• 1/21-1/25

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 1/17/2019 6:00:00 AM

    Monday: NO SCHOOL 

    Tuesday: Complete a guide of climate change causes, effects, and solutions using task cards (student guide-- click here) (tast cards-- click here)


    Sustainability--avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

    Flora--the plants of a particular region or habitat.

    Fauna--the animals of a particular region or habitat.

    Wednesday: *Notebook check; 

    Write a paragraph about what you feel is the worst cause of climate change, leading to what you think is the worst effect.

    Then, write a paragraph about what you think is the best solution of the ones listed and why. Defend all your choices with reasoning.

    Thursday: Urban Legends and Ecosystems activity (click here) *only the first page, and work is done individually, not in groups for this

    Friday: Finish any activities that need to be completed (no quiz)

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  • 1/14-1/18

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 1/11/2019 3:05:00 PM

    Homework given out Monday, due Wed 1/23 (click here)

    Monday: Finish Create the Perfect Beast Activity

    Vocabulary this week: 

    Deforestation--the action of clearing a wide area of trees.

    Permafrost--a thick subsurface layer of soil that remains frozen throughout the year, occurring chiefly in polar regions

    Rain Shadow--a region having little rainfall because it is sheltered from prevailing rain-bearing winds by a range of hills or mountains.

    Climate change--a change in global or regional climate patterns attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

    Anthropogenic--(chiefly of environmental pollution and pollutants) originating in human activity.

    Tuesday: 3-D Biome research and creation (2 biomes, not 8--click here)

     Wednesday/Thursday: Hurricane Preparedness PSA foldable (click here)

    Friday: Review/Study; Ecosystems and Climate Quiz 1

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  • 1/7-1/11

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 1/4/2019 6:00:00 AM

    Monday: Finish notes on Ecosystems and Climate (click here) [Guided Notes Handout- click here]. 


    Biome—A geographical area composed of different ecosystems and characterized by a distinct climate and certain species that are able to survive there.

    Ecosystem—One or more communities of different species interacting with one another and their environment.

    Canopy-- the upper layer or habitat zone, formed by mature tree crowns and including other biological organisms

    Understory--the shrubs and plants growing beneath the main canopy of a forest.

    Coniferous—(evergreens) trees that have cones/small and needle-like leaves, like pine trees, and don’t lose their leaves or change color.

    Deciduous—Trees with broad, flat leaves that lose leaves/change color with the season.


    Tuesday: Exploring Florida Ecosystems Activity and Presentations (Powerpoint review and example- click here) (Rubric for presentations- click here). 

    Wednesday/Thursday: Design the Perfect Beast Activity (Ecosystem Info Sheets- click here) (Brainstorming sheet/chart- click here) (Student packet [only complete pages 1-4])- click here).

    Friday: Review/complete work from this week. 

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  • 12/31-1/4

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 12/30/2018 5:00:00 AM

    Monday: NO SCHOOL 

    Tuesday: NO SCHOOL 

    Wednesday: NO SCHOOL (Teacher Work Day)

    Thursday: Introduce Field Trip (click here); Introduce Rain Barrel Competition (click here

    Friday: Review Rain Barrel Competition and paint rain barrel. 

    *Any artistic students that want to help design and paint the rest of the barrel, please let me know asap! 

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  • 12/10-12/14

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 12/10/2018 3:00:00 AM

    Monday: Review population characteristics (click here); give study guides (click here).

    Tuesday: Finish population characteristics review.

    Wednesday/Thursday: Organize all science work materials in a binder, study for midterm exam. 

    Friday: Notebook check; study for midterm exam. 

    *Midterms are next week!

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  • 12/3-12/7

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 12/2/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Monday: Finish species interaction review from Friday. *2nd period review Energy Pyramid review activity

    *Know where the ozone layer is located. 

    Tuesday: Food chain/ Food web review packet (click here)

    *Know the difference between a food web and a food chain. 

    Wednesday (half day): Crossword review--different types of species, open/closed systems, kinetic/potential energy. (click here)

    *Define the following in your notebook:

    Keystone species, Indicator species, Endemic species, Invasive species, Exotic species, Generalist species, Specialist species.

    Thursday: Biogeochemical Process review bingo. *If you are absent this day, YOU NEED TO REVIEW THIS FOR THE MIDTERM (look in your notes--carbon cycle, water cycle, and nitrogen cycle). 

    *Know the major problem excess nitrogen in the environment causes. 

    Friday: Different types of diversity review and presentation. 

    *Define the following in your notebook: 

    Functional diversity, Genetic diversity, Species diversity, Biodiversity, Ecosystem diversity.

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  • 11/26-11/30

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 11/26/2018 6:00:00 AM

    Monday: Review unit test--chance to fix any questions marked incorrect.

    Tuesday: Review kinetic and potential energy; complete worksheet. 

    Wednesday/Thursday: Review ecosystem dynamics--create a 3D model of an energy pyramid.

    Friday: Review species interactions--Interaction Lab Activity 

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  • 11/12-11/16

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 11/11/2018 6:00:00 AM

    Monday: Begin working on study guide for Units 3&4 Test (click here). 

    Tuesday: Continue working on study guide/study for test. 

    Wednesday/Thursday: Units 3&4 Test. 

    Friday: Last day to turn in make-up work--Finish any missing work!

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  • 11/5-11/9

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 11/5/2018 1:00:00 AM

    Homework given out this week due Tuesday, 11/13 (click here)

    Monday: Work on short answer questions of population control packet. 

    Words this week: 

    Symbiosis: an interaction between two different organisms living in close proximity.

     Predation: a symbiotic relationship between two organisms of unlike species in which one of they preys on the other. It is a natural mechanism of population control.

     Competition: an interaction between organisms or species in which both are harmed (harmed could mean a limited supply of at least one resource)

    Tuesday: Complete population control packet. 

    Wednesday/Thursday: Population control assessment; Species interaction foldable (click here). 

    Friday: Review; Vocab Quiz 

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  • 10/29-11/2

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 10/28/2018 6:00:00 AM

    Biodiversity and Evolution Research homework due TUESDAY 10/30 

    Monday: Intro notes on Species Interactions and Population Control (click here)

    Vocab words this week: 

    Commensalism: an interaction between two organisms in which one benefits and the other derives neither benefit nor harm.

    Mutualism: species interaction that is beneficial to both organisms involved. 

    Parasitism: a relationship between species, where one organism, the parasite, lives on or in another organism, the host, causing it some harm, and is adapted structurally to this way of life.

    Tuesday: Turn in homework; Worksheet and discussion questions on population dynamics (see me if absent); Group activity creating graphs from  observation data in a chart.

    Wednesday/Thursday: Limiting factor/Carrying capacity activity--project grade (see me if absent).

    Friday: Review vocab and concepts from this week; Quiz. 

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