Common Assessment #3

Common Assessment #3 – Link

Tomorrow we’ll be taking the 35 Question Common Assessment for the third quarter. It will cover Unit 7 (Reproduction) & Unit 8 (Genetics). The study guide is available on the Semester 2 Documents page, or you can get it from the link below. The key is also available for viewing this afternoon.

Common Assessment #3 Study Guide

Here are the list of key terms we’ve covered during the Second Semester. Click to enlarge:IMG_2449

Below is all of the videos from Unit 7 linked together as a playlist. If you would rather watch one section at a time individually, the links are still available on the Semester 2 documents page or on my YouTube Page

Here are the videos from Unit 8: Genetics

February 8, 2017 Plans

Sorry I cannot be there with you today. Cooper is not feeling well and will have to say home. In the meantime, here is what I need you to do to help me out…


Pick up the handouts from the front. The are the directions and the packet for your genetics project. Read the directions and it will give you an idea of what the objective, expectations, and grading will be. You will be making up traits for an animals and using the rules of genetics we have learned to do it. There’s an example on the back of the directions to show you how to do it. You’ll have all of this class and next clas to work on this.


Work on your genetics project. I would expect you should be able to get it just about finished today. Make sure your pictures are neat and colored.


Collect data and start writing and formatting your IA


Finish your genetics project. I would expect you to get finished today. Make sure your pictures are neat and colored. If you are finished. Get a copy of the Unit 8 practice problems & vocab list from the back of the room (they should be near your DNA origami’s; if you can’t find it then just download the PDF here and do it on notability.

Thanks for helping me out today, and I’ll see you tomorrow. Text or email if you have questions!


The Unit 7 Hunger Games

Today in #hbio we’ll be reviewing for tomorrow’s test over Unit 7. To review, you’ve been selected to be Tributes in the Unit 7 Hunger Games!!! Ok, so its not life or death survival of the fittest, instead we’ll be doing a speed stations activity. There are 32 stations posted throughout the room. You and a partner will try to complete these stations as ACCURATELY & QUICKLY as possible. You are Competing against the other players in your class. The fastest, and the most accurate, will receive a bonus point.

At the end of the day, I will post the stations on this site for you to review with. Be sure to study your Unit 7 Study Guide as well. Good Luck, and may the odds be forever in your favor…

Unit 7 Review: Answer Sheet – Link –

While I’m away

Okay, so you did a great job yesterday working on your “stations”. Those need to be finished as quick as possible (lets say before class on Friday). So if you want to work on them in class, great, go for it. OR… You can work on that at home and do some of the other activities listed on the board, like the Mitosis notes. These notes absolutely have to be done before class on Thursday so we can move on to Meiosis (I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’). Hopefully that (kinda) clarifies things for you. Until then, check the links on the semester 2 page, the details on the whiteboard in class, and the videos below.

Cell Cycle & Mitosis Notes

Here it goes again…

Ok, you may be to young (or uncool) to know that song lyric, but regardless here we go on to semester 2! We’ve reached the halfway mark but we have a long haul left. In both SEHS and Biology we have 5 units left to complete this year.

For the rest of the year, make sure you use the “Semester 2” links below the class tabs to reach the content we’ll be doing in class (and for those of you just joining us, you can find class rules and procedures there as well).

Biology: Unit 7 – Reproduction: 

We’ll be covering chromosomes, types of reproduction (careful…), Mitosis, Meiosis, Karyotyping and Genetic Disorders

SEHS: Unit 4 – Skill in Sport

Making Monsters

Thats right, today in class we will be making monsters based on their DNA code.

First make sure you get BOTH hand outs from the table up front. Then follow the directions on the front page to draw the Monsters on the back page. Here’s what you do:

  1. Use the DNA code to match the mRNA compliments. (Remember: T→A but A→U)
  2. Use the mRNA to match the tRNA compliments.
    1. You can check your work by comparing the tRNA to the DNA; they should be identical except that the ‘T’s have become ‘U’s.
  3. Use the chart at the bottom of the page to determine what amino acid (#) is coded for by each mRNA Codon. Write the number in the Amino Acid section.
  4. Repeat this process for all mRNA codons.
  5. Use the Amino Acid sequence to determine what trait has been coded for by the DNA.
  6. Once all traits have been decoded, draw your MONSTER! Give him/her a name and add any other traits you want including the ones coded by the DNA. The drawings should be neat and colored.
  7. Finally, write down the FULL sequence of DNA from the original DNA provided, as well as the list of traits.

There You Go! That’s how easy it is to make a monster… sort of. Either way, this is great practice doing transcription and translation which are the two steps of Protein Synthesis. So have fun and I’ll see you again soon!