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1st Semester

In Class Activity


Use the Due Date for your class (Orange or Blue Day)


1. Urinary System

2. Complete chart "The cirulatory and urinary systems in regulation of the body"

Finish coloring the heart and coloring the kidney
1/12/18 Cardiovascular System
1. Whiteboarding the system - Whole class talk
2. Tracing a drop of blood through the body drawing (pg 1 only)
3. Replacing Body Parts video
4. Computer Activities - visit sites
HW: Read essay in Online textbook "Disposing of Waste" pg 631-635 and watch video "Regulation in the Urinary System" pg 636.

Working with spreadsheets
Use the google doc "Spreadsheet Practice Instructions" and download the spreadsheet "Practice Spreadsheet."

Watch the video about the Circulatory System in the online textbook pg 625. Then read the essay "Making Exchanges throughout the Body" on pg 627-630.

Developing research questions for wildlife data

Biodiversity Research Questions

Wildlife Research Question Form

Bat Data; Bird Data; Camera Trap Data; Bird Species Key; Map of Schools


Finish going through data to decide which you want to work with. Complete the Wildlife Research Question Form
12/20/17 Short Quiz Diffusion; Visiting our Planetarium Enjoy Break

Biomedical Imaging: Looking inside the Human Body - Instructions

JS9 Online Image Processing Program; Images

Finish Biomedical Imaging assignment
12/14/17 Investigating semipermeable membranes with a cell model Lab write up due Friday 12/15/17 11:59 pm
12/12/17 1. Open the Wild Life Picture Division. This has instructions. A table of students have been assigned to give out assignments of folders to look through. When you get your assignment go through the Wild Life pictures. Record any creatures on the data sheet and then upload the picture to the LPZ PIF website. If a creature is in more than one picture within minutes, just choose one to upload. Data sheets are in black file box on table by binoculars. 
2. Open the assignment "5a Inside the Cell" and visit the webpages listed to explore the different compartments or components of a living cell. This assignment is due by Wednesday night.
Finish Inside the Cell
12/8/17 Josh's Story
Transport across membranes talk - see link to notes
Red Onion Cell Lab
Read essay "Molecular Movement" in online textbook (Online pg 619-624; paper copy pg 233-235). 
Need help with solutions? Read short essay "Background about solutions" (online pg 567-568; paper pg 220)
12/5/17 Critter Presentations - post your written section to the link on the 12/1/17 post - Open it and add your document or google doc
Intro to Homeostasis - Pulse Rate
1. Read essay "Compartments" in online textbook (online pg 577-583; paper pg 224-226)
2. Read essay "Membranes" in online textbook (online pg 600-603; paper 231-235)
3. Start thinking of what you would like to study with the Zoo data


Work Day Critter Portfolio

Encyclopedia of Life

Kingdoms of Life

Critter Portfolio
11/29/17 Work Day Critter Portfolio Critter Portfolio

Finish Museum Boxes

Critter Portfolio

Scientific Names

Critter Portfolio

Museum Boxes; Embrology Puzzles; Evolution Big Idea Summary

Read Read a summary of the article about similarities in embryonic development

None - Enjoy Thanksgiving
11/14/17 Museum Boxes: 1-4 are required, choose 1 from 5-7 Read article about species - The fuzzy art of defining species
11/10/17 Museum Boxes: 1-4 are required, choose 1 from 5-7
Watch The Origins of Humans
11/8/17 Becoming Whales 

This youtube link tells a more detailed story of whale evolution
Answer questions 1-11. If you need a refresher on cladograms watch this short video.

1. Lizards Phylogeny Part 2;

2. Upload Wildlife Pictures; Wildlife drive (ours); LPZ's drive (theirs)

3. Finches in a Drought

Finish Finches in a Drought

Lizards - Connections Shown in Evolutionary Trees

Lizard DNA sequences

ClustralW2 - aligning DNA sequences from different species

Read the following 3 articles in our online textbook - 
1. The voyage that changed biology (online pg 306-308; paper book pg 107-108) 
2. Two views of adaptation (online pg 313-317; paper pg 109-111)
3. Natural selection, a powerful idea (online pg 319-322; paper pg 112-114)

Origin of Species - Primary Sources: Comparing Darwin and Wallace


Question - go to Google Classroom and answer the question about Darwin and Wallace

Finish answering the question regarding Darwin and Wallace in the document in Google Classroom
10/25/17 Quiz - Qualitative, Quantitative, Inference, Variables
Wildlife PIctures - Look at your set of images and decide which have animals. If animals are present decide which animals. Make note on your data sheet. When you have your list, go to the LPZPIF site and record the images on the Camera Trap Survey page. Each image should have its own form.
Finish uploading your data to LPZ PIF
10/23/17 Guest Speaker from Lincoln Park Zoo - Research using Urban Wildlife Data Think about a research question you can investigate
10/19/17 Rock Pocket Mice & Evolution (Mutation, Selective Advantage, Natural Selection); packet; video

1. Finish mice packet
2. Read the article "How did we get here?"

Extra Credit - Go to the TCN talk with Female Scientists from Plants to Planets Thursday 10/26 5-7pm 200 E Randolph 66th Floor; Write a reflection of your experience for extra credit

10/16/17 Populations, fruit, seeds - 2 Big Ideas (Not all young survive; There is variation in populations) None

5th - Everest; Birding

7th & 8th - Guest Speaker: Dr Nengo; Birding

Read article about disease buried in ice
10/10/17 Dr Nengo video intro; Lucy (eo we watched in class; this article is good); Picture of Lucy's fossilized bones; What we can learn from her bones; Comparision of Lucy and chimps and modern humans; How Lucy was found); Otzi - video

1. Read National Geographic article about Dr Nengo's find;

2. Read article about Lucy

10/5/17 1. Reach Exams
2. Nobel Prize 2017
3. Comparing Brains

Read article "Brains and More Brains" in online textbook pg 133-136


10/3/17 Field Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo Write up Animal Observation
9/28/17 1. Birding - Gather data
2. Testable question - Opposable Thumb

1. Write up Lab report Opposable Thumb

2. Read NYTimes article about Praying Mantis and birds


1. Chimps at Gombe

2. Observing Primates

3. Testable Questions

1. Read article "How wild are the chimps at Gombe?", then choose one more article to read from the list;
2. - Take the multiple choice Beginner's Quiz #1 - Retake it if your score less than 80% correct.
3. Take Pre-Course Survey

What makes something alive?

Characteristics of Living Things

Post your picture with your explanation of how at least two principles are illustrated in your image
9/19/17 Lincoln Park Zoo classroom visit - Partners in Fieldwork (PIF) Take a picture of something that represents life
9/15/17 Cassini's Death; Isopod investigation;

Turn in question (Google classroom 9/15 post, one per group); Turn in isopod lab report by Sunday night - midnight Google classroom 9/13 post);

Take a picture of something that represents life

9/13/17 Irma Checkin; Big Marsh & North Park Nature Center opportunities; Isopod questions; Testable question criteria; Lab reports - key Prepare for isopod investigation - due 9/17/17

Irma Checkin; Communication, Observations, Descriptions;

Isopod observations; Isopod questions generated

Articles related to Hurricane Irma - collect at least 5 per week. Keep a record of their web address or download the article. We will do this over several weeks.
9/7/17 Hurricane Irma (watch clip from IMAX Stormchasers); Scavenger Hunt; Map; Student Survey; Irma articles (We will collect articles over a couple of weeks) Articles related to Hurricane Irma - collect at least 5 per week. Keep a record of their web address or download the article. We will do this over several weeks.



Introduction; Fieldwork Student Survey (you have to be logged into Google with your CPS email); LPZ Field Trip Permission Slip; LPZ Consent Waiver (given out in class)





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