Wednesday, 1 February 2017 - Evolution & descent w modification discussion topics as promised. Remember to start reviewing the presentation & your corresponding notes for Friday's Kahoot "quiz". This one won't be graded.
Thursday, 2 February 2017 - Classwork - Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab Link. This is the link to accompany the lab packet handed out for the evolution lab. Highlight link and right click, then select "Go to....". http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/stickleback-evolution-virtual-lab
Monday, 13 February 2017 - Modeling Lab - Mathematical Modeling with Hardy-Weinberg Principle.
Objective - complete all group-based work in using the Hardy-Weinberg Principle and your Microsoft Excel Model as outlined in the lab packet.
Procedure - 1. complete all planning and spreadsheet work dictated on pages S28-S36 to set yourselves up to gather data and answer your question(s). 2. beginning on past S37, this is the material to follow closely to determine a course of action using your model to answer your question about the condition/organism you chose to model. Based on your experimental question, create a measurable hypothesis that you will either support or reject with your data. All questions you see on page S37-S39 are important to find answers for as these will serve the discussion portion of your lab report well.
Time - this is the only class period that you will have to complete the planning/analysis portion which is why it was vital that you completed the spreadsheet set-up and research/idea generation before you came to class.
Due Date - the completed lab report, per guidelines I reviewed with you last week, is due one week from today. A professionally formatted paper copy will be due the Wednesday we return from President's Weekend recess. No exceptions. 12 font size, Times New Roman, 1" margins, follow guidelines for format. References/citations mandatory, minimum of 5 supporting sources required throughout your entire lab report.
Mr. F...HELP!!! If you need ideas as to what to investigate, this might help.
EXAM REMINDER:Exam 1 covering the Evolution Unit (Chapters 22-26) will be on Friday, 03 March 2017. The exam will consist of 50 multiple choice questions and an elective essay from a series of possible questions. Review all lab materials, all lecture notes, presentation material, and the textbook readings to accompany lectures.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - CLASSWORK - Geologic Timeline Activity Today's activity will be a one period 25 point assignment. The handouts will provide the information you need to successfully complete the assignment. Be sure to include the following, as well as any additional elements from your notes, geologic timeline handout, and History of Life on Earth PowerPoint: 1st known bird, mammal, amphibian, fish, fern, plant, flowering plant, dinosaurs, major extinctions, and human form progression (Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus aferensis, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, and Homo sapiens).
10 points - correct progression of major geologic ERAS and PERIODS, and years ago the events occurred 10 points - major events, species, and "Ages of...." included. Pictures can be added to a google doc and shared with Mr. F to better generate a completely visual timeline. 5 points - creatively done and indubitably presentable. Far from basic... Suggestion: You'll want to divide the groups into a "measurer", "artist and labeler", "researcher & information gatherers"...etc. This would help you meet the 80 minute timeframe.
6 March 2017 - Homework (due Thursday, 9 March 2017) The document below is a copy of the version handed out in class today to use for the links within. Please write answers on lined paper and staple to your paper copy of the questions.
EXAM TWO REMINDER: Date: Friday, 7 April 2017 Format: multiple choice & student choice of essay Time: 9:15 - 10:40 Material covered: Chapters 29, 30, 35, & 36 presentations; flower anatomy and reproduction lab; stem and twig lab; root lab; transpiration lab. Study tips: review all notes within 24 hours of lecture, 12 hours if possible. Spend what equates to "coffee time" to review notes multiple times a day rather than a marathon session, unless during a time when you do your best work.
Monday, 3 April 2017 - Classwork Gather in the groupings below that you will ultimately work in for the transpiration lab (pushed back until tomorrow), to accomplish the following: (1) review the transpiration lab in its entirety and complete/review the pre-lab questions as a group, even if you completed them individually. This means, know the steps you need to set up the potometer with the exception of using the Vernier gas pressure sensor. (2) review the presentation ending checklists of material you will be responsible for during Friday's exam. Please regard this time with high value and importance as this exam has the opportunity to bounce back handily from exam one. (3) assure any outstanding lab work is handed in for Mr. F to pick up before school on Tuesday morning.
See you all Tuesday morning, group assemblages are as follows: Group 1: Ekram, Lawrence, Rodchill Group 2: Dennis, Jase, Kimberly Group 3: Harley, Neel, Adanna Group 4: Joe, Sejal, Ely-anna, Brienne
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - Classwork There are two articles below on two different plant topics; The Miracle Tree (Moringa oleifera) and a super-interesting article on making fuel from an artificial leaf. Here is the link for The Miracle Tree article: http://www.naturalnews.com/022272.html Artificial leaf article: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601641/a-big-leap-for-an-artificial-leaf/ Both articles will be material for either (1) an essay question during the exam or (2) a bonus question. Read closely... Once finished with your review of the articles, aggregate into groups as arranged for yesterday and continue reviewing the material for Friday's exam.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017 - Classwork All ECE Biology students should go to room i319 for class as I'll be proctoring SAT's in Aero today. Use the time period to review for Friday's exam as well as fully understand the transpiration lab and procedures for tomorrow. The transpiration lab material will not be on Friday's exam. See you all back in the biology lab tomorrow morning.
Monday, 24 April 2017 - Classwork For today's class you will have two parts to complete. Part One: go over the worksheet handed out on Friday helping you understand short vs. long day plants with the same groups you were assigned for the transpiration lab. If absent Friday, copies can be found below the video. Part Two: Closely watch the video below (The Amazing Lives of Plants, Reproductive Cycle of Flower Plants section). Any Cornell notes you feel necessary to write, this 18 minute video is an excellent way to practice taking an active note set. Once done, each person should write 5 challenging, even difficult multiple choice questions on the material in the chapter 38 from the ECE Biology presentations link. Part Three: the chapter 10 (Photosynthesis) PowerPoint presentation has been posted to the presentation link. Begin dissecting this information and getting yourselves prepared for a set of lessons that explain the minutia of this process that sustains life on Earth.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - Classwork There an article below (Fine-tuned Bee-Flower Co-evolutionary State Hidden within Multiple Pollination Interactions) on the relationship between flowers and certain pollinators. Your goal for this morning is to read the article an assemble and analysis detailing the following: 1. The authors' hypothesis for the study 2. What method they took to gather their results 3. What the major findings were 4. What they concluded from the study 5. Why do you feel the connection between flower and pollinator is important? 6. Do you feel the authors effectively conducted and communicated this material in the article? For this, provide at least 3 positive and 3 negative critiques to help answer this. Guidelines: should be at least 1.5 - 2.5 pages in length and shared with Mr. F with a viewable link for the Google Drive document.
If completed early, you should focus in presentation the most recent 2 presentations saved to the "Presentations" Board.
Fine-tuned Bee-Flower Coevolutionary State Hidden within Multiple Pollination Interactions
Monday, 1 May 2017 - Homework for Tuesday's Lab All students are to have the lab read, as well as familiarity with the Vernier SpectroVis Plus instrument to use for the chlorophyll lab tomorrow. There's a video embedded below to help.
Friday, 5 May 2017 - Classwork / Weekend Homework Use the link below to go through this karyotyping activity. Type and print answers to questions, or write out on lined paper. Due: Monday, 8 May 2017 http://www.biology.arizona.edu/human_bio/activities/karyotyping/karyotyping.html
Thursday, 1 June 2017 - Classwork. (1) Today is a shortened class and you should spend the time working on, and understanding the major formulas and population ecology formulas on the worksheet handed out yesterday. When finished, check your answers versus the key I've placed below. Be honest and don't check until you've finished! The practice problems you solved in your notebooks yesterday are in the "class practice" PDF below. (2) Exam 4 is tomorrow. Heads to the grindstone and go into the final with a good showing! See you all tomorrow.