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week of 3/18 - 3/22

posted Mar 18, 2019, 8:38 AM by George Drinnin

    This week we start our next unit of cell division (mitosis). We will be getting into cancer and stem cells as well.
We will start the week with our Team Styx challenge filling out the bracket from March Mammal Madness. It's pretty exciting!

Punnett Square quiz retakes are only available this week. They need to complete the All Punnett Square problem worksheet before they schedule a retake with me.

Our plan (approx):
Monday 18th: March Mammal Madness
Tuesday 19th: Why are cells small; surface area discussion
Wednesday 20th: Block schedule: 1, 3, 5, 7; Surface area burn paper lab; mitosis intro
Thursday 21st: Block schedule: 2, 4, 5, 6; Surface area burn paper lab; mitosis intro
Friday 22nd: Mitosis story line (book or comic)

week of 3/4 - 3/8

posted Mar 4, 2019, 5:43 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 10:28 AM ]

We will wrap up our genetics unit with a Punnett square quiz on Wednesday and our 3rd quarter CSA on Friday.
*There won't be retake allowed with district (CSA) tests*

Our plan (approx):
Monday 4th: Ugly baby lab
Tuesday 5th: finish ugly baby lab; review for Punnett square quiz
Wednesday 6th: Punnett square quiz; hand out CSA review
Thursday 7th: CSA review and REVIEW KEY
Friday 8th: CSA #3

week of 2/26 - 3/1

posted Feb 26, 2019, 5:46 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Mar 1, 2019, 5:32 AM ]

We continue our Punnett square practice throughout the week.

Our plan (approx):
Tuesday 26th: Punnett square review; Honors - dihybrid; General - all punnett square practice
Friday 1st: All Punnett square practice (box #8) this is your review for your quiz

week of 2/19 - 2/22

posted Feb 18, 2019, 11:42 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Feb 22, 2019, 6:25 AM ]

Last week was a mess for me being gone so much and I apologize.
This week will be better, I promise. We will wrap up meiosis with an open note quiz on Tuesday. Then we will get right into our genetics unit. 
We will have lots of practice with the different genetics problems.
Parent/Teacher Conferences are on Thursday from 4:30 t0 8:30 pm.

Our plan (approx):
Tuesday 19th: Meiosis quiz; Chromosome disorders and karyotype notes
Thursday 21st: Complete dominance problems practice

week of 2/11 - 2/15

posted Feb 11, 2019, 10:04 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Feb 14, 2019, 5:48 AM ]

This week we begin our genetics unit starting off going over meiosis. 

Our week (approx):
Monday 11th: GMO research
Tuesday 12th: Present research; Meiosis basics
Wednesday 13th: iPad Snurffle meiosis
Thursday 14th: Pigeonectics
Friday 15th: Chromosomal disorders

week of 2/4 - 2/8

posted Feb 4, 2019, 11:23 AM by George Drinnin

We will continue learning about the masters of mutations, bacteria and viruses, this week. We will then move on to some interesting topics like CRISPR and genetic engineering. We will get to know the basics of them, what do they do and some possible issues that might arise from the use of them.

Our plan (approx.):
Monday 4th: Pre-quiz review; look into vaccines
Tuesday 5th: Protein synthesis quiz; research antibiotics/vaccines
Wednesday 6th: Create an infographic over antibiotics/vaccines
Thursday 7th: CRISPR information, discussion and creation of business using CRISPR
Friday 8th: Genetic engineering basics

week of 1/28 - 2/1

posted Jan 28, 2019, 9:07 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Jan 31, 2019, 12:28 PM ]

This week we wrap up protein synthesis and start getting into mutations, genetic engineering and other fascinating genetic research.

Our plan (approx):
Monday 28th: Pineapple Jell-O lab
Tuesday 29th: Pineapple Jell-O lab
Wednesday 30th: Snork worksheet; Mutations
Thursday 31st: Mutations notes
Friday 1st: Bacteria/Virus notes

week of 1/21 - 1/25

posted Jan 21, 2019, 12:50 PM by George Drinnin

This week we will continue with protein synthesis and focus on putting the two processes together. I will still quiz over DNA/RNA structure and DNA replication on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd.

Our week (approx):
Tuesday 22nd: Review DNA/RNA; review transcription; translation notes
Wednesday 23rd: DNA/RNA quiz; protein synthesis practice
Friday 25th: SNORK transcription/translation animals; Play doh modeling

week of 1/14 - 1/18

posted Jan 14, 2019, 6:37 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 8:01 AM ]

This week we move on to DNA replication and protein synthesis. These will be difficult ideas to grasp so we will get plenty of practice physically performing the different processes involved.

Our plans (approx):
Tuesday 15th: DNA replication notes/white board practice
Wednesday 16th: DNA replication practice; student made worksheet
Thursday 17th: Protein synthesis (Transcription) notes and practice
Friday 18th: Protein synthesis (Translation) notes and practice

week of 1/8 - 1/11

posted Jan 8, 2019, 5:12 AM by George Drinnin

Welcome to 2019!!!
This is going to be an awesome semester full of learning!
We start the new year off learning about DNA and RNA.

Our plan (approx):
Tuesday 8th: DNA station notes (my notes are at the end of presentation)
 Wednesday 9th: Strawberry DNA extraction 
Thursday 10th: Paper modeling of DNA and RNA
Friday 11th: DNA/RNA food modeling

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