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Class Work Wednesday May 22, 2019
Pour an agarose gel.
Use the micropipette to load the wells of a gel.
Use gel electrophoresis to separate charged molecules of different size to determine if patterns exist in our DNA samples
Questions 1-9 Female Reproductive System

Class Work Tuesday May 21, 2019
Describe the reproductive hormones, anatomy, and physiology of individuals that express male pattern development
Complete Final Exam   Objectives Part II, Q 11-19
Review your work for a Biotech quiz block day –The chemistry of the gel box and DNA fingerprinting

Class Work Monday May 20, 2019
Describe several applications of DNA   fingerprinting
Evaluate your Photosynthesis Quiz results
Final Exam Objectives Part II questions 1-10

Class Work Friday May 17, 2019
Describe the process of making a DNA fingerprint using gel electrophoresis
Use "your DNA sequence" to show your DNA fingerprint
Compare your DNA fingerprint to others
Endocrine and Reproductive System questions 1-18

Class Work Wednesday May 16, 2019
Describe the parts and functions of the of the gel box and power supply
Witness and describe how air, distilled water, and salt water impact electrical current
Describe why a change in pH is generated in the gel box and how this can be avoided
Finish Tools and Techniques used in Biotechnology
(full page white handout) using the data you collected in class
Complete Check for Understanding Q 1-6 (half sheet)
Read p356-357 DNA Fingerprinting Answer 1-6 (half sheet)
Final Objectives I due Friday

Class Work Tuesday May 14, 2019
Investigate population numbers of a stable community
Read Ch 5-3 Human Population Growth p128-132 Answer all of the section assessment questions 1-5
Final Objectives I due Friday

Class Work Monday May 13, 2019
Photosynthesis Review
Photosynthesis Quiz
Read Ch 5.1 and 5.2 Population Growth p118-127. Answer all of the Section Assessment questions on page 123 and 127.

Class Work Friday May 10, 2019
Explain the Bad Breath Test
Try to win the Plant Game
Photosynthesis Objectives 1-12 and Plant Game follow up questions 1-8
Photosynthesis quiz Monday

Class Work Wednesday May 8, 2019
Design an experiment and collect data to answer   a question about photosynthesis
Complete Leaf Disk Lab Report handout
Complete Investigate the Role of Light half sheet

Class Work Tuesday May 7, 2019
Illustrate what is used and produced in the light independent reactions of photosynthesis
Illustrate the second half of photosynthesis
Show how the light dependent and independent reactions of photosynthesis are connected
Photosynthesis Check for Understanding questions 1-20

Clas Work Monday May 6, 2019
Enjoy reading and evaluate an albatross story
Name the source of energy for all life on Earth
Describe the movement of energy and nutrients
Explain why you see different colors
Describe the wavelength of light used in   photosynthesis
Draw the first half of photosynthesis: The Light   Reactions tracking which molecules plants use   and produce
Edit your albatross story
Ch 8-2 Photosynthesis: An Overview, Answer section assessment questions 1-5

Class Work Friday May 3, 2019
Plastic pollution and one solution that is being tested
Albatross –plastic pollution creative writing reflection:
Pretend you are a plastic bottle cap resting in the silver tray at your lab station. A group of four students is pondering where you’ve been. Tell your story

Class Work Wednesday May 1, 2019
Describe and illustrate human impacts and interventions on the natural Channel Islands food web
Make observations and inferences about a Mystery Thing
Using your Biology textbook, read Ch 3-3 Cycles of Matter page 74-77 Write a set of 5-8 questions and answers that cover the information presented

Class Work Tuesday April 30, 2019
Identify important information in a text to   help describe and illustrate the   community interactions and human   impacts of an ecosystem
Read Ch 6-3 Biodiversity
p150-156. Write a set of 8 homework questions with answers that cover the information presented in the reading.

Class Work Monday April 29, 2019
Evolution Review
Evolution Quiz
Ch 3-1 and 3-2 Ecology Questions

Class Work Friday April 26, 2019
Questions about the objectives
Speciation in the Galapagos Tortoise
Name 7 pieces of evidence for evolution
Lampsilis mussel –blind evolution
To prepare for our Evolutoin Quiz on Monday, answer Evolution Objectives 10-19

Class Work Wednesday April 24, 2019
Test whether variations in beak phenotype lead to differential success in a bird population
Collect data on the effect of environmental change on apopulation of Galapagos finches
Finish the Bird Beak handout questions and graph
Complete Evolution Objectives 1-9
Evolution Quiz Monday

Class Work Tuesday April 23, 2019
Describe the evidence for evolution
Watch The Beak of the Finch video clip, answer the questions that are asked during the video (write the questions and answers into your notebook)

Class Work Monday April 22, 2019
Make inferences from observations
Compare Proteins
Read Ch 15-3 p Darwin Presents his case. Answer handout Q 1-9
Finish Comparing Proteins handout
Evolution Quiz Friday

Class Work Friday April 12, 2019
Crossword collaboration
Describe the missing link in whale evolution
Describe the evolution of the Giraffe
State the fact and theory of evolution
Describe the first mechanism for evolution
Correct your genetics test
Enjoy the week off

Class Work Wednesday April 10, 2019
Homework Collaboration
Use data from core samples of Earth to   relative date a set of fossils
Use skeletal evidence to make inferences   about the habitat and method of   locomotion for an organism
Describe the missing link in whale evolution
Read Ch 15-1 and 15-2  p369-377 Darwin to help you complete the crossword

Class Work Tuesday April 9, 2019
Collaborate on Fishy Frequency Q 1-10
Observe and hypothesize about several fossil specimen
Read Ch 17-1 p417-422 The Fossil   Record. Answer handout Q 1-20

Class Work Monday April 8, 2019
Act as a predator and record, analyze, and make predictions about changes in the prey population
Finish Fishy Frequency handout graphs and questions 1-10

Class Work Friday April 5, 2019
Describe the checkpoints of the cell cycle
Compare the frequency of division for a variety of cells
Explain evidence of cells communicating about cell growth and division
Ch 10-3 Cell Cycle and Stem cell questions

Class Work Wednesday April 3, 2019
Veterinary Case Study

Complete the internet search half sheet Causes and Prevention

Class Work Tuesday April 2, 2019
Review any genetics questions you have
Genetics Test
Number of straight haired offspring from a cross between curly and straight haired parents

Class Work Monday April 1, 2019
Test moved up to today!- April fools
Finish Genetics Objectives AND Read your notebook from "Traits I Inherited" forward to review for the genetics test Tuesday

Class Work Friday March 29, 2019
Model meiosis to demonstrate how genes are   passed   on chromosomes from one generation to the next
Determine the genotype and phenotype of your Biology   baby using the alleles labeled on its   chromosomes
Genetics Test Tuesday
To review for the genetics test answer Inheritance of chromosomes half sheet questions a-s
Due Tuesday: Complete Genetics Objectives 17-22
AND Read your notebook from "Traits I Inherited" forward

Class Work Thursday March 28, 2019
What we can learn from Mendel’s two factor cross
Describe the inheritance pattern for eye color, hair color, color vison
Genetics Exam Objectives 9-16 due Friday.

Class Work Tuesday March 26, 2019
Compare mitosis and meiosis
Identify sources of variation in   meiosis
Answer Genetics Objectives 1-8 to practice for the Genetics Test Tuesday next week

Class Work Monday March 25, 2019
Describe and model the process of meiosis
Comparing Mitosis and Meiosis
Genetics Homework   Ch 11-3, p270-271, and 266 Exploring Mendelian Genetics Answer handout Q 1-13

Class Work Friday March 22, 2019
Describe the purpose and process of   cell division which leads to the formation of gametes
Ch 14-2 Human Chromosomes and Sex-Linked Genes p. 349-353 Answer Q1-16

Class Work Wednesday March 20, 2019
Describe the inheritance pattern of blood type
Distinguish between the different blood types by   drawing each type of blood cell
Describe why mixing different blood types is deadly
Use antibodies to determine the blood type of a blood   sample
Illustrate the antibody–blood cell interactions that may   take place
Construct a model to explain cell division
Read Ch 11-4, 275-278 Cell Division, answer handout Q 1-15.

Class Work Tuesday March 19, 2019
Identify the inheritance pattern, locus and alleles for several human traits (eye color, hair curl, blood type)
1. Give the definition and an example from the text book of incomplete dominance, multiple alleles, codominance, polygenic traits
2. Page 274 Give four reasons why Drosophila are ideal organisms for genetic research.
3. Under the Fruit Fly data that we collected (in class on March 6) for Cross A and Cross B, draw the Punnett Squares that explain why we observed the results we did for the Cross A F1 offspring and the Cross A F2 offspring. Also draw the two Punnett squares for Cross B F1 and Cross B F2 offspring.

Class Work Friday March 15, 2019
Surface Area: Volume Examples & winner
Describe the inheritance pattern and symptoms
  associated with Huntington’s disease
Empathize with a family that expresses /Huntington’s disease
Play outside! Enjoy the nice weather. Sleep in on Monday.

Class Work Wednesday March 13, 2019

Describe why are cells are so small
Compare the speed of nutrient movement into different sized cells
Calculate a 'cells' surface area to volume ratio
Design and test your own efficient cell
Read Ch 10-1 p241-243 Cell Growth, answer Section Assessment questions 1-5 on p243

  1. Give two reasons why cells divide.
  2. How is a cell’s DNA like the books in a library?
  3. What is the solution to the problems caused by cell growth?
  4. As a cell increases in size, which increases more rapidly, its surface are or its volume?
  5. Calculate the surface area, volume, and ratio of surface area to volume of an imaginary cubic cell with a length of 4cm.
  6. Do an internet search to answer one of the 5 questions below

Examples of Surface Area / Volume Ratios in Living Things
1. Where do tapeworms live?
  Looking at the tapeworm’s structure, how do you think a tapeworm gets its food?

2. How do the snowshoe hair and jackrabbit differ? Why?

3. What could explain why Asian and African elephants have such different sized ears?

4. Why are the leaves of succulent and tropical plants so different?

5. Why does the small intestine have, folds, villi, and microvilli?

Class Work Tuesday March 12, 2019
Tay Sachs conclusion
Describe the purpose and process of the cell cycle
predict the daughter cells from the parent cell
Use Ch 10-2 to add labels and descriptions to complete the one page drawing used in class (A Cell's Life Cycle).

Class Work Monday March 11, 2019
Empathize with a family that has been impacted by an inherited condition
Draw a pedigree that shows the genotypes and phenotypes of the family members.
Predict genotypes of family members using Punnett   Squares
Use Ch 14-1 pages 345-346 to answer handout questions 1-16

Class Work Friday March 8, 2019
Select the best science class to take next year
Describe the inheritance pattern for chin shape
Empathize with a family that has been impacted by Tay   Sachs
Use Ch 14-1 pages 342-343 to try and draw yourself in a family pedigree that is three generations long (can be real/pretend)

Class Work Wednesday March 6, 2019
Collect data on genetic variations in a model organism to predict patterns of inheritance, Discuss your science course selection for next year
Correct your Genetic Engineering Quiz
Describe the inheritance pattern for chin shape
Read Ch 11-2 Probability and Punnett Squares, Answer handout Q 1-12

Class Work Tuesday March 5, 2019
Label and identify flower parts. Compare self and cross pollination.
Identify the information present in a karyotype
Describe your chin shape using the terms dominant, recessive, allele, locus,
Ch 11-1 p265-266 Segregation and F1
1. What are each of the abbreviations P, F1 and F2 used for?
2. Mendel allowed the F1 plants to self-pollinate. 
Using Figure 11-4, describe the plants in the P generation, the F1 generation, and the F2 generation.
3. Why were the above results surprising to Mendel? What explains this result?
4. In a diploid organism, each cell has __ copies (or alleles) of each gene.  What happens to these alleles during gamete formation?

Class Work Monday March 4, 2019
Traits I Inherited
Read Ch 11-1 page 263-265 The Work of Gregor Mendel Answer Q 1-12
Read Ch 14-1 p341-342 Human Chromosomes. Answer questions 13-20

Class Work Friday March 1, 2019
Five examples of genetic engineering
Genetic Engineering Quiz
Number of possible recombinant plasmids made when restriction enzyme A
is added to a plasmid and restriction enzymes
B  and C cut out the human gene.

Class Work Wednesday February 27, 2019
Review operons and why an operon was used in our lab work
Describe why researchers find fluorescent proteins   useful
Correct your Protein Synthesis Quiz
Describe different types of point mutations and their consequences
To review for the Genetic Engineering Quiz please complete objectives part III:

  1. Why do bacteria sometimes grow as lawns and sometimes as colonies?
  2. Once the bacterial cell has the plasmid, what must go on in the bacterial cell in order for it to produce green fluorescent protein? (What enzymes, organelles and building blocks are needed?)
  3. Why do we have antibiotic resistance on our pGLO plasmid?
  4. Which will be green: the GFP protein or the GFP gene?
  5. Why didn’t we expect to see fluorescent green colonies on the LB/amp +pGLO plate?
  6. Describe the arabinose operon. What did it originally do? How has it been changed on our pGLO plasmid and why?
  7. What is needed in order for a bacteria cell to produce green fluorescent protein?
  8. Read your notebook from Madam I’m Adam forward

Class Work Tuesday February 26, 2019
Complete movie questions that were explained yesterday in part I, watch Part 2: Biologially Related movie
Read Ch 12-4 Mutations p307-308       
  *not directly answered in the book

  1. What is a mutation?
  2. What is a gene mutation? What is a chromosomal mutation?
  3. What is a point mutation?
  4. * Use the amino acid chart (p303) to give an example of how substitution mutations don’t always change one amino acids into another.
  5. What are two kinds of frameshift mutations?
  6. Why are they called frameshift mutations?
  7. *Point mutations that are substitutions have a very different effect on the final amino acid chain when contrasted to point mutations that are insertions/deletions. What is the difference?
  8. Draw the four types of chromosomal mutations.
  9. *What have you heard can cause mutations?

Class Work Monday February 25, 2019
Part I Biologially realted movie
Genetic Engineering Objectives Part II

  1. What is the purpose of the lac operon?
  2. Describe how the lac operon works.
  3. Describe how the arabionose operon (with GFP inserted) that is on our plasmid works.
  4. Draw (using steps) how a recombinant plasmid is made. Start with a plasmid and a human gene, show restriction sites (use GAATTC) on each, include how the sticky ends of the plasmid and human DNA match up. End with a recombinant plasmid
  5. Read p 330 Issues in Biology. What does GM stand for? In your own words describe the major issue about GM foods.
  6. What are the risks and benefits of GM plants?
  7. What is your opinion of GM foods?

Class Work Friday February 15, 2019
Predict and observe your   lab results
Describe how cells are similar and   different from each other
Explain why arabinose was used in our lab work
Finish pGLO Transformation Lab Follow   Up 1-4
Genetic Engineering quiz block day

Class Work Wednesday February 13, 2019
Transformation Lab
Biotechnology Objectives 1-9 and Lab Prediction Table

Class Work Tuesday February 12, 2019
Practice for the Transformation Lab
Re-read the pGLO lab procedure and background to prepare for a small lab quiz block day

Class Work Monday February 11, 2019
Explain The function of the different components of the pGLO plasmid
Read the Transformation Lab background paper and lab procedure to help you answer PreLab questions 1-10

Class Work Friday February 8, 2019
Protein Synthesis Quiz
Evaluate and complete your recombinant plasmid
Organize your Biology notebook

Class Work Block Day February 6, 2019
Introduction to Genetic Engineering -Madam I'm Adam
Identify restriction sites on human DNA and a bacterial plasmid to then construct a paper plasmid
Spend 30 minutes trying to finish class work half-sheet 1-8: Paper Plasmid Activity
Review and Rest for the Protein Synthesis Quiz Friday

Class Work Tuesday February 5, 2019
Lab Preparation
Use Ch 13-2 and 13-3 to answer handout Q 1-8
Protein Synthesis Quiz Friday

Class Work Monday February 4, 2019
Test your knowledge of protein synthesis
Identify the components of protein synthesis   found in the Protein Synthesis kit
Demonstrate protein synthesis using the   manipulatives
To prepare for a Protein Synthesis   Quiz Tuesday, answer objectives 1-8
Finish Protein Synthesis Practice half sheet
Read your Biology notebook to review Protein Synthesis

Class Work Friday February 1, 2019
Correct your DNA Structure and Micropipette/Metric Quiz
Find the start of double stranded DNA to Practice transcribing and translating DNA code
Protein Synthesis Practice –half sheet
Protein Synthesis Objectives 1-9 due Tuesday
Protein Synthesis Quiz Tuesday

Class Work Wednesday January 30, 2019
Put together a model of DNA that codes for all of your proteins
Read Ch 38 p 973 Proteins

  1. Proteins have a wide variety of roles. List 6:
  2. Why are eight of the amino acids described as essential? Highlight/Underline/ Circle the essential amino acids on your square amino acid chart.
  3. The other 12 amino acids are non-essential amino acids. How would you describe (define) what a non-essential amino acid is?  
  4. Why is it important to eat protein?
  5. Animal products are considered to be ‘complete proteins’ what do you think this means?
  6. What do you think an incomplete protein is?
  7. Give two examples of plant foods that can be combined to create a complete protein.
  8. Who should know this information?

Class Work Tuesday January 29, 2019
Illustrate how DNA codes for building your proteins
If you have a STAPLER that you use at home, Please BRING it to use in class on block day
Read Ch 12-3, p302-306, Protein Synthesis   Part II. Answer handout Q1-15.

Class Work Monday January 28, 2019
Protein Review –Functions and Types
Describe how DNA codes for building you
If you have a STAPLER that you use at home, Please
  BRING it to use in class on block day
Read Ch 12-3, p300-302, Protein Synthesis   Part I. Answer handout Q1-10.

Class Work Friday January 25, 2019
DNA, Metric, Micropipette Quiz
Rest! Nice Job at the Rally!

Class Work Wednesday January 23, 2019
Describe and demonstrate how to properly use the micropipette
DNA vocabulary matching: The Structure of the Genome
Write 10 DNA, Metric, Micropipette quiz questions and answers
DNA and Metric/Micropipette Quiz Friday 

Class Work Tuesday January 22, 2019
Metric review.
Describe and demonstrate how to properly use the micropipette
Micropipetting Q 1-3 and Metric Practice Q 1-3
DNA and Metric/Micropipette Quiz Friday

Class Work Friday January 18, 2019
Question Set
Review DNA objectives
DNA Structure and History Quiz -Read your notebook!

Class Work Wednesday January 16, 2019
Identify the patterns found in the DNA molecule
Illustrate the variation and redundancy found in the DNA   monomers
Describe and demonstrate how DNA packs into   chromosomes
Build a bacteria cell that is magnified by 10,000x
To prepare for a quiz, answer the DNA Structure and History Quiz Objectives

Class Work Tuesday January 15, 2019
Identify important components of your DNA model
Meet the scientists involved in the discovery of the DNA double helix. Describe the contributions of each.
Section 12-2 Chromosomes  Read p. 295-297; Answer the following questions.

  1. Describe the location of DNA in prokaryotes. How many chromosomes do prokaryotes have? What is the shape of prokaryote chromosomes?
  2. Describe the location, amount, and structure of DNA in eukaryotes.
  3. What is amazing about the amount and size of DNA in a bacterium?
  4. What is a DNA base pair? Figure 12-8 may help you answer this question.
  5. How does the amount of DNA in a human cell compare to the amount of DNA in bacteria?
  6. Compare and contrast the terms chromatin and chromosome. How are they similar, how are they different?
  7. How are DNA and histones related to nucelosomes? 
  8. Referring to figure 12-10, which part of the drawing would you label chromatin?
  9. How do nucleosomes control which genes (sets of instructions in DNA) are read?

Class Work Monday January 14, 2019
Identify the variation and redundancy found in the   DNA monomers
Use your knowledge of the patterns found in DNA to cut and paste together your own model of DNA
Ch 12-1 p.292-294 What did Chargaff,   Franklin, Watson and Crick do/discover to help determine the final structure of DNA? Which of   these scientists do you think made the greatest contribution toward this goal? Why

Class Work Friday Januaray 11, 2019
Describe Hershey & Chase’s Experiment and Conclusions
DNA extraction post lab questions
Tonight is LHS movie night in the GYM 7:15-10pm

Class Work Block Day January 10, 2019
Describe Avery’s experiment and conclusion
Lab Investigation
Read Ch 12-1 p289-290, Describe   Hershey and Chase’s experiment and   conclusion(s).

Class Work Tuesday January 8, 2019
Describe the experiment(s) and conclusion(s) reached by Griffith
Due Wednesday
Read Ch 12-1 p289 Describe Avery’s Experiment and conclusion
Due Friday: Read Ch 12-1 p289-290 Describe Hershey and Chase’s Experiment and conclusion

Class Work Monday January 7, 2019
Welcome Back! Happy New Year! Fresh start! Find your new seat, winter break mingle –write on your own paper
Introduction to our next unit of study
Read Ch 12-1 p287-289, Describe   Griffith’s experiments with mice and his   conclusion(s).
Write a second semester GOAL for Biology

Biology Students 2018-2019

Daily Supplies: You will be keeping all of your Biology assignments in a 8.5” X 11” notebook (not 8 ½ x 10) 100 + pages of lined paper. (This notebook will be used for Biology only and kept for the entire school year.) You are welcome to get your notebook before school starts!

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