Monday, December 14, 2009

Week of Dec 14-18

Monday: Lab Day 1
Tuesday: Lab Day 2, finish presentations
Wednesday: Chapter 4 Test
Thursday: Debrief Lab
Friday: Lab Quiz

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Week of 11/30-12/4 and 12/7-11

  • Monday 11/30: 4.1 ATP + Chemical Energy Notes
  • Tuesday 12/1: 4.2-4.3 Photosynthesis Notes
  • Wednesday 12/2: Photosynthesis posters
  • Thursday 12/3: 4.4 Cellular Respiration Notes
  • THURSDAY DUE: Photosynthesis Poster
  • Friday 12/4: Cellular Respiration posters
  • FRIDAY DUE: 4.1, 4.2 Study Guide


  • M 12/7: 4.3 Study Guide
  • T 12/8: 4.4 Study Guide
  • W 12/9: 4.5 Study Guide
  • F 12/11: 4.6 Study Guide


  • T 12/15: Chapter 4 Test

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Week of Nov 16-20

Monday 11/16:
  • DUE: 3.3 Study Guide
  • DUE: Cell Membrane Lab
Tuesday 11/17:
  • DUE: 3.4 Study Guide
  • Notes on 3.4
Wednesday 11/18:
  • DUE: Bring an egg!
  • Egg Lab Day 1
Thursday 11/19:
  • DUE: 3.5 Study Guide
  • Egg Lab Day 2
Friday 11/20:
  • Egg Lab Day 3

Monday 11/23:
  • Chapter 3 Test Review
Tuesday 11/24:
  • DUE: Chapter 3 Homework Packet
Wednesday 11/25:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Belated Nov 9-13

A thousand apologies for this SUPER belated posting. As you know, I've been sick this week.

  • Cell Type Lab
  • Sub Day
  • Watch "Journey Through the Cell" parts 1 & 2
  • No school!
  • Finish Cell Type Lab
  • Plasma Membrane notes + activity
  • DUE: Read 3.3
  • DUE: Organelle Project
  • DUE: Cell Type Lab
  • DUE: Study Guide 3.3
  • DUE: Cell Membrane Lab Worksheet

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Friday Plan Updated

2nd Period: Finish presenting

  • Microscope Lab Due
  • Correct Microscope Lab
  • Correct 3.2 if we haven't
  • Assign Organelle Project

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 2-6

Microscope Lab

Microscope Lab

Quiz: 3.1, Microscope Parts

Sub Day

Wrap up Microscope Lab, Looking forward to Cell Lab

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Changes to the week

  • Limitations to Cell Size activity
  • Finish Cell Size Activity
  • Cells in the News
  • Microscopy Article
  • Organelle Notes

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Week of Oct 26-30

  • Hand out CH. 3 Study Guide
  • Grade Video Worksheet
  • How big?
  • Cell History and Theory
  • Microscope History
  • Microscope Parts
  • Cell Organelles
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Cell work in class
  • Finish Cell Organelles
  • DUE: Study Guide 3.1, 3.2
KEEPING TRACK: Chapter 3 Packet so far:
  • Chapter 3 Study Guide
  • Cells Video WS

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Week of Oct 19-23

  • Mello Jello Lab
  • Go over study guide 2.4, 2.5
  • Toothpickase
  • Finish Mello Jello
  • Macromolecule Quiz
  • Any questions?
  • Chapter 2 Test
  • Shortened schedule for homecoming assembly
  • Day after a test Day

Chapter 2 Test - Thursday!

The Chapter 2 Test covers:
  • All of chapter 2 (re-read
  • chapter, your notes, the study guide)
  • Properties of Water Labs
  • Macromolecule Building Labs
  • Macromolecule Indicator Lab
  • Mello Jello Lab (Monday-Tuesday)
Good Idea: Go to and do the practice quizzes for ch.2!

Monday, October 12, 2009

This Week:

  • Build Proteins
  • Correct Model Building: Carbohydrate
  • Correct Model Building for Lipids and Proteins
  • Pop Quiz
  • Notes on 2.4
  • PSAT
  • Afternoon Sessions: Biology Lab Make-up
  • Indicator Lab Practical Quiz
  • Notes on 2.5
  • Study Guide 2.4-2.5 due
  • PreLab for Monday's Lab

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Oct 8-9, Next Week

Thursday: Building Carbohydrates

Friday: Building Lipids

Stamp for completion: Worksheet 2.3

Monday: Building Proteins

Tuesday: Correct Model Building Worksheets

Wednesday: PSAT AM
Afternoon: Sessions for Biology Lab Make up

Thursday: Indicator Lab Practical
Notes on 2.4, 2.5

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday 10/6

Molecules Indicator Lab extension today.


QUIZ: 2.1, 2.2, Water Lab

Turn in Properties of Water Lab 1
Turn in Properties of Water Lab 2

Stamp: Macromolecules Indicator Lab

Monday, October 5, 2009

Week of Oct 5-9

Monday: Indicator Lab Day 1

Tuesday: Indicator Lab Day 2

Wednesday: Properties of Water Quiz

  • Properties of Water Lab 1
  • Properties of Water Lab 2
  • Indicator Lab Questions
Thursday: Building Carbohydrate Models

Friday: Building Lipid Models

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday 10/2

Today we went over 2.3 Macromolecules. There is a LOT of information to know - way more then you find in the book.


I have copy/pasted my "answers" - there are MANY other answers/examples which are quite good:

Notes for Friday 10/2

Nucleic Acids:

a. What is name of the polymer? Nucleic Acids

b. What monomers are the polymer made up from?

i. Nucleotides

c. What is the function of the polymer?

i. Store and transmit genetic information

ii. Direct the synthesis of proteins

d. Draw the structure of the polymer

e. Give 4 examples of your polymer:

i. DNA

1. Guanine

2. Cytosine

3. Adenine

4. Thymine

ii. RNA

1. Guanine

2. Cytosine

3. Adenine

4. Uracil


2. What is name of the polymer?

a. Protein

3. What monomers are the polymer made up from?

a. Amino Acids

4. What is the function of the polymer?

a. Enzymes

b. Cell signaling

c. Structure

5. Draw the structure of the polymer:

6. Give 4 examples of your polymer:

a. Enzymes: lactase

b. Cell signaling

c. Structure

i. Actin, Tubulin

ii. Collagin & elastin make cartilage & keratin (connective tissue)


7. What is name of the polymer?

a. Carbohydrate

8. What monomers are the polymer made up from?

a. Monosaccharides

2 Monosaccharides together form a Disaccharide

2+ monosaccharides form Polysaccharides

9. What is the function of the polymer?

a. Energy, structure, energy storage

10.Draw the structure of the polymer:

11.Give 4 examples of your polymer.

a. Monosaccharides: glucose, fructose

b. Dissacharides: sucrose, lactose

c. Polysaccharides: starch, cellulose (plant cell walls), chitin (exoskeletons, some fungi)


12.What is name of the polymer?

a. Lipids

13.What monomers are the polymer made up from?

a. Fatty acids

14.What is the function of the polymer?

a. Signaling

b. Structure

c. Energy structure

15.Draw the structure of the polymer:

16.Give 4 examples of your polymer.

a. Sterol: steroids, cholesterol

b. Phospholipids: membrane

c. Adipocyte (fat cell): energy storage

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday 9/30

Today we corrected Properties of Water Lab + Properties of Water cont.

  • Correcting 2.1, 2.2 Study Guide
  • Introduction to Macromolecules
Wednesday 10/7
  • Properties of Water Quiz
  • TURN IN: Properties of Water Labs

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Properties of Water

The Properties of Water Lab + Extension are due Wednesday 9/30. We will be correcting these in class.

We are also going over the 2.1-2.2 Worksheets.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Monday & Tuesday

Properties of water lab!

Please wear closed-toes shoes.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Friday 9/25

Due Today: Read 2.1, 2.2

Today: Notes on 2.1, 2.2

Chapter 2 Packet
  • The chapter 2 packet will be stamped periodically as pieces become due.
  • Packet turned in on day of Chapter 2 Test
  • Replacement packets cost points. The packet consists of workbook pages and can be downloaded from the online book!
For Monday: 2.1, 2.2 Worksheet pages due in packet

Monday: Properties of Water Lab

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Thursday and Friday

Today was the scenario quiz! Yay!

For Tomorrow: Read 1.1, 1.2

What is Life?

For Friday: Read 2.1, 2.2

Chemistry of Life - we're going straight into chemistry and then into water, sugars, lipids, and proteins!

For Monday: Wear Real Shoes!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

For Wednesday:

Sheep Dash Lab Due - this is less formal than the first one, but the final product is due tomorrow.

Experimental Design Quiz!

Conversion worksheet from Tuesday 9/22.

Great meeting all you parents tonight!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Misleading Graphs

PS "Celsius" is always capitalized because it is named for Anders Celsius!

Friday - a belated posting

Turn in: scavenger hunt (5th period: I will let you know when the problems have been resolved)

Finish Posters if needed
Make absolutely certain you have EVERY design piece!

Grade Safety Quizzes

Drawing + Procedures

Next Week:

If your class did not draw on Friday, then your procedure is due on Monday.

Wednesday: Experimental Design Quiz

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

This Week

Monday: Lab report was due. Peer correcting.

Tuesday (Today): Safety Skits
  • Period 3 and 4 will be presenting their experimental plans tomorrow.
Wednesday: Safety Quiz

Thursday: In Portable 1 signing up for online book!


Friday: More experimental design. Book checkout.

NEXT WEDNESDAY: Experimental Design Quiz

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Lab "Question"?

If you were writing up the entire lab, there would be 2 questions:

"How bright will a glow stick glow in different temperatures of water?"
"At what temperature will the least light be given off from a glow-stick?"

As you are only required to write up the 2nd part (with your own experimental plan), the question is the following or similar:

"At what temperature will the least light be given off from a glow-stick?"

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Don't forget

Monday: Lab Report Due!

Wednesday: Safety Quiz

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday 9/10

Hurray for graphing!

We starting working through graphing skills. Some of you are already rockstars and some of you need lots of work and that's great because we're going to all get there!


Starting today, every class with take a turn cleaning during the week. 1st period today, 2nd period tomorrow, and so on next week.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday 9/9

Today we went over the Lab Report Rubric and the Experimental Vocabulary. If you were absent, please pick those up in the files at the front of the room.

Due Monday: Formal Lab Report

On Wednesday: Safety Quiz

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tuesday 9/8

Due Tomorrow: answer the remaining questions in your lab book.

If you were absent today, it is *very* important that you schedule a time (or come in tomorrow first thing!) to make up the lab by the end of the week.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life Video

Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life [Video]

Excellent video for organism development from single cells to modern day.

Shared via AddThis

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Welcome new students!

This week:

Wednesday 9/2/09
  • attendance

Thursday 9/3/09
  • Syllabus
  • Safety Contract
  • Safety Map
Friday 9/4/09
  • Prelab for Tuesday
Next week dates:

Tuesday 9/8/09
  • BRING:
  • composition book - with complete prelab, you will need this to do your lab!
  • safety contract - signed
  • syllabus - signed
  • goggles!
  • dress appropriately for lab activity

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Multitasking Muddles Brains, Even When the Computer Is Off

Blog Posting from Wired Blogs about multitasking - you're not as good as you think!

Multitasking Muddles Brains, Even When the Computer Is Off

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Scientist Article: The Fat that Makes You Thin

An article about the latest fat to hit the news: Brown Fat.

The fat that makes you thin - health - 14 August 2009 - New Scientist

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Blog Watch: Olivia Judson on Bacteria

Thoughtful blog entry on the diversity of microbes in us:

Olivia Judson: Microbes ‘R’ Us
Published: July 21, 2009
Summary: The human body is home to a vast array of bacteria. So what are they up to?

For more about our bacterial live-ins, Ms. Vannoy recommends: Good Germs, Bad Germs. (on my to-read bookshelf!)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Why do we have to learn order and naming?

Reviving the Lost Art of Naming the World.

Article from the NY Times about the lost art of taxonomy and an argument for learning the names and order of life.

Take it as a listening quiz if you can - which *sounds* like it goes with a bird?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer Update

This is my 2nd week at the Hutch's SEP program - which has been a lot of work but overall fantastic for bettering my understanding of biotech.

Through tomorrow I am shadowing a researcher at Amgen who is working with glycolysis.  Yes, glycolysis.  It exists in the real world!

I also had the opportunity to visit the sequencing group (yes, they figure out the order of As, Ts, Cs, and Gs) and the antibodies group.  I am going to spend some time in antibodies this morning as they do ELISAs.

Hope you're having an excellent and safe summer!

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Watch this. (fascinating video about how honeybees attack hornet predators)

Then read this. (more to the story, it's not just the heat!)

And as a side note, I was recalled to IHS!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Library of Congress' Everyday Mysteries

Hurray for well-researched web resources!  I just found the Library of Congress' answers to "Everyday Mysteries".

I ended up there trying to find a good description of how sunscreen works.  Although they don't discriminate between sunscreen and sunblock, the answers are entertaining and understandable. 

The questions are separated by topic and include the answer, images, related website links, and the resources used in answering.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tomato Update

The tomatoes from class have greatly strengthened their stems in the Magnuson Park winds.  And every plant has little green tomatoes!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sleep helps build long-term memories - MIT News Office

Not the first time I've read this, not the first time you've heard this, but GET MORE SLEEP.

Sleep helps build long-term memories - MIT News Office

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Vacation Destinations + Connectivity

Extremophiles (or where NOT to spend summer vacation).


I attempted to post this directly from the site.  That way you see the blurb, a thumbnail image, and some fancy formatting that says "this is not just Ms. Jones posting homework."  That was fail, as it "could not contact blog" or similar, so I posted the old fashioned way.  It's ridiculous to call it the "old fashioned way" since that would actually be taking out an ad in a printed newpaper or posting it on the bulletin board at ye olde community center.  No, it's the copy-paste old fashioned of the last decade.  As opposed to the other ways offered from, which include:

Text, AIM, email, Digg, Yahoo! Buzz, Stumble, Facebook, Technorati, Newsvine, Furl, MySpace, Propeller, G Bookmarks, Blinklist, Delicious, Mixx, Live, Blogmarks, Stumbleupon, Xnga, Reddit, Y! Bookmarks, Blogger, WordPress, Twitter, LinkedIn, FriendFeed, Diigo, TypePad, Mr Wong, Oknotizie, Slashdot, BX, Current, Faves, Care2, Fark, Kirtsy, LiveJournal, N4G, Meneame, Orkut, Fresqui, Sphinn, Friendster, Yigg, Simpy,, and Funp. 

Typing that was exhausting.  I'm going to go read my printed Wired.  There's an article about chickens and dinosaurs that looks interesting.  (online for a limited time).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


You survived! 

Have a safe and fantastic summer!

(My IHS email will be disabled 6/17 or 6/18 - I'll still be checking here though). 

Friday, June 12, 2009

Finals Update

High Score after 2 periods: 91/93
Low score:  38/93 (from those who took it)

Scores are in for periods 1 and 2, but the curve isn't.  Good luck on the rest of your finals!

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Frog Test

Packets Due!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thursday + Friday

  • Work on Packet 5 diagrams
  • Start your comparative anatomy.  (get your measurements done at the least)
  • Packet 5 Diagrams Due
  • Muscle + Skeleton Quiz
1st and 2nd period are normal for senior finals Friday, the rest are 35 minute classes after the assembly.  After the quiz there will be VERY little time to catch up with that.

  • Frog Test in 2 parts - a powerpoint visual and then a multiple choice test.  
  • Complete Frog Packet is due Monday!

Monday, June 1, 2009


Monday June 1:
  • Frog Dissection Day!

Tuesday June 2: 
  • Substitute Teacher Today
  • Work on your Packet #4!

Wednesday June 3:
  • Packet 4 Questions + Diagrams Due
  • Urogenital Coloring Due

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Digestion Labels

(NOT in the correct order)
  1. Small intestine
  2. Large intestine
  3. Pancreas
  4. Stomach
  5. Cloaca
  6. Anus
  7. Esophagus
  8. Spleen
  9. Liver
  10. Pylorus
  11. Gall bladder
  12. Mesentary

Friday, May 22, 2009

Change in Dates

Friday May 22:
Exterior & Mouth Quiz
Watched video through liver

Due Thursday May 28:
Packet 2
Packet 3

Friday May 29:
Quiz: Heart
Quiz: Respiratory System/Circulatory System

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday & Wednesday

Spatial Vocabulary
Dissection coloring

Spatial Vocabulary Quiz
Work on answering Packet 1 Questions
Frog observation

Bring gloves for extra credit!

Monday, May 18, 2009


Monday: started spatial vocabulary.

Tuesday: watch safety, watch dissection techniques, start working through coloring, prep for spatial vocab  for Wednesday quiz.

Tuesday DUE: Spatial vocabulary, coloring.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

8.7 Mutations Notes

Gene Mutations:
  • Mutations that affect a single gene
  • POINT MUTATION: one nucleotide is substituted for another DNA. May be fixed by DNA Polymerase
  • FRAMESHIFT MUTATION: insertion or deletion of a nucleotide in a DNA sequence, SHIFTS the entire sequence

Chromosomal Mutations:

  • Affects the entire chromosome (many genes)
  • GENE DUPLICATION: caused by exchange of unequal segments during crossing over. One chromosome has 2 copies of some genes and the other has no copies.
  • TRANSLOCATION: movement of piece of 1 chromosome to a non-homologous chromosome.

Potential Impact:

  • Chromosome mutations typically have a large effect on an organism
  • Point mutatiosn may result in premature STOP codons or amino acids with very different properties from the correct amino acid


  • Some mutations have no apparent effect.
  • A point mmutation may not change the amino acid coded for.
  • Even if a change occurs, it may be in the non-coding region that has no apparent effect.


  • Agents that can change DNA.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thursday & Friday

Thursday: notes on mutations and some practice problems.

Friday: Ch. 8 Quiz and more time to work on test corrections.  As of Friday, you may check out a quiz to take from the room HOWEVER you need to have started your corrections in class.

Next week:

Starting Frogs!
I'll have a calendar for you.  If they make the proposed changes to class scheduling, there will be a LOT to change.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Week of May 11

Unplanned sub today - my apologies.

Have your ch.8 study guide tomorrow (Tuesday).

All your grades except 3rd period's pipetting quiz are now online (last week's quizzes entered but not on "family access" yet).

Tomorrow: DNA Transcription and Translation
Pass back quizzes + planning on some time for test corrections after notes.

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Quiz May 8, 2009

Quiz and turn in tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Due This Week:

Tuesday: Dye Lab for check off

Friday: TURN IN:
  • 9.1, 9.2 Study Guides
  • Electrophoresis Lab (salmon)
  • Dye Lab (green)
  • DNA Lab (yellow)
  • Semi-log plot (ivory)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Astronomy Picture of the Day: 2 May 2009

The "Whale Galaxy", a mere 25 million light years away.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Ice Ice Baby

Near-perfect baby mammoth.


Good job in the lab!  Most of you did a great job with all the tasks you needed to accomplish.

If you missed the lab for any reason, it will be available Monday and Tuesday after school.

Answers to the Dye Lab are due Tuesday.

We're going to start the DNA lab on Monday.  It takes a few days to do it all - on Monday you'll get your DNA together and flow chart all the parts.

Tuesday you'll run gels and stain the previous class' gels (it takes more than a period to run them).  Wednesday morning period 1 will stain the gels from period 6.

We'll start analyzing the gels on Wednesday.  I'm planning that we wrap up the electrophoresis series and chapter 9 on Thursday and the you take the test on Friday.  Whooosh another week.

Have a great weekend, (make good choices!), you've earned it!


Today you are doing the Dye Lab - Dye Lab answers are Due Monday for Check Off and will be turned in with the next test.

You need to be efficient. Consider it a test for next week's time efficiency in lab.

We have one or two more labs after this (depending on how the timing works out) with electrophoresis.

Afterwards, there will be a test over all the labs/chapter 9.1 and 9.2. As of right now, this is tentatively for Thursday May 7th, but this could change.

Along with the next test you will be turning in:

  • Electrophoresis Lab
  • Dye Lab
  • DNA Lab
  • Study Guides CH. 9.1, 9.2

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Today only one class finished the lab so everyone else will be finishing tomorrow.

  • Finish lab
  • Go over Ch. 9 Study Guides
Due Wednesday:
  • Flow Chart
  • 6th Period: Test Corrections
Due Thursday:
  • Electrophoresis Lab Questions

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Upcoming Week: April 27-May 1

Monday: Work Day: study guides and flow chart 2 labs for the week
DUE: Flow chart of Electrophoresis Lab by the end of the period

Tuesday: Lab Day
DUE: Study Guides 9.1, 9.2

Wednesday: Notes on 9.1, 9.2, Finish lab if necessary
DUE: Flow Chart for Indicator Lab

Thursday: Indicator Lab (Must Be Completed in One Day)

Friday:  Electrophoresis Lab Quiz

Monday, April 20, 2009

Science WASL Week:

Monday/Tuesday: Planet Earth

  • Preread the Lab
  • Discuss lab equipment

Thursday: Lab

  • Finish Lab
  • Ch. 13, 17 Quiz Corrections Due

Friday, April 17, 2009

WASL Practice 2

How Did that Plant Get Here?
  1. D
  2. B
  3. C
  4. C
  5. B
Frog Metamorphosis
  1. A
  2. B
  3. B
  4. C

Thursday, April 16, 2009

DNA Replication Link for Friday

John Kyrk is fancy.

WASL Practice

Aquarium System:

1. C
2. C
3. D
4. As the temperature increases, the gill movements also increases.  At 10 degrees C, the average number of gill movements was 49.  However, at 30 degrees C, the number increases to 78.  As you can see, in a difference of 20 degrees, there was an increase of 29 gill movements per minute.

Juan De Fuca Plates:
8. B
9. B
10. C
11. C
12. B
13. A

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Homework for Thursday

Answer the DNA Extraction Questions on your lab book.

Tomorrow we'll finish the DNA paper models.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lab Attire

As some of you know, there were several pieces of glass (test tubes, glass rods) during the lab Monday and Tuesday.  As a result, we were reminded of the SAFETY issues in lab.  

Since we're finally getting into (almost) nice weather, I need to remind you that you need to be wearing closed toed shoes on lab days.  This will be many days for the rest of the year - we will be working with gel electrophoresis the next 2 weeks and then frogs from (probably) May 18th on.  This also means goggles and handwashing and being diligent in the lab.  

Be safe!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Upcoming Week

Monday/Tuesday: Starting Chapter 8

Wednesday: Lab Reports Due!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Some of the Blogs I'm Reading

Atlanta Zoo - Giant Panda Updates
The pandas I'm always talking about, and the panda cam is up again!  The current panda cub (Xi Lan) is regularly lounging around (nap - flip - nap) for your lazy viewing pleasure.

Razib Khan offers his perspective on current genetic reseach.

An evolutionary biologist (currently on vacation, so now with guest writers) writing about genes, where they came from, where they're going.

An artist who is interested in origins of all kinds.  His art (and the art he blogs about) often has a scientific bent.  

Monday, April 6, 2009


All of the grades have been updated online.  If there is something missing, please double check the hand back pile when we get back to school - I had a LOT of no names turned in on Friday!

If you want to know your quiz grade, let me know via email.

If you were absent Friday, you ned to take the quiz and turn in your open/close, chapter 17.1-2 and 13.5 study guides.

Monday: WASL, 1, 2, lunch 3
Tuesday: WASL, 4, 5, lunch 6

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Thursday and Friday


Correcting 13.5
Analyzing Data

Lab Report is Due Wednesday April 15th!!


Quiz on 17.1, 17.2, 17.4, Chapter 13 (except 13.6).

Monday, March 30, 2009

Light Pollution

For any of you who heard about Earth Hour on Saturday when the lights were out from 8-9pm, here is an awesome set of images - click on them (except the first) to see the difference!

For Tuesday:

1, 3, 5: Be ready to take notes and take data for the Population Dynamics Lab.

2, 6: Be ready to do the "Simulation of Energy in an Ecosystem" activity

Period 6: Read 13.5 and answer the questions in your lab book.

Period 3: Lab Books are due

Everyone: Chapter 17.1, 17.2, 17.4 and Chapter 15 Quiz/Test on FRIDAY.
If you are going to be gone, be ready to take it on THURSDAY.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


I went to see the Robotics morning competitions today - you guys (and gals) are awesome!

Notebooks + Upcoming Week

2nd Period: Notebooks due Monday
3rd Period: Notebooks due Tuesday

Everyone: Read the Energy in an Ecosystem Activity to get ready for Monday.

Data Collection: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Your Flow Chart is DUE TUESDAY.  Everyone else is Wednesday.

Fifth period's notebooks are due Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday/Thursday and into Next Week

So 30 minutes is waaaaay too short for a class.  Got it.

Today (Wed):
1, 2, 3rd started the cladogram activity with hardware.  They will get bonus time Monday to finish that.

Tomorrow (Thursday):
5th: Finish your cladograms today! you'll have work time Thursday
6th: Dichotomous keys, cladograms, and we'll hit 70 minutes before you know it.

  • Monday: Study Guides 17.1, 17.2
  • Tuesday: Chapter 10 Test Corrections, Cladogram Questions due
  • Wednesday: Population Dynamics Flowchart Due.  Or else you don't get to lab.  I'm not even joking and you'll lose points for this lab.  It takes a week to do all the observations.  You NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.  Sorry for shouting.  I'm just that serious.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

WASL Week!

  • Chapter 11 Quiz
  • DUE: Chapter 11 Study Guides, Limpet Shell Dichotomous Keys

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Apologies for the Late Post

  • Until a parent reminded me yesterday, I thought I had posted the plan for this week already.  Apologies!

  • Late Start
  • 11.1, 11.2 Notes
  • 11.3 Notes
  • 11.1, 11.2 Study Guide DUE
  • Test Corrections Due (BLUE QUIZ)
  • 11.5, 11.6 Notes
  • Finish 11.6 Notes if Needed
  • How do we organize life?
  • 11.3, 11.5, 11.6 Study Guides DUE
  • Check over them
Monday or Tuesday
  • Chapter 11 QUIZ

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Friday: In the Portables

Periods 1, 3, 5, 6: Portable 1
Period 2: Portable 2

Assembly schedule.

Homework for Monday:
  • Evodots
  • Study Guides 11.1, 11.2

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Week of March 2-6

  • Bird beaks lab
  • 10.5 Notes
  • 10.5 Due
  • Chapter 10 Quiz
  • Bird beaks lab questions due
  • Study Guides + Extra Credit Due
  • 11.1, 11.2 Notes
  • EvoDots in the Computer Lab

Friday, February 27, 2009

It's true.

"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion."

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996), 1987 CSICOP Keynote Address

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thursday UPDATED

So today the plan was:
  1. Finish video
  2. Start 10.4 Notes
  3. Do this homologous structures activity:
Homologous Structures Activity


Also, the link doesn't work from S-3 computers.  Therefore, I will be handing out the worksheets and if you complete this by Wednesday, it's worth 2 extra points.  :-P 2 points you say?  Ask anyone whose grade didn't round up .01% last quarter. peer student pressure: it'll be worth 4, which is as much as any of the worksheets this week.

Today WE DID:
  1. Finish video
  2. Some of us: started 10.4 Notes
  1. 10.4 Study Guide Due
  2. Predator-Prey Due
  1. Flowchart Bird Beak Lab
  2. Data Table into Lab Book

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Week of February 23

  • Stamp and Go over 10.3 Study Guide
  • Predator-Prey Dynamics Activity
  • For Tomorrow: Read 10.4, Study Guide
  • Go Over 10.4
  • Lecture: Evidence
  • Embryology
  • Bird Beaks Activity
  • Answer the questions for Monday

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Last Week, This Week

February 9 - 13, 2009
  • Monday: Pedigrees
  • Tuesday: Genetics of Taste 1, 2
  • Wednesday: Genetics of Taste 3, 4
  • Thursday: Experimental Plan
  • Friday: Lab Day
February 18 - 20, 2009
  • Wednesday: Planning for Presentations
  • Thursday: Presentations
  • Friday: Presentations

February 23: Chapter 7 Wrap-Up Quiz

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

More Genetic Disorders

Interesting Article from Joel M. Charrow, MD, Children’s Memorial Hospital on Missing Genes - genetic disorders related to DNA deletion.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday and a Link

  • Finish Genetic Disorder Notes
  • Notes on Pedigrees

This week:
  • Genetics of Taste Activities
  • Lab Design
  • Experiments Friday

PS It's snowing in Seattle but the roads are clear so we'll see!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Grade Updates

Skyward is down for maintenance.  Updated grades are forthcoming. 

Friday, February 6, 2009

Notes on Today

  • Quiz
  • Genetic Disorders Notes
Caleb: DNA Polymerase does the proofreading

Thursday, February 5, 2009


5. Yes, this is possible, if you start with Red and White flowers every time.

14. My cross shows an Orange male, not a Black male.  As a result, my answers follow those instead of the correct cross.

NOTE ABOUT CATS: This is an example of "X Chromosome Inactivation".  This is explained in section 7.1.

Thursday 2/5

  • Finish Notes on Sex-linked Traits
  • For tomorrow: Read 10.4
  • Incomplete Dominance
  • Codominance
  • Sex-linked Traits
  • Blood Types
Although this is "covered" in sections 10.1 and 10.2, looking over the notes is much better for this information. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wednesday 2/4

Happy Sri Lanka national day!

- Go over di-hybrid crosses
- Returned quizzes (corrections due Monday!)

1, 5, 6: Sex-Linked Traits
Do the problem set for tomorrow.

2, 3: Tomorrow: Notes on Sex-Linked Traits


- Incomplete Dominance
- Codominance
- Sex-linked traits
- Blood Type

Note: We're waiting on supplies for our next lab.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tuesday 2/3

- Blood Type Notes
- Turn in Codominance Worksheet if you haven't already
- Check off Dihybrid Cross

- Go over Dihybrid Cross
- Return Quiz
- Return worksheets

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Wholphin Scientific Name

Tursiops truncatus x Pseudorca crassidens.

Notice that "Pseudorca" = false orca

Cloning Extinct Species

Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning...for about 7 minutes.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday 1/30

  • Notes on 7.2 - Incomplete and Co-dominance
  • Homework (except 1st period): Co-dominance of sickle cell if not completed
Monday: Mendelian Genetics Quiz, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6
  • Homework for Tuesday: Complete the di-hybrid crosses. 

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday 1/29

  • Notes 6.6
  • Alleles and Punnett Squares Worksheet with a dihybrid cross
  • Homework: Read 7.1, 7.2

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I just realized that your Onion Meiosis/Mitosis labs had not been marked "Family Access" only "Student Access".  I have fixed that and they now factor into the grade you were seeing.  They ALWAYS factor into the grades I see, therefore I did not realize this until someone brought it to my attention.  Your grade NOW should be absolutely final for Semester 1.

Wednesday 1/28

  • Notes: Finished 6.5
  • Punnett Square practice
  • Testcross worksheet
  • Homework: Testcross due Thursday!
  • No closing question

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday 1/27

  • Notes on 6.5
  • Practice Doing Punnett Squares
  • Homework: Read 6.5, 6.6
Good job everyone who demonstrated Punnett Squares today!

Punnett Square:
  • Grid system for predicting all possible genotypes resulting from a cross.
    Axes: the possible gametesof each parent.
    Boxes: show thepossible genotypesof the offspring.

Monohybrid cross: involves one trait.(Mono=one, hybrid=combination)

  • Homozygous dominant x Homozygous recessive
    Offspring: all heterozygous, all dominant
  • Heterozygous x Heterozygous
    Genotypes: 1:2:1
    1 homozygous dominant: 2 heterozygous: 1 homozygous recessive
    Phenotypes: 3:1 dominant:recessive
  • Heterozygous x Homozygous Recessive:
    Genotypes: 1:1, heterozygous : homozygous recessive
    Phenotypes: 1:1, dominant : recessive

Dihybrid cross: two traits.

•Mendel’s dihybrid crosses with heterozygous plants yielded a 9:3:3:1 phenotypic ratio.

Monday 1/26

First day of the semester!!

  • Notes on 6.3
  • Mendel Activity
  • Homework: read 6.3, 6.4 (should be review)

Key Vocab:

•Test Cross
•Law of Segregation

Mendel made three key decisions in his experiments.
1. use of purebred plants
2. control over breeding
3. observation of seven“either-or” traits

Mendel's three conclusions:
-Traits are inherited as discrete units.
Laws of Segregation:
–Organisms inherit two copies of each gene, one from each parent.
–The two copies segregate (separate) during gamete formation.

Online Mendel Activity:
  • Go to
  • Find your book
  • “Animated Biology”
  • Unit 3
  • Chapter 6: Mendel’s Experiment

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuesday Jan. 6, 2009


Today we took notes on 6.1. A copy of the powerpoint is available in the black binder in the back of the room.

This is a key introduction to chromosomes and MEIOSIS, the production of gametes (as apposed to MITOSIS, the production of gentically identical daughter cells).

Tomorrow we will dive into 6.2, which goes into the nitty gritty details of MEIOSIS. It serves you well to be able to compare and contrast (similarities AND differences) between meiosis and mitosis.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

January 5th


As promised, the next time we meet you will take the Ch. 5 quiz.  As of right now, this means on January 5th.

Hope you had an excellent break and see you all soon!