Catch Up with Cells

This is you playing catch-up obviously

After you Finish your Unit 2 test, we’re going to play a little catch-up with Unit 3… Cells.

Watch the video (or Click the link) below to be taken to our Unit 3-Section 1 Notes on the cell theory. Your assignment is to take these notes tonight and be prepared to discuss and answer questions on it tomorrow! Good luck!

YouTube – Cell Theory

Organic Compounds & Carbohydrates!

Not quite how I pictured God looking but ok.

Okay, I know it doesn’t necessarily sound exciting… but keep in mind that organic compounds are what you and I and every living thing on the planet are made of! Kind of cool when you think about it… maybe it’s like God’s ingredients for life!

Anyways, today I’m going to introduce you to the idea of what an organic compound is, then we’ll cover the types, and finally spend some time going in depth into one of the most important organic compounds: Carbohydrates!

Carbs are pretty amazing in that its our body’s primary source of good clean energy. You’ll learn a lot more about them when you watch my video below. And speaking of… I would like for you to take notes on these topics using my youtube video which you can find at the bottom of this post. You should get a paper version of the notes or you can download a pdf version for notability by clicking this link. Either way, I hope you have a new appreciation for organic compounds soon! Bon Appetit!

Lab Safety… it’s no Accident

Today we’ll be going over some important information about your safety in a Lab setting. After review the Lab Safety rules (check the documents page for your specific class for a PDF version), take a look at the image below. See if you can spot some incidences of failing to follow lab procedures for safety.

Reminder there will be a “Common Sense” Lab Safety Quiz!

First Day of School (ok, the cycle)!

I know… I feel the same way.

Welcome to Mr. Kubuske’s Class Blog. First, please set a bookmark or a link to your home screen. After that feel free to browse this page. At the top are links to class pages where notes, assignments, and documents will be posted for you to download as we work through our curriculum. There’s a page for students, a page about Mr. K, and other resources available. On the right (or bottom if you are using Safari on the iPad) are links to my twitter and other information that will help you.

Next, there are 3 papers on the front table I’d like you to pick up. You will need to keep these papers all semester so put them in a safe place. Eventually, these papers will need to go in your Class 3-ring binder.

Once you have the papers you can complete the assignment titled “Biology Procedures Activity” that you picked up from the front table.

As a reminder, you will need to download your iBook at home or in a place where you can be on a wifi network for a long period of time.

Thanks for participating and we look forward to working with you this year!

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU for a fantastic school year. I had so much fun with each and every one of you. I loved getting to know you, what makes you tick, what inspires you, how you learn best, and so much more! My hope is that you got as much out of learning with me as I got from teaching with you. As a final gesture of goodwill, please take a second to fill out the form below to help me make this class even better than it has been. Have a fun and safe summer and I’ll see you next year!

Are You an Energy Master?

Before we take our Energy Quiz, lets see if you have what it takes to be called a Photosynthesis or Cellular Respiration Master! Click the links below, download the attached powerpoint, open in keynote and play the presentation. As you go through, click the appropriate boxes and answers to questions. If you can successfully get through the whole thing with no wrong answers, you are ready! Take as much time and as many tries as you need! Good luck!

Photosynthesis Master

Cellular Respiration Master

Cellular Respiration

Cellular Respiration, although the inputs and outputs seem easy, the process is very convoluted and complicated. Lucky for you, we’re going to simplify it to a point that is appropriate for a High School Biology student.

Keep in mind that Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration are reciprocal reactions. What that means is that the requirements of Cellular Respiration are the products of Photosynthesis! Likewise, the products of Cellular Respiration are the requirements of Photosynthesis! Its a 3 Billion year long symbiotic relationship! (And you thought your month-long high school girlfriend was a long-term commitment!)

Here is the jist of what Aerobic (meaning with Oxygen present) Respiration entails…


Aerobic Respiartion


  • Uses 2 ATP to break down Glucose
  • NADH & 4ATP (net gain +2 ATP) are created.
  • The NADH goes to the Krebs Cycle.

Krebs Cycle

  • Uses Oxygen and Acetyl-CoA
  • Makes 2 ATP, NADH, & FADH2 (both of which are electron carriers)
  • Carbon Dioxide is given off as a byproduct.
  • The NADH goes on to the ETC

Electron Transport Chain

  • Uses Oxygen and NADH
  • Make 32 ATP and Water (used as an electron acceptor)


Photosynthesis may seem like an easy topic, based on what you learned in middle school. But, as we go a little deeper into the processes of how Plants chemically create glucose from a gas, a liquid, and sunlight we find that it is a whole lot more interesting and complicated. Below is a graphic organizer to show the parts of the chloroplast, the reactants, the products, and the important molecules involved in both the Light & Dark Reactions.


Light Reaction

  • Light & Water enter the Thylakoid (or granum)
  • Oxygen is released as a byproduct
  • In the process, NADPH and ATP are charged and carry energy to the Dark Reactions.

Dark Reactions

  • The ATP and NADPH, combined with Carbon Dioxide, create Glucose.
  • The leftover NADP+ and ADP go back to the light reaction.

Once you think you’ve Mastered all there is to know about Photosynthesis, try your hand at this game: Photosynthesis Master. Open the document in Powerpoint or Keynote, start the presentation, then click on the boxes with the correct answers to the questions. See if you can make it all the way through without a wrong answer… if you can you will be the Photosynthesis Master!