Welcome to Biology!
Second Semester

  • When finished with the final, please go the the End of Year Course Evaluation.
  • When done, please return to your seat.

Tuesday June 2 - Wednesday June 3
  • FINAL REVIEW (click here)
    • Work through the review on your own.
    • Studying is an independent thing - do not visit or distract your neighbor
    • NO PHONES or other digital devices that will distract you from preparing for the final
    • DO NOT WASTE your time - this study session is for YOU to help you be successful in Biology!

Wednesday May 27
  • Frog Dissection Lab
    • Follow the instructions here.

Tuesday May 26

  1. Presentation of owl pellet skeletons.
  2. Frog Dissection Introduction Assignment
    • Click the link:
      • Do the Introduction
        • 1. Why do we Dissect?
        • 2. Draw and label the tools
      • Click the Menu Button
      • Work through the External Anatomy
        • 3. Describe the external Anatomy
      • Click the Menu Button
      • Work through the Internal Anatomy
        • 4. Describe (briefly) each of the systems you will be examining with the frog.
    • Must be completed to join dissection tomorrow.

Monday May 25

No School - Memorial Day

Wednesday May 20 - Friday May 22

Owl Pellet Dissection Lab - Continued...

Tuesday May 19

Owl Pellet Dissection Lab
  • All students must have passing grade to participate in dissection. If you are not passing, see Mr. Beals immediately to get your make-up work so you can improve your grade and join us for dissection
  • Follow the instructions entirely.
Click the link for the Owl Pellet Dissection Lab.

Monday May 18

Visual Vocabulary - Vertebrate
    Fold paper so you have 6 boxes on the front and 6 on the back.
    Vocab Quiz on Friday
    1. Invertebrate
    2. Vertebrate
    3. Chordate
    4. Notocord
    5. endoskeleton
    6. amniotic egg
    7. placenta
    8. ectotherm
    9. endotherm
    10. mammal
    11. eutherian
    12. Wild Card (choose any key word in Ch25 or Ch26)

Friday May 15

  1. Phylogenetic Tree Final
  2. Deep Tree
    • On the main page of the NOVA Evolution Lab, click the "Deep Tree" in the upper left corner
    • Watch the video
    • Choose any two organisms and explore their "relatedness"
      • Write down a brief explanation (and diagram if necessary) of how they are related
    • Continue until you have explored and written down the relatedness of 5 pairs of organisms
      • (that means 10 total organisms but you will only have 5 explanations)
    • Put a heading on your paper with "Phylogenetic Tree Final" as the assignment.

Thursday May 14

  1. Phylogenetic Tree Final

Wednesday May 13

Working with your partner:
  1. Alpine Ecology Tree ring count #2
    • Visit each of the prepared tree cores and record the number of rings and the date the tree was born.
  2. Macroinvertebrate Diversity Day #2

    Monday May 11 - Tuesday May 12
    1. We will be at Pioneer Park exploring the following:
      • Plant Diversity - Classifying characteristics/traits of plants of the park
      • Macroinvertebrate Diversity - Collecting and classifying macroinvertebrates from Pioneer Creek

    Thursday May 7 - Friday May 8

    1. Building a cladogram of leaves from Pioneer Park!
    2. Finish you Micro-ecosystems of Pioneer Park lab book
      • This included the "Analysis and Conclusion Section" and the "Living Vocabulary" on the back. 
      • Instructions for "Living Vocabulary"? Look at Tuesday May 5
    3. If you do not finish the "Micro-Ecosystem Lab Notebook" it is HOMEWORK and most be completed when you show up for the next class period of Biology - is homework if you don't get it done in class!!!

    Tuesday May 5
    • Visual Vocabulary Quiz - 14.1,14.2
    • Seats?
    • "Living Vocabulary"
      • Using the vocabulary from Chapter 14.1,14.2, choose 5 words and explain how you experienced each of these processes happening in your area of study at Pioneer Park.
        • For example:
          1. Commensalism is where one organism benefits from an ecological relationship and the other is not affected. I saw this in real life in Pioneer Park when I observed moss growing on the North side of my cottonwood tree on the banks of Pioneer Creek. The moss is using the tree as a place to root and grow so the tree must be providing structure for the moss. The tree, as far as I can tell, is gaining nothing from this relationship. This is the "commensalism" in real life!

    Monday April 27 - Thursday April 30
    • There are three assignments that must be completed. Finish them in the order listed below. Anything you DO NOT finish this week is homework and must be completed over the weekend. Do not waste time. Be respectful of your guest teacher and be amazing - OK?! Good.
      1. Assignment #1 - RSVCP: Click here for instructions.
      2. Assignment #2 - Finish your Tree Ring Analysis (instructions are posted below on Tuesday April 21)
      3. Assignment #3 - Visual Vocabulary 14.1,14.2.
      4. Remember ALL of these are due on MONDAY, MAY 4th! Have them completed!
    • Have a great week! I will tweet all the amazing things I get to do in D.C. including my meeting with President Obama! You can follow along @BealsScience

    Tuesday April 21
    • Quizlet 15 minutes of studying for tomorrow's test
    • Tree ring data analysis (First count. Click HERE for data)
                Alpine Ecology Tree Ring Data Analysis
      • 4 Groups (to be assigned)
          • 1. Find any outliers and record them as outliers
            • Do they need to be thrown out because they are too far from the others?
            • Record any outliers on your data sheet
          • 2. Find mean and median of data given to you by Mr. Beals
          • 3. Record Mean and Median on your data sheet
          • 4. Write your Mean and Median on the data sheet on the SMART Board
          • 5. Graph ALL of the tree core averages on your data sheet (use an appropriate graph!)
          • 6. Answer the following questions on your data sheet:
            • 1. Explain why you chose the outliers that you did. Be specific and justify your data.
            • 2. Is the mean and median different for the data sets? Why? What does this tell us?
            • 3. Which tree is the oldest? How old is it?
            • 4. Which tree is the youngest? How old is it?
            • 5. Explain why these preserved tree cores could be beneficial to Biologist and Ecologist 100 years from now? Be specific.

      Monday April 20

      Friday April 17
      • Vocab Quiz 13.4-.5-.6
      • Read/Outline 13.6
        • All Ch13 outlines should be done by Monday
        • They will be graded
      • Wolves of Yellowstone

      Thursday April 16

      Wednesday April 15
      • Radish check and water! (How many more days?)
      • Read/Outline 13.5 (Due tomorrow!)
      Tuesday April 14
      • Radish check and water! (How many more days?)
      • Visual Vocabulary Ch 13.4, 13.5, 13.6
        • Fold paper hot dog style then grilled stuffed burrito style. Write the definition in your own words, draw a picture to describe the definition!
        • QUIZ on FRIDAY!
        1. Decomposer
        2. Specialist
        3. Generalist
        4. Trophic Level
        5. Food Web
        6. Hydrologic Cycle
        7. Biogeochemical Cycle
        8. Nitrogen Fixation
        9. Biomass
        10. Energy Pyramid
        11. -troph
        12. -geo
      Monday April 13
      • PIR DAY!

      Friday April 10

      Thursday April 9
      • Discuss Yellowstone Wolf Paper - Trophic Cascade
      • Finish Tree Rings
      • Read/Outline 13.3,13.4
        • In notes, nicely, draw a food web (similar to p410) but with animals of Yellowstone.
        • Include:
          • Wolf, Grizzly, Elk, Deer, Moose, Eagle, Grass, Trees, Flowers, Beetles, the Sun, and 4 other animals/plants of your choosing.
          • Label each as producer or consumer.
          • Draw an arrow to show the direction that energy flows from one organism to the other
        • DUE FRIDAY!

      Wednesday April 8

      Tuesday April 7
      • Kimchee and Sauerkraut
        • ph?
        • Taste?
        • How did they form?
      • Visual Vocabulary
        • Fold your paper hot dog style then grilled stuffed burrito style. 
        • Write the word, a definition in your own words, and draw a picture to describe the definition.
          1. Producer
          2. autotroph
          3. consumer
          4. heterotroph
          5. chemosynthesis
          6. food chain
          7. herbivore
          8. carnivore
          9. omnivore
          10. detritivore
          11. -omni
          12. -hetero

      Thursday April 2
      • Assignment 1
        • Read: "Will gray wolves save the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem" by Craig Beals (thats me!)
          • This paper is part of my Master's Degree thesis where I explored the role of predators in ecosystems around the world and the effect they have on the ecosystem when they are eliminated and reintroduced. (printed handouts available or digital version at bottom of this page)
        • When finished answer the following question is a well-written paragraph with complete sentences and evidence from the paper and/or class.
          • "What did you learn?"
      • Assignment 2:
        • Continue with the Ecological Monitoring Tree Ring count from yesterday. Please be accurate in your counts! Download the pictures for better resolution (you can zoom WAY in if you download).

      Wednesday April 1

      Alpine Ecology Tree Ring Count

      Tuesday March 31

      Monday March 30
      • Bottle Biology - TerrAqua Column - Radishes Data Collection
      • Read/Outine: Ecology 13.1, 13.2.
        • When finished, see Mr. Beals for today's homework assignment.
      • Assignment: DUE TOMORROW!
        • 13.1 p400 #1,#2 (choose either #3 or #4)
        • 13.2 p404 #1,#2 (choose either #3 or #4)

      Friday March 27
      • Bottle Biology
        • Kimchee!
        • Sauerkraut!
          • See handout at bottom of page for instructions.

      Thursday March 26
      Wednesday March 25
      • Termite Races!!
        • Be sure to do the conclusion and input your data on the lab Termite Study sheet.

      Tuesday March 24

      Friday March 20
      • Vocab Quiz  -  13.1, 13.2
      • Termite study day !

      Thursdaty March 19
      • Bacteriology Data Analysis and Conclusion (see link below)

      Wednesday March 18
      • Bacteriology Day 5 and Clean up

      Tuesday March 17
      • Bacteriology - Observation only
        • Remove from incubator, examine changes (if any), return to incubator upside down and return to front of room for discussion.
      • Assignment: Visual Vocabulary 13.1,13.2 DUE WEDNESDAY AT BEGINNING OF CLASS!
        • Fold paper hot dog style, then grilled stuffed burrito style. This gives you six squares on the front and six on the back! 
        • Definition should be in your own words and should be accurate. Picture should describe the definition of the word.
            1. Ecology
            2. Community
            3. Ecosystem
            4. Biome
            5. Biotic
            6. Abiotic
            7. Biodiversity
            8. Keystone Species
            9. Eco-
            10. Bio-
            11. Ab-
            12. Sy-
      • Ecology introduction

      Monday March 16

      Wed - Fri March 11-13
      • MontCAS testing
        • Bring pencil and SSR book

      Tuesday March 10
      • Outside! - Microecosystems of Pioneer Park
        • Bring your Microecosystems Field Notebook

      Monday March 9

      Friday March 6
      • Incentive Day

      Thursday March 5
      • Chapter 11 - Evolution of populations VOCAB QUIZ
      • Day 2: Bacteriology Lab (click lab instructions from yesterday)

      Wednesday March 4

      Tuesday March 3

      • Chapter 11 Visual Vocabulary
      • DUE Tomorrow (Wednesday).
        1. Gene pool
        2. Allele frequency
        3. microevolution
        4. gene flow
        5. genetic drift
        6. bottleneck effect
        7. founder effect
        8. sexual selection
        9. Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium
        10. speciation
        11. behavioral isolation
        12. geographic isolation

      Thursday Feb 26
      • Post Test Self Evaluation: CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT FORM
      • Post Test - Fixing the problems you missed 
        • Compare answers with lab partner to see which ones you got wrong.
        • Write out the correct answers on the back of your ZipGrade
      • Finish your drawings for MicroEcosystems 
      • Pioneer Park - Microecosystems OUTSIDE
        • Gone today? See Mr. Beals for instructions.

      Tuesday Feb 24
      • TEST!
        • Evolution and Natural Selection (Chapter 10)

      Monday Feb 23
      • Turn in Review from Friday
      • Study for Test
      • Turn in Lab: BeanBugs (see attached lab sheet on the bottom of this page)

      Friday Feb 20
      • Assignment: Evolution Review (Chapter 10)
        • Ch 10 Review: #8,10,11,13,16, pg 325 #1-6 DUE MONDAY

      Tuesday Feb 17
      • Visual Vocabulary - Due TOMORROW - QUIZ ON FRIDAY!
        1. Artificial Selection
        2. Heritability
        3. Natural Selection
        4. Population
        5. Fitness
        6. Biogeography
        7. Homologous Structure
        8. Analagous structure
        9. Vestigial structure
        10. Paleontology
      Tuesday Feb 11
      • Video continued - See Monday Feb 10 for instructions.

      Monday Feb 10
      • Video: Darwin's Darkest Hour
      • Miss class? Watch the video at the link below and answer the questions on the handout "Darwin's Darkest Hour PBS" attached at the bottom of this page.

      Tuesday, February 3
      • Visual Vocabulary
        • Fold your paper hot dog style (in half long way), Fold your paper grilled stuffed burrito style (like a letter). Crease.
        • Open paper and you have 6 equally sized boxes. Use these for each word in visual vocab.
      • Chapter 10 visual vocab:
          • Write the definition of each word in your own words
          • Draw a picture to describe the definition of the word
        1. Evolution
        2. Species
        3. Fossil
        4. Catastrophism
        5. Gradualism
        6. Uniformitarianism
        7. Variation
        8. Adaptation
      Monday, February 2
      • Video: Ghost in your Genes

      YouTube Video

      YouTube Video

      Wednesday - Monday, January 21 - 26

      Biotechnology Research Project
      To secure your topic of choice click the link and write in your information

      2014 Biology Fall

      Needed supplies for Biology 2014:
      -Three Ring binder
      -Loose leaf paper
      -Writing utensils
      -Spiral Notebook
      -Biology Book
      Craig Beals,
      Apr 1, 2015, 1:43 PM
      Craig Beals,
      Mar 31, 2015, 7:28 AM