Schedule
Below is a day-by-day summary of what we have or will be doing in class, along with links to all materials used and assignments given.
Please understand that even the most carefully formulated of plans do not always play out as anticipated, therefore materials posted before the end of the day may change to reflect reality in the classroom.

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Mon, Aug 6
Teacher Work Day; No School
Tue, Aug 7
Teacher Work Day; No School
Wed, Aug 8
Teacher Professional Development; No School
Thu, Aug 9
Freshman Greet (Freshman Only)
Activities
Just Sayin' Hi
Fri, Aug 10
1st Full Day for all Levels
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
The Nature of Science 01 Curiosity
Students begin the course by developing their curiosity about the biological world around them. To this end students are given a chance to make observations and ask questions about the life that is around them. We'll also spend some time getting to know each other ;-)
Content
00 Your Teacher
Classwork
Homework
 
Mon, Aug 13
Due Today
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
The Nature of Science 02 Scientific Method
Continuing from what we did on the first day, students will learn how curiosity, observation, and questions fit into the scientific method.
Textbook: 1.2-1.3
Content
01 Scientific Method
Study Guides
01_ScientificMethod
Homework
Tue, Aug 14
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
The Nature of Science 03 Experimental Design
We will finish our discussion of the scientific method, including learning how to use the microscope in illustration of technologies role in improving our ability to observe and experiment. To process what we have learned, students will analyze an example where the scientific method has been used bdly to a comic end. Finally, students will learn how to design an effective scientific experiment, which they will have to do for their Unit 1 projects.
Content
02 Experiment Design
Study Guides
02 Experiment Design
Classwork
Wed, Aug 15
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
The Nature of Science 04 Conducting an Experiment
Students will conduct a simple lab experiment which they can evaluate in light of the previous days discussion. They will also learn how to collect and annalyze data into tables.
Textbook: xxviii-xxxii
Classwork
Homework
Thu, Aug 16
Due Today
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
The Nature of Science 05 Data Presentation
Students will learn how to use spreadsheets to create graphs of experimental data. They also might learn how to use formulas to do some pretty cool stuff.
Textbook: xxxiii-xxxv
Classwork
Fri, Aug 17
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
The Nature of Science 06 Interpreting Data
Students will be presented with different types of data and will learn how to interpret it in light of the motivating question and the methods used to generate the data.
Content
03 Interpreting Scientific Data
Study Guides
03 Interpreting Scientific Data Study Guide
Classwork
 
Mon, Aug 20
Assessment: Quiz
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
The Nature of Science 07 Naturalism and Mechanisms of Action
After the quiz, students will continue working with Interpreting scientific data.
Tue, Aug 21
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
The Nature of Science 08 Nature of Science
Students will learn what Billiard Balls and Newton's Cradle have to do with the Nature of Science, and the unfolding of the Univers from the Big Bang to the flourishing of life. We will also use a sealed box with something inside to demonstrate the scientific method and the nature of science.
Content
04 Mechanisms of Action
Study Guides
04 Mechanisms of Action
Classwork
Wed, Aug 22
Due Today
Activities
The Nature of Science 09 Synthesis and Summary
Students will present their posters to the class
Thu, Aug 23
Activities
The Nature of Science 10 Synthesis and Summary
Students will present their posters to the class
Fri, Aug 24
Assessment: Test on Unit 1
Activities
The Nature of Science 11 TEST
TEST
 
Mon, Aug 27
Activities
The Nature of Science 12 Go Over Test
After going over the test, students will work on test corrections.
Homework
Tue, Aug 28
Due Today
Activities
Organic Chemistry 01 Life, Atoms, and Molecules
Having laid a foundation for many concepts that will be important for the rest of the year, we will finally begin learning about biology - well sortof. Because mechanisms of action in cellular and organismal Biology are often best understood in terms of chemistry and physics, we will begin a short discussion of chemistry concepts that are essential for biology. We won't dig much into the periodic table, but we will talk about the structure and properties of atoms and molecules.
Textbook: 1.1,6.1
Content
05 Atoms Ions Molecules
Study Guides
05 Atoms Ions Molecules
Homework
Wed, Aug 29
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
Organic Chemistry 02 Life, Atoms, and Molecules
Continuation of notes from yesterday on atoms, ions, and molecules.
Thu, Aug 30
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
Organic Chemistry 03 Life, Atoms, and Molecules
Continuation of notes from yesterday on atoms, ions, and molecules.
Fri, Aug 31
Due Today
Assessment: Quiz
Activities
Organic Chemistry 04 Life, Atoms, and Molecules
After going over the quiz, students will work on an activity designed to help them become comfortable looking at molecule structures, as well as identify features that will distinguish polar from non-polar molecules, which will be imortant for understanding how molecules interact with water.
Classwork
 
Mon, Sep 3
Labor Day: No School
Tue, Sep 4
Due Today
Activities
Organic Chemistry 05 Physical Changes and Solutions
Today we will process the activity on polar and non-polar molecules then take notes on Physical changes, focusing on solutions, why something disolves in water, and what happens when it dissolves in water.
Textbook: 6.3
Content
06 Physical Changes and Solutions
Study Guides
06 Physical Changes and Solutions
Wed, Sep 5
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
Organic Chemistry 06 Physical Changes and Solutions
Today we will rely on what we have learned so far to understand why water is critical for life. Students will then do an experiment to explore some critical properties of water.
Classwork
Thu, Sep 6
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
Organic Chemistry 07 Chemical Reactions
Notes on Chemical Reactions. . .oh and a fun video showing some super cool reactions. The take home: the most amazing chemical reaction of all: Life!
Textbook: 6.2
Content
07 Chemical Reactions
Study Guides
07 Chemical Reactions
Fri, Sep 7
Assessment: Quiz
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
Organic Chemistry 08 Quiz
Had some fun playing jeopardy (see the bell work) to review for the quiz, then took the quiz. Students are able to do corrections for what they missed on this quiz; due Monday!
Homework
 
Mon, Sep 10
Due Today
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
Organic Chemistry 09 Organic Molecules
Students will apply what they have learned so far about chemistry to determine many of the properties of the four Organic Molecules. They will also learn how these organic molecules are found in our every day lives, and are a part of our diet.
Textbook: 6.4
Content
08 Organic Molecules
Study Guides
08 Organic Molecules
Classwork
Homework
Tue, Sep 11
Due Today
Activities
Organic Chemistry 10 Organic Molecules: Nucleic Acids
Today we will focus on the first Organic Molecule: Nucleic Acids. Infamous (and important) as DNA is, it is only one type of nucleic acid, and its only function is to be read like a book for the informatino it stores. Other nucleic acids, RNA and ATP are much more active.
Wed, Sep 12
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
Organic Chemistry 11 Organic Molecules: Proteins
Today's discussion will focus on the second organic molecule: Proteins. Though DNA may be infamous, Proteins are the work horses of the cell. Todays discussion will emphasize the importance of shape or form for function. We will also revisit the concept of mechanisms of action as we examin how protein enzymes functino as catalysts.
Thu, Sep 13
Due Today
Activities
Organic Chemistry 12 Organic Molecules: Carbohydrates and Lipids
Today, we will grade the part of the worksheet on Nucleic Acids and Proteins, as a way of reviewing that material. We will then finish our notes on Carbohydrates.
Fri, Sep 14
Due Today
Assessment: Quiz
Activities
Organic Chemistry 13 Synthesis and Summary
After the quiz, we will finish some notes on Lipids. Students will then be able to work in groups on review activities to help them prepare for next week's unit test.
Homework
 
Mon, Sep 17
Due Today
Activities
Organic Chemistry 14 Synthesis and Symmary
Students will continue review activities in the class in preparation for tomorrows's unit text.
Classwork
Tue, Sep 18
Assessment: Test on Unit 2 (Atoms and Molecules, Physical and Chemical Changes, Organic Molecules)
Activities
Organic Chemistry 15 Test
Students will have the entire period to work on the unit test. Students who think they may finish early, should bring something to read or work on after the test.
Wed, Sep 19
Activities
Organic Chemistry 16 Go Over Test
After going over the test, students will work on test corrections.
Classwork
Thu, Sep 20
Activities
Organic Chemistry 17 Go Over Test
Test Corrections
Fri, Sep 21
Teacher Professional Development; No School
 
Mon, Sep 24
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
Cellular Function 1 Membranes and Cells
Today is all about membranes. Students will learn how the basic properties of phospholipids cause them to form, how they act as semi-permeable barriers that allow compartmentalization of and within cells. We will also introduce many of the organelles found within the cell along with their basic functions.
Textbook: 7.3-7.4
Content
09 Membranes Cells and Transport
Study Guides
09 Membranes Cells and Transport
Tue, Sep 25
Bellwork.pptx
Activities
Cellular Function 2 Transport
Continuing our discussion of membranes, we will focus on the different mechanisms by which materials can move across a membrane: Simple Diffusion, Facilitated Diffusion, Primary Active Transport, and Secondary Active Transport. That was a mouthfull.
Homework
Wed, Sep 26
Due Today
Activities
Cellular Function 3 Transport and Osmosis
Yesterday we focused on how solutes move across a membrane, tody we will flip this around and look at how water moves through membranes and how this affects cels.
Homework
Thu, Sep 27
Due Today
Activities
Cellular Function 4 Osmosis Lab
Students will complete day 1 of an experiment that will alow them to gather direct evidence for osmosis as it occurrs in potato cells placed in solutions of different sugar concentrations. Should be fun :-)
Homework
Fri, Sep 28
Due Today
Assessment: Quiz
Activities
Cellular Function 5 Osmosis Lab
After the quiz, sudents will complete day 2 of the osmosis experiment by collecting data on their potatoes.
 
Mon, Oct 1
Activities
Cellular Function 6 Photosynthesis
Class will begin by processing the results of the Osmosis Lab as a way of finishing off our discussion of membranes and membrane transport. After this we will now turn our attention to carbohydrates, focusing on the two major life processes that involve them: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.
Textbook: 8.1-8.3
Content
10 Photosynthesis
Study Guides
10 Photosynthesis
Tue, Oct 2
Due Today
Activities
Cellular Function 7 Photosynthesis
Photosynthesis: Everyone knows that during photosynthesis, plants use sunlight to make their own food, but how? Today we will focus on the light dependent reactions to understand how light energy is captured and transformed into energy the cell can use to actually make its food...the food making will be discussed tomorrow.
Content
11 Respiration
Study Guides
11 Respiration
Homework
Wed, Oct 3
Due Today
Activities
Cellular Function 8 Cellular Respiration
Today we will discuss how the energy captured during the Light Dependent reactios are used to capture Carbons from Carbon Dioxide to make sugars. These sugars are used by plants to make all other organic molecules, including the sugars that are processed during cellular respiration in plants and animals to make energy for the entire cell.
Homework
Thu, Oct 4
Period 1 and 2B Finals; early dismissal
Assessment: Quiz: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Activities
Cellular Function 9 Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Review of Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration befor taking the Quiz. Students will then have time to complete quiz corrections.
Fri, Oct 5
Period 3 and 4 Finals; early dismissal; no class
 
Mon, Oct 8
Fall Break; No School
Tue, Oct 9
Fall Break; No School
Wed, Oct 10
Fall Break; No School
Thu, Oct 11
Fall Break; No School
Fri, Oct 12
Fall Break; No School
 
Mon, Oct 15
Activities
Cellular Function 10 Central Dogma
Next in line for how organic molecules function in the cell: Nucleic acids and Proteins. Functionally, one cannot be understood without the other. By the end of the day (if all goes as planned), students will understand both.
Textbook: 12.1-12.4
Content
12 Central Dogma
Study Guides
12 Central Dogma
Homework
Tue, Oct 16
Due Today
Activities
Cellular Function 11 Central Dogma
Central Dogma Continued
Homework
Wed, Oct 17
Due Today
Activities
Cellular Function 12 Central Dogma
Central Dogma Continued
Homework
Thu, Oct 18
Due Today
Activities
Cellular Function 13 Cell Cycle, Mitosis
Not done with DNA yet. DNA is infamously the hereditary material that is passed down from cell to cell, and from parent to offspring. Today we wil focus on the Cell to Cell transmission that takes place when cells divide into two identical daughter cells, then compare this to what happens when cells divide to produce reproductive cells (sperm and oocytes)
Textbook: 9.1-9.2
Content
13 Cell Classes and Cell Division
Study Guides
13 Cell Classes and Cell Division
Fri, Oct 19
Assessment: Quiz on Central Dogma and first half of Cell Classes and Cell Division
Activities
Cellular Function 14 Synthesize and Summary
Quiz
 
Tue, Oct 23
Assessment: Test on Unit 3
Activities
Cellular Function 16 Test
Test on Unit 3: Cell Membranes, Transport, Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Transcription, Charging, Translation, Cell Cycle, and Mitosis. NOTE: Meiosis, Fertilization, and Punnett Squares have been delayed until the next unit and will not be on this test
Wed, Oct 24
Activities
Cellular Function 17 Go Over Test
After going over the test, students will work on test corrections.
Homework
Thu, Oct 25
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology Meiosis, Fertilization and Punnett Squares
*Learn how our genes and allelse contribute to our charactistics *Learn how alleles are inherited through generations *Learn how to use Punnett Squares to predict mating outcomes
Textbook: 10.1-10.3
Content
14 Meiosis Fertilization and Heredity
Study Guides
14 Meiosis Fertilization and Heredity
Fri, Oct 26
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology Punnett Squares Practice
Practice using punnett squares to understand inheritance patterns and logic.
Classwork
 
Mon, Oct 29
Due Today
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 01 Punnett Squares and Pedigrees
After grading/goving over the Punnett Squares homework, students will learn how to read Pedigrees. Then more practice.
Content
15 Pedigrees
Homework
Tue, Oct 30
Due Today
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 03 Development Concepts and Human Development
Brief review of Punnett Squares and heredity logic, then begin discussing how humans develop from fertilization to birth.
Content
16 Developmental Concepts and Human Development
Study Guides
16 Developmental Concepts and Human Development
Homework
Fri, Nov 2
Due Today
Assessment: Quiz
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 10 Quiz
After the quiz, we will finish talking about Development by looking at fetal circulation and the different ways that twins can form.
Homework
 
Mon, Nov 5
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 11 Human Development
Video Summary of the first 8 weeks of Human Development
Tue, Nov 6
Teacher Professional Development; No School
Wed, Nov 7
Due Today
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 12 Human Organ Systems
Students will spend today reviewing the presentations they created for the last unit project on different cell types. As a part of this activity, they will link this information with what they have learned about embryonic development by describing the embryonic origins of each cell type.
Classwork
Thu, Nov 8
Due Today
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 13 Human Reproductive Systems
We will begin our discussion of Human Organ Systems with a discussion on the Reproductie System, comparing the development, anatomy, function, and hormones of the Male System to the Femal Systems.
Textbook: 36.1
Content
17 Human Reproductive Systems
Study Guides
17 Human Reproductive Systems
Fri, Nov 9
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 14 Endocrine, Nervous and Muscular Systems
Endocrine System, Nervous System, and Muscular System. What do these have in common. Well, the Endocrine and Nervous System both communicate by releasign chemicals into the body. Neurons and Muscles both conduct electrical signals in response to their input. Muscles are the only ones that contract.
Textbook: 35.3,33.1-33.3,32.3
Content
18 Endocrine Nervous and Muscular Systems
Study Guides
18 Endocrine Nervous and Muscular Systems
 
Mon, Nov 12
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 15 Endocrine, Nervous and Muscular Systems
Continue Notes on Endocrine, Nervous and Muscular Systems
Homework
Tue, Nov 13
Due Today
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 16 Endocrine, Nervous and Muscular Systems
The Cardiovascular system is central to body funcion. We've already seen that it is required to distribute hormones throughout the body, it also is critical for delivering oxygen and nutrients, and for taking away wastes. As such we will see how it integrates with the Respiratory, Digestive, and Urinary Systems.
Wed, Nov 14
Assessment: Quiz: Human Organ Systems
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 17 Endocrine, Nervous and Muscular Systems
Students will work with partners to review for the quiz . Then they will take the quiz.
Classwork
Homework
Thu, Nov 15
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 18 Synthesis and Summary
Dr. Mayberry will be out of town. Students will be reviewing for the test.
Classwork
Fri, Nov 16
Due Today
Assessment: Test 04
Activities
Embryonic Development and Human Physiology 19 TEST
Dr. Mayberry will be out of town. Test 04 on Meiosis, Heredity, Development, and, Human Organ Systems.
 
Mon, Nov 19
Thanksgiving Break; No School
Tue, Nov 20
Thanksgiving Break; No School
Wed, Nov 21
Thanksgiving Break; No School
Thu, Nov 22
Thanksgiving Break; No School
Fri, Nov 23
Thanksgiving Break; No School
 
Tue, Nov 27
Due Today
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 1 Evolution
Discussion on Evolution Concepts and Potential/Peceived Controversies.
Textbook: Chapter 15
Content
19 Evolution
Study Guides
19 Evolution
Homework
Wed, Nov 28
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 2 Evolution
Notes on the Process of evolution
Thu, Nov 29
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 3 Evolution
Notes on the Process of evolution
Classwork
Fri, Nov 30
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 4 Evolution Game Design
Students will work in groups to design a game based on evolution. These could be Board games, Card Games, Dice Games, a combination of these, or any other creative game the stdunts can come up with…as long as it is based on evolutionary concepts and includes the necessary elements.
 
Mon, Dec 3
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 5 Evolution Game Design
Students should be ready to play the games they designed in their groups. Today is a day to refine the play and rules of the game.
Tue, Dec 4
Due Today
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 6 Evolution Game Design
Students will have a chance to play the games that other groups have designed.
Wed, Dec 5
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 7 Evolution Game Design
Students will have a chance to play the games that other groups have designed.
Thu, Dec 6
Due Today
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 8 Evolution Games
Discussion on the Evidence that supports the Theory of Evolution
Fri, Dec 7
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 9 Evolution Games
Notes and Discussion on Ecology: How organisms interact with eachother and with their enviroment.
 
Tue, Dec 11
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 11 Evidence for Evolution
Finish Video
Wed, Dec 12
Assessment: Quiz: Evolution (PowerPoint 19)
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 12 Evidence for Evolution
Notes on Evidence for Evolution
Content
20 Evidence for Evolution
Study Guides
20 Evidence for Evolution
Homework
Thu, Dec 13
Due Today
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 13 Evidence for Evolution
Notes on Evidence for Evolution
Fri, Dec 14
Assessment: Quiz on Evidence for Evolution
Activities
Evolution and Ecology 14 Quiz
Quiz, then finish notes on Evidence for Evolution
Homework
 
Mon, Dec 17
Due Today
Activities
Review activites for the Test
Classwork
Tue, Dec 18
Assessment: Test on Evolution and Evidences
Wed, Dec 19
Period 2B and 3 Finals; early dismissal; no class
Thu, Dec 20
Period 4 and 1 Finals; early dismissal;
Due Today
Activities
After going over the test, students will work on test corrections.
Fri, Dec 21
Teacher Work Day; No School