THERE IS A FINAL IN BIOLOGY. THE REVIEW SHEET WAS HANDED OUT IN CLASS.

Welcome to Biology!


Also, if you missed any part of the Miller lecture, you must watch it to make it up. It's important information and will be included on the test. Here is the link - you can watch it on-line! Fossils, Genes, and Mousetraps

Monday, May 28:

  • Holiday - no school

Tuesday, May 29:


Wednesday, May 30:


Thursday, May 31:


Friday, June 1:

  • Rough draft due on Monday
  • Guest teacher - work on abstract assignment


Monday, May 21:

  • movie: What Darwin Never Knew (PBS)
  • make-up tests

Tuesday, May 22:

  • movie (maybe): continue What Darwin Never Knew (PBS)

Wednesday, May 23:


Thursday, May 24:



Monday, May 14th:

  • science project day, please complete the assignment that is posted on the door and turn it in by the end of the day to the basket

Tuesday, May 15th:

  • watch the rest of the Miller HHMI lecture
  • homework: go over chapter 16 and 17 standardized test prep

Wednesday, May 16th:

  • finish up lecture
  • review for test - covers chapter 16, 17,1, 17.2 and 17.3, any activities, and the lecture that you watched (which is basically information from chapter 16 and 17)

Thursday, May 17th:

  • Review for test (clickers)
  • Make sure you know:
    • natural selection acts on phenotype not genotype
    • gene pool - a common group of genes shared by members of a population
    • allele frequency - number of times an allele occurs in a gene pool compared with the number of times other alleles for the same gene occur (and if allele frequencies are changing, than evolution is happening)
    • know how natural selection works (but you don't need to know different kinds of selection)
    • know bottleneck effect and founder effect
    • along with 16.1-16.3 and those above from ch 17!

Friday, May 18th:

  • Test - chapters 16 & 17!
  • Please make sure you have turned in chapter 17 packet, Rock Pocket Mouse Population (Making of the Fittest) activity, and Chapter 16 Dry Lab Amino Acid Indicators of Evolution, and Miller lecture part I and II.


Monday, May 7th:


Tuesday, May 8th:
  • Go over homework/ch. 16.4 worksheet

Wednesday, May 9th:
  • Natural Selection activity - split class
  • Chapter 17.2 and 17.3 worksheet classwork

Thursday, May 10th:
  • Just like Wednesday

Friday, May 11th:
  • HHMI Miller Lecture Part I with worksheet



Monday, April 30th:
  • OAKS Testing
  • Homework: Read Chapter 16-1 and answer questions 1-3 on page 453

Tuesday, May 1st:
  • OAKS Testing
  • Homework: Read Chapter 16-2 and answer questions 1-4 on page 458

Wednesday, May 2nd:

Thursday, May 3rd:
  • Continue Chapter 16 - It's Not Fair activity on natural selection
  • Homework: Read Chapter 16-4 and answer questions 1-6 page 473

Friday, May 4th:
  • Pocket Mice HHMI activity and movie
  • If you missed today please do this activity on your own and watch the accompanying movie here:
  • Important points from activity :
    • a mutation is a random change to an organism's DNA sequence
    • the environment contributes to determining whether a mutation is advantageous, deleterious, or neutral
    • mutations that increase fitness of an organism increase in frequency in a population
    • evolution can happen quickly (hundreds of years, or even less); advantageous genetic mutations can increase in frequency in a population quite rapidly, even if the fitness advantage to the organism is small
    • different mutations in the same gene, or even mutations in different genes, can result in the same phenotype
    • while mutations can be random, natural selection is not random
    • selective pressure depends on the environment in which an organism lives. This means that other organisms in the environment (in this case the predators) can be a selective force





Monday, April 23:
  • I have hand, foot, and mouth virus so I will not be in on Monday
  • Your sub will provide you with a dry lab using amino acid sequences as indicators of evolution
  • please be respectful and quiet, use the classroom only for learning biology
  • if you did not finish your packet on Friday, you will need to do it as homework, it is due on Tuesday!
  • PLEASE GO SEE RODNEY IF YOU NEED HELP! FREE BIO TUTORING AT HOMEWORK CLUB STARTING AT 3:15 - WILL GIVE EXTRA CREDIT (must have note from Rodney with the time you spent)


Tuesday, April 24th:
  • chapter 15.1 and 15.2

Wednesday, April 25th:
  • chapter 15.2

Thursday, April 26th:
  • Review for chapter 15 test

Friday, April 27th:
  • TEST chapter 15

Monday, April 16:

Tuesday, April 17:

Wednesday, April 18th:

Thursday, April 19th:

Friday, April 20th:


Monday, April 9:


Tuesday, April 3:
  • presentations of Human Genetics Disorders projects
  • homework: read 14-1 and take notes - there will be a quiz on the reading tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 4:
  • presentations (finish up)
  • quiz on reading
  • homework - read 14-2 and take notes if you want - there will be an open-note quiz on the reading tomorrow!

Thursday, April 5:
  • continue Chapter 14
  • quiz on 14-2 reading!
  • homework - read 14-3 and take notes if you want - there will be an open-note quiz on the reading tomorrow!

Friday, April 6:
  • SUBSTITUTE will be here
  • Doing X-linked Punnett squares and pedigrees: Mary's notes:
  • Pedigree assignment!
  • hand out review assignment (is your homework but you will start it in class)
  • REVIEW STUDY GUIDE: page 331 in chapter 11...answer problems in chapter 11 assessment (page 332) and chapter 11 standardized test prep (page 335) will help you do better on this test. Chapter 14 Study Guide is on page 411 (only read 14-1 and 14-2) and you can answer questions in the assessment (p. 412) and standardized test prep (p. 415). This will also help you do better on the test (do not answer any questions relating to 14-3 as we have not covered those).

QUIZZY has been moved to Monday, March 19th!

Due to Snow Days, we will be finishing up our projects today and starting presentations when we return. Test TBA

Monday, March 19th:

  • quiz
  • work on presentations

Tuesday, March 20th:

  • work on presentations

Wednesday, March 21st:

  • SNOW DAY

Thursday, March 22nd:

  • SNOW DAY

Friday, March 23rd:

  • finish up working on projects

Monday, March 12th:

  • Yeast Day #2
  • go over 11.1 and 11.2

Tuesday, March 13th:

  • Yeast Day #3 (MAYBE) - no, we did not do day #3 today
  • work on 11.3 notes

Wednesday, March 14th:


Thursday, March 15th:


Friday, March 16th:


Monday, March 5th:

  • Human traits survey
  • homework check/go over homework

Tuesday, March 6th:



Wednesday, March 7th:


Thursday, March 8th:


Friday, March 9th:

  • plate yeast!
  • continue working on chapter 11 packet (?)


Monday, February 27th:


Tuesday, February 28th:

  • 13.3/13.4 notes
  • REVIEW FOR TEST
  • Review assignment key: [[file:answers to ch13 assessment:std test prep.pdf]]

Wednesday, February 29th:

  • TEST, CHAPTER 13!

Thursday, March 1st:

  • finish test

Friday, March 2nd:

  • half day progress reports
  • start chapter 11
  • hand out chapter 11 homework (cannot upload these due to copyright issues) - DUE MONDAY, 40 points
  • if you were gone today, i suggest reading over chapter 11 - alleles, heterozygous, homozygous, monohybrid and dihybrid crosses

Monday, February 20th:

  • President's Day, No School

Tuesday, February 21st:


Wednesday, February 22nd:


Thursday, February 23rd:

  • SUBSTITUTE - CHNOPS

Friday, February 24th:





Monday, February 13th:

Tuesday, February 14th:
  • MAKE UP TESTS TODAY AT LUNCH AND AFTER SCHOOL
  • continue with chapter 13 (activity)

Wednesday, February 15th:

Thursday, February 16th:
  • split-lab dry lab
  • MAKE UP TESTS TODAY AT LUNCH (PLEASE MAKE APPOINTMENT)

Friday, February 17th:
  • Room 4 - survey
  • TEST RE-TAKES TODAY AT LUNCH AND AFTER SCHOOL


February 6th (Monday):

February 7th (Tuesday):

February 8th (Wednesday):

February 9th (Thursday):
  • REVIEW for test!!

February 10th (Friday):
  • TEST ON CHAPTER 12!!!

January 30 (Monday):
  • warm-up
  • talk about grades
  • finish up movie
  • hand back lots of papers (hold on to 10-2)!!

January 31 (Tuesday):

February 1 (Wednesday):
  • 12-1/12-2

February 2 (Thursday):

February 3 (Friday):
  • Quiz on 10-2 and 12-1
  • STRAWBERRY DNA EXTRACTION LAB

January 23 (Monday):
  • Split class lab: Mitosis in animal and plant cells
  • Group A - stay in class for lab
  • Group B - assignment 10.2 due at the end of the period

January 24 (Tuesday):
  • Same as Monday, groups switch places

January 25 (Wednesday):
  • Finals - lab or activity (NO FINAL) - Watch "GATTACA" - intro to bioethics and genetics

January 26 (Thursday):
  • Finals - lab or activity (NO FINAL) - Watch "GATTACA" - intro to bioethics and genetics


January 16th (Monday): YOUR NEXT ASSESSMENT IS THIS FRIDAY - A BIG QUIZ ON CHAPTER 9!!
  • MLK Jr. Remembrance Day, no school

January 17th (Tuesday):

January 18th (Wednesday):
  • continue with eggs demo
  • continue going over chapter 9
  • Activity on CR using BTB and exercise (p. 264 Quick Lab)

January 19th (Thursday):

January 20th (Friday):
  • BIG QUIZ on chapter 9


January 9th (Monday):

January 10th (Tuesday):
  • Split class lab: Yeast Cellular Respiration - Part I (group B)
  • group A - you must check in and get your out-of-class assignment. It will be due by the end of the period.

January 11th (Wednesday):

January 12th (Thursday and my birthday):
  • Split class lab: Part II (group B)
  • Group A - check in and get your assignment, it will be due by the end of the period
  • Assembly schedule!

January 13th (Friday):



January 4th (Wednesday):


January 5th (Thursday):


January 6th (Friday):