IB Biology - Today we spent much of our time going over the narrative, but few of you knew any of the components. We'll be adding evolution and genetics to this soon, be sure you are pushing yourself. In addition to this we heard from our 3.4 Inheritance group. 10.1 should come tomorrow and push us forward again. In the meantime, due on Wednesday, you should be working on your packet on genetics that you received today. I've posted this document below if for some reason you lose yours.
Honors Biology - Today you had an opportunity to review some of our material from earlier in the year thanks to Ms. Mevi for that! Then we reviewed the "create-a-kid" project and I found out that some of you are amazing artists! ...and some, not so much. Regardless, we then followed up with the preparation necessary for the big unit exam. First, you'll need to know these terms: Mitosis, Meiosis, Gametes, Zygote, Chromosomes, Genes, Alleles, Dominant, Recessive, Co-Dominance, Incomplete dominance, Sex-linked traits, and Sex-Influenced traits
Next, you'll need to know the answers to the following questions about the triplets:
How is it possible to have a birth like these three?
How can they have different traits from their parents?
What can account for the boy having Down Syndrome?
Lastly, you should be able to expand on these ideas and apply these concepts to new situations such as:
Sex-Influenced traits, or codominant traits in organisms. Could you tell me something about the parent based off of what you notice about the children? What if you had to track 2 traits, could you still tell me the percentage breakdown of the offspring? Could you apply your concepts of blood types? There's also plenty of practice online for you to attempt, just search these advanced topics.
The test will be on Wednesday
IB Biology - Today we got a really in depth look at inheritance and discussed the use of the chi-squared test. I've posted one of the presentations below that you could use as a foundation to work from. You will be taking a quiz on this material on Thursday, but by tomorrow I need you to complete your packet on skin color.
Honors Biology - Today was bizarre since the vast majority of you were on a field trip to UCSD. Regardless, please come prepared to take your BIG test tomorrow. Remember that all of the information you need to know can be found in your notebook and on the blog post for yesterday. On a side note, you already know everything about the triplets, but if you were able to find the original article on the triplets (News of the Weird), you might possibly find out more about their situation. ...if you could find the triplet article.
IB Biology - So today, we started class by watching a video that I think is fantastic for tying everything we've studied so far together. This movie really nicely connected the DNA that codes for the genes, to proteins (melanin), to phenotype, to selection, to evolution! The movie can be found here: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/biology-skin-color Tomorrow you will need to take a quiz on inheritance and a bit on Meiosis. please make sure you are familiar with the process, as well as the ramification for inheritance. The material is all in chapters 3.3 and 10.2. You could also go over BioNinja to help.
On another note, I found that 7 people out of my two classes cheated on their packet. They found some version of an answer key online and repeated a peculiar error. You will be taking a zero on this assignment and if it occurs again we will take the next step for violations of academic honesty.
Honors Biology - Today you took your test on genetics! I hope you did well, and from I have seen you have! If you did do well it means that you are more than just a "memorizer", but that you can actually apply what you have learned. There is no homework tonight! Rest well because tomorrow we will have a new "puzzle" for you to solve that will lead you into the next steps in the mysteries of life! ....MOM AND DAD ARE SAD THE PIG WAS NOT FAT. Hmmm....I wonder what could it all mean?!
IB Biology - Today was a short day so we didn't get too much done, but we did take the quiz on 3.4 and 10.2 Inheritance. Yet, the biggest thing we did today was deal with the shadow of the wide-spread cheating issue. No, I take that back. The biggest thing we did today was ask ourselves who we are. Before I had this discussion, only 1 person took responsibility. Today a bunch more took responsibility, and I hope that's because you said to yourself, "I'm better than that." Tonight I would like you to do the following: prepare for your presentation tomorrow with three "deep" questions about the content on 10.3. "deep" questions are not ones that can be found in the book, but rather about how these CONCEPTS relate to other ideas. At the beginning of the year I gave you a copy of Costa's questions, and the level 2 and 3 question starters will give you deeper questions. If you have lost this sheet you can find another copy on the online resource page.
Honors Biology - Today we started another mystery! Mom and dad are sad the pig was not fat! All you need to do is to order these sentences as described in the sheet. You can find the sheet posted below. Over the next few weeks you will understand what it all means! Oh, and I almost forgot about our talk on "Who are you?" Remember, you are the habits that you do regularly. Your actions affect other people, not just you. You are the only thing you truly have control over. Make your life more meaningful and rich by having integrity in all that you do.
IB Biology - Today we made observations using our gene pool simulator called swimbot. It can be found and downloaded at swimbot.com. Please understand it does not run on the chromebooks. For homework this weekend I need you to continue your review of previous material by using our triplets scenario. You need to describe three ways that each of the following topics connect with triplet development.
The topics are: 1) Polarity of water, 2) Thermal properties of water, 3) Hydrogen bonding, and 4) Solubility.
How do these physical properties play a role in development? 3 ways FOR EACH topic. Just figure out the properties and then relax. You will find many ways if you recall your physio stuff from last year.
...and remember, if you have any problems, contact me.
Honors Biology - Today we started by looking at each other's evaluations of the weird sentences. You were able to compare them and we came up with three ideas of why it might be important: 1) the colors are important, 2) the coding always come in threes, and 3) the "syntax" or structure seems to be important. I then asked the question of, "How EXACTLY do genes code for traits?" Of course this was after a discussion of what we know. After then spending some time making a list of what we would still need to know to answer this we then dove into an activity that will start our journey into DNA and how is creates ...us. Please make sure to complete #1-8 on the handouts in preparation for Monday.
This page contains nearly everything that you need if you missed class.