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Assignments 2015-16

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BLOCK DUE DATE ASSIGNMENT
A,D
Wed. 9/9/15
Summer Reading Assignment Due 
A,D Thur. 9/10/15

Fill out the student information form on line.

Turn in your signed field trip permission slip and lab safety contract.

If you have some time, watch the Paul Anderson (Bozeman Science) lecture on animal behavior and look over chapter 51. You'll have something specific to read that will be assigned in class tomorrow.

Then, to be more entertained by similar and additional relevant information, watch Hank Green's Crash Course Animal Behavior.

A,D Fri. 9/11/15

Read your assigned portion of Chapter 51. Be prepared to share what you have learned with classmates in a jigsaw format.

Chapter 51 quiz in class.

A,D
 
Mon. 9/14/14 

NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashannah

D
 
Tues. 9/15/14 Ms. Dannenberg will be out of the building today, so there is no class. However you are responsible for picking up a copy of the Firefly Case Study from the envelope outside of room 429. You are responsible for reading it thoroughly and preparing for  a discussion in class tomorrow.
A,D Wed. 9/16/15 Check the Announcements page to see instructions for how to log on to the Pearson site for on-line textbook resources.
A,D Thur. 9/17/15

Solidify your understanding of Chapter 51 so that if you have questions, you can raise them in class. A-Block: Think about the firefly case study and ways in which you could test your hypotheses about the observed behavior.

D-Block: Prisoner's Dilemma in class.

A Fri. 9/18/15

Prisoner's Dilemma in class.

Familiarize yourself with the key concepts and vocabulary of chapter 53. Focus on sections 53.1 and 53.2 for note taking. Don't get too bogged down in formulas, but be able to read and interpret the graphs.

A,D Mon. 9/21/15

Chapter 51 Quiz in class.

You should have received a description of the Independent Research Project (AP-IRP) in class last week, as well as the criteria and due date for the first semester IRP Assignment. Start thinking about what you'd like to do for your project. You are welcome to bounce ideas off me, just not when I am trying to begin or end class!

D Tues. 9/22/15 If you were out of class and missed it or want to see the Human Population video again, here's the link.
A,D Wed. 9/23/15 NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur
A,D Thur. 9/24/15 If you were out of class and missed it or want to see the Human Population video again, here's the link.
A Fri. 9/25/15

If you missed class and want to review the fly lab intro, here's the presentation.

Fruit Fly Pre-lab questions 

Pre-read chapter 56.

D Mon. 9/28/15

If you missed class and want to review the fly lab intro, here's the presentation.

Fruit Fly Pre-lab questions 

Pre-read Chapter 56.

A Mon. 9/28/15

Read The Human Population Grows Up.

 Watch the video by the same author Examination of the World's Population  then answer the reading questions. And if this topic really fascinates you, here's another article with more data to ponder. 

optional: Here is another TED talk. This is another one by the same speaker, Hans Rosling, and with a similar thesis bout the developing world, but presented slightly differently. Choose either, neither, or both.

D Tues. 9/29/15

Read The Human Population Grows Up.

 Watch the video by the same author Examination of the World's Population  then answer the reading questions. And if this topic really fascinates you, here's another article with more data to ponder.
optional: Here is another TED talk. This is another one by the same speaker, Hans Rosling, and with a similar thesis bout the developing world, but presented slightly differently. Choose either, neither, or both.
A,D
Wed. 9/30/15

optional: This is a link to the New Yorker article about Manhattan's "green-ness" if you want to read it. Much food for thought about the economies of scale when populations are concentrated in cities.

Important: Bring in all of the materials (bottles, stimuli) that you will need for the fruit fly lab. If the flies are ready, will will begin the experiments today. If not, the materials will be available when the flies cooperate.

•Read through chapter 52. This should all be familiar territory. Know the basic descriptions (not to the level of mm of rainfall) of different terrestrial and aquatic biomes, and their general distribution around the Globe. If you have questions, ask. We will not be discussing this chapter in class.

A,D Thur. 10/1/15 Read chapter 53. Here is a reading guide for the topic of ecology. It was written by a colleague from another school. I'd like feedback as to whether or not you find it helpful. Bozeman Science covers the topic (though not completely!) here.
A
Fri. 10/2/15
Finish POGIL Global Climate Change activity. I encourage collaboration via Facebook or whatever means you have at your disposal. We will have a few minutes at the beginning of class to share with your group and generate a single copy to submit to me.
D Mon. 10/5/15 Finish POGIL Global Climate Change activity. I encourage collaboration via Facebook or whatever means you have at your disposal. We will have a few minutes at the beginning of class to share with your group and generate a single copy to submit to me. Most of you have already finished, so this only applies to a few groups.
A,D Mon. 10/5/15

Counting on the fruit flies being ready for the lab!!

As soon as we've finished working with our flies we will be quickly covering chapters 53 and 54. While you don't have other assigned homework, please review what you already know from those chapters, and embrace the unfamiliar vocabulary and concepts. You will find it helpful to learn examples of each concept, and to understand all of the experiments discussed int those chapters.

D Tues. 10/6/15

For a cool take on population ecology read the Scientific American article about the mystery of microbial communities in out belly buttons. Be prepared to be able to discuss the article.

Don't forget Chapter 53 is on deck.

A Wed. 10/7/15

For a cool take on population ecology read the Scientific American article about the mystery of microbial communities in out belly buttons.  Be prepared to be able to discuss the article.

Don't forget Chapter 53 is on deck.

A
 Thur. 10/8/15

Quiz on Chapter 53, Population ecology.

Here's the key-points of population ecology PowerPoint presentation. If you have questions, we will have a short time before the quiz to answer them.

Make sure you hand in a typed version your final decision about your IRP project focus (including working title) and a commitment as to the members of your IRP team: names, blocks, and signatures.

A
Fri. 10/9/15

Quiz on Chapter 53, Population ecology.

Here's the key-points of population ecology PowerPoint presentation. If you have questions, we will have a short time before the quiz to answer them.

Make sure you hand in a typed version your final decision about your IRP project focus (including working title) and a commitment as to the members of your IRP team: names, blocks, and signatures.

A,D
Mon. 10/12/15
NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day
D
Tues. 10/13/15
Chapter 54, Community Ecology discussion in class. This is the key concept Powerpoint that summarizes what you need to know and understand.
A,D
Wed. 10/14/15
NO SCHOOL FOR SENIORS and no class for juniors
A,D 
Thur. 10/15/15

A block: Chapter 54, Community Ecology discussion in class. This is the key concept Powerpoint that summarizes what you need to know and understand.

D block: Quick Quiz on Chapter 54, Community Ecology

 In class, Chapter 55 Biogeochemical cycles. Here's the key concepts Powerpoint from class. Think about all the implications of the carbon cycle!!

EVERYBODY: Complete the Environmental  Challenge Brochure project about an environmental problem from the text or one from your experience.

A
Fri. 10/16/15

Quick Quiz on Chapter 54, Community Ecology

Chapter 55 Biogeochemical cycles. Here's the key concepts Powerpoint from class. Think about all the implications of the carbon cycle!!

A,D
Mon. 10/19/15

Note: Here's an explanation of the energetic hypothesis (Quiz Q2) and related discussions of trophic complexity.

Quick Quiz on Chapter 55, Biogeochemical Cycles

Gulf of Mexico Case Study in class.

D
Tues. 10/20/15

Open Response practice in class

House Cat case study in class


Wed. 10/21/15

Open Response practice in class

Eutrophication Activity in class (finish at home if necessary)

D Wed. 10/21/15

The DOs and DON'Ts of Presentations

Eutrophication Activity in class (finish at home if necessary)

A,D
Thur. 10/22/15

Thank you, Ms. Chen, for posting this concept review document for the ecology unit.

ECOLOGY UNIT TEST: Chapters 52,53,54,55 and 56, population sampling dry lab, climate change POGIL, Gulf of Mexico Case Study, and Belly Button reading

A

Friday 

10/23/15

The DOs and DON'Ts of Presentations

House Cat case study in class

A,D
Mon. 10/26/15

Check out the Cool Links page. Lots of stuff just for the "WOW" of bio.You are always welcome to send me things to post!

 

Fruit Fly taxis lab post-lab questions. Please type answers in complete, thoughtful sentences.

Fruit Fly presentations in class. Review Lab Presentation Rubric for guidelines.

D

Tues.

10/27/15

You should be comfortable with the basic chemistry underpinnings discussed in chapter 2. Read chapter 3 as a review and to expand your understanding of the connection between the chemistry of water and the functioning of the biosphere.
A, D Wed. 10/28/15

A: You should be comfortable with the basic chemistry underpinnings discussed in chapter 2. Read chapter 3 as a review and to expand your understanding of the connection between the chemistry of water and the functioning of the biosphere.

D: Skim chapter 4. This should all be review.

A,D
Thur. 10/29/15

A: Skim chapter 4. This should all be review.

D: Chapter 5.1 through 5.3 and 5.5 for content knowledge.  Review structure and functions of three of the major groups of large biological molecules: carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Review dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis. Understand the difference between the complex carbohydrates in plants and animals, as well as the differences between saturated and unsaturated fatty acids.

We will spend very little time going over this in class. Be prepared to ask questions if there is information you don't understand.

In class we will be building macromolecules and practicing dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis with models.
A
Fri. 10/30/15 
Chapter 5.1 through 5.3 and 5.5 for content knowledge.  Review structure and functions of three of the major groups of large biological molecules: carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Review dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis. Understand the difference between the complex carbohydrates in plants and animals, as well as the differences between saturated and unsaturated fatty acids.

We will spend very little time going over this in class. Be prepared to ask questions if there is information you don't understand.

In class we will be building macromolecules and practicing dehydration synthesis and hydrolysis with models.

A,D
Mon. 11/2/15

Chapter 5.4, Proteins. 

 

D Tues. 11/3/15

Quick Quiz on Chapters 3-5, Water investigation and Macromolecules

Oenology group work worksheet in class

A,D Wed. 11/4/15

NO CLASS - Ms. DR will be out of the building

A & D: Send me an e-mail to please let me know ASAP if you plan on taking the cumulative!!

D Block: complete Free Energy POGIL in groups or on your own

Here is a brief reading guide for chapter 8. It's designed to help you identify areas of focus.

Read Chapter 8.1, 8.2 and prepare for a discussion in class.

Here's the Chapter 8 Powerpoint we discussed in class. And if you need a little review of Gibbs Free Energy, here's Paul Anderson's Bozeman Science review of the topic.

A,D
Thur. 11/5/15

A:  Quick Quiz on Chapters 3-5, Water investigation and Macromolecules

Free Energy POGIL  in class

D Block: NO CLASS - half day schedule: Read chapter 8.3 to prepare for class discussion. Refer to the Chapter 8 Reading Guide.docx.

Here's the Chapter 8 Powerpoint we discussed in class. And if you need a little review of Gibbs Free Energy, here's Paul Anderson's Bozeman Science review of the topic.

A
Fri. 11/6/15

Oenology group work worksheet in class

A,D
Mon. 11/9/15

After School: Term I cumulative exam on everything we've covered to date. Note: If you opt to use this as a re-take rather than a make-up exam, it will replace your previous Ecology test grade, regardless of whether or not it is an improvement!

First TERM IRP Deliverable Due today. Each group submits one, to either Ms. Chen or Ms. DR. All group members' names and blocks must be on the assignment!

D Tues. 11/10/15  The next two weeks will be devoted to Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration. Chapter 10 covers Photosynthesis. Pre-read this chapter and listen to the Bozeman Science Photosynthesis lecture.
A,D Wed. 11/11/15 NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day
A,D  Thur. 11/12/15 

BIOCHEMISTRY UNIT TEST ON chapters 2-5 AND 8 (as noted in reading guide), Free Energy POGIL, and oenology worksheet. 

A Fri. 11/13/15

Enzyme Escapades webquest due

 

D, A Mon. 11/16/15 

D block: Enzyme Escapades webquest due 

A and D: Are you looking for money for college? Are you interested in studying environmental topics? If yes to both, check out this scholarship opportunity.

Tues. 11/17/15 

D Block: CAM and C4 plants in class; stomate leaf peels in class.

 

A, D  Wed. 11/18/15 

A Block: Pre lab questions and lab design finalized. Lab in class.

D Block: Photosyntheskits 

As you become increasingly immersed in the topic of Photosynthesis, refer toMs. Tokos's reading guide  for Chapter 10 to make sure you are grasping the most important concepts and information.

Ms. Chen found some multiple choice review questions for practice.

A, D  Thur. 11/19/15 

A Block: CAM and C4 plants in class; stomate leaf peels in class

D Block: Pre lab questions and lab design finalized. Lab in class. 

Fri. 11/20/15 

Photosyntheskits 

 

A,D  Mon. 11/23/15 

Here's something that's just too cool not to watch. It'll only take about 3 minutes.

Quick Quiz on Photosynthesis

We'll go over the last test in class today.         

Tues. 11/24/15 

Cellular Respiration Investigation in class 

Need something to do on Saturday December 5? Check out the Harvard Science Research Conference. Applications due ASAP!

Wed. 11/25/16 

Cellular Respiration Investigation in class 

Need something to do on Saturday December 5? Check out the Harvard Science Research Conference. Applications due ASAP!

    NO CLASS/SCHOOL - Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Break  
A,D  Mon. 11/30/15 

Begin discussion of Cellular Respiration (Chapter 9).        

As you proceed through the chapter, use the Chapter 9 Essentials reading guide to help you focus on key information. Come to class prepared to ask questions about things that are unclear.

Tues. 12/1/15  D Block: Photosynthesis Lab in class. Bring all the extra materials you need. 
A,D  Wed. 12/2/15  Photosynthesis Lab in class. Bring all the extra materials you need.
A,D  Thur. 12/3/15  NO CLASS - Half Day (B,C,E)
Fri. 12/4/15  Check the Opportunities page of this website!
A,D  Mon. 12/7/15   The Mystery of the Seven Deaths case study. 
Tues. 12/8/15 

 Remember that a good way to check your understanding is to make sure you can answer all of the questions in the Cellular Respiration Discussion handout

A,D  Wed. 12/9/15  

A Block: Redo of the Photosynthesis Lab. This is your opportunity to conduct a well-designed experiment that will generate interpretable data. Stay tuned for post-lab questions due dates and protocol for the lab write-up.

 

D Block: Cellular Respiration Quiz 

A,D  Thur. 12/10/15

A Block: Finish The Mystery of the Seven Deaths case study for discussion in class.

A Block: Cellular Respiration Quiz 

Remember that a good way to check your understanding is to make sure you can answer all of the questions in the Cellular Respiration Discussion handout

 

D Block: Redo of the Photosynthesis Lab. This is your opportunity to conduct a well-designed experiment that will generate interpretable data. Stay tuned for post-lab questions due dates and protocol for the lab write-up.

Fri. 12/11/15 

Photosynthesis Post-Lab Q's due 

Here are a whole lot of links to information about the Sister Cities Project and the work that Dr. David Gullette talked about on Thursday.

A,D Mon. 12/14/15 

D Block: Photosynthesis Post-Lab Q's due 

Finish The Mystery of the Seven Deaths case study for discussion in class.

Work on Cells game in class.

D Tues. 12/15/15   Work on Cells game in class
A,D Wed. 12/16/15  

A Block: Photosynthesis Lab reports introduction and methodology due.

Work on Cells game in class

A,D Thur. 12/17/15

D Block: Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis Test

If you like to use Bozeman Science videos for review, I'd suggest: #12, 313, Lab 04, Lab 05, Gibbs Free Energy, ATP, and "The Importance of oxygen".

 

A block: meet in the Film Lecture Hall for a special presentation. Any D block students who have a free are welcome to attend.

Fri. 12/18/15  A Block: Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis Test 
A,D Mon. 12/21/15 

D Block: Photosynthesis Lab reports introduction and methodology due.

 

D Tues. 12/22/15 

Do you want to purchase a new AP Bio Exam prep book? This is a new publication that has gotten good reviews. Neither Ms. Chen nor I have formed out own opinions yet. We ordered some, and we can order more if people are interested. They are $19.95 each. Please let me know.

A,D Wed. 12/23/15  

Game Day 

A block: Photosynthesis Lab figures and figure legends due. Discussion and analysis will be due (with the rest of the sections handed in as a complete paper) on Monday January 11, shortly after the break. Don't leave it until the last minute! You also have your Term II IRP assignment due January 7/8.

 
12/24/15-1/4-16

Have a rejuvenating, safe, celebratory holiday.

 See you next year! 

A,D  Mon. 1/4/16

 

Welcome Back! Happy New Year!

 

D Tues. 1/5/16 Start paying specific attention  to chapter 7, Membrane Structure and Function. We will be doing a lab investigating diffusion, osmosis, and water potential some time in the next two weeks. Details to follow. 
A,D Wed. 1/6/16

A Block: Start paying specific attention  to chapter 7, Membrane Structure and Function. We will be doing a lab investigating diffusion, osmosis, and water potential some time in the next two weeks. Details to follow.

A and D Blocks: Read about the endosymbiotic theory of eukaryotic cell evolution on pages 516-518. You can learn much more here, and herein Uprooting the Tree of Life, and in the article The Birth of Complex Cells. Please answer the reading questions that go with these articles.

Note: one little prokaryote might be a bacterium. More than one of those little critters are bacteria.

Pay attention to the handout that you received in class before the break. Even though it will not be collected and assessed, you are responsible for the information!

A,D Thur. 1/7/16

D Block: Term II IRP paper due. If you are working with students in other blocks, your paper is still due today!

 Diffusion and Osmosis Pre-Lab questions due

A Fri. 1/8/16

Term II IRP paper due 

Diffusion and Osmosis Pre-Lab questions due

A,D  Mon. 1/11/16
Discussion section (attached to the rest of the sections) of the Photosynthesis Lab formal report due. Remember to include a properly formatted bibliography!
D Tues. 1/12/16 Chapter 8 in class. 
A,D Wed. 1/13/16

D Block: Chapter 6&7 reading quiz

 
A,D Thur. 1/14/16

D Block: CR&P retest 

A Block: Chapter 6&7 reading quiz

A Fri. 1/15/16 A Block: CR&P retest  
A,D  Mon. 1/18/16
NO SCHOOL - MLK Day
D Tues. 1/19/16 Review mitosis and the cell cycle in chapter 12. Discussion in class.
A,D Wed. 1/20/16 A Block: Review mitosis and the cell cycle in chapter 12. Discussion in class.
A,D Thur. 1/21/16

Cancer articles I and II  reading questions due. To aid in your understanding, focus on pages 241-243 and pages 373-377 (in chapter 18) and Paul Anderson's explanation of the process from Bozeman Science.

D Block: Watch the Bozeman Science videos about cell-to-cell communication and signal transduction. Look over chapter 11 to solidify your understanding. You are responsible for knowing this material at the depth and breadth of the POGIL we did in class.

A and D Block: Diffusion post-lab questions due.  The first few questions are about the surface area/volume investigation we did with agar cubes and fake "cells." 

Here is the Data from the 3 solution diffusion investigation. Use it to discuss your answers to question #5 (predictions). 

A Fri. 1/22/16

Watch the Bozeman Science videos about cell-to-cell communication and signal transduction. Look over chapter 11 to solidify your understanding. You are responsible for knowing this material at the depth and breadth of the POGIL we did in class.

TERM II ENDS

A,D  Mon. 1/25/16

TERM II Cumulative Exam during X block

Cells Unit review in class. Come in prepared to ask clarifying questions.

Make absolutely sure you are comfortable with the purpose, phases, and regulation of mitosis and the cell cycle. Check out how Mr. Anderson handles the topic in this Bozeman Science video.

Signal transduction matters for plants, too. Check out this cool info about venus flytraps!

D Tues. 1/26/16

D Block: CELLS Unit Test: Chapters 6,7,11 and 12; cancer; diffusion and osmosis lab; water potential 

Here is a cursory list of what to know for chapter 6 and chapter 7. For chapter 11, review Bozeman science for the levels of breadth and depth of signal transduction. For chapter 12, know why mitosis happens, what's going on in the cell at each stage of mitosis, and how the cell cycle is regulated (cdk cycles). Understand the answers to the cancer article questions. 

A,D Wed. 1/27/16

A Block: CELLS Unit Test: Chapters 6,7,11 and 12; cancer; diffusion and osmosis lab; water potential

Here is a cursory list of what to know for chapter 6 and chapter 7. For chapter 11, review Bozeman science for the levels of breadth and depth of signal transduction. For chapter 12, know why mitosis happens, what's going on in the cell at each stage of mitosis, and how the cell cycle is regulated (cdk cycles). Understand the answers to the cancer article questions. 

D Block: Read chapter 16 for activity and discussion in class tomorrow

Hank Green's DNA replication Crash Course is a cute introduction to the topic, but does not provide sufficient detail for you to rely on it as your sole source of information. 

I won't collect it, but do the "DNA, Can you Spare Some Change" to make sure you recall how transcription, translation, and  the genetic code work.

A,D Thur. 1/28/16

A Block: Read chapter 16 for activity and discussion in class today

Hank Green's DNA replication Crash Course is a cute introduction to the topic, but does not provide sufficient detail for you to rely on it as your sole source of information. 

I won't collect it, but do the "DNA, Can you Spare Some Change" to make sure you recall how transcription, translation, and  the genetic code work.

D Block: Review details of DNA replication

A Fri. 1/29/16

Review details of DNA replication

A,D  Mon. 2/1/16 

 

 \Read, review, learn everything in chapter 17. You should be able to draw and explain figure 17.26 in your sleep. 

I'd recommend watching Mr. Anderson andHank Green on the topics of transcription and translation (the "Central Dogma" of Biology) to refresh your memory. Follow the the reading guide generated by Ms. Tokos for chapters 17 and 18.

Tues. 2/2/16   
Wed. 2/3/16  NO CLASS for D-BLOCK. Half Day Schedule. 
A,D  Thur. 2/4/16  QUIZ: Chapter 16 and 17 
Fri. 2/5/16  NO SCHOOL - SNOW DAY
A,D  Mon. 2/10/16 

NO SCHOOL - SNOW DAY

If you like Kahn Academy lectures, here's one about control of eukaryotic gene expression.  

Tues. 2/11/16   
A,D  Wed. 2/12/16   
A,D  Thur. 2/11/16 

D Block: Read Chapter 19. Virus Comic Strip due 

Molecular Genetics TEST: Chapters 16, 17, and 18

 Fri. 2/12/16

Read Chapter 19.

Virus Comic Strip due

      Have a Safe and Rejuvenating Break 
A,D  Mon. 2/22/16 

You are responsible for reading and digesting chapter 20.1 (you can skip the part about PCR for now) in preparation for the upcoming bacterial transformation lab. 

 

You also need to read Dr. Brooks Mathewson's article about salamanders. This background for the talk during B block tomorrow, as well as some of what you will need to know when we undertake our field work with Dr. Mathewson in May. Read this even if you will not be attending the talk during B block!!

Tues. 2/23/16  Introduction to biotechnology and microarray simulation 
A,D  Wed. 2/24/16 

Pre-lab questions for the transformation lab. Flow chart for the lab procedure.  

A-Block: Introduction to biotechnology and microarray simulation  

D-Block: biotech video

A,D  Thur. 2/25/16 

A-Block: biotech video

D Block: Chapter 20 jigsaw assignments:

  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • DNA Sequencing
  • Transgenic Plants
  • DNA Fingerprinting 
  • STEM cells and regenerative medicine
  • somatic cell cloning
  • cDNA library and Microarrays
  • Southern Blotting  
Fri. 2/26/16 

Chapter 20 jigsaw assignments:

  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • DNA Sequencing
  • Transgenic Plants
  • DNA Fingerprinting 
  • STEM cells and regenerative medicine
  • somatic cell cloning
  • cDNA library and Microarrays
  • Southern Blotting  
A,D  Mon. 2/2916  Sordaria Lab in class. Please read the lab packet and do the Pre-lab questions before you come to class today. For the three questions that ask you to identify whether or not crossing over has taken place, draw in diagrams yourself and answer the question according to what you have drawn. Draw one ascus for each question.
Tues. 3/1/16

Chapter 20 QUIZ. Be familiar with the topics from the jigsaw activity, when they are used, what they are used for, and the basic procedural steps. Paul Anderson from Bozeman Science has a good video to help you out, but it is not comprehensive. Know what vectors, restriction enzymes, and PCR are used for. 

 

We will talk about Chi square analysis in class. You can practice with problems here.

 

Please read the Sordaria lab packet and do the Pre-lab questions before you come to class today. For the three questions that ask you to identify whether or not crossing over has taken place, draw in diagrams yourself and answer the question according to what you have drawn. Draw one ascus for each question.

A,D Wed. 3/2/16

A Block: Transformation Lab

Please read the Sordaria lab packet and do the Pre-lab questions before you come to class today. For the three questions that ask you to identify whether or not crossing over has taken place, draw in diagrams yourself and answer the question according to what you have drawn. Draw one ascus for each question.

 

D Block: Mendelian genetics Problems (all of chapter 14). You received a set of practice questions in class, and there are others posted here. Do as many problems as you need to in order to feel confident in your abilities. They will not be collected. If you have questions or problems, ask for help

A,D Thur, 3/3/16

A Block: Be familiar with the topics from the jigsaw activity, when they are used, what they are used for, and the basic procedural steps. Paul Anderson from Bozeman Science has a good video to help you out, but it is not comprehensive. Know what vectors, restriction enzymes, and PCR are used for. 

 

We will talk about Chi square analysis in class. You can practice with problems here.

 

D Block: Transformation Lab

Sordaria  meiosis post-lab questions due. You can collect more data from a series of Sordaria squash microgrpahs. You can count hybrid cross-over and non-cross-over asci from these pictures and add them to the data you collected in class. Include a Chi-square analysis of your data.

 

Please see announcement about AP Exam registration!

A Fri. 3/4/16

Please see announcement about AP Exam registration!

 

Mendelian genetics Problems (all of chapter 14). You received a set of practice questions in class, and there are others posted here. Do as many problems as you need to in order to feel confident in your abilities. They will not be collected. If you have questions or problems, ask for help!

A,D  Mon. 3/7/16 

Please see announcement about AP Exam registration!

 

These are the topics in chapter 14 for which you are expected to have expertise. Answer key to genetics problem packet handed out in class.

 

Chapter 15: Non-mendelian inheritance - crossing over, linkage, aneuploidy, imprinting, epigenetics. 

Tues. 3/8/16  You should own chapters 14 and 15. If there are things you want to go over or problems you want to do in class, arrive ready to ask. Don't wait until Friday to try to learn or re-learn all this information! 
A,D  Wed. 3/9/16 

D Block: The Ghost in Your Genes  

 

A Block: Sordaria  meiosis post-lab questions due. You can collect more data from a series of Sordaria squash microgrpahs.You can count hybrid cross-over and non-cross-over asci from these pictures and add them to the data you collected in class. Include a Chi-square analysis of both your data and the data from the whole class. (We will do this together.)

 

A Block: You should own chapters 14 and 15. If there are things you want to go over or problems you want to do in class, arrive ready to ask. Don't wait until Friday to try to learn or re-learn all this information! 

A,D  Thur. 3/10/16 

Chi Square quiz.

 

D Block: Abstract for Sordaria Lab or the Transformation LabBe sure to read "Some helpful hints for the Sordaria lab abstractor "Hints for the Transformation Lab abstract" and look at the "Abstract grading rubric" before you finalize your work. Remember that the point is communication, not word or sentence count. 

 

Term III IRP Assignment due tomorrow.

Fri. 3/11/16

A Block: Abstract for Sordaria Lab or the Transformation Lab. Be sure to read "Some helpful hints for the Sordaria lab abstract" or "Hints for the Transformation Lab abstract" and look at the "Abstract grading rubric" before you finalize your work. Remember that the point is communication, not word or sentence count. 

 

Term III IRP Assignment due.

A,D  Mon. 3/14/16  D Block: Heredity and Biotechnology TEST on Chapters 14, 15, and 20, Sordaria Lab, and transformation lab. 
Tues. 3/15/19  Next up: EVOLUTION. We'll be working through material in chapters 22-26 and parts of 34. Start looking at the key concepts in those chapters and stay tuned for specific assignments. Download the Evolution Reading Guide to help structure your thinking and learning in this topic.
A,D  Wed. 3/15/16 

NO CLASS - Field Trip to Harvard. Participants meet at the Commuter Rail station in Newtonville at 7:45AM. 

 

Begin your study of evolution by reading chapter 22. If anything in this chapter is unfamiliar, take notes. There is little new vocabulary, and the concepts should be familiar, If not, learn them! Paul Anderson's mini-lectures (and this one) are helpful, but not sufficient, for learning this topic.

A,D  Thur. 3/16/16

A Block: Heredity and Biotechnology TEST on Chapters 14, 15, and 20, Sordaria Lab, and transformation lab. 

 

Next up: EVOLUTION. We'll be working through material in chapters 22-26 and parts of 34. Start looking at the key concepts in those chapters and stay tuned for specific assignments. Download the Evolution Reading Guide to help structure your thinking and learning in this topic. See yesterday's links to Bozeman Science videos on the topic. of natural selection.

Fri. 3/16/16  
A,D Mon. 3/21/2016 You should read and understand chapter 22. Here is a summary of key concepts for which you are responsible. If there is something you don't understand, come to class prepared to ask!
A,D  Tues. 3/22/2016  NO CLASS -MCAS Schedule 
A,D  Wed. 3/23/16 

MCAS Schedule - meet 7:50-8:55AM

 Mandatory "review" class for AP Bio in Rooms 471 and 473. We will take advantage of the large populations size to do the Hardy Weinberg "Mating Game" lab. Review chapter 23 (link to abbreviated powerpoint) to prepare yourself for the lab.

 

For homework, do some further investigation of microevolution by downloading the the AlleleA1 app and doing the two tutorials:

Tutorial 1: Selection and Mutation

Tutorial 2: Migration and Drift

This will be a good review of what we did in class, but with the capacity to vary allelic frequencies and fitness levels, and to look at many ore generations... in seconds.

A, D

Thur. 3/24/16 

MCAS Schedule - both classes meet

Chapter 24: Speciation

Do the six Hardy-Weinberg problems on page 96 from the H-W Lab pakcet.

 

A,D  Fri. 3/25/16  NO SCHOOL - Good Friday
A,D  Mon. 3/28/16  Nothing due, but you need to keep up with your reading about Evolution. You should be very comfortable with everything the outline suggests you know for chapters 22 and 23. You should also have completed the calculation of all the allelic frequencies from the various scenarios in the simulation (mating game) we did in class. You should have a clear understanding of what all this means in the big picture of micro-evolution.
Tues. 3/29/16 

Chapter 24: Speciation

Do the six Hardy-Weinberg problems on page 96 from the H-W Lab packet. Hand in the packet with all of the questions answered. You do not need to use complete sentences. I just want to be sure you have processed and understood the results of the lab.

If you are having trouble, check out what Paul Anderson has to say about the Hardy Weinberg Equation.
A,D  Wed. 3/30/16 

VERIFICATION DAY - weird schedule

Two new additions to the Announcements page.

 Chapter 24: Speciation

Do the six Hardy-Weinberg problems on page 96 from the H-W Lab packet. Hand in the packet with all of the questions answered. You do not need to use complete sentences. I just want to be sure you have processed and understood the results of the lab.

If you are having trouble, check out what Paul Anderson has to say about the Hardy Weinberg Equation.

Hardy-Weinberg Quiz in class

A,D  Thur. 3/31/16   
Fri. 4/1/16 

END OF TERM III

No late work accepted after today 

A,D  Mon. 4/4/16 

If you went on the first field trip to Harvard a couple of weeks ago, PLEASE fill out this survey!!

 

If you were unable to complete the BLAST activity we did in class, complete the Phylogenetic Trees POGIL and think carefully about the pros and cons of using different data sets (including morphology) to determine taxonomic relatedness. Think about the connections between nucleotide sequence, amino acid sequence, morphology, and adaptive traits. be able to draw cladograms (phylogenetic trees) from different kinds of data, and understand the implications for evolution of each pattern of branches. Does every data set lead to the same conclusions about phylogenetic relationships between species?

 

Evolution case studies in class. Jigsaw activity to share readings.

 

AP Exam registration is officially closed. Could you please remind students that they are required to attend 1 pre-administration session to complete the identification information on the exam answer sheet(s). These sessions will start promptly at either 2:25 (Mondays) or 2:40 (Thursdays) and will last approximately 30 minutes. The sessions will be held in the cafeteria on April 4, 7, 11, 14, 25, and 28. They do not have to attend the specific session that they signed up for during exam registration.

 

D   Tues. 4/5/16 

Evolution case studies jigsaw presentations (find the pdfs for the case studies in the Handouts folder). Answer the guiding questions in a captivating 2-3 minute synopsis and analysis of the article your group read. 

 

Also in class, discussion of Phylogenetic Trees POGIL and random evolution vocabulary. Note that this list is not comprehensive. Feel free to send me additions and I will upload them to the published list.

ALL Tues. 4/5/16 
TERM III CUMULATIVE EXAM after F Block (2:40PM) in Rm. 429 
A,D  Wed. 4/6/16 

Evolution case studies (find the pdfs for the case studies in the Handouts folder) jigsaw presentations. Answer the guiding questions in a captivating 2-3 minute synopsis and analysis of the article your group read.  

 

A Block: Also in class, discussion of Phylogenetic Trees POGIL and random evolution vocabulary. Note that this list is not comprehensive. Feel free to send me additions and I will upload them to the published list.

A,D  Thur. 4/7/16  EVOLUTION UNIT TEST: Chapters 22-26, Hardy-Weinberg lab simulations, phylogeny BLAST activity; selection POGIL; case studies jigsaw activity
Fri. 4/8/16   
A,D  Mon. 4/11/16  We'll begin our study of anatomy and physiology with the Immune System, chapter 43. You will be responsible for the information in the presentation and the reading guide
Tues. 4/12/16  In class we will continue our discussion of the immune system. 
A,D  Wed. 4/13/16 

NO CLASS

 

Field trip to Harvard University for PCR lab. Make sure that if you are going, you have received and read the logistics handout from Ms. Chen

A,D  Thur. 4/17 /16

If you went on the trip to Harvard to do the PCR lab, please complete this on-line survey. It will take 2-3 minutes, and will help Harvard continue to be able to fund their outreach program. It's a way of saying "thank you."

 

Read Chapter 40 about homeostasis. As we delve further into body systems, keep in mind that this unit is about systems integration and communication. There are also obvious links with structure and function, evolution, and energy. In short all the AP Bio BIG IDEAS feed in to this unit as you will realize when you focus on these scaffolding questions.

 

D Block: Wrap up Immunology and prepare for group work after vacation.

Fri. 4/18/16  Wrap up Immunology and prepare for group work after vacation.
A and D  week of April 25  Everyone should be working in a group on mastering the structures and functions of one of the human body systems in chapters 40-48. Mr. Gwin will be supervising the class. If you are unclear on your mission, this is the assignment and the groups for each class. 
A, D Mon. 5/2/16 It's been brought to my attention that many of you will betaking the chem and psych AP's today, so we will not be doing presentations. Good luck on your exams, and I'll either see you in class for informal review, or I'll see you next class.
D Tues. 5/3/16

Anatomy and Physiology presentations

Remember that the handout is the notes page, and the presentation is just a cool thing you think your classmates should know and are likely to remember. DO NOT use the presentation to try to teach the whole system! For example, if you studied the digestive system, you could talk about fecal transplants as a new and usually successful cure for intractable C. difficil  (also known as "C. diff") colitis!

A,D  Wed. 5/4/16

Anatomy and Physiology presentations

Remember that the handout is the notes page, and the presentation is just a cool thing you think your classmates should know and are likely to remember. DO NOT use the presentation to try to teach the whole system! For example, if you studied the digestive system, you could talk about fecal transplants as a new and usually successful cure for intractable C. difficil  (also known as "C. diff") colitis!

A,D Thur. 5/5/16 So today many of you have the calculus AP. If so, good luck! If not, come in and we'll do some practice test questions.
A,D Friday 5/6/16 - Sunday 5/8/16 

You should be doing the following Friday and over the weekend to prepare for the exam on Monday:

• Look over key concept summaries at the back of each of the chapters we covered in class this year

• Look over old tests in class

• Look over old labs: what you did, why you did it, what happened, what it meant

• Practice tests: review concepts and content of anything that is still fuzzy

• Do not pull all-nighters!!! Get good sleep so your brain can assimilate and process all the information you've reminded it that it knows

 

Get a good night's sleep on Sunday night.

 

ALL 

Monday, 5/9/16 

7:45 AM

   ROCK THE AP EXAM!!!    

Location: SOA

Ext Time: RM 102 (Report to SOA first)

  • Sharpen your pencils.
  • Bring a good eraser along with at least two sharp #2s. 
  • Eat breakfast. (Yes, really!)
  • You've worked hard for this all year, and I know you know your stuff. You are the BEST!!
    PLEASE RETURN YOUR TEXTBOOKS
A, D Mon. 5/16/16 Presentation Prep. Check in with me so I know you are here then use the time to pull your IRP poster presentation together. You may work in the classroom or in the library or wherever you wish.
D Tues. 5/17/16 NO CLASS: MCAS Schedule (11th and 12th grades arrive 11:25 for G and F blocks)
A, D  Wed. 5/18/16

MCAS Schedule, but A-Block will meet at the Tiger Drive entrance at 10:00AM. Salamander Project excursion to Cabot Woods. Dress Appropriately with good walking shoes and rain gear if needed!!

 

D-Block: (1:00-1:55) Presentation Prep. Check in with me so I know you are here then use the time to pull your IRP poster presentation together. You may work in the classroom or in the library or wherever you wish.

  Thur. 5/19/16

A-Block: Kickball v. A -block AP Chem. Bennett is going DOWN!!!

D-Block: You can work on your presentation, or we will watch a Nature episode about Beavers (very very cool!) or we will go outside and hang out. 

ALL  Mon. May 23, 2016

A-Block: Presentation Prep

 D-Block: Kickball v A-block O-Chem. Hamel is going DOWN!!!

 Term IV Make-Up exam during X block

Tues. 5/24/16 D-Block: IRP Poster Session 
A,D  Wed. 5/25/16  IRP Poster Session
A, D Thur. 5/26/26

A-Block: IRP Poster Session 

D-Block: Salamander Project excursion to Cabot Woods. Dress Appropriately with good walking shoes and rain gear if needed!!

A Fri. 5/27/16 Class Farewell Breakfast and certificate presentations. Bring in food to share. 
     
     
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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