week of 10/15 - 10/18

posted Oct 14, 2019, 1:17 PM by George Drinnin   [ updated ]

This week marks the "official" end to our first quarter with the 1st quarter CSA district test. These tests are the only tests that aren't up for retakes, so we will spend plenty of time preparing for the test.

Tuesday 15th: CSA Review
Wednesday 16th: CSA Review; KAHOOT
Thursday 17th: CSA #1 Test
Friday 18th: Organelle Biographies 

week of 9/7 - 9/10

posted Oct 6, 2019, 7:15 PM by George Drinnin

This week we look into the cell membrane and its function in the cell. This week we have parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 - 8:30 pm. 

Our plan (approx):
Monday 7th: Egg Lab day 2; Cell Membrane notes
Tuesday 8th: Egg Lab day 3, write up results; start cell transport flip book
Wednesday 9th: cont. flip book
Thursday 10th: Cell membrane review stations

week of 9/30 - 10/4

posted Sep 30, 2019, 8:39 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 8:47 AM ]

This week is full of activities demonstrating/explaining the movement of molecules, osmosis and diffusion!

Our plan (approx):
Tuesday 1st: Diffusion lab; gummy bear osmosis lab
Wednesday 2nd: Starch/iodine lab
Thursday 3rd: Plant cell plasmolysis
Friday 4th: Day 1 of Egg Lab

week of 9/23 - 9/26

posted Sep 23, 2019, 8:55 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Sep 25, 2019, 1:28 PM ]

This shortened week we will begin our week on water. Start with the water cycle, properties of water, and microscope practice looking at pond water.

Our week (approx):
Tuesday 24th: Water Issue Research
Thursday 26th: Pond water under microscopes *Freshman Ropes Course*

week of 9/16 - 9/20

posted Sep 16, 2019, 6:44 AM by George Drinnin

All this week will be our STEM Ocean Clean Up project. Students will be working in groups to come up with a model to clean up as much ocean plastic (floating ping pong balls) as possible.

Our plan (approx):
Tuesday 17th: STEM Test, Build
Wednesday 18th: STEM Test, Build
Thursday 19th: STEM Test, Build
Friday 20th: STEM FINAL TEST

week of 9/9 - 9/13

posted Sep 10, 2019, 6:41 AM by George Drinnin

This week will be a wrap up on our general ecology unit. We will have a ecology quiz on Friday. Next week we will start our next big STEM project.
Our plan (approx):
Monday 9th: work day on Island of Sustatinability
Tuesday 10th: work/finish Island of Sustainability
Thursday 12th: Ecology quiz review
Friday 13th: Ecology Quiz; Introduce STEM project

week of 9/3 - 9/6

posted Sep 2, 2019, 6:29 PM by George Drinnin

We continue with our ecology unit discussing how energy moves through food webs/chains and what is leftover for our own use! 

Our plans (approx):
Wednesday 4th: Food Chain/Web cutout activity
Thursday 5th: Vegetarian debate w/ research first (last slide of Tuesday's presentation)

week of 8/26 - 8/30

posted Aug 26, 2019, 8:13 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 6:12 AM ]

This week we start our first content unit of ecology. We will explore some of the ecological issues facing the world today.

Our plan (approx):
Wednesday 28th: Ecology Issues research
Thursday 29th: Research presentation

week of 8/19 - 8/23

posted Aug 20, 2019, 6:42 AM by George Drinnin

This week we continue exploring scientific method with our Whirly Gig project. 

Our plan (approx):
Monday 19th: Marshmallow weight challenge
Tuesday 20th: Begin/intro to Whirly Gig project
Wednesday 21st: Student Handbook talk
Thursday 22nd: Design/Test/Experiment Whirly Gig project
Friday 23rd: Final Test Whirly Gig

week of 8/13 - 8/16

posted Aug 13, 2019, 10:29 AM by George Drinnin

Welcome back to what is going to be another wonderful year of learning at Papio South. I'm very excited to teach biology this year to this group of freshman.

Our plan (approx):
Tuesday 13th: Brief intro of myself
Wednesday 14th: school year introduction
Thursday 15th: Marshmallow/Spaghetti Tower begin
Friday 16th: Finish Marshmallow/Spaghetti Tower

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