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  Block(s) Due Date Assignment
  ALL Mon. 6/2 Make sure you have returned both your textbook and feedback form to me. Your due date is today!
  E,F,G Fri. 5/30 TBD. Check back for an update.
  D,E Thur. 5/29

Last class with our seniors. Bring food, games, videos for a party.

Seniors: make sure you have returned both your textbook and feedback form to me. Your due date is today!

  ALL Wed. 5/28

Kickball Challenge! D block v AP Calculus (LeTourneau); E and F blocks v AP Chem (Bennett); G block v AP Stats (Klem). Organize team colors or some other coordinated fashion statement. Make an impression even before you get on the field!

F&G: This is our last class with our seniors. Bring food to celebrate!

F&G Seniors: make sure you have returned both your textbook and feedback form to me. Your due date is today!

  D,F,G Tues. 5/27

Check the announcements page

Bring in a fruit or vegetable or flower for dissection

Please fill out the course feedback form ASAP and return it to me. I will distribute hard copies in class.

  ALL Mon.5/26 NO SCHOOL
  E,F,G Fri.5/23

Big Idea #4 Assessment

Synthetic Bio Formal Lab Write-Up (unless you have mastered the formal write-up by scoring 55 or above on a previous formal lab, in which case, your assignment is an informal lab for this investigation.) For some ideas to help you think about context and for the discussion section, check out this Sci Show episode.

  D Thur.5/22

Big Idea #4 Assessment

 Synthetic Bio Formal Lab Write-Up (unless you have mastered the formal write-up by scoring 55/60 (65/70) or above on a previous formal lab, in which case, your assignment is an informal lab for this investigation.) For some ideas to help you think about context and for the discussion section, check out this Sci Show episode.

  E Thur.5/22 Big Idea #3 Assessment
  E Wed.5/21 Big Idea #2 Assessment; BioBuilder Synthetic Bio Post-Lab Questions Due
  D,F,G Wed. 5/21 Big Idea #3 Assessment; BioBuilder Synthetic Bio Post-Lab Questions Due
  D,F,G Tues.5/20 Big Idea #2 Assessment
  ALL Mon.5/19

Big Idea #1 Assessment
Check the Announcements page! E-mail me when you've done that and let me know whether or not you're writing a nomination. DO NOT tell me whom you are nominating! Yes, this is an actual assignment, and it is due no later than Tuesday 5/20!

  D,E Thur. and Fri. 5/15-5/16

No class. Ms DR will be out of the building. 

I suggest you work on your lab reports while you have the free time.  

Check the Announcements page! E-mail me when you've done that and let me know whether or not you're writing a nomination. DO NOT tell me whom you are nominating! Yes, this is an actual assignment! 

  ALL

 Wed.

5/14

Check the Announcements page!

Note funky schedule because of MCAS

No G block. Ms DR is proctoring MCAS. If you are not taking an exam, work on your lab report.

No D,E, or F because so many people are taking AP's. If you're not taking an exam, work on your lab report.

Good luck juniors taking the APUSH exam, and to seniors taking AP World. Everyone else, catch your breath. Go outside. Smell the spring!

  E,F,G Tues. 5/13

No D block.

F and G blocks bring food to share and if it's nice, we'll go outside. If it isn't nice, we'll watch a movie. Suggestions?

  ALL Mon.5/12 ROCK THE AP EXAM. Meet in the SOA at 7:45. You are the BEST!!
  ALL

Sat./Sun.

5/10-5/11

Each day this weekend, do at least one fun thing that will make you feel relaxed and happy. You've trained hard for this event. All your preparation will pay off. At this point, a positive attitude is worth far more than one more cram session!
  E,F,G Fri.5/9

Big Idea #4 Review

An overview of the Big Ideas, their constituent concepts, and an example of an approach to integrating our curriculum.

Try these sample open-response questions for practice.

  E Thur.5/8

Big Idea #3 Review

An overview of the Big Ideas, their constituent concepts, and an example of an approach to integrating our curriculum.

  D Thur.5/8

Big Idea #4 Review

An overview of the Big Ideas, their constituent concepts, and an example of an approach to integrating our curriculum.

  E Wed.5/7

Big Idea #2 Review

An overview of the Big Ideas, their constituent concepts, and an example of an approach to integrating our curriculum.

  D,F,G Wed.5/7

Big Idea #3 Review

An overview of the Big Ideas, their constituent concepts, and an example of an approach to integrating our curriculum.

  D,F,G Tues.5/6

Big Idea #2 Review

An overview of the Big Ideas, their constituent concepts, and an example of an approach to integrating our curriculum.

  ALL Mon.5/5

Big Idea #1 Review

An overview of the Big Ideas, their constituent concepts, and an example of an approach to integrating our curriculum.

Make sure someone on your team has recorded and shared the results of the Synthetic Biology lab using the GoogleDoc designed for the purpose.

  F,G Fri. 5/2

BioBuilder (Synthetic Bio) Pre-Lab Questions Due. (Page 18 of packet)

Here's the Intro to Synthetic Biology PowerPoint from class.

And here's another longer introduction to Synthetic Bio from MIT professor Kristala Prather.

  D,E Thur. 5/1

BioBuilder (Synthetic Bio) Pre-Lab Questions Due. (Page 18 of packet) 

Here's the Intro to Synthetic Biology PowerPoint from class.

And here's another longer introduction to Synthetic Bio from MIT professor Kristala Prather.

  ALL  Wed.4/30  Body Systems Test (Nervous, Immune, and Endocrine). 
  D,F,G Tues. 4/29

BioBuilder (Synthetic Biology) What a Colorful World  Pre-lab questions.

Mini-powerpoint about the Endocrine System. All images are figures from the textbook.

  F, G Mon.4/28

Add information about your assigned hormone to the class GoogleDoc table. Remember to make your entries comprehensible, and free of vocabulary you do not understand!

Prepare an "elevator pitch," 2-minute presentation of the highlights of your endocrine system research. Choose one or two memorable ideas, such as a disorder, or a treatment, or a weird organ, that your classmates will remember. Pack a punch!

  ALL Mon.4/28 Introduction to Synthetic Biology.
  D,E Thur.4/17

Chapter 45. Check the reading guide to help you focus on what's most important.

Add information about your assigned hormone to the class GoogleDoc table. Remember to make your entries comprehensible, and free of vocabulary you do not understand!

Prepare an "elevator pitch," 2-minute presentation of the highlights of your endocrine system research. Choose one or two memorable ideas, such as a disorder, or a treatment, or a weird organ, that your classmates will remember. Pack a punch!

  ALL
Wed.4/16
Chapter 45, the Endocrine System. During an in-class project, you will become an expert in the function of one part of the endocrine system. Check GoogleDocs to find the class chart to which you will add the gist of your research.
  ALL 

Mon-Tues

4/14/-4/15

I don't like to advocate anything that interferes with a good night's sleep, but there will be a total lunar eclipse in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. If it's a clear night, it may be worth getting up and watching the spectacle. 
  ALL
Mon.4/14

You should have a very clear idea of how an action potential occurs, how it is propagated along the axon, and how cells communicate with each other through neurotransmitters. Nail down chapter 48 as detailed in the study guide.

Chapter 45 (the endocrine system) is next. We'll be discussing it on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you will be missing class, catch up on the reading when you return to school.

  ALL
Wed.4/9

Your Inner Fish New 3-part PBS series about Evolution part I is tonight at 10PM. You can also check out the PBS website for previews and, ultimately, the entire broadcast (or so I have been told).

 

Please see Monday's announcement on the Announcements page of this web page! Spread the word among all of your classmates, and thank you in advance for your help.

 

Wrap up of the Immune System and chapter 43. Next up: Chapter 48. Begin to familiarize yourself with the structure of a neuron and action potentials.

  E,F,G Tues.4/8

Your Inner Fish New 3-part PBS series about Evolution airing tomorrow night. I haven't seen it yet, but the book on which it is based is awesome. It'd be a great review of the Evolution unit, as well as some new stuff. Consider it an investment in preparation for the exam in May!

Please see Monday's announcement on the Announcements page of this web page!

  ALL Mon.4/7 More Chapter 43 in class. Ms. Tokos has generously shared another reading guide with us. The important foci in chapter 43 are included.
  ALL Fri.4/4 Note that today is the last day of Term III. No class today. Ms DR will be out of the building at a conference. If you have late work for the term, put it in my mailbox in the main office by the end of school today. No late work accepted after today.
  D,E Thur.4/3 Keep on keeping on. Nothing specific due today.
  ALL Wed.4/2 More Chapter 43 in class. Ms. Tokos has generously shared another reading guide with us. The important foci in chapter 43 are included.
  ALL Mon. 3/31 Read chapter 43 about the Immune system. Focus on the key concepts, rather than the excruciating details. Find links to other concepts (e.g. cell signalling) that you've encountered previously. There are a couple of videos posted on the Cool Links page. If you find other good ones. let me know and I'll add them to the list. 
  E,F,G Fri.3/28 Evolution Test: Chapters 22, 23, 24, and selected topics 25, 26. You are also responsible for the BLAST activity and Hardy Weinberg problems. This test will be a Term III grade.
  D
Thur.3/27
Evolution Test: Chapters 22, 23, 24, and selected topics 25, 26. You are also responsible for the BLAST activity and Hardy Weinberg problems. This test will be a Term III grade.
  E Thur.3/27

Selected topics (see reading guide) chapter 26

Read about human evolution in chapter 34.8 (pp 728-733) We'll do some more reading and discussion in class.

  D,F,G
Wed. 3/26

Selected topics (see reading guide) chapter 26

Read about human evolution in chapter 34.8 (pp 728-733) We'll do some more reading and discussion in class while we're dealing with registration verification matters.

  E
Wed.3/26

Selected Topics (see reading guide) chapter 25

Pay particular attention to chapters 25.3 and 25.5, in part because they are just that cool, and in part because they offer examples of integration between evolution and things we have studied before.

  D,F,G
Tues.3/25

Selected Topics (see reading guide) chapter 25

Pay particular attention to chapters 25.3 and 25.5, in part because they are just that cool, and in part because they offer examples of integration between evolution and things we have studied before.

  ALL Mon.3/24

Completed morphology cladogram, table and nucleotide sequence homology cladogram, and questions for BLAST homology activity.

  E,F,G Fri.3/21

Virus Comic Strip

Background information can be found in Chapter 19.1 and 19.2. This index of viruses might also be of use to you. There are enormous numbers of other web resources. Not all are equally legitimate. Use good judgement.

We'll be using computers and BLAST today to build cladograms and investigate the use of DNA sequence homology to determine evolutionary relatedness. Please complete at home whatever you don't finish in class.

  D Thur.3/20

Virus Comic Strip

Background information can be found in Chapter 19.1 and 19.2. This index of viruses might also be of use to you. There are enormous numbers of other web resources. Not all are equally legitimate. Use good judgement.

We'll be using computers and BLAST today to build cladograms and investigate the use of DNA sequence homology to determine evolutionary relatedness. Please complete at home whatever you don't finish in class.

  D,F Wed.3/19

Read chapter 24 for class today.

Note that there is a weird MCAS schedule. There will be no E or G block classes today, but D and F will meet for the last two blocks of the day.

  F,G Tues.3/18 Speciation and Macroevolution in class.
  D Tues.3/18

Six Hardy-Weinberg practice problems (from "Lab 8" handout) due.

If you did not finish running the H-W simulation program in class, please do so at home, and answer all of the questions in the handout. Note that the instruction manual can be downloaded from the Wash U Allele A1 site (linked above) if you want to get fancy or try something new.

Keep in mind that the idea behind  H-W Equilibrium is as a predictive tool for assessing allelic frequency if a population is not evolving. If allelic frequencies vary over time, then one or more of the five H-W suppositions is not true.

  E,F,G Mon.3/17

Six Hardy-Weinberg practice problems (from "Lab 8" handout) due.

If you did not finish running the H-W simulation program in class, please do so at home, and answer all of the questions in the handout. Note that the instruction manual can be downloaded from the Wash U Allele A1 site (linked above) if you want to get fancy or try something new.

  D Mon.3/17

Hardy-Weinberg simulation in class. Please finish the packet for homework. If you weren't in class today, you can get the packet from me and do the work on your own. 

Check the announcements page.

  ALL

Mon.3/17

X-Block

Chi-squared make-up quiz room 415
  E,F,G Fri.3/14

Hardy-Weinberg simulation in class. Please finish the packet for homework. If you weren't in class today, you can get the packet from me and do the work on your own. 

Check the announcements page.

  E Thur.3/13 Special half-day schedule. Read chapter 23 for class today.
  D,F,G Wed.3/12 Read chapter 23 for class today.
  E Wed.3/12 Ms. Tokos has shared her Evolution Reading Guide. We will begin with chapter 22 and proceed more-or-less in order through chapter 26. Read chapter 22 for class today.
  D,G,F Tues.3/11 Ms. Tokos has shared her Evolution Reading Guide. We will begin with chapter 22 and proceed more-or-less in order through chapter 26. Read chapter 22 for class today.
  All Mon.3/10

Review the use of restriction enzymes by familiarizing yourself with figure 20.3. We will re-introduce their use in genetic engineering next month when we use recombinant DNA to transform bacteria. This is discussed on pp. 398-400.

Familiarize yourself with PCR (the polymerase chain reaction) and its use to make lots of copies of a gene from a DNA sample by reading pp.403-404. Fig. 20.8 is helpful. Review figure 20.15 and think about the application of  microarrays in the analysis of gene expression.

Here's a reading guide for Chapter 20. Please thank Ms. Tokos.

  ALL DAILY for the immediate future Here is is, your bio moment of WOW!
  E,F,G Fri.3/7 Informal Lab report (abstract and figure, either annotated photograph or annotated sketch, with figure legend) for Electrophoresis Lab. Typed post-lab questions due.Here's a cool tool for designing pedigrees, brought to my attention by Kaija in Ms. Tokos' A block. Read in Chapter 20: The DNA Toolbox p. 396 Using Restriction Enzymes p. 398 Gel Electrophoresis and Southern Blotting p. 405-407, Fig 20.9, 20.10, 20.11
  D Thur.3/6

Informal Lab report (abstract and figure, either annotated photograph or annotated sketch, with figure legend) for Electrophoresis Lab. Typed post-lab questions due. Here's a cool tool for designing pedigrees, brought to my attention by Kaija in Ms. Tokos' A block.

Read in Chapter 20: The DNA Toolbox p. 396  Using Restriction Enzymes p. 398 Gel Electrophoresis and Southern Blotting p. 405-407, Fig 20.9, 20.10, 20.11   

  ALL Wed.3/5

 

Molecular Biology Unit Test: Chapters 17,18, chapter 11 as per the reading guide, Meiosis Lab, Chi-square analysis, and Electrophoresis (Crooked Cell) lab.

Another video resource to review some carcinogenesis basics

  ALL Mon.3/3 - Wed. 3/5 In preparation for this week, pre-read chapter 20. Look at the key concepts, section headings, and diagrams. Watch the following two tutorials on the function of restriction enzymes: Part I and Part II. Additional resources include several Bozeman Science tutorials. These are menat to enhance, not replace, your understanding of material in the textbook.
  ALL
Mon.3/3 

Electrophoresis Post-Lab questions due. I will collect your written answers on Thursday (D and E) and Friday (F and G) but  you should have answered the questions mentally in preparation for the test on Wednesday.

  E Thur.2/27 Read Crooked Cell Lab. Pre-Lab questions due.
  ALL Wed.2/26 Informal report for meiosis lab. Include an abstract and presentation of both your individual data and that of the class (or composite AP set). Your data section should also include a Chi-square analysis of both individual and group data sets.
  D,F,G Tues.2/25 Read Crooked Cell Lab. Pre-Lab questions due.
  ALL Mon.2/24 Read Chapter 18 and prepare your assigned piece of the jigsaw. You must become the expert for your section, as you will be teaching it to classmates. Take a look at the operon notes and the Chapter 18 Reading Guide that Ms. Tokos has shared with us.
  ALL 2/17-2/21

Find a biology-related current event that makes you say "Wow!" It can be a podcast, reputable video, image, print article, or on-line periodical. Send me information (i.e. a link) so I can see or read it, too. 

Have a wonderful Break. Rest and Recharge your batteries. 

  E,F,G Fri.2/14 Sordaria Post-Lab Questions Due. These must be picked up in class. There is no electronic copy.
  D Thu.2/13 Sordaria Post-Lab Questions Due. These must be picked up in class. There is no electronic copy.
  D,F,G Wed.2/12 Read Chapter 17.
  E Wed.2/12

Read Chapter 17. If you'd like Hank to give you a quick overview, check out the Crash Course video about transcription and translation.DO NOT be satisfied with this level of understanding. You do need to read the textbook!

Chi-square practice problems due - both the one in the Lab Seven handout, and the three in the AP Biology Chi Square Problems handout.

  D,F,G Tues.2/11

If you'd like Hank to give you a quick overview, check out the Crash Course video about transcription and translation.DO NOT be satisfied with this level of understanding. You do need to read the textbook!

Chi-square practice problems due- both the one in the Lab Seven handout, and the three in the AP Biology Chi Square Problems handout.

  ALL Mon.2/10 Read Lab packet for the Meiosis (Sordaria) lab and answer the pre-lab questions (those indicated with a dot on pages 1 and 2 of handout - 12 in all). Work your way through the Lab Bench tutorial about the lab.
  E,F,G
Fri.2/7

Mendelian Genetics Test: Chapters 13, 14, and 15

Check out the Reading Guide Ms. Tokos has shared with us.

  D
Thur.2/6

Mendelian Genetics Test: Chapters 13, 14, and 15

Check out the Reading Guide Ms. Tokos has shared with us.

  ALL  Thur.2/6-Fri.2/7  Make sure you are conversant in all of the vocabulary used in the assigned chapters. 
  E Thur.2/6 Make absolutely sure you can answer all of the multiple choice questions on the Review Problems sheet distributed in class yesterday. Practice the linkage problems in the second part of the packet. Answers to the linkage problems can be found here.
  D (E,F,G) Wed.2/5 Half Day. Only D meets (10:05-11:00)
  D,F,G Tues.2/4 Make absolutely sure you can answer all of the multiple choice questions on the Review Problems sheet distributed in class yesterday. Practice the linkage problems in the second part of the packet. Answers to the linkage problems can be found here.
  ALL Mon.2/3 Read chapter 15.5 for understanding and in preparation for the video we will be watching in class today.
  ALL Mon.1/27-Fri 1/31
This week we will be wrapping up chapter 14 and finishing chapter 15. Make sure you are fluent in the vocabulary of Mendelian genetics, and able to solve all of the genetics problems in the various downloadable handouts
  E,F,G Fri.1/24  Go to the Handouts page, click on Classwork Handouts, and navigate to the Genetics Problems folder on the left. There you will find a plethora of practice problems for chapters 14 and 15. You should ultimately be adept at solving any of them. By the end of this week, you should be comfortable with mono and di-hybrid crosses, the concepts of poly-genic inheritance, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, epistasis, and pleiotropy.  
  D,E Thur.1/23 Go to the Handouts page and navigate to the Genetics Problems folder. There you will find a plethora of practice problems for chapters 14 and 15. You should ultimately be adept at solving any of them. By the end of this week, you should be comfortable with mono and di-hybrid crosses, the concepts of poly-genic inheritance, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, epistasis, and pleiotropy. 
  ALL Wed.1/22

Note: Grades page is live. Let me know if you find errors.

SNOW DAY - read chater 14. Familiarize yourself with the concepts of dominance and recessiveness, and understand how to use Punnett squares to do mono-and di-hybrid crosses. Problem sets will be distributed in class Thursday and Friday.

  D,E,F Tues.1/21 Chapter 13  - meiosis review in class using snap-bead chromosomes. Know all relevant vocabulary and be able to use it.
  ALL Mon.1/20 NO SCHOOL: MLK DAY
  E,F,G Fri.1/17 Chapter 13 - read sufficiently thoroughly that you can easily answer the concept questions in parts 13.1 and 13.2. You will be responsible for mastery of 13.3 and 13.4 by Monday.
  ALL Thur.1/16 Term II Cumulative Exam X-Block in the cafeteria: chapters 6,7,9,10, and 12 (cells, cell membranes, cell cycle, mitosis, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis)
  D Thur.1/16 Chapter 13 - read sufficiently thoroughly that you can easily answer the concept questions in parts 13.1 and 13.2. You will be responsible for mastery of 13.3 and 13.4 by Monday. 
  E Thur.1/16

Chapter 16 quiz in class

Read the Eureka and Goodbye chapter from Maddox's biography of Rosalind Franklin. Annotate your copy using the "Thinking Notes" symbols in the handout given out with the chapter. Commit some time to thinking about the "Thought Questions" in the same handout.

  D,F,G Wed.1/15

Chapter 16 quiz in class

Read the Eureka and Goodbye chapter from Maddox's biography of Rosalind Franklin. Annotate your copy using the "Thinking Notes" symbols in the handout given out with the chapter. Commit some time to thinking about the "Thought Questions" in the same handout.

  E Wed. 1/15 You should be getting very comfortable with the vocabulary and information in chapter 16 with regard to DNA structure and replication.
  D,F,G Tues.1/14 You should be getting very comfortable with the vocabulary and information in chapter 16 with regard to DNA structure and replication.
  ALL Mon.1/13 We're beginning our discussion of DNA structure and replication before embarking on Unit 3 and our investigation of genetics. To this end, please read chapter 16 for class today. Focus on key concepts. Think about why this chapter is included in the text book, and why we are reading it before chapters 13 and 14. I have uploaded a study guide that includes chapter 16 (from Ms. Tokos). It might be useful to read it before opening the book. 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.
  E,F,G Fri.1/10 Informal lab report due for Photosynthesis lab. Include and abstract and presentation (tables and graphs) of your data. Review the abstract criteria, and give careful consideration to the presentation of your data. Remember that graphs are meant to tell a story. Make sure the story stands alone and is clear.
  D Thu.1/9 Informal lab report due for Photosynthesis lab. Include and abstract and presentation (tables and graphs) of your data. Review the abstract criteria, and give careful consideration to the presentation of your data. Remember that graphs are meant to tell a story. Make sure the story stands alone and is clear.
  ALL Wed. 1/8

Cellular Respiration and Photsynthesis test. This includes chapters 9 and 10 and the photosynthesis lab.

Check out Ms.Tokos's Reading guide for chapters 9 and 10. be sure to thank her for sharing.

  ALL
Tues. 1/7 See announcement for a competition sponsored by the MA Society for Medical Research. Let me know if you plan to enter.
  ALL
Mon. 1/6 Ms. Tokos has shared with us two figures that compare photosynthesis and cellular respiration. If you like visuals, these are good ones. Thank you, Ms. Tokos!
  E,F,G Fri. 1/3 If you have not yet watched the Bozeman science video about photosynthesis, this would be a good way to spend part of the snow day. If there is no snow day,we will be reviewing the same information in class. Be ready!
  ALL Thur. 1/2

Welcome back. Nothing Due Today  

Check out Ms.Tokos's Reading guide for chapters 9 and 10. be sure to thank her for sharing.

  ALL 12/21-1/1 HAVE A SAFE VACATION AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
    Fri.12/20  
    Thur. 12/19  
  D,E Wed. 12/18

Review the connection between photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

Bring in any materials that you and your lab partners agreed upon.

You are responsible for a complete understanding of chapter 10 (photosynthesis) by Friday (Thursday for D block).

  F,G Tues. 12/17

Review the connection between photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

Bring in any materials that you and your lab partners agreed upon.

You are responsible for a complete understanding of chapter 10 (photosynthesis) by Friday.

  ALL Mon. 12/16

Photosynthesis Pre-lab Questions.You will need to use the lab hand-out you were given in class. D block will have to do the best you can with the pdf if you did not pick up a copy of the lab from me on Friday.

As an introduction to Chapter 10, watch Paul Anderson's Bozemanscience video about Photosynthesis. Give it your undivided attention for the entire 12+ minutes.

Conclusion questions from yeast respiration investigation also due today.

  E,F,G Fri. 12/13 Write an "Ode to ATP." Extol in verse (rhyming or otherwise) the virtues of this marvelous molecule. To help you get started, think about answering the questions, "Where does it come from?" and "What does it do?" Look at these exemplars (another one and another one) from my classes in 2011 for inspiration. Meljo, in D block, shared this ETC song.
  D
Thur. 12/12

Write an "Ode to ATP." Extol in verse (rhyming or otherwise) the virtues of this marvelous molecule. To help you get started, think about answering the questions, "Where does it come from?" and "What does it do?" Look at these exemplars (another one and another one) from my classes in 2011 for inspiration. Meljo, in D block, shared this ETC song.

PICK UP THE PHOTOSYNTHESIS LAB HANDOUT FROM MS DR IN 415 BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR THE WEEKEND or you will have to try to decipher the pdf which uploaded at really low resolution.

  E
Thur. 12/12
Prepare the handout and presentation for your group's assigned segment of the cellular respiration process. Remember that your task is to both entertain and inform. Meljo, in D block, shared this ETC song.
  D,F,G
Wed. 12/11
Prepare the handout and presentation for your group's assigned segment of the cellular respiration process. Remember that your task is to both entertain and inform.
  E Wed. 12/11 This week and next we will be covering the material in chapters 9 and 10, Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis. Specific assignments will be posted, but in the meantime, begin to familiarize yourselves with the material in these chapters. To get yourself started, watch this summary video. It's over 14 minutes long, so set aside ample time and mental attention.
  D,G,F Tues.12/10 This week and next we will be covering the material in chapters 9 and 10, Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis. Specific assignments will be posted, but in the meantime, begin to familiarize yourselves with the material in these chapters. To get yourself started, watch this summary video. It's over 14 minutes long, so set aside ample time and mental attention.
  ALL Mon.12/9 Read the following article about cancer by Whitehead Institute scientist Robert Weinberg. Give yourself some time. This is not a short article, but it is very comprehensible. Be able to answer these questions.
  E,F,G Fri.12/6 Have a very good understanding of chapter 12.1 and 12.2. Refer to Ms. Tokos's outline to help you focus on the important parts. This is the link to the plant cell mitosis video.
  D,E Thur.12/5 Note: Half day schedule. D-Block meets 9:05-10:00. E-Block meets 10:05 - 11:00.
  ALL Wed.12/4 You should be reading Chapter 12 and generating questions for me to answer in class. We will be going over the last test, and beginning discussion of mitosis and the cell cycle.
  D,G Tues.12/3 NO F-BLOCK TODAY
  ALL Mon.12/2

We will be starting our discussion of the Cell Cycle and Cancer. You will ultimately be responsible for the material in Chapter 12 and some outside readings TBD. If you want to get a jump on the reading over the long weekend, go right ahead!

If you haven't done your lab presentation yet, heed all of the + + Delta discussion and improve your final product before you present.

 

  D Mon.12/2 Osmosis Lab presentation. Refer to lab presentation rubric. Mr. Hamel has kindly allowed us access to the very cool document he wrote about how (and why) to graph using Excel. You may want to look at it while you make your PowerPoint presentation and finish your post-lab questions.
  E Wed.11/27 Osmosis Lab presentation. Refer to lab presentation rubric. Mr. Hamel has kindly allowed us access to the very cool document he wrote about how (and why) to graph using Excel. You may want to look at it while you make your PowerPoint presentation and finish your post-lab questions.
  F,G Tues.11/26 Osmosis Lab presentation. Refer to lab presentation rubric. Mr. Hamel has kindly allowed us access to the very cool document he wrote about how (and why) to graph using Excel. You may want to look at it while you make your PowerPoint presentation and finish your post-lab questions.
  D Tues 11/26

Cells Test: Chapters 6 and 7, Cell Survey, Osmosis Lab

Ms Tokos has very kindly allowed me to share with you a reading guide she has written to help you focus your review of the textbook reading. Please thank her when you see her.

Osmosis and Diffusion Post-Lab questions

  E,F,G Mon. 11/25

Cells Test: Chapters 6 and 7, Cell Survey, Osmosis Lab

Ms Tokos has very kindly allowed me to share with you a reading guide she has written to help you focus your review of the textbook reading. Please thank her when you see her.

  E Fri.11/22 Osmosis and Diffusion Post-Lab questions (Part 3 due Monday)
  ALL Fri,11/22 Chapter 6 Quiz re-take immediately after school. Grades will be averaged with the grade from your quiz on Wednesday. I need to leave the classroom by 3:00. This is your only chance!
  D,E

Thur.11/21

 

Osmosis and Diffusion Lab in class. Make sure you read Chapter 36 pp. 767-771 about the application of osmosis to water transport in plants. Pay close attention to figures 36.7 36.8, and 36.9. Check your understanding with concept check 36.2 on page 771. Be sure you can speak intelligently about #1, 2, & 4.

After lab is completed, post data in GoogleDocs.

  F,G Wed.11/20 Osmosis and Diffusion Post-Lab questions (part 3 due Friday)
  F,G Tues.11/19

Osmosis and Diffusion Lab in class. Make sure you read Chapter 36 pp. 767-771 about the application of osmosis to water transport in plants. Pay close attention to figures 36.7 36.8, and 36.9. Check your understanding with concept check 36.2 on page 771. Be sure you can speak intelligently about #1, 2, & 4.

After lab is completed, post data in GoogleDocs.

  ALL Mon. 11/18

We will be discussing Chapter 7 in class. Come prepared with specific questions or points for which you wish clarification.

Osmosis Lab Pre-lab questions due.

  E,G,F Fri. 11/15

Osmosis Lab Pre-lab questions begun in class. Questions turned on on Monday.

See recent announcement regarding addendum to grading policy.

  D Thur. 11/14

Osmosis Lab Pre-lab questions begun in class. Questions turned on on Monday.

  E Thur.11/14 Enzyme Lab Formal Lab Report due.
  E Wed.11/13 Enzyme Lab formal report for peer review and feedback. (You must have work to share with your peers so as to improve the final product for tomorrow.)
  D,F,G Wed.11/13 Enzyme Lab Formal Lab Report due.
  D,F,G Tues.11/12 Enzyme Lab formal report for peer review and feedback. (You must have work to share with your peers so as to improve the final product for tomorrow.)
  ALL Fr.11/8 TERM I IS OVER. NO ADDITIONAL WORK ACCEPTED FOR FIRST TERM.
  E,F,G Fri. 11/8 Work together on solidifying your understanding of chapters 6 and 7. E-Block: we'll address Chapter 7 in class next Wednesday, but try to get a handle on it before then! NO CLASS. Ms DR is out of the building. Read about the endosymbiotic theory of eukaryotic cell evolution on pages 516-518.
  ALL Thur.11/7 Half Day - Weird Schedule (A-C-D) NO CLASS for D block - Ms. DR is out of the building. Read about the endosymbiotic theory of eukaryotic cell evolution on pages 516-518.
  D,F,G
Wed.11/6
Read chapter 7. Become familiar with membrane structure and function, the endo-membrane system, and the different kinds of transport across cell membranes. Become re-acquainted with ATP!
  E
Wed.11/6
Chapter 6 for ownership: Cell theory, structure & function of all organelles. Cells, Inc. Board Meeting in class. Be prepared to defend the continuation of funding for your division! Write a letter to the Chairman of the Board of Cells, Inc. summarizing the reasons your division should not be eliminated during the downsizing. Remember, you are fighting for your livelihood! Plead your case and support it with evidence! 
  D,G,F Tues.11/5 Chapter 6 for ownership: Cell theory, structure & function of all organelles. Cells, Inc. Board Meeting in class. Be prepared to defend the continuation of funding for your division!  Write a letter to the Chairman of the Board of Cells, Inc. summarizing the reasons your division should not be eliminated during the downsizing. Remember, you are fighting for your livelihood! Plead your case and support it with evidence! 
  ALL Mon.11/4

X-Block Term I Cumulative Make-Up Test in Cafeteria. Remember that if you have taken both exams this term, you must decide ahead of time which exam the make-up will replace. It will be your new grade for that exam, regardless of whether it is better or worse. Cells, Inc in class 

  E,F,G Fri.11/1 Pre-read Chapter 6. Cells, Inc in class
  D Thur.10/31 Pre-read Chapter 6. Cells, Inc in class
  E Thur.10/31

BIOCHEMISTRY TEST: Chapters 3,4,5,8 and Enzyme Lab

Besides the videos for review, check out this graphic organizer for monomers, polymers...Macromolecules!

  F,G

Wed.10/30

Fri.11/1collected

Enzyme Post-Lab questions and graphs due. (This is not a distraction from preparing for the test. It will help you solidify your understanding of enzyme function!)
  D,F,G
Wed.10/30

BIOCHEMISTRY TEST: Chapters 3,4,5,8 and Enzyme Lab

Besides the videos for review, check out this graphic organizer for monomers, polymers...Macromolecules!

  F,G Tues.10/29 Enzyme Pre-Lab questions completed.
  D Mon.10/28 Toothpickase Lab questions (and graphs for step 6!) completed. Enzyme Post-Lab questions and graphs due.
  E Mon.10/28 Enzyme Post-Lab questions and graphs due.
  E,F,G Fri.10/25

Ms DR will be out of the building today. NO CLASS. Use the time to work on chapters 5 and 8 for mastery, and to do the pre-lab questions for the enzyme lab. Work together to answer concept questions at the end of each chapter section and in the review section at the end of the chapters. Make sure you can use the vocabulary that appears in the text in bold type. 

  E Fri.10/25 Toothpickase Lab questions completed. Please place completed work in my mailbox in the main office.
  D,E Thur.10/24 Enzyme Pre-Lab questions completed. Please enter your data on the spreadsheet I shared with you on GoogleDocs. Put your initials under the time columns, and the data going across the table in the appropriate columns.
  G,F Wed.10/23 Toothpickase Lab questions completed. Please enter your data on the spreadsheet I shared with you on GoogleDocs. Put your initials under the time columns, and the data going across the table in the appropriate columns.
  E Wed.10/23 Chapter 8.3 - 8.5. Enzymes are key to all biological activity. Make sure you come to class with a solid preliminary understanding of their structures and functions. Take a look at the reading guide to help you focus on the most important concepts in each section of this chapter. Check out the chemistry section this website and watch the various macromolecule videos to reinforce what we flew through in class!
  D,G,F Tues.10/22 Chapter 8.3 - 8.5. Enzymes are key to all biological activity. Make sure you come to class with a solid preliminary understanding of their structures and functions. Take a look at the reading guide to help you focus on the most important concepts in each section of this chapter. Check out the chemistry section this website and watch the various macromolecule videos to reinforce what we flew through in class!
  D,E,F,G Mon.10/21 Read Chapter 8.1 and 8.2 (pp 142-149). This is challenging. Give yourself enough time to really pay attention to what you're reading. Take a look at the reading guide to help you focus on the most important concepts in each section of this chapter.
  E,F,G Fri. 10/18

Informal Lab Report (Abstract, data, post-lab questions) due

Skim Chapter 5

  D Thur.10/17

Skim Chapter 5

Informal Lab Report (Abstract, data, post-lab questions) due

  D,E,F,G Wed.10/16 Chapter 4 (Carbon versatility and isomers)
  E Wed.10/16 Water Investigation Questions due
  D,G,F Tues.10/15 Water Investigation Questions due
  E,F,G Fri.10/11 Chapter 3 for ownership
  E Fri.10/11 Biome Chart Completed
  D,F,G
Thur.10/10

Biome Chart Completed

Pre-Read Chapter 3

  D,E,F,G Wed.10/9

ECOLOGY UNIT TEST including ANIMAL BEHAVIOR:

Chapters 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56; Fruit Fly, Pop. Exercise, Succession Lab

  D,F,G
Tues.10/8
Review Day for Ecology chapters. Come in with questions! We'll discuss strategies for studying massive amounts of material. 
  D,E,F,G Mon.10/7

Make sure you find time to look at all of the biome posters and fill out the chart on the back of the assignment. You should be familiar with the characteristics of all of the terrestrial biomes. Don't ignore the aquatic biomes posted by Ms. Tokos's students. They are just as interesting as those found on dry land.

We will spend 10 minutes in class doing the make-up quiz. If you are not making up the quiz, bring something to keep you constructively occupied for 10 minutes.

  D Mon.10/7 Pre-Lab questions for Succession Inquiry (Beet) Lab
  E,F,G Fri.10/4

Pre-Lab questions for Succession Inquiry (Beet) Lab

Chapter 55 concepts and vocabulary (be prepared to ask for clarification on anything you don't understand.)

If you have not entered data into my computer, please e-mail me your 6-character secret password for access to grades when I post them on-line!

  D
Thur.10/3

Chapter 55 concepts and vocabulary (be prepared to ask for clarification on anything you don't understand.)

If you have not entered data into my computer, please e-mail me your 6-character secret password for access to grades when I post them on-line!

  E Wed.10/2 Completed, completely legible, formulas with units included, Population Sampling worksheet.
  D,F,G Tues.10/1 Completed, completely legible, formulas with units included, Population Sampling worksheet.
  D,E,F,G Mon.9/30

Skim Chapter 54. At a minimum: Focus on key concepts. Look at figures and read figure legends. Look at Concept Checks at the end of each section and see if you can answer the questions. Read Summary of Key Concepts on page 1215-1216.

Biome projects due. Please hand in a separate bibliography that includes your group members' names and block!

Read the Succession Lab carefully in preparation for making observations in class.

       
  D,E Fr.9/27 Enter your team data on the GoogleDoc. Answer the Population Sampling questions to the best of your ability while the experience is fresh in your mind. Save the worksheet. We will revisit this exercise next week.
  E,F,G Fri.9/27 Chapter 52 project in class.
  D,E Thur.9/26 Skim Chapter 53. At a minimum: Focus on key concepts. Look at figures and read figure legends. Look at Concept Checks at the end of each section and see if you can answer the questions. Read Summary of Key Concepts on page 1191-1192. We will be going to Cabot Woods to do a population sampling exercise. Become familiar with the purpose of population sampling. Think about what we can learn by counting organisms. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk.
  f,G Wed.9/25 Enter your team data on the GoogleDoc. Answer the Population Sampling questions to the best of your ability while the experience is fresh in your mind. Save the worksheet. We will revisit this exercise next week.
  D,E F,G
Mon. 9/16

Read Fruit Fly lab handout. Complete pre-lab questions. Bring in 500 ml (16 oz.) disposable water bottles and other materials you want to use for your investigation. 

If you haven't already done so, bring in signed permission slip, parent contact information, and your signed lab safety contract.

  D,E,F,G Wed.9/25 Answers to Fruit Fly post lab questions due.
  G,F Tues.9/24 Skim Chapter 53. At a minimum: Focus on key concepts. Look at figures and read figure legends. Look at Concept Checks at the end of each section and see if you can answer the questions. Read Summary of Key Concepts on page 1191-1192. We will be going to Cabot Woods to do a population sampling exercise. Become familiar with the purpose of population sampling. Think about what we can learn by counting organisms. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk.
  D Tues.9/24 Chapter 52 project in class.
  D,E,F,G Mon.9/23

Find a more recent article that talks about the environmental issue you read about in class. Answer the questions on the handout in concise terms. Keep it short!.

Fruit Fly Lab presentations due. Will be presented in class today. You only have 5 minutes plus one minute for questions. Rehearse!

  E,F,G Fri.9/20

Skim Chapter 56. At a minimum: Focus on key concepts. Look at figures and read figure legends. Look at Concept Checks at the end of each section and see if you can answer the questions. Read Summary of Key Concepts on page 1262.

  D Thur.9/19 Skim Chapter 56. At a minimum: Focus on key concepts. Look at figures and read figure legends. Look at Concept Checks at the end of each section and see if you can answer the questions. Read Summary of Key Concepts on page 1262.
  E Wed.9/18 Bring in testing materials and water bottles
  D,F,G Tues.9/17 Bring in testing materials and water bottles
  D, G, F
Tues.9/17
Bring in testing materials and water bottles
     

 

 

 

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