Today's Plan

If you were absent this page will provide you with the information you need to get caught up and any work you may need to make up. The information provided here will also be provided to each student for each day they were absent upon returning to school. No information will be provided on this site that was not also provided in class.

You are responsible for making sure you get any and all missed materials as well as making up any missed quizzes, quests, assessments, and test. Remember to check the absent box for your personalized absent packet for each day you were absent. I will have this packet ready for you with in two days of your return (usually it will be waiting for you the very next day. It is your responsibility to collect it and complete all missed work. Come see me if you have any questions or concerns; schedule a tutoring day if you need help getting caught up.

21Apr17




20Apr17

  • Discussed summer academic expectations.
  • Brainstormed on what makes a "good" summer assignment. 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Continue preparing for Bird Order Presentations



19Apr17

  • Bird Order groups decided on when they will present.  Created presentation calendar. 
  • Life Lessons... discussed Academic Integrity and personal/academic expectations
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Continue preparing for Bird Order Presentations



18Apr17

  • Field Day:  Week 32
  • Completed Week 32:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week 32:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas



17Apr17

  • Began working on 7-10 question Quick Quiz over your groups Bird Order Presentation.  Due this evening to Canvas!
  • Reminder - we will be going outside tomorrow for Week 32 Field Observations
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework
    • Submit Bird Order Quick Quiz to Canvas
    • Download google doc for Week 32 Field Observations


Spring Break

7Apr17

6Apr17

5Apr17

4Apr17

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31Mar17


30Mar17


29Mar17

  • Field Day:  Week 30
  • Completed Week 30:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Learned about common violet in the field from Blake
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week 30:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas



28Mar17

  • Began group work on Bird Order Presentations. 
  • Presentations are due at 1:30pm on April 7th.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Presentations should be ready to be submitted on Thursday.  You can submit early if you finish early.  It is my recommendation that you submit on Thursday so if there are any technical or personal issues you have 24 hours to resolve the problem.  Even if you are absent on Friday your assignment is still due by 1:30pm on Friday! 
  • Continued using Chromebooks in class to work on presentations. 
  • Reminder - we will be going outside tomorrow for field observations and to learn three new specimens!
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Continue working on Bird Presentations independently to ensure timely completion of the assignment. 
    • Download google doc for Week 30 Field Observations



27Mar17

  • Continued watching Planet Earth - Pole to Pole Video
  • Continued completing Pole to Pole Video Worksheet (308)
  • Discussed Field Day this week - will be Wednesday
  • Discussed Bird Order Presentations.  We will begin using chromebooks tomorrow in class to work on these projects.  Due Friday April 7th by end of class! 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework
    • Continue studying notes and vocabulary



24Mar17

  • Discussed thoughts on bees as a unifying theme for biology and advanced topics next year. 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework
    • Continue studying notes and vocabulary



23Mar17

  • Field Day:  Week 29
  • Completed Week 29:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week 29:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas



22Mar17

  • Discussed thoughts on Science Summative Assessment
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework
    • Continue studying notes and vocabulary



21Mar17

  • Discussed thoughts on ACT
  • Began watching Planet Earth - Pole to Pole Video
  • Began completing Pole to Pole Video Worksheet (308)
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework
    • Continue studying notes and vocabulary


20Mar17

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Introduction Notes (part 1) (307).  Quick Quiz was over the notes and vocabulary discussed so far.
  • Continued discussing notes over Chapter 52.  Continued discussing The Scope of Ecology Overview.  Discussed slides #14- 20
  • Discussed and updated vocabulary list - this can be found on the Unit 3 website
  • Homework
    • Study notes from today's lecture. 
    • Update and study vocabulary



17Mar17

  • Continued discussing notes over Chapter 52.  Continued discussing The Scope of Ecology Overview.  Discussed slides #1-14
  • Discussed and updated vocabulary list - this can be found on the Unit 3 website
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over the notes and vocabulary discussed so far. 
  • Homework
    • Study notes from today's lecture. 
    • Update and study vocabulary



16Mar17

  • Field Day:  Week 28
  • Completed Week 28:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week 28:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas


15Mar17

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  52.2 Open Outline.  Quick Quiz will be open outline over section 52.2
  • Began discussing notes over Chapter 52.  Began discussing The Scope of Ecology Overview.  Discussed slides #1-6. 
  • Reminder - we will be going outside tomorrow for Week 28 Field Observatons
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework
    • Study notes from today's lecture. 
    • Download google doc for Week 28 Field Observations



14Mar17

  • Continued reading and outlining Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere (303).  Students need to read and outline the second half of section 52.2 - the section after Climate and to the end of 52.2   
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be open outline over section 52.2
  • Homework:
    • Finish reading and outlining the second half of Section 52.2(303). 
    • Review outline to prepare for Quick Quiz tomorrow



9Mar17

  • Field Day:  Week 27
  • Completed Week 27:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Continued reading and outlining the second half of section 52.2
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be open outline over section 52.2
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week 27:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas
    • Finish reading and outlining the second half of Section 52.2


8Mar17

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Scope of Ecology (304).  Quick Quiz will be open outline over the introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere reading as well as section 52.1.
  • Continued reading and outlining Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere (303).  Students need to read and outline the first half of section 52.2 - up to the section on Climate.   
  • No Quick Quiz. 
  • Discussed  Field Day.  We will be going outside on tomorrow for our Week 27 observations. 
  • Homework:
    • Finish reading and outlining the first half of Section 52.2(303). 
    • Download Week 27 assignment in canvas 


7Mar17

  • Reviewed Outlining Expectations using BIN 11 Outlining Instructions.
  • Begin reading and outlining Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere (303).  Students need to read and outline the introduction to this unit as well as all of section 52.1. 
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be open outline over the introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere reading as well as section 52.1.
  • Discussed  Field Day.  We will be going outside on Thursday of this week for our Week 27 observations. 
  • Homework:
    • Finish reading and outlining Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere (303).  Students need to read and outline the introduction to this unit as well as all of section 52.1. 
    • Prepare for Quick Quiz by reviewing outline. 




6May17

  • Began Unit Three:  Introduction to Ecology
  • Began creating our Table of Contents for Unit Three
    • 300:  Unit Three Divider:  Introduction to Ecology
    • 301:  Unit Three Learning Targets (we will be creating these together as a class and individually as homework)
    • 302:  Unit Three Vocabulary List (we will be creating this as a class as we move through the material)
    • 303:  Introduction  to Ecology Outline
  • Created our Unit Three Divider (300)
  • Created our Unit Three Learning Targets page (301).  You should create this on a piece of notebook paper.  We will begin adding Learning Targets as we move through the material.
  • Created our Unit Three Vocabulary List (302).  You should create this on a piece of notebook paper.  We will begin adding Learning Targets as we move through the material.
  • Began discussing, and looking at, our text we will be using throughout 4th quarter. 
  • Discussed the importance of taking "inventory" of a page when using a high level text. 
  • No  Quick Quiz tomorrow
  • Homework: 
    • Make sure binder is updated and organized with all areas listed above. 


3Mar17

  • Finalized and submitted Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due today by 1:28pm to Canvas 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Create simplified field version of Wildflower presentation


2Mar17

  • Field Day:  Week 26
  • Completed Week 26:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Friday at 1:28 pm to Canvas
    • Post Week 26 Field Observations Google doc to Canvas



28Feb17

  • No school due to weather emergency.
  • SPRING WILDFLOWER PRESENTATIONS WILL BE DUE FRIDAY BY THE END OF CLASS.  1:28 PM. 
  • We will still be going outside tomorrow.
  • We will have chromebooks available after our field work TIME PERMITTING. 
  • We will have chromebooks available for final touches on Friday. 


27Feb17

  • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas
  • Discussed invasive species Fig Buttercup and compared it to the native Marsh marigold. 
  • Discussed Field Day - we will be going outside Thursday! 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas
    • Download Week 26 Field Observations Google doc.


24Feb17

  • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas
  • No Quiz.
  • Homework: 
    • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas


23Feb17

  • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas
  • Discussed invasive species Fig Buttercup and compared it to the native Marsh marigold. 
  • No Quiz.
  • Homework: 
    • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas


22Feb17

  • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas
  • Discussed invasive species Fig Buttercup and compared it to the native Marsh marigold. 
  • No Quiz.
  • Homework: 
    • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas


21Feb17

  • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas
  • Discussed invasive species Fig Buttercup and compared it to the native Marsh marigold. 
  • No Quiz.
  • Homework: 
    • Continued working on Spring Wildflower Presentation.  Due Wednesday evening to Canvas


20Feb17

  • Field Day:  Week 25
  • Completed Week 25:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week 25:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas


13Feb-17Feb


7Feb - 10Feb


3Feb17

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Variables and Groups (220).  Quick Quiz will require students to write a hypothesis when given a prompt as well as identify independent variable, dependent variable, control group, experimental group and constants.  
  • Field Day:  Week 22
  • Completed Week 22:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Discussed Nature of Science Notes (204).  Students were given time in class to look over slides #1-48 and recognize areas of confusion or weakness.  Students were asked to share these areas so that they can be reviewed next week before the Unit Two Test.
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week 22:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas
    • Begin reviewing content from slides #1-48 of Nature of Science Notes (204) to prepare for upcoming Unit Two Test. 


2Feb17

  • Continued Science of Nature Notes. 5
  • Began working on More Practice with the Scientific Method  (219) 
  • Discussed Quick Quiz. Quick Quiz will require students to write a hypothesis when given a prompt as well as identify independent variable, dependent variable, control group, experimental group and constants.  
  • Discussed Field Day - we will be going outside tomorrow!  
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study vocabulary terms
    • Review notes discussed today in class.
    • Download Week 22 Field Observations Google doc.



1Feb17

  • Students given time in class to trouble shoot any scheduling issues and finalize scheduling for next year.
  • Homework
    • Review/Study all birds learned so far
    • Use CERT resources from home to prepare for future ACT and CERT assessments. 


31Jan17

  • Continued using the Chromebooks in class. 
  • Students given time in class to trouble shoot any scheduling issues and finalize scheduling for next year. 
  • Continued using CERT website in class.
  • Used CERT website to access scores in the EXAM ROOM from Friday's CERT.  Reviewed incorrect answers and reasoning why these questions were answered incorrectly.
  • Used CERT website to access STUDY HALL resources to help improve scores on future CERT assessments as well as the ACT. 
  • Homework
    • Review/Study all birds learned so far
    • Use CERT resources from home to prepare for future ACT and CERT assessments. 



30Jan17

  • Began using the Chromebooks in class.  Checked login information.
  • Began using CERT website in class.
  • Used CERT website to access scores in the EXAM ROOM from Friday's CERT.  Reviewed incorrect answers and reasoning why these questions were answered incorrectly.
  • Used CERT website to access STUDY HALL resources to help improve scores on future CERT assessments as well as the ACT. 
  • Homework
    • Review/Study all birds learned so far
    • Use CERT resources from home to prepare for future ACT and CERT assessments. 


27Jan17

  • Began using the Chromebooks in class.  Checked login information.
  • Began using CERT website in class.
  • Completed CERT Winter Science test.
  • Homework
    • Review/Study all birds learned so far



26Jan17

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  5 Birds.  Student needed to know common names, scientific names and diagnostic characteristics of the birds learned on Wednesday. 
  • Reviewed correct answers to the Quick Quiz:  5 Birds
  • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
  • Homework
    • Review any material missed on today's quiz. 


25Jan17

  • Handed back graded work
  • Completed notes on five new species of birds:  Canada Goose, Blue Jay, European Starling, Northern Mockingbird, Red Winged Blackbird
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Students will need to know the common name and scientific name of these five species of birds learned today. 
  • Homework: 
    • Study for Quick Quiz using Cornell Lab of Ornithology as a resource. 



24Jan17

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Hypothesis (218).  Quick Quiz will require students to write a hypothesis when given a prompt. 
  • Field Day:  Week 21
  • Completed Week 21:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week 21:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas


23Jan17

  • Continued Science of Nature Notes.  Focused on a discussion of Hypothesis and how to write a hypothesis.
  • Began working on Practice with the Scientific Method  (217) 
  • Discussed Quick Quiz. Quick Quiz will require students to write a hypothesis when given a prompt. 
  • Discussed Field Day - we will be going outside tomorrow!  
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study vocabulary terms
    • Review notes discussed today in class.
    • Download Week 21 Field Observations Google doc. 
       

20Jan17

  • Field Day:  Week Twenty
  • Completed Week Twenty:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Completed Week Twenty:  Tree Observations
  • Learned a new bird species.  Canada Goose.
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week Twenty:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas
    • Submit Week Twenty:  Tree Observations to Canvas
    • Use the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website to review field notes on Canada Goose. 


19Jan17

  • Junior class meetings. 
  • Field Day rescheduled due to Junior class meetings. 
  • Discussed Field Day - we will be going outside tomorrow (Friday)! 
  • Independent study for sophomores and seniors. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study vocabulary terms
    • Review notes discussed so far in class. 
    • Download Week 20 Field Observations Google doc.and Week 20 Tree Observations Google doc. 


18Jan17

  • Discussed current events. 
  • No Quick Quiz.
  • Discussed Field Day - we will be going outside tomorrow!  
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study vocabulary terms
    • Review notes discussed so far in class. 
    • Download Week 20 Field Observations Google doc.and Week 20 Tree Observations Google doc. 


17Jan17

  • Update and organized binders
  • Made corrections to graded work
  • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study vocabulary terms
    • Review notes discussed so far in class.


13Jan17

  • Field Day:  Week Nineteen
  • Completed Week Nineteen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Blue Evidence Hypothesis Activity
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week Nineteen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas



12Jan17

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Science Vocabulary (215). 
    Quick Quiz will be over terms #1-11 from the Unit Two Vocabulary List (202).  Students will need to define and correctly spell all terms.
  • Continued Science of Nature Notes.  Focused on a discussion of Hypothesis and how to write a hypothesis.
  • Began working on Hypothesis Writing Practice (216) 
  • No Quick Quiz.
  • Discussed Field Day - we will be going outside tomorrow!  
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study vocabulary terms
    • Review notes discussed today in class.   


11Jan17

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Crosscutting Concepts (214)
  • Continued Science of Nature Notes.  Focused on a discussion of Models, Hypothesis, and vocabulary. 
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over terms #1-11 from the Unit Two Vocabulary List (202).  Students will need to define and correctly spell all terms. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study vocabulary terms to prepare for Quick Quiz
    • Review notes discussed today in class.  Slides 20-24. 



10Jan17

  • Continued Nature of Science Notes (204)
    • Reviewed Scientific Practices
    • Reviewed Crosscutting Concepts
    • Reviewed concept that Nature is Orderly - which allows scientists to observe and identify patterns.  This then allows scientists to make predictions. 
  • Handed back graded work
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Download Week 19 Field Observations Google doc.



9Jan17

  • Continued Nature of Science Notes (204)
  • Completed POGIL:  Scientific Inquiry in Think Tanks.  (213)
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Download Week 19 Field Observations Google doc. 



6Jan17

  • Updated Table of Contents for Unit Two
  • Organized binders
  • Began reviewing Nature of Science Notes - discussed "how to" learn and the practices students use to deal with difficult content.
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Update and Organize binder. 



21Dec16

  • Field Day:  Week Eighteen
  • Completed Week Eighteen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Field Day will be Friday
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Eighteen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas


20Dec16

  • Completed Botany Vocabulary Quest
  • Returned graded work
  • Discussed Field Day tomorrow - Week 18 Observations
  • Continued Nature of Science Notes (204)
  • Homework: 
    • Download Week 18 Google doc for Field Work tomorrow


19Dec16

  • Completed ACT Post Test
  • Discussed Botany Vocabulary Quest tomorrow
  • Homework: 
    • Study for Vocabulary Quest



16Dec16

  • Field Day:  Week Seventeen
  • Completed Week Seventeen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Bar Graphs (211).  Quick Quiz will be over Bar Graphs.
  • Continued Nature of Science Notes (204) 
  • Continued ACT Practice - ACT Practice Packet (212)
  • Discussed ACT Assessment - will be Monday
  • Discussed Botany Vocabulary Quest - will be Tuesday
  • Field Day will be Wednesday
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Seventeen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas
    • Study for Quest


15Dec16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Line Graphs (209)
  • Continued Nature of Science Notes (204)  Discussed Bar Graphs and Histograms
  • Continued ACT Practice - Passage I (205)
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over Bar Graphs. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Study for Quick Quiz


14Dec16

  • Continued discussing Nature of Science Notes (203). 
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over Line Graphs
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Study for Quick Quiz


13Dec16

  • Collected Graphing Skills Packet (208). 
  • Completed Ornithology Quest. 
  • Continued discussing Nature of Science Notes (203). 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Complete Graphing Skills Packet (208) if not completed in class


12Dec16

  • Continued discussing Nature of Science Notes (203).  Discussed notes through scatter plots
  • Began working on Graphing Skills Packet (208). 
  • Discussed Ornithology Quest.  Quest will be over all birds we have learned so far.  Students should also study all vocabulary and content related to ornithology discussed so far this year.
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Complete Graphing Skills Packet (208) if not completed in class
    • Study for Ornithology Quest


28Nov16

  • Reviewed CER Rubric (11) and provided a peer review/critique of Think Tank CER:  "Classifying Birds in the United States" poster presentations.
  • Discussed with Think Tank members the feedback received during peer review
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework:  

    • Review all Unit One Flashcards. 


22Nov16

  • Field Day:  Week Fourteen
  • Completed Week Thirteen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus.  
  • Homework:  

    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Fourteen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas


21Nov16

  • Continued working on CER "Birds".  Today was the last day to finalize posters.  Posters were turned in at the end of class. 
  • Discussed Week 14 Field Day tomorrow. 
  • Discussed updated Canvas assignmentss
  • Homework: 
    • Download Week 14 Google doc for Field Work tomorrow
    • Post CER "Patterns" image to Canvas
    • Download and Post to Canvas Week 13 Field Assignment



18Nov16

  • Continued working in Think Tanks on "Birds" CER.  This will be due at the end of class on  Monday.
  • Discussed Field Day for next week - we will be going outside on Tuesday - rain or shine!
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Post picture of "Patterns" CER to Canvas assignment
    • Download and Post to Canvas Week Thirteen Field Assignment



17Nov16

  • Week Thirteen Field Day
  • Field Day:  Week Thirteen
  • Completed Week Thirteen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus.  
  • Homework:  
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Thirteen:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas



16Nov16

  • Began "Bird" CER in Think Tanks. 



15Nov16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  More Birds.  Quick Quiz will be over all birds learned so far.  Students will need to provide common name, scientific name, as well as recognize birds by sight and/or sound.
  • Discussed "Patterns" CER and reviewed example response. 



14Nov16

  • "Patterns" CER Round Robin Peer Review



11Nov16

  • Kiya and Gracie lesson on birds
  • Introduced to Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
  • Discussed new birds - Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, and Bald Eagle
  • Reviewed Killdeer and Mourning dove
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over all birds learned so far.  Students will need to provide common name, scientific name, as well as recognize birds by sight and/or sound. 
  • Homework: 
    • Study for Quick Quiz. 


10Nov16

  • Field Day:  Week Twelve
  • Completed Week Twelve:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Twelve:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas


9Nov16

  • Continued writing our best Claim supported by Evidence and Reasoning for the Question:  What should be in box "f"?  and putting it on poster for peer review. 
  • Discussed Week 12 Field Day tomorrow. 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Download Google doc for Field Work tomorrow
    • Continue making corrections to Unit One Test
    • Print out Unit Two Nature of Science Learning Targets (201).  Due tomorrow
    • Print out Unit Two Nature of Science Vocabulary List (202).  Due tomorrow



7Nov16

  • Completed Introvert/Extrovert assessments
  • Formed Think Tank Groups for working on CER writing.
  • Reviewed Think Tank Rubric for CER (12)
  • Began writing our best Claim supported by Evidence and Reasoning for the Question:  What should be in box "f"? 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Continue making corrections to Unit One Test
    • Print out Unit Two Nature of Science Learning Targets (201).  Due Monday
    • Print out Unit Two Nature of Science Vocabulary List (202).  Due Monday

4Nov16
  • Began Unit Two:  The Nature of Science
  • Created Unit Two Divider:  The Nature of Science (200)
  • Created Unit Two Table of Contents
    • 200:  Unit Two:  The Nature of Science
    • 201:  Unit Two Learning Targets
    • 202:  Unit Two Vocabulary List
  • Began Unit Two:  Nature of Science notes (203)
  • In class writing - Claim, Evidence, Reasoning of Patterns
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Update  and organize binders
    • Continue studying dendrology vocabulary terms


3Nov16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Turkey Vulture (this belongs in Ornithology section - O2)
  • Began identifying and labeling complexity, arrangement and bud type of collection of 5 specimens
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Continue studying dendrology vocabulary terms


2Nov16

  • Field Day - discussed binocular use and Turkey Vulture notes
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over the Turkey Vulture
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Study for Quick Quiz 


1Nov16

  • Field Day:  Week Eleven
  • Completed Week Eleven:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Eleven:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas



31Oct16

  • Finalized labeling of all  Amur Honeysuckle specimens.
  • Organized all group collections of field specimens
  • Assembled and labeled boxes to store specimens. 
  • Discussed Week 11 Field Day tomorrow. 
  • Homework: 
    • Download google doc for field work tomorrow
    • Continue studying identified vocabulary terms.



28Oct16

  • Created master vocabulary list for the Amur Honeysuckle identification.  Please see Dendrology webpage for completed master list of vocabulary terms. 
  • Review game to review vocabulary terms. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards 



27Oct16

  • Completed Unit One Reflections (134)
  • Continued working on Honeysuckle specimens
  • Began creating vocabulary list for Honeysuckle identification.
  • Homework
    • Complete Unit One Reflections if not completed in class.(134)
    • Update and study flashcards 


26Oct16

  • Field day.  POGIL groups worked to collect 5 woody plant specimens for pressing. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards



25Oct16

  • Field Day:  Week Ten
  • Completed Week Ten:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Ten:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas


24Oct16

  • Continued working on pressed portions of the Lonicera maackii by adding terms related to the pressed specimens on the paper with the clippings creating a diagram of vocabulary terms. 
  • Returned graded work.
  • Began working on corrections to the Unit One Test
  • Discussed Field Day tomorrow.
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Download google doc for field work tomorrow
    • Continue studying identified vocabulary terms.


21Oct16

  • Clipped and pressed small portions of the Lonicera maackii specimen identified this week.  These clippings were then mounted on construction paper and pressed for keeping. 
  • New vocabulary terms were identified from the dichotomous keys used to identify Lonicera maackii.  Terms related to the pressed specimens were then labeled on the paper with the clippings creating a diagram of vocabulary terms. 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Students should begin studying identified vocabulary terms. 


20Oct16

  • Continued using Dendrology Resources to identify unknown specimen.  This was completed in POGIL groups. 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Review all field specimens. 


19Oct16

  • Began using Dendrology Resources to identify unknown specimen.  This was completed in POGIL groups. 
    • D2:  Dendrology Glossary
      D3:  Genera Dichotomous Key
      D3:  Species Dichotomous Key
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Begin reviewing all field specimens. 


18Oct16

  • Field Day:  Week Nine
  • Completed Week Nine:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Nine:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas


17Oct16

  • Collected homework Creating a Dichotomous Key Activity - Aliens (132).
  • Completed Unit One Test:  The Science of Biology (133). 
  • Discussed Field Day:  Week Nine tomorrow! 
  • Homework: 
    • Download google doc for field work tomorrow
    • Review all field notes discussed so far. 



14Oct16

  • Field Day - Discussed and studied Virginia Creeper.
  • Reminder - Unit One Test Monday
  • Homework:
    • Update and organize binder with field notes over Virginia Creeper
    • Update and organize binders
    • Study flashcards
    • Study for Unit One Test


13Oct16

  • Field Day:  Week Eight
  • Completed Week Eight:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • We will be going outside tomorrow!  This means our Unit One Test will be pushed back to Monday.  
  • Dichotomous Keys will be due at the beginning of class on Monday. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Eight:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas
    • Complete Creating a Dichotomous Key Activity - Aliens (132). 
    • Continue studying for Unit One Test on Monday



12Oct16

  • Continued working on Creating a Dichotomous Key Activity - Aliens (132).  This could be completed individually or with a partner.  Students will have additional time in class on Friday after the first part of the test to complete this assignment.  If students are not finished by the end of class they will need to schedule time outside of class to complete the assignment.  It will be due first thing Monday.  
  • No Quick Quiz
  • We will be outside tomorrow for field work week 8
  • Reminder:  Unit One Test will be Friday (part 1) and Monday (part 2)
  • Homework: 
    • Download google doc for field work tomorrow
    • Continue studying for Unit One Test on Friday and Monday



11Oct16

  • Discussed Instructions for Using and Building a Dichotomous Key (12)
  • Began working on Creating a Dichotomous Key Activity - Aliens (132).  This could be completed individually or with a partner.  We will continue working on this in class tomorrow. 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Reminder:  Unit One Test will be Friday
  • Homework: 
    • Continue studying for Unit One Test on Friday

6Oct16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Dichotomous Keys (131)  Quick Quiz will require students to use a dichotomous key and unit vocabulary to identify two unknown organisms.
  • Field Day:  Week Seven
  • Completed Week Seven:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus. 
  • Reminder - we are going outside twice next week, probably Wednesday and Thursday. 
  • Reminder - Unit One Test is next week!   Probably Friday depending on weather. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Submit Week Seven:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas


5Oct16

  • Collected Homework:  Domains and Kingdoms (127)
  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Domains and Kingdoms (128).  Quick Quiz will be over the diagnostic characteristics of the Domains and Kingdoms.  Completing the Homework:  Domains and Kingdoms will be good preparation for the Quick Quiz.  Spelling counts.
  • Finished discussing Phylogeny Notes (120).  Discussed Dichotomous Keys
  • Updated and completed Vocabulary List (102)
  • Used Hippo Handout (129) to practice using dichotomous keys.
  • Began working on Taxonomic Keys Kit (130)
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will require students to use a dichotomous key and unit vocabulary to identify two unknown organisms.
  • Reminder - we are going outside tomorrow
  • Reminder - Unit One Test is next week!  
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Complete Taxonomic Keys Kit (130)
    • Study for Quick Quiz




4Oct16

  • Discussed and decided on diagnostic characteristics of the three Domains and the six Kingdoms.
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over the diagnostic characteristics of the Domains and Kingdoms.  Completing the Homework:  Domains and Kingdoms will be good preparation for the Quick Quiz.  Spelling counts.
  • We will be going outside on Thursday of this week.   
  • Homework: 
    • Review notes over Domains and Kingdoms
    • Complete Homework:  Domains and Kingdoms
    • Study for Quick Quiz 


3Oct16

  • Collected Classification Homework (125)
  • Domain and Kingdom handout (126)
  • Began working in POGIL groups to decide on diagnostic characteristics for the three Domains, 6 Kingdoms and 3 informal groups found in Kingdom Protista
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Continue working on understanding the diagnostic characteristics of the three Domains, 6 Kingdoms and 3 informal groups found in Kingdom Protista



30Sept16

  • Continued Phylogeny Notes (120).  Discussed homology and analogy. 
  • Continued working on POGIL:  Building a Cladogram (124)
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Complete Homework:  Classification (125)
    • Update and organize binder
    • Submit Week Six:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas by 10 pm Sunday evening.



29Sept16

  • Continued discussing Phylogeny Notes (120)
  • Began working on POGIL:  Building a Cladogram (124)
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Review past notes and study today's notes
    • Continue studying for Unit One Test - coming soon


28Sept16

  • Completed Science Reasoning Pre-Test
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework:
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Review past notes
    • Continue studying for Unit One Test - coming soon. 


27Sept16

  • Last minute change of plans due to weather! 
  • Field Day:  Week Six
  • Completed Week Six:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus.  Week Six assignment is not yet posted to Canvas.  Eventually this assignment can be found in the assignment folder of Canvas.  This assignment needs to be submitted to Canvas by 10pm Sunday October 2nd for credit.
  • Reminder - Unit One Vocabulary Quest is Monday
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week Six:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas by 10 pm Sunday evening.



26Sept16



23Sept16

  • Completed Binder Assess:  Unit One - The Science of Biology (122).
  • Field Day:  Week Five
  • Completed Week Five:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus.  Week Four assignment can be found in the assignment folder of Canvas.  This assignment needs to be submitted to Canvas by 10pm this evening for credit.
  • Reminder - Unit One Vocabulary Quest is Monday
  • Reminder - Extra Assignment :  "A Beetle by Any Other Name" article and Extra Assignment  Due Wednesday
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week Five:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas by 10 pm this evening. 
    • Study for Vocabulary Quest


22Sept16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Taxa of Life (121).  Students needed to list in order, from most general to most specific, the eight taxa of life.  Spelling counts.  Students also needed to explain in paragraph form the correct way to write a scientific name using binomial nomenclature.  Finally, when given a scientific name, students  needed to rewrite this name applying the rules of binomial nomenclature. 
  • Discussed Extra Assignment:  "A Beetle by Any Other Name" article and Extra Assignment
  • Continued Phylogeny notes (120).
  • Updated Vocabulary List (102) through term #64.
  • Reminder !  Vocabulary Quest Monday!
  • Homework: 
    • Download or print out the Google Doc needed for field work tomorrow! 
    • Update and organize binder. 
    • Update and study flashcards - we are through term #64!
    • Make corrections to all graded work
    • Begin working on Extra Assignment.  Due Wednesday. 
      "A Beetle by Any Other Name" article and Extra Assignment


21Sept16

  • Reviewed expectations for binders and organized field notes in our binders. 
  • Began discussing Phylogeny Notes.  (121).  Discussed slides #1-12.
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Students will need to list in order, from most general to most specific, the eight taxa of life.  Spelling counts.  Students will also need to explain in paragraph form the correct way to write a scientific name using binomial nomenclature.  Finally, when given a scientific name, students will need to rewrite this name applying the rules of binomial nomenclature. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder. 
    • Update and study flashcards - we are through term #61!
    • Study for Quick Quiz


20Sept16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Hierarchy of Life (119).  Students will need to list, in order and with correct spelling, the 14 levels in the Hierarchy of Life.
  • Field Day - Discussed and studied Poison Ivy.
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework:
    • Update and organize binder with field notes over Poison Ivy
    • Update and organize binders
    • Study flashcards


19Sept16

  • Discussed Hierarchy of Life notes (117).
  • Began working on Hierarchy of Life Study Guide (118)
  • Updated Vocabulary List through term #53. 
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Students will need to list, in order and with correct spelling, the 14 levels in the Hierarchy of Life. 
  • Tomorrow we will be in the field.  Be prepared to take notes over Poison Ivy. 
  • Vocabulary Quest coming soon - early next week!
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binders
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Completed Hierarchy of Life Study Guide. (118)
    • Study for Quick Quiz using the first column on the Hierarchy of Life Study Guide (118)


16Sept16

  • Field Day:  Week Four - Part 2
  • Completed Week Four:  Tree #1 Observations.    Students documented observations of the common tree we have been observing.  Week Four assignment can be found in the assignment folder of Canvas.  This assignment needs to be submitted to Canvas by 10pm this evening for credit.
  • Continued taking field notes over Poison Ivy. 
  • Returned graded work
  • Homework: 
    • Submit Week Four:  Tree #1 Observations to Canvas by 10 pm this evening. 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Study flashcards
    • Continue making corrections to graded work


15Sept16

  • Collected Characteristics of Life Outline (115)
  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Match the Characteristics (116).  Quick Quiz was all Characteristics of Life notes and vocabulary. 
  • Field Day:  Week Four - Part 1
  • Reviewed Directions for Submitting Field Observations (10)
  • Completed Week Four:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus.  Week Four assignment can be found in the assignment folder of Canvas.  This assignment needs to be submitted to Canvas by 10pm this evening for credit.
  • Began taking field notes over Poison Ivy.  These notes will be continued tomorrow in the field. 
  • Homework:  Submit Week Four:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas by 10 pm this evening. 


14Sept16

  • Attended Science Assembly!
  • Reviewed expectations for tomorrow.  We will be going outside Thursday and Friday this week. 
  • Reminder - Quick Quiz tomorrow!  Quick Quiz will be over all Characteristics of Life notes and vocabulary. 
  • Reminder - Characteristics of Life Outlines are due tomorrow.
  • Homework: 
    • Download or print out the two Google Docs needed for field work tomorrow! 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Complete Characteristics of Life Outline (115). 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Study for  Quick Quiz
    • Continue making corrections to graded work


13Sept16

  • Collected Characteristics of Life Concept Web (114). 
  • Discussed Outlining Instructions (11)
  • Began outlining Characteristics of Life (115).  Due Thursday at the beginning of class. 
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over all Characteristics of Life notes and vocabulary. 
  • Discussed Assembly tomorrow!  Report to classroom and then we well attend assembly together. 
  • Discussed Field Days this week - Thursday and Friday
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize binder
    • Complete Characteristics of Life Outline (115).  Due Thursday. 
    • Update and study flashcards
    • Study for Thursday's Quick Quiz
    • Continue making corrections to graded work


12Sept16

  • Completed Characteristics of Life notes (109)  Discussed slides #30 - 42. 
  • Updated Vocabulary List (102).  Added terms stimulus, homeostasis, adaptation and evolution.  Please see Unit One page for an updated list. 
  • Returned graded work
  • No Quick Quiz. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update Table of Contents  and organize binder
    • Study slides #30-42 that we covered today in our Characteristics of Life notes (109)
    • Study all flashcards.  Remember - Out loud, writing answers, using yes/no piles!!!  Spelling counts. 
    • Complete Characteristics of Life Concept Web.  (114)
    • Continue making corrections to graded work. 

9Sept16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Characteristics of Life Vocabulary (112). Quick Quiz was over vocabulary based over the first 31 vocabulary terms.  Students should be able to correctly spell and define these  terms. 
  • Discussed POGIL procedures and reviewed job descriptions on the POGIL Handout (9).
  • Began working on POGIL:  Feedback Mechanisms.  (113). 
  • No Quick Quiz.  
  • Homework:
    • Update Table of Contents  and organize binder
    • Review slides #1-29 that we have covered in our Characteristics of Life notes (109)
    • Review Science of Biology notes from last week. 
    • Study all 31 flashcards.  Remember - Out loud, writing answers, using yes/no piles!!!  Spelling counts. 
    • Continue making corrections to graded work. 



8Sept16

  • Field Day:  Week Three
  • Reviewed Directions for Submitting Field Observations (10)
  • Completed Week Three:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students documented observations of their woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus.  Week Three assignment can be found in the assignment folder of Canvas. 
  • This assignment needs to be submitted to Canvas by 10pm this evening for credit.
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will  be vocabulary based over the first 31 vocabulary terms.  Students should be able to correctly spell and define these  terms. 
  • Homework:  Submit Week Three:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas by 10 pm this evening. 


7Sept16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Characteristics of Life (111).  Students will need to list the five characteristics of life that we have discussed in class. Students will also be asked to define vocabulary terms.  Definitions will come from the first 18 vocabulary terms.  Spelling counts.  
  • Continued discussing Characteristics of Life notes (109).  Discussed slides #20 - 29. 
  • Updated Vocabulary List through term 31.  Please see Unit One page or BIN 102 for an updated list. 
  • Began creating flashcards in class.
  • Discussed documents for tomorrow. 
  • No Quick Quiz tomorrow 
  • Homework: 
    • Update Table of Contents  and organize binder
    • Download or print out the two Google Docs needed for field work tomorrow! 
    • Review slides #1-21 and study slides #22-29 that we covered today in our Characteristics of Life notes (10)
    • Review Science of Biology notes from last week. 
    • Create flashcards for today's new vocabulary terms if not completed in class.
    • Study all 31 flashcards.  Remember - Out loud, writing answers, using yes/no piles!!!  Spelling counts. 
    • Continue making corrections to graded work. 



6Sept16

  • Continued discussing Characteristics of Life notes (108).  
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Students will need to list the five characteristics of life that we have discussed in class. Students will also be asked to define vocabulary terms.  Definitions will come from the first 18 vocabulary terms.  Spelling counts.  
  • Homework: 
    • Update Table of Contents  and organize binder
    • Review slides #1-19 and the board notes discussed in class over Characteristics of Life notes (108)
    • Review Science of Biology notes from last week. 
    • Review all 18 flashcards.  Remember - Out loud, writing answers, using yes/no piles!!!  Spelling counts. 


2Sept16

  • Field Day:  Week Two
  • Discussed Directions for Submitting Field Observations (10)
  • Completed Week Two:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations.  Students selected a woody plant along the tree line on the south edge of campus.  Once selected students completed the Week Two assignment found in the assignment folder of Canvas. 
  • This assignment needs to be submitted to Canvas by 10pm Monday evening for credit.
  • Homework:  Submit Week Two:  Biodiversity and Specimen Observations to Canvas by 10 pm Monday evening. 


1Sept16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Quick Quiz was over all 18 vocabulary terms discussed so far.  Please see BIN 102 or the Unit One webpage for an updated list of vocabulary terms to know.  Spelling counts.
  • Discussed technology regarding Canvas, Google Drive and Google Docs and how to submit field observation assignments. 
  • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
  • Tomorrow is Field Day Week 2.  Please dress appropriately. 
  • Homework
    • Update Table of Contents  and organize binder
    • Complete/redo submission of Week One Bus Loop Observations and Week One Tree #1 Observations and submit to Canvas by 10pm this evening. 
    • Review slides #1-19 that we covered  in our Characteristics of Life notes (109)
    • Review Science of Biology notes from last week. 
    • Study all 18 flashcards.  Remember - Out loud, writing answers, using yes/no piles!!!  Spelling counts.



31Aug16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Flashcards (109).  Quick Quiz was over all 10 vocabulary terms discussed so far.  Please see BIN 102 for updated list or the Unit One webpage.
  • Continued discussing Characteristics of Life notes (108).  Discussed slides #11 - 19. 
  • Updated Vocabulary List through term #18
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over all 18 vocabulary terms discussed so far.  Please see BIN 102 or the Unit One webpage for an updated list of vocabulary terms to know.  Spelling counts. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update Table of Contents  and organize binder
    • Review slides #1-10 and study slides #11-19 that we covered today in our Characteristics of Life notes (109)
    • Review Science of Biology notes from last week. 
    • Create eight flashcards for today's new vocabulary terms if not completed in class.
    • Study all 18 flashcards for Quick Quiz tomorrow.  Remember -
      Out loud, writing answers, using yes/no piles!!!  Spelling counts.



30Aug16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Vocabulary Terms (107)
    • Quick Quiz will be over all five vocabulary terms discussed this year.  Students will need to provide a definition as well as spell each term correctly. 
  • Began Characteristics of Life notes (108).  Discussed slides #1-10.
  • Updated Vocabulary List (102) with five new terms:  cell, unicellular, multicellular, prokaryote, eukaryote. 
  • Returned graded work.
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Quick Quiz will be over all 10 vocabulary terms discussed so far.  Please see BIN 102 for updated list or the Unit One webpage. 
  • Homework: 
    • Make corrections to graded work and learn from your mistakes.  Remember to follow directions on the  back of BIN 4 when making corrections. 
    • Update Table of Contents and organize binder.  Make sure to put all graded work where it belongs in your binder. 
    • Study today's notes - Slides #1-10 of the Characteristics of Life notes (108)
    • Review Science of Biology notes from last week. 
    • Create five flashcards for today's new vocabulary terms if not completed in class.
    • Study all 10 flashcards for Quick Quiz tomorrow. Remember -
      Out loud, writing answers, using yes/no piles!!!


29Aug16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Basic and Applied Science (106).  Quick Quiz was over Basic and Applied Science.  Students should study slides #7-9 of Science of Biology notes (103)
  •  Continued creating definitions for all five terms by using our Science of Biology notes.  Created flashcards for next three terms.  Students will need to develop these definitions on their own. 
  • Discussed how to study using flashcards.  Out loud, writing answers, using yes/no piles. 
  • Practiced good study techniques in class.
  • Read the back of BIN 4 "Instructions for making corrections to graded work" and discussed how to correct graded work.  *** Remember, it is a standing homework assignment to correct ALL graded work after it is returned.  Keep it in your binder until it is asked for, then turn it in for a homework grade. 
  • Returned graded work and practiced making corrections. 
  • Discussed Quick Quiz:  Quick Quiz will be over all five vocabulary terms discussed this year.  Students will need to provide a definition as well as spell each term correctly. 
  • Homework: 
    • Finish creating flashcards for the next three vocabulary terms:  Science, biology and Ethics.  Remember, you can find a complete list of vocabulary terms on BIN 102 and on the Unit One Website.  Remember to uses your Science of Biology notes to create these definitions. 
    • Review all Science of Biology notes (102) slides #1-9
    • Make corrections to all graded work using the instructions on the back of BIN 4. 
    • Study all five vocabulary terms out loud, writing answers and using the yes/no piles.  Study your cards forwards and backwards to be prepared for the Quick Quiz tomorrow.  Spelling counts. 



26Aug16

  • Collected Unit One Learning Targets (101) and Unit One Vocabulary Terms (102).
  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Biological Terms (105)
  • Continued Science of Biology notes (103)
  • Began discussing Vocabulary and Flashcard instructions
  • Created our own definitions for Basic Science and Applied Science and added these to flashcards
  • Discussed Quick Quiz:  Quick Quiz will be over Basic and Applied Science.  Students should study slides #7-9 of Science of Biology notes (103)
  • Homework: 
    • Update binder
    • Study all Science of Biology notes (103)
    • Study flashcards
    • Study for Quick Quiz


25Aug16

  • Completed Quick Quiz:  Birds.
  • Began organizing binder for Unit One
  • Created Unit One Table of Contents.  This should be on a separate sheet of notebook paper, not on the Introductory Resources Table of Contents page.
  • Unit One Table of Contents should include:
    • 100:  Unit One Divider:  The Science of Biology
      101:  Unit One Learning Targets
      102:  Unit One Vocabulary List
      103:  Science of Biology Notes
      104:  Homework - Biological Terms
  • Began discussing Science of Biology notes (103).  Please study the first 5 slides. 
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Part 1 - Define Biology.  You will need to develop the definition for this vocabulary term by using your Science of Biology notes.  Ask yourself, "what is the literal translation of the term biology?"  Part 2 - You will need to complete the homework discussed below in order to study for the Quick Quiz.  You will need to define 3 of the terms related to biology listed in the homework.  You can choose which terms to learn  about and remember for the quiz.  Spelling counts. 
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize your binder with today's materials
    • Review the notes discussed in class today
    • Develop a definition for the vocabulary term "biology" by using your Science of Biology notes (103).  Ask yourself, "what is the literal translation of the term biology?" 
    • Complete the Homework:  Biological Terms (104)  ON THE BACK, IGNORE THE QUESTION LISTED AND INSTEAD describe how you would teach a third grader about structure and function. 
    • Study for Quick Quiz.



24Aug16

  • Field Day:  Week One
  • Completed Week One:  Bus Loop Observations
  • Completed Week One:  Tree #1 Observations
  • Both of these assignments need to be submitted to Canvas by 10pm tonight for credit.
  • Observed a Mourning Dove and heard a Killdeer.
  • Discussed Quick Quiz.  Students will be asked to identify and provide the common name Mourning Dove when shown a picture of this species.  Students will be asked to identify and provide the common name Killdeer when played the call of the species.
  • Homework:  Submit Week One Bus Loop Observations and Week One Tree #1 Observations to Canvas by 10 pm this evening. 


23Aug16

  • Late Student Questionnaires and late Parent Syllabus Receipt Forms were handed into the Homework box
  • Discussed Safety Expectations.  Topics included fire, tornado, earthquake, and lock down. 
  • Discussed Technology Handout (7).  Please add this to your Introductory Resources Table of Contents. 
    • This handout provides information for signing up for Remind notifications for this class.  Signing up will earn you Extra Assignment points.  There is also information for how to follow this class on Twitter, which is also highly recommended.  Neither application is required HOWEVER,  it is highly recommended!
  • Continued organizing binder for the year.  See Twitter for a picture of the basic organizational scheme we are using this year.Sections should include Ecology Units, Dendrology/Botany, Ornithology and Field Notes/ Species List.  Species categories should include Woody Plants, Birds, Flora and Other.
  • Discussed first field day!  TOMORROW!  Please dress accordingly as we will be walking through grass, weeds and along the tree line. 
  • No Quick Quiz
  • Homework: 
    • Update and organize your binder with today's materials
    • Complete setting up binder for use with appropriate organization this year.  See above for more details. 
    • Optional:  Sign up for Remind and follow @averettbiology on Twitter


22Aug16

  • Any late Student Questionnaires were handed into to Homework Box.  Past due. 
  • Any Parent Syllabus Receipt Forms were turned into Homework Box.  Due today. 
  • Binder Check for grade
  • Began organizing Binders
  • Created Table of Contents
  • Reviewed Binder Organization PowerPoint (5)
  • Reviewed Binder Rubric (6)
  • Reviewed class website www.mrsaverettsclassroom.com
  • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
  • Homework:
    • Practice using class website.  Make sure you know how to find Home Page, Honors Biology Home Page, Honors Table of Contents, Honors Unit One and Honors Today's Plan.  Due tomorrow
    • Print out Unit One Science of Biology Learning Targets (101).  Due Friday
    • Print out Unit One Science of Biology Vocabulary List (102).  Due Friday


19Aug16

  • Any late Student Questionnaires were handed into to Homework Box.  Due yesterday. 
  • Any Parent Syllabus Receipt Forms were turned into Homework Box.  Due Monday. 
  • Student class meetings
  • Brain Stretch - discussed need to continue working even when frustrated or confused.  Brainstormed on ways to understand how we are feeling but not letting those emotions get in the way of us succeeding this year.
  • Began working on "What's Left" and "Syllacrostic 1" brain stretches.
  • No Quick Quiz Monday
  • Homework.
    • Complete Student Questionnaire if not yet submitted.  Attach Late Assignment Pass to receive full credit. 
    • Reminder - Have parents complete Parent Syllabus Receipt Form.  Due Monday
    • Reminder - 3 inch, 3 ring binder due Monday
    • Reminder - Wish List items due Monday. 


18Aug16

  • Student Questionnaire was handed into to Homework Box. Due today. 
  • Any Parent Syllabus Receipt Forms were turned into Homework Box
  • Continued discussing Syllabus (1)
  • Discussed Hall Passes (3)
  • Discussed Instructions for Course Work (4)
  • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
  • Homework:
    • Complete Student Questionnaire if not yet submitted.  Attach Late Assignment Pass to receive full credit. 
    • Reminder - Have parents complete Parent Syllabus Receipt Form.  Due Monday
    • Reminder - 3 inch, 3 ring binder due Monday
    • Reminder - Wish List items due Monday. 

17Aug16

  • Introductions and welcome to class. 
  • Began discussing Syllabus (1).
  • Signed and submitted Student Syllabus Receipt Form
  • Discussed Parent Copy of Syllabus
  • Discussed Parent Syllabus Receipt Form. 
  • Created folders to keep items in temporarily until a 3 ring, 3 inch binder could be purchased.
  • Discussed Late Assignment Passes (2).
  • Discussed and understood expectations and need to make informed decisions. 
  • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
  • Homework: 
    • Complete Student Questionnaire.  Due tomorrow
    • Have parents complete Parent Syllabus Receipt Form.  Due Monday
    • 3 inch, 3 ring binder due Monday
    • Wish List items due Monday. 

Did I Miss Anything?

Nothing. When we realized you weren’t here
we sat with our hands folded on our desks
in silence, for the full two hours

     Everything. I gave an exam worth
     40 percent of the grade for this term
     and assigned some reading due today
     on which I’m about to hand out a quiz
     worth 50 percent

Nothing. None of the content of this course
has value or meaning
Take as many days off as you like:
any activities we undertake as a class
I assure you will not matter either to you or me
and are without purpose

     Everything. A few minutes after we began last time
     a shaft of light suddenly descended and an angel
     or other heavenly being appeared
     and revealed to us what each woman or man must do
     to attain divine wisdom in this life and
     the hereafter
     This is the last time the class will meet
     before we disperse to bring the good news to all people
     on earth.

Nothing. When you are not present
how could something significant occur?

     Everything. Contained in this classroom
     is a microcosm of human experience
     assembled for you to query and examine and ponder
     This is not the only place such an opportunity has been
          gathered

     but it was one place

     And you weren’t here

                                                                -Tom Wayman