IB Biology - Today we attacked chapter 10.3 - speciation and gene pools! While we'll continue this conversation tomorrow, you also received a set of questions from a classmate. Tonight I want you to answer these questions as best you can. They will be shared in class and then returned to your classmate. If you did not receive a set of questions I want you to address the following... 1) Provide a detailed example for each type of selection: disruptive, directional, and stabilizing. 2) Describe the differences between punctuated equilibrium and gradualism. 3) Give three actual examples of different types of isolation. YES, illustrations can be VERY helpful in explaining some of this. On an additional note, Friday is the last day to sign up for AP exams. Please talk to Mr. Davis if you have questions!
Honors Biology - Today we started by reviewing questions 1-8 from the POGIL we started on Friday. I really want to make sure you are clear about your understanding of DNA. We then went through the second model and completed up to question 16 before we stopped and reviewed again. Tonight you should finish these sheets up through question 20, then at the bottom I want you to make a level 2 or level 3 question based off of the homework. Tomorrow you will get your tests back. Most of you had very strong scores, but if you didn't, make sure that something changes about how you are preparing, and that includes getting help from me!
IB Biology - Today, during 1st period, we had a great summation of the genetic concepts of gene pools and speciation, but we never got to the point of taking a quiz on the material. Tomorrow you will watch a gene pool (swimbots) simulation and be asked to apply these concepts. Be sure you understand the answers to the questions listed on Monday as well as take a moment to refresh with an overview of of the chapter. As to period 2, we did a brief review, but are a little ahead of the game. Period 2 students need to relax tonight and be ready for tomorrow. You may want to look over chapter 3.5 in preparation.
Honors Biology - Today we reviewed our work on DNA and how it replicates, and one of the important ideas that came out of today's lesson is that molecules are almost like locks and keys. Then we watched how it rolls up to be stashed in chromosomes with the addition of histones (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKubyIRiN84). Next, we watched a crashcourse (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kK2zwjRV0M) to review it all to us and to give us a little bit of history about how they found all of this stuff out. Now, the big idea from this second part was that scientists build up their knowledge based off of earlier scientists work. You have no homework tonight.
IB Biology - SO as of today we have covered nearly all of the material on genetics. Having all of this in mind, I want you to consider the following: Why do humans have a greater right to life? Think about this. Why does a dog have a great right to life than a fly? What is the defining factor? Have well defined reasons written on a piece of paper.
Now consider any ONE of the following quotes: The worst sin to our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that is the essence of inhumanity. - George Bernard Shaw
For as long as men massacre animals they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love. - Pythagoras
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in it's beauty. - Einstein
Which of these three resonates with you and why?
Honors Biology - Today we realized that the pieces to answering our big question of How does DNA translate into the traits we have is coming slowly. ...but it is coming. Today you had an overview of the process and I know it was a LOT of info. Remember, transcription and translation is how protein synthesis occurs. On the bottom half of the left side of the entry we started today, please write a narrative (in your own words) about the process from start to finish. Use your notes on the right side page that came from the following animation: http://sepuplhs.org/high/sgi/teachers/genetics_act16_sim.html and please bring colored pencils tomorrow.
IB Biology - Today we continued our discussion about biotechnology, GMO, and cloning. Part of my doing this really revolved around the idea that many of the things that we do are fundamentally biologically driven. Perhaps if we recognize this, it can help us make better decisions about our future. There is no homework tonight as we prepare for a virtual lab.
Honors Biology - Today we reviewed what we know so far. You are starting to see what those sentences had to say about the process of protein synthesis We covered protein synthesis and DNA basics, but tomorrow we'll find out what happens when it all goes wrong!!! If you want to watch the supplemental video I used today, here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bLEDd-PSTQ Tonight for homework, make a simple 3-5 step instructions for how to use the Codon Amino Acid Table I gave you. These instructions should be written right next to the table.
IB Biology - Today we mostly discussed the ethics of being able to manipulate mother nature. One of the big ideas that we found was that most reasons for humans doing things come down to our basic instincts like I mentioned yesterday, but today there was an interesting idea that arose. This new idea was the difference between harvesting animals and plants for food. We really struggled with finding the real dividing point between respect for life and how plants and animals are different. Regardless, I want you to realize that although we have more work to do, this unit is primarily over. In order to get you to prepare for the upcoming unit exam that you'll take I need you to review these chapters on bioninja and to come prepared to ask questions. This means you should prepare questions on your muddiest points. You could waste your time by asking simple questions, but why? Help your self and ask meaningful questions. I expect you to have a minimum of 5. The bioninja pagesa are posted below:
Honors Biology - Today we reviewed the homework which was how to read the codon amino acid table. Next we reviewed the function of replication and protein synthesis, and lastly took some new notes on DNA that included Mutations. The two major types are called point mutations and frame shifts. The point mutations were non-sense, mis-sense, and silent types, and the frame shift mutations were simply insertions and deletions. Your homework tonight was, using the sentence "MAT AND SAM EAT CAT,"(or whatever sentence your class came up with) was to modify the sentence to show each of the types of mutations. When you are done, be sure to box these sentences with the same color coding you used on your right hand side.
IB Biology - Today we spent much of our time going over the narrative, but few of you knew any of the components. We'll be adding evolution and genetics to this soon, be sure you are pushing yourself. In addition to this we heard from our 3.4 Inheritance group. 10.1 should come tomorrow and push us forward again. In the meantime, due on Wednesday, you should be working on your packet on genetics that you received today. I've posted this document below if for some reason you lose yours.
Honors Biology - Today you had an opportunity to review some of our material from earlier in the year thanks to Ms. Mevi for that! Then we reviewed the "create-a-kid" project and I found out that some of you are amazing artists! ...and some, not so much. Regardless, we then followed up with the preparation necessary for the big unit exam. First, you'll need to know these terms: Mitosis, Meiosis, Gametes, Zygote, Chromosomes, Genes, Alleles, Dominant, Recessive, Co-Dominance, Incomplete dominance, Sex-linked traits, and Sex-Influenced traits
Next, you'll need to know the answers to the following questions about the triplets:
How is it possible to have a birth like these three?
How can they have different traits from their parents?
What can account for the boy having Down Syndrome?
Lastly, you should be able to expand on these ideas and apply these concepts to new situations such as:
Sex-Influenced traits, or codominant traits in organisms. Could you tell me something about the parent based off of what you notice about the children? What if you had to track 2 traits, could you still tell me the percentage breakdown of the offspring? Could you apply your concepts of blood types? There's also plenty of practice online for you to attempt, just search these advanced topics.
The test will be on Wednesday
IB Biology - Today we got a really in depth look at inheritance and discussed the use of the chi-squared test. I've posted one of the presentations below that you could use as a foundation to work from. You will be taking a quiz on this material on Thursday, but by tomorrow I need you to complete your packet on skin color.
Honors Biology - Today was bizarre since the vast majority of you were on a field trip to UCSD. Regardless, please come prepared to take your BIG test tomorrow. Remember that all of the information you need to know can be found in your notebook and on the blog post for yesterday. On a side note, you already know everything about the triplets, but if you were able to find the original article on the triplets (News of the Weird), you might possibly find out more about their situation. ...if you could find the triplet article.
IB Biology - So today, we started class by watching a video that I think is fantastic for tying everything we've studied so far together. This movie really nicely connected the DNA that codes for the genes, to proteins (melanin), to phenotype, to selection, to evolution! The movie can be found here: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/biology-skin-color Tomorrow you will need to take a quiz on inheritance and a bit on Meiosis. please make sure you are familiar with the process, as well as the ramification for inheritance. The material is all in chapters 3.3 and 10.2. You could also go over BioNinja to help.
On another note, I found that 7 people out of my two classes cheated on their packet. They found some version of an answer key online and repeated a peculiar error. You will be taking a zero on this assignment and if it occurs again we will take the next step for violations of academic honesty.
Honors Biology - Today you took your test on genetics! I hope you did well, and from I have seen you have! If you did do well it means that you are more than just a "memorizer", but that you can actually apply what you have learned. There is no homework tonight! Rest well because tomorrow we will have a new "puzzle" for you to solve that will lead you into the next steps in the mysteries of life! ....MOM AND DAD ARE SAD THE PIG WAS NOT FAT. Hmmm....I wonder what could it all mean?!
IB Biology - Today was a short day so we didn't get too much done, but we did take the quiz on 3.4 and 10.2 Inheritance. Yet, the biggest thing we did today was deal with the shadow of the wide-spread cheating issue. No, I take that back. The biggest thing we did today was ask ourselves who we are. Before I had this discussion, only 1 person took responsibility. Today a bunch more took responsibility, and I hope that's because you said to yourself, "I'm better than that." Tonight I would like you to do the following: prepare for your presentation tomorrow with three "deep" questions about the content on 10.3. "deep" questions are not ones that can be found in the book, but rather about how these CONCEPTS relate to other ideas. At the beginning of the year I gave you a copy of Costa's questions, and the level 2 and 3 question starters will give you deeper questions. If you have lost this sheet you can find another copy on the online resource page.
Honors Biology - Today we started another mystery! Mom and dad are sad the pig was not fat! All you need to do is to order these sentences as described in the sheet. You can find the sheet posted below. Over the next few weeks you will understand what it all means! Oh, and I almost forgot about our talk on "Who are you?" Remember, you are the habits that you do regularly. Your actions affect other people, not just you. You are the only thing you truly have control over. Make your life more meaningful and rich by having integrity in all that you do.
IB Biology - Today we made observations using our gene pool simulator called swimbot. It can be found and downloaded at swimbot.com. Please understand it does not run on the chromebooks. For homework this weekend I need you to continue your review of previous material by using our triplets scenario. You need to describe three ways that each of the following topics connect with triplet development.
The topics are: 1) Polarity of water, 2) Thermal properties of water, 3) Hydrogen bonding, and 4) Solubility.
How do these physical properties play a role in development? 3 ways FOR EACH topic. Just figure out the properties and then relax. You will find many ways if you recall your physio stuff from last year.
...and remember, if you have any problems, contact me.
Honors Biology - Today we started by looking at each other's evaluations of the weird sentences. You were able to compare them and we came up with three ideas of why it might be important: 1) the colors are important, 2) the coding always come in threes, and 3) the "syntax" or structure seems to be important. I then asked the question of, "How EXACTLY do genes code for traits?" Of course this was after a discussion of what we know. After then spending some time making a list of what we would still need to know to answer this we then dove into an activity that will start our journey into DNA and how is creates ...us. Please make sure to complete #1-8 on the handouts in preparation for Monday.
IB Biology - Today we heard from those students who had to cover 3.3 Meiosis and why it is so crucial to everything we know about reproduction in eukaryotes. depending on the class you were in either got a bit more information on chromosomal issues, or more in depth about meiosis, which is what tomorrow is really dedicated to. So, tomorrow you will hear from our 10.1 presenters who will take us deeper into the content, because of this I need you to do some prep.
Tonight I want you to think about the following: Imagine their were two parents with dark features (hair, skin and eyes) who gave birth to an odd set of triplets. These triplets had one identical pair of girls with blonde hair and blue eyes, and the third child was a boy with dark features, but had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Is this even possible? Tomorrow I want you to submit to me how this is possible (if it is). You must also explain yourself using the concepts we have learned so far. While I don't expect you to know everything at this point you should be abl eto answer this question with some really good detail.
Here's what you should know:
What is a gene? Where genes are located. What alleles are. How alleles differ. The role of mutation. And what a genome is. As to chromosomes, you should know: The differences in prokaryote and eukaryote DNA. Homologous chromosomes, karyotyping, diploid vs haploid cells, sex chromosomes vs. autosomes. As to meiosis, you should know, the process of meiosis 1 and 2, crossover and formation of gametes.
Lastly, if you run into concepts that you aren't sure if they are involved, please make include them as possibilities and I'll respond to those questions.
Honors Biology - Today we started by talking about quality in work. We looked at some examples and I hope you will all strive to do a little bit better than you did before. Next, we then wrote on the bottom of the left hand side to a "special someone" about the difference between codominance and incomplete dominance, and they wrote back to you about what they thought of your response, RUDE! :) Then we looked at the actuals from our corn crop lab to see how well our group and class numbers matched our theoretical numbers. So far, it doesn't look like it's matching, but we'll look at the all classes and see what we have. Lastly, I need you to prepare for tomorrow. ON the left hand side of your NEXT entry (yes, I know it is not titled) I want you to briefly write the difference between sex-linked and sex-influenced traits. This should only use the top left side of this entry. The right side and the bottom left should be left blank.
Community Service Hours for Next Year!!!
2018 Live Well San Diego 5K and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run, which will take place on Sunday, July 29th at the 7:30am at County’s beautiful Waterfront Park! As one of several signature LWSD events, the Annual 5K walk/run aims to advance the Live Well San Diego vision and bring together families, friends, congregations, neighbors, and pets and appreciate the beautiful San Diego harbor. The goal of the event is to advance our region, and continue to be healthy, safe and thriving!
This year, we are celebrating “Everyday Heroes!” Everyday Heroes are people who strive to live well every day. They help others through their work, volunteerism, and relationships. They want our community to thrive and they are committed to helping to improve the quality of life of those around them. Be a hero and join us as in this beautiful, family-friendly day along the bay, with music, interactive activities and more (including capes!) – all while celebrating health, and wellness.
I would love for you to participate and there are several ways to be involved…
· Participate in the 5K or Kids 1-Mile Fun Run
· Create a run/walking team
· Become an exhibitor
· Participate in the Discovery Expo
· Sign up as a virtual runner
It is collaborative efforts that help us achieve significant and lasting change in our communities, and move the dial on health and well-being. As the Live Well San Diego vision continues to gain even more momentum in advancing population health and wellness in our region, I would love for the 2018 Live Well San Diego 5K and Kids 1-mile Fun Run event to reach even more individual and families than ever before. In partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, the County of San Diego is proud to promote an opportunity to be active along a scenic course. For more information on how you can join the movement click here. Please see attached flyer for reference.
IB Biology - Today we spent some time getting deeper into the concept of meiosis. We also spent time looking at a really gross iris transplant (not recommended). We'll continue today's presentation tomorrow, but we'll also be taking a quiz on the materials from Genes (3.1) and from Chromosomes (3.2). What you should know about these topics is listed in yesterday's blog so look above. Only brain power is allowed on this quiz. In addition to studying for the quiz, I want you to also do some review work using our strange triplet scenario. Tomorrow I want a written paper that connects the role of membrane proteins and membrane fluidity (fluid-mosaic model) to the immune response to the triplet's young immune system. How do these cellular qualities help the triplet's survive?
Honors Biology - Today we started out with comparing our theoretical results with our actual results from our corn crops. Yeah, it didn't quite get where we thought, but with more data we would have better results. next we looked at your homework from last night and also realized that most of you looked something up online, but didn't bother to understand it. I don't mind you searching online, but if you don't get it, it's useless. Lastly, we started the powerpoint on sex-linked and sex-influenced traits, our last lecture before we start a lab. We really need to finish this tomorrow so don't worry about any homework unless you want to preview the powerpoint which I have attached below.
IB Biology - Today we first took our test on genes and chromosomes (3.1 and 3.2). Next we spent time with looking at how our review topics of cell membranes connected with our triplet scenario. Tomorrow we'll finish the work n Meiosis. From here on out we'll continue to review using our triplet scenario. So tonight, on another separate written document, I want you to tell me about diffusion and osmosis as it pertains to cells of the triplets. Describe these phenomena, but also discuss/apply it in terms of dehydration and hyperhydration with our babies.
Dear John and Marco, I want my Potometers back! Bring them tomorrow please!
Honors Biology - Today we started by finishing our presentation of sex-linked and sex-influenced traits in organisms. While we've spent 3 days with lots of new learning material, we are now shifting into doing a whole lot of practice. Today you received the Blood Typing Lab which is due tomorrow. Be sure that you have glued the sheets into your notebook so that when we turn in our responses/calculations you have access to them. Tonight, just complete the lab!
IB Biology - Today we finished the detailed version of meiosis so that we have those pieces down pat! But then I asked you guys about the narrative that explains how organisms have interacted with the universe and everyone seemed equally clueless. This is not a problem that you didn't know, it just points out something we need to work on. I think it's like you sometimes can't see the "forest" because of the "trees." Do you understand this phrase? In any case it really illustrates the idea that we need to take this massive amount of knowledge and to create frameworks to hang the information on. I'll continue to use the narrative I started today, but the other framework we need to continue is how these concepts apply to our triplets. The idea is that at the end of the year you will have a global view of biology as well as a practical application of biology. So, in order to take the next step in applying concepts to our triplet situation I need you to consider the following as it applies to the developing triplets: 1) How does mitosis play a role in fetal development? 2) How could a mitotic index be used to determine rates of growth? 3) What role do cyclins play in mitosis and how do these change over a lifetime? 4) How is this process related to cancerous tumor development?
Honors Biology - Today you had an opportunity to reflect on our blood typing paper lab. You then had the opportunity to ask me questions about it. Tomorrow you will be entering your responses in a very short amount of time so make sure you know what you are talking about. Next, we started a self-assessment on ourselves to do the Create A Kid project with a partner tomorrow. Please finish this tonight. The instructions have been placed below.
IB Biology - Today we started out with the "narrative of life" to recap and connect the most fundamental ideas of why we exist. We then walked through the triplet scenarios of mitosis and hydration. While I had expected to start 3.4 today, we'll just pick this up on Monday. As to what you should do this weekend, I want you to ask yourself if you can go through the narrative that I've given you so far. On Monday you'll have an opportunity to share this on Monday. Start with the early universe and then the formation of heavy elements, then work your way up from atom, to molecule, to macromolecule, to cell, to tissue, to organ, organ systems, to organisms, etc. What fits in between? How do these connect? How to we obtain these materials? Where does the energy come from?
Honors Biology - Today you came in prepared with your blood typing lab and you did really well overall on answering the questions. Next, we matched you up with a partner to create a kid. The matching of genes happened in class, but by Monday you must produce a drawing of your child and career projection based on your combined genotypes. This should be on a separate sheet that can be displayed next to your data sheets. I've placed the instructions below.
IB Biology - Holiday
Honors Biology - Holiday
IB Biology - So today I could feel a lot of stress from you over this IA that is due tonight at midnight. I need you to submit this work to turnitin.com using the codes that were posted last Friday. As you prepare to turn this final copy in, please also remember to have academic honesty statement. This link will give you an adequate example.https://library.cn.edu/wacn/pdfs/ahs.pdf Please only focus on this IA tonight.
Honors Biology - Today we learned about the amazing crayfish mutation! Here's a link to the NY Times article if you wanted to share this article with them: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/science/mutant-crayfish-clones-europe.html. But then we returned to our mystery triplets. So far we know that you need to understand meiosis and mitosis. You also know how the triplets could have been conceived. You also know that damaged chromosomes could account for the Down Syndrome that the boy in the triplet has. You know a lot, but you still can't explain how the girls in the triplet ended up with with features different than the parents. This is what lead us to needing to know about genetics, and it all started with a priest named Gregor Mendel. I've posted the powerpoint below and tonight I want you to continue taking notes on the slides, but know that I don't expect you to understand it all. Just preview it and note the parts you get. On the left hand side of your notes you should be able to write your responses to questions 1-5. So when you come to class tomorrow you should have the 5 questions answered on the left and some more notes on the right. You may also want to develop questions on the parts you don't get, these can be written in the cue column (the 1/3 section) next to the content you have a questions about.
RLA participants - I've placed the PowerPoint from our guest speaker below in case you were interested.
IB Biology - So today we looked to review our IA's. You have until Friday at midnight to resubmit and tomorrow we'll look at it all again. I'm really concerned for those of you who submitted partial work. Partial work on Friday will be an automatic fail. Here's the link that Mansoor found for us, use it! IA Tips: http://www.ibtips.com/2016/01/31/how-to-write-an-ib-biology-lab-report-a-step-by-step-guide/
Oh, and I almost forgot! ...I need your equipment!
Honors Biology - Today we spent time finishing our powerpoint (still posted below) on genetics. Having finished those notes and examples we switched gears to in a new entry called Hybrid Corn Crops, to apply what we have learned to the crops we are currently growing. The only thing we need to do tonight after taking notes is to calculate the probability of offspring distribution for two hybrid corn plants. We'll look at the result in a week or so.
Some of you have been asking about reporting your community service. The following is the link for you to post you Community Service: https://sites.google.com/guhsd.net/emonge/medical-pathway/volunteer-reporting
Lastly, I want to say that Spring Water Polo is starting next week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7:30. I'd like to invite you to try out this sport. I've posted a flyer below and you can always talk to me about details.
IB Biology - Today we took our small amount of time to really examine the last fine points of our IAs so that we can submit them for the final time to turnitin.com before midnight on Friday. Tomorrow we will pick up our pace with the content by attacking 3.2 Chromosomes.
Honors Biology - Today we started out with reviewing our notes from yesterday. We then had some interesting questions to address and then moved on to examining the corn crops that we are growing. The key piece of information that we added today was the idea that probabilities are no guarantee of results, but the more data we collect the close we anticipate getting to that theoretical probability. This is why we are growing the corn in class so we can compare the results to our theoretical outcome of 75% Green, 25% Albino. The only thing I need you to do tonight is to review your notes and develop 2 Level-2 (or 3) questions based off of what you know.
IB Biology - Today we spent all of our time looking at two concepts from the book, Chromosomes and how sometimes, things can go wrong. I've posted one of the powerpoints below so that you can go through the materials again. I didn't post both periods since that would be redundant. IAs are due tonight at midnight and I hope you only needed to clean things up. Next week on Wednesday we'll be taking a quiz on 3.1 and 3.2 information so make sure you know what you are doing.
Honors Biology - Today we realized that genetics just aren't as simple as binary traits, but are much more complex when we add something like co-dominance and incomplete dominance to the mix! The powerpoint has been attached below if you would like to know more, but for now you should have a decent understanding of the two concepts. Tonight, using the left hand side of the entry we worked in today, I want you to using the processing task "Haiku Master Says..." which can be found in your notebook reference sheets or on the online resource page of this website. For Incomplete dominance and co-dominance I want you to do a haiku, a colored illustration, and an explanation of why your haiku is good for the concept. You actually will do one set for each of the two concepts. We'll hear all about your talents (or lack of) on Monday! :)
IB Biology - HOLIDAY
Honors Biology - HOLIDAY
IB Biology - Today we reviewed all of the components that you must use for the evaluation piece of your IA. You have a rubric, 2 samples, be sure to really make it happen. This beautiful piece of work is due by next Tuesday at midnight, but don't wait until the end. Many of you have come to me for help and I have offered a lot of guidance, GOOD JOB! In addition to the IA, I also need you to continue working on your content sections that were assigned last week. Please make sure you have those ready to go by Friday. You'll have time to work on those tomorrow.
Honors Biology - Today we started by reviewing your homework from the weekend. Stem cells have amazing potential to help us in the future. I always think about what the future would be like if our doctors all had reserves of our own stem cells ready to be grown for any use we needed. IN any case, we know that during gamete production during meiosis can cause some problems for a baby (monsomy and trisomy), and we'll look at that later this week by doing a lab. For tonight, on the left hand side of your notes on chromosome problems from today, you will watch the following movie and make a 5 point guideline for mothers. This guideline must have color and can be no more or less than 5. Remember, put it on the left. Here's the link to the movie: http://www.webmd.com/baby/video/amniocentesis
Lastly, know that we'll be checking PARENT INPUT for the grading period. This should already have been placed in the back of your notebook when we first came together, and you should approach your parents about completing it. I know you haven't done this before, but your parent only needs to read the rubric, read your work, and place a score, comment to you, and signature in the appropriate spot. This counts like a test grade, so DON'T FORGET!!!!
IB Biology - Today you had the day to prepare your section from the book and to work on your IA. Thank you to those people who came for more guidance on your work. I am your partner!!! Please make sure that you are keeping the pace! ...and the peace. Tomorrow we have our flight nurse coming as a guest speaker so on Friday you should be ready to put some final touches on your IA and be ready to present.
Honors Biology - Today you had the opportunity to plant some corn. this is actually some special seed, not just popcorn. We'll see what happens as we grow it and I'll let you in on a secret once we get to sprouting. In the meantime, we discussed amniocentesis and it's uses for karyotyping. You then received the karyotype for a patient and using the left side of the entry you should sort the chromosomes to show 22 autosomes and one set of sex chromosomes. If your patient has an abnormality, the karyotype will not match a normal human, so finish matching the karyotype at home tonight. ...and don't forget that you need to get your parent input filled out tonight as well. details are listed yesterday.
IB Biology - Today we had the pleasure of hearing from Mrs. Cochran and how to make decisions about what branch of healthcare might interest you. She also shared the path that took her into her exciting career of being a flight nurse on a rescue helicopter. Tonight there isn't any specific homework, but you should have your content chapter ready to go, and your IA in a near-final form. I will be going to going over the fine points from my conference so that you can polish the IA in preparation for the Tuesday turn in date.
Honors Biology - Today we had the pleasure of hearing from Mrs. Cochran and how to make decisions about what branch of healthcare might interest you. She also shared the path that took her into her exciting career of being a flight nurse on a rescue helicopter. Tonight there isn't any specific homework, but you should have your karyotype finished and ready to be diagnosed tomorrow.
OH, and I talked to you guys about making sure to fill out the Medical Pathways form. Here's that link again: https://sites.google.com/guhsd.net/emonge/medical-pathway/forms
IB Biology - Today you first got the fine points of doing the IA. Next we used went over the review questions on cell membranes, and then lastly we got to hear the introduction to chapter 3.1 on genes. When we complete this chapter we will post these powerpoints online. In the meantime, I know everyone is freaking out on their IA to get it done before the Tuesday at midnight deadline. If you chose to check your info ahead of time on turnitin.com you can do so by going to the website and using class code: 17388897 and passcode: IBIA
Honors Biology - Today we diagnosed your patients for chromosomal disorders. Next you submitted your lab work for your points, and then we learned that the boy in the triplet has down's syndrome! This adds another layer to the mystery of the triplets, but I bet you could explain it now! Lastly, we watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyaEQEmt5ls No homework this weekend. Enjoy mother nature.
IB Biology - Today our goal is to take the natural selection data (IB Data posted below) and to analyze this data in as many ways as possible in order to understand the data as well as to decide it's validity. To do this you need to do some processing of the numbers. First, decide what kind of graph is most appropriate. Secondly, you need to pick the appropriate statistical tasks are appropriate. You need to consider: Standard Deviation, Standard Error, the inclusion of error bars, T-Tests, and the Chi-Squared test at a minimum. If any of these do not apply, please discuss why. This is worth 5 points to your grade and is done as a group and is due on Wednesday as a document that is shared with me. Here are some resources for you...
YouTube video: Overview of stats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rulIUAN0U3w
A Student's T-test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvPWQ-e03tQ
Honors Biology - Today we began class by looking at an article on some research about "social contagiousness" and it's affect on obesity. We analyzed the article to figure out how much validity it had and you guys came up with a lot! Then we transitioned to the movie from Friday which went through the entire process of fertilization and development. Keeping in mind we are still trying to figure out the Triplet Issue, we then looked at how fertilization is prevented through the forms of contraception. The conversations were really quite solid! There is no homework so enjoy your time tonight. Tomorrow I will have a substitute so be sure to check here (or rather on tomorrow's section) for all of your instructions on what to do.
IB Biology - Please remember that your groups will be turning in your data processing of the natural selection data by sharing it with me BEFORE MIDNIGHT!!!! All of your resources can be found on Monday, or below.
Honors Biology - First off, do not lose sight of why we are doing all of this. We're trying to figure out if any of this has to do with our triplet scenario or in our personal lives.
Today, on left of the entry from Friday: Make the time line from top to bottom, with the top being the moment of conception when an egg and sperm combine, to the bottom being when the baby is born. Using the websites provided, please list the benchmarks (most important things we should know) for each month and trimester. You should include what the baby is doing in it's development, but also what the mother might expect. Color code these so we can know the difference. You must include the terms Zygote, Embryo, and Fetus at a bare minimum. Yes, this must all fit on the left hand page of your notes from Friday so plan carefully!!!!
Here's a text only site which should give a you a chunk of the information: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/fetal-development-stages-of-growth
This next site does most of it's explaining through actual video and is quite detailed. If you find some other really valuable resources, please let me know. Detailed video site: http://www.ehd.org/movies.php?mov_id=5
Keep in mind, does this answer the weird question about triplets? And what is the role of Mitosis and Meiosis in this process? You should be ready to answer these questions when I return tomorrow. What you don't finish in class you must complete as homework.
IB Biology - Today we looked at the work that you did. Some looked great, but most of it reflected little effort. What I took from your work was that the statistical tests we choose are really dependent on what we are looking at in the data set and how our research question is framed. As I promised, I am going to find a more visual way of representing the Chi-Squared test in relation to the T-Test. Tonight you should be processing your data from your experimentation.
Honors Biology - Today you figured out the first few sections of the triplet problem!!!! You learned that it is possible for a woman to double ovulate, and that one egg could have split after fertilization. We now know that it is possible! Yes! You also were reminded that Meiosis is used for to make the sex cells, but Mitosis is used to actually build the child. We then finished looking at contraception methods as well as began the discussion on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Since we didn't finish this lovely discussion, there is no homework tonight.
One thing you can do tonight is click the following link if you think the Medical Pathway is something you plan on continuing in the future. The link is just an interest form and does not mean that you are in the program next year, but let's us know that you would like to be considered. Here is the link: https://goo.gl/forms/9vjbVCMPQx7Mi6tg2 If you still haven't turned in an agreement form as well, you can print one from this site and get it signed and turned in to me. The site for this form is: https://sites.google.com/guhsd.net/emonge/medical-pathway/forms
IB Biology - As we continue to work on our IA data crunching, we will also pick up the pace once again on the content we have yet to cover. Today you were assigned a chapter that you will be responsible for in the coming weeks. I will be assisting you as you prepare, but I need you to take charge. You must include the following:
All concepts of the chapter.
Have at least one STRONG connects with a past chapter.
A DBQ question of YOUR DESIGN for the class.
You should have created a "Big Idea" summary.
Fits into one period.
3 multiple choice questions for an end of week quiz.
Honors Biology - Today we finished the STI information. Could any of this have to do with the triplets??!!! Probably not. On that topic, know that you have an initial quiz about this tomorrow! Please make sure you know, as it pertains to the triplet dilemma, what role mitosis plays, how meiosis could provide differences, how fertilization played a role in development. In addition, I also need you to rank the STI's from worst to least worst on the left hand page of that entry. I'll be checking this when you are taking your quiz tomorrow.
One thing you can do tonight is click the following link if you think the Medical Pathway is something you plan on continuing in the future. The link is just an interest form and does not mean that you are in the program next year, but let's us know that you would like to be considered. Here is the link: https://goo.gl/forms/9vjbVCMPQx7Mi6tg2 If you still haven't turned in an agreement form as well, you can print one from this site and get it signed and turned in to me. The site for this form is: https://sites.google.com/guhsd.net/emonge/medical-pathway/forms
IB Biology - Today we spent the first 15 minutes reviewing chapter 1.1 and 1.2 big ideas. The big ideas really revolved around Measurement with SI units, Cellular structure, and differences between multi-cellular and unicellular organisms. The rest of the time was spent working with our partners on the unit chapter you are responsible for. remember, that I am your partner, but you are responsible for the items I have listed above on Thursday. We will start these presentations on Wednesday of next week.
Honors Biology - Today we started with taking a quiz on our current big question. You are amazing at putting the pieces together! Well done! We then took our last chance to ask any last minute questions on our sexual education topics. For tonight's homework I need you to watch the following video. It's very short, but has some important information I want you to know because it relates to growth and development of organisms. So what you'll do is start a new entry. When you are done watching the video you will then answer the "Think" portion of the website. The questions and answers should be written on the right side of your entry. On the left side of the entry I want you to make a diagram that shows the differences between multipotent and pluripotent cells, and induced pluripotent cells. Lastly, on the left side I want you list the applications and sources of stem cells.Stem Cells: TED TALK http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-are-stem-cells-craig-a-kohn#watch
IB Biology - Today was the first day to collect data for your IA. I am dedicating the week to you for this purpose so please do not expect me to go above and beyond if you can't complete all of your data in this time. I say this because many of you seem to have not even put your methods together. I cannot help you and the deadline is the 20th of February, complete, final draft. End of story. Now, to help you with this process I have included the scoring guide as a PDF document and the bottom of this week's blog. Please read it carefully.
Honors Biology - So today we started the day by looking at a video of a giant Praying Mantis Video!!! That was just a warm up so we then moved on to the question we were wrestling with on Friday, "How come babies don't end up with two sets of chromosomes?" After analyzing your theories, we realized that no one really summed up the process, that we now know is called Meiosis. So then we needed to analyse a picture of Meiosis (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Meiosis_diagram.jpg) and discovered a lot of important differences between it and mitosis. Your job is to finish this illustration tonight! Please be sure to use color to show the details of crossover.
RLA : PLanning Maps: http://sdcounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/PublicGallery/index.html?appid=41789799aaf147b786b903e8b9cf5021&group=22bb9c62051d403883f9ea78e31c22c5
IB Biology - So today is the second day for data collection, but there seems to continue to be a great lag with people actually experimenting. It takes everything I have to not yell at some of you, but ultimately, this is your grade so I will continue to be as supportive as you need me to be. While we work towards the end of the week when we'll take the exam on unit 5 which dealt with Evolution, Natural Selection, and Classification, be sure to review the questions from the last two weeks. They are still posted online and you can just scroll down to them. As you look them over, be ready to ask questions so that you can do well on that unit test.
Honors Biology - Today we missed so many of our fellow classmates that we couldn't really make any forward progress, but I sure am glad you got to participate in the Model United Nations event! SO what we did in class was to jump back to the kinds of ancillary questions that came up in our discussion of Meiosis yesterday and then got into more detail in a very informal way. Some classes decided we should discuss dominant and recessive traits, but other classes chose to discuss the reproductive systems of males and females. Both topics are important to understand regardless of whether you are entering the Medical Pathway next year or not. Please come prepared with the final draft illustration of meiosis that I asked you for last night.
OH! If you want to help out a couple of my senior students with some data collection, please feel free to click the links below and answer some simple questions for them.
Here's the link to the survey that one of our seniors needs data for. Please consider taking this very short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7XGP8GR
Here's the link to the survey that one of our seniors needs data for. Please consider taking this very short survey:
IB Biology - Today we continued to collect data, but not before I gave you the next step on narrowing in on the Topic 5 Unit Exam. The subtopics I described to you on this test are as follows: What is the system we use to classify organisms. Why do we use cladograms? What is a species and some limitations to this idea? What are the lines of evidence of evolution? What are is the 5 concepts that support evolution by natural selection? What do homologous and analogous structures tell us about evolution? Make sure you know these for Friday's test.
Honors Biology - Today we got right back into the swing of things! We looked the big differences between the processes of mitosis and meiosis. Next, I introduced you to the "News of the Weird" article (attached at the end of the blog) which described a strange birthing event, and you wrote a Claim and Reasoning to go with the Evidence I provided from the article. You shared that CRE out and it really brought out the idea that we need more information. You see, it's fine to know about mitosis and meiosis, but if we don't know how it affects our lives it carries little meaning. So what does all that mean? Well, It means that we need to know about how fertilization occurs, how chromosomes carry genetic material, and how those genes interact in an organism to make things like you or me.
In the meantime, tonight I need you to make a Venn Diagram, Top Hat Diagram, or Butter-on-Toast Diagram to compare mitosis and meiosis with each other. This will be done on a separate piece of paper and turned in tomorrow.
IB Biology - HEY! WHAT IS UP?! Many of you have still not logged your internship online on the Medical Pathway 2018 Google Classroom. Get to the site and put your information in!
Other than this, I need you to be prepared for your test tomorrow. Have you been to bioninja.com? Check it out! It does a great job of getting to the point about all of the concepts on your test and this class in general. Remember, you are allowed a 60 word study guide for the test.
Next week will be about crunching numbers so I there will be little time to do any sort of data collection. Stay on top of what you are doing!!!
Honors Biology - Today we spent our short time going over asexual and sexual reproduction in organisms, but then focused on human reproductive anatomy since we have seen we need to understand fertilization better. Here's the short video we either got to watch or partially got through https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5OvgQW6FG4. Please finish watching this if you didn't see it to the end. To me, the end is the best part of this.
All of these notes/drawings are on the right hand side of a new entry, but on the left side of that same entry I need you to develop at least 2 level 2(or 3) questions about this content for discussion tomorrow. That's a total of 6 questions. If you don't know what I mean, just look at the Costa's Questions handout that should be in the front of your notebook. Use the descriptors found in the level 2 or level 3 area to create your question. Just incorporate the Costa word and the question will be good. If for some reason you don't have this sheet, you can find it on the "Online Resource" page on this website in the upper right hand corner. BTW Questions are things you do NOT know the answer to. This question piece is what you should do tonight.
NOTE: If you were not in class today and need to make illustrations of the two systems, here are similar diagrams to what we looked at: https://training.seer.cancer.gov/anatomy/reproductive/male/ and www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/your-guide-female-reproductive-system#1
IB Biology - Today we took our unit test on evolution, natural selection, and classification. Just from what I have seen so far, they look great! ...but I'm still really concerned about you not keeping up the pace for your IA. Next week we'll be working on statistical analysis and new content, and there will be little to time to collect data. February 20th is the last day for submission so please don't get behind. You can also come experiment during 6th, 7th, and after school when I'm here.
Honors Biology - Today we addressed your group questions in an attempt to get closer to your triplet question! Next, we took notes, for the same reason as the questioning, on a movie that had 5 sections called Life's Greatest Miracle. You will need to finish the movie at home. The sections are the Introduction, The Gamete's Journey, Taking Shape, Messages in the Genes, and Feeding the Fetus. Keeping in mind the Triplet Question, you took notes on the right side of a new entry. Next Tuesday we will do the left side. Here's the link to the movie: http://www.pbs.org/video/nova-lifes-greatest-miracle/
EXTRA CREDIT EVENTS
Nursing Revealed – FLYER
Saturday, March 3, 2018
10:30am – 2:30pm
San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
**Lunch will be provided**
Nursing Revealed is a FREE event for local high school/middle school students, parents and educators. The event will be put on by SDSU nursing students and faculty. Attendees will: tour the SDSU campus the Skills Lab with mannequins, participate in interactive breakout sessions and learn about SDSU School of Nursing admission requirements. REGISTER NOW - Individual registrations only. For questions, contact Heather Cavazos email@example.com.
Health Career Expo – FLYER
Friday, April 6, 2018
9:00am – 2:00pm
Southwestern College - Otay Mesa Campus, 8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego, CA 92154
**Lunch will be provided**
This is a FREE event for 11th and 12th grade students! The Health Career Expo is a unique opportunity to learn more about healthcare and medical topics through interactive workshops, meet and connect with health pathway students from different schools, and connect students to college and university career pathway programs around the San Diego and Imperial region. Free lunch provided. REGISTER NOW For questions, contact Heather Cavazos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scripps’ High School Exploration Program (HSEP) is accepting student applications. This is a 2018 summer internship opportunity at various Scripps’ hospital locations in San Diego County. Please forward to any of your health pathway students who have a 2.5 GPA or higher and who may be interested in applying. Click here for more information about HSEP.
Scripps’ High School Exploration Program (HSEP)
Eligible: HASPI High School Students
2018 Dates: June 18 – July 19, 2018 (5 weeks)
Application Deadline: 5:00pm Friday, February 16, 2018
Students must have a Gmail account to apply. For HSEP online application and more information, visit http://www.haspi.org/hsep.html For other internship opportunities, visit http://www.haspi.org/internships.html
IB Biology - Today you will watch the video, "A Shot to Save the World" ...actually on YouTube it's named something different. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE4ef0yQZRU This movie is the story of the Polio Vaccination and the many factors that play a role in wiping out a disease. After watching this movie, I want you to consider your chosen disease and respond to the following: What is the vaccination development state for your disease? In other words, are they working on one? Who is it that this actually working on it?
What are the impediments: biologically, social policy, geophysically, government infrastructures to developing a vaccine, etc. for your disease?
What is/are the real issue(s) that holds us back?
If you were the “Boss of Everything” what would you do to solve this? ...Be realistic in that money and convincing people are important.
You will be submitting this to me when I return.
Lastly, please make sure that you are prepared with the IA design you should have completed at this point. Tomorrow will be an in depth reflection.
Honors Biology - So last week you learned all about this very important topic of cellular division. For the start of this week you are going to extend the idea that things can go wrong by looking at cancer. Today you will pick a cancer type. The type you select to study can NOT be the same type as any of the other people in your lab group. The list you can pick from is the following: Prostate, Breast, Ovarian, Cervical, Colon, Skin, Stomach, Lung, Brain, and Pancreatic. Please consider selecting one of the gender related cancers as they are somewhat common.
What you need to do with it is create an informational trifold pamphlet (sample https://www.pixeden.com/brochure-templates/agentia-tri-fold-brochure-template) that includes the follow information: The Causes, Symptoms, Detection (Including indicators), Prevention, Treatments, and Survival Statistics. Lastly, make sure there is a place for citing your sources. In science we use APA format and you can find help on how to do this if you use my website Resource page. ALL of this info should be collected on the right hand side of a new entry in your notebook! No pamphlet until you find it all. You can get this done in class today!
Yes, it should be colored! Yes, you can use your computer! No, you don't have to use the computer! No, you can't cut and paste information. Start the project today, but it will be due by Thursday so don't waste any time!
IB Biology - Today we were able to discuss some of the ramifications of the development of the polio vaccine by Jonas Salk. I think the coolest thing is that he didn't patent the vaccine so that it could be as widely distributed as possible. This is what I call an American hero!!!
Next we discussed all of the fantastic tips that I gathered at the IB conference this weekend. Tonight I want you to watch this short video and to apply the five concepts (Adaption, Overproduction of offspring, Differential survival, reproduction,Inheritance) you have been learning about in your text book on 5.1 and 5.2. This can be a very short piece of work bullet pointing each of the ideas.
The movie can be found here: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/origin-species-beak-finch
Honors Biology - Today we started by discussing the results of your test on Mitosis. Most of you did okay, but I think we all now know how we can be better. We must be able to think deeply about the materials.
Next we discussed the requirements for your cancer research and why it is important! Do you remember why this is important to what we are studying? Then we discussed how to obtain the maximum score on this pamphlet project by adding appropriate related information. This project will be due on Thursday
Lastly, tonight I want you to watch this video: https://www.ted.com/talks/paula_hammond_a_new_superweapon_in_the_fight_against_cancer
On the right hand side of A NEW ENTRY, please respond to the following questions related to the movie:
What does she mean when she talks about Supervillains vs superheros? Be specific and describe why this analogy works, or doesn't. Is there another analogy that you think would be better?
What makes her drug delivery system so special? Please answer this by making a drawing of the delivery system.
On the left hand side of the entry I want you to look at the reference page I gave you two weeks ago called Process, Process, Process. On this page there is a task called , make a mini movie poster. Please complete this and be ready to share tomorrow.
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: It’s that time again! Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a non-profit annual conference aimed to interest girls(guys can not attend), in grades 9th - 10th, in science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM). Over the past decade, the San Diego chapter of EYH has introduced thousands of young girls to exciting STEM careers. Our conference offers hands-on workshops and activities organized by some of San Diego’s best and brightest professionals in STEM industries. To excite and prepare students for college life, it is hosted at the University of San Diego (USD). Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges. Parents are also encouraged to attend their own workshops that focus on college applications, financial aid, etc.
Student and parent registration is now open! Please visit: www.EYHSanDiego.org
Fee waivers are available for those who request them during the application process. This year’s conference is on Saturday, March 10, 2018, hosted at the University of San Diego.
IB Biology - Today we started the day by looking at what you had produced on the map projections for WNV. You all did a nice job of recognizing that climate is the one common factor that affects them all. Then we spent the rest of the time making sure we are ready for the quiz that will be tomorrow! DO you know the evidence for evolution? Do you know the five tenants of natural selection? Can you apply them? The unit test on all of these will be early next week. For the next couple of days, we'll be focusing on the IA development and completing an activity on natural selection.
Honors Biology - Today we started by looking at your fantastic mini movie posters about the new superweapon used to deliver cancer treatments. next we tackled the big question of, "If mitosis is used to replicate cells, and cells must have complete instructions to work, then every cell must have a complete set of chromosomes. So, since this is true how is it possible to have a baby without it having double the needed chromosomes?!!!" You came up with brilliant questions that we will pursue later and deepen our knowledge of cellular replication, but for tonight I want you to just finish that tri-fold pamphlet!
IB Biology - Today we started by reviewing for the evolution and natural selection quiz. Then we took the test. One class did very well and the other class scores were bi-modal meaning people either do the work or don't. If you fall into the don't category I want to help you. Don't lose out! After the test we then focused on providing me with materials lists for your IA. We start this next week and you really don't have time to lag on this. please be sure you are writing up all of the parts we've assigned so far. The idea is that next week we'll collect data, process it, and then the following week we'll conclude and evaluate. Please be prepared.
Honors Biology - Today you ahd a chance to see the work from your other lab mates as well as a chance to see the other groups. You then isolated the commonalities you saw in causes (carcinogens). Lastly you self-evaluated for my aides and I to give you a final score. The homework for tonight will be to come in as an expert for the few questions your group assigned you. These were the questions you created yesterday. Your responses should be recorded on the right hand side of your entry. We'll use the left side of the entry for something tomorrow.
Honors and IB HL Extra Credit Opportunity!!! The following website simulation is available to you. It will take about 2.5 hours but you can save your progress. When you are complete you will have an opportunity to print out a completion sheet that the program will give you. Bring that to me along with a screen shot of your work from each of the four modules and I'll give you BIG extra credit. http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/lizard-evolution-virtual-lab
IB Biology - Today we reviewed your responses to the quiz we took yesterday and found one problem! ....yes, I have adjusted your grades. Then we played predator and prey to collect data. We didn't get through it all so we'll pick that up next week. The really important thing that we must be prepared for is IA experimentation on Monday. Make sure your method is ROCK SOLID! This means that you should have reviewed the exemplar I posted earlier this week and to make sure you are just as clear and focused! Do not slack!!!!
Honors Biology - Today we began by looking at the similarities in causes you identified from yesterday's work. It turns out that exposure to carcinogens in any form (smoke, foods, etc.), as well as high energy, increase our odds of cancers. We then got into lab groups and discussed our research about chromosomes and babies. Then you got into expert groups to discuss nuances about the material, and finally started to formulate an idea for how this might be possible. Since we didn't finish the process we'll just pick it up on Monday. No homework!!!
Monday - Martin Luther King Day - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Day
IB Biology - The first thing we did today was to get our IA topic reviews back so we can narrow our ides into a research question. Next we covered a number of things that are related to us making predictions about the future of disease after we made sure that you understood everything from chapters 5.3 and 5.4. Then we practiced using what we know about public policy, geophysical restrictions, vectors, etc. to speculate on the reasons what the WNV prediction map from last week might be the way that it is. Tonight I need you to do two things for tomorrow....
1) Using the phylogenetic tree that you made last week. Find out the time scales that these changes occurred. You will need to "dig" but you should be able to find at least general ideas about viral mutation rates.
2) Submit to me a refined IA research question that you plan to pursue.
Honors Biology - Today you started to realize that you do know something!!! I didn't teach you much of anything and yet you know a lot now about Mitosis! Using this new found information I need you to now translate this into a model. This model will be in the form of a video and must include the following:
Context for cellular division,
The organelles involved,
The steps (PMAT) in mitosis,
and what's happening during Interphase.
You will have time to work on this tomorrow, but you better be sure that you understand the process(es) you are responsible for.
As to platforms that you can create video animations with, here's what I have: Powtoon, FlipBook, Toonator, Moovly, and Animaker. You can use anything platform you like, but these might help.
IB Biology - Today we took the quiz on 5.3 and 5.4 and the results have shown me that you are either doing your work thoughtfully or not doing it at all. We've only just begun and your work needs to reflect deep thought if you expect a good grade. I am always going to be here to help you, so use me outside of class. Next we looked at the phylogenetic trees and used them to compare how quickly the mutation rate is in viruses and bacteria. ....which lead us to realizing that we need more information about evolution and natural selection before we can start to forecast the future of our disease. So the following is what we need to get from our books:
Questions from chapter 5.1 and 5.2
Evidence of evolution
What is speciation
What are the sources of variation
Summarize these tenants; Adaption, Overproduction of offspring, Differential survival and reproduction, and Inheritance
Natural Selection and antibiotic resistance Find that video! http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/health/antibiotic-resistance-historical-study/index.html How does this show all of the concepts we have studied?
Here's the website you might want to use as a data base research project for your AI. Check it out tonight if you haven't decided on a topic.
Tomorrow your refined research question needs to be turned in!
If you would like to help a fellow IB classmate, please take a couple of minutes to answer a survey that's link is posted at the end of this blog.
Honors Biology - Today we looked at how we will be scored on our video model of cellular reproduction (mitosis), and in the process learned that you score really high on this project if you choose to include cancer. I'm not sure what you need to do tonight since each of you has your own path.
This is not required, but if you would like to help a fellow classmate, please take a couple of minutes to answer a survey that's link is posted at the end of this blog.
Thursday - Minimum Day
IB Biology - Today we took a moment to look at the San Diego County Flu Update and we sure have a problem on our hands. If you are interested in keeping up with this outbreak, check out this link. https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/phs/immunization_branch/flu_update.html
Tomorrow you will be asked for a couple of very important things. First you need to be prepared to make your very detailed explanation of why the WNV projections are the way they are. Here's the link to that map: https://climatereporters.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/257145_west_nile_virus_risk.jpg
As you already know, you will be making a prediction about your disease soon using the same ideas. To help a little, check out this website I found. I don't know how helpful it is, but it looked interesting! https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/MicrobeWiki
Next you need to show me your final research question. Please be prepared!
Honors Biology - Today we took a moment to look at the San Diego County Flu Update and we sure have a problem on our hands. If you are interested in keeping up with this outbreak, check out this link. https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/phs/immunization_branch/flu_update.html
Next we looked at what cancerous cells (cells not dividing of functioning properly) to help you with your project. ...which is due tomorrow. Here's the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeUANxFVXKc
Lastly, make sure you understand what mitosis is, how it happens, and most importantly, why it is important! You will be revisiting our original video and need to be able to explain what you are seeing. Here is that link so you can practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L61Gp_d7evo
IB Biology - Today we have spent some time reviewing what we know at this point in time and the answer is, A LOT! Most importantly why cladistics is so important to fighting disease. It feels like the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. We then returned to the WNV map that has been hounding us forever (it seems). I then asked you and your group, using the knowledge you have in your five areas of expertise to put together the most probably case for this 60 year projection. I'll be reading those this weekend. In the meantime, should have completed your work on chapters 5.1 and 5.2 on evolution and natural selection. You should also have a detailed design for your IA. This means you should come to school prepared with the following:
The research question
The IV and DV are clearly defined.
The Controlled variables are all listed.
The Materials are listed.
You SHOW the set up through diagrams or pictures.
You have a method of collecting data.
Honors Biology - Today we spent a big chunk of our day looking at your Mitosis models and jotting down notes on the details of each step. Then we responded to any questions you might have had, and then you had to prove yourself with the assessment using your notes. We'll discuss the results next week when I return on Tuesday. This weekend...no homework. Your sub for Monday is one of my favorite people!
IF you are looking for an opportunity to help a fellow student with their Internal Assessment please click the following link. You only need to answer a few questions.
IB Biology - Today we started by regrouping into sets of 5. This is because we'll be pursuing our 2nd semester topics as small groups and we'll need to diversify in order to get the work done. We next looked at the following projection map: https://climatereporters.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/257145_west_nile_virus_risk.jpg Then, after really getting deep into the many unanswered questions about this map, we realized that there is so much more we need to know. Tomorrow we will pick up this "battle", but in the meantime I need you to read the following article (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171012122835.htm) and to do three things: 1) Identify what the causal factors for the transmission of the various diseases are? 2) Where is their evidence to connect these? 3) What is a model and how are they created? Just jot down your ideas, but be ready to discuss it deeply.
Honors Biology - Today we really just took the time to get to know each other, but we discussed a lot of pieces of how this class would run. Then we discussed a narrative "story" about what we should already know. I then asked you to come here to this website and to follow these instructions (VERY CAREFULLY), so here's what you need to do:
1) Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwoohzjscHY
2) Describe the difference between knowing and thinking WITHOUT using the examples from the short video. Please write your example on a HALF SHEET of paper.
3) Please place your name (Last and then first) on the top of the half sheet.
4) Lastly, I want you to go to the very bottom of the half sheet and to write the topic listed below that you understand The LEAST. Your topics are: Macromolecules, Water, Enzymes, Cell structure, Cell Membranes, Cell respiration, or Photosynthesis.
This will be turned in first think tomorrow! ...I almost forgot. You need to have at least a 70 page notebook by Friday!
IB Biology - Today we began by starting the process of breaking down our roles as researchers in understanding our future. This meant that one person in each group had a commitment to either: Vector borne disease, food/water borne disease, social policy, geophysical aspects, or human health impact. You also selected a disease that you could trace through this process to determine if climate change might effect it as well. Yet, before we can do any of that we need to define what an archaea, bacteria, or a virus actually is. Your job, which you started in class was to determine the similarities and differences between these three entities. You work should come in by tomorrow and should show some real understanding. DO NOT just list qualities of each! Since we are doing this in terms of disease spread you should be looking at how they are pathogenic!
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Honors Biology - Today you got a lab group, a new seat, and a recount of what we know at this point in the year! I also introduced you to the kids of tasks we should be able to do by the end of the year. Meaning we need to not only KNOW our biology, but also be able to THINK about how this biology applies to human health. You took some notes that should be able to help guide us, but in the end we realized that we really need to know 4 big ideas to help these patients. 1) We need to know how vital signs are important indicators to health, 2) How does growth and development occur, 3) How does heredity impact our health, and 4) How does our environment impact us? We will start with growth and development tomorrow, but tonight I need you to take a sheet of paper, but NOT the one you took notes on today, and to find normal vital signs that you can use in the future. Yes, you can make it an electronic document and cut and paste tables on it, but you will need to print it up, and you will need to include BMI, Blood Pressure, Heart Rate (Pulse), Normal Body Temperature Range, and Respiration Rate for kids through adults.
You may also want to review metric measurement at this website: https://elsaghirscience.weebly.com/measuring-metrically.html
IB Biology - Today we started to get some real direction on interpreting Monday's predictive map. We started by looking at the entities we compared last night. As we dug deeper we started to find that man of the differences are stark and others, not so much. This began to make us discuss the idea of time scale and how related these things are to each other, or in other words CLASSIFY them. So this is our first step towards our goal of understanding the big picture of disease. Tonight I want you to do the following: 1) Find a phylogenic tree (or cladogram) that shows your virus or bacteria's relationship to another type of bacteria or virus that we have heard of. 2) Find out more about how your virus or bacteria operates as far as your expertise (geophysical, vectors, social policy, etc. goes. and 3) Start the process of understanding the material in chapter 5.3 and 5.4 on classification. Here are the things you should address: When and why we use the binomial system of taxonomy?
How many domains are there and how do we sub-classify organisms?
Why do we reclassify organisms at times? What is an example?
Complete the DBQ on 262.
Do the activity on 267.
How does all of this classification connect to ancestry?
What is a clade?
What is the difference between analogous and homologous traits? Give us an example of each.
What are "Molecular clocks" when it come to ancestry and how do they work?
How is microRNA helpful in determining ancestry?
Complete the DBQ on 273.
Honors Biology - So today we went over the vital signs that you researched last night. We discussed what these numbers mean and that they are meant to give us a guide to better health. After practicing on yourselves I want you to go to your family and explain to them what we are researching and maybe even share some of your new known facts that pertain to the numbers. You will want to collect gender, age, height, weight, pulse, and respiration rates. If you have the equipment at home you can also do blood pressure and temperature. Once you have collected this data, I want you to check the patient's BMI, pulse, and respiration and decide if they are currently within healthy ranges. Be sure to inform your patient of your findings and then record your information on a separate sheet. This separate sheet should also have you and your family's vitals and an assessment for each person. The assessment is an evaluation of the vital signs. Because we keep medical information confidential on patients please do not use actual family member names. Your name, of course, must be on there.
IB Biology - Today we had two main focuses. The first was a startling look at the current flu epidemic. It was amazing to see how quickly this illness is progressing! you can follow up on these results at: http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/documents/InfluenzaWatch.pdf .
Then we looked briefly at some of the phylogenic trees that you produced on your virus/protist.
Lastly we looked at an exemplar IA in preparation for yours! Yes, this is a class assignment, so regardless of whether you are an IB diploma student or not you will need to complete one. The first step to completing one is to find a topic and research question. Tonight I want you to use the following links to find three potential topics and a possible research question for each topic. This will be turned in tomorrrow so that I can make add ideas. LINKS: http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-biology/topics and https://www.mrgscience.com/ib-biology-internal-assessment.html The sample IA can be found on the bottom of this week's blog.
Honors Biology - Today we started with a discussion of the current flu epidemic. It was amazing to see how quickly this illness is progressing! you can follow up on these results at: http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/documents/InfluenzaWatch.pdf . Next we discussed that with vital signs down we need to start understanding about growth and development. I showed the following video and you made a whole bunch of observations. The ideas that you all thought this video could be ranged from white blood cells fighting bacteria, to cellular division for growth, to chromosomes moving out and away for some "Line", to organelles avoiding bacteria. We know that the scale is about 25 microns as well, so tiny! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L61Gp_d7evo
Tonight I need you to take the other side of the paper you took notes on today and to create a Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning on what this video is actually showing us. Please use complete sentences and be thorough in each part of the CER. The claim is typically a sentences or two, and the evidence is usually a list of things you observed (with time signatures). It's the reasoning that usually takes a paragraph or two and explains why the evidence makes you think your claim is correct.
IB Biology - Today we looked at two things. The first thing we did was to examine the IA resources available to us and then to use what knowledge we have from this week to dig deeper into the map that we had looked at on Monday. I also told you that we will be starting to make predictions about our disease in 2080 next week. In the meantime, I will reflect on your IA Research topic to see If I can add anything to what you have done and get those back to you on Tuesday. Remember that these explorations can be actual experiments, use simulators, or use data extracted from data bases. The following are some of your resources:
Genetic data Base: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genbank/ or asia.ensembl.org/index.html?redirect=no
Here's a site that can align genes for cladistic purposes: www.ebi.ac.uk/Tools/msa/clustalo/
Sample Simulators: www.sciencecourseware.org/biologylabsonline/
Guidelines for microbial experiments: http://misac.org.uk/healthandsafety.html
Oh, and the animal experimentation guidelines in a document attached at the bottom of this week's blog.
Lastly, remember that on Wednesday you will be taking a Socrative quiz on chapters 5.3 and 5.4. Be sure you come on Tuesday prepared to discuss your questions that were assigned earlier this week.
Honors Biology - Today we did two things. The first was to set up our notebooks. You should have received a stack of ten sheets (which can be found on "Online Resources page of this site) and placed them into the appropriate spots in the notebook along with the work that you have done up to this point. After getting organized we then looked at the brain intensive work you did last night. We examined your claims and looked for the supporting evidence. Some of you even did size comparisons to see which of the major themes is more likely. Then we developed what we would like to know more about and you isolated the following questions on the left hand side of the entry titled, "Microscopic Mitosis." Please come prepared with answers about these question on Tuesday.
Why do these things duplicate? What is the reason?
Are these cells in our body or single celled organisms?
How do chromosomes duplicate?
Where is the nucleus?
When/How does this process happen whatever it is?
What other organelles are involved in this process?
By the way, great first week together. Your ability to take risks in class is fantastic!
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