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Biology

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Weekly Work and Information

Aug 21-24

We begin studying C7 on cells

Drawings of plant, animal and bacterial cell are due Wednesday.

VW on C7 are due Thursday

On Monday (8/28), we will begin a lab on cellular transport (osmosis, diffusion.)  This is a multi-day lab, with students measuring gummi-bears for increase in volume and mass.

 

Aug 28-31

Students will set up a lab showing osmosis on Monday.  This will be a multi-day lab, with students checking results daily for 3 days.  When finished, the students will write a formal lab report.

On Tuesday, students will have the opportunity to operate the SEM located here on TMP campus.  Students can compete to produce photos for a future TMP calendar.

We will continue our week learning about how cells are organized in a multicellular organism.

 

Sept 5 - 7

No school Monday –  Labor Day Holiday

Test  – C7 on Tuesday

VW – C2 will be due Wednesday

A written lab report over the “Gummi Bear” lab is due Thursday.  These were started in class on 8/31

Please bring in an item to scan with the SEM on Thursday.

We will begin notes on C2 over Organic compounds on Wednesday.

Sept 11-14

We continue studying C2, including notes over the Organic Compounds found in the body (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids.)  I expect this to take a couple of days.

We will learn how enzymes are proteins and do most of the work in a cell.  As part of this lesson, students will conduct a “spit” lab to show how heat and temperature affect the protein.  There will be a written lab report due when finished.

I would expect a test over C2 either at the end of this week or first of next.

 

Sept 18-21

Students will do notes on lesson 2.4 over Enzymes and Chemical Reactions

This is a followup to the lab conducted last Thursday.

Students will have an exam over C2 on Tuesday, 9/19.

A formal written lab report will be due 9/21.  We will begin studying C8, over Photosynthesis on Wednesday.

Vocabulary for C8 will be due 9/20.

Sept. 25 - 28

Students will finish C8 over Photosynthesis.  We will begin C9 on Cellular Respiration, w/vocabulary due Tuesday.

Also due Tuesday is WS 9.1 over Cellular Respiration.

We will learn the difference between anaerobic and aerobic  processes.

I would expect a test over both chapter 8 and 9 on October 2nd

Oct 2-5

Students have a test Monday over C8 and C9.  They are allowed to make a “cheat sheet” on an index card to use on the test.  It’s highly recommended they do so.

Next unit of study is cell division and the process of Mitosis (C10).

VW – C10 is due Tuesday.  Also on Tuesday, students will be given time in class to make flipcharts showing the 4 main phases of mitosis.  These will be due Wednesday.

We will be doing notes on 10.1 on Wednesday, with worksheet from that lesson due Thursday.

Next, we’ll learn the different phases of mitosis and what is happening in each (reinforced by flipchart).  Notes on 10.2

Oct 9-12

Students will continue studying Cell division (C10)

On Monday, we will learn how the cell cycle is controlled using cyclins.

WS 10.3 is due Tuesday.

We will also learn about the different types of stem cells and learn about cell differentiation (when cells take on their adult jobs)

Students will have an exam over C10 on Thursday.  We will review on Thursday and watch videos showing the stages of mitosis


Environmental Science - ENVR111

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Weekly Work and Information

Aug 21 - 24

We begin our studies by completing an Ecological Footprint, which shows how many earths is needed if everyone lived like you.

Students also perform a lab illustrating “Tragedy of the Commons,” which stresses using resources in a sustainability manner.

VW – C1 are due either Monday/Tuesday (depending on specific class meeting)

Aug 28 - 31

We begin studying C1, which is a general overview of Environmental Science.

We will discuss a person’s worldview and how that affects their response to environmental issues.

We continue discussing how to make our world sustainable and previous completed Ecological Footprints.

Sept 5-8

This week we will finish notes on C1 over sustainability.  Students will understand what needs to be changed in order to live in a more sustainable manner.

VW from C2 is due Tues/Weds

We will discuss successful stories in environmental science (Montreal Protocol) in regards to the ozone layer.

We will learn the different methods used to study environmental issues.

Sept 11-14

We finish up Chapter 1, discussing methods as to how to live in a sustainable manner.

We begin C2, which discusses the Scientific Method and dependent and independent variables.

The success of the Montreal Protocol in reducing the amount of CFCs in atmosphere will be taught.  This is one success story of the environmental movement and should be celebrated as such.

Sept 18-21

Students will have an exam over C1 and C2 on either Monday/Tuesday (depending on their particular class date)

Students were given a brief study guide last week.

Vocabulary for C4 over Human Population will be due next class day.

Students will chose a country, based on the letter of their first name to conduct research and produce an age-structure diagram.

Students will also begin viewing the film “A World out of Balance”

Sept 25-28

This week we begin our study over C4 on Human Population.

Students will construct an age-structure diagram on their chosen country.  The diagram, along with questions and data is due either Wed/Thursday.

Students will also watch the film “World in the Balance” and answer questions throughout the week.

Students will learn several factors that affect fertility rates (most involve women)

Students will have the worksheet on population problems due Wed/Thurs.

Oct 2-5

We continue our study of Human Populations (C4) with notes on factors that affect death rates and indicators of a healthy country.

We will complete our viewing of “World in the Balance,” with questions to be turned in after finishing.

Students’ age structure diagrams will be displayed in the classroom and often referred to during lecture.

We will be doing notes on the Demographic Transition; something all countries pass through as they move from being developing to a developed country.

Students will have a test next week over C4, on either Monday/Tuesday

Oct 9 - 12

Students have a test Monday/Tuesday over C4.  They were given a study guide last week.

Next unit of study, the economics of the environmental science.

We will study ecosystem services and the true cost of items we purchase (which is not usually the case.)  We will learn about true-cost accounting.

We will also learn about closed loop systems


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