Monday - Martin Luther King Day - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Day
IB Biology - The first thing we did today was to get our IA topic reviews back so we can narrow our ides into a research question. Next we covered a number of things that are related to us making predictions about the future of disease after we made sure that you understood everything from chapters 5.3 and 5.4. Then we practiced using what we know about public policy, geophysical restrictions, vectors, etc. to speculate on the reasons what the WNV prediction map from last week might be the way that it is. Tonight I need you to do two things for tomorrow....
1) Using the phylogenetic tree that you made last week. Find out the time scales that these changes occurred. You will need to "dig" but you should be able to find at least general ideas about viral mutation rates.
2) Submit to me a refined IA research question that you plan to pursue.
Honors Biology - Today you started to realize that you do know something!!! I didn't teach you much of anything and yet you know a lot now about Mitosis! Using this new found information I need you to now translate this into a model. This model will be in the form of a video and must include the following:
Context for cellular division,
The organelles involved,
The steps (PMAT) in mitosis,
and what's happening during Interphase.
You will have time to work on this tomorrow, but you better be sure that you understand the process(es) you are responsible for.
As to platforms that you can create video animations with, here's what I have: Powtoon, FlipBook, Toonator, Moovly, and Animaker. You can use anything platform you like, but these might help.
IB Biology - Today we took the quiz on 5.3 and 5.4 and the results have shown me that you are either doing your work thoughtfully or not doing it at all. We've only just begun and your work needs to reflect deep thought if you expect a good grade. I am always going to be here to help you, so use me outside of class. Next we looked at the phylogenetic trees and used them to compare how quickly the mutation rate is in viruses and bacteria. ....which lead us to realizing that we need more information about evolution and natural selection before we can start to forecast the future of our disease. So the following is what we need to get from our books:
Questions from chapter 5.1 and 5.2
Evidence of evolution
What is speciation
What are the sources of variation
Summarize these tenants; Adaption, Overproduction of offspring, Differential survival and reproduction, and Inheritance
Natural Selection and antibiotic resistance Find that video! http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/health/antibiotic-resistance-historical-study/index.html How does this show all of the concepts we have studied?
Here's the website you might want to use as a data base research project for your AI. Check it out tonight if you haven't decided on a topic.
Tomorrow your refined research question needs to be turned in!
If you would like to help a fellow IB classmate, please take a couple of minutes to answer a survey that's link is posted at the end of this blog.
Honors Biology - Today we looked at how we will be scored on our video model of cellular reproduction (mitosis), and in the process learned that you score really high on this project if you choose to include cancer. I'm not sure what you need to do tonight since each of you has your own path.
This is not required, but if you would like to help a fellow classmate, please take a couple of minutes to answer a survey that's link is posted at the end of this blog.
Thursday - Minimum Day
IB Biology - Today we took a moment to look at the San Diego County Flu Update and we sure have a problem on our hands. If you are interested in keeping up with this outbreak, check out this link. https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/phs/immunization_branch/flu_update.html
Tomorrow you will be asked for a couple of very important things. First you need to be prepared to make your very detailed explanation of why the WNV projections are the way they are. Here's the link to that map: https://climatereporters.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/257145_west_nile_virus_risk.jpg
As you already know, you will be making a prediction about your disease soon using the same ideas. To help a little, check out this website I found. I don't know how helpful it is, but it looked interesting! https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/MicrobeWiki
Next you need to show me your final research question. Please be prepared!
Honors Biology - Today we took a moment to look at the San Diego County Flu Update and we sure have a problem on our hands. If you are interested in keeping up with this outbreak, check out this link. https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/phs/immunization_branch/flu_update.html
Next we looked at what cancerous cells (cells not dividing of functioning properly) to help you with your project. ...which is due tomorrow. Here's the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeUANxFVXKc
Lastly, make sure you understand what mitosis is, how it happens, and most importantly, why it is important! You will be revisiting our original video and need to be able to explain what you are seeing. Here is that link so you can practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L61Gp_d7evo
IB Biology - Today we have spent some time reviewing what we know at this point in time and the answer is, A LOT! Most importantly why cladistics is so important to fighting disease. It feels like the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. We then returned to the WNV map that has been hounding us forever (it seems). I then asked you and your group, using the knowledge you have in your five areas of expertise to put together the most probably case for this 60 year projection. I'll be reading those this weekend. In the meantime, should have completed your work on chapters 5.1 and 5.2 on evolution and natural selection. You should also have a detailed design for your IA. This means you should come to school prepared with the following:
The research question
The IV and DV are clearly defined.
The Controlled variables are all listed.
The Materials are listed.
You SHOW the set up through diagrams or pictures.
You have a method of collecting data.
Honors Biology - Today we spent a big chunk of our day looking at your Mitosis models and jotting down notes on the details of each step. Then we responded to any questions you might have had, and then you had to prove yourself with the assessment using your notes. We'll discuss the results next week when I return on Tuesday. This weekend...no homework. Your sub for Monday is one of my favorite people!
IF you are looking for an opportunity to help a fellow student with their Internal Assessment please click the following link. You only need to answer a few questions.
This page contains nearly everything that you need if you missed class.