McCarter Biology

Biology IS Life

August 30, 2019
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 9/2/19:

Tues 9/3 (day 2, 60 min): WU – Atoms. Discuss covalent and hydrogen bonds using the magnetic water models. Set up your BILL for chapter 2.  HW: have all papers glued into BILL for chapter 2 (cover page with tab divider, table of contents, chapter overview, vocabulary, notes from today). I will collect BILLS for grading chapter 1 tomorrow.

Wed. 9/4 (day 3, 40 min): WU – Bonds Properties of Water Foldable. Discuss solutions.  HW: begin reading book sections 2.1 Water and 2.2 Acids and Bases

Thurs 9/5 (day 4, 100 min):  WU -Properties of water x2  Water Lab  HW: finish reading 2.1 and 2.2 of textbook. Quiz next week over water and pH. 

Fri. 9/6 (day 5, 30 min):  WU -pH. Discuss taking pH. Time to finish Water Lab.  HW: Quiz Tuesday over water and pH (see study guide on chapter overview #1-4 and practice worksheets under Review tab above for help). Vocab for sections 2.1 and 2.2 due Tuesday.

coming up: Organic Molecules- the chemistry of life!

August 23, 2019
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 8/26/19:

Mon 8/26 (day 2, 60 min): WU – Interpreting the Data; Finish Graphing Skills from Friday, make a graph of your Yeast Lab data.  HW: Quiz  over Scientific Method and Graphing is Wednesday (sections 1.5-1.9 of your textbook). Test over chapter 1 is Friday.

Tues. 8/27 (day 3, 40 min): WU – Line Graphs . How to do a t-test.  HW: see last night

Wed. 8/28 (day 4, 100 min):  WU –Scatterplots; Quiz.  Time to work on your Yeast Lab. When finished, you can work on the chapter study guide found in the dark yellow chapter overview of your BILL.  PRT will be used for anyone who wants study help for the test Friday. HW: Test Friday.

Thurs. 8/29 (day 5, 30 min):  WU -T Test. Play Vocabulary Jenga.   HW: Finish your study guide for tomorrow.  Test tomorrow.

Fri. 8/30 (day 1 altered, 35 min): no WU Test. When finished, complete the chapter reflection. HW:  Complete the chapter reflection. BILLS will be collected on Tuesday for grading.

coming up: Chapter 2 – Biochemistry

August 16, 2019
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 8/19/19:

Mon 8/19 (day 2, 60 min): WU – Kingdoms. Scientific Method Card Sort  HW: meet with me in my office during one of your break periods by today at 3:30!  Finish Taxonomy Wheel for Wednesday if you did not already do it.  Vocabulary words due Thursday.  Quiz Thursday over Characteristics of Life and Taxonomy

Tues. 8/20 (day 3, 40 min): WU – Scientific Method. MythBusters “Are Elephants Afraid of Mice?”; Discuss variables and null hypothesis; Add practice worksheet to BILL and answer the questions.Work on the pre-lab questions for the Yeast Lab and go through the experimental setup.  HW: see last night

Wed. 8/21 (day 4, 100 min): WU Interpreting Data; Yeast Lab – you will need 4 pages in your BILL. Complete as far as the group and class data tables. We will discuss what makes a good data table. HW: Vocabulary due tomorrow. Quiz tomorrow over Characteristics of Life and Taxonomy (there are review sheets under the “Review” tab above). I will be collecting BILLS tomorrow to grade the Warm Ups completed so far and your vocabulary. Remember that you can go back to any of the warm ups to make sure you have the right answers – I encourage you to look them up!

Thurs. 8/22 (day 5, 30 min): no WU Quiz.  Start discussing Graphing Skills. Add the card sort about “which graph is most appropriate for the data given” to BILL.  HW: Quiz next Wednesday over Scientific Method and Graphing. Your CK12 book has great practice questions with answers on graphing.

Fri. 8/23 (day 1, 40 min): no WU Continue discussing graphing skills. Make 3 graphs with data given. We will finish them in class Monday. HW:  Quiz Wednesday. Test over chapter 1 next Friday

coming up: statistics and data analysis; How to write an effective conclusion using Claim-Evidence-Reasoning; chapter test

August 9, 2019
by Mrs. McCarter
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Week of 8/12/19

Mon 8/12 (day 2, 60 min): Seating, Remind.com sign up, classroom policies, class website, CK12 textbook, set up interactive notebooks (BILL).  Instructions for setting up your BILL HW: meet with me in my office during one of your break periods by next Monday(about 2 minutes)

Tues. 8/13 (day 3, 40 min): WU – Characteristics of Life; Discuss characteristics of life.  HW: see last night

Wed. 8/14 (day 4, 100 min): WU Asexual Hydra; Finish discussing characteristics of life; Complete the Is It Alive? Lab  HW: Read the sections 1.1-1.3 and supplement your class notes if needed. Lab due Friday.  Meet with me in my office during your break period by Monday.

Thurs. 8/15 (day 5, 30 min): WU Evolution and Water Bears; Discuss Classification (slides 1-4 of Taxonomy powerpoint). Add Triangle worksheet of classification scheme to BILL.  HW: see last night

Fri. 8/16 (day 1, 40 min): no WU today; Continue our discussion of classification. Add the Kingdom Wheel to your BILL. HW:  see Wednesday. Quiz over Characteristics of Life and Taxonomy next Thursday.  Enjoy your weekend!

coming up: Scientific Method, Graphing, how to do a t-test (null hypothesis and data analysis)

August 2, 2019
by Mrs. McCarter
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Welcome Class of 2023!

Week of 8/5/19:

Wed. 8/7: Freshman Orientation!

Thurs. 8/8 (day 1, 40 min): Freshwater Invertebrates Lab. Let’s look at pond water under microscopes to see what is really in there. Think about how we know what is alive and what is not.  HW: Get supplies by Monday. You will need a composition notebook and a glue stick. I have glue sticks in the lab, but it will be much faster and easier for you if you have your own. Decorate the cover of your notebook.  Complete the “Getting to Know You” worksheet by Monday.

Fri. 8/9 (day 1, 40 min): Continue with yesterday’s lab  HW:  see last night

Remember that Monday is a Day 2 – that means we will meet FIRST, at 8:15am.

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