Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Website

Ms. Jones completely inclusive for all courses website is available at:

This is now the ongoing blog presence for AP Biology, starting in 2012-2013.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

How the Earth Was Made

Just a reminder that Hulu has new episodes of How the Earth Was Made.

Also fantastic: The Nature of Things: Biomimicry (parts 1 and 2) episode.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Enzyme Update

How enzymes we think now. (Throw out the lock and key!)

Grossman, L. (2010). Enzymes Exposed: Clearer views of the cell’s movers and shakers threaten a century-old mainstay of biology. Science News, 178(2), 22-26.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Jones Baby Arrived!

For those of you checking here:

Linnea Rose Johnson, born 6/29/10 - 8 lbs, 3 oz, 18 (3/4) inches, VERY cute in my totally unbiased opinion.

(Linneaus is found in Chapter 17 of the book, if you're keeping track)

Hope you're having a fabulous summer!

-Ms. Jones

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Frog Test Schedule

6/8 Tuesday: Frog Powerpoint Test Day 1
6/9 Wednesday: Frog Powerpoint Test Day 2
6/10 Thursday: Frog Test - scantron

6/11 Friday: Graduation Schedule

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Last week & This one

4/27 - 4/31

Monday: Prepare DNA Samples; DNA Scissors
Tuesday: Run Pre-cut DNA Electrophoresis
Wednesday: Get your data!
Thursday: Practice Problems for the Labs
Friday: Chapter 8 & Biotechnology Test

5/3 - 5/7

-Background on Smoking
-Survey: What do you know about smoking?
-Why People Smoke

- How Genes Influence Smoking Behavior
- Environmental Influences on Smoking Behavior
- Starnet Case Control Study

- How Does Genetic Variation Affect Gene Expression?

- Data Mining

1st - 4th periods: introduction to the frog;
5th & 6th periods: introduction to bacterial transformation

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Week of April 19-23

- DUE: Stamp & Correct first part of "Measure for Measure" Micropipette Lab
- Practice Pipetting and complete the packet
- Preread Electrophoresis Exploration

- Complete "Electrophoresis Exploration"

- DUE: Stamp & Correct "Electrophoresis Exploration"
- Preread "The Dye/Indicator Lab"

- Run "Dye/Indicator" Lab
- Start Pipetting Practical Quiz

- Chapter 8 Test, which will include questions from "Measure for Measure" and "Electrophoresis Exploration"
- Finish Pipetting Practical Quiz

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Week of April 5-9

Monday: 8.2 Due
Tuesday: 8.3 Due, DNA Model Due
Wednesday: Finish DNA Replication, due by end of period
Thursday: 8.4 Due, Lab Day! Goggles and Closed toed shoes!
Friday: 8.5 Due, DNA Extraction Due

Monday: DNA Transcription Due

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Caterpillars + Bacteria = Interesting Relationship

Caterpillars use bacteria to produce green islands in yellowing leaves.

Wolbachia bacteria are a fascinating species, among other things, it put its entire genome into a fruit fly, gives its hosts a variety of superpowers from making them capable of asexual reproduction, causes sex changes in male butterflies, or even killing off the males of the species. So is this relationship straight parasitism (as many would argue), mutualism, or commensalism? It probably depends upon whom you ask!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How the Earth Was Made currently has History Channel episodes of How the Earth Was Made:

San Andreas Fault
The Deepest Place on Earth
Loch Ness
New York
Driest Place on Earth
Great Lakes

Not sure how long they'll be online, but for now it's good spring break entertainment!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Friday 3/26 is the chapter 10, 13, 14 Test. Homework packet is due!!

Monday when we return: Have the 8.2 Study Guide done.

Have an excellent and safe spring break!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New York Times: Tigers

Fretting About the Last of the World's Biggest Cats
By Bill Marsh
Published March 6, 2010

Could this Chinese Year of the Tiger be the last one with actual tigers still afoot in the world's wild?

Blog Watch: Oldest Living Things in the World

This person doesn't post regularly, but the few posts are fascinating. She does a fair amount of traveling, relaying first-hand encounters of these oldest living things.

Week of March 22-26

  • 10.2 Notes
  • Predator-prey pursuit
  • DUE: 10.2, Predation Activity for periods 3-6
  • 10.3 Notes
  • Correct 10.2
  • EvoDots
  • DUE: 10.3, Predator-prey pursuit
  • Correct 10.4
  • Bird Beaks
  • DUE: Evidence of Evolution
  • Chapter 10, 13, 14 Test
  • DUE: Homework Packet

Monday, March 15, 2010

Trees are Awesome

World's 7 Most Amazing Trees.

Week of March 15-19

Cycling of Matter Activity - Due next time we meet
DUE: Study Guide 13.5, 13.6

Tuesday or Thursday:
In class:
Correct Energy in Ecosystems
Correct Cycling of Matter Activity
Start chapter 14
Predation Modeling
DUE: Abiotic Factors Lab Design (p.405)
DUE: Cycling of Matter Activity

In class:
Chapter 13 Quiz!
DUE: Study Guide 14.1, 14.2
DUE: Predation Modeling

DUE: Study Guide 14.4, 10.2

Monday, March 8, 2010

Biozine for Tuesday 3/9/10

Biozine: read article and one update article (see website suggested on the article)
  1. On a sheet of paper, write a couple of thoughtful sentences responding to the Biozine article. Support your point with a reference to one or both articles.
  2. Which secondary article did you read?
  3. Get this stamped when you're done!

Phenotype = Environment + Genotype

Sex-Changing Herbicide Makes Amphibians Sick, Too.

Given the conversations around this in 4th period, you might be interested in this!

Week of March 8-12

  • Finish presentations as needed
  • 13.1 Notes
  • "Random Sampling" Activity (blue paper)
  • 13.2 Notes
  • DUE: Study Guide 13.1, 13.2, Random Sampling Questions
  • 13.3 Notes
  • DUE: Study Guide 13.3
  • 13.4 Notes
  • DUE: Study Guide 13.4
  • Energy in Ecosystems Activity


Monday: DUE: Energy in Ecosystems Questions, Study Guide 13.5, 13.6

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Week of Feb 22-26

Monday: Correct 7.1, 7.2, Codominance Worksheet
Tuesday: 7.4, Incomplete Dominance Worksheet Due
Wednesday: Start Genetics of Taste Labs
Thursday: Finish Genetics of Taste Labs, PEDIGREE DUE, start designing labs
Friday: Work on Lab Design: LAB DESIGN MUST BE SIGNED OFF

Following Week:
Monday: Work on Labs
Tuesday: RUN LABS
Wednesday: Work on presentations
Thursday: Presentations
Friday: Chapter 7 Test

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ancient DNA!

Published: February 11, 2010
Using a swatch of hair, researchers analyzed the genome of a man who lived on the western coast of Greenland some 4,000 years ago.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Feb. 8-12

Sorry this is belated - the key part was up last week - test today!

Tomorrow: 7.1

Friday: 7.2
DUE: Study Guide 7.1

Monday 2/22 (yes, after break): 7.4
DUE: Study Guide 7.2

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Week of February 1-5

Monday: Mitosis & Meiosis Project Due

Tuesday: Flower Dissection
Study Guide 6.3 Due

Wednesday: Grade 6.1-6.3
Study Guide 6.4 Due

Thursday: Traits, Genes, and Alleles
Study Guide 6.5 Due

Friday: Think Again with the Issaquah Fire Dept.

Ch. 6 Test Next Tuesday!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Week of Jan 25-29

1/25 Monday: Please bring your book! 6.1 and 6.2 Study Guide due end of period
1/26 Tuesday: Notes 6.1, start 6.2
1/27 Wednesday: Finish 6.2, introduce project
1/28 Thursday: Meet in P-1 (except 3rd period, iVision, then to P-1)
1/29 Friday: Same as Thursday

Following Week:

Monday 2/1: Meet in P-1, projects are due to server

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Because someone in 1st period JUST asked about this:

Published: January 19, 2010
Many insects, and other animals, defend themselves against direct exposure to subfreezing temperatures through biochemical ingenuity.

Finals Week!

Remember, your Golden Tickets and any Extra Credit Passes need turned Tuesday/Wednesday.

If you have anything incorrect in your grade, let me know SOONER than later as I will post semester grades over next weekend.

I will be after school Tuesday and until regular time (around 3pm) Wednesday. Wednesday the door will open around 8am for students as I am in a meeting until then.

If you completed the Final Study Guide Extra Credit, it is due the day you take the final:

W: 5, 6
Th: 3, 4
F: 1, 2

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Belated weekly post!

Sorry this is so late but I've had emails so I just realized it wasn't online!

The hw for tomorrow is to have the lab from page 143 in your lab book.

For the next week
Thursday 1/7: Page 143 in lab book
Friday 1/8: Study Guide 5.3
Monday 1/11: Answer lab questions (bottom of p.143) and Study Guide 5.4
Tuesday 1/12: Study Guide 5.5, Cancer cell reflection due
Friday 1/15: Chapter 5 Test!