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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, Jan 7
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Nature of Science
Welcome to a new year, and a new class! We will kick things off with a group activity designed to get students thinking about the nature of science.
Classwork
Homework
Tue, Jan 8
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Curiosity, Questions, Naturalism, and Mechanisms of Action
The scientific method is of course the way scientists discover the nature of the natural world. Today we will learn about the scientific method, emphasizing the importance of curiosity, questions, and mechanisms of action.
Teacher Notes
01 Curiosity and Mechanisms of Action
Study Guides
01 Curiosity and Mechanisms of Action
Homework
Wed, Jan 9
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Written Descriptions of Mechanisms of Action
No doubt we can all write funny posts for the latest social media craze, we can also enjoy Harry Potter and Rick Riordan's latest. But scientific writing is a different beast. Today we will learn about and practice writing scientific descriptions of mechanisms of action - a skill that will be used for the rest of the year. To foster our curiosity, students will also learn how to use the classroom microscope to take pictures and save them to the class gallery. Finally, we will discuss the importance of using the textbook, and how taking notes while reading (i.e. making outlines) will help them develop their scientific reading and writing skills, contribute to their success in the classroom, and lead them to become life-long learners.
Classwork
Homework
Thu, Jan 10
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Life, Atoms, and Molecules
Leading to our understanding the mechanisms of action of biology, we will first study the Billiard Balls of biological function: atoms, ions, and molecules. At its simplest, these particles form the basis for all life. Thus, some chemistry. Today we will dsicuss the struture of atoms, including the importance of valence electrons
Textbook: 1.1,6.1
Teacher Notes
02 Atoms Ions Molecules
Study Guides
02 Atoms Ions Molecules
Fri, Jan 11
Assessment: Quiz
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Life, Atoms, and Molecules
Quiz, then a continuation of our discussion on chemistry, leading to how certain atoms form ionic bonds.
Homework
 
Mon, Jan 14
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Life, Atoms, and Molecules
Continuation of notes on chemistry. This time focusing on how they form Covalent bonds.
Homework
Tue, Jan 15
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Life, Atoms, and Molecules
Continuation of notes on chemistry. Finishing with comparing Non-Polar and Polar covalent bonds, as well as intermolecular bonds.
Homework
Wed, Jan 16
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Life, Atoms, and Molecules
Finally finishing our introduction to atoms and molecules by discussing intramolecules bonds - those that are too weak to form molecules but are still very important. They are in fact the reason that water is essential for life.
Homework
Thu, Jan 17
Assessment: Quiz
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Physical Changes and Solutions
Today we will discuss the properties of solutions that make water critical for life. Time at the end of class will be spent preparing for a lab during our next class examining electrical properties of solutions.
Textbook: 6.3
Teacher Notes
03 Physical Changes and Solutions
Study Guides
03 Physical Changes and Solutions
Classwork
Homework
Fri, Jan 18
PD Day
 
Mon, Jan 21
Off
Tue, Jan 22
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Snow Day :-)
Wed, Jan 23
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Physical Changes and Solutions
Lab examining the electrial properties of aqueous solutions.
Classwork
Thu, Jan 24
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Chemical Reactions
At the heart of all life processes are chemical reactions. Today students will learn about the general types of chemical reactions that occurr most commonly in our cells.
Textbook: 6.2
Teacher Notes
04 Chemical Reactions
Study Guides
04 Chemical Reactions
Homework
Fri, Jan 25
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Organic Molecules
Why do we eat? Because our body needs organic building blocks for energy and to repair and build our bodies. Today we will begin learning what organic molecules are, then discuss the first of these: Nucleic Acids.
Textbook: 6.4
Teacher Notes
05 Organic Molecules
Study Guides
05 Organic Molecules
 
Mon, Jan 28
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Organic Molecules: Proteins
Continued discussion of Organic Molecules with the next in our list: Proteins.
Tue, Jan 29
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Organic Molecules: Proteins
Paper Folding anyone? Just as carefully folded paper can attain surprising shapes, so protein folding causes proteins to attain shapes specific to their function. To illustrate this concept, students will work on a short (and hopefully fun) origami project designed to illustrate some properties of proteins.
Classwork
Wed, Jan 30
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Organic Molecules: Carbohydrates and Lipids
The final day of learning about organic molecules. Carbohydrates (bread and pasta nayone), and lipids (fats and oils).
Homework
Thu, Jan 31
Due Today
Assessment: Quiz
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Nutrition and Organic Molecules
Organic Molecules underlie nearly every function of our cells. But where do we get the organic molecuels from? Our Food. Today students will explore the contents of their food, identifying which one's provide which organic molecules to our cells.
Teacher Notes
06 Digestion and Nutrition
Homework
Fri, Feb 1
Due Today
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Nutrition and Organic Molecules
Video: We are What We Eat.
Classwork
 
Tue, Feb 5
Assessment: Test
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Test
Wed, Feb 6
Unit: Building Blocks of Biology
Go Over Test
After going over the test, students will be able to work on test corrections.
Homework
Thu, Feb 7
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Cells and Cell Types
Today we will put together all that we have talked about so far to see how organic molecules come together to make the differet types of cells found on our planet.
Textbook: 7.2-7.3
Teacher Notes
07 Cells
Study Guides
07 Cells
Fri, Feb 8
Due Today
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Transport and Osmosis
Textbook: 7.4
Teacher Notes
08 Membrane Transpot
Study Guides
08 Membrane Transport
Homework
 
Fri, Feb 15
PD Day
 
Mon, Feb 18
Off
Tue, Feb 19
Due Today
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Photosynthesis
Textbook: 8.1-8.3
Teacher Notes
09 Photosynthesis
Study Guides
9 Photosynthesis
Wed, Feb 20
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Cellular Respiration
Teacher Notes
10 Cellular Respiration
Study Guides
10 Cellular Respiration
Homework
Thu, Feb 21
Due Today
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Homework
Fri, Feb 22
Due Today
Assessment: Quiz
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Central Dogma
After the quiz, students will be passing secret messages to each other. Its not just fun and games though…we will be using this to understand how genetic information codes for proteins.
Classwork
Homework
 
Mon, Feb 25
Due Today
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Central Dogma
Similar to the codes studetns created last week, cells encode not-so-secrete messages into their DNA. How this information is transmitted and decoded is one of the grand mysteries of life.
Textbook: 12.1-12.4
Teacher Notes
11 Gene Expression
Study Guides
11 Gene Expression
Homework
Tue, Feb 26
Due Today
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Central Dogma
Havign learned how the genetic code is used to specify protein structure, we will turn our attention to the cellular processes involved in the actual transmission and translation of these codes.
Homework
Wed, Feb 27
Due Today
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Central Dogma
Free Day: Thanks to all those who donated to SOX place and earned a free day.
Classwork
Thu, Feb 28
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Synthesize and Summary
The final topic for this unit will be understanding what it is that makes different cell types different. Hint: its not their DNA.
Fri, Mar 1
Assessment: Test on Cell Structure and Function
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Test
Test on Cell Structure and Function. Students may want to bring something to read or work on after they are done with the test.
 
Mon, Mar 4
Unit: Cell Structure and Function
Go Over Test
After going over the test students will have time to work on Test Corrections
Homework
Tue, Mar 5
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Cell Cycle and DNA Replication
Our new unit will begin by looking at the life stages of individual cells, and how they reproduce through cell division.
Textbook: 9.1-9.2
Teacher Notes
12 Cell Cycle
Supporting Materials
12 Video - Mitosis
12 Video - Meiosis
12 Video - Crossing Over
12 Video - Independent Assortment
12 Video - Fertilization
Study Guides
12 Cell Cycle
Classwork
Homework
Wed, Mar 6
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Mitosis
Continue discussio of the cell cycle, focusing on Mitosis and Meiosis.
Textbook: 10.1-10.3
Homework
Thu, Mar 7
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Meiosis
Today students will each get their own pet fantimal (or at least models of their pet's chromosomes), they will then model what happens to their chromsomes during gamete formation and fertilization as they breed their pets to produce new, genetically distinct pets.

Students should complete everything up to Fertilization before tomorrow

Homework
Fri, Mar 8
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Meiosis
Finish Fantimal Breeding then take notes on Meiosis
Homework
 
Mon, Mar 11
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Meiosis and Fertilization
Today we will process what students learned by doing the Fantimal Activity.
Homework
Tue, Mar 12
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Heredity and Punnett Squares
Students will work on independent activities that will guide them through different patterns of heredity, including the use of Punnett Squares.
Classwork
Wed, Mar 13
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Snow Day
Enjoy!
Thu, Mar 14
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Snow Day
Enjoy!
Fri, Mar 15
Period 3 and 4 Finals; early dismissal
 
Mon, Mar 18
Off
Tue, Mar 19
Off
Wed, Mar 20
Off
Thu, Mar 21
Off
Fri, Mar 22
Off
 
Mon, Mar 25
Period 1 and 2a Finals; early dismissal (11:20, no bus until 2:55, no lunch served)
Assessment: Quiz
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Heredity and Punnett Squares
Quiz on Cell Cycle, Mitosis and Meiosis. Punnett Squares will not be on the quiz. After the quiz, we will discuss the concepts that were introduced with the activity on Tuesday.
Homework
Tue, Mar 26
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Heredity and Punnett Squares
Today we began processing the work students have done in previous classes on understandign heredity. For the homework, students do not need to do the last two questions (#8a nd #9).
Teacher Notes
13 Heredity
Homework
Wed, Mar 27
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Heredity and Punnett Squares
Today we will finish discussing heredity by working thought he homework assignments and adding how to do two-factor crosses.
Thu, Mar 28
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Heredity and Punnett Squares
Finish Heredity
Fri, Mar 29
Assessment: Quiz
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Heredity and Punnett Squares
After the quiz we reviewed a few concepts that students seemed to be struggling with.
Homework
 
Mon, Apr 1
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Human Development
Having wrapping up the concepts that govern heredity, we will begin talking about what happens after fertilization: How a single fertilized cell develops into a new human being.
Textbook: 36.2-36.3
Teacher Notes
14 Human Development
Study Guides
14 Human Development
Tue, Apr 2
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Human Development
Finish talking about Embryonic Development, focused on patterning: Fertilization through the gastrulation
Homework
Wed, Apr 3
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Human Development
Human Development: Gastrulation to the end of the embryonic period and the beginning of the fetal period.
Supporting Materials
14 Video on Human Development
Thu, Apr 4
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Human Development
Video on Human Embryonic Development.
Fri, Apr 5
Assessment: Quiz
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Intro to Human Reproductive Systems
Afer the quiz, begin our discussion of the Human Reproductive Systems, by looking at the embryonic development of each.
Homework
 
Mon, Apr 8
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Human Reproductive System
Class notes and discussion of the Male and Female reproductive systems.
Teacher Notes
15 Human Reproductive Systems
Homework
Tue, Apr 9
SAT Testing for Juniors
Advisement and 1st start at 1pm (report at 12:45).
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Human Reproductive System
Textbook: 36.1
Wed, Apr 10
PSAT for Sophomores, and CMAS Science
2nd and 3rd Period start at 12pm (report at 11:45)
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
no class
:-)
Thu, Apr 11
PSAT for Freshmen (delayed start at 9:20)
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors report at 1:25pm
All students: 4th period 1:30pm-2:55pm
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
no class
:-]
Fri, Apr 12
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Video Introduction to Funtion of Human Body and Organ Systems
Supporting Materials
Video on Organ System Functions
Classwork
Homework
 
Mon, Apr 15
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Female Reproductive System
Today we will finish our discussio of the Human Reproductive System by looking at he hormonal and structural changes associated with the female cycles.
Homework
Tue, Apr 16
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Nervous System
Today we wil begin a broader view of the Han Organ Systems by looking at the divisions of the nervous system, and the sub-cellular mechanisms by which neurons create electrical currents.
Teacher Notes
16 Nervous System
Study Guides
16 Nervous System
Thu, Apr 18
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Endocrine System
Teacher Notes
17 Endocrine System
Study Guides
17 Endocrine System
Fri, Apr 19
Off
 
Mon, Apr 22
Assessment: Quiz: Reproductive and Nervous Systems
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Endocrine System
Today we will look at the organs of the Endocrien system and the functions of our bodies major hormones.
Supporting Materials
17 Bacteria Endocrinology
Homework
Tue, Apr 23
Due Today
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Digestive, Respiratory, and Urinary
Tody we will take a survey of the inputs and outputs of our Bodies. We lookeda t the Digestive System earlier in the year as a way of getting organic molecules into our bodies. Today we will add to this by seening how the lungs get oxygen gas into our blood stream. We will then look at how our bodes get ride of wastes through the Urinary System.
Teacher Notes
18 Digestive Respiratory and Urinary Systems
Study Guides
18 Digestive Respiratory and Urinary Systems
Homework
Fri, Apr 26
Assessment: Quiz: Digestive, Respiratory, Urinary, and Cardiovascular Systems
Unit: Reproduction - Development - Physiology
Organ System Projects
Homework
 
 
Mon, May 6
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Evolution
Teacher Notes
21 Evolution
Study Guides
21 Evolution
Homework
Wed, May 8
Due Today
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Evolution
Textbook: Chapter 15
Thu, May 9
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Evolution Game Design
Fri, May 10
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Evolution Game Design
 
Mon, May 13
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Evolution Game Design
Wed, May 15
Senior Finals: 1 and 2A; Long Assembly Schedule
Due Today
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Evolution Games
Thu, May 16
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Evolution Games
Fri, May 17
Assessment: Quiz
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Origin of Life Videos
There will be a substitute teacher today. After the quiz, students will watch videos and answer associated questions on the origin and history of life on earth.
Homework
 
Mon, May 20
Due Today
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Evidence for Evolution
Teacher Notes
22 Evidence for Evolution
Study Guides
22 Evidence for Evolution
Tue, May 21
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Evidence for Evolution
Homework
Wed, May 22
No School: Graduation
Thu, May 23
3 and 4 Finals
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
No Class
Fri, May 24
1 and 2B Finals
Due Today
Assessment: Test
Unit: Evolution and Ecology
Test
After completing their test, students will work on test corrections.
Homework
 
Mon, May 27
Off
Tue, May 28
TWD
Wed, May 29
Free
Thu, May 30
Free
Fri, May 31
Free