January Weekly Plan

Friday, Jan 5th, 2018

Guiding Question/Big Idea:  Comparing Organisms in Biological Systems

Required Readings:   N/A

Due next day (Tuesday): Make sure your FlipGrid is done

Tuesday, Jan 9th, 2018

Guiding Question/Big Idea:  Immunity

Required Readings:   N/A

Due next day: Expect a mult. choice quiz applying some of the recent ideas we’ve learned.

Thursday, Jan 11th, 2018

Guiding Question/Big Idea:  Immunity

Required Readings:   Watch Crash Course Immunity Parts 1-3


Due next day (Monday): 

Monday, Jan 15th, 2018

Guiding Question/Big Idea:  Immunity

  • Biological Systems Pt 2 (Updated Jan 11th, 2018)
  • Finish Social Media and Vaccinations discussion
    – Where is the line? – What does the evidence say? –
  • Flipgrid Scavenger Hunt – (password: biology)
  • FlipGrid link for Comparing Mechanisms
  • FlipGrid feedback – do we enjoy this? I would say you are all more comfortable with it now than when we started. Would having more time be beneficial (should I buy the full version)?

Recommended Readings:   Chapter 46: Immune System (OpenSTAX)

For Next Day (Wednesday):

Wednesday, Jan 17th, 2018

Guiding Question/Big Idea:  Immunity Wrap-up and Apoptosis

  • Continuing PowerPoint – Apoptosis
  • Discussion in small groups on Health Effects of Shift Work
    – Is shift work good for us? – Would you do shift work? –

Recommended Readings:   

For Next Day (Friday):


Friday, Jan 19th, 2018

Guiding Question/Big Idea:  Environment’s Effects on Organisms

  • Finishing PowerPoint – Biological Systems Pt 2
  • Extra-credit assignment – this will count as an exam mark if you’d like to complete it (I need today to prepare it).
  • Next day we start Genetics! Expect a blog (prompts available on next class outline)!

Recommended Readings:   N/A

For Next Day (Tuesday): NEW UNIT

Tuesday, Jan 23rd, 2018

Guiding Question/Big Idea:  Introduction to Genetics

  • Genetics Blog – potential blog prompts (try commenting on other people’s blogs):
    –  Genetic Screening is a growing industry – how does it work, what are some places you can get it done in Canada, and what are the potential implications of a company testing and owning your DNA?
    – Designer Babies – is it ethical to spend money to design your baby? Is there a line? How does potentially after the wealth gap?
    – Is there a genetic link to __________ (a topic of your choosing)? Why this topic?
    – CRISPR – what is it? What are potential uses and applications of it?
    – Other?

    • Alternative: vlog? Podcast? Watch a YouTube video by the vlogbrothers (it’s Hank and John Green) for inspiration – rubric would still be similarly fulfilled (asking thought-provoking questions while providing information) –  but I’d expect your video to probably be between 5-10 minutes long.

Recommended Readings:   N/A