Honors Bio – Semester 1

Welcome to Honors Biology for the 2016-2017 school year. Here you will find links to important websites and special assignments.


35. 1/30/2017: This blog is getting too long! Head over the the Honors Bio-Semester 2 tab.

34. 1/25/17: This is our last class for semester 1. The class continues in semester 2, but grades start fresh. Today we will continue with our study of blood and inheritance. For homework this weekend, answer the questions on the student “quiz” that goes with the HHMI short film on “Malaria and Sickle Cell Anemia – Natural Selection in Humans” linked below.  I handed the questions out in class today.  It is best to watch the film again while you answer the questions.

Distribution of Blood Types by Country

HHMI: Malaria and Sickle Cell Anemia Video

Student “Quiz” questions for video

33. 1/23/17: There is no homework for today. We will finish the non-Mendelian packet next class and continue with more blood genetics. Today we did a blood typing lab with simulated blood.  If you want something to get extra practice though, play the blood typing game below. Class Links:

Sparkles the Swinging Chicken

Nobelprize.org Blood Typing Game

32. 1/18/17: Class links and homework: For homework, if you only did the first section of the “Pedigree Investigator,” complete the entire pedigree now. Just follow along with the directions. The link is under the 1/11/17 entry. Continue working on the “Non-Mendelian Genetics Practice Packet” through the codominance questions. You can stop at the x linked genes questions . If you don’t know your blood type, ask to see if your family knows. We will be doing a lab and activities about blood on Monday. (artificial blood!)

Eye Color Percentages



31. 1/11/17: Class links and homework: We used the links below in class today. For homework, open the “Pedigree Investigator” link below. Read the information on the first few pages.  Go through all the slides in each of the three sections  under “Pedigree Analysis Information” to learn how to read a pedigree and what information can be gained from one. Stop when you get to the video about Wally. This correlates with section 12.1 in your textbook.


Epigenetics from Learn Genetics Utah

Epigenetics : Insights from Identical Twins

Pedigree Investigator

30. 1/09/17: There will be a quiz  (Wednesday) over what we have learned in Chapter 11. Here is the study guide: (Don’t forget a cartoon idea:-))

a. Read over the Chapter 11 summary on page 311.

b. Know the base pairing rules for DNA and RNA (AT – GC) and (AU – GC)

c.  DNA and RNA are nucleic acids with different sugars in the sugar-phosphate backbones. What are the sugars for each?

d. Hydrogen bonds hold the DNA bases together in the center of the DNA.

e. Know the “Central Dogma of Molecular Biology.” These are the steps from DNA to protein. Practice the steps using the “Zerobio.com Protein Drag and Drop” activity below. We did this in class Monday.

f.  Read a codon chart from an mRNA strand to find the correct amino acid that a tRNA would bring.

g. We learned about the following types of mutations in class: deletions, inversions, duplications, insertions, and translocations. (We will review those once again before the quiz.)

h. I might (hint) use some of these questions on the quiz from the Chapter 11 Assessment on pages 311-313.

(1-6, , 8-9, 11- 14, 17, 21, 23)

30. 1/9/17: Links for class today:

Zerobio.com Protein Drag and Drop

Types of Mutations – Animations

29. 1/4/17: Today we reviewed the steps from DNA to protein and practiced transcription and translation with “Say it With DNA.” Homework due Monday: Read Chapter 11.2 (294-301) and answer questions 1-5 on page 301.

28. Winter Break: I didn’t assign homework over break. If you would like 10 to 20 points extra credit, choose any biology video from Bozeman Science and take a half  page of notes,  make related sketches or draw a concept map (up to 2 videos).

Bozeman Science Biology Videos

27. 12/14/16: Links for class today:

TED-Ed: The Twisting Tale of DNA

Build a DNA molecule – Learn Genetics

RNA – The Versatile Molecule Slideshow

What is the “Central Dogma of Molecular Biology?”

Amoeba Sisters – DNA vs. RNA

Amoeba Sisters Video – Protein Synthesis

26. 12/12/16: Today we reviewed the last homework and then extracted DNA from either strawberries or bananas. The homework for this class is to watch the Bozeman Science video called, “The Secret of Life.” It is only about 5 minutes long. Take notes or make a sketch  relating to what you learned to turn in on Wednesday.

Bozeman Science Video – The Secret of Life

25. 12/7/16: We finished our meiosis modeling and are now going on to Chapter 11, “DNA and Genes.” The homework this weekend is to read section 11.1 (pages 286-293). Answer questions 1-5 on page 293.

24. 12/5/16: Today we started learning the process of meiosis using “Airheads” for our chromosome models. We will continue this activity on Wednesday. For homework, read over section 10.2 in your textbook to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary and process of meiosis. (pages 269-279)

23.  11/30/16: Today’s Homework: Play the dog breeding game for at least  10 minutes. See if you can make it to the higher levels. Watch the Amoeba Sisters video on meiosis and fill out the worksheet I handed out. There is a link below for one. This is due Monday.

Dog Breeding Game

Amoeba Sisters: Meiosis : The Great Divide


22. 11/28/16: Today we started genetics with some basics. Chapter 10 is about Mendel’s laws of heredity and meiosis. For homework, use your textbook, the link to the “Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms” below, or any other source to fill out the vocabulary sheet I gave in class today.  This will be due on Wednesday.

Genetic Terms Vocabulary Sheet

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

21. 11/21/16: Today we wrapped up Chapter 9 on cell energy (ATP, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration). There is no homework over Thanksgiving break. I did offer extra credit. Watch any biology video from Bozemanscience.com and turn in notes. The notes should included 5 to 10 things you learned, found interesting, or had questions about. Happy Thanksgiving!

Bozeman Science Biology Videos

20. 11/16/16: I assigned  no new homework today. We took notes on photosynthesis and respiration handouts I gave out today. You should look over those while the ideas are fresh. Here is a  link to help understand ATP. We will look at in class on Monday.

 ATP and Energy Storage

19. 11/14/16: I assigned no new homework today. We are just getting into Chapter 9 and started with an ATP video and notes in class. (correlated with section 9.1)

18. 11/9/16: We are going to have a quiz on  parts of sections Chapter 8.1 and 8.2 on Monday. Read the Chapter 8 summary on page 223. Study the Biomanbio.com  “Cell Defense  – The Plasma Membrane” worksheet about passive and active transport. Also Chapter 8.1 explains how large particles enter and exit the cell. Learn the steps of mitosis using the mitosis notes we had in class today and section 8.2 in the textbook.


Online Onion Root Tips

17. 11/7/16: Read about the cell cycle on pages 210-216. Answer questions 1-5 on page 216.

16. 11/2/16: There are no new homework assignments today.

15. 10/31/16: Study for the cell quiz on Wednesday. The following will be covered: 1. Cell Theory (section 7.1 in textbook),  2. Prokaryotic cells versus Eukaryotic cells  (based on our notes and section 7.1),  3. Cell organelles (based on the Bioman biology quizzes, Biology Junction practice quiz, and section 7.3), and osmosis (labs and discussions – isotonic, hypertonic, hypotonic, solute, solvent).  There will be nothing from the cell membrane games we did today except the basic osmosis ideas we have already studied.

Cell Quiz Practice Biology Junction

Bioman Cell Explorer and Quizzes

14. 10/27/16: Complete the Cell Analogy worksheet questions 1-9 only. Use pages 185-193 for help. We will not have a cell quiz on Monday.


13. 10/24/16:  I didn’t assign any new homework. If you did not play the cell explorer game and do the two cell quizzes on the Bioman cell section, please do that. You can submit your quiz scores to me using my email:  erin@chrysalis-school.com. They won’t submit properly unless you choose a class period – just put period 1.

Bioman Cell Explorer and Quizzes

12. 10/19/2016: Finish the cell explorer game and take the two cell quizzes. When you are happy with your quiz results (do them under fake names first) email me your results. My email is erin@chrysalis-school.com.

Here is more information on fall colors:

Forest Service Guide to Fall Colors

Backyard Nature Fall Colors

11. 10/17/16: Play Bioman Cell Explorer Game. Read pages 175 to 180 in your textbook and answer questions #2 and #4 on page 180.

Bioman Cell Explorer Game

10. 10/12/16: Review for Chapter 6 quiz on Monday. Study your Properties of Water Activity and notes, pH Lab (Red Cabbage) and notes, biomolecules notes and chart, and enzyme notes and foldable. Read the Chapter 6 summary on page 171 of your textbook. Parts of the quiz will be modeled after questions 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 19, and 20 of the Chapter 6  Assessment on pages 171-172.

Enzyme Animation

Amoeba Sisters Enzyme Video

9. 10/10/16: There is no homework assignment today. Next class we will finish the potato enzyme lab and learn more about enzymes. We will also be reviewing and preparing for Monday’s quiz which covers materials from Chapter 6.

8. 10/5/16: Read the entire Potato Enzyme Lab and answer the 4 prelab questions. You can write the answers directly on the page or add a piece of paper. You will have more than one hypothesis, because we are doing three things to the potato. There will be one for the effects of grinding the potato, one for  dicing the potato, and one for cooking the potato. Here is an example of how to write a hypothesis: If the rate of oxygen bubble formation in the potato is related to cooking the potato in a positive way, then I predict cooking the potato will increase oxygen formation. I predict this because heat often speeds up reactions.


7. 10/3/2016: First, make sure the pH lab you did today is complete and ready to turn in Wednesday. Second, watch this video from the “Amoeba Sisters” about the four biomolecules. List all four of them and write a several notes about each. For example, what is their monomer called, what are the main elements in each, and what are they used for in organisms? Here is the link to the 8 minute video:

video: “Amoeba Sisters Biomolecules”

6.  9/28/16: This weekend’s homework is to work on your citizen science project for at least a half hour. If you haven’t chosen a project, search  for one that interests you and meets our criteria. (See Scistarter – initial – research from 8/31/16 above). If you have already chosen one, work on the project. Write a short paragraph in your notebook explaining what you accomplished.

5.  9/21/16: The homework is to study for Monday’s Unit One – What is Biology? quiz. Here are the two parts of the study guide I handed out today:


microparts  (from the sciencespot.net)

PBS Video, “Theory vs. Hypothesis vs. Law”

4. 9/19/2016: We didn’t get a chance to start the “Identify Controls and Variables” worksheet so will do this in class on 9/21/2016.


3. 9/14/2016: Read the BioDigest in our textbook on pages 32-33. You can do the worksheet that I handed out that goes with it or do the BioDigest Assessment on page 33 (all questions). The worksheet is available by clicking on the photo of the book above and heading to the chapter 1 resources  – worksheets.

2. 9/07/2016: “Welcome to Honors Biology” was due today along with the citizen science initial project research paper. Safety contracts and the take home safety quiz are both due Monday, Sept. 12th.

1. 8/31/2016: Visit http://www.scistarter.com and choose a project that you might be interested in joining. Go to the project finder tab. You can filter projects by cost (free or low cost) and for ones suitable for students. Fill out the  “Citizen Scientist Initial Project Research” paper.  There are more projects at https://www.zooniverse.org/projects.  Bring it to the next class period. Due  Wednesday, Sept. 7th.


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