IB Biology - Our goal for today is to diagram the structure and replication of DNA. The key terms you must work with are: Nucleic acid, Bases, Antiparallel, DNA, Leading and lagging strands, Gyrase, Helicase, SSB Proteins, Polymerase III, Primase, Okazaki Fragment, Polymerase I, Ligase. List these on the right side and then diagram on the left side. USE BioNinja for help. As far as homework goes, remember that there will be a unit test on Tuesday, tomorrow. Get your one pager done on water, and macromolecules.
Biology - Today we did two things to move on. The first things we did was to set up our notebooks with the guiding questions that we need for the upcoming movie while I'm gone for the next two days. Here are the questions again and remember, these go on the right side of an entry:What is a GMO?
Can you get a patent on a living organism?
Why is bacteria a concern for Big Food?
What is the primary function of business?
On Left side of the same entry I want you to do the following...
Positive and negative aspects of Big Food.
Examine the problem of big farms next to small farms.
Are we a part of the problem?
Then we focused on today's lesson which is all about selecting good foods. Today within your lab group we had to select an order, from 1-10, for each of the foods presented and more importantly list a reason for why we selected the foods we did. This was all on the right hand side of a new entry. Whatever you don't finish today you must do tonight.
Honors Biology - Today we did two things to move on. The first things we did was to set up our notebooks with the guiding questions that we need for the upcoming movie while I'm gone for the next two days. Here are the questions again and remember, these go on the right side of an entry:What is a GMO?
Can you get a patent on a living organism?
Why is bacteria a concern for Big Food?
What is the primary function of business?
On Left side of the same entry I want you to do the following...
Positive and negative aspects of Big Food.
Examine the problem of big farms next to small farms.
Are we a part of the problem?
Then we focused on today's lesson which is all about selecting good foods. Today within your lab group we had to select an order, from 1-10, for each of the foods presented and more importantly list a reason for why we selected the foods we did. This was all on the right hand side of a new entry. Whatever you don't finish today you must do tonight.
Tuesday - I'M OUT! Sub today!
IB Biology - Today is your unit exam. I hope you did well. The time you have in class is the only time you have to work so work efficiently. If by some chance you complete your test early, you can work on your conclusion for the enzyme lab that you completed last week. Please remember that not only the validity of your data should be discussed, but also the conclusion should be attached to a health issue. In other words, how does your research attach to a real world issue. A fully printed copy of your lab report is due tomorrow.
Biology - Today you should have watched the first half of Food Inc. and responded to many of the questions we created yesterday. When I return on Thursday you will be taking a quiz on this movie and you should really have thought about some of these questions deeply. Tonight, talk to your family about some of the ideas you heard about. You could jot down their ideas.
Honors Biology - Today you should have watched the first half of Food Inc. and responded to many of the questions we created yesterday. When I return on Thursday you will be taking a quiz on this movie and you should really have thought about some of these questions deeply. Tonight, talk to your family about some of the ideas you heard about in this movie as to how they relate to our health. Just because it says something in a movie doesn't mean that it's the only perspective so it's okay to have differing ideas. Jot down their ideas.
Wednesday - I'M OUT AGAIN!
IB Biology - Today the first thing you need to do is to turn in your lab report! The substitute will collect these reports. Remember that we will be following up with another experiment to improve our research skills. So while you take some of your time to discuss what your follow up experimentation will be, understand that you are also going to begin your next project which will be a film project.
The requirements for this are as follows: You will either be ASSIGNED translation or transcription (7.2 Transcription and gene expression, or 7.3 Translation including protein folding). You may not have a group of more than 3 people (yes, this includes you, but you get to choose). This film can be stop motion, live action, cartoon, old-school documentary, conspiracy theory video, use special effects, etc. (Yes, there will be special awards for creativity). You must incorporate all of the concepts found in the text into a story line and it must teach us the process so that someone walking away fully understands the material. Your substitute will randomly give you your assignment once you have established your groups (or you can work on your own).
The rest of your class time is for your to start to digest the material. As homework I need you to complete the following subjects into your notes: Semi-conservative, Role of nucleosomes, Non-coding regions of DNA, DNA profiling, Activity starting on page 352, DBQ on 353, and DNA sequencing.
Biology - Today you should have watched the second half of Food Inc. and responded to all of the questions we created on Tuesday. When I return on Thursday you will be taking a quiz on this movie and you should really have thought about some of these questions deeply. If you didn't watch the whole movie, here is the link: Food Inc. Tonight, talk to your family about some of the ideas you heard about. You will need three food labels from things you eat for tomorrow in class.
Honors Biology - Today you should have watched the second half of Food Inc. and responded to all of the questions we created on Tuesday. When I return on Thursday you will be taking a quiz on this movie and you should really have thought about some of these questions deeply. If you didn't watch the whole movie, here is the link: Food Inc. Tonight, talk to your family about some of the ideas you heard about. For tomorrow's class I need you to bring in 3 food or drink labels from things that you eat frequently.
IB Biology - Do you understand the filming project? It is tentatively due Wednesday of next week. Quiz on structure and replication is coming tomorrow so refresh your brain on what you should know (7.1) including responses and logic from your DBQ, etc. !
Biology - So today we discussed the movie you watched yesterday and then took a Socrative quiz on it. You then found out how food guidelines can help you make better choices and then we examined the labels you brought in. After dealing with the food labels you brought, I need you to come up with an alternative for these foods. In other words, what is one food that is better than the ones you looked at today. Please explain why the new food is better.
Honors Biology - So today we discussed the movie you watched yesterday and then took a Socrative quiz on it. You then found out how food guidelines can help you make better choices and then we examined the labels you brought in. After dealing with the food labels you brought, I need you to come up with an alternative for these foods. In other words, what is an alternative food/drink for each of the ones you brought in that is better than the ones you brought in. Please explain why each of the new food/drink is better than the last..
IB Biology - So today what we did was begin the process of filming on transcription and translation. We'll talk about gene expression a bit later, but if you want to include it, go for it! I will have your tests graded shortly and put in the grade book. I also now have all of your labs and will probably get those in before the weekend is done.
Biology - We took a bit of a step back to get caught up with the Food Inc. information. If you want to find out more about the food industry now as opposed to when the film was made just pick any topic covered from the movie and do a comparison using reputable sites. As to what you must do, I need you to do what I actually planned for you yesterday, I need you to come up with an alternative for the foods you brought in. In other words, what is one food that is better than the ones you looked at today. Please explain why the new food is better. This goes on a separate sheet of paper and should have a label, and a detailed description of how this is a better food than the ones you brought in.
Honors Biology - So today we discussed the movie you watched yesterday and then took a Socrative quiz on it. You then found out how food guidelines can help you make better choices and then we examined the labels you brought in. After dealing with the food labels you brought, I need you to come up with an alternative for these foods. In other words, what is an alternative food/drink for each of the ones you brought in that is better than the ones you brought in. Please explain why each of the new food/drink is better than the last. This should be presented on a separate sheet of paper that will be turned in to me on Monday.
IB Biology - SO this week is wrapping up three big things: 1) The lab Report on enzymes, 2) 2.6 the structure of DNA and RNA, and 3) Macromolecules unit test. So tonight I need you to first of all continue working on your report. I expected that you would have the raw data in a table, but of course, this raw data may not come in until tomorrow. You also need to start the process of digesting our last macromolecular section of the book, chapter 2.6. The following topics should be covered: Nucleic acids and nucleotides, Differences between DNA and RNA, Understand Chargaff's Data, Be able to draw molecules of both RNA and DNA, consider the role of competition and cooperation in science, and finally understand how Watson and Crick developed their model. This isn't all due tonight, but the reading should be complete by Thursday.
Biology - Today we revisited the cell membrane and the ways in which it allows for molecules to pass through. You made drawings on the left hand side and then added the idea of bulk transport called endocytosis and exocytosis. Here are some videos that can help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGeSDI03aaw and a TED TALK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsklF1w4eok Tonight I want you to do the following, about 5 days ago we did the entry "Guts to Cells, Part II" and we left it hanging with the question "Yeah, but how do big molecules get into the cell?!" Tonight you will answer this question. You must use the terms diffusion, Passive transport(channel protein), active transport (carrier protein), and bulk transport (endo and exocytosis). Underline these words and EXPLAIN, or there is no credit.
Honors Biology - So you guys are at a very similar place as my regular bio classes, but in addition to everything that is listed above, I want you to star the research on a health related issue that is ultimately an issue of cell membranes.
Here's the criteria: find a disorder (Crohn's, Cystic Fibrosis, etc.), make a title, describe the condition, include a large central illustration that shows how the membrane makes this happen (show the problem in a drawing), lastly make sure to cite your sources. This will be due on Wednesday.
IB Biology - Today you had a chance to complete your research, but many of you are struggling with fundamental questions. I will continue to come around and challenge you a little bit about what you are doing. We will run through the end of the week, but tomorrow will be the last work day to collect data. In the meantime, you should complete the questions from yesterday about chapter section 2.6. We'll review all this on Thursday.
Biology - Today we went through everything from the first part of the semester, the key ideas, the big ideas, the terms. Tomorrow you will start the process of your mid-term by describing the heirarchical organization of multicellular organisms. The following is a list of what must be addressed:1) Describe the creation of elements from the earlier universe, through stars, and ultimately to Earth.
Track carbon as it cycles (biogeochemical) through this closed system called Earth through organic and inorganic transitions. Minimum of 4 transitions.
2) Describe how macromolecules are built (monomer and polymer), and how they are broken down in the digestion system (mechanically and chemically), including: Biological polymers (Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids), Digestion (both mechanical and chemical) and the role of gut microbes, The role of enzymes.
3) Finally, describe how these broken down materials are absorbed into our cells for use, Including: The role of water and polarity, Osmosis and Diffusion, Active and passive transport, Bulk Transport (endo and exocytosis).
Honors Biology - While we spent today going over the big ideas from the first half of our semester, please don't forget that you need to complete the task from yesterday about membrane issues. See yesterday's post for the details. The biggest difference between the fundamental questions you will address and what regular bio will be asked to address are the health issues associated with these concepts. Do you know about the health issues related to our biogeochemical cycle disruptions? Do you know the health related issues with digestion and enzymes? How about cellular membrane issue and how these affect a person?
IB Biology - Looks like IB Test Registration is upon us! Please use the following video posted below to understand the sign up process then click the following LINK. This next link is to the actual timeline and sign up page: https://sites.google.com/site/ibgraniteib/testing/exam-registration
Biology - So today was the first day of the mid-term. You should really make a solid assessment of what needs to get done and come back tomorrow with what you need to finish the task. That's all folk!
Honors Biology - Today we started the process of completing a midterm. Know what you need to bring in, as far as information goes, to continue working on the midterm tomorrow. The one addition that I need you to consider how any three of the topics are health related.
IB Biology - So its a minimum day and we covered the information I was going to cover yesterday about IB testing. Then we discussed your findings from your experimentation. These findings should be presented using the guidelines I provided to you yesterday and offered to you today.
Biology - Once again you had time to work on your mid-term project. Now that you are heading to your final day (tomorrow) you should assess any last minute information needs that you may have and come prepared! That's it for today.
Honors Biology - Once again you had time to work on your mid-term project. Now that you are heading to your final day (tomorrow) you should assess any last minute information needs that you may have and come prepared! That's it for today.
IB Biology - Macromolecular study session is what happened today! The unit test is next week and we needed to be prepared with all of the material we have covered so far. The following list isn't comprehensive, but should give you a good review guide for preparing. The actual test is going to be Tuesday or Wednesday so remember you get a one pager of notes to use on this test, 60 word max, but as many illustrations as you like. On Monday I am going to go over the basic structure of Nucleic acids (2.6). Lastly, you may also need to do the data processing required for your data. Conclusions will be written next week, but you can get a head start if you like. Oh, and here's a great resource to help you with the content: BIONINJA
Biology - Today was your last day on the mid-term project. There is no extra time. This weekend I want you to relax and do something with your family. Hikes are always awesome. Want a touch of extra credit? Take a picture of what you did this weekend and send it to me (email) with a DETAILED explanation of how it connects with what we have studied so far.
Honors Biology - Today was time to finish the big mid-term project. Hopefully you added your health related topics. This weekend you can earn some extra credit by getting out into nature with family and friends, send me a picture of where you are, and then describe in GREAT DETAIL what this has to do with what we have studied so far.
IB Biology - Today you were lucky enough to hear a great presentation by Ms. Cook about application and scholarships for nursing school. If you have follow up questions for her, please email me and I will forward them to her. IN the meantime I would like you to complete the DBQ from Friday if you haven't already and to redo the health supplement project that many people didn't complete according to the guidelines (see Thursday last week). Tomorrow we learn about enzymes.
Biology - Today we started our lab to find out the answer to our big question of who to save first, the guy lost at sea or the guy lost at the lake. We created simulated people using tissue from a potato. We weighed the initial weights and tomorrow we'll see what happens. We may also try again on Wednesday if we don't have any affect. In the meantime, tonight I want you to read the following article and on the left side of the Lost at Sea entry, I want you to describe how fish and sharks survive the saline environment of the ocean and then to make a Venn diagram that compares diffusion and osmosis. the article can be found at: https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/water-h2o-life/life-in-water/surviving-in-salt-water/
Honors Biology - Today we started our lab to find out the answer to our big question of who to save first, the guy lost at sea or the guy lost at the lake. We created simulated people using tissue from a potato. We weighed the initial weights and tomorrow we'll see what happens. We may also try again on Wednesday if we don't have any affect. In the meantime, tonight I want you to read the following article and on the left side of the Lost at Sea entry, I want you to describe the health affects of drinking salt water, how sea animals survive the saline environment of the ocean and then to make a Venn diagram that compares diffusion and osmosis. the article can be found at: http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/what-if/what-if-you-drink-saltwater1.htm
IB Biology - Create a summary of the notes today using the following vocabulary terms: enzymes, substrate, pH, temperature, competitive inhibitor, non-competitive inhibitor, and denaturing. Underline your vocab words in red. Also, be sure that you have some idea of how your enzyme lab will be conducted, where you can buy materials, and the chemical reaction for your enzyme.
Biology - Today we looked at the two lost at sea survivors to judge their condition in fresh and salt water after we reviewed the article from last night. Then we tried to explain their condition by discussing diffusion and osmosis. This movie helped with that conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu6A-eZ05fE Lastly you had to make a diagram of how the two concepts work using only 6 words to help you explain. This will be turned in tomorrow when you have to write to me about who we should save first.
Honors Biology - Today we looked at the two lost at sea survivors to judge their condition in fresh and salt water after we reviewed the article from last night. Then we tried to explain their condition by discussing diffusion and osmosis. This movie helped with that conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu6A-eZ05fE Lastly you had to make a diagram of how the two concepts work using only 6 words to help you explain. This will be turned in tomorrow when you have to write to me about who we should save first.
IB Biology - Today we began our experimental design on the function and limitations of enzymes in hydrolysis. Your job today, as it is for tonight, is to complete the design of your experiment. IN designing the lab you should have a title, introduction, your question(defining of the problem), your hypothesis, your selected variable (IV, DV, Constants, and controls), materials, and procedures. Once you know what you are doing, please divide up the work and share your pieces so everyone has their own copy.
Biology - Today we went back to the ideas of diffusion and osmosis. We looked at the Lost at Sea experiment to make a final decision about who we should save first! This was written up as a Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning paper. Oh, and when you were done, you turned in your diagrams from last night. Lastly, we then looked at how the small intestine absorbs the nutrients using this image: http://kids.britannica.com/kids/assembly/view/107046 . Tonight I want you to just update your table of contents.
Honors Biology - Today we went back to the ideas of diffusion and osmosis. We looked at the Lost at Sea experiment to make a final decision about who we should save first! This was written up as a Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning paper. Oh, and when you were done, you turned in your diagrams from last night. Lastly, we then looked at how the small intestine absorbs the nutrients using this image: http://kids.britannica.com/kids/assembly/view/107046 . Tonight I want you to just update your table of contents, but then on the left side of your entry I want you to describe how the kidneys operate in maintain homeostasis by regulating salts. In other words exactly how do kidneys deal with the salts in your body. Details please.
IB Biology - Today we reviewed the material for the enzyme quiz tomorrow and then worked on putting our final touches on our experimental design on the enzyme lab. Did you send me your materials? I can't get your consumables, but I can get you the lab equipment you need.
Biology - Today we applied our our knowledge of diffusion and osmosis to look at the small intestines where a chunk of nutrient uptake occurs (see yesterdays posting for the picture), but while this wokrs for small molecules how do big molecules get through? We'll need to look at cell membranes. ...but no before we briefly talk about blood and its main components. Tonight I want you to create riddles for the 4 major components using the guidelines listed in the resource pages under "Become the Riddler." This should be placed on the left side of the entry we created on blood. If you don't do it all that means no credit!
Honors Biology - Today we applied our our knowledge of diffusion and osmosis to look at the small intestines where a chunk of nutrient uptake occurs (see yesterdays posting for the picture), but while this works for small molecules how do big molecules get through? We'll need to look at cell membranes. ...but no before we briefly talk about blood and its main components. Tonight I want you to create riddles for the 4 major components using the guidelines listed in the resource pages under "Become the Riddler" This will go on the left side of the blood entry we began today. If you don't do it all that means no credit! I know some of you struggled with the kidney filtering so get that done tonight if you didn't already do it.
IB Biology - Today was the final day that you have for preparation for your lab work. Please take care of any materials you may need to have by Monday. Also on Monday I'll have a rubric for you so you can make sure you are constructing your report properly.
Biology - You got to play with the website on membranes, https://biomanbio.com/HTML5GamesandLabs/Cellgames/celldefensehtml5page.html but there is no homework! See you on Monday!
Honors Biology - Today you played around with an online interactive and took a bunch of notes. This was so you could get an understanding of what cell membranes are made from and what they do. Tonight, on the left side of your entry, I want you to develop three follow up questions about cell membranes. Here's on the online membrane activity: https://biomanbio.com/HTML5GamesandLabs/Cellgames/celldefensehtml5page.html
IB Biology - Today you received back your lab reports and we looked at the data set you produced. A big of you have minor issue that need to be resolved. Fix those and resubmit tomorrow. Next we learned about the content from our peers about 2.3.3 through 2.3.5. Tonight I need you to thoroughly review the health evaluation process of health risks from foods and supplements. This information can be found on page 84 and 85. Tomorrow I will introduce the research project to you so be very familiar with the information.
Biology -Today we looked at the lab work you did last week and then combined our results as a class. Then we used this data to create a data set that we could graph. Make sure that your graphs are complete for tomorrow since we will be digesting this information tomorrow in the form of a conclusion.
Honors Biology - Today we looked at the various experiments that you all ran last week. Today we collaborated to put all of the info together and then to create graphs that were accurate to the data represented and included averages of the data. Today and tonight it will be important that you put this data into a electronic format that is precise so that we can continue developing ideas from this data. Remember, a printed lab report is due by Thursday, don't get behind!
IB Biology - Today we continued our learning by hearing what our peers have found out about carbohydrates, lipids, and now, proteins! We should finish this process this tomorrow. In the meantime I want you look at these supplements that people use to improve their lives. We'll be looking at the EVIDENCE of their efficacy. The following list is only a start, feel free to pursue your own product if you like.
Glucosamine and chondroitin,
Alpha Lipoic acid,
...and MANY more.
You pick. Once you pick one I want you to see if you can find actual research based on this product. Find the evidence.
Biology - Today we finished our graphs and then ultimately finished the packet, or at least that was the plan! What you didn't complete in class, you will complete tonight. The packet should be finished and neat. If you want a 5 you need to neatly complete this work and must make deep responses to the conclusion questions.
Honors Biology - Today we started with our analysis and conclusion. Tonight you will need to complete this analysis although your lab report will not be turned in until Thursday. Tomorrow will be your last chance to ask questions. Everything should be complete by Thursday.
IB Biology - Today we started with a discussion of the current health crisis in San Diego of Hepatitis A. We also discussed the financial ramifications of these outbreaks, as well as jobs in the sector of public health. Connect with our researchPlacebo And Mind with body or body with a mind? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILDy6kYU-xQ How does this connect with what we are researching? Oh! And don't forget that I would love to have your parents come in if they work in health care.
Biology -First we discussed the Hepatitis A outbreak since it is a current event about biology. Then we turned in our packets, then we looked at what we have learned this year, Where the materials for life come from, how they got to Earth, how the cycle through Earth, how they get in us, how they get digested, but not how they get to our cells! To answer this question I did a demo in the room showing diffusion and you attempted to explain it. Here's the interactive we watched afterwards: http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter2/animation__how_diffusion_works.html Tonight, if you didn't do it in class, I want you to go on the left side of the entry and to write 5 "rules" that explain how molecules diffuse.
Honors Biology - Lab write-ups are due tomorrow so be sure that you use the lab write-up guidelines in your science notebook to make sure you have the order of the write-up, and then use the powerpoint I posted in last weeks blog to make sure your specific requirements have been met. I failed to mention that today we discussed the current Hepatitis A outbreak and the related topics of health care and public health in general. After we were done with that we then started the conversation on the process of diffusion using a demo and this website: http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter2/animation__how_diffusion_works.html
Oh! And don't forget that I would love to have your parents come in as a guest speaker on certain days if they work in health care.
IB Biology - using page 85 and the research you have done on your health supplement report to use by creating a One Pager. There are instructions in your reference pages, but you don't need to stick to them too tightly. On one page I want you to tell me about the implication and limitations of the evidence for the product. I want you to also include an illustration, and report the data. Make a nice border, and then include something about placebo effect and the mind/body connection that might play a role. Lastly, don't forget we have a quiz first thing tomorrow.
Biology - Today you had a guest speaker on immunization, Dr. Kurth, if you were in 4th period. If you were in 5th period we went over the 5 rules for diffusion. Regardless of your class, your only homework is to read this article https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100826122624.htm and take notes on the right. These notes should be a one sentence summary of each paragraph. Then you will create an ad for a fictional "chemzyme" on the left hand side. Do it just like the movie poster processing task in your notebook. Right side notes, left side advertisement.
Honors Biology - Today we reviewed the rules of diffusion that we started yesterday. Then I want you to read the following and complete a movie poster/advertisement http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/04/23/digestive-enzymes-help-or-hype
On the right side of a new entry you will write a note for each paragraph. A paragraph is a complete idea so you should sum it up with a quick sentence.
At the bottom make a decision of whether it is help or hype.
and then on the left side of this entry I want you to use the processing strategy , "Make a movie Poster" found in your reference sheet titled "Process, Process, Process...." or maybe do it as an ad for enzymes.
IB Biology - Today we were somewhat limited on time so we only got a chance to take the quiz and to discuss some of the health supplement research that you had collected. The health research will be coming back to you for a clean up as many people didn't follow the instructions. On Monday we'll be learning about Enzymes and in preparation for that I want you to complete the data based question found on pages 100-101.
Biology - Today we started with looking at your articles on chemzymes. Then we began a new entry to build on our idea of diffusion. "Lost at Sea" is what we called the new entry and the idea is that two people were lost today. One is lost out at sea and the other in a lake. We only have one helicopter to rescue these people, who do we rescue first? We reviewed the properties of water, and then created hypotheses. Finally we didn't actually have enough time to set up our experiment, but we can do that on Monday. So, no homework. Lucky you!
Honors Biology - Today we started with looking at your article on Help or Hype. Then we began a new entry to build on our idea of diffusion. "Lost at Sea" is what we called the new entry and the idea is that two people were lost today. One is lost out at sea and the other in a lake. We only have one helicopter to rescue these people, who do we rescue first? We reviewed the properties of water, and then created hypotheses based off of what we know. Finally we didn't actually have enough time to set up our experiment, but we can do that on Monday. So, no homework.
Extra-Credit Opportunity: If you are interested in earning some extra credit, please consider being a volunteer for the MDA Muscle Walk which will be held on September 23rd. Come see me for the details.
IB Biology - This week we'll start our unit on molecular biology, but not before you turned in your lab report. Now as you work through your topics, which really isn't a lot of work, you should keep in mind what this all has to do with the demo we did on Friday because tomorrow you will need to explain it. These notes are not due until Wednesday. Here's a link to the online version of your text book: http://calameo-download.tiny-tools.com/pages.php?doc_id=000777721d2ae4477b15e
Molecules to metabolism
Vitalism and molecular bio
Atoms and molecules
Synthesis of urea, significance?
Metabolism, anabolism, catabolism.
Polarity of water
Solubility in water
Transport in blood
Mystery Solution connections?
Oh! Don't forget to get your Parent Input sheet.
Biology - Today you learned about Metabolism and the factors that play a role in how it works. You learned about pH, temperature, Water, and Enzymes. Tonight I want you to create a summary of this work you did using the following vocabulary words: Hydrolysis, dehydration synthesis, temperature, pH, denaturing, specificity, substrate, and concentration. You should also include an illustration of a lock (enzyme)and key (substrate) with COLOR!!! You may want to play: http://biomanbio.com/GamesandLabs/LifeChemgames/Enzymatic.html to remind yourself about all of these terms which are covered in the game.
ALSO, don't forget to get your parent input on your notebook!
Honors Biology - Today you had a chance to turn in your Properties of water POGIL. Then we reviewed the mystery solution demo and finally write a Claim, Evidence, and explained our Reasoning to gain our next few points. Tonight's homework you will be to just get your parent input!
IB Biology - Today we went through the lab reports that you completed over the weekend. These lab reports will be critiqued today using the IA rubric and you will get them back tomorrow. As to the latest content information, I need you to complete 2.1 and 2.2 as listed on Monday, but I also want you to start the short presentation that you were assigned today (visuals, citations, quiz, and SHORT!). Lastly, if you didn't get some parent input on your notes, please do so tonight!
2.3 Carbohydrates and Lipids
2.3.1 Distinguish between organic and inorganic compounds. Compounds containing carbon that are found in living organisms (except hydrogen carbonates, carbonates and oxides of carbon) are regarded as organic.
2.3.2 Identify glucose, ribose and fatty acids from diagrams showing their structure. Specific names of amino acids and fatty acids are not expected.
2.3.3 List three examples each of monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides.
The examples used should be:· Glucose, galactose and fructose Maltose, lactose and sucrose. Starch, glycogen and cellulose
2.3.4 State one function of glucose, lactose and glycogen in animals, and of fructose, sucrose and cellulose in plants.
2.3.5 Outline the role of condensation and hydrolysis in the relationships between monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides; between fatty acids, glycerol and triglycerides; This can be dealt with using equations with words or chemical formulas.
2.3.6 State three functions of lipids.
Include energy storage and thermal insulation.
2.3.7 Compare the use of carbohydrates and lipids in energy storage.
2.4.1 Outline the role of condensation and hydrolysis in the relationships between amino acids and polypeptides.
2.4.2 Identify amino acids from diagrams showing their structure.
2.4.3 Explain the significance of polar and non-polar amino acids.
Limit this to controlling the position of proteins in membranes, creating hydrophilic channels through membranes and the specificity of active sites in enzymes.
2.4.4 State four functions of proteins, giving a named example of each.
Membrane proteins should not be included.
Biology - First off, did you get your parent input completed? Due by Friday at the latest! Today we reviewed yesterdays work first, then you received the handout on how the lab will be conducted so you're clear on what to expect. You should be really familiar with the expectation. You can do this by writing your hypotheses for each of the conditions that we will do for our experimentation.
Honors Biology - Parent input? Did you get it done? Due Friday! Today we looked at digestion and how we get the materials our bodies need. Tonight I want you to, on the left hand side of your entry, imagine you ate a bologna sandwich (protein and carbohydrates), and drank a glass of milk (Lipids and carbohydrates). Where would each of these parts get chemically and mechanically digested in each part of the digestive system? Write your responses on the left side. To help you figure this out you can watch the video again with sounds, but what I think is more helpful would be to go to the second link that I used in class and to walk through what each part does in your digestive system. It's a bit of a mystery here! Hunt it down. One last hint, we've talked about enzymes helping to break down materials. Proteins are broken with protease, lipids are broken with Lipase, and Carbohydrates are broken down with amylase.
Here's the video we watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QYwscALNng and the website we used: http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter26/animation__organs_of_digestion.html
IB Biology - Today you got your unit exams back and your lab report. The lab report had a peer review completed on it and you should be able to clean it up for resubmission tomorrow. I'm focusing on the graphic interpretation of the data and the conclusions you draw from that data. Next, we went over all of the content from 2.1 and 2.2 and really focused on the properties of water. One addition though was I started using the term dehydration synthesis instead of condensation reaction. they mean the same thing, but I like mine because it emphasizes the role of water. Lastly you should have joined with your partner(s) in order to prepare for your presentation. remember, visuals, cover the content, citations, and a quiz.
Biology - Today you started your catalase lab! Yeah! Well, you only barely started it by getting a control (an untreated test). Tomorrow we will continue this testing, but you should consider running a third test for an A where you look at different types of plant and animal tissues for it's presence of catalase. Some good choices are chicken, potato, etc. Hey, did you get removed because you didn't do your lab safety? You have had 6 weeks to get it done!!! Get it done tonight. Last thing, parent input.
Honors Biology - Today you took some speed notes on Metabolism, the factors involved. We then looked at one of those factors, enzymes, and began to set up our lab which we will start tomorrow. You will need to establish your IV, DV, Title, Introduction, hypotheses for each test you complete, materials, and procedures. Most of this can be copied from the example on my online resource page, or from the powerpoint I posted at the end of this week. No hypotheses, no start to the lab! Hey, parent input complete?
IB Biology - I'm going to make this quick: 1) We turned in our labs today, 2) We created a written response to the mystery solution using our knowledge of polarity, 3) We worked with our partners on our presentations. Tomorrow we take the quiz on 2.1 and 2.2 and then start our presentations.
Biology - Today you began your lab testing. Be sure you know what you are suppose to do for testing tomorrow as that will be our last day. Oh, also remember that tomorrow will be the last day to turn in your parent input score!
Honors Biology - Today you began your lab testing on catalase in liver tissue. You should have completed the control, but then you will start the next test. However far you got today, tomorrow you will need to finish data collection. This testing should be completed by Monday so stay on top of what you are doing. At this point you should have the basic procedures, etc. cut and pasted from the online documents I mentioned yesterday. All you really need to do is to create electronic versions of your data that you collected, place them in an appropriate data table. You will have a control test, and then one of the following: pH test, tissue type test, and temperature test. If you are the tissue type test then make sure you bring your tissues!
IB Biology - Today we started by taking our weekly quiz on the current material 2.1 and 2.2. We then started the presentations on 2.3 and 2.4. If we didn't get to you today, it will be on Monday. This weekend I want you to recharge your batteries. Go out and enjoy biology in the natural world (aka take a hike). We live in an amazing part of the universe!
Biology - Today you finished your lab so on Monday we will condense our data and graph it. Just make sure you have all of your data collected.
Honors Biology - Today you completed the test your group was required. You should take the control data and the new test data and place them into two separate and appropriate graphs AS OUTLINED IN THE POWERPOINT. We will use this for our conversation on Monday. Remember that the online example of a nice lab report can be found on my Online Resource page.
IB Biology - Today we prepared for the cell unit test tomorrow. This test will cover all of the topics, but because of limitations in time and space we'll only be doping 1 or 2 questions for each. I literally went over everything from the test so no worries. Please know that you can have a cheat sheet for the test. This is one full page (one sided). You may put a maximum of 60 words on the sheet. This means that you should put as much as you can on the sheet using illustrations. Good luck.
Biology - Today you got to grapple with the mystery solution. You were great with your 20 questions and were able to deduce a lot of information from our experiments. One thing that we know is for sure is that the disks are showing us something about our solution and that part of the solution is water. With that being said, tonight I need you to go to the left hand side of the entry we started today and to write three unique qualities of water, and then translate those qualities into language we can understand. Of course, you can do that using your personal experiences with water. The following link should help you find what you are looking for (5 properties are listed here!): http://www.shmoop.com/biomolecules/properties-water.html
Honors Biology - Today we continued to look at measurement. I'm realizing that some of you are not very good with dealing in metric units. Don't freak out, but apply yourself. There are many videos that can help, but we'll continue to use these unit throughout the year and you should get used to them quickly. The first day of using our stations you should have completed 2 of them. Today you should have completed 3, and tomorrow we'll do the last 3. Now, as far as homework goes, I want you to finish the homework from Friday. I failed to tell you about it on Friday, but if you already did it, no homework!
IB Biology - Today you took your first unit exam. I'm sure you did great. I'll get those back to you ASAP, but in the meantime we'll be getting ourselves ready to close out our first big lab, the osmolarity lab that we collected data on last week. So, in preparation for tomorrow, please make sure that your computer is charged, your data sets are ready for processing, and that your brain is ready for some serious number crunching.
Biology - Yesterday my brain was on fire thinking about that weird solution! Today you were able to the next step in understanding it, by doing a POGIL on it. Tonight I need you to watch this movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASLUY2U1M-8. Once you have watched this video. We'll run the test again tomorrow so tonight I want you to think what other test might be helpful. These can be written on the same entry "Mystery Solution"
Honors Biology - Today you were able to finish your measurement labs. This data will be inputted electronically on Thursday day so make sure you have it all. You also showed me the work you have been doing on looking at disruptions to the biogeochemical cycle articles. At this point we have answered the big questions of, "what are we made of, where did this stuff come from, and where does it go when we die?", but we are now heading towards our next question of , "How do we actually get this stuff into our body and how does our body use it?" so I want you to create a new entry titled, "Weird Water." On the right hand side of this entry I want you to go to this website http://www.shmoop.com/biomolecules/properties-water.html and jot down each of the special qualities that water has. Then, on the right, I want you to explain how we experience these qualities in real life. So, provide examples.
IB Biology - Today we worked on cranking the numbers! Actually we started by doing a quick review of measurement first. We then got busy on our lab report and found the mean percent change, the standard deviation, the standard error in order to be prepared to create an appropriate graph using sheets. I need you to finish this work tonight so we can discuss the conclusions of the research. If you are struggling with the spread sheet functions, please just refer to the "Online resource" page for help.
Biology - Today we returned to our experiment after discussing what new things we learned from the activity yesterday (Water properties). Tonight you should write a summary of the information on water using only 60 words, 4 of which will be new vocabulary (polar, non-polar, etc.) and then develop 3 follow up questions because your test on water comes tomorrow!!! You will need to explain the mystery solution and what is does.
Honors Biology - Today we looked a really bizarre mystery solution! This solution had a number of properties that might be related to what you did for homework yesterday. Tonight I want you to think about how the properties might play into what you observed and then develop some follow up experiments that might reveal more to us! We'll do them tomorrow if they are good. In addition, do not forget that you will be submitting your data from the measurement lab tomorrow.
IB Biology - Today, Tonight and the following day I need you to complete the final touches to your lab report. Use this video to show you how to do your graph with error bars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIhfkkOMW14 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47lKHMtZFg and then complete the conclusion, evaluation of procedures, and the Improvements of the Investigation portions in the way our example show it. OH! I also want you to update your table of contents. We start a new unit on organic chemistry on Monday.
Biology - Today you took your quiz on the mystery solution! You had to present your idea of what it was all about by stating your CLAIM, EVIDENCE, and REASONING. Tonight I only need you to update your table of contents since we'll be moving on to new material tomorrow. ...and because I am going to ask your parents to review your notebooks next week (counts as a test grade).
Honors Biology - Today we started by putting our answers from our measurement lab into socrative so you can get credit. Then we started a new entry titled, "Monkey in the Middle - Solving some problems isn't easy" and I asked you three questions that are real dilemmas related to healthcare and biology. We looked at cost vs benefit, disruptions to the biogeochemical cycles, and who should pay for health insurance (worker, employer, govt.) Tonight I want you to pick one that you feel passionate about and give me a 100 word or less summary of why you believe the way you do. Be sure to site evidence, not just our emotions.
IB Biology -Next week we head into a new topic, Metabolism, and all of the biochemistry that goes with it. So today we observed a demonstration that is related. We'll pick this up on Monday, but in the meantime I need you to complete your lab report. Remember that we can't do everything we want to do AND have both data sets on the same graph...unless you did it by hand. Do whatever you need to do to complete the lab report even if it's going "old-school" with some graph paper. For those using Excel, here is a tutorial on how to enter individual error bars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Etko-slowk
Biology - Today you watched a video on "How we get what we need" This video can be found on the "students helping students" page of this website, or directly at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QYwscALNng Then on the left hand side you matched it up with an interactive animation of the digestive system http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0072495855/student_view0/chapter26/animation__organs_of_digestion.html and then finally summarized and assessed how well you did. This weekend, just make sure you have your table of contents updated.
Honors Biology - Today you finished the discussion we had yesterday. Since we didn't finish then I want you to finish this weekend. read the homework for last night and you'll know what I need you to do by Monday. Other than that you also completed the POGIL activity on Water. This activity will help you answer the big question of how the mystery solution works. I can't post the handouts online so if you are absent you'll just need to get it on your return.
IB Biology - Today we examined a lot of examples and checklists to determine how we will conduct our experiment to determine osmolarity of various solution and to investigate how the solute's molecular size could affect the osmosis rate. You can find all of the assistance you need to develop your lab report below including the checklist, guidelines, and example. In addition to this work, I also need you to take your notes on Chapter Section 1.5 - Origins of Cells
The Topics for this chapter are as follows:
Cell division and it’s meaning to origins
Origins of the first cells. (4 points)
Biology - So today you had the opportunity to finish your element cycling poster. This is worth some good points to your grade. We are slowly working toward the end of our first big idea question, What are we made of, where did it come from, and where does it go? You should be able to answer these questions from a number of levels at this point. Tonight I would like you to start the process of solidifying your thoughts on these questions. So, at the bottom of the left side of the entry, "Cycling of Elements," I want you to respond to this question in the broadest sense and then see how detailed can you get.
Honors Biology - Today you had a chance to put the final touches on your element cycling poster. If you were to look at the activities we are doing you would notice that they address a big idea question(s), What are we made of, where did it come from, and where does it go? We are preparing for our next exam which deals with this big idea question. We'll slowly continue in that direction so to prepare I want you to start the process of solidifying your thoughts on these questions. So, at the bottom of the left side of the entry, "Cycling of Elements," I want you to respond to this question in the broadest sense and then see how detailed can you get.
IB Biology - Today we set up our lab on osmolarity! We won't collect any results until Friday so just sit tight on that work for now. In the meantime I want you to start your work on Cell Division, chapter 1.6. This work doesn't really need to be finished until Friday. The following is a list of the topics you should cover. I will be doing a powerpoint tomorrow on 1.5 and 1.6.
Chromosomes and Condensation
Differences in cytokinesis
Chromitids and Centromeres
Phases of mitosis
Cyclins and cell cycle control
Tumor Formation and cancer
Smoking and Cancer
Please also complete the DBQ on page 59
Last thing I want you to consider is who should pay for cancer research? This is your opinion (guided by data hopefully).
Biology - Today we spent our time looking at other poeple's work and then spent time with a short video on biogeochemical cycles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09_sWPxQymA . Now that you have really had a solid review of the content I want you to create a "one pager" based off of the question: What are we made of, where did it come from, and where does it go? This is your title and the description of how to do a "One Pager" can be found in the reference sheets in your notebook. The reference page you need is called "Process, Process, Process". Yes, this should be a separate sheet that isn't in your notebook.
Honors Biology - So while much of your day was really similar to my regular biology class with you completing a one pager, I want you to start another short project which will be due on Friday. The project is a Cost vs Benefit of Medical Equipment. The handout came out today and I'll post it below as well. This will be due on Friday and we're doing it because science has a price tag and further complicates how we conduct ourselves. It's also going to lead nicely into a measurement lab you will be starting on Friday.
IB Biology - Today we had an amazing powerpoint to go over the material that is going to be tested tomorrow, chapters 1.5 and 1.6. I've posted these powerpoints below, but be aware that one of them has way more info than you really need so just compare what you did in the book with the powerpoint. The quiz is tomorrow and will be using the socrative platform.
Biology - Hey, today was a big day in that you got a chance to show that you know what you were talking about when it comes to the last part of our big question, "What are you made of, Where did this come from, and where does it go?" Hopefully the quiz went well for you. Tonight I want you to prepare for our next project that deals with measuring. To prepare, you should have set up a new entry titled "Measuring" and the essential question under this title is "How can we accurately deal with data?" But your homework will be written right underneath and should address, "What is the most difficult thing about measuring?" This can be a personal story or something you just find frustrating.
Honors Biology - Today you did a lot of what my regular biology class did, but I will tell you that you are getting ready for two upcoming labs. The first one we'll need to do some medical related measuring, so as we prepare to start tomorrow on measuring, I need you to complete your Cost vs. Benefit project that I gave you.
IB Biology - Today we took our usual weekly quiz on chapter sections 1.5 and 1.6. Then we collected all of our information on the lab that we started a few days ago. This weekend it will be important that you clean up the lab for what you have so far. The data for your class can be found below. We'll be processing the data next week...as well as taking our unit test.
Biology - Today you learned about the various metric measurement units that we'll be using. This is all in preparation for the upcoming lab where we'll need to have these skills. The only thing that I will need you to do this weekend is find equivalent volume, lengths, and masses for each of the primary measurements. This will go on the left hand side of entry we started. For linear measurements you need to do mm, cm, and m. For mass measurements you need to do g and kg. For volume you should do the ml and L. Each of these should have a colored drawing of an object that is similar in size.
Honors Biology - Today we first discussed the idea that cost is a consideration when it comes to how science is used in medicine, yet we know that these machines can give us really good data. What do you do? ...There isn't any one good answer. Next we were introduced to a measurement lab that we will be working on over the next several days. This is a lab that can really only be done in class so if you were absent you'll just need to get caught up when you return. This weekend I need you to start a new entry. On the right hand side I want you to print out and attach an article that has been written in the last 2 years that describes how a disruption to any biogeochemical cycle has directly or indirectly affected human health. Then, on the left, I want you to use the top half of the sheet to use "Don't Break the Bank" reading strategy. You can find this in your reference pages. The lower half of this page will be for something we'll do on Monday. You might want to use my "online resources" page to find relevant articles.
Monday - First thing I need to do this week is apologize for being out again. My wife has some potential nerve damage and she has to be tested on Monday. The doctors have to put her under anesthetic so she needs me to drive her and get her home safe. Please make life easy on the sub.
IB Biology - Dear IB students, I want to let you know that I had planned on talking to you today about what all of our assessments mean to both you and me. To talk about how we are not focusing on grades but learning, and how our assessments guide us so we can learn better and therefore get better grades. This will all have to wait until tomorrow. The good thing is that I am able to come in early this morning and leave what you will need to complete your work today! Aren't you happy?!
So I hope you brought in some tissues to examine, but if not I have left you an onion, a banana, some elodea(a plant), and wood scrapers to scrape for cheek cells. Using the IB guidelines for making illustrations I want you to work in groups and to use what we were studying last week, cells and structure, to make some connections through observations. Recognizing that some of these tissues are plants samples and will have structures different from animal cells, and using the microscopes and slides provided, view the tissues and make scale drawings of the cells and the structures you view (look carefully). Our goal is to get a cheek cell, onion cell (or banana), and elodea cell all drawn and labeled. You have already completed some prep work on this, but you can see the tips again for this on pages 4-6 including what to stain each example. BTW Elodea only needs to have one leaf plucked from it and NO stain applied. It's alive so look for movement in the cell.
Criteria for Biology Core Drawings with Annotations
Biology - Hello you guys! Sorry I'm not in today. I will try to be in about every day I can this year, but this was an emergency. SO while I had planned on showing you some cool polymer demos, I need to wait until I get back on Tuesday.
Instead of what I had planned we'll just get a jump start on a related topic that we are going to deal with later the Cycling of Elements on our Planet. So what I want you to do is go to a new entry in your notebook and use that as a title on the right page.
On the right hand side of this new entry, I want you to write that we know that the majority of the molecules that make us up are CHNOPS. For us to get these we eat, drink, and breathe, but where do we see these various these elements on our planet? Write this down too. This is your essential question.
Still on the right hand side of this entry I want you to create three categories: Land, Ocean, and Air. Next to each category I want you to do some research and find out which elements can be found in these regions and in what forms. When you are done you will have many forms and molecules listed on the right. Ex. Ocean: Hydrogen and Oxygen = Water (H2O), Oxygen O2, Sulfur ...etc. Remember we need to which of the five are found in each region and in what forms.
As homework on the left hand page of this same entry I want you to make an illustration of any one molecule (try H2O or CO2) and how it cycles from water to land to air and back again. You can find many online to copy, but be sure to use at least 4 colors and you must take care in constructing the illustration.
Honors Biology - SO taking the test on Friday was a big ugly mess! I'm not sure what happened to the other sheets, but we certainly came up short! Because of this we are going to do a redo!!! It doesn't happen often, but it is this time.
The sub will be passing out a new sheet of organic molecules to you today. Once you have these you will move to the positions we had on Friday (seats 2 and 4 of each row must work at the station). You will then circle every molecule with one of four colors to identify which group each molecule belongs in. Once you have completed that, on the back, please complete your test by providing your reasoning. In other words, explain what qualities each molecule had that made you place them into these four groups.
Remember: Your Claim is the group you placed them in by coloring them. Your Evidence is the actual illustrations, and your Reasoning is the explanation that you put on the back. This is worth three points to your grade. A maximum score of 3 will have solid reasoning and your molecules will be grouped properly.
If you are done before everyone else, please be sure to do a quiet activity until everyone is done. I should be back tomorrow. I have some cool demos for you on Tuesday!!!
Lastly, for homework, as a refresher on what we started this school year with on the nature of science I want you to watch an episode of House MD, any one you like, and watch it. First describe the basic plot, next describe three things that he (House, MD) did that were good science practices, use our list in your notebook and cite the number. This is on a SEPARATE sheet of paper that will be turned into me for 3 points on WEDNESDAY (Yes, 2 days to finish it)!!! You will make your CLAIM by listing the number and practices he used. You will have EVIDENCE from the plot you described, and will explain how the two match for your REASONING. 3 points, due Wednesday.
Here's an episode online if you need it: https://vimeo.com/98343184
IB Biology - So today we finally had the conversation about what assessments mean to me and what they mean to you. Hopefully this will help us to be continually successful. Then we continued our exploration of cells using the microscopes. I'm going to give you a little more time tomorrow to put the final touches on these drawings. As homework I would like you to finish the illustrations as much as possible, start the notes for section 1.4 using the topics listed below, and then ON THE LEFT SIDE of your 1.4 notes complete a response to the TOK question found on page 36.
Your list of topics for 1.4 are:
simple and facilitated diffusion,
structure and function of channels,
The basic idea behind osmolarity and how to estimate it,
Structure and function of pump proteins
transport using vesicles: endocytosis and exocytosis
Why we should prevent osmosis in organ donors
But this is not due until Thursday
Biology - Today you got to see some cool demos related to bonding and polymers so we can learn how these processes create cycles in the body as well as in the world. Tonight I want you to start your research on the molecule/element you have been assigned by your group and should include cycling from land, sea, and air as well as from organic to inorganic sources. What you do for your group will be placed on an integrated poster by Friday at the latest. This research should be added to the entry you started yesterday. Your research should also include
Honors Biology - So today we had a chance to finish up our lecture on bonds and polymers. We had a couple of demos of polymers to illustrate the idea of how molecules bond in long strands and sheets to make polymers. Tonight though I want you to finish watching the episode you chose of House, MD and the do the analysis I ask for yesterday (Look back at yesterday's instructions. This analysis is due tomorrow and will be handed in on a separate sheet.
IB Biology - So today we had a chance to discuss the TOK question from yesterday. After that discussion you then had time to do the following three things: 1) Finish your cell illustrations, 2) Start working with partners on the DBQ on page 42, or 3) complete your notes on 1.4. Tomorrow you will have an opportunity to ask questions on any of this material in preparation for your next content quiz on Friday.
Biology - Today you had a chance to collaborate with your team mates on your project for the cycling of elements on the Earth. As you put this poster project together you also need to be aware that the requirements: 1) Tell the “story”. How does your element cycle through the hydrosphere/geosphere/atmosphere?
2) Make a picture and explain each connection and “stop” on the diagram.
3) Color code the arrows that show your element passing from organic sources to inorganic sources.
4) Color code all of the man-made influences to these cycles?
As homework tonight I want you to be prepared for the small activity tomorrow about the relationship between the following terms: Organic, monomer, polymer, amino acid, sugar, fatty acid, carbohydrate, lipid, protein, and nucleic acid.
Honors Biology - Today we started to look at how the elements that form us cycle through our world. Then in class you had an opportunity to work on a specific cycle. Eventually this will be in one big poster, but for now make sure you are an expert in your particular area. On another note, tomorrow you will have a small activity worth points to your grade on understanding the following terms: Organic, monomer, polymer, amino acid, sugar, fatty acid, carbohydrate, lipid, protein, and nucleic acid.
IB Biology - So today was a minimum day and that's always hard for getting things done, but we did have a chance to go over the DBQ from yesterday as well as answer any questions you may have had about the content from chapters 1.3 and 1.4. Tomorrow we will take the quiz on these chapters so make sure you really spend the time on this information. Of course you can ask me some last minute questions tomorrow.
Biology - Today we took some time to do the vocabulary activity and hopefully you scored big since we took so much time yesterday going over it. Tonight I want you to be sure to spend your time really focusing on doing a good job on your cycling poster project. This means that you have all of the criteria we set out yesterday for your project: See Tuesday for the details of what you need.
Honors Biology - Being a minimum day we didn't get a ton done today but we got your vocabulary activity done! Tomorrow you will be placing your work for the element cycling project on a poster and the last thing I need you to do is to find at least one human health related issue to your cycle, or rather the disruption of the cycle. In other words what happens if you can't get the elements that you need.
IB Biology - Today in biology you started out by taking your quiz on membranes and transport within the cell (1.3 and 1.4). After that we prepared ourselves for the lab that we will begin next week on osmosis using sucrose solutions of various molarities. This weekend I want you to set up the framework for reporting your data: The first section will be called Design and will include: The Title, Introduction, Defining the Question, Hypothesis, Selecting Variables, Controlling Variables, Materials, and Procedures. The second section is Data Collection and Processing which includes: Results, Raw Data Collection (quantitative data and qualitative data), and Processing Raw Data. The third and final section is the Conclusion and Evaluation and will include: the Conclusion, Evaluation of Procedure, Improvements to the Investigation. We started the experimental design today and we'll add details to each of these sections and subsections as we complete them.
Biology - Today you had an opportunity to start your element cycling poster. You should have included your cycle from geosphere to hydrosphere to atmosphere and back again, the transfers of this element from organic to inorganic sources, how it get's into the human body, and man-made influences. This weekend you actually don't have ANY homework.
Honors Biology - You began your element cycling projects today and while your project is similar to regular biology (see above) I want you to include the health issues related to deficiencies in these cycles. Yes, you are doing your own work, but it's all on the same poster so be sure you included your name on your section. For homework you don't need to do anything! Relax and be ready for action on Monday!
Monday - I'm out today! Follow the instructions listed here...
IB Biology - Big idea Question to guide us: What is a cell? What is its structure? Why is this the smallest unit? This is the title of your notes.
NOTE: How do we take notes? Be a note taking STAR: Set it up, Take notes, Analyze what you've read, and Reflect when you have answered all of your questions. See the example at the bottom. Please just go to the next page for more notes, do not write on the back of your notes!
You'll be using this method to take Cornell Notes on chapter 1.1 in your book.
Topics that must be covered in your notes:
Cell theory (and exceptions)
Cell differences in Uni and multi-cellular organisms
Limitations to cell size and why
Cell differentiation in organisms
Gene expression in cells
Stem cells and types (and ethical concerns)
How to use, and the parts, of light microscopes.
As homework you will receive a handout called "The class of 2018 long Jumpers" By Wednesday I want you to analyze this data and explain to me how you would rank these jumpers (1-5) by how good you think they are, and then explain statistically why you ranked them the way you did. Be sure to quote the data. Claim (your rankings), Evidence (data/plots), and Reasoning (explanation). This will be graded on a five point rubric: 3=states a basic claim by sorting all five jumpers, does not quote all data, or explanations are minimal. 4= Like a 3, but has solid reasoning, uses all data. 5=like a four, but adds additional information such as outlining how we can get better data on our jumpers through improving fictional processes.
Biology - Our big question for today is How did elements to make these molecules get here? This should go at the top of your note paper.
You will watch both of the following videos (yes, you can watch them multiple times) and take notes on the how the elements form and how the Earth formed.
video on star fusion:
video on planet formation:
When you are done watching and taking notes I want you to take another piece of paper and divide it into SIX equal squares. You will now use at least four colors and create a storyboard (like a comic strip that explains how the elements were formed and got here. You can search storyboard if you don't get what I'm talking about. You ONLY have 6 squares so be careful on what you choose to include. This is due tomorrow and will be worth 3 points to your grade. If you do not follow instructions your will receive a 1. If you complete the project with minor errors or is partially illegible it will be a 2. A three is assigned for work that is completed properly and has extended the research to include information outside of the assignment. If you need an idea of how to go beyond, read the description of what the honors class is doing below.
Honors Biology - While you will be doing the same basic concept as the biology class, I would like you to extend your story board by two or three more panels (total of 8-9) to show us how Carbon specifically gets inside of our bodies. This will require some research on your own part. The answer is not as difficult as you might think, but read and analyze.
Tuesday - I'm out today! Follow the instructions listed here...
IB Biology - Using Cornell Note taking style...
Cover Chapter 1.2 - Ultrastructures of cells - This is your note totals.
Topics you must address:
Prokaryote vs eukaryotic structure
Comparison of light and electron microscopes
Drawings and function of each organelle (Be neat )
Basic structures and function of the Pancreas.
How to draw tips can be found on pg 5 of your book
Complete drawing/ID activity on Page 25.
HW: Finish 1.1. And 1.2 if not completed. Be sure to also have your notebook and some tape and glue ready for tomorrow.
Biology - Today you will first turn in your storyboard, and when you do you will receive a packet from your substitute. No storyboard = no packet. Finish your work!
This packet is on biological molecules and should give you EVERYTHING you need to answer the question we started with last week about how are macromolecules classified. You must complete the packet up to Problem #17. You will be receiving three points for this work as well, do it right! You will give this to me tomorrow.
Make sure you have every note and every supply that is required because we'll be setting up your notebooks tomorrow.
Honors Biology - You will be completing a macromolecule packet like my regular biology course, but I want you to go one step further and to complete the entire packet, NOT just to #17. It's only 5 questions more!
Make sure you have every note and every supply that is required because we'll be setting up your notebooks tomorrow.
Wednesday - Today was really about getting everyone organized. We set up notebooks in every class and now we're ready to keep moving on with content. If you're one of the people who is struggling to keep up you need to start to come up with a new plan so you don't get behind. We're rolling now.
IB Biology - Tonight I need you to address chapter 1.3. This section should be the first section where you get some new info. In your notes you should include: Structure and components of the Phospholipid bilayer
Membrane protein diversity.
Why cholesterol is found in animal cell membranes, and potential problems?
Compare Davson-Danelli model to Singer-Nicholson (illustration or written)
Draw pg 31 Membrane Structure and label
Biology - Tonight I need you to update your table of contents that you created today. Then I need you to highlight those word roots that you already know. That's all for tonight, unless for some reason you didn't do your work from Monday and Tuesday.
Honors Biology - Since today was really just about getting organized just follow the instructions for regular Biology.
IB Biology - Today we reviewed what work we've done so far in chapters 1.1 and 1.2. Then we took time to review how to use the microscopes. Tomorrow we will be using the scopes so I need you to complete your Data Based Question found on pages 6 and 7. Please be sure to take notes on the use of the microscope and how to calculate the size of something on the right side of a new entry and the DBQ on the left. OH! Also bring in some tissues to examine tomorrow. Remember, it must be thin! We can prep it here in class though.
Biology - Today we spent our time reviewing the origins of elements. Then we looked at how polymers form. Tonight I want you to list the many functions that each of the macromolecules perform in the body. This goes on the left hand side of "Organic Compounds Are Your Friends." This information isn't important to the test you will take tomorrow. Remember, tomorrow you will be taking a new sheet of molecules and be classifying them into the 4 groups you know they belong to and explaining why so be prepared.
Honors Biology - See above. I would like you to also be prepared to discuss the functions of these macromolecules as well.
IB Biology - Today we looked at the Long Jump assessment. While most of you did really well some folks are mixing up the idea of what a box and whisker plot shows you. This data showed us precision, but not accuracy, and would give us good information about jumpers as well. When I see you on Monday I need you to be prepared to play with microscopes! This weekend I want you to find some organic tissues that we can view under the microscope. I'll have some stains that you can use.
Biology - So today we took a quiz on what the macromolecules look like. I'll have those back to you on Wednesday at the latest, but we're going to continue to push to learn more about the molecules that make us up. So to prepare you need to think about the following terms: organic, polymer, monomer, amine, nitrogen base, phosphate group, carbohydrate, protein, lipid, and nucleic acid. Think about what they mean and how are they related to each other.
Honors Biology - Today we got our first scored work back. I know some of you are disappointed, but we do have high standards. But also know that I will always be there to help you out. ALWAYS! SO, since the quiz was a bust, we will pick up the pieces on Monday. Don't worry and enjoy your weekend.
CORNELL NOTE EXAMPLES ARE BELOW:
Today you all had an opportunity to learn a little bit about how your class operates. You also had a chance to meet each other. Each day I'll post what happened in class as well the homework that is due. Sometimes I'll post extra credit opportunities as well. So, if you are ever absent, always check this spot so you kind kind of get an idea of what you missed.
IB Biology - In addition to what every class must complete by Monday (below), on a separate sheet, please identify and explain where the independent variable, dependent variable, constants, and controls were in the experiment we did today. If you believe some of these were missing, say so and then explain why you think that.
Biology - See below
Honors Biology - See below
Tonight I need you to go to the website (scisavvy.weebly.com) make sure you understand everything found there. Once you've done this I want you to create a cover sheet should have:
1) Which "Biology" course you take on it,
2) Your full name,
3) Using four colors create at least four different images related to four different sections of our syllabus.
NOTE: The whole page should be full and should only have pictures related to the subjects we'll study this year so you must look at that syllabus on the website.
Next I need you to make a plan to get a durable 200 page (5 section) notebook like the example I showed in class. You'll need it by Monday.
Lastly, complete the safety contract/survey at the bottom of the Laboratory Safety page. 1) Look over the site, 2) Plan to get a notebook, 3) Create a cover page for your notebook, 4) Sign the online survey/safety contract .
IB Biology - Today you had a chance to collect information on how far we could jump. Tonight what I want you to do is to take the data and to make a graph that would best display the information and answer the question we started with, how far can a senior jump? How you do this is up to you and I will post all of you class data in a spread sheet at the end of the day. It will be found below. Yes, the data from both classes should be used. Oh, and don't forget that we need you to complete the work from Monday.
Biology - So today we did a project where you looked at a bunch of molecules and you needed to sort. You then asked some questions about what you want to know to answer this question better. Tonight you need to research the question you were assigned and come back with some answers. These answers should be on a new sheet, not the one you made in class. ALSO, be sure to describe if what we did today was "good science" or not? This goes on the bottom of today's notes. We set it up for you. Lastly, don't forget about all of the things listed under Monday. It's all due on Monday.
Honors Biology - Same as regular bio above
IB Biology - Today we took a look at the various graphs you came up with for the data you collected (as well as the other class). We then discussed issues with the graphs and how our experimental design affected the data. lastly we looked at a power point called "Ugly Graph" posted below and analyzed the graphs. Tonight I want you to go home and create a box and whisker plot of the two classes data. This site will help with the box and whisker plot: https://www.varsitytutors.com/hotmath/hotmath_help/topics/box-and-whisker-plots
Biology - Today we looked at the work you completed last night and then added corrections and then reflected in small groups. Next we looked at the nature of science using a handout (posted below), and then lastly we answered those lingering questions that you didn't have answers to. Tonight, based off of what we discussed in class using the handout, you should create a "Tweet" (Using 140 characters or less) on what good science is. This will be on the bottom of the 4 person reflection you completed today.
Honors Biology - See above in biology
IB Biology - Now that we have our books we need to start covering some content, but not until we finish this statistical analysis starter. Today we learned how to construct a simple box and whisker plot. Tonight I would like you to create a box and whisker plot using a hand drawn method. Sort the numbers using the spread sheet I provided, but create the box and whisker by hand. This site will help with the box and whisker plot if your notes aren't helping: https://www.varsitytutors.com/hotmath/hotmath_help/topics/box-and-whisker-plots
Biology - Today we looked at some chemical reactions and listed all sorts of chemical information to learn more about those macromolecules we have been looking at. Tonight, on a separate piece of paper, I would like you to create a statement that describes the relationship between the terms: Organic, Atom, Bond, and Molecule. This statement is probably only about 2+ sentences long.
Honors Biology - See above in biology, but instead of writing a statement about the terms; Organic, atom, bond, and molecule, I want your writing to include the connection with exothermic and endothermic reactions.
Please also don't forget to complete the class safety contract, and get a notebook and make a cover by Monday!!! The safety contract is now working. :)
This page contains nearly everything that you need if you missed class.