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. Please, please, please come by and visit next year and see what the new freshmen are up to, or if you need help with a little chemistry.

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!

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…

Alpha:

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.

D:

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.

E:

Collect data and start writing and formatting your IA

A:

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!

 

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

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!

March 30th Plan

Sorry I can’t be there today. No, I am not taking an extended spring break… lets just say I can’t be there because of Cooper and leave it at that. Anyways, heres what I need you to accomplish during my absence.

Biology

today you’ll start a week long project on evolution. You and your group must come up with an idea and impliment it. Your goal is to teach a 6th grader the idea of what evolution is and the mechanisms behind it. Use the hand outs I’ve provided to guide you. Keep the following in mind:

  • What is the challenge question (what do I want them to be able to answer by the time they’re done)?
  • How can I get/keep their attention?
  • How will the information be delivered?
  • What information do they need to know? what vocabulary will they need to know?
  • How will they prove they have learned anything?
  • This is a chance for you to ‘be the teacher’. Think about good teachers you have had and use the strategies that work best on you.
  • Choose 10 words from the list below as your ‘vocab list’. Create simple definitions a 6th grader could understand for each term.
    • Evolution
    • The Big Bang
    • Biogenesis
    • Theia
    • Natural Selection
    • Artificial Selection
    • Galapagos
    • Divergent
    • Convergent
    • Coevolution
    • Fossil
    • Homologous
    • Analogous
    • Vestigial
    • Darwin
    • isolation
  • Using my youtube page (youtube.com/mrkubuske), checkout some of the projects from last year.
  • Work hard, work together, and have fun!

SEHS

Finish your Unit 5 IAs and turn the in! Once turned in, start 5.1 on your websites.

One more day I promise

Sorry guys. I know you’re excited to hear about baby Cooper and get back to our normal routine, but I’ll need one more day at home supporting our new family.

On the plus side, its a pretty easy day to celebrate winterfest. Here is the gameplan:

Biology

You’ll be watching the movie Gattaca today. Here is the trailer:

In the back of the room is an assignment I’d like you to fill out as you watch. Please keep it in a safe place because we’ll be watching the movie over about 3 class periods. Its a great movie and will start some pretty interesting convo (for example, keep an eye on the staircases).

If for some reason you cannot play the movie, you can work on your study guide for Common Assessment #3. Here is the link.

** Word on the street is you had trouble with the answer sheet for yesterday’s quest. We’ll discuss this on Monday so don’t worry about it too much.

SEHS

Keep working on those Nutrition plans. We start Unit 5, Biomechanics, on Monday.

Since I’m not there, I’ll throw one more pic your way. See you Monday!

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Yes, those are Ohio State socks. The kids got good taste.

 

Thursday, February 19th agenda

This is you walking from Kelly Hall to Loretto

Hey, sorry I can’t be there. My wife and newborn son Cooper had a little longer stay in the hospital, everyone is healthy and happy, but I’ m going to take just a little more time to attend to them. That being said, I’m going to make some adjustments to the plans we had discussed before I left last week. Here is the gameplan:

Biology:

1. Instead of a Unit 8 Test, we’re going to do a “quest” (not as long, not as many points). I’m also going to allow you to use notes and ask each other questions. YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WORK TOGETHER OR SHARE ANSWERS. But you can ask each other for clarifications, explanations, or double checking work.

2. Use the link below to be taken to the answer form for the quest (we’ll do this quest on the iPad so I can grade it from home. Keep in mind the class period is shorter and you cannot “save” progress. You will want to have a piece of paper and pencil to work on punnett squares.

Link → Unit 8 Genetics Quest

3. Next week week, we’ll be watching a movie AND preparing for your common assessment. If you would like an early copy of the study guide you can find it on the biology semester 2 page.

SEHS:

Good news… I’m going to give you an extra week to turn in your nutrition guide. However! We will still be working on Unit 5 and following the daily goals for that unit as scheduled. I just figured it wasn’t fair to give you a huge assignment then disappear the week it is due. So continue to work on it but if you have questions you don’t have to panic about me not being there.

All:

I’m sure this is what you were waiting for…
IMG_0805Cooper thanks you for sharing his Dad with him. And he wants you to stay warm out there!

Game Plan: Tuesday, January 13

Alright team, here’s the plan for today. Remember, I’ll be back tomorrow!

Biology:

  1. Finish & turn in your “Cell Cycle Stations”
  2. If you have time, you can take the notes for the cell cycle that we’ll be going over tomorrow. Here is the video of the notes:


SEHS:

  1. Today’s Goal: complete sections 3.1.8 & 3.1.9
  2. Make sure you are taking notes on what you have completed and learned.

Gameplan: Monday, January 12

Hey there Buckeye fans, before the big game tonight, here is what we’re going to do to for pregame festivities:

Biology:

  1. Work on your “Cell Cycle Stations” we started on Friday. You will need you iBook and also some sources from the internet. If you need colored pencils and other materials, feel free to borrow them from the back of the room but please put them back when finished. 

SEHS:

  • Today’s Goal: All subsections up to 3.17 completed.

And if you need one more reason to get hyped for a Buckeye Championship…