week of 4/15 - 4/18

posted Apr 16, 2019, 5:19 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Apr 17, 2019, 7:50 AM ]

We are starting our FINAL UNIT OF THE YEAR!!!! 
This unit is one of my favorites to teach, Astronomy! It is awe-inspiring to learn just how much "stuff" is out there in the universe. We will be covering the Big Bang Theory, chemistry, stars life cycle, and habitability.
*In this unit, I will teach about the Big Bang. In no way am I trying to change anyone's personal beliefs while teaching the topic.*

Our plan (approx):
Monday 15th: Universe pre-test; video "Beginning of Everything"
Tuesday 16th: BBT article with questions; highlight evidences for Big Bang

week of 4/8 - 4/12

posted Apr 8, 2019, 7:55 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Apr 11, 2019, 7:42 AM ]

This week we will finish up our cancer section with a small quiz and begin learning about stem cells and cloning.

Our plan (approx):
Monday 8th: Cancer review
Tuesday 9th: Cancer baby quiz; stem cell intro
Wednesday 10th: Stem cell notes
Thursday 11th: GoGo Stem Cell Activity
Friday 12th: Stem cell bioethics discussion

week of 4/1 - 4/5

posted Apr 1, 2019, 10:53 AM by George Drinnin

We expand our unit on cell division and look into cancer.

Our plan (approx):
Monday 1st: Cancer notes
Wednesday 3rd: Cancer timeline; Cancer handout
Thursday 4th: Cancer Research (second box)
Friday 5th: Cancer treatment Research (third box)

week of 3/25 - 3/29

posted Mar 24, 2019, 7:07 PM by George Drinnin

We continue our adventure into mitosis with a few modeling activities and microscope work. We will end our week with a MITOSIS QUIZ ON FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH.

Our plan (approx.)
Monday 25th: Oreo Mitosis lab
Tuesday 26th: Plant/Animal mitosis microscope lab
Wednesday 27th: Create a Mitosis game
Thursday 28th: Play game in class / review for quiz
Friday 29th: Mitosis Quiz

week of 3/18 - 3/22

posted Mar 18, 2019, 8:38 AM by George Drinnin   [ updated Mar 21, 2019, 11:32 AM ]

    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

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