Monday - I'm OUT! Sub Today.
IB Biology - Today you should have a final report ready to go that followed the IA checklist. First you will trade your report with someone who is NOT in your group. Using the hard copy IA checklist that the sub will give to you, you will spend a good 20-30 minutes critiquing each other's work. Please give the lab and checklist back to the owner so that they/you can make final changes to your report. IN addition to the data analysis you will also be doing a new statistical analysis called a T-Test. Watch the following videos on what it is and then how to do it with Google Sheets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTmLQvMM-1M
This additional test must be included in your final report that will be turned in on Wednesday.
Biology - First off, you need to turn in your lab reports. Then, since we've really been focused on health for the next two days you will be watching a video called Super Size Me. http://watchdocumentaries.com/super-size-me/ You will receive a sheet with questions that should be answered after watching the movie. The questions will go into your notebook. Questions (and notes) on the right and answers on the left. You will have today and tomorrow so no rush!
Honors Biology - First thing we are doing today is turning in our final lab reports.
Next, since we have been working on how we apply what we know about how the body works, you will be watching Pushing the Limits - Strength (Title of your new entry) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xsw0ku It should also be important to note that without bone the muscle has no leverage! As you take notes on the right hand side of your entry on what ligament, tendon, cartilage, skeletal system, smooth muscle, skeletal muscle, and cardiac muscle are, you may want to include illustrations. On the left hand side, describe one of the scenarios you saw (like the man throwing giant stone off of him) and then explain what happened using all of the vocabulary. If any of our vocabulary isn't involved, then just say that it isn't involved.
Tomorrow you will have a guest speaker from Think First who talk about brain and spinal cord injuries. Tonight I need you to start a new entry titled Think First and develop 5 questions you can ask tomorrow. These go on the right side of your entry.
Tuesday - I'm OUT! Sub Today.
IB Biology - Today you will have the entire time to work on Chapter 8.2 Cellular Respiration. You will start by understand the basics of oxidation and reduction.
Then I'm asking you to partner up with someone in the room and to "map" the following:
NAD and electron carriers
Glycolysis and ATP
Electron Transport Chain
Structure and function in the mitochondrion
This will all be on a piece of paper and not only define them, but demonstrate what they are in relation to each other. Remember that this is a process so a diagram is perfect.
Please be also sure to individually complete the activity on page 387.
Don't forget that there will be a Socrative quiz on Friday for 8.1 and 8.2
Oh, and check out this video on cellular respiration. It's pretty good!
Biology - Just see yesterday for what needs to be accomplished. I will be collecting answers using socrative tomorrow! Make sure to answer every question.
Honors Biology - Today you are lucky enough to have a guest speaker from Think First. You should have prepared 5 questions yesterday and today you will record the responses that you get. Not all of your questions will be answered, but get down what you can. On the left I would like you to summarize three key points that came up in the presentation. These points may or may not be from your questions.
IB Biology - Today we took a quick walk through stats and what they mean and then discussed the topics that we have covered so far. With the remaining time you should have been able to complete the diagram of the processes involved in cellular respiration. Tonight you should have this illustration completed by tomorrow. Know the parts, but know why they are important.
Biology - Today you got to learn a bit about China! The cultural differences were interesting, but know that I am glad to be in America! As to science you should have taken a small assessment on Super Size Me. I know that one class didn't get there. Tonight the only thing I want you to do is to: 1) Decide if you have food for the food drive, or 2) Can you contribute in some way to the Adopt a Family we're doing for Christmas. If not, that's okay, but even if you can contribute a small amount, we can add it together to give something. If you would like to purchase a gift for them, please let me know and I will get you details.
Honors Biology - Today you got a walk through China! I know, I know, it's not science, but it is pretty interesting. Tomorrow we will pick right up where we left off on cellular respiration and do the next step in learning about these amazing biochemical cycles! So for tonight, I want you to find out if you can contribute to our adopt a family for Christmas. See you tomorrow.
IB Biology - Today we started a more detailed description of the process of cellular respiration as well as focusing on the idea that these processes are really based on some basic catabolic interactions of molecules. I really don't want you to lose sight of the forest because of the trees, if that makes sense. In other words don't get lost in the details and forget the big ideas of how these things work. Although I didn't get through the powerpoint today, I am posting it below. I will finish the powerpoint tomorrow and then we'll take the quiz. A preview of this powerpoint might be a great way to prepare.
Biology - Today we started on a new question. So we know where the materials that build our bodies come from, we know how we get them, we even now know how we create the power needed for our cells to do what they do. But this whole process of working with our bides has now lead to the question of "If sugar can power our bodies, how do the plants that make sugar stash the energy in the sugar?" Great Question and in order to answer this we need to know a bit about plant cells so we started to draw a plant cell's anatomy from this website: https://www.cellsalive.com/cells/cell_model_js.htm What you don't get done in class is homework. The drawing must be neat, colored, labelled, and annotated. This all goes on the right hand side of the entry.
Honors Biology - Today you guys are very similar to my regular biology course, which is a frequent occurance. Please check it out above.
IB Biology - NO HOMEWORK - Go outdoors and enjoy biology!
Biology - NO HOMEWORK - Go out and enjoy your family and friends.
Honors Biology - NO HOMEWORK - Be thankful for all of the things life has given you no matter how big or small.
EXTRA CREDIT!!!! If you would like to work on a piece of extra credit over break, please complete the Thanksgiving file that is posted below. It must be printed out and submitted to me first thing on Monday, NO EXCEPTIONS.
IB Biology - Today you were able to begin your follow-up round of experimentation on enzymes. This write up will be due by Monday of next week and should follow EVERY detail of the IA rubric that is posted at the bottom of last week's classwork blog. In the meantime, you should be starting the new content which is chapter 8.1, Metabolic Pathways. Actually this isn't really new stuff, just more in depth It's relatively short and here's what you need to have a grasp of:
Enzymes and Activation Energy
Enzyme inhibitors, types
and DBQ 378 and 379
These will be due by the end of the week, but I will have a socrative quiz next week on 8.1 and 8.2.
Biology - Today we looked at the next leap to understanding how our cells get powered, the topic of cellular respiration. To start this next step you did a cell illustration based off of cells alive. https://www.cellsalive.com/swf/cell_model.swf That drawing should have straight lines from organelles to labels, 2-5 word summary per label, and is color coded. Since this took longer than expected and will need to be completed by tomorrow.
PREVIEW OF TOMORROW: On the left we Focused on the mitochondria with a drawing and some notes. Do the drawing of cell respiration that I provided you. Slowly but surely we are getting it all! If you haven't already done it, please also do your table of contents.
Honors Biology - You guys did something very similar to my regular bio, but your homework tonight is to find two conditions that are related to mitochondrial problems. List their causes, treatments, and an illustration that shows the issue. JUST complete the illustration for tomorrow and we'll pick things up from there.
IB Biology - Today you continued your enzyme research. If you are staying up on your 8.1 chapter information you probably saw a lot of enzyme information. Remember that you need to be ready for next week when you hit chapter 8.2 so don't let it pile up. BRING IN FOOD FOR THE FOOD DRIVE!!
Biology - So yesterday that drawing took WAY longer to get done than I expected. But that's okay, we'll survive. Today we'll get caught up. Today we'll make a drawing of the mitochondria and get an idea of how it works. Beyond this the only homework that I really need you to do is to bring in FOOD for the food drive! I want to win this! Oh yeah! I have stickers for every contributor! ...it's okay, no need to thank me. :)
Honors Biology - I hope you have your cell drawing done because we need to move! Today we'll investigate the mitochondria and it's function. Today, or maybe tonight, you need to complete the work I actually assigned yesterday. I NEED FOOD FOR THE FOOD DRIVE!!!! ...also the final lab work will be done on your test subject.
IB Biology - Today was the last day for you to experiment with your enzymes. Today and tonight you should be ready to complete the write up. USE THE IA CHECKLIST! I am going to be a big stickler about it and may just hand it right back if it isn't in line with the checklist! In addition to putting together your lab report I want you to complete your readings on 8.1. Tomorrow you are going to have a substitute while you have a guest speaker, Mr. Andres Trujillo, RN UCSD. The expectation is that you come prepared with some questions for Mr. Trujillo. Here are some that I want asked, How did he know he wanted to become an RN? Or What was his educational path? Or what are some positive and negative aspects of the job that we should be aware of?
Biology - Today you had a chance to finish your testing of your subject. It's now time to start a write-up! You need to take the data and using the points that I made today in class about how to make a bar graph (possibly a line) on this data you need to now analyze what you did. Each person in your group should have the same graphs and introduction, but you will each have your own analysis which means that you should be able to discuss the success of your experiment, where your strengths and weaknesses were, and what would improve what you have done. Print a HARD COPY for MONDAY.
Honors Biology - See what went down in my regular bio class above, but you need to follow the lab report guidelines found in the notebook. Each person needs their own report so have it ready for Monday. USE THE NOTEBOOK DESCRIPTIONS! BTW your write up can be identical except for the conclusion! This conclusion is where the difference between a 4 and a 5 happens! Be sure that you write up a detailed connection of cellular respiration and ATP with your exercise experiment. There might be other things you could do, but this is one solid direction to get the "5".
Tomorrow you are going to have a substitute while you have a guest speaker, Mr. Andres Trujillo, RN UCSD. The expectation is that you come prepared with some questions for Mr. Trujillo. Here are some that I want asked, How did he know he wanted to become an RN? Or What was his educational path? Or what are some positive and negative aspects of the job that we should be aware of?
Thursday - I'm OUT! Sub Today.
IB Biology - Today you were lucky enough to have guest speaker, Mr. Andres Trujillo, RN. I hope you engaged him with the questions we had laid out yesterday as well as just enjoyed the talk as a possibility for your future. Your final lab report should be ready for review on MONDAY. Do not fail. We'll be starting 8.2 in the book next week as well. Don't let it pile up on you!
Biology - Since we have been working on how we apply what we know about how the body works, you will be watching Pushing the Limits - Strength (Title of your new entry) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xsw0ku It should also be important to note that without bone the muscle has no leverage! As you take notes on the right hand side of your entry on what ligament, tendon, cartilage, skeletal system, smooth muscle, skeletal muscle, and cardiac muscle are, you may want to include illustrations. On the left hand side, describe one of the scenarios you saw (like the man throwing giant stone off of him) and then explain what happened using all of the vocabulary. If any of our vocabulary isn't involved then just say that it isn't involved.
Since this is a minimum day, you will have to finish this movie at home. I will be checking the work next week.
Honors Biology - Today your day was identical to my IB class in that you got a chance to hear from Mr. Andres Trujillo. Please make sure that once you heard from Mr. Trujillo and recorded his responses, on the left hand side you will need to summarize YOUR THOUGHTS on what he had to say. Is this something you would consider? Why or why not? Does this give you something new to think about? Etc. Don't forget, the final lab report will be collected on Monday! ...want that "5" for a grade. Don't forget to go in depth on ATP and cellular respiration and how it connects with this!
Friday - NO SCHOOL!!!! Honor our veterans!
IB Biology - So today we really accomplished two things: 1) What went wrong with our lab investigations, and 2) How can we use the articles from this weekend to apply our knowledge of transcription and translation on our unit exam. Unfortunately, there are many people who haven't read either article. Please come prepared tomorrow with the questions that you have so we can discuss these and you can score well on your unit exam. GRRRRRRR
Biology - Today we wrapped up the idea of how the endocrine system works to maintain homeostasis. Then we took our quiz on the unit section. THEN we decided to experiment on people!!!! Yes, we will be conducting an experiment to help apply all of our knowledge that we have learned so far. ...and to learn a bit more. We'll pick up this tomorrow.
As to homework, you will need your Parent Input and will be collected on Friday. You will have no homework tomorrow night so you can have some fun, but tonight you need to do this article on ZOMBIE ANTS! This means that you will do the reading strategy called Read and Recall on the right side and on the left you will define Commensalism, Mutualism, Parasitism, and then a small "Movie Poster" for the article.
Honors Biology - See above in regular biology. It will be interesting to see what how your experimentation comes out!
IB Biology - Well, hardly anyone was in class today. Please come tomorrow with any last minute questions based off of transcription, translation, and the scholarly articles from last Friday. The unit exam will be on Thursday. Here are some videos that might help with connecting our unit exam to the research. Transcription factors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkUgkDLp2iE Transcription factors and cancer
Remember, the test for DNA, Transcription, translation, and gene expression will be on Thursday and will show us how the issues of transcription and translation can cause error in gene expression. You must have a specific condition that you are addressing. Your response must be primarily illustrative and show a specific example of the error occurring. You must include both transcription AND translation in your description. You must also have causations/contributors to create this condition described. All illustrations must follow the IB standards.
Here are the illustration guidelines again: Biology Core Drawings with Annotations
Biology - Today we started the process of making one of your lab partners into an improved athlete. This really relies on your understanding of what we need to perform: hydration, diet, and exercise. Today we developed the procedures to improve your test subject over the next week. ...although the big question we were left with was how can we provide energy to our test subjects?! ...Glucose, ATP, and cellular respiration play a role. You have no homework tonight, but if you have a minute look it up.
OH, don't forget, you will need your Parent Input on Friday! ...Update your Table of Contents!
Honors Biology - Today was very much like my regular Biology courses, except that we had a discussion about ethics in human experimentation. We'll get deeper into finding out where the energy we use in our bodies come from in the coming days. There is no official homework tonight since I want you to enjoy Halloween, but you may want to remember that your parent input is due on Friday.
IB Biology - Today we looked at your last unit exam and made sure that you understood the issues you had. Then we took time to prepare for tomorrow's exam. All of the criteria for that exam are posted under yesterday's blog so refresh your memory. The biggest concern I have is that some of you might not connect how the transcriptional or translational issue is related to the more global health concern. What I mean is how does this tiny issue look like when a human has that problem.
Biology - Today we started by being introduced to some basic scientific vocabulary like dependent variable, independent variable, constants and controls. We then write the title, introduction, procedure/description of how you would improve your subject's performance, and the initial results in a spreadsheet. Next we collected baseline information on our test subject (your classmate). The only thing I need you to do is to put all of this into a nice neat online document. That's what you need for tomorrow.
Honors Biology - You were introduced to the development process for designing experiments as they apply to your human experimentation. You should have the first 5 sections of the lab report typed up in preparation for your report. Use your lab report guidelines to write up the parts appropriately.
IB Biology - Today you took your unit test on transcription and translation ...and how errors in this process connect to human health conditions. My first glance at these says you did well! When I see you tomorrow, I want you to be prepared to follow up with your next round of experimentation. I haven't received any requests for equipment so I'm not sure what your plan is, but this experimentation needs to be completed by Wednesday of next week so we need to move! This all means that you could create a new and improved lab report that is ready to go. Please make sure that you take into account the IB Guidelines for IA's. I'll post it again below.
Biology - Okay, I'm so ticked! The web editor just blanked everything. here's the quick version...
1) We talked about what we know
2) We watched a movie on muscles (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tM1LFFxeKg)
3) We then though about if we should revise what we are doing.
4) We then had an analogy about the ATP family which you took notes on .
5) Lastly you explained how this molecule transfers energy to make cells work. How
6) For homework, revise your training procedures.
Honors Biology - See above
IB Biology - Today was a really focused day of refining the research we had done earlier in October. Some of the common problems dealt with refining the research question, increasing the sample size (trials), and answering the basic question of "why is this important?" At the end of the day you produced a sticky with all of your material requirements.
Biology - So yesterday we started to look at exactly how a cell gets powered and what we came up with was the basic fact that sugars provide the power (somehow) and converts it into ATP which is the power currency for cells. The explanation is incomplete. So today we did a review of the cells parts an recognized that the mitchodrion plays a role in this . Here's one video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODqfBeZ-5lo and then we watched https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWNc9sE5Jpg and devloped some questions based off of these. Your homework is to enjoy your weekend.
Honors Biology - Your day was really similar to my regular biology course except you watched a different video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GMLIMIVUvo . No worries on homework tonight because there is none! On Monday we'll find out even more details to how this whole process works!
IB Biology - So today what we did was took the quiz on DNA structure and replication that we were suppose to have taken on Friday. Then we reviewed the lab work that you have produced so that we can improve our experimental design. Oh, I almost forgot that we also looked at a few online sources for visualization of the processes we're working on. Here are the links:
Biology - Today we continued to learn about our dietary needs. Last week we left off with a review of three labels on the left side of your entry of how to read labels. This week we'll look at a phenomenon that many people aren't aware of probiotics and prebiotics. Here's the video. https://www.ted.com/talks/rob_knight_how_our_microbes_make_us_who_we_are#t-14394
On the right side of a new entry you listed the title of the video, "Our microbes make us who we are." Then in the quadrants of the right page your answered these questions: So what? (why is this important), Says who?(what is the authors expertise), What if? (make a level 3 question), This reminds me of…
On the left, I want you to find 3 foods that are great probiotic and prebiotic foods. List out their nutrition label.
Honors Biology - Today you watched the same video as my regular biology class, but one thing that you will do differently is examine this in the context of heart disease. After having completed the tasks I assigned to regular biology (above), I want you to start with a one pager on heart-healthy foods. This one pager should be a SEPARATE SHEET outside of the notebook, colorful, serious, list at least 3 heart healthy foods, exercise recommendation, have one personal quote, and one quote from an expert. This will be due Wednesday so get moving!
Tuesday - I'm OUT !!!! Follow the instructions listed below
IB Biology - Tomorrow is a big day. It's the showing of all of your movies on transcription and translation. This means that you really need to make sure you have it all together. No exceptions. Stay busy today. If you need anything the sub will help you out.
Biology - Today, at your lab station, there will be 10 labels of the foods we started this whole discussion of diet with. Your job will be to go to your entry, "Eating Right!" and on the left side you will re-rank these foods using the information provided (Don't jack them up as other classes need these as well). You will then write your reason for your ranking next to each food. This is just like what I asked you to do before, but you know something now.
You should then write a reflection at the bottom that includes how accurate you are, why you were or weren't accurate, and one change you might make using the knowledge you now have. It must be a minimum of 4 sentences and should be at the bottom on the left page.
Honors Biology - You guys will be doing the same as my Regular biology class by sorting the foods.
Don't forget to have your PSA tomorrow for turn in.
Today or tonight I want you to go to the following website http://www.abc.net.au/science/lcs/heart.htm and play with this Open-Heart surgery site. The new entry will be called "Heart Disease - Open Heart Surgery" Then draw a diagram of the heart on the left and describe the flow of "material". On the right side, list the three pre-operative steps, and then the 10 surgical steps. Lastly, reflect by discussing the most dangerous parts of the surgery and recovery and how diet could improve results. This reflection should be at the bottom of the left page.
IB Biology - So today you had a chance to see the movies that others had produced. The intent is that you see multiple perspectives on these topics so you also took notes on transcription, gene expression, and translation. the topics you should be familiar with are the following:
How proteins regulate gene expression
How the environment can impact gene expression
Transcription direction (5' to 3')
Nucleosomes can regulate transcription
Post transcription modification
Ribosome structure and functions (smooth and bound)
Polypeptide synthesis (initiation, elongation, and termination)
Protein folding (primary, secondary, tertiary, and quartenary)
Biology - Today we started on a new question after we looked at our perfect meal from yesterday, and its, "How does our body know how to control materials in our body?" SO then we started by monitoring our bodies with something as simple as heart rate and respiration. Then we did it again after getting active! Then we learned how to measure these on ourselves. But then we were left with the begging question of Why does this happen? Tonight there is no homework, but you could pursue this question of why.
Honors Biology - Tonight you have no homework! We just didn't get as far as I had hoped considering we discussed heart health, open heart surgery, and diet before doing the experiment list above in regular bio.
IB Biology - Today we finished watching the videos we produced for transcription and translation. Please make sure to take your time with the material from 7.2 and 7.3 so that I can answer any questions you might have on the material.
Biology - Today in class we looked at the question we're grappling with, "How does your body know how and when to control of materials in your body?" You watched and answered the question on the EdPuzzle Video on the endocrine system https://edpuzzle.com/media/580550153d9c00ed3e45ee95. Your homework for tonight depends on if you got all of your work completed or not in class. All of this work should be placed on the right and left page of the entry we started yesterday. Just write the question and the correct response. That's it!
Honors Biology - Today in class we looked at the question we're grappling with, "How does your body know how and when to control of materials in your body?" You watched and answered the question on the EdPuzzle Video on the endocrine system https://edpuzzle.com/media/580550153d9c00ed3e45ee95. Your homework for tonight depends on if you got all of your work completed or not in class. All of this work should be placed on the right and left page of the entry we started yesterday. Just write the question and the correct response. That's it!
IB Biology - Today we received our just rewards for the amazing film work we did these past 4 days. As we look to the end of our unit on DNA Replication, Transcription, and Translation I want you to know that I am changing this unit test to be focused on application. This means that you should know all of the processes from our book, but also be able to apply your knowledge to health issues involving errors in these processes. This weekend read these two pieces of scholarly research. Do you understand the issues involved in these errors and how they cause health conditions? Check them out. Be ready to discuss these when we return on Monday.
Biology - So today we had a chance to discuss our EdPuzzle from yesterday and learned about homeostasis, feedback loops, and the endocrine system. Then we started a new entry called, Feedback - Signals from the Environment. Here we took notes on the Signaling, Glands in the system, and Sex hormones. When we were done with these notes, we then went to the left page and drew a picture of where the organs are located and then described a hormone cascasde. Here's a great video on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCV_m91mN-Q What you don't finish in class should be completed this weekend.
Honors Biology - While your class work was very similar to regular bio, I need you to, on the left page, to not only draw the system organs and a hormone cascade, but also to rank the glands as to importance. What you didn't do in class you will finish this weekend.
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.
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