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Weekly Work and Information

January 17-20

We begin our unit on Human Heredity on Tuesday.

Vocabulary words for C14 and C15 are due Wednesday.

We will also be doing a lab extracting DNA from split peas on Wednesday.  A formal written lab report will be due next Monday.

Students will be doing a written report on a chosen genetic disorder.

Worksheet 14.1 is due 1/19

Jan 23-27

We continue studying C13 on Human Heredity.

Students will be working with models to illustrate karyotypes on Monday.

WS 14.1 will be due on Tuesday.  Students will do notes in Monday’s class to help complete.

A formal lab report is due Tuesday over DNA Extraction lab from last week.  Students should include a colored drawing or picture of their results.

We will be discussing the 3 ways in which we inherit genetic disorders/traits.

Jan 30 - Feb 2

This week we continue our study of Human Heredity.

A report on a chosen disease or genetic disorder is due on Thursday.  Students may present a powerpoint, poster or written report.

Worksheets 14.3 is due Wednesday.

We will begin studying C15 on genetic engineering on Monday 2/6, with WS 15.1 due then.

Feb 6 - 9

Monday we have a test over Mutations from C13 snd C14 on Human Heredity.

We begin studying C15 on Genetic Engineering on Tuesday with notes on Hybridization and Inbreeding.

Students will also complete presentations on Genetic Disorders on Tuesday.

Students will learn the steps involved in cloning (somatic cells) during this chapter.

Feb 13-16

We begin the week with a test over C15 on Genetic Engineering.

Our next unit of study is C16, C17, C19 over Evolution

VW for these chapters are due Thursday

We will be viewing “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea” and answering questions

In this unit, students will be reading various articles and studying how the organisms on the planet have changed over time.

Feb 20-23

We continue our studies over evolution and discuss influences and evidence for Evolution.

We will continue watching the film “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea” and answer questions over the film.

WS 16.2 is due Wednesday

SITN is due Tuesday (students received these last week)

VW for C16, 17 and 19 are due Tuesday.

Feb 27-Mar 2

We continue studying Evolution this week.

WS 16.4  will be due by the end of the week.  We are learning the different things that Darwin saw as evidence that evolution occurs.

We continue viewing different videos illustrating the proof behind the theory.

Students should begin preparing for their mid-term next week.  I would expect their exam to be 3/8.

March 6-9

We finish our unit on Evolution, with notes on 17.3 and 17.4, which discuss how speciation occurs and how mutations in HOX genes may change the body plans of organisms.

Students are coloring HOX gene on Monday night, which will be due Tuesday.

The Chapter 16 Review is due Monday, with a test over C16 and 17 on Wednesday.  This will count as the mid-term evaluation.

Mar 20-24

We begin our unit on Classification.  We will be studying the Linneaean classification system.

WS 18.1 is due Tuesday

WS 18.2 is due Wednesday

Ws 18.3 is due Thursday.

We will use dichotomous keys and make our own for the 6 kingdoms.

In addition to C18, we will begin studying C17 next week before having an exam on both chapters

March 28-31

Students will have an exam over C18 on Tuesday.  We will not be studying C17 as previously stated.

Our next unit will involve the ecology unit of Biology.  VW for C3 will be due Thursday.

We will begin studying abiotic/biotic factors on Thursday.

PARCC testing will take up most of next week’s classes.

On Monday we will be learning the different levels of study in ecology.

Environmental Science

Important Class Files:
Weekly Work and Information

Jan 17-20

We begin studying our unit on Water and Water Pollution on Tuesday.

Students have a water footprint due either Thursday or next Monday.  Students need to do the “extended” footprint.  Using the website, students will answer questions about their water usage and need to print out the last page showing the amount of water they use.

Vocabulary words for C15 and C16 will be due Thursday or Monday.

Jan 23-27

We continue our study of Water, including problems with desalination and ways in which wastewater is treated.

Students will discuss drawbacks of using dams to help store water for later use.

Students will also learn ways in which water can be conserved.

As part of this unit, we will continue viewing the video “Flow”, with students answering questions.

Jan 30 - Feb 2

We continue our study of Water this week.

Students will research and complete “Santa Fe Water Quality Report”.  This explains how SF receives it water and how it’s treated prior to entering your home.

Students will learn ways to conserve water at school and around their home.

Students will continue watching and answering questions from the video “Flow”.

Feb 6 - 9

We will continue studying C16 on Water Pollution.

Students will learn how the WWTP here in Santa Fe cleans our wastewater and returns the effluent to the SF River.

Students will learn about hypoxia and why the Dead Zone occurs yearly at the mouth of the Miss. River

We will also complete the video “FLOW” and answer questions.

We will also do a Bottled Water Tastetest on Thursday.

Feb 13-17

Students will begin a short unit on Geology.

An online “Rock Quiz” is due Thursday, with vocabulary for C19/20 due next Tuesday.

We will begin studying the 3 types of plate boundaries on Thursday, with students entering earthquakes over 3.0 magnitude for the next three days.

Feb 20 -24

We continue our study of Rocks and Plate Boundaries.

Students should be recording earthquakes over 3.0 magnitude for 3 days.  They should analyze their results and answer questions which are due Tuesday.

We will learn about mining and conduct “Cookie Mining Activity” on Thursday.

Next, we will begin studying nonrenewable resources used for energy production.

VW for C19/20 are due Tuesday.

Feb 27 - Mar 2

We continue learning about nonrenewable energy resources this week.

We will begin C19 on Coal and learn how it’s used to produce electricity.  We will learn benefits and drawbacks to its use.

We will continue learning about nonrenewable resources with C20 on Petroleum.  We will also learn how both resources has led to a change in our climate.


March 6 - 9

We continue studying nonrenewable resources by finishing notes on C19 over Coal.

We will begin studying C20 on Petroleum Thursday.

Environmental Scrapbooks are due Thursday, with no late work allowed (students have had assignment for 1 month)

We will also begin viewing the film “A Crude Awakening” which talks about peak oil.

March 20-24

We begin our study of C20 on Petroleum.

Students will learn about the concept of “Peak Oil” and how it affects prices and supply of petroleum

Students will learn how important petrochemicals are in our lives.

Students will study how the burning of gasoline adds to the problem of climate change

Mar 27- 31

This week we complete our study of nonrenewable fuel resources.

Students will have an open-book/note take home test on Thursday, which will be due the following Tuesday.

VW for C25 will be due the week after PARCC testing.


Comparative Anatomy

Important Class Files:
Weekly Work and Information

Jan 17 - 20

Students begin the class learning general characteristics of the Animal Kingdom.

Students will be introduced to all the various phylas that we will studying for the semester.

Students will be observing regeneration in planarians.

Jan 23-27

Students will begin studying C26, in which trends of animal development are discussed, including cephalization, cell specialization, body cavity development, and body symmetry.

Students will begin studying Phylum Porifera and learning how sponges do all activities necessary for life.

We will be viewing the film series, “Shape of Life”, with a specific video on sponges.

Students will also be checking on the regeneration of planarians.


Jan 30 - Feb 2

Students will finish the study of C26 this week by learning about Phylum Cnidarian, which includes corals, sea anenomes and jellyfish.

Drawings of Sponges and Cnidarians are due Monday or Tuesday.  These will be complied later in the semester for a major grade.  Students have been advised how they are expected to complete these.

Students will also be watching segments of “The Shape of Life” series on each of the different phylas.

Feb 6 - 9

Students will have a test over C26 on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Three drawings are due on Wed/Thursday, which includes planarians, annelids and body cavities.

Vocabulary for C27 is due Monday/Tuesday.

Feb 13-17

Students will begin studying C27 over flatworms, roundworms and segmented worms.

Drawings for platyhelminthes, annelids and body cavities are due Mon/Tues.

Test revisions from C26 are due next Mon/Tues


Feb 20 -24

We begin studying C26.3 over Phylum Mollusca.

Students are encouraged to bring in seashells from family collection for identification.

Students will compare Mollusks to previous phylas to see how they are becoming more complete

Feb 26 - Mar 2

We continue studying C27 on Mollusks and Annelids.

The Earthworm Dissection Worksheet is due Monday/Tuesday.

We will be learning about Phylum Mollusca beginning Monday.  Students are asked to bring in any seashells they may have to share with their fellow students.  All will be returned to students.

As part of this unit, we will be watching and answering questions from the video series “Shape of Life” on phylum Mollusca.

Students should be studying for their midterm next week over C27.

March 6 - 9

Students will have a mid-term over C27 on Wednesday/Thursday.

Students will be reviewing on Monday/Tuesday and receive a study guide for their exam.

We will complete watching “The Shape of Life” on phylum Mollusca.

Mar 20-24

We begin our study this week over Phylum Arthropoda.

Students will read an article concerning the expected increase in Lyme Disease and write a 1-page summary, due Monday.

We will be dissecting crayfish on 3/27 or 3/28.  Please SHOW up!

March 27-31

We continue our study of Phylum Arthropoda on Monday, with a dissection of a crayfish on Monday/Tues.

The dissection sheet, as well as an article summary is due the following class date.

We will be learning about the remaining 2 subphylas and continue notes on subphylum Uniramia and subphylum Chelicerata.

Apr 3-7

PARCC Testing

April 10-14

We finish C28 this week with a dissection over the starfish Wed/Thurs.

Students are advised to check my website for additional due dates and dissection dates for the remainder of the year.

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