Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Monday!

Today in biology we did a variety of different activities. First we took notes on improving our technical writing by adding specific language. Get the notes on NB p. 25 from Ms. Adams or a classmate. Don't forget to do a summary. Then we highlighted the most important ideas from the Amazing Cells webquest on pp. 20-21. Finally we set up modified Frayer models for organelle vocabulary on pp. 28-31. Also be sure to get the animal cell handout from the Week 23 folder in the document crate.

For homework, complete the top two boxes (definition/function and illustration for six of the organelles that are listed on NB pp. 20-21.

In AP bio, I checked the notes on concept 13.3. Then students made a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting mitosis & meiosis. This will be used for an in class essay tomorrow.

For HW, highlight and summarize your notes.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pop quiz, meiosis notes

Today in biology, students took a pop quiz over Organelle structure and function. See Ms. Adams to make it up no later than Wed. after school. We also went over the final exam on NB pp. 17-18 so see Ms. Adams if you have any questions. I checked the Amazing Cells webquest. Reg. Bio: check ur grades, do makeup work by Monday.

In AP Bio, students took notes on Meiosis on NB p. 24.

For homework, read concept 13.3 and take notes.

The website for the AP bio book is Campbell AP Biology Book Website

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Make up day, Arthropoda presentation

Today in biology, I posted current grades and then allowed students to make up missing work.  If you were absent or were on the field trip, please be sure to check with me as soon as possible about your grade and/or to make up any missing work because progress reports come out next week.

For homework, finish the Amazing Cells Webquest, which is due tomorrow.

Today in AP biology, Todd did his presentation about the first group of Arthropods, all but the Insects.  Get the two handouts from the Document Crate.

For AP homework, complete the Arthropoda handout, due Monday.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NWEA testing

Today in biology and AP biology, students took the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress test.  If you were absent, you will be called to take the test on a make up day.

For homework, continue working on the homework that I posted on yesterday's blog post.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Amazing Cells Webquest, Phylogeny vs. Cladistics

Today in biology, students completed the Amazing Cells Webquest.  (get from Week 22 Folder.)

For homework, finish the webquest by Friday.  (Meet in the Longwood Lab tomorrow for NWEA testing.)

Today in AP biology, students completed the Phylogeny vs. Cladistics Review (get from Week 22 Folder.)    Also, get the notes from a classmate about the Character Table that was presented by Kristi, Todd, Alexis, and Raven.

For homework, review your notes.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Finish your work!

Today many students spent time doing the work that they should have done for homework. For those who did complete their homework in biology (lab analysis questions on notebook p. 15/16,) then students decorated their notebook covers. I also handed back students' final exams and question packets. Glue them on nb p. 17-18.

If you were absent, be sure that I check your "look at your cells" lab and your summary on nb p. 9/11.

For homework, review your notes and your final exams, especially the ACT questions.

In AP bio, I checked the notes that students took on sections 25.2-25.3. Then students created a chart of derived characters.

For homework, review your notes!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Repeat of yesterday!

Since today was a half day, I saw periods 5, 6, and 8. We did the same thing as yesterday, so check yesterday's blog post.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

ODP Quizzes, Cell Labs

Today in AP Bio we took our open note ODP quizzes and then notes on Pbylogenetic Trees, explained (notebook p. 14.)

For homework, read concept 25.2-25.3 (pp. 495-499) and take notes.

In regular bio, we did the "Look at your Cells Lab.". See Ms. Adams to make it up on Wed. or Thurs. after school.

For homework, answer the analysis questions on NB p. 15-16.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Notes, notes, notes, and notes

Today in regular bio, I checked for people's numbered pages in their notebooks.  (See me to get your homework points!)  Update your Table of Contents on p. 1.  Then we took notes on Cell Organelle Structure & Function (on notebook pp. 9 and 11.)  Finally, we had a little bit of time to work on decorating the covers of our notebooks.

For homework: Write a summary of your notes on notebook p. 11.

In AP bio, Greg did his Annelida presentation, so take notes on that (see Table of Contents for page numbers.)  Also, we finished the Cell Reproduction notes that we'd started yesterday.

For homework, review your notes.  Also, be sure to bring your first semester notebook tomorrow because we'll be doing the open-note quizzes over Platyhelminthes, Cnidaria, Mollusca, and Nematoda.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Semester!

Today is the first day of the new semester and I am so excited to start fresh with everyone with A's!

In biology, I checked for students' new notebooks, so if you were absent, make sure I check for your new notebook.  You get 10 points for having it on time!  You should also complete the writing prompt on notebook p. 6 titled "Reflections on Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, and Advocacy."  See Ms. Adams for the questions.

I also showed students their final grades.  See me for that.

For homework, number all of the pages of your notebook.  For extra credit, bring boxes of tissue by Thursday (5 points for each box, maximum of 4.)

In AP biology, I returned the final exams and we went over the scoring guides for the essays.  Then we started the notes on Reproduction.  For homework, review your notes and write a summary.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Final Exams, Get New Notebooks!

The week of Jan. 11-14 were final exams for all classes.

You also should get a new notebook for second semester.  If you are in AVID, it should be a spiral with 3 holes punched that you can put in your binder.  If you are not in AVID, it should be a composition notebook with 100 pages.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Version of the Study Guide, Nematode Presentation

Today in biology, students finished up their "Make My Own Study Guides" on NB pp. 112-???.  When they were done, they checked in with me to receive their points and then receive the study guide that I created that is specifically aligned to the final exam.  (Please see Ms. Adams to do so.)

Also, I gave back the questions for the ACT Practice test that was given on 11/30 and that I gave the ScanTrons back on Monday.  Use this to study for the 33 ACT questions.

The final exam will be 100 questions (67 based on the notebook and study guide and 33 ACT style questions--6 passages.)

For homework, finish the Study Guide that I gave you for tomorrow!

Today in AP biology, Kristi and Kevin gave their Nematoda presentation.  Get the notes and handouts from them.

For homework, write at least 15 questions for your create-your-own study guide.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Graphing 2.0/ Mitosis Lab

Wed. January 5, 2011

AP Biology:

In class today we did Lab 3: Part A Sides 1-4: Alliuim (Onion) and 5-8: white fish blastula.

We also did analysis questions 1 & 2 today in class.

For homework write 15 questions for your create-your own study guide.


On today's agenda we did graphing 2.0 and continued on with the study guide by answering the questions.

Today's Objective involved the SWBAT creating their own study guides for the final exam.

For homework you must answer at least 20 of your study guide questions.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Create Your Own Study Guide, Mitosis Microscope Lab

Today in biology, students continued working on their "Make My Own Study Guide" on notebook pp. 112-???  By the end of the day, you should have 25 questions.  I checked students' Carrot Labs (NB pp. 81-85) as well, so have Ms. Adams check those upon your return. 

For homework, answer at least ten of your study guide questions.

In AP biology, you should get a handout called "ID the IPMAT" from the Week 19 folder in the Document Crate.  Then we worked on finding and drawing the phases of the cell cycle in onion and whitefish blastula slides.  Plan on staying after school on Wednesday to make up the lab.  Also, turn in the worksheets for the Cnidaria and Platyhelminthes presentations.  (Brandon's and Alexis' presentations.)

For homework, finish the ID the IPMAT worksheet.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Welcome back!

Today was the first day back after winter break!  Happy New Year everyone!

Today in biology, I posted students' second quarter grades.  Then they used this information and the "Planning for the end of the Semester" sheet (get it from the Week 19 folder in the document crate) to make goals for the final.  I also handed back a bunch of papers, so please check to see if yours are in the returned work box with your period # on it.

Ms. Adams did a brief presentation called "Reflecting & Planning" that you should take notes on in the notebook on p. 111.  See Ms. Adams to see her version of the notes.

Finally, begin your "Make Your Own Study Guide" on notebook p. 112.  See Ms. Adams for information on how to set this up.

Homework: Write at least fifteen unique study guide questions for tomorrow!

Today in AP biology, we did much the same thing as in regular biology, so see above.  The only difference is that tomorrow we will be doing the Mitosis Lab #3, so review your lab handout pp. 39-34 for tomorrow.  Also, you will turn in your Cnidaria and Platyhelminthes student handouts tomorrow and the quizzes will be on Thursday.