The Biology Syllabus is currently being reviewd and will be distributed to
all students as soon as it is printed. Be sure to return the signature page
right away (no later than the end of September please)
So far we have completed one inquiry laboratory regarding the effects of
detergent on milk fat (the Kaleidoscope Milk Lab). Remember for extra credit
perform the same type of experiment at home using temperature as an
independent variable. Be sure to write out your predictions, procedures,
data, and results
Be thinking about the upcoming science fair and exhibition. I will be asking
for your ideas very soon.
9/6/12 - First day of class! We perfomed a simple inquiry lab (Kaleidoscope
9/10/12 - Schedules are being changed and so is the class! Today we completed
the Biology PreTest, and discussed the Kaleidoscope Milk Lab.
9/12/12 - Still schedules are changing. Class membership is growing! Today's
activities included watching a lab safety video, completing and reviewing a
safety exam, and finally, we began a measurement lab, (Measure a Bean, Why?)
Initial data was collected today. Homework is to answer the Day One questions
found on the blue lab packet.
9/14/12 - Review homework assignment, observe changes in beans, complete Day
Two activities and questions for bean measuring lab. We will also begin
vocabulary and standards for Unit 1.
9/24/12 - Unit 1 Test was taken.
9/26/12 - Unit 1 Test results were discussed and answers reviewed. Retest is
scheduled for Oct 2.
9/28 - Chapter 2, Chemistry in the Living World began. Chapters 2.1 and 2.2
were discussed and reviewed.
Oct 2 - Discussion and activities based on the unique properties of water and
an introduction to carbon compounds.
11/2/12 - A webquest was introduced regarding properties and characteristics
of matter. In addition, the class was informed of the Chapter 2 Test on
Tuesday 11/6/12. There are chapter reviews and a practice test at
the 'handouts' tab.
11/26 - Wow that was a fast month! We had lots going on at the school level.
Here we are at the end of November...Thanksgiving Day is done and over and
December will be here this weekend. We have begun our unit of Ecology
studies. I am hoping to bring the ecology stuff to a new level for all of
you, since some of you have stated that you already did this last year. Today
we planted our rice and wheat seeeds in two different soils to determine
which seed groes best in which soil. After a few weeks we will beging to
discuss what soils and seeds have to do with all of us. Today we also took
notes from the posters that we created last week. We then watched a Discover
Video about the Web of Life. Of course there were handouts to go along with
the viewing today. The ecology packets are due on Thursday! Also, your draft
(sloppy copy) of your research summary pertaining to your science fair
project is due on Monday December 3rd. A link has been included at my links
tab to view the movie again if you wish. There is also a quiz to be completed
by Thursday. It's located on the tab on the left side of the page. Check
the 'Handouts' tab for today's power point and for a copy of the ecology