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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

OCT 16 -20

Students begin their study of Genetics, C11

Students need to learn the vocabulary used during class – phenotype, genotype, homozygous, heterozygous, allele

We will learn about Gregor Mendel’s principles and how probability was used in his research

Students will do various Punnett squares to determine the predicted ratios of genetic crosses

Students will also read various articles, including the Blue People of Kentucky and the Russian Czar’s pedigree

Oct 23-26

Monday, students will learn how to do dihybrid crosses, which involve studying 2 traits at the same time.

Various practice problems involving dihybrid crosses will be done.

Tuesday, students will do a lab using corn which shows a dihybrid cross.  A written lab report over the lab will be due Thursday.

To finish the chapter, students will learn about the process of meiosis, which makes sex cells.

Oct 30 - Nov 2

Students will complete C11, with notes on Gene Maps and Gene Linkage on Monday.

Students will have an exam over C11 on Tuesday.

Our next unit of study will be C12, over DNA and protein synthesis.  Vocabulary for C12 will be due Thursday.

As part of this unit, students will extract DNA from split pea cells.

Nov 6-9

We continue C12, on DNA and its structure, with a lab Tuesday on extracting DNA from split peas.  A formal lab report is due Thursday.

Students will learn how DNA is replicated and compare replication in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

Students have SITN (Science in the News) due Wednesday in regards to an article on the genetics of turning gray hair.

Our next unit of study will be Protein Synthesis, C13.  Students will learn the 3 types of RNA and how each functions in the making of proteins.

Students will learn the process of transcription and translation.

Nov 13-16

Student continue learning C13 and the process of transcription and translation.

Students will complete 13.2 on both processes.

Students will illustrate the entire process on Tuesday by selecting “traits” and drawing a dog, based on their DNA.

Students will learn the different types of mutations and how each can affect the phenotype.

Students will have a test over C12 and C13 on Thursday.

Nov 21-22

It’s a short week, with students in Biology taking a test Monday over C12 and C13.

Tuesday, vocabulary from C14 and C15 will be due.  We will begin studying Genetic Engineering and Human Heredity, with students completing a research paper over a chosen genetic disorder during this unit.

Nov 27-30

Students will begin studying C14 on Human Heredity.  This chapter will be the only thing tested during our finals week (12/13/17 at 9am)

WS 14.1 is due Tuesday.

Students will learn about the different genetic disorders and how each are caused (autosomal recessive, autosomal dominant, codominant, sex-linked) and are doing a project on a chosen disorder (due 12/6/17)

Students will have the chance to research their disorder on Wednesday.

Students are also viewing “Cracking the Code of Life” and answering questions.  It covers Tay Sachs and CF.

We will continue studying sex-linked disorders on Thursday.

Dec 4-7

Students begin studying C15 on Genetic Engineering.

Students will do a research paper/poster on a chosen genetic disorder/disease, which is due 12/7.  Students may receive extra credit for presenting the poster in class on Thursday.

During this unit, students will learn the various processes for developing  a DNA fingerprint and the methods used in cloning an organism.

Students will be tested over both C14 on Human Heredity and C15 on Genetic Engineering next week on their regular test date (12/13 at 9am)

The test will be a regular test and not be weighted.


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

Oct 16-20

We begin studying C5, which discusses the Economics of the Environment

We will discuss the “true cost” of items, which usually externalize the cost of items to make them cheaper.

We will watch “The Story of Stuff”, with students answering questions to the video.

Students will also read and summarize an article “Repair is a Radical Idea”, which stresses the importance of being “owners” not “consumers” of goods.  This will reduce our affluence and overconsumption.

Students will be given questions over C5, which will act as their test.  These questions are due Monday/Tuesday.

Test Revisions for the C4 test are due Wed/Thurs

Oct 23-26

Students will have questions from C5 that will count as their exam from the chapter.  These are due Monday/Tuesday.

Our next unit of study will involve ecosystems and the various levels contained within the biosphere.

Students will be assigned a group project Monday, with them choosing which biogeochemical cycle for research (water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur.)  Students will be given time in class on Weds/Thurs for research.

Vocabulary words will be assigned Mon/Tues, with these being due on Wed/Thurs

We will be comparing habitats and niches and also comparing the flow of energy and nutrients.

 

Oct 30 - Nov 2

Students will present their Biogeochemical cycles projects on Mon/Tues.  Students should have an information sheet for their fellow classmates.

Students will compare habitats and niches.

Students will also compare the flow of energy and the flow of nutrients.   Students will recite the two Laws of Thermodynamics.

Students will explain the “Range of Tolerance” and limiting factors that determine the productivity of an ecosystem.

Nov 6-9

Students will complete notes on C6 and compare niches and habitats.

Students will learn about the “Range of Tolerance”  and limiting factors, in regards to abiotic conditions needed for organisms to survive.

Our next unit of study is Population Ecology, in that we study how populations interact.

Students will also compare logistical and exponential growth.

Students will also compare density-dependent and density-independent factors that affect a population size.

Students will also compare r-selected and K-selected species.

 

Nov 13-16

Students will begin studying C8 over Community Ecology.

In this unit are several group and individual projects, including the construction of a food web, the different types of symbiosis, ecological succession and species diversity.

On Monday/Tuesday, students will work in groups to construct a food web.  There is both an individual and group questions with the project.

Students will learn the different types of symbiosis – mutualism, commensalism and parasitism.

Students will also conduct research in which they will determine the species richness and species evenness using the cars in the SFCC parking lot.

 

Nov 21-22

It’s a short week so students will only have environmental science once this week.

Students will also conduct research in which they will determine the species richness and species evenness using the cars in the SFCC parking lot.

The lab is super easy, but students need to be present to finish the math portion, which can be pretty intense.

Nov 27-30

Students will learn about Ecological Succession, the 2 types and 2 types of disturbances.  We will be viewing and taking notes from the video on ecological succession.

Students will also watch a video on Mt. St. Helens, which shows primary succession.

Students will have an exam over C6,7,8 on Wednesday/Thursday, which will count as their semester final.

Dec 3-7

Students took their semester final last week.  We will briefly look at agriculture this week and will be watching different parts of the video “Food, Inc.”

Students will compare our industrial food system (CAFOs) to a conventional farming system.

Students will also learn the various environmental impacts that agriculture makes on the environment.


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