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Week 4:1/22-1/26

Day 1: Evolution Notes

Day 2: Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab  

Day 3: Evolution Notes

Day 4: Hardy-Weinberg problems   

Day 5: Simulating Natural Selection Lab



Week 3: 1/15-1/19

Day 1: No School

Day 2: GIZMO: EvolutionàMutation & Selection

Day 3: Report to Computer Lab 1103 to do EOS Survey

           Virtual Transpiration Lab

Day 4: Evolution Notes

Day 5: Genetics Test & Crib   



Week 2:1/8-1/12/18

Day 1: No School, Imaginary Sleetcation

Day 2: Take 2nd Aquapoincs Readings and post

Day 3: Mendelian Genetics Word Problems –Dihybrid Cross, Multiple Alleles

Day 4: Mendelian Genetics Word Problems – lethal Alleles, Sex-Linked, Recombination,

Day 5: Take 3rd Aquapoincs Readings and post

Mendelian Genetics Word Problems –Pedigree Wrap up Mendelian Inheritance/Recombination (Quiz?)



Reflections:  For Mendelian Inheritance Refreshers, try the following

=         Drag & Drop Genetics

=         Multiple Alleles & Sex-Linked Traits

=         Dihybrid Crosses

=         Constructing a Pedigree

=         (there are additional links in the AP Biology Resources section)




Week 1: 1/1-1/5/18

Day 1: No School

Day 2: No School 

Day 3: No School 

Day 4: 25 Genetics Problems

  Aquaponics set up

Day 5: 25 Genetics Problems Continued

Complete Aquaponics set up Take 1st Aquapoincs Reading and post  

Last Semester in AP Biology...


Finals Week: 12/18-12/22

Day 1: Final Exam Review, 7th Period Final

Day 2: Periods 1, 3, 5

Day 3: AP Biology Final

Day 4: No School

Day 5: No School



Week 18: 12/11-12/15

Day 1: Virtual Gene Splicing Lab ( bring your flash drive use the Print Screen or snipping tool to cut and paste pictures in to your Word document. Save your final word document, with the labeled diagrams and print screens as a PDF file to preserve formatting and submit electronically as ONE document. ADD your first and last name to the document name and save it as a pdf file)

Day 2: Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab, 2

Day 3: Aquaponics Comments and Revisions

Day 4: Ethical Legal and Social Issues in Genetics:

Bioethics Public Service Announcement

There are many bioethical issues in the world of biology, from medicine to the future of energy resources to space exploration. As scientists we must be aware of the ethical concerns of our practice and be able to not only articulate the potential benefits for a practice but also know how to draw the line between scientific advancement and moral obligations.


1. Choose a bioethics topic;

a. CRISPR Ethicsà genetic engineering in the hands of the public, "breaking bad" for every man, woman and child...

b. Epigenetics Ethicsà Food deserts…Flint Water Crisis…Hazardous Wastes… accidental or purposeful zoning?


2. Make a 2-5 minute video (public service announcement) detailing these 3 sections:

· A section introducing the bioethical question and containing scientific background information and a historical perspective.

· The biological basis of the topic must be addressed and explained in this section.

· The impact this biological knowledge has on our society (be sensational... you are trying to convince people of your point of view).

· Provide pros and cons for BOTH sides of the coin.

· Take an ethical stand, and argue the ethical viewpoint constructively. Back your argument with ethics supporting your viewpoint of the ethical use of this technology. You should convince people of your view point.

· The video should include specific examples from the RESEARCH you have done to support your positions.


· If any section is unclear- a transcript is required as well.

Day 5: Ethical Legal and Social Issues in Genetics

Video Presentations



Reflections: QuestBridge

if you are eligible for and interested in applying for the QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program, please send me an email


Reflections: Plant Growth

After reading your Aquaponics posts, many of you indicated that you would record stem length as a sign of robust and healthy plant growth.

However, there are many things that can cause elongation in plant stems: temperature, moisture, light, hormones, circadian rhythms,

Search the following terms to find more information:

· Etiolation, Gibberellins, Bolting

The following links may help you to understand some of the other factors—aside from stellar conditions and robust growth—that cause stem elongation in plants.
You may also find the following helpful as your plants continue to grow.



AP Biology 2017-2018 AquaPonics Blogs:

· Erin


Reflections: Aquaponics Resources
Reflection: CRIPSR?

What is C.R.I.S.P.R.?

How is it similar to the AP Biology Standards we have learned?

How is it different from the AP Biology Standards we have learned?

· Bozeman CRISPR

· TED: What you need to know about CRISPR | Ellen Jorgensen

· TED: How CRISPR lets us edit our DNA | Jennifer Doudna

· MIT: Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9

· CRISPR Handbook


Week 17:12/4-12/8

Day 1; Case Studies: My Dog is Broken & When a Gene Turned Off Is a Matter of Life or Death: Epigenetic Influences on Gene Regulation.

Day 2: Case Study: Antibiotic Resistance: Can We Ever Win

Day 3: Eukaryotic Gene Control Notes, DNA to Disorder Rubric Review, Aquaponics Research Review

Day 4: Gene Regulation Quiz

New Worm (Done in class, I will provide copies)

Day 5: New Worm Review


Reflections: Recombination

If you need additional assistance with figuring out the recombination problems, the following resources should help. Please watch them before you come to class.



Reflections: Gene Processing and Regulations

There are several videos to relearn and review Gene Processing and Regulations. Click on the links on the left of the page:

Genes & How They Work Animations –Great videos


Week 16:11/27-12/1

Day 1: AP Biology Reading Guide Chapter 18: Regulation of Gene Expression

Fred and Theresa Holtzclaw (page #53)

Day 2: Report to Computer Lab 1103 to work on Dissolved Oxygen and Primary Productivity Virtual Lab

Day 3: Eukaryotic Gene Control Notes

Day 4: Eukaryotic Gene Control Notes

Day 5: Eukaryotic Gene Control Notes Quiz?


Thanksgiving Week:  11/20-11/24

Log into the GIZMOs at

You may do up to 5 of the following GIZMOs:

· Cell Energy Cycle

· Reaction Energy

· Human Karyotyping

· RNA & Protein Synthesis

· Evolution: Mutation and Selection

· Mouse Genetics (Two Traits)

· Chicken Genetics

· Evolution: Natural and Artificial Selection

Open Lesson Info (Word document) in upper right hand corner, download, save and follow directions.

Type your answers into the document in a different color.

When you have completed the word document, save it as a PDF file, add your name in front the file name, take the 5 question assessment at the end of the GIZMO, click the blue “check your answers” button at the bottom right hand of page.

If you would like me to average in your assessment score in your summative assessment grade, email me your completed PDF file as proof you have completed the GIZMO and I will average your assessment score into the summative assessment category.

You may do up to 5 GIZMOs.



Week 15:11/13-11/17

Day 1: Meiosis Quiz

Mitosis/Meiosis Lab

Day 2: Report to Computer Lab 1103 to work on IntroductiontoAquaponics.doc & Aquaponics Annotated Bibliography

Day 3: DNA/Mitosis/Meiosis Test & Crib

Day 4: DNA/Mitosis/Meiosis Test Corrections

Day 5: Video: Ghost in Your Genes


Reflections: Recommended Watching in Preparation for DNA Test:


Week 14: 11/6-11/10

Day 1: Rockina Lab

Day 2: Natural Selection and Adaptation Video

Molecular Genetics of Color Mutations in Rock Pocket Mice

Day 3: Biochemistry and Cell Signaling Pathway of the MC1R Gene

Day 4: Meiosis Notes, Mitosis/Meiosis Lab

Day 5: Meiosis Notes & Quiz, Mitosis/Meiosis Lab


Reflections: We Will Have to Rewrite the Textbooks

Scientists Discover New Mechanism of Protein Synthesis

Week 13:10/30-11/3

Day 1: DNA for Dummies Notes Quiz?
Day 2:
ONLINE EPIGENETICS – IS IT ONLY ABOUT THE DNA? Report to Computer Lab 1103 for class. Save your document as a PDF file, put your name in front of the file name and send to me electronically

Day 3: DNA Technology Notes

Day 4: DNA Technology Notes Quiz?

Day 5: Genetic Engineering Poster Presentations


Week 12: 10/23/10/27

Day 1: Mitosis Notes

Day 2: Introduction to GMOs and Gene Technology

Day 3: Cell Communication Test (Crib Sheet Due)

Day 4: Cell Test & Cell Energy Test Essay Standards

DNA for Dummies Notes

Day 5: DNA for Dummies Notes

Reflections: GMO

· Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): Transgenic Crops and Recombinant DNA Technology

· Genetics Generation: Transgenic Organisms

· GMO Compass

Please make sure that the following questions are clearly answered in your GMO poster (you may even want to use them as headings/bullets). I am not changing the rubric, but you may find these questions helpful in preparing your project, as they will be questions I will ask during your poster presentation.

1. What is the product being produced before and after the technology of genetic engineering (this is the focus of your poster)?

· Be specific. “corn” is an incomplete response.

· Genetically Modified corn how? Modified for pesticides? herbicides? increased vitamins? vaccines?

2. What are the similarities of the product being produced before and after genetic engineering ?

· What are the differences of the product being produced before and after genetic engineering ?

3. What is the name of the gene that was transferred to produce the product/organism in question?

· What is the original gene product (what does the gene code for) ?

· What organism did the gene come from? How did scientists get it out of the original organism?(include pictures)

· Into what organism was the gene inserted? How did scientists get it into the recombinant organism?(include pictures)

· What are the pros and cons of each method?




Week 11: 10/16-10/20

Day 1: Communication Notes

Day 2: Bring to class on a flash drive Gene 1, Gene 2, Gene 3, Gene 4, (Do NOT try and open these files at home, just save them as is PRIOR to coming to school, they will not save from a school computer) We will work on BLAST Those Genes Report to Computer Lab 1103 for class.

Day 3: Counting Leaf Stomata Lab

Day 4: Communication Notes

Day 5: Lunch: Spinach Party

Communication Notes


Week 10: 10/9-10/13

Day 1: No School

Day 2: Spinach Chromatography Lab

Day 3: Photosynthesis Notes

Day 4: Spinach Leaf Disk Lab

Day 5: Case Study: The Secret of Popcorn Popping

Case Study: A Can of Bull

Case Study: My Dog is Broken


Week 9: 10/2-10/6

Day 2: Respiration Notes Quiz?

Day 3: Cell Test & Crib

Day 4: No School

Day 5: No School

Week 8: 9/25-9/29

Day 1: Cell Notes make sure you have completed Cornell Note taking for the entire Cell note section prior to this class

Day 2: Cell Membrane Notes

Day 3: Cell Membrane Notes

Day 4: Cell Structure & Function WS

Cell Test Study groups

Day 5: GIZMO: Osmosis


Reflections: Paradigm Shift in Definition of Life



Reflections: Diffusion & Osmosis Inquiry

  • Please submit an outline lab write up for your Diffusion Osmosis Inquiry when you submit the final lab write up on Monday.
  • You may submit 1 write-up with everyone’s name OR each person may submit their own. (Make sure you include your initial hypothesis in your write up).


Week 7: 9/18-9/22

Day 1: Diffusion/Osmosis Lab

Day 2: Diffusion/Osmosis Lab

Day 3: Diffusion/Osmosis Lab

Diffusion/Osmosis Mystery Inquiry Presentations

Cell Notes Quiz.

Day 5: Case Study: Little Girl lost

Case Study: Osmosis is Serious Business


Week 6: 9/11-9/15

Day 1: Hurricane Irma

Day 2: Hurricane Irma

Day 3: Hurricane Irma

Day 4: Hurricane Irma

Day 5: Diffusion/Osmosis Pre-Lab Quiz


WeekWeek 5: 9/4-9/8

Day 1: Day 1: No School

Day 2: Enzyme Catalysis

Day 3: Enzyme Catalysis

Day 4: Enzyme Catalysis/Enzyme Inquiry

Day 5: Enzyme Inquiry Presentations


Reflections: Graphic Organizers

When you receive your graded Crib Sheets, here is some help in deciphering my shorthand:

· GO –you did not include a graphic organizer. A group of words with a box around it, or lines (without words) connecting is NOT a graphic organizer.

· CONX- you did not connect your concepts. Writing words with circles/boxes/shapes around them does not show how they are related to each other. Show how concepts are connected to each other

· CONT-your picture is lacking content. I should be able to learn Biology from reading your graphic organizers

· FILL- you are supposed to fill the page with Biology content, there should be no blank spaces waiting for you to fill

· >3rc- Tables should have at least 3 rows and 3 columns to truly demonstrate relationships between contents/concepts.

· L?- where are the labels for this diagram

· C- where is the color for this chart/picture/diagram

· ?- something is missing, or not easily understood

-empty space

Please know that I do not accept late Crib Sheets; as the purpose of the Crib Sheet is to prepare for the test—and I do not accept late notebook checks; as your notebook should be with you and ready daily.

I hope this helps to clarify.

Happy Studying


Week 4: 8/28-9/1

Day 1: Cell Notes (page 12)

Day 2: Biochemistry Test (Crib Sheet Due)

Day 3: Surface Area to Volume Ratio Activity (handouts will be distributed in class)

Day 4: Cell Notes Continued. Class in Computer Lab 1103

Day 5: Watch Bozeman’s Video on Chi Square BEFORE class

Chi-Square Lab (Bring your regular Skittles handouts will be distributed in class)

Enzyme Catalysis Lab Quiz (you may bring a handwritten ½ page cribsheet to the quiz)

Chi-Square Lab (Bring your regular Skittles handouts will be distributed in class)

Cell Notes Quiz?


Week 3: 8/21-8/25

Day 1: Chemistry Notes Continued (Quiz?)

Day 2: Toothpickase Lab

Day 3: Organic Compounds PPT Presentations

Day 4; Organic Compounds PPT Presentations

Day 5: Organic Compounds PPT Presentations


Reflections: Cornell Notes.

All notes taken in class should be taken in the Cornell Note format. With the “notes” being the answers to the questions written in the margin. There should be a summary of the notes at the bottom of each page.

Here are some links to help with your Cornell Note Taking Format


Reflections: Here are some Videos showing how Free Radicals negatively affects organisms and how antioxidants support the health of organisms

Oxygen, Antioxidants, and Free Radicals

Free radicals and antioxidants

Antioxidants - vs - Free Radicals - Immune System

What is Free Radical Damage?

Antioxidants & Free Radicals Explained


Week 2: 8/14-8/18

Day 1: Chemistry Notes

Day 2: Chemistry Notes (Quiz?)

Day 3: Chemistry Notes Continued

Day 4: Review of Study Guides

Chemistry Notes Continued (Quiz?)

Day 5: Macromolecule pattern Matching Activity (copies will be provided)


Reflections: Human beings are walking, talking bags of chemical reactions.

As you prepare a topic for your Organic Compounds PPT Presentation please think about the following:

Focus on how the biochemistry of the compound (which means you will have to look at its functional groups from Chapter Study Guide 4) makes it have the effect that it does in/on the human body. Tell how the chemistry of the compound interacts with the cells and organs (like you did in Chapter Study Guide 2 & 3) in the body to have the overall effects in the organism.

These links may help you with Chapter Study Guide 2 & 3

Week 1: 8/7/17-8/11/17

Day 1:

· Student Information Form

· Syllabus & Guidelines

· Issue Textbooks

· Collect Summer Assignment (check and bookmark "Important Dates" for due dates of assignments)

Day 2: Scientific Inquiry Fact vs Fiction Quiz and Think-Pair-Share
Day 3:

· Scientific Inquiry Fact vs Fiction Think-Pair-Share continued

· Bring two advertisements to class

Day 4:

· Bring a copy of a scientific article to class

· How to Write A Scientific Article (Lab report) PPT notes

Day 5: Chemistry Notes 
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