IB Biology - Today we started by taking a deep look at your homework on the origins of cells. I'm disappointed in our inability to have a discussion on this topic, and that's a function of writing stuff down that you don't really understand. Tonight is the only night you get to do a redo. You can resubmit this tomorrow.
In addition to redoing last night's homework so that you understand it, there are other tasks that must be done as well.
1) You need to start the process of reading and digesting chapter 1.1. This should be completed tonight.
2) Research what stem cells are. Find out all of the sources of stem cell harvesting (please make sure this is recent), describe a minimum of 3 ways stem cells are used, and finally describe three ethical issues on using stem cells AND YOUR STANCE ON THESE ISSUES! This too should be completed by Wednesday
3) Describe the differences between light microscopes and electron microscopes, and include the limitations of each type of scope. This is due by Wednesday as well.
Honors Biology - Today we set up our notebooks! We used our notebook and all of the inserts were placed inside. This included a contact page, table of contents, word roots, reading strategies, processing tasks, the work you have completed so far, and parent input pages at the end. Tonight I only need you to create a cover for your notebook. To do this, go back to the "about" page on this website and make 6 drawings, using a minimum of 4 colors, then include your name and the title, "Biology". Yes, the illustrations should be based on what we will be learning. This should be attached to the front cover using some tape.
Oh, I almost forgot, you also turned in your data collection and analysis work. I'm sorry to say that very few of you completed it, and that will hurt your grade. Let's get back on the wagon and get this simple homework assignment done!
IB Biology - Today we went over the Origin of cells and the level of conversation that we had is where you should be after every reading. Tomorrow you have a stem cell discussion due and a comparison of microscopes. 1.1 is also already done as well, but can you explain why cells are so limited in their size? You should. Be ready for it! In addition, I need you to read and take notes on 1.2 in your books. Please also come prepared with questions on the materials. You can use the Costa's Levels of Questioning from your notebooks to help you develop good questions. KNOW THE MATERIAL!
Honors Biology - Today we got a chance to share your artistic talent. Please make sure that you put some packing tape over the cover to protect it! I forgot to check them off, so I will do that tomorrow.
Then we created a new entry and used our final processed data from the jump lab and were introduced to the use of the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) format of responding to data in a written format.
Next, we reviewed the nature of science that we've been discussing all along. We glued this sheet in on the right hand side of a new entry. On the left I want you to do your homework.
Your homework is to watch an episode of House, M.D., any episode. Once you have watched it, give me a brief summary of the show (1 paragraph) and then whether or not House 1) reported like a scientist (used CER), and 2) Performed science to help his patient recover (Nature of Science). This should be another paragraph. 2 paragraphs total.
Here's a link to an episode of House, M.D.: https://vimeo.com/4614191 OR https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5j0yr8
IB Biology - Today we got into the nitty-gritty of stem cells and beyond. If you were able to follow the discussion and contribute, you are in the right place. As I look at the work that you have put together I am going to make an overall suggestion to use cornell notes for future notes. I won't demand it, but think about how easy it is to add notes during a discussion! So, for tomorrow, make sure you know chapter 1.2 if you didn't already turn it in to me, Go to page 25 in the book and complete the activity on identifying structures in cell micrographs. Next, reread page 11 and give me a response to the TOK question on that page. Lastly, prepare any questions you might have on this material as you will have a quiz on Friday.
Honors Biology - Today we discussed the House MD episode you watched last night. Did he do CER? Did he demonstrate the Nature of Science? You may not have recognized it right away, but he did do those things. Then we got into groups and played a matching game of IB Command Terms. I gave you the handouts (below) and you glued them on the right side of your next entry. Last I want you to take the words that you misidentified, write them on the left side of the same entry, and then write a sentence using either "unicorn" or "purple dinosaur" that shows me you understand the concept you missed.
IB Biology - Today was a pretty productive day in that you were able to work on your presentation that is due tomorrow as well as reviewing all of the material for your quiz on 1.1 and 1.2. Tonight I want you to prepare for your quiz by reflecting on your notes. This means going to the end of your notes and seeing if you can summarize the major points of these notes within 5 sentences or through the use of illustrations.
Honors Biology - Today we began our last skill based lab, learning to measure and calculate. Since the metric system is really the most important thing we need to know for this lab, I have posted an optional homework assignment. You DON'T have to do this, but if it come in tomorrow I it will make up for any assignment you may have missed in the last two weeks. Check out this web article: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/06/why-the-metric-system-hasnt-failed-in-the-us/487040/ Now, using the reading strategy "One Page Summary" from your reference sheets in your notebook, give me a "one page summary" (use the guidelines) of the article.
IB Biology - So today we did three things. First we set up for our presentation on cells. Next we took the quiz, which, by the way, I had to modify to account for socrative's shortcomings on calculating partially right answers. Lastly, you played this game biomanbio.com/HTML5GamesandLabs/Cellgames/cellexplorerpagehtml5.html And I came to speak with each of you. If you did not get interviewed by me, you will on Monday. This weekend, take a break, but if you want to get ahead, check out 1.3 and 1.4 in the text. It's all about membranes!
Honors Biology - Today, for those of you who actually got to work, we worked on the measurement lab. Next Wednesday you will be taking a quiz on this material so make sure you are doing well and asking questions. This weekend, for your entertainment (this is not required), watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrza1mS1ng8 and let me know which one you think is the most interesting (AND WHY) on Monday. ...make sure you know why!
This page contains nearly everything that you need if you missed class.