Winter Weather Work

Due to the winter weather lately we have missed a large amount of school days.  For the rest of January through March material and assignments will be sent home in larger chunks or assigned online via this website.  Students are to work through the assigned material on their own as much as possible.  I will be available via email to answer questions as well as during class when school is in session.  The material will be reviewed in class before any assessment however by studying the material at home we will be able to use our time in class more efficiently and effectively.  This process is known as "flipping the classroom" and is a best practice among teaching professionals.  Students should understand that at this point in the year they should have developed the study skills needed to meet these expectations.  The final exam is administered on a state assigned date and will not be adjusted to meet our extended school year due to missed days.  With that in mind we will progress through the material as planned with students working from home each snow day.  Please check this website daily for information and materials.  It is best to check the homework page as well as the individual unit page for the most up to date information. 

Learning Targets: 

  • Demonstrate organizational skills such as keeping a daily calendar of assignments and activities and maintaining a notebook of class work.
    • Keep your binder organized and updated. 
  • Apply strategies before, during, and after reading to increase fluency and comprehension (e.g., adjusting purpose, previewing, scanning, making predictions, comparing, inferring, summarizing, using graphic organizers) with increasingly challenging texts. 
    • Use graphic organizers to better understand the Eight Characteristics of Life, Hierarchy of Life and Taxonomy
    • Improve understanding of material by outlining material presented in class. 
  • Apply active reading, listening, and viewing techniques by taking notes on classroom discussions, lectures, oral and/or video presentations, or assigned at-home reading, and by underlining key passages and writing comments in journals or in margins of texts, where permitted.  
    • Stay on task during class, annotate provided PowerPoint notes and take additional notes during board discussions. 
    • Outline provided materials and assimilate this information into material presented in class. 
  • Apply knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon affixes, inflections, and roots to understand unfamiliar words and new subject area vocabulary in increasingly challenging texts.
    •  Be able to define and correctly spell all vocabulary words.
  • Actively participate in small-group and large-group discussions, assuming various roles. 
    • Participate in class discussions  and ask questions when needed on a daily basis.
  • Describe the fundamental assumptions of science
    • Different areas of study in the natural sciences
    • Various branches in the field of biology
    • Principle of Complementarity of Structure and Function
    • Role of ethics in relation to issues of science.
  • Revise, refine, and proofread own and others writing, using appropriate tools to find strengths and weaknesses and to seek strategies for improvement (using good writing methods). 
    • State, elaborate, use and example and draw a connection or make an illustration when answering open - ended questions.  
  • Compare the goals and procedures followed in basic science with the goals and procedures of applied science and technology; discuss the important contributions of each and how citizens need to understand the ramifications of funding both endeavors.
    • Provide definitions, examples and discussions of both basic (pure) science and applied science (technology)
  • Explain how the contributions of basic science drive the potential of applied science (e.g. advantages found in nature can be emulated for our won benefit/product development, such as understanding of basic cell biology leading to cancer treatments.)
    • Explain and provided examples of the cyclic relationship between basic and applied science. 
    • Understand and explain how funding of basic science benefits development of applied science and created new technology used by society. 
  • Assess how scientific and technological progress has affected other fields of study, careers, and aspects of everyday life. 
    • Explain how science, and biology specifically, affects your everyday life. 
    • Understand and explain how funding of basic science benefits development of applied science and created new technology used by society. 
  • Describe the biological criteria that need to be met in order for an organism to be considered alive. 
    • Identify, list and explain the eight Characteristics of Life. 
  • Define and provide examples of each level of organization in  biology. 
    • Identify, list and explain each level in the Hierarchy of Life.
  • Explain how organisms are classified into a hierarchy of groups and subgroups based on similarities that reflect their evolutionary relationships.
  • List each of the major levels in the hierarchy of taxa.
  • Explain and correctly use the binomial nomenclature system.
  • Distinguish between and among prokaryotes and protists, and give examples of each.
  • Explain classification criteria for fungi, plants and animals.
  • Construct and use a dichotomous taxonomic key.
  • Write and speak effectively to present and explain scientific results, using appropriate terminology and graphics. 
  • Use appropriate essay-test taking and timed-writing strategies that address and analyze the questions. 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with test formats and test administration procedures to increase speed and accuracy. 
  • Complete tests within permitted time limits. 

    26Sept13

    • Continued The Nature of Science Notes (204)
    • Began working on Exercises with Variables and Group (211)
    • Began working on More Practice with Variables and Groups (212)
    • Updated definitions and made flashcards
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for Monday
    • Homework:  1.  Update Unit Two in binder.  2.  Review Unit Two Flashcards.  3.  Review notes from Unit Two   4Complete the portion of the Exercises with Variables and Groups not completed in class (211)  5.  Complete problems #3 and #4 on More Practice with Variables and Groups (212)  6.  Complete Variable and Group Homework (213)

     

     

    25Sept13

    • Reviewed correct answer to Hypothesis Practice Worksheet (209)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Hypothesis (210)
    • Updated vocabulary for Unit Two
    • Homework:  1.  Update binder  2.  Update flashcards with new words from today - use your PowerPoint!  Study all flashcards from this Unit.  3.  Review all notes from this unit covered so far, preview and study PowerPoint slides over Step 4. 

     

    24Sept13

    • Practice PLAN/PLAN and Practice ACT day - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods
    • 5th and 6th periods - Time in class to attempt Blue Square Hypothesis and to work on outlining, making corrections and studying. 
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Update Unit Two in binder.  2.  Review Unit Two Flashcards.  3.  Review notes from Unit One - Science of Biology and Hierarchy PowerPoints.  4Read and Outline section 1.3 in online textbook - Scientific Thinking and Processes (208)  5.  Complete Hypothesis Practice worksheet (209) 

     

     

    23Sept13

    • Collected The Scientific Method:  An Introductory Reading Outline (206)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Scientific Method (207)
    • Continued The Nature of Science Notes (204)
    • Attempted the The Blue Square Hypothesis puzzle
    • Discussed Quick Quiz Questions
    • Homework:  1.  Update Unit Two in binder.  2.  Review Unit One Flashcards.  3.  Study new notes from today, review past notes from this unit.  4Read and Outline section 1.3 in online textbook - Scientific Thinking and Processes  5.  Complete Hypothesis Practice worksheet (209) 

     

     

    20Sept13

    • Collected Reflection:  Unit One if not handed in yesterday (31)
    • Began Unit Two:  The Nature of Science
    • Created divider (200)
    • Unit Two Learning Targets (201)
    • Created Vocabulary List (202)
    • Began The Nature of Science Notes (204)
    • Discussed the 7 Steps of the Scientific Method
    • Updated Vocabulary Terms
    • Discussed Quick Quiz Questions
    • Homework:  1.  Correct all graded work from Unit One if not yet completed.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Update flashcards for Unit Two, review Unit One.  4.  Study new notes from today, review all notes from Unit One.  5.  Critically read (205) and Outline (206) "The Scientific Method:  An Introductory Reading"  6.  Complete Safety Quest on line

     

     

     

    19Sept13

    • Returned graded work
    • Returned Unit One Test
    • Discussed data from tests
    • Began Reflection - Unit One:  The Science of Biology (31)
    • Reviewed Unit One Progress Reports (30)
    • Homework:  1.  Correct all graded work including test.  2.  Update all parts of Unit One in binder.  3.  Review all flashcards.  4.  Review all notes.  5.  Complete Reflection - Unit One:  The Science of Biology (31)  6.  Complete Safety Quest on line

     

     

    18Sept13

    • Discussed Lab Safety expectations.
    • Watched Lab Safety Video
    • Discussed Emergency Procedures for fire, earthquake, tornado, and lock down.
    • Discussed Lab Safety Quest.  Need a 94% or higher to participate in lab.  Need to complete online via CIITS.  See handout (21)
    • Returned graded work
    • Reflected on homework and correction expectations
    • Homework:  1.  Correct all graded work.  2.  Update all parts of Unit One in binder.  3.  Review all flashcards.  4.  Review all notes.

     

     

    17Sept13

    • Completed Unit One Test (145)
    • Homework:  1.  Correct all graded work.  2.  Update all parts of Unit One in binder.  3.  Review all flashcards.  4.  Review all notes. 5.  Complete Problem-Solving Pattern (203)

     

    16Sept13

    • Collected Taxonomic Keys Kit homework (143)
    • Collected Extra Assignment:  Sea Cucumber Classification (135)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Dichotomous Keys (144)
    • Reviewed for Unit One Test
    • Returned graded work
    • Unit One Test tomorrow!!!
    • Homework:  1.  Correct graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study all notes. 

     

     

    13Sept13

    • Collected Classification Homework (139)
    • Collected Extra Assignment Classification WebQuest (131)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Domains and Kingdoms (140)
    • Finished Phylogeny Notes (126)
    • Updated Vocabulary List
    • Using Dichotomous Keys Handout (141)
    • Hippo Practice (142)
    • Continued working on POGIL:  Biological Classification (138)
    • Handed back graded work
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for Monday
    • Reminder:  Unit One Test is Tuesday! 
    • Homework:  1.  Correct graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Update, study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study new, review past notes. 5.  Complete Homework:  Taxonomic Keys Kit (143) 

     

     

    12Sept13

    • POGIL Lab:  Biological Classification (138)
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for tomorrow
    • Reminder:  Unit One Test is Tuesday September 17th. 
    • Homework:  1.  Correct graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study, review new and past notes. 5.  Complete Homework:  Classification worksheet (139)

     

     

    11Sept13

    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Phylogeny (136)
    • Continue Phylogeny notes (126)
    • Appendix A:  Classification Handout (20)
    • Domain and Kingdom Handout (137)
    • Discussed POGIL expectations for tomorrow. 
    • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Correct graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study, review new and past notes. 

     

     

    10Sept13

    • Collected Quick Quiz corrections.
    • Reviewed POGIL and Lab Expectations
    • Completed Lab:  Building a Cladogram (133)
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions
    • Discussed Extra Assignment:  Sea Cucumber Classification WebQuest (135)
    • Homework:  1.  Correct graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study, review past notes.  5.  Study for Quick Quiz  

     

    9Sept13

    • Completed Vocabulary Quest:  Unit One
    • Returned graded work
    • Discussed Lab expectations and reviewed team member roles (19)
    • Decided on team member roles within designated lab groups
    • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Correct graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study, review past notes.  5.  Read and Outline section 17.2 in online textbook (134) 6.  Optional - Extra Assignment:  Classification of Life WebQuest - Due Friday(131)

     

     

    6Sept13

    • Completed Binder Assess:  Introduction (10)
    • Returned graded work
      • Make corrections using directions on BIN (4)
      • Learn from mistakes
      • Update binder
    • Reviewed Quick Lab:  Classifying (130)
    • Continued Phylogeny Notes (126)
    • Updated vocabulary
    • Discussed Vocabulary Quest
    • Homework:  1.  Correct graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Update, study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study new notes, review past notes.  5.  Study for Vocabulary Quest on Monday.  6.  Optional - Extra Assignment:  Classification of Life WebQuest (131)

     

    5Sept13

    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Taxa of Life (128)
    • Reviewed correct answers to homework:  Basic Exercises in Logic
    • Continued Phylogeny notes (126)
    • Discussed Cladistics handout (129)
    • Completed Quick Lab in small groups - Classifying (130)
    • Returned graded work
    • No Quick Quiz tomorrow - Binder Assess instead
    • Homework:  1.  Correct graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Update, study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study new notes, review past notes.  5.  Complete Quick Lab: Classifying if not completed in class  

     

    4Sept13

    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Linnaean System of Classification (125)
    • Began Phylogeny and the Tree of Life Notes (126)
    • Updated vocabulary list
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Correct any graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Update, study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study new notes (slides 1-18), review past notes.  5.  Complete Basic Exercises in Logic worksheet  6.  Study for Quick Quiz.

     

    3Sept13  SUBSTITUTE TEACHER DAY

    • Collected 13.3 Energy in Ecosytems if not handed in on Friday (118)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Hierarchy of Life (122)
    • Began reading and outlining 17.1 Linnaean System of Classification (123)
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions
    • Homework:  1.  Correct any graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study new notes, review past notes.  5.  Read for comprehension and Outline section 17.1 in online textbook if unable to complete this in class6.  Complete Linnaean Classification Power Notes (124).  7.  Study for Quick Quiz.

     

    30Aug13

    • Collected Outline of Characteristics of Life Notes if not checked in class yesterday. 
    • Collected Outline 13.3 Energy in the Ecosystem (118)  HOWEVER, due date has been extended until Tuesday September 3rd due to technical difficulties with the classzone.com site 
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Match the Characteristics (119)
    • Discussed Voluntary Tutoring beginning next week
    • Discussed expectations for substitute teacher on Tuesday
    • Began and completed Hierarchy of Life Notes (120)
    • Updated vocabulary list
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions
    • Homework:  1.  Correct any graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Update, study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study new notes, review past notes.  5.  Read for comprehension and Outline section 13.3 in online textbook if unable to complete this last night.  6.  Complete Study Guide:  Hierarchy of Life (121).  7.  Study for Quick Quiz.    

     

    29Aug13

    • Began checking Characteristics of Life Outlines for grade (116)
    • Inclass work:  Characteristics of Life Study Guide (117)
    • Reviewed vocabulary
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Correct any graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Study and review all flashcards.  4.  Study/review all notes.  5.  Make corrections/improvements to Characteristics of Life Outline (116).  6.  Finish Characteristics of Life Study Guide if not completed in class.  7.  Read for comprehension and Outline section 13.3 in online textbook.  

     

    28Aug13

    • Collected Characteristics of Life Concept Map Homework (115)
    • Discussed Outlining Instructions (18)
    • Began outlining Characteristics of Life PowerPoint (116)
    • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Correct any graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Update, study and review flashcards.  4.  Study/review all notes.  5.  Finish outline of Characteristics of Life PowerPoint notes (116)

     

    27Aug13

    • Collected Energy in Ecosystems Study Guide homework (113)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Characteristics of Life (114)
    • Continued Characteristics of Life Notes (111)
    • Updated vocabulary list
    • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Make corrections to graded work.  2.  Update binder.  3.  Update flashcards - study/review all terms.  4.  Study new notes - review past notes.  5.  Complete Characteristics of Life Concept Map (115) 

     

    26Aug13

    • Collected Quick Quiz:  Basic and Applied Science Corrections (109)
    • Collected optional Extra Assignment:  Branches of Biology (106)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Match the Vocabulary (112)
    • Continued Characteristics of Life Notes (111)
    • Updated vocabulary list
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Update binder.  2.  Update flashcards - study/review all terms.  3.  Study new notes - review past notes.  4.  Complete Energy in Ecosystems Study Guide (113).  5.  Study for Quick Quiz. 


    23Aug13

    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Flashcards (110)
    • Began Characteristics of Life Notes (111)
    • Updated vocabulary list
    • Returned graded work
    • Discussed Quick Quiz Questions for Monday
    • Homework:  1.  Make corrections to graded work.  2.  Update and study flashcards, review past terms.  3.  Update binder with today's materials.  4.  Study new notes, review past notes.  5.  Study for Quick Qui
    • Reminder:  Extra Assignment is due Monday

     

    22Aug13

    • Collected Basic vs. Applies Science homework (108)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Basic and Applied Science (109)
    • Updated vocabulary list (101)  Please see Unit One page for a complete list of vocabulary terms.
    • Discusses Vocabulary Focus:  Flashcards (17)
    • Created flashcards in class
    • Reviewed BIN 4 and the proper way to make corrections to graded work 
    • Returned graded work
      • Make corrections
      • Learn from mistakes
      • Update binder
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Finish making all flashcards.  2.  Finish making corrections to all graded work.  3.  Check binder organization  4.  Study/Review all Science of Biology notes.  5.  Study for Quick Quiz. 

     

    21Aug13

    • Collected Branches of Biology Homework (105)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Branches of Biology (107)
    • Discussed Extra Assignment:  Branches of Biology (106)
    • Completed Science of Biology Notes (104)
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for tomorrow
    • Homework:  1.  Critically read, understand and learn all material from Science of Biology notes.  2.  Organize and update binder with all new materials.  3.  Complete Basic vs Applied Science Homework.  4.  Study for Quick Quiz.  

     

    20Aug13

    • Collected S.E.E.C. Method Writing Practice homework (13)
    • Completed Quick Quiz:  Writing in Science (14)
    • Began Unit One
    • Created Unit One divider (100)
    • Created Unit One Vocabulary List (101)
    • Discussed Learning Targets Bulls-eye handout (15)
    • Unit One Learning Targets (103)
    • Began Science of Biology notes (104)
    • Discussed Vocabulary Focus:  Developing Definitions (16)
    • Homework:  Branches of Biology (105)
    • Discussed Quick Quiz questions for tomorrow

     

    19Aug13

    • Collected Biology and Your Future Study Guide (102)
    • Collected any missing paperwork and student questionnaires
    • Binder check (30 points)
    • Learned how to organize our binders
    • Binder Organization PowerPoint (8)
    • Binder Rubric (9)
    • Read about the Importance of Writing in Science (11)
    • Discussed the S.E.E.C. Writing Method (12)
    • Discussed Quick Quiz Questions for tomorrow
    • Homework:  Complete the S.E.E.C. Method Writing Practice (13)  Due tomorrow
    • Reminder:  All paperwork and student questionnaires were due Friday
    • Reminder:  Binders with notebook paper were due today

     

    16Aug13

    • Collected any missing paperwork and student questionnaires- all items are available for download on the Honors Biology main page.  The links are located on the left side of the page under the title of Course Documents. 
    • Class Meetings in Auditorium - discussed JAG SWAG Expectations
    • Brain Stretch
      • 1st Period:  Sophomores attended class meeting.  Freshmen  worked on brain stretches
      • 2nd Period:  Freshmen attended class meeting.  Sophomores worked on Brain Stretches
      • 5th and 6th Period:  Finished discussing syllabus and worked on Brain Stretched
    • No Quick Quiz on Monday
    • Homework - Complete Biology and Your Future Study Guide
    • Reminder:  Binder with notebook paper, pens, pencils, and paper towels are due Monday
    • No Quick Quiz tomorrow

     

    15Aug13

    • Collected paperwork and student questionnaires
    • Completed discussion of syllabus
    • Reviewed safety procedures for Fire, Earthquake, Tornado and Lockdown
    • Labeled Agendas for proper use
    • Met classroom pets!
    • Reminder:  If you did not hand in these items today please complete the Student Questionnaire as well as all course paperwork(Parent Syllabus Receipt Form, Flinn Safety Contract, lab Consequences Parent Letter)  Due TOMORROW
    • Reminder:  Binder, pens, pencils, and paper towels are due Monday
    • No Quick Quiz tomorrow

    14Aug11

    • Introduction
    • Syllabus and course paperwork distribution and discussion - items distributed in class today are also available for download on the Honors Biology main page.  The links are located on the left side of the page under the title Course Documents. 
    • Homework - please complete the Student Questionnaire as well as all course paperwork(Parent Syllabus Receipt Form, Flinn Safety Contract, lab Consequences Parent Letter)   Due:  Tomorrow
    • No Quick Quiz tomorrow
    Quick Quizzes
    This page lists information pertaining to Quick Quizzes given in class.  The date of each Quick Quiz is listed.  Next to the date is the questions and/or topics covered on the Quick Quiz given ON THAT DAY.  Most Quick Quiz questions and/or topics are listed the night BEFORE the Quick Quiz is given so it is always prudent to check this site in order to be prepared for class.  The information here is the same that was given to students during class regarding preparation for the following days' Quick Quiz.  This site is also helpful if you need to make up a Quick Quiz as you can always look back to the day you were absent and find the information you need to study for the Quick Quiz you missed.  Use the Quick Links above to view this page!

    ACT for All Juniors

     

     

    On March 3, all juniors will be taking the ACT exam.   This is administered by our state and is free for all students.  Mark your calendar now and if there are any schedule conflicts such as doctor appointments, if at all possible, move those to a different day so your child will not miss the ACT exam.

      

    What is the ACT?

    The ACT is an achievement test that can help determine your level of knowledge from what you have learned in school so far. You will be tested in Math, English, Science, and Reading to gauge your understanding of these topics and how comprehensive your knowledge is.


     

    You may ask what does the ACT score mean?   The highest score you can achieve is 36. The way your score is determined is a bit complicated, but it can provide for an accurate reading of your skills in several areas at once. Most four-year colleges/universities require a score in the range 18-22 for admission. No points are deducted for wrong answers. Each test score is based on the scores you received on the sections within each test.   Those test scores from each area are averaged to create a composite score. This is your overall or final score.


     

    The ACT can benefit you in several ways.   A good score could bring you one step closer to the college you have always wanted to attend or the extra scholarship money to pay for college. You are also being tested on what you actually know rather than your ability to take a test.

     

    Some resources for you and your child to explore in preparation for next week is ACT Test Prep and What Does College and Career Readiness Mean? 

    EOC Review Questions!!!  These are written by

    the state!  Great practice with answers!!!

    These are written in much the same way the EOC questions are going to be written!!!  The language will be very similar! 


    EOC Review Practice Test

    EOC Review Practice Test Answer Key Part I  ***#1 should be C and #2 should B

    EOC Review Practice Test Answer Key Part II

    • Ecology Extra Assignment (50) Due May16th
    • Saturday review session for final exam will be May 17th 11am
    • EOC Final Exam May 21st
    Winter Weather Work

    Due to the winter weather lately we have missed a large amount of school days.  For the rest of January through March material and assignments will be sent home in larger chunks or assigned online via this website.  Students are to work through the assigned material on their own as much as possible.  I will be available via email to answer questions as well as during class when school is in session.  The material will be reviewed in class before any assessment however by studying the material at home we will be able to use our time in class more efficiently and effectively.  This process is known as "flipping the classroom" and is a best practice among teaching professionals.  Students should understand that at this point in the year they should have developed the study skills needed to meet these expectations.  The final exam is administered on a state assigned date and will not be adjusted to meet our extended school year due to missed days.  With that in mind we will progress through the material as planned with students working from home each snow day.  Please check this website daily for information and materials.  It is best to check the homework page as well as the individual unit page for the most up to date information. 

    ST PATRICKS DAY EXTRA ASSIGNMENT

    According to Irish legend, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is famous for driving which feared organism from Ireland?  Provide common name and the Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, and Order for this group of organisms. 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake

    On this St. Patrick’s Day weekend we often celebrate Irish culture and history.  The Irish Potato Famine strongly shaped Irish history.  What organism caused the historic potato blight that was responsible for the death of so many people?  Please provide the scientific name of the organism. *** only do scientific name because classification is sketchy as to if it is fungus, protists or new system****

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/03/potato-blight-patric/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_%28Ireland%29

    Phytophthora infestans
    Report Cards
    It's hard to believe we have completed the first quarter of the school year already!   Report cards will be coming home with all students this Thursday, October 24.   Grades that appear on your child's permanent record (transcript) are the final grades they receive at the end of the school year, not each quarter grade.   Each quarter is averaged together to make the final grade in May which is then transferred to each students' transcript for GPA and class rank purposes.
    Students!  Monday will be a field day (weather permitting)!  This means we will be going outside - please dress accordingly.  We will be on pavement and in the grass. 

     

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    Regular and Honors Biology: 

    This page will be used by Ms. Averett's Biology students and Honors Biology Students.  Differentiation between classes will be made as variations in course work occurs throughout the year.  Both classes take the same state mandated final exam, therefore much of the content and curriculum will be the same for both classes.  However, in class, assessments and assignments will vary in expectation and grading to allow for differences in regular and honors level credit.

    Learning Targets: 

    • Demonstrate organizational skills such as keeping a daily calendar of assignments and activities and maintaining a notebook of class work.
      • Keep your binder organized and updated. 
    • Actively participate in small-group and large-group discussions, assuming various roles. 
      • Participate in class discussions  and ask questions when needed on a daily basis. 
    • Apply active reading, listening, and viewing techniques by taking notes on classroom discussions, lectures, oral and/or video presentations, or assigned at-home reading, and by underlining key passages and writing comments in journals or in margins of texts, where permitted.  
      • Stay on task during class, annotate provided PowerPoint notes and take additional notes during board discussions. 
      • Outline provided materials and assimilate this information into material presented in class. 
    • Use a variety of appropriate sources (e.g. Internet, scientific journals) to retrieve relevant information; cite references properly. 
    • Revise, refine, and proofread own and others writing, using appropriate tools to find strengths and weaknesses and to seek strategies for improvement (using good writing methods). 
      • State, elaborate, use an example and draw a connection when answering open - ended questions.  
    • Apply strategies before, during, and after reading to increase fluency and comprehension (e.g., adjusting purpose, previewing, scanning, making predictions, comparing, inferring, summarizing, using graphic organizers) with increasingly challenging texts. 
      • Improve understanding of material by outlining material presented in class. 
    • Apply knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon affixes, inflections, and roots to understand unfamiliar words and new subject area vocabulary in increasingly challenging texts.
    • Write and speak effectively to present and explain scientific results, using appropriate terminology and graphics. 
      •  Be able to define and correctly spell all vocabulary words.
    • Safely use laboratory equipment and techniques when conducting scientific investigations. 
    • Manipulate variables in experiments using appropriate procedures (e.g. controls, multiple trials). 
    • Collect, organize, and analyze data accurately and precisely (e.g. using scientific techniques and mathematics in experiments)
    • Interpret results and draw conclusions, revising hypothesis as necessary and/or formulating additional questions or explanations.
    • Use mathematics to enhance the scientific inquiry process (e.g., choosing appropriate units of measurement, graphing and manipulating experimental data)
    • Use appropriate essay-test taking and timed-writing strategies that address and analyze the questions.  
    • Demonstrate familiarity with test formats and test administration procedures to increase speed and accuracy. 
      • Complete tests within permitted time limits. 

     Barrows Lecture Series

    The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the 2011 speakers for the 19th annual Winifred and Emil Barrows Lecture Series. Once again, the prestigious lecture series will feature an exciting lineup of internationally acclaimed scientists, explorers and conservationists. Since 1993, the series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.

    Dr. Mark Moffat – Wednesday, March 23
    Dr. Stan Rullman – Wednesday, April 6
    Dr. Bill Conway -  Wednesday, April 27
    Dr. David (Jonah) Western – Tuesday, May 24

    First Quarter Quick Quiz Questions 

    • 15Aug12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 16Aug12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 17Aug12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 20Aug12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 21Aug12 - When using the SEXI Method in creating an open response, what are the four elements that need to be included in your answer?
    • 22Aug12 - Quick Quiz will be over Science of Biology notes
        • Define Biology
        • Given a list of 12 branches of biology (taken from homework) choose three of these branches and state their area of study.
        • Explain the phrase "form fits function" and how it relates to science, specifically biology.  Make your answers S.E.X.I.
    •   23Aug12 - All Quick Quiz Questions will be based on our Basic and Applied Science discussions/notes/homework. 
        • Understand the goals of basic and applied sciences
        • Be able to define or recognize definitions of basic science and applied science
        • Be able to identify provided examples as basic science or applied science
    • 24Aug12 - All questions will vocabulary based.  Be able to correctly spell and provide definitions/descriptions for all 16 vocabulary terms.  You can see a list of the first 16 vocabulary terms on the Unit One page.  Follow the link above for Biology Unit Pages.  
    • 27Aug12 - List the first five characteristics of life, 3-5 vocabulary based questions over all vocabulary terms so far.  
    • 28Aug12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 29Aug12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 30Aug12 -All questions will come from you Characteristics of Life notes
      • Be sure to understand all concepts
      • Be sure to be able to define and correctly spell all vocabulary terms
    • 31Aug12 - List the 12 levels of the Hierarchy of Life in order, spelling counts.  
    • 4Sept12 - All Quick Quiz Questions will be vocabulary based.  When given a definition be able to supply the correct term.  Spelling counts.
    • 5Sept12 -
      •  List, in order from the most general to the most specific and with correct spelling, the eight taxa of life.
      • Explain, in paragraph from, the correct way to write a scientific name.  Be sure to include all of the specific information needed for binomial nomenclature.
      • Given a scientific name written incorrectly, rewrite the name the correct way following the rules for binomial nomenclature. 
    • 6Sept12 - No Quick Quiz.  Binder Assess instead!
    • 7Sept12 - No Quick Quiz.  Vocabulary Quest instead!
    • 10Sept12 - Regular Biology - No Quick Quiz.  Begin studying for test!
      • Honors Biology - Study slides 20-32.  Some of this is review, some of this is NEW material that we have not yet covered in class.  I would like  you to learn this new material on your own.  The Quick Quiz Questions will be level one questions over basic knowledge.  Bring any questions you may have to class on Monday. 
    • 11Sept12  No Quick Quiz.  HOWEVER, begin studying Domain and Kingdom characteristics for Wednesday's Quick Quiz!!!
    • 12Sept12 - Quick Quiz will be over Domains and Kingdoms.  Know the characteristics of the three domains and six kingdoms and be able to match a description to the appropriate domain and kingdom.  
    • 13Sept12 - Quick Quiz will require you to use an abbreviated dichotomous key to identify two organisms. 
    • 14Sept12 - No Quick Quiz.  UNIT ONE TEST INSTEAD!!!
    • 17Sept12 - No Quick Quiz. 
    • 18Sept12 - No Quick Quiz. 
    • 19Sept12 - List the seven steps of the scientific method.  This list can be found on slide 12 of your Nature of Science notes (202)  Given a statement, use your critical thinking skills to decide if it is fact or opinion. 
    • 20Sept12 - Define hypothesis.  Given a statement, write an appropriate hypothesis
    • 21Sept12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 24Sept12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 25Sept12 - No Quick Quiz - 1st and 2nd periods will not meet due to PLAN/Practice PLAN
    • 26Sept12 -  Given a statement, be able to write a hypothesis and identify the independent variable, dependent variable, experimental group, control group and constants.
    • 27Sept12 -1) List the 5th step of the scientific method  2)  Define inference  3)  Decide if a given statement is an observation or an inference.  4)  Decide if a given description is inductive or deductive reasoning. 
    • 28Sept12 -1)  Decide if a given observation provided qualitative or quantitative data   2)  Define hypothesis 3)    Identify the independent and dependent variables in experiments
    • 1Oct12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 2Oct12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 3Oct12 - 1)  List the four criteria that need to be met for scientific research to be valid.  2)  Define theory.  3)  Define bias. 
    • 4Oct12 - No Quick Quiz - Vocabulary Quest instead!  Majority of questions will focus on Unit Two terms, however, a smaller portion of questions will review Unit One terms. 
    • 5Oct12 - No Quick Quiz
    • 8Oct12 - Explain and compute total magnification.  Label with correct spelling the parts of a compound light microscope. 
    • 9Oct12 - No Quick Quiz - Begin studying for Unit Two Test
    • 10Oct12 - No Quick Quiz - Continue studying for Unit Two Test
    • 11Oct12 - Unit Two Test
    • END OF FIRST QUARTER!!!

     Attend a Barrows  Series lecture at the Cincinnati Zoo for Extra Assignment points!!!

    A Poem by Tom Wayman

    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