Bio 30 Days – Fall 2008

Cormorant at Dore Lake, SK (Summer 2007)

August

> Aug. 28 – Thursday, Day 1 – Organisms and pH lab

  • Word of the day – Biochemistry: the chemistry of living things
  • Went over Course Outline & Portfolio
  • Issued Textbooks
  • Cue card activity
  • Homework: Definitions Handout: Atom, Molecule, Element, Compound Ion Chemical Bonds

> Aug. 29 – Friday, Day 2 – Learn to use PLATO

  • Notes: 4.1 Matter is Made of Atoms
  • Went to computer lab and learned to use PLATO program
  • DON’T FORGET TO BRING HEADPHONES FOR NEXT WEEK!
  • Homework: Read “Organisms and pH” lab handout
  • Have a good long weekend!

September

> Sept. 2 – Tuesday, Day 3 – Organisms and pH lab

  • Word of the day – pH Scale: a scale that runs from 0 to 14 that describes how acidic or basic a solution is
  • Consider pH scale (pg. 80)
  • Lab: Organism and pH
  • Homework: Lab due Friday, Sept 5 at beginning of class (hand in graph too)

> Sept. 3 – Wednesday, Day 4 – PLATO day 1

  • Notes: 4.2 Chemical Reactions Are Essential to Life
  • Used PLATO program in computer lab
  • Homework: Slides 1-28 of PLATO, Application Questions 1-3
  • We did Mini-Quiz #1

> Sept. 4 – Thursday, Day 5 – PLATO day 2

  • Used PLATO program in computer lab
  • Homework: Slides 29-59 of PLATO, Application Questions 4-7
  • We did Mini-Quiz #2

> Sept. 5 – Friday, Day 6 – PLATO Mastery Test

  • Used PLATO program in computer lab
  • Did PLATO Mastery Test

> Sept. 8 – Monday, Day 1 – Mrs. Gosselin visits, Nutritionist Extraordinaire

  • Word of the day – Homeostasis: a stable internal environment
  • Handed back mini-quiz 1 & 2, and “Organisms and pH” lab
  • Take Home Message (THM) from lab: Our bodies and other biological materials have buffer systems to regulate changes in pH
  • Sheila Gosselin did a presentation on nutrition and good eating habits
  • Due Friday, Sept. 12: Hand-in your diet assignment with with two days of data

> Sept. 9 – Tuesday, Day 2 – Enzyme Lab: My Jello doesn’t jiggle, it runs!

  • Word of the day – Enzyme: a biological catalyst; a substance that speeds up a chemical reaction without being changed in the overall process
  • We discussed the results of the Pineapple/Gelatin Demo
  • Conducted lab: each group came up with an experimental design testing activity of enzyme with change in pH, temperature or concentration
  • Important terms that you must understand are independent variable, dependent variable and control variable
  • Each group left their pineapple treatments of pH, termperature and concentration in gelatin cups. These are being refrigerated overnight. Tomorrow each group will collect their data
  • No homework for today but remember diet data assignment due Friday

> Sept. 10 – Wednesday, Day 3 – Enzyme Lab data collection and Unit 1 Test Review

  • We discussed the results of each group’s treatment on the pineapple in Jello
  • The trends that we should have had:
  1. Concentration: the more concentrated the enzyme the more runny the Jello and vise versa.
  2. pH: pineapples have buffer systems to regulate changes in pH (it can function only between pH’s from 3.5-8, if the enzyme is outside of this range it will be denatured.
  3. Temperature: a heat of 70 C or higher will denature the enzyme. Freezing or cooling will not denature the enzyme, it will simply slow down its activity.
  • Notes: 4.11 Enzymes Catalyze Cell Reactions
  • I handed out a review for Friday’s Unit test
  • We did Mini-Quiz #3
  • No homework for today but remember diet data assignment due Friday
  • OH! We had a new member join our class today (I forgot to say this in class…): Spike, the pregnant-looking mother of a spider. Nick brought her to class from his place… I brought her back to the Dirven’s (where I’m staying) to see how I could keep her alive but then I put her on the ground for a bit (she wasn’t moving much), left her for a bit and then she disappeared. Oops. I think the Dirven’s is going to be infested with little Spikes soon enough.

> Sept. 11 – Thursday, Day 4 – Day off!

  • If there wasn’t a staff meeting today during the bio period I’d be making you guys work like silly!

> Sept. 12 – Friday, Day 5 – Unit Test 1

  • Everyone wrote the unit test today
  • After the test there was time for people to find biology magazine articles for their portfolio. Once you find an article, check it by me first and then I’ll photocopy it so you can use the photocopy for your portfolio.
  • We’ll begin Unit 2 on Monday
  • Remember: tonight everyone is welcome to go slacklining. 8:00pm at the Churchbridge campground. You won’t want to miss it! (but be prepared to fall many, many times…)

> Sept. 15 – Monday, Day 6 – Energy Video

  • I handed back the unit test and went over all the answers
  • In January Mrs. Johnson will let you rewrite one unit test so make sure that you fill in all the right answers when we go over each unit test so that when you do your rewrite you can use your old test to study from, yeeha!
  • I handed back Mini Quiz #3
  • We watched a 20 minute video on energy and I gave a fill-in-the-blanks assignment
  • I handed out an experiment called, “Osmosis & Diffusion Are Egg-cellent” and assigned groups (same groups as the enzyme lab) to do Part A of the experiment which involved submerging an egg in a 250ml beaker of vinegar. I stored these overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Homework for tomorrow: finish all the definitions on the egg experiment handout

> Sept. 16-18 – Tuesday-Thursday, Day 1-3 – Cell Lab, PLATO & Cells Alive!

  • We reviewed the two days of diet recording, Nick & Janessa won apples for best eating!!
  • We checked the eggs that we had left in the vinegar, the egg shells were disintegrating!
  • You were divided into groups of 3, where one group does a cell lab, the other group does PLATO and another does the Cells Alive assignment
  • For the next two days we’ll meet in the class, do part of the egg experiment and then you’ll move to do another group
  • Homework for Wednesday: download the “Class Diet Data” assignment from my blog and blog-comment me your answers

> Sept. 19 – Friday, Day 4 – Class Recap & Finishing up the Egg Experiment

  • We reviewed diffusion and osmosis and applied them to the egg experiment. Since there was a higher concentration of water in the vinegar (95% water, 5% acetic acid) than the egg (87% water, 13% protein) water diffused through the egg membrane and into the egg, making the egg weigh more.
  • We applied this also to how water diffuses through a tea bag sac (membrane) and the small tea particles seep out of the bag into the water. The tea bag sac represents a selectively permeable membrane because only the small tea particles can seep out and not the big tea leaves
  • Then each group predicted what should have happened to their egg (whether water moved in or out, ie. how its mass changed) when it was treated in water, blue water, 1.5% salt water, 15% salt water, or corn syrup.
  • After making the prediction each group then got their egg out of its solution and weighed it to see if their prediction came true (we left the solutions for Samantha, Brittany, Oralie and Nicholas to look at on Monday)
  • I recorded all the class results and I’ll print a copy out for everyone because everyone will need to understand why water moved in or out of the egg for each treatment
  • I gave some time to work on the “Cell City” assignment and then we had a mini-quiz
  • Homework:
  • Due Monday – The Egg experiment questions (Due on Tuesday for Samantha, Brittany, Oralie and Nicholas) but make sure that you know that I don’t want you to do question 4 anymore AND question 3 is specific to each group: “How did the egg change when you put it from vinegar into your group’s treatment? Explain using the vocabulary of diffusion/osmosis, selectively permeable membrane etc.” Since Samantha and William broke their like (my me), you can pretend you put it in any of the 5 treatments and write about it.
  • Due Tuesday – All of the pages for the Cells Alive handout (ie. parts 1-5, remember that you can access the video for part 5 by clicking the bio 30 icon on the school computer.
  • Other notes: There will be no more class time to finish the PLATO work you did on the computer. The unit test, which will be next Friday, will have 10 questions from the mastery test on it. Since I won’t be marking your mastery tests for this PLATO section you can do the mastery test as many times as you want to prepare for the unit test.
  • The questions for the cell lab, “Structure of Living Cells”, will not be due (this is the lab where we prepared slides for onion, geranium and cheek cells). We will go over the answers for this lab in class on Monday.
  • The following people have not handed in the diet data graph assignment: Jordi, Cody, Dylan, Danielle or Janessa.
  • Wow, that was a long entry! Blah! Have a good weekend y’all.

> Sept. 22 – Monday, Day 5 – Tonicity and Passive & Active Transport

  • Everyone needed to hand in their egg experiment lab (save Samantha, Brittany, Oralie and Nicholas)
  • I handed back the osmosis Mini-Quiz and posted the questions & answers online
  • Notes on hypotonic, isotonic and hypertonic solutions and their effect on osmosis and osmotic pressure
  • Overhead notes on “Rates of Diffusion”
  • Started notes/diagrams for passive transport (notes to finish: active transport)
  • Due Tomorrow – All of the pages for the Cells Alive handout (ie. parts 1-5, remember that you can access the video for part 5 by clicking the bio 30 icon on the school computer

> Sept. 23 – Tuesday, Day 6 – Glycolysis & Cellular Respiration

  • I started class by going insane. I thought I was a molecule of ADP in serious need of my glucose energy drink to gain a phosphate and become ATP
  • We watched a short video clip about ATP and Glycolysis & Cellular Respiration and you finished a fill-in-the-blanks assignment about it, adding a few notes
  • I handed out a breakdown of all the chemical processes that occur during cell respiration noting at which stage each occurred, where they occurred, and how much ATP was produced at each stage
  • We learned that NAD+ is an important hydrogen carrier-molecule that becomes NADH and carries hydrogens to the electron transport chain
  • There were 6 take home messages that you wrote down which you need to know for the test
  • We also compared the two modes of cellular respiration: aerobic vs anaerobic respiration

> Sept. 24 – Wednesday, Day 1 – Photosynthesis

  • I handed back the egg experiment and questions
  • We reviewed cellular respiration and why I ran around insane last class as an ATP molecule
  • The overall chemical equation for cellular respiration is: C6 H12 O6 + 6O2 –> 6 CO2 + 6 H2O
  • Overhead notes 4.4: Photosynthesis is the source of your energy
  • We watched a short video clip about Photosynthesis and you finished a fill-in-the-blanks assignment about it, adding a few notes
  • We compared cellular respiration to photosynthesis using a table
  • We compared light-dependent vs light-independent (Calvin-Benson cycle) reactions
  • I put up a cross-section view of a leaf and noted 3 adaptations leaves have that make it suitable for photosynthesis (transparent cuticle to allow light in, chloroplasts at the top of the leaf to take light in, and stomata at the bottom to let gases in or out (CO2 in, O2 out)

> Sept. 25 – Thursday, Day 2 – Unit 2 Test Review

  • I handed back your Cells Alive assignments
  • We reviewed photosynthesis for which this is the overall chemical: 6 CO2 + 6 H2O –> C6 H12 O6 + 6O2
  • I gave a short mini-quiz but not for marks, it was just for you to see what you remember from yesterday
  • You finished some notes on passive and active transport and compared the two
  • I posted the answers for parts 1 and 5 of your Cells Alive assignment and I posted some pictures of your cells that we took in the lab, expect some of its diagrams on the test
  • Good luck studying!

> Sept. 26 – Friday, Day 3 – Unit 2 Test

  • Most people wrote the test today but a few were missing
  • After the test there was time for people to find biology magazine articles for their portfolio. Once you find an article, check it by me first and then I’ll photocopy it so you can use the photocopy for your portfolio.
  • We did some word puzzles (they’re called Rebus puzzles apparently…)
  • We’ll begin Unit 3 on Monday

> Sept. 29 – Monday, Day 4 – Animal Systems, unit overview

  • Overhead notes, “The Major Organ Systems and Their Functions”, everyone did these notes in a table
  • We reviewed the difference between active and passive transport
  • Notes: “Obtaining and Transporting Materials”, Hydra diagram on page 378, Fish gills diagram on page 379
  • I told everyone my frostbite story last December and showed pictures

> Sept. 30 – Tuesday, Day 5 – Circulatory Systems

  • Word of the day – Hemolymph: the blood equivalent in invertebrates (ex. grasshopper) that circulates nutrients in an open circulatory system (hemolymph isn’t red like our blood because it doesn’t carry oxygen. Instead it is yellowy-green)
  • Finished notes on “Obtaining and Transporting Materials”
  • We compared open vs closed circulatory systems (and organisms with no circulatory systems, like hydra) in a table
  • We drew a grasshopper diagram (it has an open circulatory system) and took notes on it
  • I handed out “The Human Heart” assignment and a “Mammalian Heart and Associated Blood Vessels” diagram (don’t worry about part “c” and part “e”)
  • Due Tomorrow “The Human Heart” assignment

October

> Oct. 1 – Wednesday, Day 6 – Functions of heart, lungs, kidneys and liver & Sphygmomanometer

  • We started off class with a Mini-Quiz
  • I took in your “Human Heart” assignments
  • I handed back your Unit 2 tests and we went over the answers
  • Each person selected their research topics for reproduction (it will be a 3-5 minute presentation)
  • Mrs. J took groups of 2 away to use the sphygmomanometer
  • You took down notes on the functions of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver in the circulation system
  • Due Tomorrow The heart diagram for tomorrow

> Oct. 2 – Thursday, Day 1 – Sphygmomanometer & Circulation Assignment

  • I handed out the “Circulation Assignment”
  • For the rest of the class time I let everyone work on the “Circulation Assignment” and if there was extra time, to copy down notes on the functions of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver in the circulation system–those notes from yesterday
  • At random times Mrs. J took groups of 2 away to use the sphygmomanometer
  • Notes: “Blood Types”
  • Homework Because people were away, the heart diagram will be due for tomorrow. The “Circulation Assignment” will be due for Monday

> Oct. 3 – Friday, Day 3 – The Immune System

  • I went over some of class policies/expectations with respect to late assignments, questions, and when you’re going to be missing class
  • We took a vote on whether to have two tests, OR one test and a quiz after you learn each system (circulatory system, nervous system, endocrine system and reproductive system). One test and several quizzes it is!
  • I handed out a planning sheet for your reproduction presentation
  • Respiration video: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu_ONM3Bj9A&feature=related>
  • “Blood” hand out
  • Notes on “Immune System”
  • I handed out a review for Monday’s quiz
  • Homework:
  1. Due Monday: “Circulation Assignment” AND a 15-minute quiz on the circulatory system
  2. Due Wednesday: your planning sheet for your reproduction presentation
  • Slacklining at 7:00pm Sunday night at the Churchbridge campground, everyone is welcome
  • Good luck studying

> Oct. 6 – Monday, Day 3 – Circulation Test (30 minute class because of Magazine drive assembly)

  • Homework check on “Circulation Assignment”
  • Circulation System Test
  • Homework: page 440, questions 1-6

> Oct. 7 – Tuesday, Day 4 – Heart Donation and Transplant

  • Homework check: page 440, questions 1-6
  • Finished notes on the immune system
  • Started notes on Heart Donation and Transplant
  • Due Tomorrow: your planning sheet for your reproduction presentation

> Oct. 8 – Wednesday, Day 5 – HIV & AIDS

  • Reproduction planning assignments were handed in
  • Finished notes on heart transplants
  • Notes on HIV/AIDS
  • Statistics of people with HIV/AIDS in Saskatchewan
  • Talked about platelets
  • I handed out some questions on Heart Donation and Transplant
  • Due Friday: Heart Donation and Transplant assignment

> Oct. 9 – Thursday, Day 6 – The Nervous System

  • I handed back the Circulation test and we reviewed it
  • The next test will be later next week (Thursday or Friday)
  • The reproduction presentations will probably be Thursday & Friday next week as well (they won’t take up the full two days so you can still write a test one of those days)
  • 10 True/False questions on AIDS
  • Notes on the nervous system
  • There will be a mini-quiz tomorrow that’s weighted like three mini-quizzes, 1 of the questions will be on HIV/AIDS and the other 3 will be on heart transplant and donation stuff
  • Due Tomorrow: Heart Donation and Transplant assignment

> Oct. 10 – Friday, Day 1 – The Nervous System: Sensitivity and Reflexes

  • I took in the Heart Donation and Transplant assignment
  • Everyone did the short mini-quiz
  • We discussed the reproduction presentations and I went over how everyone will be marked based on 1. Completeness, 2. Accuracy, 3. Organization, 4. Presentation
  • We did a lab activity on the sensitivity of our senses from pgs 461-463 in the text and a reflex activity in a handout that I gave out yesterday
  • Due next class, Tuesday: The Discussion Questions for all 3 parts of the lab activity on pgs 461-463 (just answer them as best you can) AND do both parts of the reflex activity, filling out your sheet for: 1. knee jerk reflex, 2. pupil reflex, but don’t worry about the 3 summary questions at the bottom of the page (If you didn’t finish the knee jerk part in school, do it with your family)

> Oct. 14 – Tuesday, Day 2 – The Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems

  • Homework check: Reflex Activity & Lab Questions
  • Nick taught us why some people are more ticklish than others
  • I showed you my work with saw-whet owls over the weekend
  • Notes: The Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems
  • We talked briefly about MND (Motor Neuron Disease)
  • There will be a TEST on the immune system on Thursday
  • We talked about the reproduction presentations and determined the order you’ll present

> Oct. 15 – Wednesday, Day 3 – The Structure of a Neuron

  • I handed back mini-quizzes
  • We discussed the reproduction presentations, I gave out your presentation order and who you will be marking for
  • Notes: Neuron structure
  • We drew a picture of a neuron
  • We reviewed the lab on pgs 461-463
  • Notes: Impulse Transmission
  • Your immune system TEST will be tomorrow
  • Due for tomorrow: Reflex lab picture and summary questions

> Oct. 16 – Thursday, Day 4 – Immune System Test & Reproduction Presentations

  • I took in your Reflex lab picture and summary questions
  • Immune System Test
  • We started the reproduction presentations

> Oct. 17 – Friday, Day 5 – Reproduction Presentations Day 2

  • We continued the reproduction presentations
  • Due for the weekend: blog-comment or email the following (robgosselin AT hotmail.com): a short summary (5-10 sentences, though you can write more) about your presentation, ie. answer all parts of your initial question (I will mark you out of 10 on completion, ie. if you answer all parts of your question you’ll get a 10)

> Oct. 20 – Monday, Day 6 – Are You Lying?

  • We finished the reproduction presentations
  • Handed out “Nervous System Complexity/Reptile vs Human brain” assignment
  • Reviewed the structure of a neuron (new term: Schwann cell )
  • We did the “Are You Lying?” activity
  • Due for tomorrow: The “Nervous System Complexity/Reptile vs Human brain” assignment, reproduction summaries were already due too!

> Oct. 21 – Tuesday, Day 1 – Impulse Transmission

  • Mini quiz of a neuron diagram
  • Handed in the “Nervous System Complexity/Reptile vs Human brain” assignment
  • Handed back tests and reviewed them
  • Note: the following people still have not emailed or blogged me their reproduction summaries:  Dylan, Aimee, Danielle, William & Janessa
  • Notes: Impulse Transmissions
  • Flow diagram on page 465

> Oct. 22 – Wednesday, Day 2 – Review for the test

  • Note: the following people still have not emailed or blogged me their reproduction summaries:  Dylan, Aimee, Danielle, William & Janessa
  • Today we basically reviewed all the notes for what you’ll need to know for tomorrow’s test: reflex diagram, summary questions from pupil dilation activity
  • Notes: sympathetic vs parasympathetic
  • Good luck studying!

> Oct. 23 – Thursday, Day 3 – Nervous System Test & The Endocrine System

  • Note: the following people still have not emailed or blogged me their reproduction summaries:  Dylan, Aimee, Danielle & William
  • Test on the Nervous System
  • Notes: Endocrine System, Pituitary Gland
  • Diagram of Signals & Receptors: First & Second Messenger Systems (Hormones to target cells)

> Oct. 24 – Friday, Day 4 – The Endocrine System Day 2

  • Completed handout on the functions of various endocrine glands
  • Notes on insulin/glucogon — diabetes 1 & 2
  • Handed out diagram assignment of Male & Female Reproductive Systems
  • Due for Monday: Questions 1-6 on pg 477 (you’ll have to read from 17.7 onward for answers), ALSO due – Male & Female Reproductive Systems diagram assignment and fill in the functions for all terms in bold

> Oct. 27 – Monday, Day 5 – Reproduction

  • Homework check on Male & Female Reproductive Systems handout
  • Notes on Sexual & Asexual Reproduction
  • Notes on Internal & External Fertilization
  • Due for Tuesday: pg 138 (all questions) AND pg 143 (#1-6)

> Oct. 28 – Tuesday, Day 6 – External & Internal Reproduction and Embryonic Development

  • Homework check on chapter questions
  • Notes: Internal & External Fertilization
  • Corected chapter questions
  • Finishing notes on Insulin & Glucagon
  • Earthworm fertilization diagram
  • Notes: Embryonic development in reptiles and birds

> Oct. 29 – Wednesday, Day 1 – No class: Crime Stopper’s Presentation in auditorium

  • No class!

> Oct. 30 – Thursday, Day 2 – Human Embryonic Development

  • Notes: Human Development
  • Diagram: Human Male Reproductive System
  • Diagram: Human Female Reproductive System
  • Due for Friday: pg 170 (#1-5)

> Oct. 31 – Friday, Day 3 – The Menstrual Cycle

  • Notes: The Menstrual Cycle
  • Handout of the Menstrual Cycle
  • Handout of Birth Control Methods
  • Diagram of step by step process of the menstrual cycle
  • Biofeedback in the menstrual cycle: regulated by hormonal changes (pg. 151 in textbook)
  • Due for Tuesday: (I made this due for Monday but I threw it upon you guys fast I realize…) go through the reproduction summaries (I put them on the blog to download and on the school group biol 30 folder) and for each answer what the main point was AND why it’s important today. It doesn’t have to be super detailed, what I want is for you to be familiar with the presentations because from them I’ll write up some multiple choice questions for the test…

> Nov. 3 – Monday, Day 4 – Pregnancy & Childbirth

  • Homework check and corrected textbook questions #1-5 on pg. 170
  • Reviewed hormones and menstrual cycle & estrous cycle in other animals (ex. cat in heat)
  • Birth control handout: hormonal vs barrier birth control
  • Handouts and discussion: 1. Months of development, 2. Do I have to gain weight?, 3. Giving birth
  • Due for tomorrow: Handout on stem cells, write paragraph AND go through the reproduction summaries (I put them on the blog to download and on the school group biol 30 folder) and for each answer what the main point was AND why it’s important today. It doesn’t have to be super detailed, what I want is for you to be familiar with the presentations because from them I’ll write up some multiple choice questions for the test…

> Nov. 4 – Tuesday, Day 5 – Stem Cells

  • Homework check on stem cells paragraph and reproduction presentation summaries
  • Reproductive technologies: 1. Amniocentesis, 2. Stem cells (refer to reproduction for materials on the other reproductive technologies
  • Discussion about stem cells
  • Powerpoint and notes about stem cells
  • Handed out test review: Test on endocrine system & reproductive systems

> Nov. 5 – Wednesday, Day 6 – Fetal Pig Dissection Day 1

  • Handed out pig dissection lab
  • Began pig dissections

> Nov. 6 – Thursday, Day 1 – Fetal Pig Dissection Day 2

  • Continued pig dissections

> Nov. 7 – Friday, Day 2 – Fetal Pig Dissection Day 3 (Half-day)

  • Finished pig dissections
  • Pig dissection labs are due for next Thursday
  • (this was a half-class because of remembrance day service)

> Nov. 12 – Wednesday, Day 3 – Test on Endocrine & Reproductive Systems

  • Test on Endocrine & Reproductive Systems

> Nov. 13 – Thursday, Day 4 – NO CLASS (Early Dissmissal because of staff meeting)

  • No class

> Nov. 14 – Friday, Day 5 – New Unit: Genetics (Unit Four)

  • Notes 4.12: Nucleic Acids Control the Activities of the Cell
  • Handed out and worked through DNA Model Lab using building blocks to create DNA
  • Handed out DNA Synthesis and Protein Synthesis Simulation assignment
  • Due for Monday: DNA Model lab and first page of DNA Synthesis and Protein Synthesis Simulation assignment

> Nov. 17 – Monday, Day 6 – Replication, Transcription & Translation

  • Handed in DNA model labs
  • Notes: DNA & RNA & Protein synthesis
  • Compared RNA & DNA
  • Handed out transcription & translation fill-in-the-blanks
  • Watched Youtube videos and did notes on transcription & translation
  • Handed out translation assignment
  • Due for tomorrow: DNA Synthesis and Protein Synthesis Simulation internet assignment AND translation assignment questions (1 – 11)

> Nov. 18 – Tuesday, Day 1 – Review of Transcription & Translation

  • Handed in translation assignment
  • Homework check on DNA Synthesis and Protein Synthesis Simulation internet assignment
  • Handed back DNA Model labs
  • Review: Transcription & Translation
  • Finished last page of DNA Synthesis and Protein Synthesis Simulation internet assignment
  • Handout: Beef insulin assignment
  • Due for tomorrow: Finish Beef insulin assignment

> Nov. 19 – Wednesday, Day 2 – Cell Division

  • Video: Genetics I: Fundamentals of DNA
  • Human Genome Poster
  • Notes: Cell cycle & Discussion (5.9)
  • Diagram on the cell cycle
  • Review of Transcription & Translation
  • Notes: Cell cycle & Discussion (5.10)
  • Video: Cell Division
  • Handed out mitosis labs
  • Due for tomorrow: Questions 1-6 (Pg 131 in text), read mitosis labs for prep

> Nov. 20 – Thursday, Day 3 – Mitosis Lab

  • Did Mitosis labs
  • Due for tomorrow: Questions 1-6 (Pg 131 in text), Mitosis labs due tomorrow

> Nov. 21 – Friday, Day 4 – Meiosis Lab

  • Reviewed Mitosis
  • Notes handout: Meiosis
  • Meiosis lab with beads kit
  • Due for Monday: Questions 1-7 (Pg 143 in text), Meiosis labs due (diagrams & questions 1-9) — By 6PM (Saturday) I’ve posted the answer key for you to draw your diagrams — by Sunday afternoon I’ll have meiosis videos that you can watch — EXTRA NOTE: These videos are taking a heck of a long time to upload to the internet, expect them by 7:30pm(ish).
  • ARRGH… well, I guess I hate computers. It’s been over 3 hours and the video still hasn’t uploaded. Why not check back by 9:00pm and if it’s not up at the main page by then, you can give up on it for today. But I did upload the mitosis video for now.

> Nov. 24 – Monday, Day 5 – Genetic Engineering Day 1

  • Handed in Meiosis Labs
  • The next test will be on Thursday
  • Notes: Meiosis vs Mitosis
  • Overhead: comparing meiosis to mitosis
  • Notes and overhead: comparing the meiosis of egg formation vs sperm formation
  • Handout: Genetic engineering – PLATO questions
  • Went to computer lab to work on PLATO
  • Due: Watch videos on my blog of meiosis and mitosis, I’ll pull people from the computer lab tomorrow to help you review these

> Nov. 25 – Tuesday, Day 6 – Genetic Engineering Day 2

  • Handout: additional page to PLATO questions
  • Went to computer lab to work on PLATO
  • I pulled groups of 3 aside to review meiosis and mitosis with models
  • Due: Watch videos on my blog of meiosis and mitosis for review. The mastery test for PLATO is NOT assigned, however, I will use some of the mastery point questions as multiple choice questions on Thursday’s test. If you haven’t already, make sure you finish your meiosis labs by tomorrow.

> Nov. 26 – Wednesday, Day 1 – Review for test

  • Homework check on text questions (Pg 131 #1-6 AND Pg 143 CR #1-7)
  • Notes: Genetic Screening
  • Reviewed and starred important portions of genetic engineering questions from PLATO
  • Notes: Mutations & Recombinant DNA
  • Corrected text questions
  • Reviewed any pertinent questions about material

> Nov. 27 – Thursday, Day 2 – Genetics Test 1

  • Genetics Test 1 & Practical Test with models for mitosis/meiosis demonstration

> Dec. 1 – Monday, Day 3 – Mutations and Sickle Cell Anemia

  • Handed back and reviewed test
  • Notes: Gene mutations vs chromosomal mutations
  • Notes: Sickle Cell anemia
  • Handed out human inheritance assignment
  • Due: Human inheritance assignment

> Dec. 2 – Tuesday, Day 4 – Sickle Cell Anemia

  • Sickle Cell Anemia handout and completed it
  • Reviewed Human Genome Poster
  • Discussed human Inheritance assignment
  • Notes: Gene Mapping
  • Notes: Terminology
  • Handed out Sickle Cell Disease & Malaria sheet
  • Handed out Labs for next day
  • No Homework

> Dec. 3 – Wednesday, Day 5 – NO CLASS (Career Day)

  • No class

> Dec. 4 – Thursday, Day 6 – Mendelian Genetics & Monohybrid Crosses

  • Notes: History on Gregor Mendel
  • Handed out Genetics Problems questions package
  • Did examples 1, 3, and 5 of Monohybrid Cross problems from Genetics Problems
  • Due: Remainder of Monohybrid Cross problems from Genetics Problems questions (2, 4, 6, 7-10)

> Dec. 5 – Friday, Day 1 – Human Heredity & Monohybrid Crosses

  • Homework Check on Genetics Problems
  • Did Human Heredity paper lab
  • Corrected Monohybrid Cross problems from Genetics Problems questions
  • Due: Human Heredity paper lab questions 1-5

> Dec. 8 – Monday, Day 2 – Incomplete Dominance Problems

  • Handed in Human Heredity paper lab
  • Mini-quiz
  • Corrected Mini-quiz
  • Word of the day: Incomplete Dominance
  • Completed questions 1-3 (and 4, kinda…) of Sex-linkage, Multiple Alleles & Incomplete Dominance problems from Genetics Problems questions
  • No Homework

> Dec. 9 – Tuesday, Day 3 – Sex-linked & Multiple Allele Genetics Problems

  • Completed questions 4-7 from Sex-linkage, Multiple Alleles & Incomplete Dominance assignment
  • Did Sickle Cell Anemia Assignment
  • Due: Questions 8-10 from Sex-linkage, Multiple Alleles & Incomplete Dominance assignment AND Sickle Cell Anemia Assignment (#1-6 & Conclusion) AND (ayee!) work on portfolios!

> Dec. 10 – Wednesday, Day 4 – Dihybrid Crosses with Mrs. J (Mr. G is in Yorkton for a PD Day)

  • Corrected homework
  • Dihybrid cross questions 1 & 2
  • Due: Dihybrid cross question #5 AND work on portfolios!

> Dec. 11 – Thursday, Day 5 – Video: Genetics & Reproduction 1

  • Mini-Quiz on Dihybrid cross question #5
  • Dihybrid cross questions 3 & 4
  • Video: Genetics & Reproduction – From Genetic Diseases to Designer Babies
  • Due: Portfolios

> Dec. 12 – Friday, Day 6 – Video: Genetics & Reproduction 2

  • Handed in Portfolios
  • Handed out and completed Genetics & Reproduction Video handout
  • Finished watching video: Genetics & Reproduction – From Genetic Diseases to Designer Babies
  • Notes: Embryo Selection; Designer Babies
  • Notes: Human Genetic Diseases (up to ~Tay-sachs or Huntington’s Disease)
  • Handed out Genetics Problems supplementary questions
  • Due: Genetics Problems supplementary questions #4, 7, 14 and 23

> Dec. 15 – Monday, Day 1 – Population Genetics

  • Homework check on Genetics Problems
  • Notes: Population Genetics, species, deme, gene pool, genetic drift, Hardy-Weinberg Law, Evolution
  • Handout for discussion: Purebred Dogs, Hemophilia & Genetic Drift
  • Handed out review
  • Due: Genetics Problems supplementary questions #16, 22, 27 and 32 AND first two pages of review

> Dec. 16 – Tuesday, Day 2 – Quizzing Review

  • Discussion about variation and its survival value
  • Review important genetic crosses to prepare for for test
  • Review for test via quizzing seats, secretly prepared on balcony
  • No Homework

> Dec. 17 – Wednesday, Day 3 – Genetics Test 2

  • Second test on genetics

> Dec. 18 – Thursday, Day 4 – Last Day, Finishing Up

  • Handed back and corrected Genetics Test 2
  • Handed back and discussed portfolio
  • Sang the Biology 30 song
  • Great working with all of you, all the best with your future plans and keep in touch!

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