Welcome to Biology! My name is Lezlie Haynes and I am the instructor.
2/20–In class–students took their worm and crayfish quizzes then dissected a crayfish. After cleaning up, they watch a 10-15 minute segment on Fossil Formation (which was excellent). We looked at an Isopod that Easton brought–I thought it looked like something from a horror movie…but it was really cool!
Hwk–follow the agenda. Latin 13 quiz next week and the lab report for today’s dissection will be due. If I don’t have your science fair stuff and tshirt size, please send those, too.
2/13 In class–students took their Latin #12 quiz and we discussed last week’s earthworm quiz which will be retaken next week in class (we gave students the wrong word bank). Then, we went over Mod 12 notes and watched 5 short video segments that featured info from the module–two dissection videos that will help us to dissect next week, three short videos on content (spiders). Hwk is to follow the agenda. Please make sure that you have emailed me your research plan and abstract so that I can upload and send those to belmont.
2/6 Great job today! Students dissected their first specimen of the year, an earthworm. It is a great dissection to begin with and each group did well today. Hwk for the lab is to make sure that the two pages in the student notebook are completed. For the conclusion, you should discuss what structures you were able to clearly identify, what you learned, what you will do differently next time and how this relates to the module.
We did take Vocab/Diagram quiz Mod 11 today but I accidentally told the class it would only be over the diagram. So, Ms. Kim will grade the vocab part for effort and the diagram part for accuracy. Sorry! Study for Latin 12 next week.
Hwk is to follow the agenda but there is NO summary for the Dr. Sanford video segment. Send me your Sci Fair research plan and abstract with tshirt size.
1/30–In class: Today was a full day! Students turned in their Mod 8 quiz and Dragon Baby lab. They voted for their favorite Dragon Baby (Congrats to Emma Claire and Lydia) then we covered the info in Mod 11. The PPT for the module contained several video clips that related directly to the content and students seemed to enjoy them. The coloring sheet for the module was handed out at the end, too.
Hwk–follow the agenda. Finish and email your summary from last week. Work on your coloring page and study for your earthworm diagram quiz next week.
1/23–In class–I gave the quiz as a take home (due next week), we went over Genetics Wkst #2 (due in 2 weeks) and then students completed the in-class portion of the dragon baby lab. After that, students watched and took notes over a dvd, “Does Biology Make Sense Without Darwin?”. Students are to write a summary which is due in 2 weeks.
Hwk-—complete the Dragon lab questions and build your dragon baby, read ½ mod 11, study for Latin #11 quiz, work on DVD summary due in 2 weeks and complete take home quiz mod 8 as well as Genetics Wkst #2 due in 2 weeks. (Notice a few changes from the agenda).
1/16 In class–we finished the module, watched some short videos on hemophilia and discussed the ‘blue people’ of Kentucky. We also worked several dihybrid cross punnett square problems. Hwk is to follow the agenda. I will be emailing each student to let them know what I need emailed to me re:sci fair.
Today was a full first day back! In class, we discussed science fair, what I need from each student, what is due next week, etc. I will attach the titles that I have to this email so each student has the same thing I have. If the title on your board is different, no big deal. We just have to make sure that the forms match your board. After that, we began Mod 8. We worked thru a lot of inclass examples of crossing alleles and made punnett squares to represent possible offspring. We generated the data that the students need for Genetics Wkst #1, also.
Hwk–follow the agenda. For the Wkst, make a neat data table of the data from class then create a bar graph of each trait, its two alleles and the tally for the alleles. If you cannot figure out how to do it in Excel, then you can make a NEAT, colorful bar graph. Remember to label each axis and give the bar graph a name.
Science Fair Boards and any paperwork are due next week. Can’t wait to see them all!
Preclass information to print, read, sign and bring the first day of class:
“Exploring Creation with Biology is an award-winning, college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. With a strong emphasis on vocabulary and experiments, the course provides the student with a solid background in biology which is presented an in a readable, conversational tone.” –Apologia website
Organization is very important and students are required to keep a binder with sections for notes, labs, quizzes/tests, and worksheets. Students should bring their textbook, student notebook, binder, colored pencils and pencils to every class.
Each module takes about two weeks to cover. During this time students will complete the reading, On Your Own questions and Study Guide Questions. Latin vocabulary is also included in the weekly content. Every week students are quizzed—week one will be Latin vocabulary and week two will be module vocabulary and content. Students watch documentaries and read articles related to creation and evolution then submit summaries. Students will complete additional worksheets related to module content i.e. coloring sheets, genetics worksheets, etc.
Each semester there is a comprehensive final exam with module content, diagrams, at least one essay question (first semester only) and Latin vocabulary.
Students are required to complete a science fair project which will be due in January. Hands-on labs are an important part of a biology course. During the first semester, most labs will be centered on the microscope. The focus of second semester will be dissections—plant/flower, fruit, and animal. We normally dissect 7 – 9 different animals (students are in groups of 2 – 3). Students are required to submit lab drawings and when appropriate, reports or abstracts.
I look forward to seeing each student in August!
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