Week of June 1st
Final due dates:
I. Botany Projects
Botany projects to be completed Wednesday for 6th period.
II. Peace Corps
Peace Corps projects to be continued or started Tuesday and Wednesday
III. Animal Classification Notebook
Notebook is due June 3rd/4th
Anyone who was absent on Thursday/Friday needs to show me the first 5 phyla on Tuesday/Wednesday for a homework grade. See below when it was due. This is your responsibility to show me if you were absent.
IV. Plant Test
I will write up a study guide and give it to you on Tuesday/Wednesday. You will have this for homework and will have a test on Monday, June 7th.
V. Dissections- on Thursday, June 3rd and Friday, June 4th
VI. Exam Study Guides - If you have an F average (see me or see Planet K12) and want to pass the course by raising your grade with a good exam score, please see me for your study guide. You have an exam schedule.
VII. Makeup work - It is your responsibility to make up past work. See me or K12 Planet or your interim. You have one day (plus one0 for every day you are absent. YOU are to see me for an appointment about making up the work.
1. due dates for botany, animal classification, and Peace Corps.
2. Peace Corps information
3. Botany information
Due Dates for Biology
**** designates work to do over this weekend (May 15th and 16th)
Due Dates for Biology
I. Plant Demo/Experiment
A. Instructions with rubric are in Virtual Share
**** B. Due Monday/May 17th - Research on the topic you were given
C. Final due date (slide presentation)- Thursday/Friday May 20th and 21th
D. Work on this over the weekend as a homework assignment; you will also have
time to work in class on Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday
2. Peace Corp Project
A. Instructions are in Virtual Share and below
* * **B. Work on this over the weekend
C. Due Thursday/Friday May 20th and 21th
1. Researched information on your “country”
2. An outline of the before and after scenario which you will develop into a slide presentation
The Peace Corps Slide Presentation
You have just received your Peace Corp assignment in the village/town/country of _____ where you will serve as a member of the community ____ team. The team may include doctors, nurses, environmentalists, scientific researchers, sociologists, educators, farmers, and other specialists. You are to assess the needs of the people in the village/town and determine methods to improve their quality of life.
1. Research the demographics of the country or village or town. Where is it located? Climate? Agriculture? Type of government? Religious practices? Population? Income per capita? Social practices? Major problems?
2. Determine the diseases or health or medical problems indigenous to the area: viral or bacterial infections; diseases caused by protozoans; nematode diseases. Describe the pathogen and its method of infection --- life cycles, how water may be contaminated, sexual contact, improper sanitation practices, lack of irrigation, poor cooking/eating practices, insect vectors, etc.
3. Determine ways to improve the quality of life in the village. Describe the environmental or healthcare issues that your Peace Corp team will correct and come up with methods for improvement: improved toilet facilities, irrigation of crops, immunizations, improved burial practices, education.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of your research through a slide show presentation in which you show the “before” and the “after.” Use images from the internet of people and locations like or similar to your country; provide a narrative of what you wish to tell; put it to music.
Below is the rubric used for grading. This counts as a test grade.
iMovie or Slide Presentation Class Projects - The Peace Corp
0 There is no evidence of new thought
1 There is little evidence of new thought.
2 The work offers some new insights.
3 The project shows evidence of originality and inventiveness. The ideas are fresh, original and inventive.
0 Obvious from interview student cannot explain project
1 Student can explain project with prompting from judges
2 Student answers basic questions about project
3 Student can expand on project beyond basic answers
0 Lacks documentation
1 1 out of 3 pieces of documentation
2 2 out of 3 pieces of documentation
3 Title Page, Introductory page, Instructions page,
0 Inappropriate use of technology/software for project
1 Poor match of technology/software for project
2 Technology/software enhances project purpose
3 Excellent match of technology/software and project
Permissions obtained for resources
0 No permissions are obtained or statement of originality is not present
1 Few permissions are obtained.
1 Not clear what is original work.
2 Most permissions are obtained.
3 All permissions obtained or all work is original.
0 Difficult to understand, tangents, spelling and other errors
1 Many errors but consistent line of thought
2 Easy to understand; perfect spelling one or two grammar syntax or
3 Clear concise, well written; no spelling or grammar errors
0 No planning for design apparent
1 Placement of elements is random
2 Appealing placement of elements
3 Much thought given to planning and placement of elements
0 Project does not run satisfactorily.
1 Many technical problems when viewing the project.
2 Project runs adequately with minor technical problems
3 Project runs perfectly
0 One or two people did all the work
1 Most team members participated
2 Most team members contributed their fair share of the work
3 The workload was divided and shared equally by all team members.
* * **B. Work on this over the weekend
C. Due Thursday/Friday May 20th and 21th
1. Researched information on your “country”
2. An outline of the before and after scenario which you will develop into
a slide presentation
3. Animal Classification Notebook
A. The template is in Virtual Share
B. Porifera/Cnidaria - due May 25th and 26th
C. 3 worm phyla - due May 27th and 28th
D. Mollusks and Arthropods - due June 2
E. Chordata and Echinodermata as well as the entire notebook - due June 3rd and
The notebook must have a cover, preferably with a creative design, and all phyla are
to be in order. A minus five points will be taken off for any phylum out of order; in-
correct labeling for each phylum; etc.
4. Field trip to The Living Museum, Newport News - Monday, May 24th - bring in your
money and permission slip
III. Botany Demo
1. You have received a topic related to plants (see below for a complete list). Research the topic in depth in your text, on Holt online, and on the internet. Become an expert on that topic. Devise a lab/demo/experiment that describes/proves the concept. Use the scientific method in your approach: research, hypothesis, materials, procedure, data, conclusion.
2. Start your project early. It takes time for seeds/plants to grow and to obtain results.
The plants must accompany the presentation here in class. If you are able to take pictures with a digital microscope, please do so and use in your slide presentation.
3. The design of your lab should be such that it can be performed at home with simple materials. The classroom lab will be available after school for experiments. Please see me to make an appointment if necessary.
4. The final product will be presented in a power point presentation or iMovie. It should consist of at least 10 slides. The slides must include the following:
a. an introduction in which the concept is completely described
b. a vocabulary list of important terms
c. the scientific method used in your experiment ( including all steps --- data should be both qualitative and quantitative)
5. The rubric for grading is as follows:
a. use of scientific method (40%)
b. knowledge of scientific concept; well-researched (30%)
c. power point presentation -use of technology (20%)
d. personal appearance - good posture, good eye contact, confident voice (10%)
6. You will have a test on the concepts after they are presented. Take good notes.
1. How do water requirements affect xerophytes (desert plants) and hydrophytes (water plants)?
2. Why do plants bend toward the sun? (phototropism)
3. Why do roots grow toward gravity? (geotropism)
4. Do plants have DNA? Prove it!
5. How does temperature affect the germination of seeds?
6. How does light affect the germination of seeds?
7. How does light intensity affect the rate of photosynthesis in a plant?
8. What role do plant hormones have on the growth of roots?
9. How does dissolved oxygen affect the micro and macrovertebrates of an ecosystem? Determine dissolved oxygen by using the DO kit.
10. Do plant species compete with one another?
11. How does the water holding capacity of the soil affect plants?
12. What is the role of the stomata in transpiration and gas exchange? How do they work?
13. What pigments do plants have and which are important for photosynthesis?
14. Where in the plant does photosynthesis take place?
15. How does the length of the night or day affect flowering?
16. Why do we say ‘one rotten apple spoils the whole bunch?”
17. How may flower color be dependent on soil pH?
18. What are the various adaptations that plants have?
19. How do the life cycles of the moss and fern differ?
20. What causes a seed to germinate?
21. What are the differences between monocots and dicots?
22. How do pollination and fertilization occur in angiosperms?
Week of May 10th MYP Biology
Students have the following assignment due on Wednesday or Thursday, May 12th or 13th:
Review chapter 26 for a quiz: characteristics of animals, body symmetry, tissue development, body cavities, systems.
We will be starting the Animal Classification Notebook which will be due on May 24th. You will be working on these indenpendently at home. I will be giving you templates for each phylum and will discuss with you the directions in class.
Please review the following Holt online chapters for by Thursday or Friday:
Chapter 27 Introduction to Animals
Chapter 28 Simple Invertebrates
Have a good weekend and good luck on your Monday and Tuesday SOLs. I will be seeing 6th and 7th periods on those days.
Week of May 3rd (Week of SOLs)
All students: Review SOL Review sheets; perform a practice SOL test found on the Virginia Department of Education Website (you have this saved on your computer) --- we have done one or more of these --- they should be years 2000,2001,2002, 2003); practice on the Texas site ( you have this saved; you can submit your answers and get instant grading, too); and do the Holt online activity for Chapter 5 that is found below. It is on photosynthesis. I will see each of the classes the week of May 3rd so have this done when you come to class. We will continue to study for the SOLs.
Holt Chapter 5
Go to chapter 5 in the Holt online text. Click on Visual Concepts. Scroll down to Section 2 Photosynthesis and perform all of the sections. Answer the questions below.
1. Define photosynthesis. Provide the equation as well.
2. Name three pigments and their colors that are used in photosynthesis. Each absorbs a different wavelength of light.
3. Chlorophyll a and b are found in the ___ membrane of the chloroplast. This is where photosynthesis occurs.
4. Tell what wavelength each absorb: chlorophyll a; chlorophyll b Are these the most important pigments for photosynthesis?
5. What are the carotenoids and why are they important?
6. Draw a chloroplast. Label and define the following: thylakoid, inner membrane, outer membrane, granum
7. What does the absorption spectrum show? Draw it and show the wavelengths of light best absorbed by chlorophyll a and b as well as the carotenoids.
8. Why do leaves “turn color” in the fall?
9. What is found in the inner membrane of the chloroplast? Draw it.
10. How does the electron transport chain work?
11. There are two major reactions in photosynthesis. Describe each ( you may need to use your book for this):
a. light reaction
b. Calvin cycle
12. What is meant by carbon fixation?
13. Describe the factors that affect the rate of photosynthesis.
Week of April 26th MYP Biology
I. Monday, April 26th
1. Take ecology vocabulary quiz
2. Start ecology notes (see Virtual Share)
1. Worksheets as instructed by teacher ( you received these last week as a “packet”)
II. Tuesday, April 27th and Wednesday, April 28th
1. Take SOL practice questions quiz
2. Continue with ecology
1. Quiz on ecology notes
III. Thursday, April 29th and Friday, April 30th
1. Complete ecology unit
2. Go over all worksheets in packet
Week of April 19th
Monday, April 19th
A. Take up human systems packet
A. Give back and go over SOL mock test
B. 6th period needs lecture on introduction to animals plus do lab
C. Check for and go over SOL review
D. Go over intro to animals worksheet
E. Take up/go over intro to animals study guide
F. *** Remind me to show you bacteria and to discuss the immune system
A. Quiz Tuesday/Wednesday on intro to animals
B. Read Ecology Chapter 45 pp. 817-836. You already know a lot of what is in this chapter.
C. Do study guide -
Define: ecology, biotic factor, abiotic factor, ecosystem, climate, niche, ecological succession, primary succession, secondary succession, pioneer community, climax community, biome, wetland
Answer these questions:
1. Name three biotic factors of a wetland; name three abiotic factors.
2. Choose an ecosystem you are familiar with and name all of its components.
3. What is your niche? what is your dog or cat's niche? what is the niche of a mountain lion?
4. What is the difference between primary and secoonday succession? Provide an example of each.
5. What would you find in a climax community?
6. Why do islands sometimes produce different populations than those found on the mainland?
7. Look at the chart on page 828 and be able to tell where each of the biomes are located and their general characteristics.
8. In a wetland, what would be found in the photic zone? aphotic? benthic?
Tuesday, Wednesday April 20th and 21st
A,. Go over ecology chapter 45: ecological succession, biomes, ecosystems
A. Quiz on chapter 45; start reading chapter 46
Thursday, Friday April 22nd and 23rd
B. Lecture and notes on chapter 45
C. Study Guide is below:
Words to define: trophic level, producers, consumers, herbivors,
carnivors, food chain, food web, biomass, ecololgical pyramid, water cycle, nitrogen cycle,
Questions to Answer:
1. What are the main trophic levels?
2. Draw a food chain.
3. Draw a food web.
4. Where is biomass greatest in an ecological pyramid?
5. What is the 10 per cent rule ( see 46.8 figure.)
Look at the water cycle. Whatis transpiration?
6. What are some ways carbon is put into the atmosphere? Look at figure 46.11