McCarter Biology

Biology IS Life

May 15, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 5/18/20:

E-Learning Week #9 – last week of school!!!

Mon. 5/18: Maroon Day- no Biology class. Make sure you are almost finished with the Ice Core Lab.

Tues. 5/19: Gold Day – no class meeting today! We will meet on Friday.

IMPORTANT: All assignments must be completed and sent to me before 4pm this Friday! No exceptions.

For today,   Continue to work on the Ice Core Lab and you can begin Friday’s lesson by watching the EdPuzzle video about Cane Toads (9min). When we lived in Brisbane, Australia, I used to HATE these things. They are not native, terribly invasive, and are systematically wiping out many of the indigenous wildlife found nowhere else on earth!  We used to dress up in gloves and protective eyewear, turn on lights at the school oval (football field) and gather as many in trashbags as possible. Why protective gear? They shoot poison!  Then we would freeze them. It’s the most humane way to kill them.

Wed. 5/20: work and rest day. Try to give your eyes and back a break from the computer!

Thurs 5/21: Maroon Day – no Biology class. Make sure you have finished the Ice Core Lab and Cane Toad video.  All work must be completed by 4pm on Friday – I have grades due Monday and need time to grade everything. 

Fri. 5/22: Gold Day – LAST DAY of SHCOOL!  I will send you a link to the Google Meet class meeting via Google Chat at 8:25am. Class starts promptly at 8:30am.

Agenda for today: Q&A about anything we have done so far and say goodbye! Make sure you send me any assignment you want graded BEFORE 4pm TODAY.

Today’s extra credit assignment: Create a collage of mostly photos that tell the story of one invasive species found in the United States. It should include: name, where it is invasive, where it came from originally, why is it destructive, and other important information (this will vary depending upon what organism you choose). Complete it today!  I will not accept any work after 4pm today since I have grades due Monday morning.

Here is mine:

 

 

May 8, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 5/11/20:

E-Learning Week #8

Mon. 5/11: Maroon Day- no Biology class. Make sure you have finished the HHMI Exploring Biomass Pyramids interactive data lab from Friday and sent me the PDF that is generated by email.

Tues. 5/12: Gold Day – no class meeting today! We will meet on Friday.

For today,   Watch the EdPuzzle video about “How Wolves Change Rivers” (4:33 min) – the importance of keystone species. Then complete the worksheet Moose of Isle RoyaleDue before our next class on Friday. Send me your Moose worksheet via email, text photo or share the google doc (this may be more difficult since you have a graph to do, but you could copy and paste an Excel graph). 

Having trouble with the graph? This video may help:

Wed. 5/13: work and rest day. Try to give your eyes and back a break from the computer!

Thurs 5/14: Maroon Day – no Biology class. Make sure you have finished the EdPuzzle video How Wolves Change Rivers and completed the Moose of Isle Royale worksheet before class starts tomorrow. 

Fri. 5/15: Gold Day – I will send you a link to the Google Meet class meeting via Google Chat at 8:25am. Class starts promptly at 8:30am.

Agenda for today: Q&A about anything we have done so far since we will be starting the next unit today. I will be discussing how to do the Ice Cores and Climate Change Lab.

Today’s assignment: 1. Watch the video found on EdPuzzle about Ice Cores. (2:32 min)   2. Complete the lab worksheet as instructed during today’s meeting.  3. Here is an Excel spreadsheet of the data.

The graphs are easier to complete on Excel, but can be done on Google Sheets.

Coming up next: Climate change and invasive species – our LAST week of school!

May 1, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 5/4/20:

E-Learning Week #7

Mon. 5/4: Maroon Day- no Biology class. Make sure you have finished the Amino Acid Sequences and Evolutionary Relationships worksheet from Friday.

Tues. 5/5: Gold Day – no class meeting today! We will meet on Friday?  If I can get the lesson on video, we won’t need to meet. I will let you know by Wednesday for sure and update this website.

For today,   Watch the EdPuzzle video about “The Day the Mesozoic Died” (33 min). Due before our next class on Friday.  

Wed. 5/6: work and rest day. Try to give your eyes and back a break from the computer!

Thurs 5/7: Maroon Day – no Biology class. Make sure you have finished the EdPuzzle video The Day the Mesozoic Died before class starts tomorrow. 

Fri. 5/8: Gold Day – NO NEED TO MEET TODAY. I was able to video today’s lesson and it should be pretty straight forward. You can find it on EdPuzzle – titled Ecological Pyramids (14 min). Make sure you have your BILL and a pen or pencil. You will be taking notes that will help you do the virtual lab after watching the video. There are some easy math problems to do within the video and the lab – YAY MATH!!

Then you will complete the virtual lab about Exploring Biomass Pyramids.  Click on “Launch the Interactive”. As you work, you will be typing in answers. The lab gives you yellow HINTS and and online calculator to help you out. Make sure you fully answer the questions since it will generate a pdf of your data when you are done. Email me that pdf.  Due before our next class on Tuesday 5/12 .

Coming up next: Keystone species, climate change

April 24, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 4/27/20:

E-Learning Week #6

Mon. 4/27: Maroon Day- no Biology class. Make sure you have finished the Antibiotic Resistance video from EdPuzzle before tomorrow.

Tues. 4/28: Gold Day – no class meeting today! We will meet on Friday.

For today, complete the Natural Selection Simulation at Phet worksheet.  We are going to be breeding bunnies! Send me photos of the completed worksheet or write the answers in your BILL and send me a photo of that.  The link to the simulation is at the top of the page. You may not be able to access it unless you have JAVA on your computer. I think anyone with a Mac will probably not get it to work. If you have trouble and can’t get it to work, I videoed the simulation and put it onto EdPuzzle. It takes a little bit more time to watch the video, but it will work.  You only need to watch the video if you can’t get the simulation to work.  Due before our next class on Friday.  We will have an “entrance ticket”/quiz about Population Genetics (antibiotic resistance and how natural selection effects populations) on Friday.

Wed. 4/29: work and rest day. Try to give your eyes and back a break from the computer!

Thurs 4/30: Maroon Day – not Biology class. Finish your Natural Selection simulation before class starts tomorrow and send me a photo. We WILL meet for class tomorrow.  

Fri. 5/1: Gold Day – I will send you a link to the Google Meet at 8:25am  via our Google Chat and class starts promptly at 8:30am.  Please have your BILLs and a writing utensil ready.

Agenda for today: Q&A about anything we have done so far. We will be discussing how cladograms and phylogenetic trees are used to show evolutionary relationships using this worksheet:  Cladogram Analysis.  We will only meet for about 15 minutes and work on the worksheet together. I will be “calling on you” to answer questions as we work this together. Then, complete the Amino Acid Sequences and Evolutionary Relationships worksheet.  Use a pencil to do the last problem or do on scrap paper first! Due before our next class on Tuesday 5/5.

See sections 11.9-11.10 of you book for help and more information.

Coming up next: Extinctions, begin the ecology unit

April 17, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 4/20/20:

E-Learning Week #5

Mon. 4/20:  Maroon Day – no biology class. Your Evidence for Evolution worksheet from Friday is due by tomorrow. Email or text me a picture before class begins.

Tues. 4/21:  Gold Day – We will not need to meet this morning. We will meet on Friday this week.

  1. Complete the EdPuzzle video about Gel Electrophoresis from the Amoeba Sisters first (8 min).
  2. Then watch my instructional video below about how to solve real-world problems using Gel Electrophoresis. Answer the questions on the Gel Electrophoresis worksheet – the first problem is the one I am doing in the video.
  3. Both of these are due before class begins on Friday although you should be able to complete the entire assignment within the one hour allotted for class time. Send me a photo of your worksheet answers.

Wed. 4/22:   work or rest day. Try to stay away from your computer screen if you can!

Thurs. 4/23:  Maroon Day – no Biology class. Complete Tuesday’s homework BEFORE class begins. Send me a photo of your gel electrophoresis worksheet. 

Fri. 4/24: Gold Day –  we WILL meet for class this morning at 8:30 am. I will send a link to a Google Meet at 8:25am.  Agenda for our meeting: Any questions about Gel Electrophoresis? Do the “exit ticket”/google form quiz directly after our meeting. You may use your electrophoresis notes and worksheet. It MUST be completed by 9:15am!

For today – watch the video on EdPuzzle about  antibiotic resistance titled “The Antibiotic Apocalypse Explained”.  What is happening right now with covid-19 and with antibiotic resistance is the reason why it is so vital to study evolution!! You should have plenty of time to complete this during our class time since it is only 5 minutes long. Do this before class on Tuesday at the latest.

Coming up next week: population genetics lab, Cladograms

Natural Selection

April 9, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 4/13/20:

E-Learning Week #4

Mon. 4/13:  no school. Easter Monday – The EdPuzzle video about the Icefish from last Wednesday will be available until 9:30am  tomorrow.

Tues. 4/14:  Gold Day – We WILL meet this morning since I could not see you last week when my internet went out. I will send a google meets link at 8:25am

Today you will watch the EdPuzzle video The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Answer the questions within the video. It should take you 30 minutes, so you should have no problem finishing within the hour of class time. The video will be available until 9:30am on Friday 4/17.

Wed. 4/15:   work day

Thurs. 4/16:  Maroon Day – no Biology class.

Fri. 4/17: Gold Day –  NO need to meet as a class today, but I am available by email or text if you need help or have any questions at all.  Complete the worksheet Evidence for Evolution using your book sections  11.15-11.16.  Here is a powerpoint that also might help:  Evidence for Evolution powerpoint. If you can’t print it out, just sketch the flow chart into your BILL and fill it out. Due Tuesday 4/21. Take a photo of the completed assignment and send it to me via text or email.

Coming up next week: gel electrophoresis – molecular evidence for evolution; population genetics
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Natural Selection

Click to Run

 

March 29, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 4/6/20:

E-Learning Week #3

Mon. 4/6:  no school. See emails from the school and our Portal’s page about the new plan for April’s schedule.

*I know some of you have already completed the Point Mutations Worksheet. Because of the way the school has changed our schedule, I am going to have to eliminate the remainder of the worksheet (only thing left should be the last page). I will give you extra credit for doing the last page. You should, however, have all the translating done on pages 2 and 3. Please send me photos of those pages if you haven’t done so already.

Tues. 4/7: Maroon Day – no biology class. We will meet as a class tomorrow at 8:30am. I will send a Google Meets link 5 minutes before class begins.

Wed. 4/8:   Meet as a class at 8:30am. Make sure you have your BILL and a pen or pencil.  I will go over the powerpoint: Evolution & Natural Selection introduction. 

The video lesso of Evolution & Natural Selection powerpoint had to be put onto EdPuzzle since the file size was too large with the audio on it.  Take notes over it and use it to help with the Icefish video question.

Watch the EdPuzzle video about the Icefish – Birth and Death of Genes, 13 minutes. Jot down notes about how the icefish is an example of the birth and death of genes and how it is an example of natural selection. You will answer 1 short answer question at the end.

  The video will be available until 8:30am on Tuesday 4/14.

Thurs. 4/9:  Maroon Day – no Biology class.

coming up next week: Darwin and evidence for evolution

March 20, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 3/23/20:

Corona Learning – week #2

Look at Portals for the link to our EdPuzzle page. Contact me via email, Google Chat, or remind.com text message with any questions. I will have “office hours” from 10-12 every day, but will check email often throughout the day.

Mon. 3/23: Complete the Translation Fill-in worksheet using your notes from last week and/or your online CK12 book. Label A-I on the sheet and glue into BILL if you are able to. If not, try to do a quick sketch and label. Send me a photo via email or remind.com so I can check it.

Tues. 3/24: WU: Translation pg 5.  Read section 9.5 of CK12 textbook to help you fill in the Graphic Organizer about Mutations.   If you can print it out and fill it in, great. If not copy the template into your BILL and fill it in. Take a photo and send it to me for grading.

Wed. 3/25: WU: Gene Mutation pg 6. Do page 1 and Part II at the top of page 2 of the Point Mutation Activity. You will have Friday and Monday after spring break to finish the rest of the worksheet. See the video below for help with doing part II.   What to expect on tomorrow’s quiz: you will have a video with questions. You should not need to study and can use your notes and worksheets from the past week to help you out.

Thurs. 3/26: Check in Day!  Sign into our Google Chat room for attendance. Agenda for today’s meeting: go over translation again, discuss the types of mutations.  Then sign in to EdPuzzle to watch the Amoeba Sisters video about Mutations. Answer the questions as you watch the video. EdPuzzle video is not due until 4pm tomorrow. You do NOT need to study as all the answers are right in the video! It’s very short.

Fri. 3/27:  WU: Gene Mutations pg 7 Continue the Point Mutations Activity worksheet from Wednesday. Try to do the other 3 translations of the mutations.You will also have Monday after break to work on the questions at the end, so take your time. Due Tuesday after spring break. Take a photo of the last page only and send it to me. Make a pocket and put the worksheet in the pocket.

coming up after spring break: mutations and evolution.

March 14, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 3/16/20:

Corona-Learning Week!!!

Please see our class Portals page for the link to EdPuzzle and other information. I also sent you an email.  I will hold “office hours” from 12-2, but will be checking email, Google Chat, and remind.com texts off and on all day if you need help.

Mon. 3/16: Bakery Translation Lab – see the video below.

Complete the Lab questions for Wednesday. Codon Translator chart for the Bakery Lab

Anything you are having trouble with? Send me an email, remind.com text message or Google Chat message.

Tues. 3/17: WU – RNA page 2   Log into EdPuzzle and complete the video and questions about Transcription and mRNA editing. Write important information in your BILL and highlight important terms.

Wed. 3/18: WU – mRNA editing pg 3 and Codons pg 4.  Complete the 9 vocabulary words for sections 9.1-9.3 using your online textbook.

What to expect on tomorrow’s quiz: 10 questions on Google Forms, some are multiple choice and others are short answer. The topics will cover Central Dogma, RNA, transcription, mRNA editing. You can use all the materials you have, but there is only a limited amount of time!

Thurs. 3/19:  CHECK IN DAY!!   Everyone must log into our Google Chat room at the beginning of our class period 9:30 am. You were emailed an invitation.  We will have a few minutes for Q & A about anything from this week.  You will then take a short Google Form Quiz. I will share the link with you once class begins.

Fri. 3/20: Read and take notes in your BILL over textbook section 9.4 Translation. Do the 1 vocabulary word from 9.4 and answer the 3 Review questions at the end of the reading section. Due by Monday.   Since we are now definitely going to be out until at least May 1st, you will have to start sending me photos of you work for me to grade and give feedback. You can attach to an email or send via remind.com text. Email seems to be easier.  Have a good weekend!!

next week: gene mutations and translation

March 6, 2020
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 3/9/20:

Mon. 3/9 : no school! Finish your Candy DNA Replication project for tomorrow and work on your review sheet handed out in class Friday.

Tues 3/10(day 4, 100 min):   Q&A about replication.  Begin Unit 9 – Protein Synthesis. Add vocab, overview and warm ups to BILL.  Do the “coding activity”, add RNA images to BILL, and play Polypeptide Bingo!  HW:  quiz tomorrow over DNA Replication sections 8.4 & 8.5 of your book.

Wed. 3/11 (day 5, 30 min):  Quiz DNA Replication  HW: Watch the Bozeman Biology video Transcription & Translation and complete the worksheet 

Thurs 3/12(day 1 altered, 35 min):   WU DNA vs. RNA   Translation Bakery lab  HW: vocabulary words for unit 9 due Tuesday

Fri. 3/13 (day 2, 60 min):  WU: RNA  Mutations  HW: finish the worksheet if you didn’t finish it in class

coming up: Test unit 9 next Friday

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