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 Mitosis Games:  Learn those stages!
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!