First Day of School 2015!!!

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!

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Speciation & Cladistics

Today is the last day of our Evolution Discussion. During our last discussion, we talked about types of evolution/selection and how it leads to new species… Today, we’re discussing how a new species is formed by a process called speciation and how we can illustrate relatedness of species using an instrument called a cladogram.

Watch the video below for more information and examples. Enjoy!

 

The DNA (web quest) Puzzle

Please watch this YouTube video for instructions on today’s lesson:

Today we’ll begin our long journey through the wide world of DNA. As we begin to look forward to a fun filled few weeks, its at this point that we look back into the past and discuss the important people who’s contributions and life’s work answered some of life’s biggest questions.

If you are using Puffin: Go to http://www.DNAi.org and click timeline, there you will a see a list of scientists broken up by decade. Use the web quest to determine which scientists to look up. You can read their biographies by clicking their picture. You can also have them tell you their story by clicking the animated icons above them.

If you are not using Puffin: Below are links to videos that are taken from the website DNAi.org (provided you are using a computer with flash or the Puffin App). Use them to complete the introduction to these scientists as a part of this webquest (PDF).

Together the contributions come together to fit like pieces of a puzzle (Read Here) and the shape of the DNA molecule was finally uncovered.

 

Unit 3 Post-Test: So what do you know NOW?

Click the link below to prove how much you have learned about Cells…

Unit 3: What do you think you already know

Reminders: Your Biology – Unit 3 Test is tomorrow! It will cover the following topics:

  • Cell Theory
  • Scientists who contributed
  • Types of cells (compare/contrast)
  • Cell Parts
  • Protein creation

Hopefully later today I’ll begin to post the projects you’ve created to YouTube and to this site. Feel free to come back and see what a great job you did.

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 tomorrow and you must pass with 100% before being allowed to use the lab.

Also! You must have a signed Lab Safety Contract turned into Mr. Kubuske by Wednesday to be allowed to use the lab.

First Day of School 2014!!!

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.

Last, for today’s class activity, you’ll need to get a piece of string. The strings are on the old pencil sharpener near the bookcase. Please go ahead and pick up a piece of string and come back to your seat. Once you have the papers and your string you can complete the assignment titled “Biology Procedures Activity” that the instructor gave you.

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!

Theories of Evolution

That’s what we’ve been talking about the last few days. We’ve talked about theories and evidence that supports or refutes those theories. There have been lots of theories of evolution but we’ve focused on two…

  1. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

    • Acquired Characteristics
    • Whatever traits or habits that you picked up over your life, you passed on to your children.
    • Believed that if you really “needed” something or some habit to survive you could acquire it.

  1. Charles Darwin

    • Descent with Modification – Present living beings are modified decendents of older organisms and species.
    • Modification by Natural Selection – Environment limits the growth of populations. Some Organisms have traits that make them better able to survive in their environment

Evidence suggests that Drawin’s theory, which he illustrated in his book “On the Origin of Species”, is accurate. Can you think of any instances of organisms that look like other species but have some type of special advantages to help them survive in their environment?

To review, click through the Darwin information pages and see if you can help a species of furry creatures live for a million years!

Studying The Fossil Record

Yesterday, we started the process of investigating what fossils can teach us about life on Earth. Below this post is the information from yesterday. Your goal is to use evidence you have found to answer the Big Idea Question today:

How do Fossils show that the Earth, and the Life-Forms on Earth, have changed over long periods of time?

When you have completed that activity, you can take part in the going further activity, A virtual adventure as an archeologist.

Adventures at Dry Creek

As a part of the adventure you will write small entries in a journal. To Access your Journal, use the School Name “Cathedral” when prompted. Your Journal entries will be saved and shared with me so I can monitor your progress. The journal and “special assignment” is worth credit and will apply directly to your Evolution Final Project at the end of the Unit. This is not a required assignment, but rather a chance to go deeper into the content if you are interested in it.

Special Assignment Outline
Data Table & Graph
Scope’s Fauna (Description of Animals)
Eddie’s Hypotheses
Analyzing the Data