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Assignments 2014-15

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F,G  Wed. 9/3/14  Summer Reading Assignment Due 
F,G  Thur. 9/4/14 

E-mail your first assignment if you haven't already done so.

If you have some time, watch the videos listed on Monday's assignment and look over chapter 51. You'll have something specific to read that will be assigned in class tomorrow.

F,G  Fri. 9/5/14 

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.

F,G  Mon. 9/8/14 

Check the Announcements page to see instructions for how to log on to the Pearson site for on-line textbook resources.

Watch Paul Anderson (Bozeman Science) lecture on animal behavior.

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

Write a really pithy quiz question about anything you found interesting and important in chapter 51. Type it up (include your name and block!!) to hand in.

F,G  Tues. 9/9/14 You should have received a description of the Independent Research Project (AP-IRP) in class, 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!
F,G  Wed. 9/10/14  Send me an e-mail by 11:00PM this evening to let me know you've logged on to the website. Be sure to include your name and block in the e-mail! 
F,G  Fri. 9/12/14

Fruit Fly pre-lab questions due.

Optional Bozeman science video introducing another version of the animal taxis (fruit fly) lab.

F,G  Mon. 9/15/14 

Bring in materials (bottles and testing substances) for fruit fly lab. Experimental design and test-run in class.

Heavily skim chapter 56 for an overview about how humans have affected the global environment, and some specific examples of anthropogenic environmental change. 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 the Summary of Key Concepts on page 1262. 
Choose one environmental problem from the text or one from your experience and complete the Environmental Challenge Brochure project.





Fruit Fly lab in class. 
F,G  Wed. 9/16/14  Take a look at the Ecology Vocabulary List. We will be discussing chapters 52 (very briefly) through 56 in class in the next week or so. A functional knowledge of the vocabulary will help you understand both textbook and additional assigned reading. 
F,G  Fri. 9/18/14 

Fruit-fly post-lab questions due. 

Chapter 53 coming up next.

F,G Mon. 9/22/14

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.

Take 5 minutes and watch this episode of NPR's Science Friday. Crazy biology!!

F,G Tues. 9/23/14

Read chapter 53.3 and 53.4 and take notes. Be very clear about factors that influence population growth.

Field Trip to Cabot Woods! Dress for walking and for the weather. Be prepared to collect data and take notes.




Read and take notes on the last two sections of chapter 53. Understand age-structure pyramids and how they are used in discussions of carrying capacity over time.



Lab Presentations in class. Make sure you and your partners have rehearsed so your presentation goes smoothly and clearly. Be certain to review the lab presentation rubric before you present to the class!

Mon. 9/29/14

Be prepared for a quiz on chapter 53.

Read and take notes on Chapter 54.1 and 54.2. Read the Tuna for Lunch case study and answer the questions. Please answer as you read rather than reading the whole case and then answering all the questions at once. Answers should be typed and in complete sentences.

F,G Tues. 9/30/14

Read and take notes on Chapter 54.3 - 54.5.

Ms. Lichtenstein did some on-line searching and found this awesome collection of video clips showing different kinds of symbiotic relationships. This is a fun way to study!

Typed answers to Population Sampling questions due today. Find shared data on the GoogleDoc spreadsheet.

F,G Wed. 10/1/14

Read the Conversations with Fireflies case study and answer the questions. Please answer as you read rather than reading the whole case and then answering all the questions at once. Answers should be typed and in complete sentences.

There's a nice video in the Bozeman Science series showing lots of examples of ecological succession.

F,G Fri. 10/3/14 Read and take notes on Chapter 55.1 and 55.2.
F,G Mon. 10/6/14

Read and take notes on Chapter 55.3 and 55.4. Skim Chapter 55.5 for concepts.

Ms DR will be out of the building, but Mr. Auerbach will still hold class.

Tues. 10/7/14

Take a look at the Capture-mark-recapture practice problems. You may hand these in as a replacement for the chapter 53 quiz if you now have a better understanding of these concepts.

Ms DR will be out of the building, but Mr. Auerbach will still hold class.

Wed. 10/8/14 ECOLOGY AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOR UNIT TEST including chapters 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, fruit fly lab, outside readings and case studies. I've posted a powerpoint presentation that briefly summarizes each chapter in the context of an overview of ecology.
Fri. 10/10/14

Read Chapter 3. The chemistry should all be a review. Focus on how biology relates to all the concepts about the behavior of water.

F,G  Wed. 10/15/14 

Read chapter 4. This should be at least partially a review. Focus on the range of variation in carbon compounds, isomers, and bonding.

Molecule building and sugar tasting in class.

F,G  Fri. 10/17/14 

Skim Chapter 5. Review structure and functions of the four major groups of large biological molecules: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, 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.

Building biomolecules in class.

F,G  Mon. 10/20/14

Quick chapter 5 quiz in class.

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.

F,G  Tues. 10/21/14

Read chapter 8.3 to prepare for class discussion. Refer to the Chapter 8 Reading Guide.docx chapter 8 reading guide.

Toothpickase lab in class.

F,G  Wed. 10/22/14

Toothpickase graphs and questions due.

Prepare chapter 8.4 and 8.5. This is where the rubber meets the road.

Read the handout for the catalysis lab. Answer the pre-lab questions.

You will work with lab groups to design an experiment.

Please spend 5 minutes answering this survey for Dr. Price's intern. It is anonymous.

F,G  Fri. 10/24/14


Catalysis lab in class.

F,G  Mon. 10/27/14

Post-lab questions due.

If you did not already do so last week, please spend 5 minutes answering this survey for Dr. Price's intern. It is anonymous.

Note: Neither Ms DR nor Mr. Auerbach will be in school today. You may use the classroom to study together. E-mail Ms. DR with any lingering questions. 

F,G Tues. 10/28/14

F-Block: catalysis lab in class 

G-block: Enzyme Escapades webquest.

F,G Wed. 10/29/14 Biochemistry Test: Chapters 3,4,5,8 water, sugar, and enzyme investigations.
F,G  Fri. 10/31/14

Pre-read Chapter 6. Cells, Inc in class.

F,G  Mon. 11/3/14

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!  

 Your Term I IRP assignment is due today! 

X-Block Mon. 11/3/14 Term I cumulative exam after school in room 425. Remember that you must declare ahead of time which exam (Ecology or Biochemistry) the cumulative will replace. That replacement is binding, regardless of the grade. Be prepared to spend 50 minutes to complete the test.
F,G Tues. 11/4/14

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!

F,G Wed. 11/5/14

Ms. DR is out of the building. Read about the endosymbiotic theory of eukaryotic cell evolution on pages 516-518. You can learn much more here, and herein this article, and in the article The Birth of Complex Cells that will be handed out in class. 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.

F, G  Fri. 11/7/14 


Chapter 7 discussion in class. Be prepared to ask questions!

Enzyme catalysis formal lab report due. You are required to bring your complete best effort report to class. We will spend part of class time doing peer editing. The final draft is due on Wednesday 11/12.

F, G  Mon. 11/10/14 

No Homework due because of SFA policy.

F, G  Tues. 11/11/14  NO SCHOOL -VETERANS' DAY 
F,G Wed. 11/12/14

Osmosis Lab Pre-lab questions for Part I due. 

Responses to Endosymbiosis Questions due.

F,G Fri. 11/14/14

Final edit of formal lab report due. Post lab questions for Part I (surface area to volume ratio investigation) due. 

Read for understanding about water potential in chapter 36, pages 767-771.

F,G Mon. 11/17/14

Osmosis Lab Pre-lab questions for the rest of the lab due. 

Make sure you watch the Water Potential PowerPoint presentation if we didn't finish it in class.

Short quiz on chapter 6.

F,G  Tues. 11/18/14 Osmosis Lab procedures 2 and 3 in class. 
F,G  Wed. 11/19/14 Part II of Osmosis lab procedures 2 and 3 in class.
F,G  Fri. 11/20/14

Osmosis Post-Lab questions due.

Lab presentation (by group) for diffusion and osmosis lab (procedures 2 and 3).

F,G  Mon. 11/24/14

Cells Test including chapters 6, 7, Cells, Inc., Diffusion and Osmosis Labs, water potential.

If you want a guide to reviewing for the test, take a look at the reading guide that Ms. Tokos wrote last year and was kind enough to share with us.

F,G  Tues. 11/25/14

If you haven't done your lab presentation yet, you'll do it (or finish it) in class today. Heed the comments made on previous presentations, and use the weekend to make your presentation the best it can be. Mr. Hamel shared some instructions for using Excel to make graphs.

We'll go over the test in class

F,G  Wed. 11/26/14


No class today due to short holiday schedule. 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!

F,G  Mon. 12/1/14  For a good overview of mitosis and the cell cycle (to supplement your textbook reading!) check out the first 9:50 minutes of Bozeman High School science teacher Paul Andersen's Bozeman Science video on the topic. Skip the last part of the video that discusses meiosis. We'll get to that when we do Mendelian genetics, and I don't want you to get confused.
Tues. 12/2/14 


G-block will be doing a peer-teaching jig-saw in class. Make sure you are able to answer your assigned question and explain it to your classmates. You will collaborate with your partners to create and present a 2-minute elevator-pitch of your area of expertise.

F Wed. 12/3/14 G-block will be doing a peer-teaching jig-saw in class. Make sure you are able to answer your assigned question and explain it to your classmates. You will collaborate with your partners to create and present a 2-minute elevator-pitch of your area of expertise.
G Wed. 12/3/14 TBD
F,G Fri. 12/5/14

Rare Extra Credit Opportunity! The two Scientific American articles you are assigned are good, but they are almost 20 years old. Much more is now understood about cancer biology, and it has also been made clear that there is even more that we didn't even know we didn't know 20 years ago. I have been on a search for more recent articles that review what is currently known about cancer biology and have the same degree of sophistication and depth as the two older articles. Find me something we can use, and I will make it worth your while!

Meanwhile, read both of the cancer articles given out in class and answer the reading questions. (Remember to return articles!) Please frame your answers so that they reflect the questions asked.

F,G Mon. 12/8/14 Make sure you know and understand the chapter 12 material covered in class by me and your classmates. Make sure you are clear on cell cycle control, CDK, and the disruptive factors that lead to carcinogenesis.
F,G Tues. 12/9/14 We'll be doing a cellular respiration jigsaw in class. You were given a list of questions for which you will ultimately be responsible, so begin to look over chapter 9, read the key concepts and chapter summaries, and start to learn vocabulary.
F,G Wed. 12/10/14 Jig-saw presentations in class. Be prepared to ask questions so that you really understand what has been presented.
F,G Fri. 12/12/14

Here's a little video animation that might help you understand the why's and wherefore's of the Kreb's Cycle.

Chapter 9 quiz. (There may be a couple of questions about chapter 12 as well.)

Check the Announcements page for an exciting summer opportunity.

Check the announcement about Mr. Auerbach's concert/lesson in the music department next week.

F,G Mon. 12/15/14 Read over the photosynthesis lab and answer the pre-lab questions. Chapter 10 will give you some good information if you are unsure of the basics about photosynthesis. Both the Bozeman science and Crash Course videos are also helpful. In addition, Mr. Anderson from Bozeman science shows you the leaf disc technique we will be using. Watching this is an actual assignment. It will save you lots of time in the long run.
F,G Tues. 12/16/14 We'll be doing the photosynthesis lab in class. You were working with a group yesterday, so make sure you are all on the same page vis a vis what you will be doing in class. If someone said they'd bring materials, make sure they bring them. Have a back-up plan!
F,G Wed. 12/17/14 Continuation of lab and discussion of photosynthesis.
E block Thur. 12/18/14 Mr. Auerbach will be giving a lecture/concert on Rachmaninoff and the Russian art of the late 19th century. Orchestra room. (He's performing in a regularly scheduled music class, so be respectful of the teachers and students, please.)
F,G Fri. 12/19/14

Photosynthesis (chapter 10) lecture/discussion.

Review the connection between cellular respiration and photosynthesis. This conceptual framework should help you see the big picture concepts that connect this unit to all of biology.

F,G Mon. 12/22/14

Photosynthesis (chapter 10) lecture/discussion.

Write and Ode to ATP, the marvelous molecule that fuels life! Extol its virtues in rhyming couplets, free verse, or an expressive mode of your choosing. If you are inspired by Terpsichore, set your verse to music!

F,G Tues. 12/23/14

Photosyntheskits performances. Be sure you and your group come prepared with all of the props and costumes you need. Dazzle us with your brilliance!

You are welcome to bring refreshments to share with you classmates while they enjoy the performances.

    Have a Celebratory Holiday, a Happy, Healthy New Year, and a Relaxing Break!
F,G Tues. 1/6/15 Abstract and excellent figures for the photosynthesis lab. Remember that if your experiment never got off the ground (or off the bottom of the cup), you are welcome to use the data from a group that had more success. However, remember to give that group credit in the form of a formal citation!
F, G



Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis (chapters 9 & 10, Photosynthesis and leaf labs) Test

Remember to study in small bites, chew carefully, and let the material digest. Use the study guide to GUIDE you. The list of essential information from chapter 9 and essential information from chapter 10, compiled by Dr. Phil Sharp at MIT, is also a good framework for organizing your thoughts. You were given a hard coopy a few weeks ago




We'll go over the test in class today. 
F,G Mon. 1/12/15 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.
F,G Tues. 1/13/15 Read "Eureka and Good Bye" chapter from Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox. Be prepared for a discussion in class.
F,G Wed. 1/13/15 Very short quiz on Chapter 16
ALL Thur 1/15/15 Term II Cumulative Exam during X-Block
F,G Fri. 1/16/15

Familiarize yourself with the why's and wherefores of meiosis in Chapter 13. Bozeman Science does a decent overview, in spite of Mr. Anderson's use of "nuclei" as a singular noun. You will, however, need to have a more profound understanding of the details of the process than are explained in that video.

Mon. 1/19/15


But now for something completely different: Caryn Babaian is a professor in Pennsylvania who uses drawing to teach biology. Check out these short videos and see if they offer you any inspiration. Put away your cell phones and take out your pencils. We will be drawing the new plants we plant for our food project (stay tuned) after the February break!

Tues. 1/20/15
We will begin our discussion of Mendelian inheritance after a brief wrap-up of meiosis. There may be a quiz to assess your facility with chapter 13 vocabulary and your knowledge of the three ways in which genetic diversity is accomplished in sexually reproducing species.
Wed. 1/21/15

Read chapter 14 for understanding. Refer to the reading guide for the depth and breadth to which you will be held accountable. Make sure you are comfortable with mono and di-hybrid crosses, incomplete and co-dominance. Do as many problems as necessary to convince yourself you are competent. There will be problems on some of these handouts that use patterns of inheritance you haven't learned yet. We will cover them all by the end of the week.

Fri. 1/23/15
We will discuss chapter 15 and non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance. As with other genetics problem sets, do as many crosses as you need to to feel comfortable with the concepts of sex-linked inheritance and aneuploidy. You should be able to use pedigree charts to determine genotypes of both ancestors and offspring. You should now also be able to do problems that involve epistasis, pleiotropy, polygenic inheritance, and multiple alleles (i.e. do all problems in the sets used earlier in the week).
F,G Mon. 1/26/15

Chapter 14 and 15 quiz. Expect one complex genetics (Punnett square) problem and a pedigree chart interpretation.

Chapter 15.3 and 15.4: Gene linkage, mapping, and aneuploidy

F,G Tues. 1/27/15


If we have a snow day, please start (and finish by Monday) the Genetic Disease Project.

F,G Wed. 1/28/15 SNOW DAY
F,G Fri. 1/30/15 Sex-linkage and gene mapping (chapters 15.3 and 15.4). Familiarize yourself with the concept of non-disjunction and aneuploidy as described in the chapter.




Review chapters 14 and 15 and jot down questions you have or areas where you are experiencing confusion. The Powerpoints are on line if you prefer to have the information on screen. 

Tues. 2/3/15


Mendelian genetics, Chi-squared, meiosis, non-Mendelian inheritance review!

No school again, so here's my suggestion: Watch Bozeman Science segments on Mendelian Genetics, non-Mendelian inheritance (like sex linkage and aneuploidy), and gene mapping. If you like Hank Green, watch the Crash Course Mendelian Inheritance video. If you struggled with the genetics quiz, download the step by step genetics problems instructions, and follow them as you do more practice problems from the printed packets or other posted (in the genetics folder) problem sets. 

F,G Wed. 2/4/15

Genetic Disease Project due.

We WILL do the lab today, unless the fungus has matured past its expiration date. Keep your fingers crossed.

(NOTE: Weird half-day schedule. F block meets 9:05-10:00; G-block meets 10:05-11:00)

ALL Thur. 2/5/15 I will be available for help during X block. If you are struggling with any of the heredity information or genetic cross problems, come to X-block!
F,G Fri. 2/6/15

Data consolidation and Chi-square analysis of Sordaria data in class. 

In preparation for the Genetics and Heredity test, between now and over the weekend, whether or not we have another snow day, watch the BBC Documentary The Ghost in Your Genes about epigenetics.

Here it is, your moment of Whoa!

ALL Weekend of 2/7-8 NOTE: I have uploaded some answer keys ot the genetics folder. It is a laborious undertaking and I am unlikely to finish all of them this weekend. If you have particular problems with which you need help, send me an e-mail and I will post strategies and answers for those specific problems.
F,G Mon. 2/9/15


Chi-squared practice problems due.  Set 1Set 2

E-mail me with problems and I'll do the best I can to help you.

F,G Tues. 2/10/15


Keep working on practice problems, reading, and using the other resources I mentioned and linked above.

F,G Wed. 2/10/15

Meiosis and Inheritance Test (chapters 13, 14, and 15, Sordaria lab, and Chi-square analysis)

Note that this test will not "count," but similar problems will be on the next unit test. In short, the next test will be more like a cumulative exam for this unit and the next one on molecular genetics and biotechnology.

Remember to look at the reading guide for the depth and breadth of information fro which you are held accountable.

F,G Fri. 2/13/14

Answer the post-lab questions for the Sodaria lab and perform Chi-square analyses on both the data from your class, and the composite data from both classes. State the null hypothesis and the experimental hypothesis, and show your work. Is the null hypothesis supported or rejected? Why? This assignment will be collected and graded.

Read the article from Time magazine about epigenetics, "Why Genes Aren't Your Destiny," and answer the reading questions. This assignment will also be collected.



Have a Happy and Safe Vacation. Good luck Weathering the Weather!

Vacation week
Next up, Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, chapters 17-20. I'd recommend watching Mr. Anderson and Hank Green on the topics of transcription and translation (the "Central Dogma" of Biology) to refresh your memory. You are also welcome to start reading Chapter 17-18, following the reading guide generated by Ms. Tokos. We will be hitting the ground running when you return, so set the stage now, get plenty of rest, and get psyched for learning how it all works!
F,G Fri. 2/27/15

Chapter 17 quiz.

We will use the rest of the class time to establish who is working with whom and which viruses people will research for the Virus Comic Strip project.

We will also discuss eukaryotic gene regulation and do our best to wrap up chapter 18. Whatever we don't cover in class you will be responsible for reading on your own over the weekend.


Paul Anderson of Bozeman Science does a good job of explaining the operon model of gene regulation in prokaryotes, and at minute 8:24, the comparable mechanism of the role of regulatory sequences and transcription factors in eukaryotes.


There are also segments of chapter 11 that pertain to cell signalling, signal transduction pathways, and signal amplification. Make sure to look at those before Monday also. Mr. Anderson from Bozeman Science has two video lessons to help you understand the process: Signal transduction Pathways and Signal Transmission and Gene Expression. They cover similar information and reinforce each other and the chapter readings.


We won't get too deeply into the variety of functions of microRNA's, but they are very cool, and worth noting. Here's a user-friendly video about how RNAi (RNA interference) works and why we care.

F,G Mon. 3/2/15

Read Crooked Cell (gel electrophoresis) lab packet carefully. Make a flow chart of the steps in the lab procedure.

Make sure you've sent me an e-mail with your top choices for the virus project. I will update the list as I assign viruses so you will know what is still available. First come, first choices!

F,G Tues. 3/3/15

Electrophoresis pre-lab questions due.

Crooked Cell lab in class.
F,G Wed. 3/4/15 Familiarize yourself with the key concepts, vocabulary, and figures in chapter 19 so you will be comfortable with the lecture in class. We will not have a chance to go over virus biology in depth. However, this chapter will be an excellent resource for background information for your Virus Comic Strip.
F,G Fri. 3/6/15 Electrophoresis post-lab questions due.
F,G Mon. 3/9/15

Virus Comic Strip project due. Check the virus list.

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 meant to enhance, not replace, your understanding of material in the textbook.

F,G Tues. 3/10/15 Prepare for the test. Come to class armed with questions that need clarification.
F,G Wed. 3/11/15

Molecular Biology and Mendelian Genetics Multiple-Choice Unit Test: Chapters 17,18, chapter 11 as per the reading guide, Meiosis Lab, Chi-square analysis, and Electrophoresis (Crooked Cell) lab, Chapters 13, 14, and 15 genetics problems similar to those on the practice test last month.

Another video resource to review some carcinogenesis basics

And here's a link to an NPR story about prions. It will explain things at the level you need to know them. Cool stuff!

F,G Fri. 3/13/15 Molecular Biology and Mendelian Genetics Open-Response Unit Test: Chapters 17,18, chapter 11 as per the reading guide, Meiosis Lab, Chi-square analysis, and Electrophoresis (Crooked Cell) lab, Chapters 13, 14, and 15. There will be two separate open-response questions, one for Mendelian Inheritance, and one for molecular biology.



Go over test in class.
Tues. 3/17/15

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

Review the use of restriction enzymes by familiarizing yourself with figure 20.3. We will re-introduce their use in genetic engineering in a few weeks 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. This is discussed on 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.

In class we'll go over the open-response questions from last week's test and begin our discussion of biotechnology.

Wed. 3/18/15

Finish DNA Fingerprinting and PCR presentation in class.

Restriction enzyme simulation in class

Fri. 3/20/15

Do you like biology? Do you like contests? Check this out!

Don't forget that your Term III assignment for your independent project (Term III IRP) is due today!

(Because of MCAS, we have to postpone our wrap of of biotechnology, the DNA transformation lab, until we have consecutive lab days.)

Part III of your Independent project is due today.

F,G Mon. 3/23

This assignment date may be shifted, but in preparation fro the DNA transformation lab, watch the Bozeman Science intro-to biotechnology labs segment that describes both the electrophoresis lab (not the exact one we did, but worth reviewing to think about electrophoresing DNA) and the transformation lab.

We'll begin an Intro to Evolution. You'll be responsible for material in chapters 22-26 in the course of this unit. Begin 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!

F,G Tues. 3/24 MCAS schedule. Ms DR will be at a workshop all day. No F or G block. Read chapter 21.6 about genes and evolution. Take notes and be prepared to ask questions if you don't understand something. This is a perfect segue between the genetics and evolution units.
F,G Wed. 3/25 MCAS schedule. No G block. F block 2:00-2:55 for a discussion of Darwin's development of evolutionary theory (chapter 22).
F,G Thur. 3/26/15 7:50 - 9:00 MANDATORY AP Biology intensive session in room 473.  W will be discussing population genetics and Hardy-Weinberg (chapter 23). If you still have questions about anything in chaper 22 you should ask them now because we are moving on!
F,G Fri. 3/27/15 You are now responsible for the material in chapters 22 and 23. Refer to the Reading Guide (note that the chapters are out of order) for clarity on depth and breadth.  
Mon. 3/30/15

Make sure you have read and understood the lab packet for the transformation lab. Pre-Lab questions are due today.

Now that we've worked out the glitches, if you haven't already done so, carry out the Hardy-Weinberg Allele A1 population Genetics Simulation. Note that the instruction manual can be downloaded from the Wash U Allele A1 site (linked above) so you don't waste time figuring out how to make it work. Type up and hand in answers to questions 1-14. 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. Be prepared for a quiz!

We will be doing the "Lab 8" exercise in class. I will be collecting the completed packet tomorrow, including all of the H-W practice problems on the last two pages.

F,G Tues. 3/31/15


All Lab 8 population genetics and H-W questions answered legibly or typed and handed in. DO NOT forget to write your name and block on the front of the packet!

F,G Wed. 4/1/15

Play a benign April Fool's joke on someone. (Think ahead about their reaction, and aim for something that will make them laugh!)

Read Chapter 24 for today.

Transformation Lab in class. Review the flow chart before you arrive so that you know what you are doing!

F,G Thur.4/2/15

X-Block: Optional Genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology cumulative exam: 15 M-C and one O-R. This grade will replace the grade you earned on the first test, whether or not it is an improvement.

Any time you have a couple of minutes free today, check your bacterial plates for colonies!

F,G Fri. 4/3/15
F,G Mon. 4/6/15

After you check your bacteria plates, we'll be using computers and BLAST today to build cladograms and investigate the use of DNA sequence homology to determine evolutionary relatedness. For tomorrow, please complete at home whatever you don't finish in class.

Here's the Chilean Blob handout and sequence from class.

F,G Tues. 4/7/15 Completed morphology cladogram, table and nucleotide sequence homology cladogram, and questions for BLAST homology activity.
F,G Wed. 4/8/15

Please answer the 6 "study questions" on the last page of the transformation packet. Think critically and specifically about what might have prevented the success of the transformation. Make sure you understand what results you should have expected, and why.

Speciation and Macroevolution discussion in class. (Chapter 24)

F,G Fri. 4/10/15

Evolution Quiz.

Wrap up of Chapter 25. Come prepared to ask questions in lieu of a formal review session. Look over the Reading Guide and make sure you are ready for a comprehensive Evolution test. 

LAST DAY OF TERM III. NO Late work accepted after today. Late work up to this date will earn 50% credit.

Check the announcements Page! If you are taking the AP Exam, you have a month to be prepared. Start Now!

F,G Mon. 4/13/15 Come to class having reviewed the reading guide and ALL of the relevant chapters for the test. I will go over the key points in chapter 25 (vestigial and homologous structures, embryology, Evo-Devo, Earth history) but you are responsible for coming in with some familiarity of the material.
F, G Tues. 4/14/15 Evolution Test: Chapters 22-26, the Cladogram activities, Hardy-Weinberg exercises and Lab 8.
Wed. 4/15/15
Find a comfortable spot without distractions and read Chapter 40. Before you begin, take note of the key concepts on page 852. This video is a good overview, but supplements, rather than replaces, the chapter. When you are finished reading, review the key concept summaries on page 873. Don't skip the chapter reading part! You need these concepts in order to be grounded in the work we do for chapters 43 and 48.
Fri. 4/17/15
Read and take notes on chapter 43 about the immune system. We'll begin our discussion in class before the break. Mr. Anderson at Bozeman Science gives a good overview of the material if you find that a helpful way to learn.
Mon.  4/27/15

We will start the final push by planting seeds to grow edible plants. Your challenge for the next 6 weeks will be to germinate your seeds, grow a plant, and prepare a dish that uses the pant as an ingredient. This Food Project  and the celebration that results will be a chunk of your final term grade.

Nominate a teacher for the Elicker or Keegan awards. A link to the nomination form is scheduled to be uploaded to the NNHS home page. I will make some hard copies for you as well.

F,G Tues. 4/28/15

Here's something to keep in mind as you explore anatomy and physiology. Integration and regulation of systems is key. Frequently, feedback loops play a role in regulation. 


As you start to master your chosen organ system (G-block) or the immune system as presented by me (F-block) and generally start the review process, be cognizant of the Four Big Ideas that unify all aspects of Biology in general and this course in particular. These are the conceptual underpinnings that make sense of all the pieces we've investigated this year.


Here's the handout of scaffolding questions for your independent learning about any of the body systems.

F,G Fri. 5/1/15

Please send Ms. DR an e-mail stating your plans for next year if you know them. This assignment is worth valuable points, plus it allows me to congratulate you on whatever decision you've made. If you don't know yet where you are going or what you are doing, e-mail me and tell me that. Thanks!


F-Block: read chapter 43. The first part of the body systems reading guide outlines the areas on which you should focus.

ALL Now through Monday 5/11 AP Practice Exam questions website  
F, G Wed, 5/13/15 Work on either the Food Project or your IRP in class. The laptop cart will be available, but there aren't enough computers for everybody. Bring your own laptop if you have one.
F, G Fri. 5/15/15

Kick Ball against Mr. Bennett's AP Chemistry classes!

G-block: wear your black 6th Man shirts or another black T-shirt.

F-block; Wear USA colors, stars, and stripes. Give Ms. DR $4 for pizza!

F, G Mon. 5/18/15

G-block: participate as subjects in Lily and Robin's IRP project.

F - block: TBD (Movie? Make suggestions!)

F,G Tues. 5/19/15 Neuroscience seminar with Dr. Glenn Rosen
F,G Fri. 5/22/15 Please bring in textbook and CD-ROM!
F,G Tues. -  Wed.  26-27, 2015 We will have our Independent Research Project scientific conference this week. You will prepare a triptych poster presentation of your research to share with your colleagues in AP Biology. Check out the grading rubric for the criteria on which your presentation will be evaluated. Have fun adopting the persona of a professional research scientist.
F,G Fri. May 29
Food Project



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