IB Biology - Today was the first day to collect data for your IA. I am dedicating the week to you for this purpose so please do not expect me to go above and beyond if you can't complete all of your data in this time. I say this because many of you seem to have not even put your methods together. I cannot help you and the deadline is the 20th of February, complete, final draft. End of story. Now, to help you with this process I have included the scoring guide as a PDF document and the bottom of this week's blog. Please read it carefully.
Honors Biology - So today we started the day by looking at a video of a giant Praying Mantis Video!!! That was just a warm up so we then moved on to the question we were wrestling with on Friday, "How come babies don't end up with two sets of chromosomes?" After analyzing your theories, we realized that no one really summed up the process, that we now know is called Meiosis. So then we needed to analyse a picture of Meiosis (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Meiosis_diagram.jpg) and discovered a lot of important differences between it and mitosis. Your job is to finish this illustration tonight! Please be sure to use color to show the details of crossover.
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IB Biology - So today is the second day for data collection, but there seems to continue to be a great lag with people actually experimenting. It takes everything I have to not yell at some of you, but ultimately, this is your grade so I will continue to be as supportive as you need me to be. While we work towards the end of the week when we'll take the exam on unit 5 which dealt with Evolution, Natural Selection, and Classification, be sure to review the questions from the last two weeks. They are still posted online and you can just scroll down to them. As you look them over, be ready to ask questions so that you can do well on that unit test.
Honors Biology - Today we missed so many of our fellow classmates that we couldn't really make any forward progress, but I sure am glad you got to participate in the Model United Nations event! SO what we did in class was to jump back to the kinds of ancillary questions that came up in our discussion of Meiosis yesterday and then got into more detail in a very informal way. Some classes decided we should discuss dominant and recessive traits, but other classes chose to discuss the reproductive systems of males and females. Both topics are important to understand regardless of whether you are entering the Medical Pathway next year or not. Please come prepared with the final draft illustration of meiosis that I asked you for last night.
OH! If you want to help out a couple of my senior students with some data collection, please feel free to click the links below and answer some simple questions for them.
Here's the link to the survey that one of our seniors needs data for. Please consider taking this very short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7XGP8GR
Here's the link to the survey that one of our seniors needs data for. Please consider taking this very short survey:
IB Biology - Today we continued to collect data, but not before I gave you the next step on narrowing in on the Topic 5 Unit Exam. The subtopics I described to you on this test are as follows: What is the system we use to classify organisms. Why do we use cladograms? What is a species and some limitations to this idea? What are the lines of evidence of evolution? What are is the 5 concepts that support evolution by natural selection? What do homologous and analogous structures tell us about evolution? Make sure you know these for Friday's test.
Honors Biology - Today we got right back into the swing of things! We looked the big differences between the processes of mitosis and meiosis. Next, I introduced you to the "News of the Weird" article (attached at the end of the blog) which described a strange birthing event, and you wrote a Claim and Reasoning to go with the Evidence I provided from the article. You shared that CRE out and it really brought out the idea that we need more information. You see, it's fine to know about mitosis and meiosis, but if we don't know how it affects our lives it carries little meaning. So what does all that mean? Well, It means that we need to know about how fertilization occurs, how chromosomes carry genetic material, and how those genes interact in an organism to make things like you or me.
In the meantime, tonight I need you to make a Venn Diagram, Top Hat Diagram, or Butter-on-Toast Diagram to compare mitosis and meiosis with each other. This will be done on a separate piece of paper and turned in tomorrow.
IB Biology - HEY! WHAT IS UP?! Many of you have still not logged your internship online on the Medical Pathway 2018 Google Classroom. Get to the site and put your information in!
Other than this, I need you to be prepared for your test tomorrow. Have you been to bioninja.com? Check it out! It does a great job of getting to the point about all of the concepts on your test and this class in general. Remember, you are allowed a 60 word study guide for the test.
Next week will be about crunching numbers so I there will be little time to do any sort of data collection. Stay on top of what you are doing!!!
Honors Biology - Today we spent our short time going over asexual and sexual reproduction in organisms, but then focused on human reproductive anatomy since we have seen we need to understand fertilization better. Here's the short video we either got to watch or partially got through https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5OvgQW6FG4. Please finish watching this if you didn't see it to the end. To me, the end is the best part of this.
All of these notes/drawings are on the right hand side of a new entry, but on the left side of that same entry I need you to develop at least 2 level 2(or 3) questions about this content for discussion tomorrow. That's a total of 6 questions. If you don't know what I mean, just look at the Costa's Questions handout that should be in the front of your notebook. Use the descriptors found in the level 2 or level 3 area to create your question. Just incorporate the Costa word and the question will be good. If for some reason you don't have this sheet, you can find it on the "Online Resource" page on this website in the upper right hand corner. BTW Questions are things you do NOT know the answer to. This question piece is what you should do tonight.
NOTE: If you were not in class today and need to make illustrations of the two systems, here are similar diagrams to what we looked at: https://training.seer.cancer.gov/anatomy/reproductive/male/ and www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/your-guide-female-reproductive-system#1
IB Biology - Today we took our unit test on evolution, natural selection, and classification. Just from what I have seen so far, they look great! ...but I'm still really concerned about you not keeping up the pace for your IA. Next week we'll be working on statistical analysis and new content, and there will be little to time to collect data. February 20th is the last day for submission so please don't get behind. You can also come experiment during 6th, 7th, and after school when I'm here.
Honors Biology - Today we addressed your group questions in an attempt to get closer to your triplet question! Next, we took notes, for the same reason as the questioning, on a movie that had 5 sections called Life's Greatest Miracle. You will need to finish the movie at home. The sections are the Introduction, The Gamete's Journey, Taking Shape, Messages in the Genes, and Feeding the Fetus. Keeping in mind the Triplet Question, you took notes on the right side of a new entry. Next Tuesday we will do the left side. Here's the link to the movie: http://www.pbs.org/video/nova-lifes-greatest-miracle/
EXTRA CREDIT EVENTS
Nursing Revealed – FLYER
Saturday, March 3, 2018
10:30am – 2:30pm
San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
**Lunch will be provided**
Nursing Revealed is a FREE event for local high school/middle school students, parents and educators. The event will be put on by SDSU nursing students and faculty. Attendees will: tour the SDSU campus the Skills Lab with mannequins, participate in interactive breakout sessions and learn about SDSU School of Nursing admission requirements. REGISTER NOW - Individual registrations only. For questions, contact Heather Cavazos email@example.com.
Health Career Expo – FLYER
Friday, April 6, 2018
9:00am – 2:00pm
Southwestern College - Otay Mesa Campus, 8100 Gigantic Street, San Diego, CA 92154
**Lunch will be provided**
This is a FREE event for 11th and 12th grade students! The Health Career Expo is a unique opportunity to learn more about healthcare and medical topics through interactive workshops, meet and connect with health pathway students from different schools, and connect students to college and university career pathway programs around the San Diego and Imperial region. Free lunch provided. REGISTER NOW For questions, contact Heather Cavazos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scripps’ High School Exploration Program (HSEP) is accepting student applications. This is a 2018 summer internship opportunity at various Scripps’ hospital locations in San Diego County. Please forward to any of your health pathway students who have a 2.5 GPA or higher and who may be interested in applying. Click here for more information about HSEP.
Scripps’ High School Exploration Program (HSEP)
Eligible: HASPI High School Students
2018 Dates: June 18 – July 19, 2018 (5 weeks)
Application Deadline: 5:00pm Friday, February 16, 2018
Students must have a Gmail account to apply. For HSEP online application and more information, visit http://www.haspi.org/hsep.html For other internship opportunities, visit http://www.haspi.org/internships.html
This page contains nearly everything that you need if you missed class.