Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin - February 12th

Happy 200th birthday to one of the great geniuses of the Western world. Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is the unifying theory of modern biology.

Watch a fantastic video that shows how Darwin started finding evidence that organisms change over time.... that the species alive today came from earlier species which are now extinct.

Continuing CELLS

Finish reading and taking Cornell notes on Chapter 4 in the AGS Biology Book.

Lessons 3 and 4 of Chapter 4 begin on page 116.
Take careful Cornell style notes on the reading in your biology notebook.
Complete the review questions 1-10 on both Lesson 3 and 4 to turn in on a separate sheet.

This assignment is due Tues 2-17 (b) and Wed 2-18 (a)

If you have trouble with the critical thinking questions go back through the reading and do SOME CRITICAL THINKING! You need to use some creativity and imagination and put some effort in. If you are still stuck e-mail me at and I'll try to steer you in the right direction.

- mr. C

Monday, February 2, 2009

CELLS - Beginning the second semester

Cells are the basic unit of life.

Make sure you get all assignments turned in. If you don't turn them in on time you can turn them in late for reduced credit.

Assignment 1 - Due Jan 27 (a) Jan 28 (b)
Read and take Cornell notes on AGS Biology Book Chapter 4, Lesson 1
Answer Questions 1-10 review on P. 108

Assignment 2- Due Jan 29 (a) Jan 30 (b)
Read and take Cornell notes on AGS Biology Book Chapter 4, Lesson 2
Answer Questions 1-5 review on P. 115

Assignment 3- Due Feb 2 (a) Feb 3 (b)
Review and "fix up" your notes on the first two lessons from chapter 4
Write a short summary of each lesson in your notebook.

Lab 1 - Visualizing Cells Microscopy Activity - Week of Feb 2
Draw detailed diagrams of 10 biological specimens at low and medium power.
Finish lab questions about unusual and common structures.

Lab 2 - Osmosis in Giant Animal Cells (chicken eggs) - Begin Week of Feb 2
Measure the effect of hypotonic and hypertonic solutions on the homeostasis of animal cells