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Brenda Royal, AP Biology

TWO weeks til winter break!!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!
AP's:  Here's the lab with "pretty data".  Make sure NOTHING except the data from this lab comes into yours!
WHY am I missing SO many 100 point transpiration labs?  
BIO I's: Midterm Study Guide:  Look at the last entry in the column over there ---> 
See "Study Guide"?  That's a complete Bio I study guide.  Your midterm will cover the first 10 pages of that,
with some exceptions.  We haven't seen cell division or genetics yet, so of course it's not on your midterm.
Most of that other stuff is fair game for being on the midterm.  It would be a good idea to print that document and study it!
Respiration Biointeractive to introduce the next chapter   http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/biocoach/cellresp/intro.html
AP's: Cell Respiration Lab on Wed/Thursday
The set up takes some time on this lab.  Make sure each person in a group of 3 is ready to prepare a vial: respiring peas; non respiring peas, and glass beads (control).
If you're feeling pretty confident about lab for tomorrow, spend some time on AP Classroom.
Bio I:
Monday, December 9: Review cellular respiration
Tuesday, December 10: Quiz, Cellular respiration
Wed/Thursday: Organizing for midterms; midterm review
Friday: Midterm review
December 16-20: Midterms
AP Bio:
Monday, December 2: CAM and C4 Metabolism
Photosynthesis & Respiration Powerpoints:
Tuesday, December 3: Introduction to cell respiration; Lab overview
Wednesday/Thursday, December 4/5: Cell Respiration Lab
Friday, December 6: Finish Lab Data Analysis; Lab Videos
Monday, December 9: Review cell respiration
Tuesday, December 10: Overview of Energy Unit - Review
Wednesday/Thursday, December 11/12: Test, Unit 3: Cellular Energetics - Enzymes, Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Fitness
Friday, December 13: Review
M-F, December 16-19: Midterms
Videos and Lab for Bio I's and AP's for Wednesday and Thursday:
 Leaf Disk Lab Walk-Through: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnY9_wMZZWI
Monday, December 2:  Review photosynthesis
Tuesday, December 3: Quiz, Photosynthesis
Wednesday/Thursday: December 4/5: Introduction to cellular respiration & Lab
Friday, December 6: Cellular respiration, continued.
Biology I:
Monday, November 18:  Energy in our world; The Big Picture of Photosynthesis
Tuesday, November 19: Light Reactions of Photosynthesis
Wednesday/Thursday: November 20-21: Photosynthesis Lab:
Friday, November 22: Wrapping up Photosynthesis
AP Biology:
Monday, November 19: Questions on Enzymes
Tuesday: November 20: Cellular Respiration
Wednesday/Thursday, November 20-21: Cellular Respiration Lab
Friday, November 22: Wrapping up Cellular Respiration

Monday November 25: Sophomores in ACT Boot Camp
Tuesday, November 26: CERT Testing
Here's the link to the powerpoints for Chapters 6 & 7 (again) AP's:
1. Students, I have been so impressed with your commitment to coming in to get your data on  non-class days.  Thank you!! THAT is science- collecting data, asking questions,
working collaboratively to answer questions.  Both Bio I's, counting (ever shrinking) duckweed and AP Bio's massing ever shrinking pansies.  I'm very honored to work with you all.
2. Bio I Parents:  I have caught up all the lab journals in the room.  I have spent 5 extra hours this weekend making sure all the "You didn't grades..." were graded.  If your child is 
still missing grades, he/she needs to leave his journal so I can get those grades caught up.  At this point, they should be considered late, and it's not fair to students who turned
journals in on time to award the same points.  I also encourage you to sit down and look at your student's lab journal.  Read the instruction page they glued inside the front cover 
on day one, and then look at their day to day lab grades.  If your student is missing points, it's often for lack of following instructions, not lack of content knowledge.  Encourage him/her
to pay attention to the details of each assignment.  About 1/4-1/3 of the journals are out in each of the 3 sections of Bio I, and that's too many.  Prod your student to be responsible.  I
don't mind them taking their journals with them to complete assignments, but how can I enter grades if they aren't returned?  Thanks! BR
BIO I's:  BRING YOUR TEXT BOOK THIS WEEK! Again, November 11-15
Monday, November 11th: Thank a veteran for his/her service to our country!
                                             First Period-  didn't remind me about the microscope quiz ALL week, huh?  Fine! Be ready for it today!  You little sneaks!
                                             Diffusion U-tube analysis practice.
Tuesday, November 12th:  Review cell structure, function and movement.
Wednesday/Thursday: November 13/14th:  Test- Cell structure, function, and movement.
Friday, November 15:  Introduction to cellular energy & photosynthesis
AP Biology
Monday, November 11th: Thank a veteran for his/her service to our country!
                                            Third Period: Finish data analysis for transpiration lab
                                            Focus on the membrane; U-tube diffusion
Tuesday, November 12th:  Review Cell Structure, Function, movement, compartmentalization
Wednesday/Thursday, November 13th/14th: Test, Unit 3: Cell Structure & Function (Chapters 6,7)
Friday, November 15th:  Enzyme POGIL- Introduction to Metabolism & Energy
If you want to see  organelles in context: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzcTgrxMzZk
BIO I's:  BRING YOUR TEXT BOOK THIS WEEK! Again, November 11-15
Bio I: Monday, November 4. Duckweed data.  Discuss cell differentiation.
          Tuesday, November 5 Movement in Cells
           Wed/Friday, November 6/8: Movement in Cells Lab
          Thursday:  Half Day 
AP Biology: Monday, November 4: Start Transpiration Lab; Discuss water potential; transpiration
                      Tuesday, November 5: Water potential Problems
                       Wed/Friday, November 6/8: Transpiration Lab; Finish membrane & movement discussion
                        Thursday: Half Day  - DON"T FORGET TO COME GET PLANT MASSES DURING REMEDIATION TIME.
                              Second & 4th Periods will meet for an hour on Thursday.  We will probably use this time to work on AP Classroom.
                               Please bring laptops for that purpose.
            Monday, October 28, 2019:  Duckweed Lab-Design Your Own Lab.  What variable do you think could alter the carrying capacity of duckweed?
                                                       Organelle Cut & Paste
        Tuesday, October 29, 2019:  Mini-poster, cell comparisons- prokaryotic, plant, and animal.
        Wednesday/Thursday October 30/31: Microscope Lab - Identifying plant and animal cells
AP BIOLOGY: Monday, October 28: Why are cells small?  
                         Tuesday, October 29: Movement in cells & Membrane Structure
                          Wednesday/Thursday: October 30/31: Diffusion Lab
                          Friday, November 1: Finish Data Collection, Diffusion Lab
Powerpoints for Chapters 6 & 7: 

Bio I: Monday, October 21: Keystone Species- Redefining Ecological Relationships
                                             FINISH Bio magnification.  When I spend hours on a Sunday afternoon scoring MOST lab books, my sympathy for
                                                   late submissions shrinks, If you're seeing a "0" on second quarter grades, you need to pick up your pace.
           Tuesday, October 22: Finish Keystone Species.  Questions about the Unit Test coming Friday.
           Wednesday/Thursday, October 23-24: Creating Chains/Webs to Model Ecological Relationships; 
           Friday, October 25:  UNIT QUIZ on Ecology
                Monday October 21: Questions on Chapter 3,5 Test: Water Properties and Macromolecules: Begin  Cell Theory
               Tuesday, October 22: QUIZ/TEST on Chapters 3,5 - Properties of Water and Macromolecules
               Wednesday/Thursday, October 23-24: Speed Dating Cell Organelles - HAVE YOUR CARD/PROFILE READY
               Friday, October 25: Movement in Cells.
BIO I: Monday, October 14: Begin Duckweed Carrying Capacity Lab
                                               Complete Pike & Perch Lab
                                               Pick up the Unit Test Review Sheet.  Unit Test will be NEXT FRIDAY, October 25
          Tuesday, October 15: Succession
          Wednesday, October 16:  PSAT
          Thursday/Friday: October 17/18: Creating Chains: Webs to Model Ecological Relationships
AP Biology: Monday, October 14: Macromolecules & Metabolism
                      Tuesday, October 15: Protein Modeling        (Seniors ACT)
                      Wednesday, October 16: PSAT
                      Thursday/Friday: October 17/18:  Enzyme Review.
BIO I: Monday September 23: Continue pyramid and energy flow
          Tuesday September 24: Quiz on Chapter 3 - Ecology & Biomes; Lesson of the Kaibab after quiz
                                                    Begin reading Chapter 4 at home
          Wednesday/Thursday September 25-26: Biogeochmical Cycles Lab
          Friday September 27: Wrap up biogeochemical cycles, Chapter 4
AP Biology:   Scroll to the bottom of this page.  I'm attaching the review packet for the Unit Test on Evolution.  Please take advantage of this.
                         ALSO-over half of you haven't even started the formative assessments on My CollegeBoard, AP Classroom.  If I was a sneaky teacher,
                          I might pluck questions off that site just to reward those students who are drilling themselves and working to be better.
  Monday September 23:  Origins of Life on Earth. Turn in "Evolution of Chocolate"
                      Tuesday September 24: Cladogram FRQ's and review.  ASK QUESTIONS!!
                     Wednesday/Thursday September 25-26:  Evolution Unit Test
                     Friday, September 27: Properties of Water related to life on earth - stations lab.
Monday, September 16:  Test Review; Introduction to Ecology - Biomes
           Tuesday, September 17: Biodiversity - Why Do We Need It?
           Wednesday-Thursday, September 18-19: BiomeViewer & Human Impacts
                          CLICK THIS LINK FOR BIOMEVIEWER: https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/biomeviewer
                            If you didn't finish:   https://www.biointeractive.org/sites/default/files/BiomeViewer-StudentWS-app.pdf   
 Friday, September 20: Energy Flow - The Big Picture of Life - Making & Labeling the Pyramid
AP Bio: Monday, September 16: Finish Making Cladograms.  Why Donald Gingrich Cried After 20 Years.
              Tuesday, September 17: Introduce "Using Bioinformatics to Investigate Evolutionary Relationships; Have a BLAST!"
                  Link at BOTTOM of page: "Activity Using Bioinformatics to Investigate Evolutionary Relationships"
               Wednesday/Thursday, September 18-19: Computer Lab- BLAST Lab
              Friday, September 20: Evolution of Chocolate 
AP's:  I have added the 2nd Multiple Choice Assessment to the AP Classroom.  Some of you haven't even started the first online assessment.
Now is the time to take advantage of these resources.  I'll restock my candy jar.  
  Bio I:   I have entered the rigor points, so the grade you're seeing is the grade you currently have.  It is Sunday afternoon, and I have scored EVERY Bio I lab journal in the bins.
If your journal isn't here, you have a 0, which will be changed to a 90% max  grade when your late journal is turned in.  (Obviously, if you're out sick, there's a grace period.)  In college, your zero would probably stand, so let's work on developing self-discipline.
   Tuesday, September 3: Finish descriptions of macromolecules; functions of proteins
    Wednesday/Thursday, September 4/5: Protein Folding Lab
    Friday,September 6: Enzyme Discussion & Toothpickase
       Powerpoint from class, Friday:  https://www.biologyjunction.com/enzyme%20ppt.ppt
     Monday, September 9: Finish Enzymes, Toothpickase; review Chapter 2
    Tuesday/Wednesday, September 10-11:  QUIZ ON CHAPTER 2:  Chemical bonds, water, macromolecules, enzymes
    Thursday, Half Day
    Friday, September 13: Start Ecology.  Start Reading Chapter 3
AP BIO:  Your rigor points have been added, but on my screen, I don't see any numbers higher than 100 on the overall screen, but the 105's are there on the individual screens.
Tuesday, September 3:  Quiz on Chapters 22/23 in 2nd & 4th; Start speciation in 6th
 Wednesday/Thursday. September 4/5: Speciation Ring Species Lab
 Friday, September 6: Introduce  speciation in 2nd/4th; Quiz on chapters 22/23 in 6th
(Sixth period students didn't all have textbooks until last week.  Their delayed test is based on this handicap.)
Monday, September 9: Complete Ring Species activity; start Mass Extinctions
Tuesday, September 9/Wednesday, September 10: Interactive and Video on Mass Extinctions
Thursday, September 12: Half Day
Friday, September 13: Begin Cladograms
Powerpoints for Chapters 24,25, and 26:
Bio I: August 26-30  Can you believe we've been in school a month?  No way!
  August 26: Properties of water; pH scale; acids, bases and buffers.  Chapter 2
What you didn't finish in class:  http://www.biologyjunction.com/acids%20and%20bases.doc 
               27: Carbon and the macromolecules of life - carbohydrates and lipids
               28/29:  Biochemistry Lab
                              McMush Lab - Link is at the bottom
               30: Continue Biochemistry- Proteins  
              Enjoy your long weekend!!
AP Biology: August 26-30  - The power point on the new exam lay-out is at the bottom of this page.
August 26: Evolution of Populations. Signing into AP Classroom
            27: Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium TURN IN EVOLUTION GRAPHING & STATS 
            28/29:  Hardy Weinberg Lab
                          Finish the write up at home:
            30: Hardy Weinberg Practice Problems and practicing the new FRQ's.
           Enjoy your long weekend!
August 19-23
    Monday, 8/19: Review of physical science concepts; Biology Lab Equipment
    Tuesday, 8/20: Properties of water
    Wednesday/Thursday 8/22-23: Water Lab
    Friday, 8/23: Quiz on Chapter 1;  Introduction to Biochemistry
Bio I's - AT HOME:  You should have finished reading Chapter 1.  Start reading Chapter 2.
Our first quiz will be Friday, over Chapter 1   We don't do retakes, but if you have lower than a 70 on the quiz, you can do test corrections.
To qualify for corrections, on the day of the quiz, you must turn in something written that you have done to push yourself to understand the chapter more deeply.
That may mean answering the section questions, or the end of chapter questions.  It may mean outlining the chapter or taking notes on each section.  This differs from person to person.  You may read the chapters and think, "I get this!"  Excellent!  Don't feel you must do extra work.  But if a test score comes out low, there must be evidence that you grappled with the material on the front side of the test, not the back side.  
  AP Bio: August 19-23
     Monday, 8/19: Beak of the Finch - Video and Introduction
     Tuesday, 8/20: Work on Finch Data.  Work on Pillbug video
     Wednesday/Thursday 8/21-22: Natural Selection Lab
     Friday, Finish data collection from lab. Work on mini-poster.
AP's at home:  Wading through the AP Text can be daunting.  I asked two of my juniors who made 5's how they studied.  One admitted he's just a good test taker (don't ya just wanna slap those people?), but one said he used the powerpoints that accompany the chapters to study.  Every person learns differently.  The content "memorization" must be done at home so we can continue doing data collection in class.  I appreciate how focused you folks have been, grappling with statistics and cookies.  Thank you!
Week of August 12-16:
      Copy of "How Science Works" at the bottom of this page.  Finish the bullet point questions, please.
      Monday, August 12:  How to Keep a Lab Journal (HINT:  SHOW UP WITH YOUR LAB JOURNAL!)
                                       Begin "How Science Works"
                                       Continue working on Scientific Method worksheet at home & reading Chapter 1
       Tuesday, August 13 :    Continue "How Science Works"
       Wednesday/Thursday, August 14/15: Scientific Questioning; "What's Alive?" 
       Friday August 16:  Properties of Water 
AP BIOLOGY:  August 12-16
http://www.bozemanscience.com/ap-bio-lab-11-animal-behavior - Paul Anderson explains the pillbug lab
http://www.bozemanscience.com/apb-practice-2-using-mathematics -  pay particular attention to Chi Square analysis.
We'll use that on Friday to determine if your results are statistically significant.
GET THOSE ROLY-POLIES BY LAB DAY!! Wednesday for 3rd period; Thursday for 4th/6th.
  Monday, August 12:  How to keep a lab journal.
                                    Finish statistical comparison of hand length 
Be able to tell me what variable you want to test on roly poly behavior 
                                      (I have to have time to make purchases.)
   Tuesday, August 13: Double Stuff Oreo Analysis
  Wednesday/Thursday August 14/15: Roly Poly Behavior Lab (link below)
  Friday: Chi Square Analysis of countable data
  Print and sign the safety contract (VERY bottom of this page)
  Start reading.  Chapter 1, Bio 1's. 
  Lab journals by Monday.
 Reading Chapter 22 - here's the accompanying powerpoint:
PPT for Chapter 22, AP Biology:
   Lab journals by Monday
   10-12 Roly-polies by Wednesday/Thursday - lab days.
READ THE LAB BEFORE COMING IN ON LAB DAY!  Decide what variable you want to test and let me know so I can provide the necessary materials.
Tuesday: August 6: 8-10:  First period, lockers, paperwork
Thursday: August 8:  First Full Day -Texts, agendas, etc.
Friday: August 9:  First Day Science Chat Activity
PURCHASE - FOR AP AND Bio I's:  ONE 9 3/4 X 7 1/2 inch GRAPH RULED Composition Book.  On sale now for 1.29 at Staples.  I have extras if this is a strain for you.
Teacher Wish List: Paper towels, hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap, tissues, distilled water, disposable gloves.  Thanks!
LAB SAFETY CONTRACT!!!!   At the VERY bottom of this page is a link to the Lab Safety Guidelines.  Please READ, print it off, and both parents and students sign that you understand.
The FIRST goal in lab is safety.  No learning can occur if we're not safe, and no student should have to take a zero because they refuse to follow lab instructions!
Three articles that are worth your time - parents and students:
The Case Against Retakes:
The Importance of Stupidity in Science Research
The Teacher Who Didn't Teach
AP BIOLOGY 2019-2020:
   No required summer work, HOWEVER, here are some excellent titles for understanding and appreciating the concepts we'll be hitting next year.   The library has many of these!!
    Sean B.  Carroll is an evolutionary biologist who writes so engagingly that you'll forget it's non-fiction!
    Some of his titles are:
          Into the Jungle - it's short and sweet!
          The Serengeti Rules - you'll find out where the word "homeostasis" came from!
          Endless Forms Most Beautiful
If you have a passion for protecting our planet:  Planet Eaarth by Bill McKibben will make your heart hurt a little... or a lot.  (And yes, it's spelled that way for a reason.)
     Ed Yong's "I Contain Multitudes" is a fascinating survey of how the microbes in our world make life on this planet roll on as it does.
  Here are some tips from last year's AP kids!
  "Don't procrastinate!  Actually spend 15 minutes a night.  Review your labs and ACTUALLY do them.  It makes life easier!"
                                                                                                                              - H.B .

  "Make sure to take good notes in class and review before the night before tests.  With studying, sources like Bozeman Biology and Crash Course will help a ton."                                                  - L.B.
 "Actually study for this class.  Hard.  I rarely if ever have to study for tests and quizzes, but if you don't study for this class 15 minutes a night like Ms. Royal says, everything's just gonna jumble up in your brain."  - T. M.
   " Do not do labs just to get a grade.  If you want to succeed you need to do them for knowledge and understanding."
                                                                                                                                                   - - C. T.
"Learn a topic when you first begin the chapter so that you can keep up in class. "
                                                                                          - D. W.
 You will be asked to sign a contract when the year begins.  UNDERSTAND UP FRONT, that you will be expected to take the AP Exam.  If you don't, you'll be expected to take the final exam for this course.    Taking an AP Course without taking the AP Exam is like running a race and stopping right before the finish line.  Sure, it's hard, but you're training for college!! And life!!
Finish what you start!  
  I'm excited about meeting you and getting started!  But have a great summer first!  I'll be reading the AP Exams in Kansas City!
https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/effects-fungicides-bumble-bee-colonies - Miles! Sorry it took so long- tried to post it Friday!
Across the nation AP Psych scores are being cancelled because kids came out of the exam and started trying to reconstruct 
the exam.  You will sign an oath to NOT discuss the exam before leaving the room.  Take that oath seriously, and for Pete’s sake,
STAY OFF OF SOCIAL MEDIA.  You worked too hard all year to throw it away!!
Saturday May 4: 8 am-noon.  
Sunday May 5: Noon-4
The point of these sessions is to give you a 3 hour window to take a full AP exam.  If you plan to take advantage of these sessions, you need to arrive EARLY.  I really don't plan to sit around waiting for people to come in for a late session.
BREAKFAST- MAY 13th, TEST DAY!!  Starting at 6:30 in the senior cafeteria.  
Monday, April 29: Bubble ; How Science Works:  https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/how-science-works
Tuesday, April 30: Finish How Science Works - Start your lab
Wednesday, May 1: Lab data collection and background research
Thursday, May 2: Lab data collection and background research
Friday, May 3: Yearbooks
Monday, May 6: CRISPR
Tuesday, May 7: Finish CRISPR
Wednesday, May 8: BioBlitz
Thursday, May 9: Central Species Diversity - Quadrants
Friday, May 10: Anatomy Overview

AP Biology:

Monday, April 29: Ecology Quiz; Practice AP Exam
Tuesday-Thursday: Answer questions; practice AP
Friday. May 3: Yearbooks
Monday-Friday: May 6-10: Any day you're not taking an AP- answer questions, practice APs
Monday May 13th:  THIS IS IT!! You've prepped for this day all year.  You are READY.
Breakfast starts at 6:30 in the senior cafeteria.  Test starts at 8 in the gym.
You've got this.
BIO I - Bring your textbook as we review for the EOC Test.
 I'm adding links (at the bottom of this page) for EOC Review. 
April 15-18: EOC Review
April 22-24: EOC Review
EOC: April 25th for 2nd period; April 26th for 1st, 3rd, and 7th periods
April 8: Taxonomy
April 9: Cladograms
April 10/11: Review for EOC
April 12: Review for EOC
April 1 - Flow chart review of the year.  An introduction to the EOC review
April 2- Review Evolution, Chapters 17,18, 19
April 3/4 - Classification Lab
April 5 - QUIZ on Evolution, Chapters 17-19, selected sections.
AP Bio: THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM IS A 56-PAGE DOCUMENT THAT COVERS THE CONTENT.  The science practices, thinking skills, and data analysis set apart those who make 3's, 4's, and 5's.  
April 16: Ecological Dynamics; Big Idea 4 Labs
April 18: Complete Big Idea 4 Labs; Practice FRQ test portion from 2018 exam
April 8: Hormones; Plant POGIL
April 9: Ecology
April 11: Ecology Lab
April 12: Quiz: Immune,Nervous, Endocrine
April 1:  Immune FRQ
April 2: Immune System Speed Dating
April 4: Nervous System Neuron Action Simulation
April 5: Nervous System Overview
Bio I's: Link to "What Darwin Never Knew" - to finish the extra credit option of the video guide:
IF you finish "Making Cladograms" in lab, here's the link to "Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken"
AP BIO'S:  Here's the entire booklet for the ELISA Lab.  YOU NEED pages 27-36.  I will obviously have to give you time to regroup.  We will work with the data we have- don't panic if you didn't get back to finish your ELISA.
Sixth period:  We'll hopefully get to do the ELISA soon.  It requires a double period, though.  We may just look at 4th period's data....should they get to finish.
Bio I's:

Video we watched in class - goes with lab, "Beaks as Tools":  Beak of the Finch: https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/beak-finch-film-quiz
One we hope to finish watching in class! :  What Darwin Never Knew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNPbjtej1Hk
Link to copy of the "Beaks as Tools" lab protocol with questions:  file:///C:/Users/royalb/Downloads/FinchBeak-StudentHO-act%20(6).pdf
Link to ELISA Protocol
Bio I's.  The spreadsheets with the data from the finch beak labs are at the bottom of this page.  Find the one for your period if you need to catch up with this data.
ATTENTION AP'S:  As promised, here's the link to the protocol for pGlo transformation - our Monday lab.  
And here's the ENTIRE protocol- questions, protocol, explanations and teacher's guide.  At least TRY to answer the questions before reading it.  And if you plagiarize it, you'll get a 0.
Get to class as early as possible.  Print this off and bring it with you, or have a note card, etc., with the protocol so you come in knowing what to do - not having to cookbook the lab.
Bio I:
Monday March 18: Homologous vs. Analogous Structures
Tuesday/Wednesday, March 19-20: Making Cladograms
Thursday, March 21: What Darwin Never Knew
Friday, March 22: Spirit Day
AP Bio:
Monday, March 19: Immune System Intro
Tuesday: March 20: Primary vs Secondary Response; Grade FRQ's; Set up Benchfly- work on Lab Video
Thursday: March 21:  Nervous System Intro
Friday, March 22: Spirit Day
And the videos you requested:
PCR Song(You know you want to hear it again!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvvP90Cpdfc
    Bring your book with you this week.
  Monday, March 4: Wrap up dangling labs - Genomic Sequencing, Gel Electrophoresis, Bacterial Transformation; Start GMO's
  Tuesday, March 5: GMO's
  Wednesday, March 6: Review Chapters 15,16
  Thursday, March 7 - Half Day
  Friday, March 8 - Chapters 15,16 Quiz
   Monday, March 11: Benchmark Assessment Third Quarter
  Tuesday, March 12: ACT
  Wednesday,  March 13: Start Evolution Unit
  Thursday, March 14: Beaks and Finches and Food, Oh My
  Friday, March 15: Tuskless Elephants
AP Bio:
Monday, March 4: pGLO Lab- COME PREPARED - You'll have to be FOCUSED and PREPARED to do this in a single period.
Tuesday, March 5: pGlo Analysis
Wednesday, March 6: Review Chapters 19,20
Thursday, March 7: Half Day
Friday, March 8: Quiz- Viruses & Biotechnology, Chapters 19,20
Monday, March 11: Practice AP Exam
Tuesday, March 12: ACT; Senior Shadowing
Wednesday, March 13:  Nervous System
Thursday, March 14: Endocrine System
 Friday, March 15, Immune System
   Tuesday, February 19: Gel Electrophoresis, DNA Goes to the Races
   Wednesday/Thursday, February 20/21: Skittles Dye Electrophoresis Lab - Half out of school
   Friday: Review Chapter 15 OUT OF SCHOOL -
   Monday, February 25: Out of school. Chapter 25 will be combined with Chapter 26 for testing.
    Wednesday/Thursday, February 27-28: PCR Simulation; Finish Genetic Sequencing activity
   Friday, March 1st: GMO's
   Monday, February 11: Human Genetic Disorders https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/disorders/
   Tuesday, February 12: Manipulating DNA; DNA Scissors-Restriction Enzymes
   Wednesday/Thursday: February 13,14: Lab: Gel Electrophoresis; finish DNA Scissors
   Friday: February 15: Cracking the Code, Human Genome
AP Bio:
   Tuesday, February 19: Viruses
   Thursday, February 21: DNA Biotechnology: Restriction Enzymes & Gel Electrophoresis
   Friday, February 22: Continue Restriction Enzymes, Plasmids and Gel Electrophoresis
   Monday, February 25: Bacterial Transformation
   Tuesday, February 26:Bacterial Transformation.  Finish Viruses Click and Learn by end of week.
   Thursday, February 28: pGlo Bacterial Transformation Lab
   Friday, March 1: pGlo Lab, continued
   Monday, February 11: Eukaryotic Gene Regulation of the Stickleback
   Tuesday, February 12: Complete Stickleback Activity; Viral Genetics
   Thursday, February 14: Cancer Interactive; http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/ cancer-genetic-disease-video-highlights)
   Friday, February 15: CRISPR
Back by popular demand:  The Central Dogma Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kOGOY7vthk&t=17s
Bio I: 
   Monday, January 28: Prokaryotic Gene Regulation
   Tuesday/Wednesday: January 29,30: DNA Extraction and Transcription/translation practice
   Thursday, January 31:  Half Day
    Friday, February 1:  Review Chapters 13,14
   Monday, February 4: ASK QUESTIONS on Central Dogma (woof!)
   Tuesday, February 5: QUIZ on Chapters 13,14 
   Wednesday/Thursday: Karyotypes, Pedigrees & Human Genetics
   Friday: Continued -Karyotypes, pedigrees, and human genetics
AP Bio:
  Monday, January 28: Review Genetics Test. 
  Tuesday, January 29: DNA Extraction.  Practice FRQ's
  Thursday, January 31: Half Day  
  Friday, February 1: Review DNA structure/history/function & Central Dogma (woof!)
 Monday, February 4: ASK QUESTIONS on DNA or Central Dogma. FRQ's for Chapters 16,17.
Tuesday, February 5: Test - Chapters 16, 17
 Thursday, February 7: Eukaryotic Gene Regulation in Sticklebacks
  Friday, February 8: Continue Stickleback. Review FRQ's.
    Monday, February  
Rosalind:  For those of you who want to know her role:  Here are the interviews with her graduate student:
 Central Dogma of Biology (Woof!)- Animation:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kOGOY7vthk
 Turning Nucleic Acids to Proteins: http://www.dnai.org/lesson/go/9262/27338
 Bio I: 
  Tuesday: January 22 - History of DNA
  Wednesday: January 23 - Structure of DNA
   Thursday, January 24 - Replication
   Friday, January 25- HOMECOMING

AP Bio:
   Tuesday, January 22 - History  & Structure of DNA
   Wednesday - Review FRQ's. DNA Replication
   Thursday - Central Dogma
   Friday, Janury 25 - HOMECOMING
As promised:   
    The link to Dragon Genetics:    https://serendipstudio.org/exchange/waldron/dragongenetics1
  And the key to the Meiosis Quiz:   1-5: DEBCA; 6-10: ADEBC; 11-14:CDBA;   15-18: CDBA  19-21: BDB
Bio I:  Meiosis Interactive: https://www.cellsalive.com/meiosis_js.htm
AP Bio:  Here's the link for calculating Chi square on your TI-84: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSszHVNWEEs
 And the link for the fruit fly lab: https://web.archive.org/web/20150707233341/http
AP Bio - Chapter Powerpoints.  Thanks for reminding me to post these.
Ch 13: Meiosis (an earlier edition, but meiosis hasn't changed much in a few thousand years...)
Bio I:
Chapter 12 is packed with vocabulary necessary to understanding
the concepts.  Make sure you are doing some type of self-study as we go:
notes on the chapter, end of chapter questions, quizlet, etc.
January 8: Mendelian Genetics.  Read Chapter 12
January 9-10: Non-Mendelian Genetics & Practice Problems
January 14: Meiosis
January 15: Wrapping up genetics- Mendelian, non-Mendelian, Meiosis
January 16-17: Lab- Genetic mapping
January 18: Genetics Test
AP Biology:
January 8: Review cell respiration FRQ; briefly review cell signaling.
                  Discussion: Meiosis, Mendel & DNA.  How much do we need to 
                   review Bio I topics?  Read Ch 13 & 14.
January 10:Chromosome theory of Inheritance;  Fruit Fly Virtual Lab
January 11: More sex-linkage and fruit flies.
January 14: Meiosis 
January 15: Gene mapping; map units
January 17: Meiosis - Sordaria Lab- Crossing over
January 18: Test, Ch 13,14,15
Bio I:
December 3: Answer questions on photosynthesis; start Glycolysis
December 4: Quiz on Photosynthesis
December 5/6: Poster on Cellular Respiration
December 7:  Finish talking about cellular respiration
December 10: Review Cellular  Respiration
December 11: Quiz on Cellular Respiration
December 12/13: Review stations for midterm
December 14: Independent study/review for midterm
December 17-19: MIDTERMS
AP Biology:
December 3: Questions on photosynthesis; Flipgrid lab assignment; start cellular respiration
December 4: Quiz on Photosynthesis
December 6: Cellular Respiration Lab.  Read my font:  Watch the video BEFORE YOU COME TO CLASS.  We don't have time to do your homework in class.
            Bozeman  Cellular Respiration Lab:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9o_VdToClE
            Cell Respiration Lab Protocol:  Complete with "pretty data", but I want to see YOUR data in lab: http://www.jdenuno.com/PDFfiles/Respiration.pdf
December 7: Finish lab data analysis.   Discuss Cellular respiration
December 10: Finish cellular respiration. Cell respiration lab video due:  flipgrid.com/royallabvideos
December 11: Quiz on cellular respiration
December 13: Lab: Cell signaling
Those two cool videos!!

Bozeman Biology's Cell Signaling Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOVkedxDqQo
https://flipgrid.com/ds23wv4 - Site for posting your stop action videos....she types hopefully...
December 14: Cell signaling POGIL.  
December 17-19: MIDTERMS
Bio I Midterm Review Packet:  The complete EOC study packet is in the column to the right -->.  The "Study Guide" at the bottom is the one you'll want for your midterm review.  Midterm covers the first 11 pages of the review packet.  
 AP Bio:  Here's the Flipgrid log-in:  flipgrid.com/royallabvideos
Your midterm will be a complete AP Exam from the past 5 years.  Well, at least the 90 minute multiple choice part.  
Bio I:  Here's the lab protocol to finish the questions:
These videos will help you prep for the photosynthesis lab tomorrow.  
Bozeman Science Lab Walk Through:
Williamson's Leaf Disk Technique:
Fifteen minutes a night.  Remember that advice at the first of the year?  
Imagine if you had devoted 15 focused, uninterrupted minutes of study every night to each course you're in?  
Not just biology.
Imagine balancing your time so that 15 minutes nightly prevents 2 panicked hours the night before a test.
Granted, there will always be subjects that demand you give more, but 15 minutes a night just to review the notes from that day, or the objectives of the lab, or finish the lab write up, or simply to reflect - what did I learn today?  Those minutes will be well spent.  

Biology I and AP Biology:
Helpful videos:
Biological Gradients:
ATP Synthase Animation
Crash Course Photosynthesis
Biology I: 
Monday, November 26: Review light reactions of photosynthesis, discuss a chemiosmotic gradient, overview of the dark reactions.
   This is consistently a difficult unit for students to grasp.  DO NOT WAIT to start studying.  READ Chapter 9.  Ask questions in class.
    Come ask questions during study hall, lunch, or before or after school.
Tuesday, November 27: Introduce spinach chad lab. Finish cell respiration/photosynthesis manipulative.
Wednesday/Thursday November 28/29: Spinach Photosynthesis Lab
Friday, November 30: Wrap up photosynthesis; introduce cellular respiration. Start reading Chapter 10.  Look for similarities and differences between photosynthesis and respiration.
Monday, December 3: Glycolysis, Krebs Cycle, and Electron Transport Chain -
       Electron transport chain animation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdF3mnyS1p0
       Crash Course, Cellular Respiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00jbG_cfGuQ
Tuesday, December 4: Continue Cellular Respiration
Wednesday/Thursday December 5/6: Algae Bead Lab
Friday, December 7: Wrap up & Review Photosynthesis & Respiration: 
                                Test: Cellular Respiration & Photosynthesis, Chapters 9-10 on Monday December 10th.
Monday, November 26:  Review Light Reactions; Introduce Dark Reactions. 
                            Read Chapter 10: Photosynthesis.
Tuesday, November 27: Alternatives to C-3 Photosynthesis: CAM and C-4
                                         Prepare for Spinach Lab.  Watch Bozeman AND Brad Williamson.  You should come to class prepared to test a variable using 
                                                      the protocol you watch them use in the videos.
        Bozeman Biology - Photosynthesis Lab:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnY9_wMZZWI
        Brad Williamson- How to Sink Leaf Disks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw8baZO89oc
Thursday, November 29:  Photosynthesis Lab:
Friday: November 30:  Finish Photosynthesis; Introduce Cellular Respiration. Read Chapter 9
Monday, December 3: Cellular Respiration - Prokaryotes vs. Eukaryotes
                                     Importance of Membranes
                                     ATP Review  
Tuesday, December 4: Glycolysis, Krebs Cycle, ETC- where, when, and why
Thursday, December 6: Algae Bead Lab
Friday, December 7:  Wrap up & Review Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration. FRQ Practice.
                  (Test will be Monday, December 10th, on Chapters 9  & 10)
Mitosis Games/quizzes:
Biology I
Monday, November 12: Test Corrections; Introduction to Cell Division
  Cool video of REAL mitosis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L61Gp_d7evo
Tuesday, November 13/Wednesday November 14:  Mitosis Virtual Lab
Thursday, November 15: Half Day
Friday, November 16: Review Mitosis/Cell Division
Monday, November 19: Quiz, Cell Division, Chapter 8
Tuesday, November 20: Energy concepts, introducing cellular respiration and photosynthesis
AP Biology
 Watch real mitosis videos
Chapter 12 PPT: Cell Cycle
The link to the Transpiration Protocol is in the list of saved links to the right -->
Monday, November 12: Test Corrections; FRQ analysis; Transpiration lab data exchange
Tuesday, November 13: Finish data exchange ; Run photosynthesis lab
Friday, November 16: Review cell division; introduce photosynthesis
Monday, November 19: Quiz, Mitosis, Chapter 12
Tuesday, November 20: Photosynthesis sketch notes
If you finish the tinyurl review packet here are some websites with fun ways to review cell division:
https://reviewgamezone.com/game.php?id=29532 (don't forget to study, not just play!)
Monday, October 29: Discuss movement in cells.  Finish cell drawings.
Tuesday, October 30: Continue movement in cells.
Wednesday, October 31/Thursday November 1: Lab: Diffusion & Osmosis in Cells
Friday: November 2: Review cell structures & functions, movement in cells for TEST ON Monday, November 5.
Monday, November 5: Test, Chapter 8- Cells
Wednesday/Thursday: November 7,8:  Lab: Modeling Limits to Cell Size
Friday, November 9: Mitosis Introduction
Monday, October 22: Review Test (GREAT job, by the way!! Congrats, guys!).  Prepare your mini-posters of your duckweed lab.  CLEAN UP THE LAB!! 
       Homework: Start reading Chapter 8 and taking notes.  This chapter is absolutely fundamental to understanding biology.  Learn the cell organelles and then concepts of movement in cells.
Tuesday, October 23: Mini-poster Lab assessment.
Wednesday/Thursday, October 24-25: Introduction to microscopes; cell lab- making wet-mount slides of animal and plant cells.
Friday, October 26: Cell structure and function
AP Biology
Chapter 36 has a few pages on transpiration.
Monday, October 29: Speed Dating, Organelles.  Have your profile card ready!
Tuesday, October 30: Water Potential - problems and applications; movement in cells.  Properties of the membrane
Thursday, November 2: Transpiration Lab, Video
Friday, November 3: Review Chapters 7 & 8:  Cells & Movement in Cells & Transpiration
Monday, November 5:TEST, Chapter 7 &8
Tuesday, November 6: NO SCHOOL!
Thursday, November 8: Photosynthesis POGIL
Friday, November 9: Photosynthesis Vocabulary Focus
  Check Mastering Biology.  I have added review assignments for Chapter 8, as well as preliminary assignments for Chapters 6-7.  By the way, only half of you have done the Chapter 5 assignment.   I also want to assign the Lab Bench "Diffusion and Osmosis" lab, but it's 6 pm on Sunday, and I've been here all day, and I'm grumpy and I haven't figured out how to do it.  We'll work on it together.
Seriously, spend some time using this tool to review.  The test scores on the water test were painful.  Let's figure out what the problem is so we have better results this week.
Monday, October 22: Review metabolism, enzymes  per your requests.  Start cell movement.
Tuesday, October 23: Test, Chapters 5 & 8: Macromolecules and Metabolism
Thursday, October 25: Diffusion and Osmosis Lab
     Watch Paul Anderson's introduction to this lab at the link above.
      Read through the lab- either the hard copy I gave you in class or:
Friday, October 26: Finish collecting/analysis lab data.  
For those of you who wanted powerpoints over the chapters.
Chapter 5: 
Chapter 8:
 This is the link you'll need to do the Citizen Science Biodiversity Activity in Lab this week.
 2nd Period:  This is your link:
7th period!  Try this one!
Two weeks in and the weather finally turned to fall!  Layer up! The heat may not be turned on for a few weeks yet!
Biology I
Monday, October 15: Wrap up labs from last week.  Work on review sheet for Ecology Test on Friday
Tuesday, October 16: Discuss succession
Wednesday/Thursday: October 17-18:  Biodiversity Studies from Gorongosa National Park; Succession  Game
Friday, October 19:  Ecology Unit Test.  Big Grade.  Have your review sheet done ahead of time and turn in before test.
AP Biology
Monday, October 15: Practice AP MC
Tuesday, October 16: Seniors out for ACT; ATP POGIL
Thursday, October 18: Score water FRQ; review test over Ch 3,4. 
                                    Wrap up Chapters 5 & 8; Finish Enzyme Lab Mini-Poster
Friday, October 19: Enzyme Lab Poster Share
Here's the explanation of the graph that baffled so many of you.  
 Biology I
 Monday: September 17: Review Chapter 3.  Start Energy Pyramid
Tuesday: September 18: Test, Chapter 3
Wednesday/Thursday: September 19-20: Gorongosa National Park- Food Webs and Chains
Friday:September 21  Finish Food chains & webs.  Wrap up Chapter 4.
Monday: September 10th: Finish the Big Picture of Biology; Isle Royale: How a poodle killed off wolves.
                                           Human Impact on Earth; Start Duckweed Lab if time permits
Tuesday/Wednesday: September 11-12th:  Duckweed Lab; Biome Activity (Labs moved from Thursday to
                                            Tuesday )
Thursday: Half Day
Friday: Wrapping up Chapter 3.  Look for a quiz early next week.
Any student who scored less than 70% on the Chapter 2 test, and who turned in a written assignment from the chapter (note, outline, questions, concept map, etc.)  can do test corrections to bring the grade up to a 70. Format will be discussed in class on Tuesday and must be turned in by Friday, the 7th.
Assignment: Be reading Chapter 3.  Remember that you have the option of test corrections IF you turn in your written evidence of grappling with the material in the chapter.  You may choose outlining, section review questions, end of chapter questions, note taking.  This isn't meant to be "busy work".  It is meant to give you the option of using your best study method to learn the material in the chapter.
AP Biology:
Monday: September 17.  Review of Evolution Unit
Tuesday: September 18. Evolution Unit Test
Thursday: September 20 Review of chemistry, water, and macromolecules
Friday: September 21 Proteins
Monday: Cladogram FRQ's. How to score an FRQ
The first test is in the gradebook.  The high grade of 90% was made a 100 and everyone received 10%.  If you're still under 70%, come talk to me during 5th period.  There's a class in Room 125 then, so I'm usually found in one of the computer labs.
 Tuesday: Molecular Clock Dry Lab
Thursday: Half Day
Friday: Wrapping up Evolution.  Prepare for an evolution unit test, Chapters 22-26 early next week.
 Be reading Chapters 25 & 26
Bozeman's Cladogram video:
Thursday: September 6 Examining the Evidences for Mass Extinctions - Computer Lab 128
Here's the data sheet you're using for Earthviewer: Evidences for Mass Extinctions.
Friday: September 7 : More cladograms, practice FRQ's and wrapping up evolution.
AP Bio AND Bio I
Students and parents!! Please read the safety rules at the following link.  Email or ask if any rules need clarification.  Print off and return the last signature page by August 24th. I'll have candy for anybody who has it on day one, August 8th!  (Sorry, dentists....)
Interesting articles to help you navigate science education this year:
The Value of Stupidity in Science: http://jcs.biologists.org/content/121/11/1771
"She Didn't Teach Us; We Had to Learn it Ourselves."
Biology I:
Monday, August 20: Review for Ch 1 quiz.  Start Macromolecules
Tuesday, August 21: Quiz on Ch 1. Continue Macromolecules
(The macromolecules powerpoint link is over there --> in the right column.
Wed/Thursday, August 22-23: Lab: Macromolecules
Friday: Wrap up Macromolecules. Quiz next week
Monday, August 13:  Preparing the lab journal.  Identifying properties of life. Powerpoint in the files list, below the picture("01Life") -->
Tuesday, August 14: Viruses? Living or Non-living?
   Watch the Khan Academy on viruses, link below:
Wednesday/Thursday, August 15-16: Chemicals of life lab
Friday, August 17: Biochemistry, continued
AP Biology:
Monday, August 20: Wrap up Behavior Lab.  Discuss Hardy Weinberg
Tuesday, August 21:  Evolution of Populations
Thursday, August 23: Hardy Weinberg Lab
Friday, August 24:  Wrap up Chapters 22-24. 
Monday, August 13: Five criteria for evolution & prepping the lab journal.
Tuesday, August 14: Data analysis- Finch beaks
Thursday, August 16: Isopod Behavior Lab. Read it before class and bring your roly-polies!
Friday, August 17: Wrap up finches; speciation and differentiation.
 "How to Write a Good Lab Report"
Wednesday, August 8: Introduction, rules, housekeeping:
Reading assignment:  
Thursday, August 9: First Day Activity
Friday, August 10: First Day Activity, complete.  
                                 Discussion: What makes a scientist?
  Powerpoint on Scientific Method:  -->   Check the "Files" column to access the powerpoint on scientific method.                
   Supplies:  The only requirement is a Graph Ruled Composition book, black-bound, 247 mm X 190 mm (9 3/4 inches X 7 1/2 inches).  I know it sounds picky, but the larger ones get beat-up, and the spiral ones fall apart.  These will go on sale at Staples right before school starts.  If you can't find one, I'll have a few available.
Animal Behavior Lab- for first block day!  Read it before you get here!! And bring roly-polies!
Wednesday, August 8: Introduction, textbooks, housekeeping
     Read: Chapter 1
Thursday, August 9: What Do I Remember?
      Start reading Chapter 22.  (Yes, 22, not 2)
Friday, August 10: The Statistics of Biology - https://i-biology.net/ict-in-ib-biology/statistical-analysis/
     No required summer work, HOWEVER, here are some excellent titles for understanding and appreciating the concepts we'll be hitting next year.   The library has many of these!!
    Sean B.  Carroll is an evolutionary biologist who writes so engagingly that you'll forget it's non-fiction!
    Some of his titles are:
          Into the Jungle - it's short and sweet!
          The Serengeti Rules - you'll find out where the word "homeostasis" came from!
          Endless Forms Most Beautiful
If you have a passion for protecting our planet:  Planet Eaarth by Bill McKibben will make your heart hurt a little... or a lot.  (And yes, it's spelled that way for a reason.)
     Ed Yong's "I Contain Multitudes" is a fascinating survey of how the microbes in our world make life on this planet roll on as it does.
  Here are some tips from this year's AP kids!
  "Don't procrastinate!  Actually spend 15 minutes a night.  Review your labs and ACTUALLY do them.  It makes life easier!"
                                                                                                                              - H.B .

  "Make sure to take good notes in class and review before the night before tests.  With studying, sources like Bozeman Biology and Crash Course will help a ton."                                                  - L.B.
 "Actually study for this class.  Hard.  I rarely if ever have to study for tests and quizzes, but if you don't study for this class 15 minutes a night like Ms. Royal says, everything's just gonna jumble up in your brain."  - T. M.
   " Do not do labs just to get a grade.  If you want to succeed you need to do them for knowledge and understanding."
                                                                                                                                                   - - C. T.
"Learn a topic when you first begin the chapter so that you can keep up in class. "
                                                                                          - D. W.
 You will be asked to sign a contract when the year begins.  UNDERSTAND UP FRONT, that you will be expected to take the AP Exam.  If you don't, you'll be expected to take the final exam for this course.    Taking an AP Course without taking the AP Exam is like running a race and stopping right before the finish line.  Sure, it's hard, but you're training for college!! And life!!
Finish what you start!  
  I'm excited about meeting you and getting started!  But have a great summer first!  I'll be reading the AP Exams in Kansas City!