• 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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  • 10/22-10/26

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 10/21/2018 5:00:00 AM

    Monday: Finish book notes on chapter 4 in the textbook. 

    Homework assigned this week (click here)

    Vocab this week:

    Exotic species: An organism is considered non-native or exotic if it is found in an ecosystem where it did not evolve.

     Invasive species:  a species that is: 1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and. 2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

    Adaptation: a change or the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment.

    Natural selection: the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring. The main process that drives evolution.

    Biological evolution: Evolution is change in the heritable characteristics of biological populations over successive generations

    Tuesday: Galapagos Tortoise activity and questions. 

    Wednesday/Thursday: Small-scale ecosystems hula hoop activity and discussion (click here).

    Friday: Review and vocab quiz.

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  • 10/15-10/19

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 10/15/2018 5:00:00 AM

    *Alternate schedule this week due to homecoming activities. 

    Monday: No School. 

    Tuesday: Introductory video (click here); Guided notes on Biodiversity and Evolution (click here). 

    Vocab this week: 

    Biodiversity: The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem. 

    Endangered species: A species of animal or plant that is seriously at risk of extinction. 

    Captive breeding: The process of maintaining plants or animals in controlled environments, such as wildlife reserves, zoos, or botanic gardens. 

    Endemic: Native or restricted to a certain country or area. 

    Wednesday: Textbook notes on ch. 4. 

    Thursday/Friday: Watch Rio 2; Complete worksheet on adaptations and biodiversity. 

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  • 10/8-10/12

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 10/8/2018 4:00:00 AM

    Monday: Give out Unit 2 Test Study Guide (Click here); Notes on the nitrogen cycle (Click here). 

    Tuesday: Nitrogen cycle review worksheet (Click here). 

    Wednesday/Thursday: Complete study guide; Take Unit 2 Test. 

    Friday: Make-up day. 

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  • 9/24-9/28

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 10/1/2018 6:00:00 AM

    Monday: Go over new classroom procedures. 

    Vocab this week: 

    Carbon cycle: Cyclic movement of carbon in different chemical forms from the environment to organisms and then back to the environment. 

    Photosynthesis: Process in which producers change radiant energy (sunlight) into chemical energy. Producers take in sunlight, water, and CO2 from the atmosphere. Producers give off an output of oxygen to the atmosphere. 

    Diffusion: The process by which carbon moves from the ocean to the atmosphere. When carbon-rich water is circulated to the water's surface, carbon molecules can move from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration, through this process. 

    Respiration: A process of circulating carbon through the biosphere. The cells of oxygen-consuming producers, consumers, and decomposers (both terrestrial and aquatic) carry out aerobic respiration, the by-products of which are water and CO2. 

    Compaction: The process by which carbon is solidified to form rock. 

    Tuesday: Guided notes on the carbon cycle. Click here

    Wednesday/Thursday: Carbon cycle foldable. Click here

    Friday: Text-based questions on "What is the Carbon Cycle?"

    Click here for article. Click here for questions. 

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  • 10/1-10/5

    Posted by Ashley Banta on 10/1/2018 4:00:00 AM

    Monday: Finish carbon cycle text-based questions from last week; Copy new vocab. 

    Hydrologic cycle: Cycle that collects, purifies, and distributes Earth's fixed supply of water. 

    Surface runoff: Precipitation that falls on land and flows over land surfaces into streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and the ocean, where it can evaporate and repeat the hydrologic cycle. 

    Groundwater: Precipitation that seeps into the soil and collects into an aquifer. 

    Aquifer: Porous, water-saturated layers of sand, gravel, or bedrock in which groundwater collects. 

    Tuesday: Review carbon cycle quiz; Watch video on water cycle and answer 4 questions; Water cycle notes. Click here

    Wednesday/Thursday: Finish water cycle notes; Water cycle process tracking activity. 

    Friday: Study terms; Review game; Quiz. 


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