)

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: #25  EOC crossword  Make a crossword puzzle using 20  EOC vocab words in column 2,3, or 4.  Fourteen of these words must be words that you have not yet defined.  Your puzzle must contain the clues (definitions) to identify all words correctly.

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

Extention #24

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.

Nervous System

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

Extention #19

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.

LabCytochromeC      CytochromeCTables

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)

HW #15hw15

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

Friday Dec 7th–    Extension #10 will be available on Friday.  Ext10AlcoholGenesSalivary Amylase conclusion and discussion in class.  Lab due at end of period SalivaryAmylaseLab2012

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 19thWednesday 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

Friday Nov 2nd–  Brave New Babies reading (in red journal) with questions.BraveNewBabies (reading)  Brave New Babies (assignment)

Extra Credit– extension #6      (reading and assignment attached)  Ext6GeneticistsCrossEthicalLine  Ext6GeneticsEthicalLine

Lab books will be graded today!  Leave yellow dot journals in class bin.

Thursday Nov 1st–  Introduce Pedigrees .  Complete a pedigree using the rules from a story, write a story from an given pedigree.  In class in green journal.Pedigree story for diagramPedigree2 for story

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.

Unit 1 Assessment Review

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.

Tuesday Oct 9th–  Elodea/saltwater lab completed in green dot journal. Elodeasalt HW #5 assigned and due on Thursday in green dot journalHW #5

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

egg lab

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 12th:  Start Activity 1:  Basic science processes.  Practice using manipulated and responding variables, chose 3 problems and write hypothesis  (If, then, because) on back of practice sheet.
In Class Sept 11th:  Self grade paragraph using scoring guide.  Worked on table comparing characteristics of living things to processes needed within cells.
Homework:  Due Thursday (for period 6) and Friday (for periods 2 and 4)  Homework #1 (on HeLa Cells) copy questions and answers in green dot journal.  Include in table of contents (labeled as HW #1  Hela Cells)

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.

First day sheet




1 Response to Biology

  1. kcunning44 says:

    Is there an extension for tomorrow?

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