IB Biology - Today we started our intense review questions beginning with your largest need, biochemistry. We covered all of chapter 2. Please also don't forget to use your other resources to prepare such as the online question and answer blog, and the quizzes I have opened up on Socrative. Tomorrow we will continue this review with a discussion of Nucleic Acids. I have also included the IB Bio List of Understandings below for you to check yourself with.
Honors Biology - Today we began the dissection. Your only work due tonight is to make sure that when you come back in tomorrow, you are on track to show all of your similarities and differences. Do you have a well labelled human "map" ? Do you have the labels all placed properly on the pig to show your classmates? Do you know what you will explain?
IB Biology - Today we continued to look at the review topics that you feel least sure of. As I continue to look for new resources to help you I was reminded of using the videos from Bozeman Science. Look this guy up on YouTube and watch those videos which are the topics you need most, he's really good. In addition, today I need you to fill out this survey as soon as possible.
Honors Biology - Today we continued with day 2 of our exploratory dissections. Tomorrow will be your last day (and you won't have the whole time tomorrow) so you need to ask yourself if you have accomplished what you needed to do. Remember that this is about showing others the similarities and differences of humans and pigs so be sure to have an explanation as well.
IB Biology - Today we started with a quick review of chapters 4.1-4.3 and then leaped into our last chapter 4.4 on Climate Change. We started with looking at the EM spectrum and discussing atmospheric opacity. Then we attacked the DBQ on Page 233 which we did in pairs and then turned in. Lastly we looked at other data on climate change and perspectives on this change from the following organizations. Tomorrow we will discuss these perspectives and discuss how we evaluate claims.
Americans for Prosperity
American Legislative Exchange Council
Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Institute for Energy Research
Honors Biology - Today you finished the last of your dissection work. You pointed out the similarities and the differences in each of the body systems for both pig and human. You then had a chance to walk around and view the body systems that other people worked on. Hopefully this was interesting! Now that you have had a chance to view the anatomy of the pig in order to understand the relationship to humans it is time to make a claim about the last distant ancestor of this pig and human. Tonight you will make a CLAIM as to the last common ancestor of the pig and human, you will state your EVIDENCE in the form of the facts you learned today, and finally explain why you came up with the number you did. This REASONING is the most important part of this and will make the biggest difference in your grade. Choosing to use new research can help support your claim. This is all completed on a SEPARATE piece of paper and is due tomorrow.
IB Biology - Today we looked at the outside sources that discuss climate change that you were assigned last night. The function was not just to refresh our memories about climate change, but also to determine the validity of the resources we view. While there is no steadfast way to do this it is important to recognize that sources of funding will sometimes play a large role in the bias that we all hold. The bottom line from our short lesson was that we need to look at all angles, even unpopular ones, to make decisions based off of our own value system. The other take away that I found reassuring was that nearly all of our sources said that the science does indicate that global climate change is real and that we are contributing to it. Tomorrow we will pick up with more review, this time being Plant Biology, Topic 10. If you are serious about your knowledge base, regardless of you taking the IB exam or not, look over the chapter and come prepared with questions. Don't forget that you should also be prepared to contribute to the blog for questions and answers. Lastly, please complete this survey is to assess how much medical context was set within our curriculum: bit.ly/ghdgrad
Today someone asked me about linked trait inheritance. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9CvU7m-JT8
Honors Biology - Today you turned in your CER write up from the dissection lab. Next you cleaned up the dissection materials. Lastly we prepared for the exam on evolution that is coming tomorrow. This exam entails you recalling either the seed hunter activity or the real scenario of the galapagos finches. Next, you will need to describe how time, inheritance (including mating), selection, and variation all play a role in evolution and natural selection. Beyond this I also need you to be able to design a fictional (fake) scenario that demonstrates these same factors. Lastly, I need you to fill out this survey as soon as possible: bit.ly/ghdmedbio
IB Biology - So I told you that teacher appreciation week is next week and to let me know if your gift to me was going to be big so I can drive my truck to school. Size 33 waist, favorite color is Black, white, and blue. Shoe size 11. I can eat anything. Don't spend more than $100 on me okay, let's keep this reasonable. NOTE: THIS IS A JOKE! I DO NOT NEED ANY GIFTS. YOUR HARD WORK IS GIFT ENOUGH.
After shamelessly begging for gifts, we discussed finishing up the trophic pyramid, and then discussed climate change and what does it mean. I failed to realize that for many of you you have NEVER discussed climate change in any of your four years in high school. Here is a video that you might find interesting (it's for kids, but whatever): https://climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/40/video-oceans-of-climate-change/ or maybe this one: http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/videos-multimedia/climate-change-lines-of-evidence-videos/
Lastly, we spent the rest of the time going over the basics of plant anatomy and physiology.
Oh, and one of you asked a question a few days ago about how to read micrographs and understand it's scale. Here's a good site: https://www.thinkib.net/biology/page/17083/calculating-magnification-and-size
Honors Biology - Today was really about closing out our studies of evolution and natural selection. We took the test that was outlined for last night's homework and turn it in. I will get through these by early next week so hang tough. We will start our final topic of the year on Monday and it will be about the environment around us. At the beginning of this semester we said that to properly diagnose a person we needed to know how the body works, their family history, and the environment they live in. See where we are going?
This page contains nearly everything that you need if you missed class.