Monday - HOLIDAY
IB Biology - Today we spent a ton of time with preparing for the next month or so. We started by reviewing the video from Friday and listing what we know about evolution tro get us going. We then looked at Mexican Sage (Salvia Leucantha) and Jade plant (Crassula ovata) and looked at the unique adaptations that they have. After that we started our grow contest using the Jade so remember you can water them at any time, and add nutrients etc. The goal is to increase the mass as much as possible in the time given (approx. a month). Lastly, you picked a partner for the mesocosm, please be sure that you have the materials. It's also important that you and your partner decided on what you plant/raise (plants, bugs, etc.) in your mesocosm, your variable that you will test, and how you will measure that change without opening the mesocosm.
ALSO, revised IA Labs are due tomorrow night before midnight!
Honors Biology - Today we recapped what we know and what we would like to know to answer the questions about whether evolution occurs in macroorganism (eukaryotes) as it does in microorganisms (prokaryotes). After watching the movie on the UCSD Juncos (https://vimeo.com/59871689) we then developed a theory of how the Juncos ended up the way they did in our notebook. The last thing we did in class was to write a lingering question that would help us understand the Junco situation. Tonight, if your LAST name begins with A-H I want you to complete Homework A, and if your last name was I-Z you will complete Homework B. Both of these are posted below. You do not need to print the sheets, just answer them on the right side of a new entry. OH, I ALMOST FORGOT! ...You need parent signature in your notebook. IT's worth a TEST GRADE!
IB Biology - Today we did three things: 1) you took care of your jade plant, 2) you created your mesocosm along with your research question and how you would measure this, and 3) you and your partner started on the DBQs for chapter 10.3. These DBQs are found on 456, 457.458. 459, and 459-460. You and your partner must complete these by Tuesday of next week and should show the work behind you answers.
Honors Biology - Today we started with a review of the homework. Next we checked to see which questions we have answered. I then posed the question of how would you collect information on the junco and that led us to the idea of how would you measure wingspan on you! Your homework tonight, other than parent input, is to develop a detailed method of measuring human wingspan. This should include pictures and writing and should be very specific. This will go on the right side of your next entry.
IB Biology - Today you finished creating your mesocosm (of love). Next you began work on the DBQs that are listed yesterday. Come prepared tomorrow with questions you may have. Many of you have already come to me about the last one so I will start with that one. Yes, you will be getting a score on this so please complete them showing ALL of your work. Also, you have a reading quiz coming!
Honors Biology - Today we collected some data on our "wingspan" to create histograms. We used those histograms to see the patterns that data follows, to understand what mean median and mode mean, and how standard deviations can help us interpret data ranges and weather or not a number is an outlier to be included (or not). Tomorrow you will have a simple quiz on what we have been studying so far. The questions will be on: What qualities were examined on the junco?
What factors may have selected for the UCSD juncos?
If a trait persists in a "common garden" experiment, what does it mean?
So you understand nature vs nurture, and can give an example?
What is environment influenced selection?
But other than preparing for this, I want you to remember that I left you with a question, which was, "Are these two sets of juncos truly different species?" This means you will need to look up the definition of speciation and then give me your analysis.
Oh! I almost forgot about offering you extra credit! IN science there is a statistical test called a T-Test which is used to determine the significance of two sets of data being different (or the same). Using this fictional set of data, tell me if the bird wing lengths of junkos and bunkos (both fictional) are significantly different (or the same), and to what degree (p value)?
Junko 13, 15, 17, 12, 14, 17, 22, 15cm
And Bunko 23, 17, 14, 17, 15, 11, 14, 13cm
This is extra credit and you typically start seeing this in your junior or senior year so don't feel bad if you can't do it, but if you can, awesome. Hint: use a spreadsheet to do your work. This is due by Tuesday at the latest.
IB Biology - Today we took some time to wrap up the ideas of chapter 10.3, and is the last stop before we dive into the chapter on evolution. On Tuesday when we return please have your DBQ work ready to be turned in first thing with all work/explanation listed. Single response answers will be marked as incorrect with our work/explanation. In addition, There will be a quiz on the material from chapter 10 on Tuesday. The subunits of chapter 10 were on Meiosis, inheritance, and genetics and speciation. Know the information. The questions at the end of the chapter would REALLY help. Lastly, you should have the stats on your favorite organism, including the biomes it lives in, the food webs it belongs to, taxonomy, behaviors, and ancestor species.
Honors Biology - Today we started by talking about the quiz questions to make sure you understood the content . Then we took the quiz. I know that everyone really struggled with a certain question, that was because I marked the quiz improperly! You all got credit for it! Next we discussed our question of what does it mean to be a new species and really struggled with that, but that's because there isn't really a good answer. So deeper we went into how these traits are transferred, which you already know some about., and started the process of looking at Pigeons at this website. https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/pigeons/ The worksheet you were suppose to complete is due when I see you on Tuesday.
Extra Credit for ANY students:
Science Fun for Kids 5 to 99 at San Diego Miramar College – Family fun event!
Saturday, March 9, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm
San Diego Miramar College – 10440 Black Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92040 (S5 Science Building)
EVENT FLYER – also attached
San Diego Miramar College will host a morning of FREE, FUN SCIENCE on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for kids from 5 to 99 at Mira Mesa Campus (10440 Black Mountain Road). The Miramar College science faculty, staff and students will present a variety of “hands on” activities in all areas of Math and Science: Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physiology, Microbiology . All ages are welcome to enjoy this free event with free parking on campus! The S5 science building located in the heart of campus near Compass Point (grass field in the center of campus). No RSVP required for this event: open to the public. This event is part of the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering taking place around San Diego County from March 2nd-10th, 2019. For more information about this event, visit http://sdsciencefestival.com/science-fun-kids-5-99-san-diego-miramar-college. For all San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Activities, visithttp://sdsciencefestival.com/.
Hello freshman LADIES, it's more extra credit!!!
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a non-profit annual conference aimed to interest girls, in grades 6th - 10th, in science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM). Our conference offers hands-on workshops and activities organized by some of San Diego’s best and brightest professionals in STEM industries.
To excite and prepare students for college life, it is hosted at the University of San Diego (USD). Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges. Parents are also encouraged to attend their own workshops that focus on college applications, financial aid, etc.
Student registration is now open! Please visit: www.EYHSanDiego.org
Fee waivers are available for those who request them during the application process.
This year’s conference is on Saturday, March 23, 2019, hosted at the University of San Diego.
IB Biology - Today was a weird day! Due to the assembly we ended up only discussing the ethical uses of CRISPR. Tonight what I will ask you to turn in is an ethical framework for the uses of CRISPR. The scoring for this will be as follows: No credit for a shallow discussion of the limitations we should impose, Full Credit for a discussion of all of the implications and limitations, and Full Credit and 3 extra credit points for a full and rounded guideline that is able to clearly define boundaries for the use of CRISPR. Good opportunity here! Oh, and tomorrow as we head back to a normal schedule please be SURE that you understand chapter 3.5 from last week. I will be asking some detailed questions that you will need to present.
Honors Biology - Today we had a good discussion about a couple of things. 1) We discussed how you should be thankful for who you are. 2) Our new question is Do the principles of evolution apply to macroscale/eukaryotic organisms as well as prokaryotic organisms. 3) We set ourselves up for a "game" for tomorrow called Seed Hunters. Your should have three charts that are 4x9 (3x8 is usable) ready to go in your notebook.
IB Biology - Today we discussed the DBQ which illustrated that there may be unseen effects to our genetic modification. It was a good discussion and some of you even illustrated why these could have evolutionary consequences. Then we split up the concepts in the book on chapter 3.5 and divided the work up so that you could present your small section tomorrow. If you were absent, you should be ready to question presenters understandings for you to get your credit.
On another note, I have been reviewing IAs with students every day. Your revised IA will be due on February 13th.
Honors Biology - SO today we started a fun experiment that dealt with Seed Hunters! ...and their prey. We will continue to do this into tomorrow to collect more data, but for tonight I need you to set up a Google Sheets for the data you collected today. Just a spreadsheet and maybe make a graph to best show the data. Let's see this data shows change over time...hmmmm....line graph? Remember, have a data table and a line graph of the data.
IB Biology - Today we started by celebrating our GHD scholarship recipients. Good work! Then we started to digest chapter 3.5. Since we have a guest speaker tomorrow there really isn't anything I need from you other than being ready with your portion of the chapter. WHAT?! A day off? Yes, I am getting old.
Honors Biology - Today we collected a more sophisticated set of data. You need to make this data into a graph which you will be sharing with a partner tomorrow. That's it!
IB Biology - Well today we were suppose to have a guest speaker, but she forgot. It happens, no biggie. We'll get her back at a later date. In the meantime we just jumped back into our 3.5 information. We had some really good discussions on natural and man-made cloning! Tomorrow we will finish this up and start into our next topic. PLease be sure you understand as much as we have done so far as there may be a reading quiz to make sure you "get it."
Honors Biology - Today we spent nearly all of our time digging around the graph that you created. You will need to print this out and attach it to the left side of this entry for homework. ...pretty easy. When we discussed this graph it was really interesting that you were able to describe population dynamics as well evolutionary ideas. Tomorrow we will continue to see some examples of how this might apply to our big question of, "Does evolution happen with macroorganisms?"
IB Biology - Today we spent a little bit of time discussing ASMR and Binaural sounds and the possible biological function of this response. Weird, huh?! Next we finished our presentations and moved on to make our transition next week to our next topic that deals with speciation and evolution. Next we watched this movie in order to see what we know about evolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plVk4NVIUh8 .
In the meantime there are three things I need from you on Tuesday: 1) Finish your revised IA this weekend, they are all due on midnight on the 13th. 2)Be sure you bring in materials for your plant growth project (a pot, soils, etc.), and 3) You will be building a mesocosm so bring in plants, animals, and materials that you think you might need.
NOTE: I WAS JUST REMINDED THAT YOUR IA MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NOT NAME OR ID ON THE PAPER! I NEED YOU TO SUBMIT THE FILE WITH YOUR NAME, BUT DON'T HAVE YOUR NAME ACTUALLY ON THE PAPER/FILE ITSELF.
Honors Biology - Today we started by looking at some interesting phenomena about sound and relaxation to get you thinking about May when we have a community health fair and you'll be presenting a topic. Next we took inventory on what we know about evolution and what we still need to know about it. Your job this weekend is actually nothing. Just come back ready to work on Tuesday.
IB Biology - Today we started by battling out what the real answer could be for our Chi Squared Question! I will continue to work on that today and I have already found one issue that I fixed. Some of you said you would take it to Ms. Rosson as well. We'll figure this out. Tomorrow you will be taking a unit test and be required to apply what you know. For tomorrow's portion I want you to be ready to create a pedigree for a client. Review those sections of the book. ONE THING I FAILED TO TELL YOU IS THAT YOU ARE ALLOWED A 3X5 CARD, JUST ONE, TO WRITE NOTES ON ABOUT YOUR CLIENT AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT. THIS WILL BE THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE IN AND OUT OF CLASS.
Oh, are any of you coming in for a review of your IA?
Honors Biology - Today we spent part of the day reviewing each other's work in preparation for revising our lab reports. Next we reviewed your test writing CER on Addie's bacterial resistance. Lastly, we played Plague Inc. For tomorrow you should be ready to write about the evolution of Addie's bacteria using the four concepts in our notebook. ...and do you have a similar example of evolution to compare with the bacteria? This will get you a FIVE!
Lastly, If you could download the Plague inc. app, I'd like you to be ready to discuss your game(s) with us.
IB Biology - Today we spent our first few minutes reviewing the quiz from yesterday. remember, it doesn't go in the books, and remember that I am your partner, not your adversary! Next we discussed that we need you reporting your internships and job shadows on this website under the "Online Resources" page in order for the end of the year ceremony. Of course, if you are still in the process of doing these things, you can report it when you are done. Lastly, you started the first part of the test/case study. You should have created a pedigree on your client. You probably also took some notes down on your 3x5 card. Tomorrow you will address questions about your client that rely on your understanding of autosomal dominant and recessive traits, as well as sex linked traits. Be sure to add anything you like to your 3x5 card, but no more than this one card. ...please be honest about this.
Honors Biology - Today we passed back the lab reports that were peer reviewed. It looks like every one of us could use a little bit of polish. You need to re-submit these labs with your corrections. Tomorrow you will turn in your beautiful copy with the copy that had correction marked on it. You will turn in both! Other than this I want you to play Plague Inc (if you can) and observe what makes a successful strategy vs an unsuccessful strategy.
IB Biology - Today you completed the second part of the Case study on Greg and Olga. Tomorrow you will be cleaning up your work and completing the last part which ultimately will be turned in to your substitute. Tonight do any research you would like to do for your 3x5 card so you can use it on this last day.
Honors Biology - Today we debriefed our Plague Inc. app and how it relates to evolution. Tonight you actually have no homework and tomorrow you will be watching a movie with the sub. Please be good for them or you will get an automatic U for the grading period. If you are doing MUN, have fun and get into it!
IB Biology - Today you put the final touches on your unit exam/case study. Once you have completed your exam, please make sure you review your work for clarity! Once you know that it is PERFECT, please staple your work with your pedigree on top and other responses training, and lastly your handouts. Everything comes in with your work. Staple it up and turn it in.
You have no real bio homework tonight, but what I would like to offer is for you to come up with our senior field trip. I continue to struggle with anyone stepping up to take us and I need to spend the money that has been allotted to us. SO, you come up with an idea that is medical science related and submit this to the sub tomorrow. I have to be able to justify the trip. It must be bio/medically related. If you say, "the beach," no problem, but then tell me how it is related. Be clever and we could have some fun!
Honors Biology - Today you will be watching part 1 of the movie, "Osmosis Jones". Please be sure to preview the questions that will be due on Monday, the sub will have given you this. Tomorrow you will watch the remainder of the movie.
IB Biology - Today you will be looking at a transitional topic in our coursework on gene modification and biotechnology. Before you jump into the chapter, which is 3.5, I want you to watch the two following videos to update yourself on what has happened since this book was written.
Ted Talk On Bioethics: https://www.ted.com/talks/harvey_fineberg_are_we_ready_for_neo_evolution
Now that you have watched these two videos go into chapter 3.5 and review Gel Electrophoresis and PCR. Next, be sure to read the section on risks and benefits of GM crops. Then complete the DBQ on page 195. Be sure to describe your feelings about the data in the DBQ.
Honors Biology - Today you will watch the second half of the movie, "Osmosis Jones". After watching the movie, please be answer the questions that you were given on Thursday. This will be due on Monday.
IB Biology - Holiday
Honors Biology - Holiday
IB Biology - Today, after going over the homework, we started getting into the complexity of inheritance found in chapter 10.2. Tonight I want you to read this section, but to just start with knowing the concepts of linked genes (autosomal and sex), why Morgan's discovery was significant, and why is gene loci important. We'll deal with the rest of the concepts later, but you have other work also due. Your IA is due tomorrow night before midnight, and your Genetic disability model is due on Friday.
Honors Biology - Today we started with a discussion of the work that was due from the weekend on immune response. You had a fantastic analogy about it being like a battleground! After that we looked at the bacterial plates that you made from last week to see what kind of growth had happened and measured it. OMG...disgusting...you are filthy! ...and so am I. So then we washed our hands, and off the plates went to the autoclave! The last thing we did was take the measurements from the bacterial samples and placed them in a Google Sheets, and created an appropriate graph with all of the proper labels. Lastly, you started to write your conclusion about bacterial growth based off of your research question, but you analyzed your data, not just reported it! This will be due on Thursday.
IB Biology - Tonight is a big deal because you should submit your IA to me. We will have one other submission after this, but it MUST be complete tonight. In addition, please remember that your genetic disorder model is due on Friday. I hate to seem like I'm piling it on, but here are the topics you should be familiar with from Chapter 10.2: Continuous Variation/Pascal Triangle
Normal distribution of traits
Unlinked Polygenic Co-dominant characteristics
Now, Find two examples not in the book that are environmentally influenced.
Honors Biology - Today is all came together!!! Evolution! We figured it all out about Addie's condition and the bacteria involved. We talked about Lamarck, Darwin, and Wallace, but more importantly we discussed the four factors that contribute to evolution: Time, Variation, Inheritance, and Selection. Tonight I want you to go to the left side of your entry and to draw the concept of evolution with the addie bacteria. Start with 10 circles (at a minimum) at the top of your left side and then show how they would evolve. We'll add words to it tomorrow. The biggest thing I need you to do is produce your final lab report on your bacteria research. You should have it all typed and printed. Please do NOT ask me tomorrow to go print it, please get it done ahead of time. You will lose points if you do this.
IB Biology - Today we started by reviewing the homework from last night. Then we passed into discussing the use and function of a Chi-Squared test. While I know that what your focus should be tonight is the model of genetic abnormalities that is due tomorrow, I still need you to complete the DBQ found on 454. Please be ready to turn it in and discuss what you did.
Honors Biology - Today we started by turning in and reviewing your lab write-ups. Nice work! Next, we added some notes to our evolution entry from yesterday. We added the roles of mutation, sexual and asexual reproduction, and others. Tomorrow you will write about Addie, but remember that you can get the highest score tomorrow by adding another evolutionary example that is similar to Addie's bacteria, so do some research if you want a 5. This example can be anything! ...you just need to show how this evolution is similar to the bacteria's evolution by using the four terms.
IB Biology - Today we had a somewhat fun day meeting with our Taiwanese visitors and talking biology. IF you chose to redo the model that you have created, you should have your revised model turned in on Monday, FIRST THING! I will also get into your DBQ which I had planned on collecting today.
WHile I had planned on starting a case study for your exam on Monday, I will actually start the case study/exam on Tuesday and we will prepare on Monday. The one thing we will keep the schedule on is the reading quiz on 3.1-3.4 and 10.1 and 10.2. We will do this on Monday so be ready.
Honors Biology - Today I felt like we needed to take a step back and make sure you understand the evolution of bacterial resistance. After spending time reviewing and adding examples of evolution that are similar to the bacteria, we the took a break to download two games onto your phones. The first is Plague, Inc. and the second was Solve the Outbreak (by the CDC). On Monday we will use these to look at large scale infection.
IB Biology - Today we were able to straighten out the issues with the gene software, as well as discuss the ramifications of the meaning of this activity. If you did the project this weekend you get an extra point. If you didn't complete the project, you have until Wednesday. Tonight you need to also look through 3.3 and really get a good review out of it since we are headed to creating a model of how your genetic disorder is passed to offspring. At this point you should be able to describe quite a bit, but this chapter plays a very important role.
ALSO for those of you who are nearing the end of your work on your IA, here is the passcode for submission to turnitin.com, 20011585, the assignment title should be Biology IA, under Copy of IB Biology IA Submission 2019. You can re-submit up until the deadline of January 23rd at midnight.
Honors Biology - Today we discussed the med pathway for next year and beyond. I hope you will fill out the application which can be found on this website at the top left side of "Online Resources". After that conversation we then learned about all of the new things that we learned from the movie on Friday! We got a LOT out of that show! ...but this did put us a little behind on making our plates for growing bacteria. Tomorrow, be sure you are ready with your nutrient and sugar for your plates. You probably only need a few grams so bring tiny amounts. 1 chicken bullion cube, or maybe 2 teaspoons of sugar, etc. is enough.
IB Biology - Today we took a look at the DBQ on page 167 which showed the increase in chromosomal issue with the children of older mothers. We then took the time to assimilate the new information about meiosis into your model. The rest of the time you spent making your rough draft model. Tomorrow you will be taking a reading quiz on 3.1 and 3.2 so be prepared. Oh, and if you haven't fixed the DNA project, it is also due at midnight tonight.
Honors Biology - Today we looked at the theories that you have come up with for explaining the bacterial resistance that Addie experienced. We realize that the only real thing we haven't figured out is how our immune response may have played a role, but we'll leave that until another day. Next we finalized our research question and then made our plates so we can find out more about bacteria. Tonight I need you to type up the Research question, your hypothesis, and the protocol/procedure you followed to create the plates. You will eventually turn in a final copy of your lab after we collect data. If you want to use the lab write up guidelines, I've posted them below. Tomorrow, or maybe Thursday, we will swab the plates.
Volunteer Opportunity!!!: Our spring orientation for new and continuing volunteers is Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 PM. We will also have a training for After-School Leaders (who tutor children and lead activities) on Monday, January 28 from 4:00-6:00 PM. (Those who are interested in being After-School Leaders must attend both meetings.) A double-sided flyer for both meetings is attached. We are ESPECIALLY looking for After-School Leaders who can read and write in Spanish, since we often have kids who are in immersion programs.
We had a lot of students ask us in December about getting their hours in last-minute – we do all of our volunteer hiring at the beginning of the semester. There is a flyer attached at the bottom of this blog.
IB Biology - Today we started with a reading quiz on chapters 3.1 and 3.2. We then looked at 3.3 and compared it to 10.1. This new information should be added to your model tonight. That's it! Please come prepared to discuss any questions you might have about these chapters. Tomorrow we will start on chapter 3.4 and nearly complete our model.
Honors Biology - Today we started by answering the big idea question of "How do antibiotics work?"
First we checked out the structure of the bacteria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xcdYlCjieI
Draw the info on the right side of the entry
Next we watched a video on how antibiotics interact.
Draw the info on the right side of the entry
Next, you partnered up and read article on how antibiotics work and each of you read one of the two articles
On the left side: you and your partner summarized what you learned from your classmates about how different types of antibiotics work to kill bacteria. The following are the three types of antibiotic you should know: Beta-Lactam, Macrolides, Quinolones
Discuss why multiple doses of antibiotics might be necessary. What you didn't finish in class you should finish at home.
IB Biology - Today we got a chance to clarify any lingering questions you had. Next I reviewed the age old fun of punnett squares to predict offspring probabilities. We covered recessive, dominant, and co-dominance. Tonight I need you to work on the DBQs found on pages 173 and 174 (mouse and beetle). Be ready to teach the rest of the class about these tomorrow.
Honors Biology - Today you learned that CRISPR is now being used to create spicy tomatoes, and decrease toxin production in parasites, but when we got to work it was on your lab to grow bacteria. We discussed how to swab, but also how to measure the growth of these tiny organisms either using a photometer or other method. The last thing I had you do today was to formalize your procedure/protocol on your lab report. Type it up and be specific.
IB Biology - Today we started out with reviewing the work you did from last night. Next we looked at how you could apply this to your particular genetic condition. Next, as a group, you completed the DBQ on page 183. This weekend I want you to read pages 184 and 185 and then complete the DBQ on page 186. Don't forget to use complete sentences, punctuation, capitalization, etc.
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Honors Biology - Today we started by discussing connections that we can make between antibiotic use and watched this video: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/stunning-videos-of-evolution-in-action/499136/ . Next, we started a new entry for the last question we think we need to answer the Addie mystery, Does immune response play a role in the bacterial resistance? Then we (were suppose to watch) watched this video: Immune Response https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQGOcOUBi6s. This weekend I want you to write (and/or draw) your answer to the theory of bacterial resistance occurs and the potential role that your immune response might play. Take notes on the video on the right, but write your final ideas on the left hand side of the entry we created for this video. Illustrations are highly encouraged.
Extra Credit Opportunity: Download the worksheet and complete the lab by Monday for extra credit. Here's the link: Immunology Virtual Lab https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/immunology-virtual-lab
IB Biology - Did you already apply for the GHD scholarship application? The deadline is WEDNESDAY! and two of you are guaranteed $1500 or $3000 dollars!
The Scripps’ High School Exploration Program (HSEP) is now accepting student applications. This is a 2019 summer internship opportunity for HASPI high school students at various Scripps’ hospital locations in San Diego County. Please forward to any of your health pathway students who have a 2.5 GPA or higher and who may be interested in applying. For other student internship opportunities, visit http://www.haspi.org/internships.html
Scripps’ High School Exploration Program (HSEP)
Eligible: HASPI High School Students
2019 Dates: 5-week program, June 17 – July 19, 2019
IMPORTANT: Both the Student Online Application and the Teacher Recommendation Form Deadline is 5:00pm Friday, February 15, 2019
Link to Student Online Application (student must have a Gmail account to apply online)
Today you looked at some data using Google's Ngram Viewer tool. Then we looked at cultural trends in disease and what might be some factors that might affect the outcomes we saw in using the viewer. Lastly, you received a genetic disorder from a list that was given to you. By tomorrow I need a couple of things. First, I want you to find out how common this genetic disorder is in our population, and secondly, what are the causes of this condition. In other words, how does this condition happen? Be sure to have it in a format o physically turn it.
Honors Biology - The first thing we did today is to update our table of contents for this next semester. Then you watched a pretty strong video about a young girl named Addie who became very sick. We then made a timeline to list out what had happened. And our question, which you already know some of the answers to, is how did this girl get so sick and how did her condition shift back and forth getting worse over time. I was going to have you watch the whole video, but your job tonight is actually to go to the left hand page of entry and to make two columns. In the first column I want you to title it "What we know?" and then list those things you know about this case study. Next, I want you to title the other column "What do I need to know?" and write down some really specific questions as to what you need to know to answer our big question of how Addie's condition worsened.
IB Biology - Today we started by comparing and contrasting the work we did last night. We looked at the prevalence, and then the underlying causes. It was kind of sketchy and hard to draw solid conclusions. Yet, you were able to condense them to continue the conversation. Next we tried to identify the concepts that we would need to learn to explain how these issues happen. This is our starting point for attacking chapter 3.1. Tomorrow you will come back with how each of these concepts in this chapter help explain your tradition.
Honors Biology - Today we started with what we know about Addie's condition. We then identified what we still need to know to answer the question. Please remember that the question isn't how bacteria makes us sick, but how can we explain an infection that gets worse and then better, then worse until the bacteria was pan-resistant. What could explain this pattern of bacterial behavior? We then started a new entry where we listed our groups theory on how to explain what is going on. It didn't need to be perfect, if you knew it all already, we wouldn't be doing this.
As homework, "the nose" in your group got to tell you what to research tonight on how bacteria grow and reproduce. I heard groups talk about the perfect environments for bacteria, the food requirements for bacteria, the water requirements, and even how bacteria mate. Hmmm....interesting. Please come prepared tomorrow with the answers to these questions on a SEPARATE sheet of paper, not in your notebook.
IB Biology - Today we reorganized into groups based off of prevalence and found that there were some factors that seemed to contribute to how common a condition was. We then discussed how the reading could help us with a deeper understanding of how and why the condition occurs at all.
Here's what we have found: The more ways in which a condition can occur, the higher the probability of occurring. Some genetic disorders are not binary, but varied in strength and can be a result of the degree of mutation. The methods under which these problems can happen are varied as well. Some are caused by mutations precipitated by environmental factors, but others can occur due to internal processes, such as meiosis or replication, going wrong. Some of those environmental factors included high energy and carcinogens. ...but please make sure you understand the why! Did you follow the descriptions of transcription, etc.?
Tonight I want you to continue this fact finding mission to explain your genetic disorder in complete detail by reading chapter 3.2 on chromosomes, but not before you complete the DBQ on page 145. Be sure you complete the DBQ so that you really understand as we'll be randomly selecting people to teach it to the class. Please be sure to read it well as next week we will resume the chapter reading quizzes.
Honors Biology - Today you finalized the idea of what we will grow our bacteria in next week. You must get gelatin, nutrient, and sugar. I will provide the rest.
Next, we tried to find more answers to our big idea questions by dividing up the reading of the articles found on the links below. You took notes on the right hand side of the entry, and on the left you needed to write your responses to some general questions that were mostly answered in the readings. These questions can be found below the links.
Reading 1 MRSA
Reading 3 - graph
Left side of the entry questions:
1) Who gets MRSA?
2) Is there only one variation/strain of staph?
3) What is the history of resistance to bacteria?
4) How many cases like Addie’s have there been?
5) Community-associated vs Hospital-acquired?
6) Where can people pick up community- associated antibiotic resistant bacteria?
IB Biology - Today we were able to dig into the DBQ to analyze how to attack these question, but also found that our analysis went way beyond answering the questions and jumped into topics of validity in the how experimentation is carried out. Good work. After that, we briefly discussed any questions you had about the chapter. You job tonight is to connect the concepts of diploid cells, homologous chromosomes, haploid sex cells, autosome, and sex determination relates to your disorder. ....even if some of them are unrelated, ...BUT they're all related.
Honors Biology - Today you started by realizing that this problem of antibiotic resistant is worldwide. Then we looked at the responses from last night's homework, and then lastly we took inventory on what more we have learned about our big questions. Tonight I want you to develop a research question for your bacterial growth lab which we will start on Monday. This research question could be any of the following, or anything else you are curious about. The question must be measurable and you must have a bit of an idea of how to conduct your lab using only 4 plates. You do NOT have to select the few examples I have placed here.
Ex. How much bacteria can be found on various surfaces?
Ex. Where can we find bacteria in the natural world?
Ex. Where do bacteria most likely come to us from the environment?
Ex. What works best to slow/speed up bacterial growth?
Ex. How might antibiotics affect community bacteria?
OH, BIG SURPRISE! I found some agar gel!!!! You do NOT need to bring gelatin!!!
IB Biology - Today you need to utilize your time to help complete the IA. it is still due on the 23rd and there are no extensions. If you do not use this time for your IA, please note that I need you to complete the following digital project before Monday. Your final work will be digitally sent/shared to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for review.
Go to the gene comparison activity found on page 144 and follow the instructions. Once you have selected your 7 organisms screen-shot your data and answer the questions that follow:
1) Why did you select these organism?
2) What do you notice, in general, about the gene sequence (DNA)?
3) Are there any sequences that look closer than others? Why might this be?
4) What does the gene sequence say about the structure of the COX1 protein/enzyme(not shown) in these organisms?
5) If this is the gene for COX1 (Cytochrome Oxydase 1), what does the data tell you about the evolutionary relationship between these organisms? How could the differences have occurred? Describe the deductive process and the data to explain your answer.
6) How are the concepts demonstrated here related to the causes of your genetic disorder?
...Yes, this will be worth points.
Honors Biology - Today you will be watching the Frontline episode that we started when we looked at Addie's case. As you watch it, be sure to look for more answers to the big idea questions you have listed in your notebook. It is easy to stop the video and jot notes at points that have good info. Remember that you will need to use this info soon to make your next conclusion about Addie's condition (or the bacteria's condition!). Here's the link: https://www.pbs.org/video/hunting-nightmare-bacteria-update-nqil1d/
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Go check out the scoop on high tech careers. Take a few pictures of you with some booths, etc. and send them to me. The details are here: https://www.rhfleet.org/events/high-tech-fair
IB BIo: Please don't forget that you should be at least polishing the framework of your IA, and at the most collecting data. If you have the discipline to get this done over break, your life will be SO MUCH EASIER when you get back! Please think about getting it done.
ALSO, There is a CPR class that the health career pathway is giving on January 12th. While it is fairly full right now, I was notified that they can try and take more students. Let me know ASAP if you are interested in getting CPR certified.
1) Scripps’ High School Exploration Program (HSEP) – Student Internship
All HASPI teachers will receive an email with a link to the HSEP application on Friday, January 4, 2019. Students may submit their applications beginning Jan 4 through Feb 15. This 2019 summer internship opportunity is at various Scripps’ hospital locations in San Diego County.
Eligible: HASPI High School Students
2019 Dates: June 17 – July 19, 2019 (5 weeks)
Application Deadline: 5:00pm Friday, February 15, 2019
2) Health Career Expo – Student Event
Friday, April 12, 2019 (*date subject to change)
9:00am – 2:00pm
Southwestern College - Otay Mesa Campus, 8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego, CA 92154
This is a FREE event for 11th and 12th grade students! The Health Career Expo is a unique opportunity to learn more about healthcare and medical topics through interactive workshops, meet and connect with health pathway students from different schools, and connect students to college and university career pathway programs around the San Diego and Imperial region.
Biology and Community Health: Rest up and enjoy some nature. A whole new unit of sickness begins when you return!
IB Biology - Today was the last day to prep in class for your IA. I would expect that you are decided on a research question, you have laid the groundwork for the write up, started all of the preliminary research, and isolated your variables. Essentially you should have all of the "set up" for your work complete by the end of finals day. PLease remember that your work is a very concise "story" of your research.
OH, for those of you investigating with human subjects, I've attached the guidelines below. You must use them! IN addition, I found a helpful sheet on scientific discussions about error and uncertainty, something that many of you struggle with. READ IT AND USE IT.
Lastly, In addition to your goal of having an IA ready for action, don't forget that on Finals day you must also have something good to eat, and you must eat something good (like Spam).
Honors Biology - Today the bulk of our work focused around the last preparations for your finals day game. Please make sure you are making this game around TEACHING the material! Please don't forget to come prepared with additional paper on finals day as there will be some additional writing assignments.
IB Biology - Well, the only homework that you might be doing is the work on your IA. It will ultimately be completed on the second week back from break and there will be no exceptions. We'll be using Turnitin.com. So, really take a look at your protocol and decide if you need serious time to complete it and then get busy. If not, that's in your hands. 20% of your final score is in the balance!
Honors Biology - Well, 1 semester down and 7 more to go before you are done with high school! Good Job. Take a break, get out into nature, and when you return we'll be starting a whole new unit!!!
SENIORS!!!! Grossmont Healthcare District offers two senior scholarships for each site each year to East County schools for students pursuing a career in the medical field! Complete the Google form application by clicking this link: GHD Scholarship 2019
The application is also accessible on the GHD Health Careers Pathways website at this link - GHD Health Career Pathways website
The application is now open and the deadline for students to apply is January 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
IB Biology - Today we spent our time reviewing a few labs to make sure we are on track with the expectations. The big lessons that we pull out of today's discussions are be accurate and precise about your writing, be precise about your use of data in answering your research questions, and of course, make sure you understand the all-important "Why" of your research. Don't just report, ANALYZE! This final lab will be due on Wednesday.
Honors Biology - Today we addressed all of the questions you might still have about the final assessment/case study. You then had time to get into it in class and ask individual questions of me. Unfortunately a chunk of you didn't use this time very well, but the final product is not due until Wednesday. In addition to working on your case study (typed), you should also get your parent input signed !!! You have 5 days, get it done!!
IB Biology - While tomorrow is when your revised plant lab is due, today we started the conversation on your IA. Remember that your three approaches can be wet lab research, data based research, of simulation based research. The two sites that we used were https://www.mrgscience.com/ib-biology-internal-assessment.html
http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-biology/health-and-disease You should have been able to pick up some good idea, but remember that this is about YOU. You should find something that really makes you wonder. Come prepared tomorrow with a good idea of what you would like to do for your IA. ...along with a finished plant lab. Oh, BTW when you come in tomorrow we'll be looking for your data, your processing of it, your validity test, and the big "Why should we care?" Make sure you have it.
Honors Biology - Today was purely a day to work on your case study. This is a chance to shine and tomorrow it will be put together at the beginning of class, but remember the work should be done when you get to class. Please type any text that you use and have it printed. I will not print any of your work tomorrow. When we are done putting your case studies together you will get a chance to view other peoples work and critique it. Yes, you will have all of the 7 parts, but what will set you apart is the clarity of your writing, the connections in your reflections (in other words how you connect this material to your life), and your reflection on your learning about genetics. OH, and don't forget that the parent input is due!!! Get it done tonight if you can.
IB Biology - Today we spent our time discussing the various initial ideas that we are generating for our IAs. You did a great job of sort and refining ideas to really get at a testable question and I feel like you are all on the right track. Tonight what I need you to do is to really put together a rough IA in concept so that you can question each other again tomorrow so we have a solid product for the rest of our work time which cannot be monitored by me. Please come prepared with your questions tomorrow.
Honors Biology - Today I learned that some of you are not good with tape or glue! Ha Ha! Actually you took a bit longer than I thought putting your unit case study together, but what I have seen looks great! We then started talking about our final! So, for the final you will need to do 2 things: 1) do a written assignment that requires no preparation on your part, and 2) create a game that is geared towards teaching middle school students about our big ideas from the semester. Your game can take any form, but must teach ALL of the detailed content from any three big ideas. How deep you ask? Just look inside your notebook! If you want a maximum score, I want you to create an amazingly fun game that includes deep content from four or more big ideas. You will have three days in class to prepare your material and then 1 hour on finals day to put it all together.
Here are the “Big Idea” questions from the semester
IB Biology - Today was the last day for refining of your IA question. Tomorrow I will only propose things to you to think about, but you will need to construct this experiment on your own. On another note, I am super happy about the last test! Most of you did very well and I'm excited for you. We are really starting to "get it" when it comes to doing Biology the IB way!
Honors Biology - Today we clarified the game final concept we started yesterday. Now, while yesterday was about which of the "big Idea" questions you wanted to incorporate, tonight will be about gathering all of the facts that you should include. Tomorrow I will be checking on these. Please write this information on the entry for your final game. OH! Parent Input?! Tomorrow is your LAST CHANCE to turn it in. Don't forget!
ALL STUDENTS: If you have time, please complete the following survey as part of an internal assessment for an IB Biology student. The more data she can collect, the better her data will be: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-VqA5GlPV5xKgmmnOtyIUexb2THvDvmy1zE7gb41p0X9BVA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
IB Biology - Today we took a look at your reviewed work on your photosynthesis labs. I'm really happy the direction we are moving. Your thought process is really improving! ...but there are some smaller issues still happening. Good thing is that I let you learn from your mistakes. Re-dos will be due on Finals morning if you choose to do it. Otherwise, I need you to be prepared with the next steps of your lab on Monday. You should have some procedures at this point, which means you could start testing. One last thing, On finals day a large portion of your score will rely on you ability to bring delicious food. If you need to shop this weekend, do so. I will be.
Honors Biology - Today was a somewhat productive day in that many of you did work hard, but others, not so much. The only thing I noticed today was that some of you are so into making a game you are forgetting to include all of the information that is required for your game. Remember that this is not about giving a simple answer to the big question, because there are no simple answers to those. You need to teach your players all of the facts and info so they can understand the details. Monday will be your last chance to ask me game questions, but not science questions. This is your final, don't procrastinate.
IB Biology - Today we did a lot of things! Number one, we reviewed your alien argument and your chlorophyll graphs. Please redo those before Thursday and you can get full credit. While we did this individual conferencing, everyone else was working on their photosynthesis/cellular respiration lab. This lab will be due by next Monday and should be formally written with an emphasis on the data analysis. My last point is that the Photo/CellResp exam is on Friday. This is the LAST OF THE BIOCHEMISTRY!!!!! See me if you need help, but I've also posted powerpoints on photosynthesis and CR below. Also, don't forget the videos and animations from last week.
Honors Biology - Today we started the process of discussing the major ethical issue of, "if we can manipulate DNA, should we? " We discussed some frameworks for making guidelines and then decided on three simple statements. You then got assigned one of the following articles an responded to it using the questions below. Each article title is a link to the article.
10.1 The Biotech death of Jesse Gelsinger
10.2 The Eugenics Movement
10.3 The Ashanti DeSilva case
10.4 DTC (Direct to Consumer) genetic testing
10.5 Gene therapy against brain cancer
10.6 Making insulin
Questions to answer on the left.
What is the Genetic Engineering Technology presented in your article? How does it work?
How does your technology address the respect for a person?
What are the potential benefits of using this technology?
What are the potential risks associated with using this technology?
How effective is your technology?
What would be fair uses of your GET?
How can we distribute resources so that each person has access to the benefits of this technology?
IB Biology - Today you got super busy on your labs. Good, but please don't forget that the presentation of this work is just as important as the lab work itself so please work on your title, introduction, hypothesis, procedures, materials, etc. Data analysis comes later, but make sure you have enough data. This is VITAL to doing well. Remember that our whole focus is on this analysis section. I have placed an example lab of milk spoilage at the bottom of this page so you can get a sense of what is acceptable for each section.
Lastly, don't forget to clean up your alien arguments and graphs for max credit! Those should come in by Thursday.
Honors Biology - Today we started by jigsawing all of the articles we read last night. I do realize that some were out of date, but all of these were from science journals. I know it's harder reading, but you should get used to it and I'm glad to see many of you did well. Then we shifted gears and started to talk about the pros and cons of some of these therapies that are meant to genetically help patients. The last thing we did was speculate on the idea of "is there really anything that can pinpoint specific DNA." and what must be some of the barriers to that. Tonight, using the nature of science and validity concepts, you should research what genetic therapies are being applied to your case study condition. So look up reputable/verifiable/evidence based treatments and get the DATA (numbers) down as well as how the therapy works. This goes on the left side of the entry we started today.
IB Biology - Today you continued to work hard on your labs, but don't forget that some of you have a graph and an alien argument to turn in tomorrow. Below I have posted a format that could be really helpful to you doing your lab report. Hey, and please remember that even if this lab doesn't come out as expected, this still is data that we can learn from.
Honors Biology - Today we came back together after looking at our research and try to find any therapies that specifically target DNA. At least in one class, someone found that there is something with wild possibilities called CRISPR/Cas9. Then we watched a video on the potential of of this technology and took notes on the main points. Here's the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAhjPd4uNFY
Here are 2 other videos on CRISPR if you are still struggling with how it works.
Video: What is CRISPR?
Video: Doudna TED Talk
Your homework: CRISPR/Cas9 Article -Read and recreate a diagram in your own words on the left side of the entry we started. This is what is due tomorrow. Yes, use color!
Now that you have completed your diagram, please create a couple (2) of questions or comments you have about CRISPR.
IB Biology - Today we reviewed for the exam tomorrow. Realistically if you know the alien argument really well you will be fairly well prepared. Ultimately you need to know the when, where, and how of cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Please see me in the morning if you have any issues. Also, don't forget to follow review the animations and videos I posted last week.
Honors Biology - Today we started the day by reviewing what CRISPR is and how it works. Next we looked at our personal ethics toward the use of this technology. We then watched the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRz0xEGaCSw and analyzed the event, but also the reasons why the personal reaction were the way they were. Finally we reexamined our beliefs after our classroom discussion. Tonight you need to do research and find out if there is any research going on related to CRISPR and your case study.
IB Biology - Today you took your unit exam on PS/CR. Hopefully you did well! On Monday, you and your partner should submit your write up from your plant experimentation. Also,as we transition to your final, which is you IA, I want you to come prepared with at least a few ideas in biology that you are really interested in. They do NOT have to be about biochemistry, they can be about anything related to biology, but of course the better it can be isolated to a single dependent and independent variable the easier it makes things. ...and of course it's usually biochemical processes that are easy to deal with that way.
Honors Biology - Today we started by closing out the ideas for how CRISPR works and then watched the original video on DMD kids. This allowed us to review the whole unit and all of the things we can answer about DMD now. Lastly, we know that we are going to start our unit assessment next week so I want to see you transfer all of this knowledge you have by applying it to your case study. We will have time in class, but come prepared with some answers to the following questions:
1) What is the background of your case? What is the condition, when does it occur, what are the symptoms, etc.?
2) How is DNA involved with this case, and if DNA code for proteins, how are proteins involved?
3)What role does mitosis and meiosis play in the case?
4) How/where/when did the error in the DNA occur? Meiosis (crossover, nondisjunction), etc.
5) Can you use statistics to describe your case? Make a Punnett square, create/use a fictional pedigree, or describe why these tools can't be used.
6) What are some ethical concerns about the current treatment of this condition, and future applications of CRISPR?
7) Create a personal reflection on genetics, how genes are passed on, on the future of genetics, on the future of genetic treatment of your case, ethics in treating genetic disorders. This does have room for your personal feelings, but be sure you have clear reasoning! Bring it all together!
This page contains nearly everything that you need if you missed class.