Last week of biology..

posted May 17, 2020, 8:56 PM by George Drinnin

I CANNOT stress this enough to all of you:

There is a hard due date Wednesday, 20th. 

Anything turned in later will not be added in the grade book.

You have options for this project so read through them. 
You will turn everything in one email.

Have fun with this project. Get crazy detailed. 
I miss you all (insert teary eyed emoji)

Final grades won't be updated until May 25th (per District email)

week 8 (last week of new stuff)

posted May 10, 2020, 11:25 AM by George Drinnin


This will be our last week of new content. We are continuing with chemistry this week covering chemical bonding!

There is a 2 page worksheet for you to turn in to me. There is an extra website that shows metals or nonmetals. Use that website to help answer the worksheets. 

Make sure to continue working on the Mars Project. That is due no later than May 20th! Link to instructions are below this week's post!

Mission to Mars Project

posted May 6, 2020, 11:25 AM by George Drinnin

I CANNOT stress this enough to all of you:

There is a hard due date Wednesday, 20th. 
Anything turned in later will not be added in the grade book.

You have options for this project so read through them. 
You will turn everything in one email.

Have fun with this project. Get crazy detailed. 
I miss you all (insert teary eyed emoji)

week 7 without biology

posted May 3, 2020, 12:43 PM by George Drinnin

Hey Hey Hey!!!

    So far many of you have turned in great geologic time scale projects! If you haven't done turned it in yet, make sure you hop on that. It will be a summative grade and can be a good grade booster. 

    This week we will be introducing you the Big Bang and the basics of chemistry. This will be a great introduction to what you will be seeing next year.

    The worksheet has two video links with questions to answer. There is also guided notes to coincide with the powerpoint pdf. I would keep these notes to make chemistry next year a little easier. 

     You only need to turn in to me the two video question sheets, NOT the guided notes.


I will be sending out information on our final project called Mission to Mars probably around Wednesday. It's pretty cool no big deal. It will be turned in next week so you can get started on it this week if you like. 

week 6 without biology

posted Apr 25, 2020, 2:32 PM by George Drinnin

This whole week will be our first summative project via distance learning. It will cover the history of life / Earth as a planet. There is a powerpoint, look it over, but it's not needed for the assignment. 

It will be extremely important you read the directions in the document
(box 4)

There will be three pdfs (boxes 1-3) that you will use to answer the questions on the document (box 4).

You don't need a printer to complete the project in the assignment. You can simply write down everything on a separate sheet of paper. Like many of you have done already, you can just take a picture and email it to me.

Grades will be posted in the grade book very soon. The work done during this time cannot hurt your grade from the 3rd quarter, but it can help improve you grade. As we continue, especially during our chemistry unit, it will be very important not to slack off. This will provide you a great preview and set you up for next year. 

If there is anything that comes up, please let me know. My "due dates" have been pretty relaxed so if you need anything let me know.

week 5 without biology

posted Apr 19, 2020, 6:29 PM by George Drinnin

Hello to all,

Just a few things as we progress into evolution by looking at animal behavior. Animal behavior is a huge component of evolution and believed to be one of the fastest ways evolution can occur.

Grades: The gradebook should open back up for 4th quarter on Monday or early next week. I will respond to all your work and enter grades from last week as soon as it opens. I plan on grading very generously, mostly for completion and effort. So far, I’ve gotten great responses and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen, so thank you for your efforts!

Next Week: Just a heads up, next week’s assignment will be a small summative project. This will be a great opportunity to raise your grade if needed, and also hopefully a little something different for you to try.

Questions: Please email with questions you have this week, this might be a little more confusing than previous work so far.

To complete this week’s work, you’ll do the following while filling out the attached notes:

PAGE 1. Go through the pdf powerpoint. It has plenty of videos so watch them!!
   video #1 The Bower Bird's Grand Performance (slide 2) 
   video #2 Goose Egg Rolling (slide 9)
   video #3 Chimps Learn from One Another (slide 12)
   video #4 Bird of Paradise Courtship (slide 14)
   video #5 Frilled Lizards Fight for Territory (slide 17)
   video #6 Inside an Ant Colony (slide 19)
   video #8 Example of Skinner Box (slide 24)
   video #9 Jim Pranks Dwight (slide 27)
   video #10 Habituation of Startle Response (slide 31)
   video #11 Imprinting Geese (slide 33)
   video #12 Mimic Octopus (slide 35)

PAGE 2. Complete some questions about a graph 

PAGE 3 & 4. Use an interactive website to learn about human evolution READ DIRECTIONS

PAGE 5. Perfect organism assignment
Again, work is “due” by Friday, but I will be very flexible on that due date. Thanks guys, have a great week and make sure to get outside!

week 4 without biology

posted Apr 12, 2020, 12:53 PM by George Drinnin   [ updated Apr 12, 2020, 12:58 PM ]

This week's content over evolution will be brand new for students and the assignment(s) will be taken for a grade. There is no set day to do all the work so you can work at your own pace. I would recommend getting the work done by Sunday. You should only have to email me your work once a week. If there are any questions about the content please email me and I will get back to you. My office hours where I will be free the most is 1 - 3 pm and 7 - 9 pm.

    *Any late work you might have can be turned in to me for points no later than April 17th*

1. What is a theory? 
2. Evidences of Evolution pwrpoint
        take notes if you like ( 3rd or 4th box)
        (5th box)

Did you know that there are paper butterflies still stuck around my room from the past few years that you probably looked right at and never noticed?!?

For this activity, you’re going to show how a butterfly is more fit or adapted to survive in one setting versus another. You need to choose a “habitat” for this butterfly and color it to be best fit for this habitat. Take a picture of the butterfly in both its best fit habitat and another for which it is definitely NOT fit to survive. Explain your work! 

Feel free to get very creative with this if you can and/or challenge family to find your hidden butterfly. Email me the results whenever you want.

(As an example, and if you don’t have colors, scissors, etc: take a white paper and stick it against a white wall. Ta-da! FIT! Take that same white paper and put it against a dark couch. NOT fit, easily seen by hungry predators. However, you can be MUCH more creative!)

week 3 without biology

posted Apr 2, 2020, 7:34 PM by George Drinnin   [ updated Apr 6, 2020, 7:54 AM ]

Starting next week, April 13th, we will begin learning new material and taking grades. You will get more specific information from the district, and I will send more information in our weekly email. I promise we will keep it as simple and straightforward as possible, and we will focus on learning for the sake of learning much more than the grades. Our goal is also to set you up for next year, so we will add in some extra chemistry to help the transition.

If you have any missing work you can still turn it in to recover any points before April 10th. Anything turned in later will NOT be accepted. 

The plan for the week is to take another look at viruses and bacteria, setting us up to talk about evolution in the next few weeks.

** Any work will be submitted through the folder below INSTEAD of email. **
Click "upload" and choose the file(s) to upload on computer.
On the phone, you'll need the OneDrive app. Click the "+" in the app to add files. 
Our plan:

There is a Quarantine Science document with a bunch of activities you can do at home with siblings or to kill time. 

2nd week without biology

posted Mar 30, 2020, 7:44 AM by George Drinnin

1st week without Biology class

posted Mar 24, 2020, 7:49 PM by George Drinnin   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 7:50 PM ]

I furreal miss you all and can't wait to see you again!!

Please keep emailing me because conversations with a three year old and one year old are extremely difficult to hold and understand. 

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