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Mr. Koszewski

Mr. Koszewski's Biology

Welcome to Mr. K's Biology class!  I have been teaching in Saint Paul Public Schools since 2008 and at Central since 2011, and I love studying the most unique and complex phenomenon in the known universe with my students: life!  As an artist and a teacher of science, I value creativity and the excitement of exploring the world around us with evidence both in my class and in my life.  I hope that you enjoy my course!

On this website you can find an agenda for the current week and a list of past activites, notes, and assesments.  Please email me with any questions about class at lawrence.koszewski@spps.org

Do Nows and Agenda General Biology

  • Wednesday 1/25 - Leaf Structure Lab - Day 3 Stomata

    Guiding Question: How do leaves maximize photosynthesis in plants?

    Do Now:
    1.  Try to write the chemical equation for photosynthesis from memory!!!!  If you can't, look it up!  What is one trick you can use to remember it?
    2.  Explain how the following leaf structures are adapted to carry out their function:
    Palisade Mesophyll, Guard Cell, Stomata, Spongy Mesophyll, Upper Epidermis, Chloroplasts!
    3.  Why do plants do photosynthesis?

    Tuesday 1/24 - Leaf Structure Lab - Day 2 Prepared Slides

    Guiding Question: How do leaves maximize photosynthesis in plants?

    Do Now:
    1.  Draw a cross-section of a leaf and label the following leaf tissues:
    Cuticle, Upper Epidermis, Lower Epidermis, Palisade Mesophyll, Spongy Mesophyll, Xylem, Phloem, Stomata, Guard Cells
    2.  On your drawing, label how sunlight, CO2 and Water get into the leaf.

    Monday 1/23 - Leaf Structure Lab - Day 1 Coloring Time

    Guiding Question: How do leaves maximize photosynthesis in plants?

    Do Now:
    1.  What do plants need in order to survive?
    2.  Trees are big, but start out as tiny seeds.  Where does all the mass of a tree come from?

    Friday 1/20 - Quarter 2 Final Exam

    Thursday 1/19 - Review Day #2 - Things to Know and Kahoot

    Guiding Question: What do I need to know for the test tomorrow?

    Do Now:
    1.  Draw the carbon cycle using arrows to show the direction of carbon’s movement through the environment.  Label the following processes in your drawing (Photosynthesis, Respiration, Diffusion, Excretion, Digestion, Human Activity, Decomposition).
    2.  What are two pieces of evidence for global warming?

    Wednesday 1/18 - Review Day #1 - Amoeba Sisters Video

    Guiding Question: What is the structure and function of the 4 carbon based molecules of life?

    Do Now:
    1.  Put in order from smallest to largest:
    Cell, Molecule, Organelle, Atom
    2.  What are the 6 atoms of life?
    3.  What are the four carbon based molecules of life and what does each do?

    Amoeba Sisters Video Worksheet Due Tomorow

     

    Tuesday 1/17 - Crafty Cell Project Work Day #2

    Guiding Question: What is the structure and function of the important cell organelles?

    Do Now:
    1.  Explain in a few sentences what you have to do to get an A on the Crafty Cell Project.

    Crafty Cell Project Due Tomorrow

    Friday 1/13 - Crafty Cell Project Work Day #!

    Guiding Question: What is the structure and function of the important cell organelles?

    Do Now:
    1.  Draw an animal cell and a plant and label the Cell Wall
    Cell Membrane
    Nucleus
    Cytoplasm
    Chloroplast

    Crafty Cell Project Due Next Wednesday

    Thursday 1/12 - Protozoa Lab

    Guiding Question: What are protozoa?

    Do Now:
    1.  Label the following as either eukaryotic or prokaryotic (you might have to google...):
    Bacteria
    Plant
    Animal
    Fungi
    Archaea
    Protozoa

    Protozoa Lab Due Tomorrow

    Wednesday 1/11 - Cell-o-Vision Video and Research Charts

    Guiding Question: What are the structures and functions of the important cell organelles?

    Do Now:
    1.  Watch the sweet video.  Which cell parts did you recognize right away?  Did any of the organelles look different than you expected?
    2.  Which parts of the video do you think are accurate representations of the cell and its parts?  What do you think about the video might be inaccurate?

    Tuesday 1/10 - Crafty Cell Project Research Chart Day

    Guiding Question: What are the similarities and differences between animal and plant cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  Define the term "Organelle".
    2.  Why do plant and animal cells have so many organelles in common?
    3.  Why do plants have a cell wall and chloroplasts and animal cells don't?

    Crafty Cell Project Due Next Tuesday (ALL!)

    Monday 1/9 - A Look at Cells and Crafty Cell Project

    Guiding Question: What are the similarities and differences between animal and plant cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  Check out the two pictures of the animal cell and plant cell.  What are three similarities and three differences you see between these two types of eukaryotic cells?

    A Look at Cells Lab Due Today by the End of Class

    Friday 1/6 - A Look at Cells Lab Day 2

    Guiding Question: What are the defining characteristics of Eukaryotic cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  Summarize the difference between Eukaryotic Cells and Prokaryotic Cells in ONE SENTENCE.

    Thursday 1/5 - A Look at Cells Lab Day 1

    Guiding Question: What are the defining characteristics of Eukaryotic cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  What is the easiest way to accidentally break a microscope?
    2.  What are the necessary parts of any Microscope Drawing?

    Wednesday 1/4 - Microscope Practice

    Guiding Question: How can I safely use a microscope?

    Do Now:
    1.  What was the most interesting story in science during 2016 that you found during yesterday's activity?
    2.  Based on the Microscope Drawing Sheet, what should you always include when making a drawing of something from a microscope?

    Tuesday 1/3 - The Year 2016 in Review

    Guiding Question: What amazing things happened in science during the year 2016?

    Do Now:
    1.  What is the most memorable thing that happened in your life over Winter Break?

    2016 The Year in Science Assignment Due Tomorrow

    Wednesday 12/21 - Work Collection Day and Watch Infomercials!

    Guiding Question: How can I safely use a microscope to view cells?

    No Do Now

    Tuesday 12/20 - Microscope Infomercial Work Day

    Guiding Question: How can I safely use a microscope to view cells?

    No Do Now

    Work Collection Day Tomorrow!

    Infomercial Due Tomorrow!

    Monday 12/19 - Microscope Informercial and Worksheet

    Guiding Question: How can I safely use a microscope to view cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  Make a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic cells.  (Grab your poster if you can't remember!)

    Microscope WS Due Tomorrow

    Friday 12/16 - Pro's vs Euk's Poster Work Day

    Guiding Question: What are the similarities and differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  How many different kinds of atoms of life are there?  How many molecules of life?  How many cells?

    Pro's vs Euk's Poster Due at the end of the Hour!

    Thursday 12/15 - Finish the Carbon Molecules of Life Chart and Pro's vs. Euk's

    Guiding Question: What is the structure and function of each of the four carbon based molecules of life?

    Do Now:
    1.  Why is life based on carbon?
    2.  What is the relationship between structure and function?
    3.  You are made out of 30 trillion of your own cells (cells with your DNA) and about 40 trillion bacterial cells.  What are all these cells made out of?

    Wednesday 12/14 - The Carbon Molecules of Life Research and Chart

    Guiding Question: What is the structure and function of each of the four carbon based molecules of life?

    Do Now:
    1.  _________ determines ___________.
    2.  Why is life on Earth based on carbon?
    3.  Describe an example of a polymer.  In you answer explain why it is a good example of a polymer.

    Tuesday 12/13 - Finish Skits and Why Carbon Notes

    Guiding Question: Why is life on Earth based on Carbon?

    Do Now:
    1.  Look at the board in the back!  How many atoms are on the board?  How many molecules?
    2.  Put the three types of atomic bonds in order from strongest to weakest.
    3.  Why do tires roll?

    Monday 12/12 - Atomic Bonding Skits

    Guiding Question: What causes atoms to "stick" together and form molecules?

    Do Now:
    1.  Put in order from smallest to largest:
    Molecule, Atom, Virus, Cell
    2.  Draw a sketch of a covalent bond, an ionic bond and a hydrogen bond.
    3.  What is the smallest amount of platinum you can have?

    Friday 12/9 - Finish Atomic Structure Notes and Start Skits

    Guiding Question: What causes atoms to "stick" together and form molecules?

    Do Now:
    1.  Water is one oxygen atom bonded to two hydrogen atoms.  Is water a molecule?  Is water a compound?  Explain.
    2.  What makes hydrogen different than helium?
    3.  Carbon has 6 protons, 6 neutrons (usually), and 6 electrons.  Draw a Bohr model (like a solar system...) of carbon and label where the parts are.  What is its overall charge?

    Thursday 12/8 - Atomic Structure Notes and Skits

    Guiding Question: What are atoms made of?

    Do Now:
    1.  Draw a quick sketch of your CO2 graph and your temperature graph.  What do you notice about these two graphs?  What does it tell you about the relationship between carbon dioxide and temperature on Earth?
    2.  What is the smallest amount of gold you can have?

    Wednesday 12/7 - Correct Quiz and Temperature Graphs

    Guiding Question: How is carbon affecting Earth's atmosphere?

    Do Now:
    1.  What is the greenhouse effect and how is it related to the carbon cycle?
    2.  Answer the guiding question.

    Graphing Assignment (CO2 Graph, Temperature Graph, Conclusion Questions) Due Tomorrow

    Tuesday 12/6 - Biodiversity, Pyramids and Carbon Quiz

    Guiding Question: How does Carbon affect the atmosphere?

    Do Now:
    1.  Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system.  It is further from the sun than Mercury, and about the same size as the Earth.  Why is it so hot? (think about what you learned yesterday in the NASA Climate Change project...)

    Monday 12/5 - NASA Climate Change Assignment

    Guiding Question: How does Carbon affect the atmosphere?

    No Do Now

    NASA Climate Change Assignment Due Wednesday

    Friday 12/2 - Work Collection Day!  CO2 Graphs

    Guiding Question: How does Carbon affect the atmosphere?

    Do Now:

    1.  Describe three ways that carbon can get into the atmosphere.

    Thursday 12/1 - Carbon Cycle Notes and Big Ol' Drawing

    Guiding Question: How does Carbon affect the atmosphere?

    Do Now:
    1.  What processes cause carbon to move through an ecosystem?
    2.  In what ways do human influence the carbon cycle?

    Work Checklist Tomorrow! (Do Nows x 9, Carbon Notes, Energy Pyramid Notes, Pine Forest Passport)

    Wednesday 11/30 - Pine Forest Carbon Cycle Drawing and Wrap - Up, Carbon Cycle Notes

    Guiding Question: How does carbon move around the Earth?

    Do Now:
    1.  What are you made out of?
    2.  Where can you find carbon in an ecosystem?

    Tuesday 11/29 - Pine Forest Carbon Cycle Activity

    Guiding Question: How does carbon move around the Earth?

    Do Now:
    1.  How are Energy Pyramids different from Biomass Pyramids and Pyramids of Numbers?  Why do they all have the same basic shape?
    2.  Why didn't our Serengeti Pyramid of numbers reflect the 10% rule?
    3.  What are you made out of?

    Monday 11/28 - Make Class Serengeti Energy Pyramid, Energy Pyramid Notes

    Guiding Question: What is an energy pyramid?

    Do Now:
    1.  How many producers did you eat for thanksgiving?  How many primary consumers?  What trophic level were you at when you ate some turkey?
    2.  Why is it more efficient to eat plants than to eat meat? 

    Serengeti Lab Due Tomorrow (Data Table, Class Pyramid, Conclusion Questions)

    Wednesday 11/23 - Serengeti Data Collection

    Guiding Question: What is an energy pyramid?

    Do Now:
    1.  Why are there so many plants in an ecosystem, and so few apex predators (ie. tigers, lions, etc...)?
    Clue....Think about energy....

    Tuesday 11/22 - The Serengeti!

    Guiding Question: What is an energy pyramid?

    Do Now:  Mr. K eats tigers.  Tigers are tertiary consumers.  When one organism eats another, only 10% of the energy in that trophic level moves to the next.  What percentage of the energy in a plant can make it to Mr. K when he eats a tiger?

    Monday 11/21 - Zoo Field Trip Assignment Work Day

    Guiding Question: What is biodiversity and why is it important in an ecosystem?

    No Do Now

    Zoo Assignment Due on Wednesday

    Thursday 11/17 - Zoo Field Trip

    Wednesday 11/16 - MN Invasive Species Investigation

    Guiding Question: How are invasive species affecting biodiversity in Minnesota ecosystems?

    Do Now:
    1.  Explain how the introduction of snakes on Guam affected the ecosystem.  

    2.  What is competitive exclusion?

    3.  Why do invasive species often have a competitive advantage over native species?

    Tuesday 11/15 - Biodiversity and Human Impact Notes

    Guiding Question: What is biodiversity and why is it important in an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  Brainstorm the ways that humans affect natural ecosystems.
    2.  Define the following terms:
    Invasive Species
    Endangered Species
    Extinction

    Monday 11/14 - Sub Day - Food Web Share Out Activity

    No Do Now

    Friday 11/11 - Ecology Exam

    No Do Now

    Thursday 11/10 - Review Day

    Guiding Question: What do I need to know for the exam tomorrow?

    Do Now:
    1.  What characteristics do all living things have in common?
    2.  Explain the difference between exponential and logistic growth.
    3.  What is symbiosis?  What are the three forms of symbiosis?

    Wednesday 11/9 - The African Food Web

    Guiding Question: How does energy move through an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  Check out the picture of the food web.  Answer the questions on the board.
     - Which organisms are producers? Why are producers so important in every ecosystem?
     - What trophic level is the hawk?  Is it a specialist or a generalist?

    Work Collection Day Tomorrow

    Tuesday 11/8 - Energy and Food Webs Notes and Serengeti Snap-Shot

    Guiding Question: How does energy move through an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  What is energy?
    2.  Where does the energy you need to stay alive come from?

    Monday 11/7 - Finish Skull Lab, Symbiosis Video and Late Work

    Guiding Question:  What late work do I need to turn in by Friday?

    Do Now:
    1.  A skull has large eyes on the side of its head and broad flat teeth.  What can you infer about this animal's niche?

    Friday 11/4 - Skull Lab Analysis and Conclusions

    Guiding Question: What can I infer about an organisms role in the ecosystem by looking at its skull?

    Do Now:
    1.  Define the following terms: (You might need to look them up!)
    - Nocturnal             - Diurnal
    - Crepuscular         - Herbivore
    - Omnivore             - Carnivore
    - Aquatic                 - Terrestrial

    Thursday 11/3 - Skull Lab Data Collection Day 2

    Guiding Question: What can I infer about an organisms role in the ecosystem by looking at its skull?

    No Do Now

    Wednesday 11/2 - Skull Lab Data Collection Day 1

    Guiding Question: What can I infer about an organisms role in the ecosystem by looking at its skull?

    Do Now:
    1.  What can you tell about an organisms lifestyle by looking at it's skull?

    Tuesday 11/1 - Skull Lab Day #1 - Data Table

    Guiding Question: What can I infer about an organisms role in the ecosystem by looking at its skull?

    Do Now:
    1.  What is a control group and why must a valid experiment have one?
    2.  A shark catches and eats a seal.   What ecological relationship is this?  Is this a form of symbiosis?  Why or why not?

    Scientific Methods Exam Corrections Due Tomorrow - Write down the correct answer to any question you got wrong on a separate sheet of paper.

    Monday 10/31 - Symbiosis Video

    Guiding Question: How can organisms interact with each other in an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  Mutualism, Commensalism and Parasitism are all forms of symbiosis.  What do they all have in common.
    2.  Explain why Predation and Competition are not forms of symbiosis.

    Friday 10/28 - Work Collection, Ecological Relationship Notes and Kahoot!

    Guiding Question: How can organisms interact with each other in an ecosystem?

    No Do Now

    Thursday 10/27 - Ecological Relationship Gallery Walk and Human Population Graph

    Guiding Question: How can organisms interact with each other in an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  Look at the Deer and Wolf graph on the back board.  What is the carrying capacity for deer?  What is the carrying capacity for wolves?

    2.  Describe a relationship you have with another living thing that is positive for you, and benefits the other organism.  Describe one you have with another living thing that is good for you and bad for the other.

    Extra Credit Human Population Graphing Assignment Due Tomorrow

    Work Check Tomorrow!

    Wednesday 10/26 - Oh Deer Analysis and the Human Population

    Guiding Question: How do populations change over time?

    Do Now:
    1.  Snakes were introduced to the island of Guam in order to control the population of rats.  Snakes eat rats, and there were plenty of rats for the snakes to eat.  What kind of population growth do you expect to see in the snake population.  Explain your reasoning.

    Oh Deer Graphing and Analysis Questions Due Tomorrow

    Tuesday 10/25 - Oh Deer Graphing and Analysis

    Guiding Question: How do populations change over time?

    Do Now:
    1.  Draw a graph of exponential population growth.  When does a population grow exponentially?
    2.  Draw a graph of logistic population growth. Label the carrying capacity. When does a population grow logistically?
    3.  Food is a density-dependent limiting factor.  What does this mean in your own words?

    Monday 10/24 - Population Dynamics Notes

    Guiding Question: How do populations change over time?

    Do Now:
    1.  Do you think that a virus is alive?  Use your list of characteristics of living things to explain your reasoning.
    2.  Define the word "Population".

    Wednesday 10/19 - Alive or Not Investigation

    Guiding Question: How can I tell if something is alive?

    Do Now:
    1.  What characteristics do all living things share? (Look at your research from yesterday).

    Tuesday 10/18 - Alive or Not?  Demo and Project - The characteristics of living things.

    Guiding Question: How can I tell if something is alive?

    Do Now:
    1.  You have been hired by NASA to head up their exobiology team.  Your job is to review evidence from other planets and moons and tell if the samples collected are from living things.  You've just received an interesting sample from Europa (Moon of Saturn).  What will you look for in this sample to tell whether it is alive or not?

    Alive or Not Investigation Due Monday

    Monday 10/17 - Grub Lab Graph and Conclusion

    Guiding Question: How can I analyze my data to make a valid conclusion?

    Do Now:

    1.  Label on a graph where the title, IV and DV should be placed.

    2.  Look at the graph on the board.  What is the proper conclusion the experimenter should reach?  Explain your reasoning.

    Grub Lab Due Tomorrow

    Friday 10/14 - Oh Deer Game Outside

    Thursday 10/13 - Scientific Methods Exam

    Wednesday 10/12 - Review Day for Scientific Methods Exam Tomorrow!

    Guiding Question: What do I need to know for the exam tomorrow?

    Do Now:
    1.  What are the steps in a good scientific method?
    2.  What are the necessary parts in a valid scientific experiment?

    Exam Study Guide Due Tomorrow!  Scientific Methods Exam Tomorrow

    Tuesday 10/11 - Grub Lab Carry Out Procedure

    Guiding Question: How can I design and set up a valid experiment?

    No Do Now

    Monday 10/10 - Grub Lab (Finish Design and Carry Out Trial #1)

    Guiding Question: How can I design and set up a valid experiment?

    Do Now:
    1.  In Mr. K's grub lab, he is testing whether grubs prefer apple or zuccini.  He puts a little piece of apple on one side of the petri dish, and a little piece of zuccini on the other. He puts the grubs in the middle.  He waits 3 minutes and then counts how many grubs end up on either side.  What is Mr. K's control group?

    Get Procedure and Data Table Signed By Mr. K by end of the hour!

    Friday 10/7 - Work Collection, Grub PreLab (Day 2)

    Guiding Question: How can I design and set up a valid experiment?

    Do Now:
    1.  Check out the graduated cylinder on he screen.  What is the volume of water in the picture?

    Grub Prelab (Through Data Table) Due Monday

    Thursday 10/6 - Grub Lab Day 1

    Guiding Question: How can I design and set up a valid experiment?

    Do Now:
    1.  What does CER stand for?
    2.  Why shouldn't you use the word 'prove' in science?
    3.  Explain what a scientific theory is.

    Wednesday 10/5 - Conclusion Notes and Practice CER

    Guiding Question: How can I analyze my data to form valid conclusions?

    Do Now:
    1.  When should you make a line graph?
    2.  When should you make a bar graph?
    3.  When should you make a circle graph?

    Tuesday 10/4 - Finish Science Toolbox/Salt and Ice Lab

    Guiding Question: How can I analyze my data to form valid conclusions?

    Do Now:
    1.  Explain the difference between qualitative and quantitative data.
    2.  Draw a blank graph.  Label where the following should be placed. (Reference #, Title, IV and DV)
    3.  Look at your Salt and Ice Graph.  Based on your graph, does there seem to be a relationship between saltiness and water temperature? 

    Science Toolbox Lab Due Tomorrow (ALL)

    Monday 10/3 - Graphing Notes and Salt and Ice Graphs

    Guiding Question: How can I use graphing to find trends and patterns in my data?

    Do Now:
    1.  Mr K. wants to know if a new penny can hold more drops of water than an old penny.  Describe Mr. K's
    Testable Question
    Hypothesis
    Independent Variable
    Dependent Variable
    Control Group
    Test Group
    2.  Make a data table for the experiment described above.  Include all the necessary parts. 

    Salt and Ice Graph Due Tomorrow

    Friday 9/30 - Looking for Patterns in Nature

    Guiding Question: How can I use my senses to make detailed scientific observations?

    Do Now:
    1.  Watch the video.  What do each of the scenes in the video have in common?

    Patterns in Nature Lab Due Monday

    Thursday 9/29 - Salt and Ice Lab Data Collection Day 2

    Guiding Question: How do I collect and organize data during an experiment?

    No Do Now

    Wednesday 9/28 - Salt and Ice Lab

    Guiding Question: How do I collect and organize data during an experiment?

    Do Now:
    1.  When making observations, how can you avoid making assumptions or having biases that you are unaware of?
    2.  Summarize what you are going to do in the salt and ice lab in 2-3 sentences.

    Tuesday 9/27 - Observation Do Now, Data Collection Notes, Water and Salt Pre-Lab

    Do Now:
    1.  Carefully observe Mr. K's candle demonstration.  Write down as many detailed scientific observations as you can.

    Guiding Question: How do I collect and organize data during an experiment?

    Salt and Water PreLab and Data Table Due Tomorrow

    Monday 9/26 - Work Collection, Wrap-Up Measurement Lab, Correct Quizzes

    Guiding Question: How do I use tools to make accurate measurements?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What are some areas in life where it is very
    important to be extremely precise? (Ex. The medicine you get from the pharmacy needs to be
    exactly what you need)

    Friday 9/23 - Sub Day - Quiz and Practice Problems

    No Do Now

    Simpsons and Scientific Methods Practice WS Due Monday

    Work Collection Day on Monday

    Thursday 9/22 - The Toolbox of Science Lab

    Guiding Question: How do I use tools to make accurate measurements?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What does the following tell you about an object?
     - Length
     - Mass
     - Volume
    2.  How could we measure the length, mass, and volume of a small rock?  What tools would we need?

    Quiz Tomorrow!

    Wednesday 9/21 - Practice Parts of an Experiment - Simpsons and Practice WS

    Guiding Question: What are the parts of a valid scientific experiment?

    Do Now: :
    1.  Mr. K wants to know if students do better on test if they drink coffee.  Write his question in the testable format that we learned yesterday.
    2.  What would be a good hypothesis for his experiment?
    3.  Mr. K gives coffee to his students and then measures their test scores.  Does he know if the coffee helped?  Why or why not?

    Work Collection Day Monday!

    Tuesday 9/20 - Parts of an Experiment Notes and Practice

    Guiding Question: What are the parts of a valid scientific experiment?

    Do Now: :
    1.  Mr. K wants to know if adding salt to water will make it boil faster.  Write his testable question using the format we learned.  Underline the independent variable and circle the dependent variable.

    Monday 9/19 - Scentific Methods Notes

    Guiding Question: What makes a question testable by science?

    Do Now:

    1.  Without looking at your notes....
    - What is biology?
    - What is science?

    2.  Why can't science answer all questions?

    Sunsets and Souls WS Due Today

    Friday 9/16 - Monty Python and the Do Now, Sunsets and Souls, Testable Questions, Scientific Methods Notes

    Guiding Question:  What makes a question testable by science?

    Do Now:

    1.  Watch the Monty Python clip.  What parts of the knights scientific method is good?  Do you think they reached a valid conclusion based on their scientific method?  Why or why not?

    Sunsets and Souls WS Due on Monday

     

    Thursday 9/15 - The Name Tent Challenge and Correct Safety Quiz

    Guiding Question: What is science, and what are its strengths and limitations?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What is something that you can't study with science.  Why can't you study everything with a scientific method?
    2.  What steps are there in a good scientific method?

    Wednesday 9/14 - Mr. K is at the 9th Grade Retreat so...Safety Quiz and Cosmos

    No Do Now

    Tuesday 9/13 - Play Safety Charades and Safety Quiz

    Guiding Question: How can I be safe in a science lab?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What is your favorite lab safety rule?  Everyone has one!!!

    Monday 9/12 - Finish Posters and Play Charades

    Guiding Question: How can I be safe in a science lab?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What is biology?
    2.  If you miss a day, how can you find out what you missed in class?

    Friday 9/9 - Safety Posters and Charades

    Guiding Question: How can I be safe in a science lab?

    Do Now:

    1.  What is the most interesting or mind blowing thing you know about the universe?  How do you know that it is true?

    2.  Make a name card if you did not yesterday.

    Signed Safety Contract and 3 Ring Binder Due on Monday

    Thursday 9/8  - The First Do Now!, Syllabus and Safety Posters

    Guiding Question: What is biology?

    Do Now: 

    1.  What did all of the stations in the lab have in common?  Based on your answer, what do you think biology is?

    2.  Make a Name Card (See directions on Board)

    Intro Lab Due Today

    Wednesday 9/7 - Introduction to Biology Lab Stations

    Guiding Question:  What will we study in biology this year?

    No Do Now

    Intro Lab Due TOMORROW

    Tuesday 9/6 - Introduction to Biology Lab Stations

    Guiding Question:  What will we study in biology this year?

    No Do Now

    Intro Lab Due THURSDAY

     

Do Nows and Agenda MYP Biology

  • Wednesday 1/25 - Leaf Structure Lab - Day 3 Stomata

    Guiding Question: How do leaves maximize photosynthesis in plants?

    Do Now:
    1.  Try to write the chemical equation for photosynthesis from memory!!!!  If you can't, look it up!  What is one trick you can use to remember it?
    2.  Explain how the following leaf structures are adapted to carry out their function:
    Palisade Mesophyll, Guard Cell, Stomata, Spongy Mesophyll, Upper Epidermis, Chloroplasts!
    3.  Why do plants do photosynthesis?

    Leaf Lab Due Tomorrow

    Tuesday 1/24 - Leaf Structure Lab - Day 2 Prepared Slides

    Guiding Question: How do leaves maximize photosynthesis in plants?

    Do Now:
    1.  Draw a cross-section of a leaf and label the following leaf tissues:
    Cuticle, Upper Epidermis, Lower Epidermis, Palisade Mesophyll, Spongy Mesophyll, Xylem, Phloem, Stomata, Guard Cells
    2.  On your drawing, label how sunlight, CO2 and Water get into the leaf.

    Monday 1/23 - Leaf Structure Lab - Day 1 Coloring Time

    Guiding Question: How do leaves maximize photosynthesis in plants?

    Do Now:
    1.  What do plants need in order to survive?
    2.  Trees are big, but start out as tiny seeds.  Where does all the mass of a tree come from?

    Cornell Notes 21.4 Due Tomorrow (1 Full Page)

    Friday 1/20 - Quarter 2 Final Exam

    Thursday 1/19 - Review Day #2 - Things to Know and Kahoot

    Guiding Question: What do I need to know for the test tomorrow?

    Do Now:
    1.  Draw the carbon cycle using arrows to show the direction of carbon’s movement through the environment.  Label the following processes in your drawing (Photosynthesis, Respiration, Diffusion, Excretion, Digestion, Human Activity, Decomposition).
    2.  What are two pieces of evidence for global warming?

    Wednesday 1/18 - Review Day #1 - Amoeba Sisters Video

    Guiding Question: What is the structure and function of the 4 carbon based molecules of life?

    Do Now:
    1.  Put in order from smallest to largest:
    Cell, Molecule, Organelle, Atom
    2.  What are the 6 atoms of life?
    3.  What are the four carbon based molecules of life and what does each do?

    Amoeba Sisters Video Worksheet Due Tomorow

    Exam Study Guide Due on Friday

    Tuesday 1/17 - Crafty Cell Project Presentations

    Guiding Question: What are the defining characteristics of Eukaryotic cells?

    No Do Now

    Friday 1/13 - Crafty Cell Work Day

    Guiding Question: What are the defining characteristics of Eukaryotic cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  Explain in a few sentences what you have to do to get an A on the Crafty Cell Project.

    Crafty Cell Project Due on Tuesday

    Thursday 1/12 - Protozoa Lab

    Guiding Question: What are protozoa?

    Do Now:
    1.  Label the following as either eukaryotic or prokaryotic (you might have to google...):
    Bacteria
    Plant
    Animal
    Fungi
    Archaea
    Protozoa

    Protozoa Lab Due Tomorrow

    Wednesday 1/11 - Cell-o-Vision Video and Research Charts

    Guiding Question: What are the structures and functions of the important cell organelles?

    Do Now:
    1.  Watch the sweet video.  Which cell parts did you recognize right away?  Did any of the organelles look different than you expected?
    2.  Which parts of the video do you think are accurate representations of the cell and its parts?  What do you think about the video might be inaccurate?

    Tuesday 1/10 - Crafty Cell Project Research Chart Day

    Guiding Question: What are the similarities and differences between animal and plant cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  Define the term "Organelle".
    2.  Why do plant and animal cells have so many organelles in common?
    3.  Why do plants have a cell wall and chloroplasts and animal cells don't?

    Crafty Cell Project Due Next Tuesday (ALL!)

    Monday 1/9 - A Look at Cells Wrap-Up and Crafty Cell Project

    Guiding Question: What are the similarities and differences between animal and plant cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  Check out the two pictures of the animal cell and plant cell.  What are three similarities and three differences you see between these two types of eukaryotic cells?

    Friday 1/6 - A Look at Cells Lab Day 3

    Guiding Question: What are the defining characteristics of Eukaryotic cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  Summarize the difference between Eukaryotic Cells and Prokaryotic Cells in ONE SENTENCE.

    Thursday 1/5 - A Look at Cells Lab Day 2

    Guiding Question: What are the defining characteristics of Eukaryotic cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  What is the easiest way to accidentally break a microscope?
    2.  What are the necessary parts of any Microscope Drawing?

    Chapter 3.2 Cornell Notes (1 Full Page Front and Back) Due Tomorrow

    Wednesday 1/4 - A Look at Cells Lab Day 1

    Guiding Question: What are the defining characteristics of an animal cell?

    Do Now:
    1.  What was the most interesting story in science during 2016 that you found during yesterday's activity?
    2.  Based on the Microscope Drawing Sheet, what should you always include when making a drawing of something from a microscope?

    A Look at Cells Lab Due Monday

    Tuesday 1/3 - The Year 2016 in Review

    Guiding Question: What amazing things happened in science during the year 2016?

    Do Now:
    1.  What is the most memorable thing that happened in your life over Winter Break?

    2016 The Year in Science Assignment Due Tomorrow

    Wednesday 12/21 - Work Collection Day and Watch Infomercials!

    Guiding Question: How can I safely use a microscope to view cells?

    No Do Now

    Monday 12/19 - Finish Informercials and Microscope Quiz

    Guiding Question: How can I safely use a microscope to view cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  Make a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic cells.  (Grab your poster if you can't remember!)

    A Look at Cells Prelab Due Wednesday in Lab Notebook

    Friday 12/16 - Microscope Informercials

    Guiding Question: How can I safely use a microscope to view cells?

    Do Now:
    1.  What are the steps for focusing a microscope?

    Thursday 12/15 - Pro's vs Euk's Poster Workday

    Guiding Question: What are the similarities and differences between prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic cells?

    No Do Now

    Wednesday 12/14 - Finish Carbon Molecules of Life and Euk's Vs. Pro's

    Guiding Question: What is the structure and function of each of the four carbon based molecules of life?

    Do Now:
    1.  Why is life based on carbon?
    2.  What is the relationship between structure and function?
    3.  You are made out of 30 trillion of your own cells (cells with your DNA) and about 40 trillion bacterial cells.  What are all these cells made out of?

    Cornell Notes 3.1 (1 Page Front and Back) and Microscope WS Due Monday

    Tuesday 12/13 - Skits and Carbon Based-Molecule Research and Chart

    Guiding Question: What is the structure and function of each of the four carbon based molecules of life?

    Do Now:
    1.  _________ determines ___________.
    2.  Why is life on Earth based on carbon?
    3.  Describe an example of a polymer.  In you answer explain why it is a good example of a polymer.

    Monday 12/12 - Skits and Why Carbon?

    Guiding Question: Why is life on Earth based on carbon?

    Do Now:
    1.  Why do tires roll?

    Friday 12/9 - Atomic Bonding Skits

    Guiding Question: What are the three types of atomic bonds?

    Do Now:
    1.  Make a sketch of each of the three types of atomic bonds.
    2.  Explain how a polar molecule is different from a non-polar molecule.  Why don't non-polar molecules form hydrogen bonds with each other like polar molecules do?

    Thursday 12/8 - Finish Atomic Structure Notes and Start Skits

    Guiding Question: What are atoms made of?

    Do Now:
    1.  What makes one Hydrogen different from Helium?
    2.  Put in order from biggest to smallest:
    Organelle, Atom, Cell, Virus, Molecule
    3.  Where did all the different elements on the periodic table come from?

    Wednesday 12/7 - Correct Quiz and Start Atomic Structure Notes

    Guiding Question: What are atoms made of?

    Do Now:
    1.  Based on your CO2 and Temperature graphs, how would you describe the relationship between CO2 concentration and Earth's average temperature over the last 400,000 years?
    2.  What is the greenhouse effect? 
    3.  What is the smallest amount of gold you can have?

    Cornell Notes 2.1 and 2.3 (2 Full Pages of Notes Total) Due Friday

    Tuesday 12/6 - Biodiversity, Pyramids and Carbon Quiz

    Guiding Question: How does Carbon affect the atmosphere?

    Do Now:
    1.  Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system.  It is further from the sun than Mercury, and about the same size as the Earth.  Why is it so hot? (think about what you learned yesterday in the NASA Climate Change project...)

    Monday 12/5 - NASA Climate Change Assignment

    Guiding Question: How does Carbon affect the atmosphere?

    No Do Now

    NASA Climate Change Assignment and Graphing Assignment Due Tomorrow

    Friday 12/2 - Work Collection Day!  CO2 and Temperature Graphs

    Guiding Question: How does Carbon affect the atmosphere?

    Do Now:

    1.  Describe three ways that carbon can get into the atmosphere.

    CO2 and Temperature Graphs and Conclusion Questions Due Tomorrow

    Thursday 12/1 - Carbon Cycle Notes and Big Ol' Drawing

    Guiding Question: How does Carbon affect the atmosphere?

    Do Now:
    1.  What processes cause carbon to move through an ecosystem?
    2.  In what ways do human influence the carbon cycle?

    Work Checklist Tomorrow! (Do Nows x 9, Textbook Cornell Notes, Pine Forest Passport)

    Wednesday 11/30 - Pine Forest Carbon Cycle Drawing and Wrap - Up, Carbon Cycle Notes

    Guiding Question: How does carbon move around the Earth?

    Do Now:
    1.  What are you made out of?
    2.  Where can you find carbon in an ecosystem?

    Cornell Notes Due Friday - 13.5, 13.6 and 16.4 - 2 Full Pages front and back

    Tuesday 11/29 - Pine Forest Carbon Cycle Activity

    Guiding Question: How does carbon move around the Earth?

    Do Now:
    1.  How are Energy Pyramids different from Biomass Pyramids and Pyramids of Numbers?  Why do they all have the same basic shape?
    2.  Why didn't our Serengeti Pyramid of numbers reflect the 10% rule?
    3.  What are you made out of?

    Monday 11/28 - Make Class Serengeti Energy Pyramid, Energy Pyramid Notes

    Guiding Question: What is an energy pyramid?

    Do Now:
    1.  How many producers did you eat for thanksgiving?  How many primary consumers?  What trophic level were you at when you ate some turkey?
    2.  Why is it more efficient to eat plants than to eat meat? 

    Serengeti Lab Due Tomorrow (Data Table, Class Pyramid, Conclusion Questions) In Lab Notebook

    Wednesday 11/23 - Serengeti Data Collection

    Guiding Question: What is an energy pyramid?

    Do Now:
    1.  Why are there so many plants in an ecosystem, and so few apex predators (ie. tigers, lions, etc...)?
    Clue....Think about energy....

    Tuesday 11/22 - The Serengeti Citizen Scientist and Energy Pyramids

    Guiding Question: What is an energy pyramid?

    Do Now:
    1.  Plants absorb only 10% of the energy of the sunlight that strikes them.  Then, when one organism eats another, only 10% of the energy in that organism gets passed to the next.  Mr. K likes to eat tigers.  Tigers are tertiary consumers.  What percentage of the energy that hits the plants makes it to Mr. K when he eats a tiger?

    Monday 11/21 - Zoo Field Trip Assignment Work Day

    Guiding Question: What is biodiversity and why is it important in an ecosystem?

    No Do Now

    Zoo Assignment Due on Wednesday

    Thursday 11/17 - Zoo Field Trip

    Wednesday 11/16 - MN Invasive Species Investigation

    Guiding Question: How are invasive species affecting biodiversity in Minnesota ecosystems?

    Do Now:
    1.  Explain how the introduction of snakes on Guam affected the ecosystem.  

    2.  What is competitive exclusion?

    3.  Why do invasive species often have a competitive advantage over native species?

    Tuesday 11/15 - Biodiversity and Human Impact Notes

    Guiding Question: What is biodiversity and why is it important in an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  Brainstorm the ways that humans affect natural ecosystems.
    2.  Define the following terms:
    Invasive Species
    Endangered Species
    Extinction

    Monday 11/14 - Sub Day - Food Web Share Out Activity

    No Do Now

    Friday 11/11 - Ecology Exam

    No Do Now

    Thursday 11/10 - Review Day

    Guiding Question: What do I need to know for the exam tomorrow?

    Do Now:
    1.  What characteristics do all living things have in common?
    2.  Explain the difference between exponential and logistic growth.
    3.  What is symbiosis?  What are the three forms of symbiosis?

    Exam Study Guide Due Tomorrow

    Wednesday 11/9 - The African Food Web

    Guiding Question: How does energy move through an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  Check out the picture of the food web.  Answer the questions on the board.
     - Which organisms are producers? Why are producers so important in every ecosystem?
     - What trophic level is the hawk?  Is it a specialist or a generalist?

    Work Collection Day Tomorrow

    Exam Study Guide Due Friday

    Tuesday 11/8 - Energy and Food Webs Notes and Serengeti Snap-Shot

    Guiding Question: How does energy move through an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  What is energy?
    2.  Where does the energy you need to stay alive come from?

    Cornell Notes for Chapters 13.3 and 13.4 Due Tomorrow (1 full page total, 3 questions and a summary per side)

    Monday 11/7 - Finish Skull Lab, Symbiosis Video and Late Work

    Guiding Question:  What late work do I need to turn in by Friday?

    Do Now:
    1.  A skull has large eyes on the side of its head and broad flat teeth.  What can you infer about this animal's niche?

    Friday 11/4 - Skull Lab Analysis and Conclusions

    Guiding Question: What can I infer about an organisms role in the ecosystem by looking at its skull?

    Do Now:
    1.  Define the following terms: (You might need to look them up!)
    - Nocturnal             - Diurnal
    - Crepuscular         - Herbivore
    - Omnivore             - Carnivore
    - Aquatic                 - Terrestrial

    Thursday 11/3 - Skull Lab Data Collection Day 2

    Guiding Question: What can I infer about an organisms role in the ecosystem by looking at its skull?

    No Do Now

    Wednesday 11/2 - Skull Lab Data Collection Day 1

    Guiding Question: What can I infer about an organisms role in the ecosystem by looking at its skull?

    Do Now:
    1.  What can you tell about an organisms lifestyle by looking at it's skull?

    Tuesday 11/1 - Skull Lab Day #1 - Data Table

    Guiding Question: What can I infer about an organisms role in the ecosystem by looking at its skull?

    Do Now:
    1.  What is a control group and why must a valid experiment have one?
    2.  A shark catches and eats a seal.   What ecological relationship is this?  Is this a form of symbiosis?  Why or why not?

    Scientific Methods Exam Corrections Due Tomorrow - Write down the correct answer to any question you got wrong on a separate sheet of paper.

    Monday 10/31 - Correct Scientific Method Exams and Symbiosis Video

    Guiding Question: How can organisms interact with each other in an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  Mutualism, Commensalism and Parasitism are all forms of symbiosis.  What do they all have in common.
    2.  Explain why Predation and Competition are not forms of symbiosis.

    Exam Corrections Due Tomorrow

    Friday 10/28 - Work Collection, Ecological Relationship Notes and Kahoot!

    Guiding Question: How can organisms interact with each other in an ecosystem?

    No Do Now

    Thursday 10/27 - Ecological Gallery Walk and The Human Population

    Guiding Question: How can organisms interact with each other in an ecosystem?

    Do Now:
    1.  Snakes were introduced to the island of Guam in order to control the population of rats.  Snakes eat rats, and there were plenty of rats for the snakes to eat.  What kind of population growth do you expect to see in the snake population?  Explain your reasoning.  Do you foresee any problems with introducing the snakes to Guam?

    2.  Describe a relationship you have with another living thing that is positive for you, and benefits the other organism.  Describe one you have with another living thing that is good for you and bad for the other.

    Human Population Graph Due Tomorrow

    Work Collection Day Tomorrow!

    Wednesday 10/26 - Oh Deer Analysis and The Human Population

    Guiding Question: How do populations change over time?

    Do Now:
    1.  Draw a graph of exponential population growth.  When does a population grow exponentially?
    2.  Draw a graph of logistic population growth. Label the carrying capacity. When does a population grow logistically?
    3.  Food is a density-dependent limiting factor.  What does this mean in your own words?

    Oh Deer Graphing and Analysis Assignment Due Tomorrow

    Tuesday 10/25 - Ecology Notes #1 and Oh Deer Graphs

    Guiding Question: How do populations change over time?

    Do Now:
    1.  Is 7th hour a population?  Explain.
    2.  Are all the rabbits, squirrels and muskrats living in Saint Paul a population?  Explain.
    3.  What is ecology?

    Cornell Notes Chapter 14.4 (1 Full Page front and back, 3 Questions and a Summary per side)

    Monday 10/24 - Grub Lab Peer Review and Final, Final Draft

    Guiding Question: How can I tell if something is alive?

    Do Now:
    1.  Do you think that a virus is alive?  Use your list of characteristics of living things to explain your reasoning.

    Grub Lab Final Draft Due Tomorrow

    Wednesday 10/19 - All Day Grub Lab and Alive or Not Work Day

    Guiding Question: How can I tell if something is alive?

    No Do Now

    Tuesday 10/18 - MYP Lab Protocol Day!

    Guiding Question: How can I tell if something is alive?

    Do Now:
    1.  What characteristics do all living things share? (Look at your research from yesterday).

    Monday 10/17 - Alive or Not - Demo and Creative Project

    Guiding Question: How can I tell if something is alive?

    Do Now:
    1.  You have been hired by NASA to head up their exobiology team.  Your job is to review evidence from other planets and moons and tell if the samples collected are from living things.  You've just received an interesting sample from Europa (Moon of Saturn).  What will you look for in this sample to tell whether it is alive or not?

    Grub Lab Rough Draft Due Tomorrow

    Must have a Lab Notebook by Tomorrow!

    Grub Lab and Alive or Not Project Due Next Monday

    Friday 10/14 - Oh Deer Game Outside

    Thursday 10/13 - Scientific Methods Exam

    Wednesday 10/12 - Review Day for Scientific Methods Exam Tomorrow!

    Guiding Question: What do I need to know for the exam tomorrow?

    Do Now:
    1.  What are the steps in a good scientific method?
    2.  What are the necessary parts in a valid scientific experiment?

    Exam Study Guide Due Tomorrow!  Scientific Methods Exam Tomorrow

    Tuesday 10/11 - Grub Lab Carry Out Procedure

    Guiding Question: How can I design and set up a valid experiment?

    No Do Now

    Monday 10/8 - Grub Lab (Finish Design and Carry Out Trial #1)

    Guiding Question: How can I design and set up a valid experiment?

    Do Now:
    1.  In Mr. K's grub lab, he is testing whether grubs prefer apple or zuccini.  He puts a little piece of apple on one side of the petri dish, and a little piece of zuccini on the other. He puts the grubs in the middle.  He waits 3 minutes and then counts how many grubs end up on either side.  What is Mr. K's control group?

    Get Procedure and Data Table Signed By Mr. K by end of the hour!

    Friday 10/7 - Collect Do Nows and Pep Fest

    Thursday 10/6 - Grub Lab Day 1

    Guiding Question: How can I design and set up a valid experiment?

    Do Now:
    1.  Explain how to read the picture of a graduated cylinder on the board.  Use the word meniscus in your answer.

    Work Collection Day Tomorrow!

    Wednesday 10/5 - Practice CER and Grubs

    Guiding Question: How can I analyze my data to form valid conclusions?

    Do Now:
    1.  What does CER stand for?
    2.  Why shouldn't you use the word 'prove' in science?
    3.  Explain what a scientific theory is.

    Tuesday 10/4 - Writing a Strong Conclusion - Notes, Toolbox Lab and Bean Wrap-Up

    Guiding Question: How can I analyze my data to form valid conclusions?

    Do Now:
    1.  Explain the difference between qualitative and quantitative data.
    2.  Draw a blank graph.  Label where the following should be placed. (Reference #, Title, IV and DV)
    3.  Look at your Salt and Ice Graph.  Based on your graph, does there seem to be a relationship between saltiness and water temperature? 

    Science Toolbox Lab Due Tomorrow (ALL)

    Bean Lab Due Tomorrow (Graph and CER Conclusion)

    Monday 10/3 - Graphing Notes and Salt and Ice Graphs

    Guiding Question: How can I use graphing to find trends and patterns in my data?

    Do Now:
    1.  Mr K. wants to know if a new penny can hold more drops of water than an old penny.  Describe Mr. K's
    Testable Question
    Hypothesis
    Independent Variable
    Dependent Variable
    Control Group
    Test Group
    2.  Make a data table for the experiment described above.  Include all the necessary parts. 

    Friday 9/30 - Looking for Patterns in Nature

    Guiding Question: How can I use my senses to make detailed scientific observations?

    Do Now:
    1.  Watch the video.  What do each of the scenes in the video have in common?

    Patterns in Nature Lab Due Monday

    Thursday 9/29 - Bean Lab Day 3, Salt and Ice Data Collection Day 2

    Guiding Question: How do I collect and organize data during an experiment?

    No Do Now

    Wednesday 9/28 - Bean Measurement, Salt and Ice Lab

    Guiding Question: How do I collect and organize data during an experiment?

    Do Now:
    1.  When making observations, how can you avoid making assumptions or having biases that you are unaware of?
    2.  Summarize what you are going to do in the salt and ice lab in 2-3 sentences.

    Tuesday 9/27 - Observation Do Now, Bean Lab Day 1, Data Collection Notes, Water and Salt Pre-Lab

    Do Now:
    1.  Carefully observe Mr. K's candle demonstration.  Write down as many detailed scientific observations as you can.

    Guiding Question: How do I collect and organize data during an experiment?

    Salt and Water PreLab and Data Table Due Tomorrow

    Monday 9/26 - Work Collection, Bean Lab Switcheroo and Data Tables, Wrap-Up Measurement Lab

    Guiding Question: How do I use tools to make accurate measurements?

    Do Now: :
    1.  Describe the difference between weight and mass.
    2.  Explain how to use a graduated cylinder to measure the volume of a liquid and a solid.  In your answer use the word 'meniscus'.
    3.  What is a data table?  What should a good data table look like?  What parts should be included?

    Friday 9/23 - Sub Day - Quiz and Practice Problems

    Guiding Question: How do I use tools to make accurate measurements?

    No Do Now

    Simpsons and Scientific Methods Practice WS Due Monday

    Work Collection Day on Monday

    Thursday 9/22 - The Toolbox of Science Lab

    Guiding Question: How do I use tools to make accurate measurements?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What does the following tell you about an object?
     - Length
     - Mass
     - Volume
    2.  How could we measure the length, mass, and volume of a small rock?  What tools would we need?

    Quiz Tomorrow!

    Wednesday 9/21 - Bean Lab Research Proposal and Pre-Lab

    Guiding Question: How can I design and carry out a valid experiment?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What are the important parts of a valid scientific experiment and why are they necessary?

    Work Collection Day Monday

    Bean Lab - Prelab Due on Monday

    Tuesday 9/20 - The Bean Lab Research Proposal

    Guiding Question: What are the parts of a valid scientific experiment?

     Do Now: :
    1.  Mr. K wants to test the effect of coffee on students test scores.  Describe the following:
    A.  Testable Question
    B.  If...then hypothesis
    C.  Independent Variable
    D.  Dependent Variable
    E.  Control Group
    F.  3 Constant Variables
    2.  Explain the difference between a test group and a control group.  Why does every valid experiment need a control group?
    3.  Why can valid experiments only have two variables that change?

    Monday 9/19:  Scientific Methods Notes and Practice IV/DV!

    Guiding Question: What are the parts of a valid scientific experiment?

    Do Now: :
    1.  Without looking at your notes....
    - What is biology?
    - What is science?

    2.  Mr. K wants to know why the city puts salt on the roads during the winter.  He know that there must be a relationship between salt and the freezing point of water.

    Write Mr. K's question as a valid testable question.  Be sure to include the independent and dependent variables and to use the proper format.

    Practice IV and DV Worksheet due tomorrow

    Friday 9/16 - Monty Python and the Do Now, Testable Questions, Scientific Methods Notes

    Guiding Question:  What makes a question testable by science?

    Do Now:

    1.  Watch the Monty Python clip.  What parts of the knights scientific method is good?  Do you think they reached a valid conclusion based on their scientific method?  Why or why not?

    Thursday 9/15 - The Name Tent Challenge and Correct Safety Quiz

    Guiding Question: What is science, and what are its strengths and limitations?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What is something that you can't study with science.  Why can't you study everything with a scientific method?
    2.  What steps are in the scientific method? (Lets see what you remember from physical science!!)
    3.  Take a look at your Sunsets and Souls WS. Do you see any patterns? What do you think is the point of this worksheet?

    Wednesday 9/14 - Mr. K is at the 9th Grade Retreat so...Safety Quiz and Cosmos

    No Do Now

    Tuesday 9/13 - Play Charades, Safety Quiz, Sunsets and Souls

    Guiding Question: How can I be safe in a science lab?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What is your favorite lab safety rule?  Everyone has one!!!
    2.  What is science?

    Sunsets and Souls WS Due Thursday

    Monday 9/12 - Finish Posters and Play Charades

    Guiding Question: How can I be safe in a science lab?

    Do Now: :
    1.  What is biology?
    2.  If you miss a day, how can you find out what you missed in class?

    Friday 9/9 - Safety Posters and Charades

    Guiding Question: How can I be safe in a science lab?

    Do Now:

    1.  What is the most interesting or mind blowing thing you know about the universe?  How do you know that it is true?

    2.  Make a name card if you did not yesterday.

    Signed Safety Contract and 3 Ring Binder Due on Monday

    Thursday 9/8  - The First Do Now!, Class Web Site, Syllabus and Safety Posters

    Guiding Question: What is biology?

    Do Now: 

    1.  What did all of the stations in the lab have in common?  Based on your answer, what do you think biology is?

    2.  Make a Name Card (See directions on Board)

    Intro Lab Due Today

    Wednesday 9/7 - Introduction to Biology Lab Stations

    Guiding Question:  What will we study in biology this year?

    No Do Now

    Intro Lab Due TOMORROW

    Tuesday 9/6 - Introduction to Biology Lab Stations

    Guiding Question:  What will we study in biology this year?

    No Do Now

    Intro Lab Due THURSDAY