• WELCOME TO MR. HALL'S HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE  HOMEPAGE!!

    Mr. Hall: AP Bio/Living Environment/Physical Science teacher
                 
    Contact Info
     
    E-mail: dhall@hollandcsd. org          
    Phone #: (716) 537-8200 ext. 7201
     
     
    ZOOM CONNECT OFFICE HOURS for the following: 
     
    (Physical Science) Thursday  8-9am, 
     
    (Living Environment Middle School) Thursday 9-10am       (Living Environment High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     
    (AP Biology) Wednesday 9-10am
     
     YOUR ZOOM LINK HAS NOW MOVED TO AN OFFICE365 SUBHEADING TAB IN YOUR CONTENT LIBRARY CALLED ZOOMLINK.  Please log into office365 to try and locate this.
     
    Due to the current situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic,  I will be using my web homepage as a hub to get weekly instruction to you.  Ideas for instruction will be delivered in 2 to 3 day chunks.  As I am sure you already know, the idea is to provide you with learning experiences and opportunities throughout the rest of the calander school year or until otherwise advised.  In addition, there will be know expectations on handing work in or on any type of work being graded.
     
    Below, I will be posting weekly learning opportunities for all three of my classes.  This will change according to the dates listed.
    I will also be including a link for office hours through an online app called Zoom.  By clicking the link on our OFFICE365 ZOOM SUBHEADING during those office hours you will be able to communicate with me through audio and address any concerns, ask questions, or just check in and say hello! Check out the link above!
     
    Furthermore, I will be utilizing Office365 due to everyone already being familiar with its set up and how to access material.
     
    Learning opportunities from 3/18/2020-3/20-2020  (new learning opportunities have been added below these)
     
    Physical Science Class:
    • Please log on to your office365 account.  We are still currently in Unit 6 (Energy)
    • Please familiarize yourself with the newly added learning objectives once you click on the ENERGY subheading.
    • Take the time to finish your guided notes since those had already been handed out before leaving school for the weekend. 
    • By the end of the week give some of the math problems a try.  They are listed under 
    Living Environment Class:
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • Please log on to your office365 account.  We are still currently in Unit 6 (Genetics)
    • Please familiarize yourself with the newly added learning objectives once you click on the Genetics subheading.
    • Try refreshing yourself on the similarities and differences between DNA and RNA by watching an Amoeba Sisters video and drawing them for yourself
    AP Biology:
    (Not sure how this will all play out, but lets assume you will still be taking an AP Bio exam at the end of the school year) 
     
    • Please log on to your office365 account.  We are still currently working along in Chp. 15 (Chromosomal Inheritance)
    • Please familiarize yourself with the newly added learning objectives once you log into the Chp. 15 subheading.
    • We left off last week around Chp. 15.4.  In addition, if you havent already, check out the chapter summaries at the end of each chapter. They are similar to cliff notes.
    • By next week try finishing reading the chapter and check out a couple of supplemental videos I have added as links. 

     Learning opportunities from 3/23/2020-3/25/2020

     
    Physical Science Class:
    • I have listed the answers to some of the energy problems previously given.  I will go over them during office hours for those who would like additional guidance!
    • IF YOUD LIKE, TRY THE SHORT EDPUZZLE CHALLENGE by clicking on the video link JOINMYCLASS. You will have to quickly set up an account to be added to my class.  Its easy!  After you do that, watch the 4 minute video and answer the questions as you go.
    • I HAVE INCLUDED A NEW VIDEO UNDER DIGITAL OPTIONS OF AN ACTIVITY THAT SIMPLY SHOWS AN ACTIVITY YOU COULD DO FROM HOME ON HOW ENERGY CAN BE STORED AND CONVERTED.  CHECK IT OUT AND IF YOU HAVE ANY CRAFT STICKS AT HOME, TRY IT FOR YOURSELF!
    Living Environment Class:
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • HAVE I MENTIONED PROTEINS YET THIS YEAR!?  IF YOUD LIKE, TRY THE SHORT EDPUZZLE CHALLENGE by clicking on the video link JOINMYCLASS. You will have to quickly set up an account to be added to my class.  Its easy!  After you do that, watch the 8 minute video and answer the questions as you go.
    AP Biology:
    (Not sure how this will all play out, but lets assume you will still be taking an AP Bio exam at the end of the school year) 
    • LETS MAKE THIS RELEVENT SHALL WE!  SO FAR WE HAVE LEARNED THAT COVID-19 IS AN RNA CORONAVIRUS.  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.........hey prefixes, "corona"?  CHECK OUT THE CHAPTER IN YOUR TEXT BOOK ON "THE GENETICS OF VIRUSES AND BACTERIA."  I am not sure what the exact page numbers are because my book is an edition off. 
    • Later in the week we will discuss why RNA viruses have a tendency to mutate and how that effects our ability to handle them.  LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Learning opportunities from 3/26/2020-3/27/2020

    Physical Science Class:
    • I GOT A GREAT AT HOME EXPERIMENT.  Check out the short youtube clip on conservation of energy!  BUILD A simple pendulum at home (maybe not with a bowling ball attached to the bottom!  Test it on your family and dare them not to move.  Explain to them that they have nothing to fear due to the, "CONSERVATION OF ENERGY!" 
    • IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED ANY ASSIGNED PROBLEMS OR WORK, PLEASE SUBMIT THE WORK IN YOUR HOMEWORK FOLDER!
    • ************Then Join me Friday morning for breakfast with Mr. Hall where we can get caught up for a half an hour while we eat and share a little with what wwe have been all doing!!
    Living Environment Class:
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • Under your Genetics unit.  I have included a new amoeba sisters video on Translating the gentic code.  After giving this a watch, try decoding the amino acid chain found in the hormone oxytocin.  It is located in a word document under the same subheading in unit 6, "Translating the Genetic Code."
    • ************Then Join me Friday morning for breakfast with Mr. Hall where we can get caught up for a half an hour while we eat and share a little with what wwe have been all doing!!
    • IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED ANY ASSIGNED PROBLEMS OR WORK, PLEASE SUBMIT THE WORK IN YOUR HOMEWORK FOLDER!
    AP Biology:
    (Not sure how this will all play out, but lets assume you will still be taking an AP Bio exam at the end of the school year) 
    • Hello AP Students.  Hopefully you are finding ways to stay busy!  
    • I have posted a video under a viruses tab within your content library on (RETROVIRUSES) check it out.  It will give you some insight as to how COVID-19 works inside your cells.
    • ************Then Join me Friday morning for breakfast with Mr. Hall where we can get caught up for a half an hour while we eat and share a little with what wwe have been all doing!!

     

    Learning opportunities from 3/30/2020-4/01/2020

     NEW ZOOM HOURS!

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOMMonday and Thursday 8-9am
    • This week we will be sticking with both our current unit and our global current events.  (I HAVE PUT YOUR CURRENT ENERGY TOPICS UNDER A NEW UNIT HEADING LABELED UNIT 7 ENERGY, IN YOUR CONTENT LIBRARY).  I have attached a youtube video UNDER THE SUBHEADING TAB RENEWABLE AND NONRENEWABLE ENERGY.
    • In the Renewable and Nonrenewable energy folder, please watch the youtube video "How Coronavirus Quarantines Lead To A Drop In Air Pollution," by clicking the link or just pressing play on the video in your folder.
    • Afterwards, please take time to answer 3 questions in the word document under the same tab.  When completed, insert the document into your homework folder. 
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 9-10am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • This week we will be sticking with both our current unit and our global current events!  
    • Inside our genetics unit under the subheading RNA TO THE RESCUE, I have incuded a link to an article on how "RNA COULD BE USED TO DEFEAT COVID-19.  Please read the article, it is not long, and answer the questions within the attached word document.  
    • When completed, insert the document into your homework folder.
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am
    (There will be a 45 minute abbreviated AP exam.  Details as to the date, time, and method are still to come) 
     
    • I have created a review tab within your content library.  Click on it and familiarize yourself with some of the added material.
    • Recall, the current email concerning your abbreviated exam made mention that the test would pertain to units 1-6.  Click the link to familiarize yourself with those topics, and the weighted percentage attached to each unit. This will allow you to fine tune your preparation with some greater reliability. 
    • ****IN ADDITION, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL.  I HAVE SENT YOU A  KHAN ACADEMY LINK, IT HAS ALSO BEEN INCLUDED UNDER A KHAN ACADEMY SUBHEADING, IN YOUR CONTENT LIBRARY REVIEW TAB.  WHEN SIGNED IN, JOIN OUR CLASS BY CREATING A USWERNAME AND PASSWORD.  THIS WILL GIVE US ANOTHER OPTION FOR REVIEWING PRIOR CONTENT.
    • Once you have signed into our class I plan on assigning a review lesson on the "CHEMISTRY OF LIFE".

     

    Learning opportunities from 4/2/2020-4/05/2020

     NEW ZOOM HOURS!

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Monday and Thursday 8-9am
    • Heyoooooooo!  
    • In your Unit 7 Energy folder, I have included a QUIZIZZ tab. Tap the link and log in with your school email.  Be sure to use your real name, so I know who you are.
    • You may want to review your notes from the beginning of the unit before playing the game/quiz.
    • Mrs. Hall has set the bar pretty high.  See if you can beat her score 
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 9-10am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • KUDOS to all who have been doing their assigned learning opportunities!
    • Alright, I am looking to wrap up the topic of protein synthesis with a Quizizzs challenge! Tap the link "CENTRALDOGMA," under your QUIZIZZ tab and log in with your school email if you have not done so already.  Be sure to use your real name, so I know who you are.  SEE IF YOU CAN BEAT MRS. HALLS SCORE!!
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am
    (There will be a 45 minute abbreviated AP exam.  Details as to the date, time, and method are still to come) 
     
    • Hi ya'll. Since your AP exam is on units 1-6.  You could possibly see some questions from Chapters 16 & 17 which we would have potentially been wrapping up at this point. 
    • It would be my suggestion and in your best interest to read up on the material in those chapters.  The main focus would be on DNA replication (16) and Protein Synthesis (17).
    • CHECK OUT MY PRESENTATION UNDER CHP.16 & 17 OR BOZEMAN SCIENCE AP BIO VIDEOS (DNA & RNA1 AND DNA & RNA2).
    • I am continuing to try and get you logged into some new varieties of review.  At some point that will give us more options for refining our craft.  Hopefully that will prevent you from getting to bored.
    • In your review folder and under your QUIZIZZ tab, tap the link "TAPMETOJOIN," and log in with your school email.  Be sure to use your real name, so I recognize who you are.
    • Try the AP Bio Unit 1 quiz and see how you do.

    Learning opportunities from 4/6/2020-4/08/2020

    UPDATED OFFICE HOURS FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCE

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 8-9am
    • Heyoooooooo! I have hopefully for the last time changed my zoom hours
    • I am looking to start a new topic/unit this week.  TURN UP THE HEAT!  Seriously though, its spring, where is the warmth!
    • Check out your presentation in the Unit 8 folder (Heat).  Take notes on both presentations.  You may use my guided notes or try taking them yourself on paper or on your tablet.  It's your world and I am just living in it.  We will catch up on some of the new content on Thursday.
    • While you are at it, try some of the instant water freezing tricks at home!! 
    • Be sure to check out the welcome page for wednesday night updates!
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 9-10am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • In your Genetics unit, locate the MUTATIONS TAB.
    • I have uploaded a link to an extremely quick nearpod assignment that involves 2 slides, a quick video and a whopping 2 follow up questions.
    • All you have to do is click the link "proteinerrors" and check it out!
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am
    (There will be a 45 minute abbreviated AP exam.  Details as to the date, time, and method are still to come) 
     
    • Hopefully everyone got my email regarding some of the changes and information on your AP Biology exam.
    • Congratulations to those students trying some of the review material I have assigned.
    • This week I want to begin posting some new content that you should cover before taking your AP exam.  We still have a month and a half so that should be ample time to go over some new stuff and review.  The new material is on Unit 6 which is mostly 3 chapters in your book 16, 17, 20 and a little of 18.  THESE ARE IMPORTANT CHAPTERS.
    • I want to start in order, with Chapter 16, by having you all take a look at your chapter 16 presentation.  There are a bunch of quick videos and links that you should not overlook within the presentation. 
    • TRY SOMETHING NEW!  Add something to our collaboration space about the contributions of the many scientists involved in unlocking the secrets to DNA being the genetic material.  If you add just a single piece of knowledge that you obtained on section 16.1, we can create a study sheet, not only for the chapter but for your AP exam as well!! Remember, the exam is open notes!

     

     

    Learning opportunities from 4/9/2020-4/12/2020

    UPDATED OFFICE HOURS FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCE

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 8-9am
    • Heyoooooooo! I have hopefully for the last time changed my zoom hours
    • I am looking to start a new topic/unit this week.  TURN UP THE HEAT!  Seriously though, its spring, where is the warmth!
    • LETS GET OLD SCHOOL!  After reviewing your notes on Heat Energy, try the link located in the EDPUZZLE tab for a Bill Nye blast from the past video, with questions on heat.  Its one off my favorite Bill Nyes!
    • If you havent already done one of my edpuzzles, you may have to create a username and password.  Otherwise you should already have it assigned to you once you click the link.
    • After this, I think we will be ready for some at home expeeriments starting next week!
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 9-10am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • GREAT JOB TO THOSE OF YOU WHO CRUSHED THAT NEARPOD ACTIVITY!!  All that completed the presentation, seemed to grasp the concepts I was looking for on the two open ended questions!
    • I have added two simple videos to finish the week, both are on selective breeding, which you should have read about in your genetics presentation.
    • The second link is an EDPUZZZLE video with a few questions sprinkled in, and really short!  Finish this for a quick assignment check.
    • Last, I would like you to write a quick blurb (2-3 sentences) in your homeork folder, as to why selective breeding certain animals for desired traits can be bad. What can this type of "breeding sometimes lead to? 
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am
    (There will be a 45 minute abbreviated AP exam.  Details as to the date, time, and method are still to come) 
    • Congratulations to those students trying some of the review material I have assigned.
    • Try logging into your AP CollegeBoard account.  There is a ton of information on the upcoming AP exam.  It is kind of a busy website, but if you get used to navigating it, you can look at AP questions (MC and FR) from last years test, and all units that will be covered on the 2020 AP exam.  **NEW STUFF in your folders
    • I have added an AP CollegeBoard tab in your AP Biology review folder.  In it you will find a link to the webcast video that was shared by the Collegeboard with AP teachers.  It talks about what to expect on your exam, screening for cheating, open book format of the test, and 14 minutes in a brief description of your free response questions.
    • I have also added an AP BIO Unit 2 quiz within your Quizizz tab, in case you want to brush up on your Unit 2 content (The Membrane/stucture, function and transport).  

    (I will leave this up until we move on from chapter 16

    TRY SOMETHING NEW!  Add something to our collaboration space about the contributions of the many scientists involved in unlocking the secrets to DNA being the genetic material.  If you add just a single piece of knowledge that you obtained on section 16.1, we can create a study sheet, not only for the chapter but for your AP exam as well!! Remember, the exam is open notes!

     

    Learning opportunities from 4/13/2020-4/15/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 8-9am   

    • Alright, lets try an at home activity this week.  
    • You will find a word document in your Heat unit folder under "Lab Activity," with the objectives, materials you'll need, and the directions of course.
    • Remember you will be dealing with heat, so you may need parenatl supervision if you are prone to accidents!  But seriously, always use caution when dealing with hot objects.
    • Try and answer the questions that go along with the lab, save your work and share it with me in your homework folder!
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 9-10am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • GREAT JOB TO THOSE OF YOU WHO CRUSHED THAT EDPUZZLE ACTIVITY!!  
    • WE ARE MOVING ON TO A NEW UNIT THIS WEEK......Unit 7 EVOLUTION! 
    • Check out your presentation and guided notes in your Unit 7 folder.  If you have a printer, you may obviously print your guided notes. Otherwise, take your own notes on lined paper.
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th)
    • Try the AP Unit 3 Review in your Quizizz tab.  We will review some of the problems people seemed to consistently struggle with on the Unit 2 Review quiz.
    • There is also a new tab in your review folder called ALBERT RESOURCES.  Click the tab and try setting up an account.  This is a site recommended by the AP COLLEGEBOARD.  It looks like a potentially great resource.   However, I'm not sure what we will have access to in the free version.  Try setting up an accout either way and using the class passcode to join.

     

    Learning opportunities from 4/16/2020-4/19/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 8-9am   

    • Can you handle another at home experiment!!
    • You will find a word document in your Heat unit folder under "Lab Activity FIREPROOF BALLOON," with the objectives, materials you'll need, and the directions of course.  I strongly recommend parental supervision and that they are home when you do this.  Also recommended are some form of eye protection.
    • Again, always use caution when dealing with hot objects. 
    • If you dont have the materials to do the experiment at home, then click the following link and watch the video.  
    • When finished with the experiment or the video, try and answer the 3 follow up questions, save your work and share it with me in your homework folder, just like last time.
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 9-10am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • Heyyyyooooooooooo! Hope everyone is well!
    • I still want you working on your notes for this week but I would like you to check out this great video on Evolutionary Forms of Evidence, that I included in your Evolution folder under, " Stated Clearly video."  This video coincides with the first part of your guided notes, which focuses on scientific evidence that shows how different organisms have evolved from commonly shared ancestors.
    • Thats it, try and finish your notes for this week and check out the video!
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
    • Please check out the sample free response questions tab in your AP Biology Review folder.  
    • Try FREE RESPONSE QUESTION #3
    • Start by retyping or rewriting the questions a-c before answering.  After retyping the question start a timer, my suggestion is 20 minutes, and try finishng in that alloted time.
    • After completeing your responses, upload your written or typed document into your homework folder for review.

    Learning opportunities from 4/20/2020-4/22/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 8-9am   

    • Kudos to those trying the lab experiments at home!! Isn't science awesome!!  Here is another one for you to try at home!
    • I have shared a link to an EDPUZZLE video that will help guide you through your next lab along with a lab document under the tab labeled LAB CONVECTION CURRENTS.  The link says convection currents in the tub.  
    • Again, if you dont have the materials to do the experiment at home, then just watch the video and answer the questions in your lab.
    • When finished with the experiment and the video, answer the questions in the lab, save your work and share it with me in your homework folder, just like last time.
    • In addition, take a picture or share a quick video and upload them into your homework foldr using your laptops camera! 
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 9-10am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • I am hoping that most of you have had enough time to get a look at the full Evolution Unit presentation and take some notes.
    • Moving forward I want to focus on the "5 Fingers of Evolution."  A simple way to remember the main evolutionary pathways with which a species may evolve.
    • Remember, Evolution starts with variation within a species! 
    • Watch the EDPUZZLE assigned to you.  It is located in the 5 fingers tab, within your evolution folder.  Answer the questions within to help reinforce some of the key topics in your notes.  Good Luck!
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
    • Keep up the work, for those of you who are trying to progress forward.  Your AP exam is one month away!  
    • We can talk about last weeks free response question via zoom on Wednesday
    • I have assigned a new AP Bio Unit 4 review quiz under your QUIZIZZ tab in your AP Review folder.  Give it a shot so you are brushing up on old topics and terminology.
    • I have added an AP review lesson of the week on Membrane Transport in your AP Biology Review Folder.  These APCOLLEGE BOARD videos are worth watching and often go over related questions at the end.

    Learning opportunities from 4/23/2020-4/26/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS, I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 9AM!!!!!!!
    • Alright, your last task for this unit is a familiar form of review!!
    • In your Heat folder, click on the little review book tab and at home I would like you to create a little book of review.  This is no different then what we used to do in class.
    • You can either print the sheet out with the headings already printed or use a blank sheet of paper and write them in yourself.
    • Don't forget, on each page, write the definition, and include a drawing depicting an example of the phenomena described.
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • Looks like many of you were able to survive a million years and all the hurddles nature brings along with it.
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
    • Keep up the work, for those of you who are trying to progress forward.  Your AP exam is one month away!  
    • You can still tackle your AP BIO Unit Reviews under your QUIZIZZ tab in your AP Review folder.  Give them a shot so you are brushing up on old topics and terminology.
    • For the rest of the week, try a NEW FREE RESPONSE QUESTION by again, clicking the link in your free response questions tab.
    • Take a look at FREE RESPONSE QUESTION #8, it focuses on Unit 2 concepts (Cell structure and function) with a heavy focus on transport, diffusion, and directionality.
    • Start by retyping or rewriting the question along with a-b before answering.  After retyping the question start a timer, my suggestion is 20 minutes, and try finishng in that alloted time.
    • After completeing your responses, upload your written or typed document into your homework folder for review.

    Learning opportunities from 4/27/2020-4/29/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS, I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 9AM!!!!!!!
    • Alright, your last task for this unit is a familiar form of review!!
    • In your Heat folder, click on the little review book tab and at home I would like you to create a little book of review.  This is no different then what we used to do in class.
    • You can either print the sheet out with the headings already printed or use a blank sheet of paper and write them in yourself.
    • Don't forget, on each page, write the definition, and include a drawing depicting an example of the phenomena described.
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS (if you are in my 8th grade class), I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 10AM!!!!!!!
    • Looks like many of you were able to survive a million years and all the hurddles nature brings along with it!!
    • I would like you to check out this edpuzzlevideo on Natural Selection, that I included in your Evolution folder under, " Natural Selection tab."  This video focuses on how random events can lead to modifications/variations that are better adapted to an organisms environment!
    • Thats it.  Give it a watch and answer the questions embedded in the video.
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
    • Keep up the work, for those of you who are trying to progress forward.  Your AP exam is one month away!  
    • We can talk about last weeks free response question #8 via zoom on Wednesday.  If you haven't had a chance to do it, give it a whirl.
    • I was going to assign you another review quiz and video but thought I would kill 2 birds with one stone.
    • Go into your AP Bio Review folder and under the EDPUZZLE tab there is a link.  Click it and join the class by using either your email or username and password.  I can't remember which it prompts you with.  
    • Once in, you should see the video.  It is a review lesson on enzymes with embedded questons.  
    • Pay attention to the beginning, when the host goes over a water potential question from the lesson before.  This is a concept from way back in the beginning of the year.  This is a good opportunity to see an equation from your reference sheet being put into action.  Remember all equations will be given to you, you just have to know how to use them.
    • This is another good reason to utilize the AP review lessons given through the college board website.    

    Learning opportunities from 4/30/2020-5/01/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS, I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 9AM!!!!!!!
    • If you haven't finished your little book of Heat, try and get that done before moving on to your Quizizz assinment for the rest of the week.
    • Don't forget, on each page, write the definition, and include a drawing depicting an example of the phenomena described.
    • Once done,  you may use your notes, labs or little book to complete a simple quiz on Heat.
    • It is located in your Heat Unit folder under the Heat Quiz tab.  Click the link inside and VOILA!
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS (if you are in my 8th grade class), I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 10AM!!!!!!!
    • In your notes I menion the Peppered Moths from England as a real life example of Natural Selection that was observable by scientists!
    • If you have finished your Natural Selection video, find your Online Labs tab in your evolution folder and you will find a new virtual lab labeled Peppered Moths.
    • Open it up, and control click the link at the top.  Answer the questions as you read about the impact of pollution on the environment and how this lead to a drastic change in the peppered moths species.  In addition, play the game at the end and test your predatory eye as you play the role of selecting agent!
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
    • Keep up the work, for those of you who are trying to progress forward.  Your AP exam is one month away!  
    • You can still tackle your AP BIO Unit Reviews Lesson within EDPUZZLE.  
    • For the rest of the week, try a NEW FREE RESPONSE QUESTION by again, clicking the link in your free response questions tab.
    • Take a look at FREE RESPONSE QUESTION #7, it focuses on a couple different concepts including a basic understanding of RESPIRATION and PROTEIN SYNTHESIS.
    • This wouldnt be more than a 15 minute FRQ and is pretty straight forward.
    • Though this is not that difficult of a question, it does involve basic knowledge of Chp. 17 which we did not get to in class.  Also, if a question seems simple and straight forward, be sure to be as specific as possible by mentioning processes.  In addition, always be sure to make connections and show the relationships of interacting molecules within processes and the impact on cells/tissues/systems....etc.  (emergent perspectives)!
    • Start by retyping or rewriting the question along with a-b before answering.  After retyping the question start a timer, my suggestion is 20 minutes, and try finishng in that alloted time.
    • After completeing your responses, upload your written or typed document into your homework folder for review.

     

    Learning opportunities from 5/3/2020-5/6/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS, I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 9AM!!!!!!!
    • Heyyyyyyyy warmer weather!!!!
    • If you haven't had a chance to finish your quizizz assignment it is still open for you to give it a try.
    • We are going to start a new unit on ENERGY WAVES this week (Unit 8). 
    • Check out your presentation in the Unit 9 folder (Energy Waves (Sound and Light).  Take notes on the presentation.  You may use my guided notes or try taking them yourself on paper or on your tablet.  We will catch up on some of the new content on Thursday.
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS (if you are in my 8th grade class), I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 10AM!!!!!!!
    • Alright, I hope you enjoyed some warmer weather this weekend. Heeeeyyyyyyyy Mayyyy!
    • We are almost to the end of this unit.  Lets start this week off with a short EDPUZZLE video on SPECIATION, seeing as how the whole point of evolution kind of leads up to this moment.  
    • I would like you to check out the edpuzzlevideo on Speciation, that I included in your Evolution folder under, you guessed it, wait for it, .........." Speciation tab."  This video focuses on how new species may form and why not all organisms can breed to form new species.
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons          Past FRQs (Focus on FRQs 1&4)
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
    • What a beautiful weekend!!
    • HOPEFULLY BY NOW YOU ARE ALL SIGNED UP FOR THE FIRST ADMINISTRATION OF YOUR AP EXAM. IT IS ONLY 3 WEEKS AWAY.  IF YOU ARE NOT AND ARE HAVING PROBLEMS, PLEASE CONTACT ME AND LET ME KNOW.
    • We can talk about last weeks free response question #7 via zoom on Wednesday.  If you haven't had a chance to do it, give it a whirl.
    • I will be checking and getting back to you on your responses tomorrow with corrections and comments. 
    • We have talked enough about PROTEINS this year soooooooo, I am going to assign another review video in EDPUZZLE for the beginning of the week on Protein Synthesis.  This will be a lead up to your FRQ #1 2019, I will be assigning on Wednesday.  The question emphasizes an understanding of protein synthesis leading to gene expression.
    • Also, I sent you all an email with a quick link to the AP College Board page that gives you access to past exam FRQs.  I also stuck it at the top of this welcome page weekly update.  UTILIZE THIS UNIQUE ACCESS TO FREE RESPONSE QUESTIONS.  PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT and if you have questions on anything beyond what I am assigning, please feel free to reach out.  

    Learning opportunities from 5/7/2020-5/10/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS, I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 9AM!!!!!!!
    • Easy rest of the week. Hopefully you have had a chance to work through some notes.  I haven't had any questions from you all so far.  
    • Check out the Bill Nye heat folder and click on the edpuzzle link within.
    • PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to some of the terminology on wave characteristics such as; frequency, amplitude, crest, trough, .....etc.
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS (if you are in my 8th grade class), I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 10AM!!!!!!!
    • We are almost at the end of the unit!!!!!!!  Easy rest of the week ahead.
    • If you have not finished your edpuzzle on speciation try and finish it up.  It will be the only assignment I will ask you to turn in this week.
    • I have uploaded your Jeopardy Review game on Evolution.  If you get a chance, try it out yourself or challenge someone in your family, possibly a sibling who has already taken the course?
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons          Past FRQs (Focus on FRQs 1&4)
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
     
    • You can still tackle your AP BIO Unit Reviews Lesson within EDPUZZLE.  
    • For the rest of the week, try a NEW FREE RESPONSE QUESTION by again, clicking the link in your free response questions tab.
    • Take a look at FREE RESPONSE QUESTION #1
    • Recall this will be a similar type question to what you will see for the 25 minute response (Interpreting and evaluating experimental results)
    • Start by retyping or rewriting the question along with a-b before answering.  After retyping the question start a timer, my suggestion is 20 minutes, and try finishng in that alloted time.
    • After completeing your responses, upload your written or typed document into your homework folder for review.
    • DON'T BE AFFRAID TO TRY OTHER FREE RESPONSE QUESTIONS FROM PAST TESTS and check out any links I have sent you via email that you have yet to look at.
    • If you need help or have questions on any review topics, or exam day preparations, please reach out to me.

    Learning opportunities from 5/11/2020-5/12/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS, I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 9AM!!!!!!!
    • I have assigned two short EDPUZZLES for the beginning of the week.  Both videos are short, and great examples on how to build an interactive demonstration of an energy wave at home, using some very simple household items.  You can find them under the CANDY WAVE MACHINE tab.
    • They describe slightly different aspects which is why I assigned both.  Each video is only 4 minutes with a handful of questions each.
    • In past years we have built this in class.  If you have some of the items at home, give it a whirl.  Marshmallows can be easily substituted for the candy.  
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS (if you are in my 8th grade class), I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 10AM!!!!!!!
    • WE ARE MOVING ON TO A NEW UNIT THIS WEEK......Unit 9 ECOLOGY! In most years your Regents is loaded with ecology topics so we will spend some time on this topic.
    • Check out your presentation and guided notes in your Unit 9 folder.  If you have a printer, you may obviously print your guided notes. Otherwise, take your own notes on lined paper.
    • Your Presentation is broken into 3 parts.  Start with Presentation 1, Ecological Relationships! 
    • To go along with your notes on presentation 1, there is a video to reinforce some of the major concepts;  predator/prey, symbiotic relationships....etc.
    • Challenge yourself to the EDPUZZLE when you are done with your notes! 
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons          Past FRQs (Focus on FRQs 1&4)
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
     
    • 1 WEEK TO GO!
    • Alright, I have added a tab called AP PRACTICE EXAM #1 to your AP Review Folder.
    • There is a link to a youtube video with 2 questions, along with a timer that will help simulate the actual testing experience.  
    • Included, is a word document for each question.  They are kind of hard to see on the youtube video. Try typing your responses in the word documents that I inserted and submit them to your homework folder for review. 
    • **Before trying question 2 of the practice exam.  Watch the crash course on photosynthesis.  It is only 13 minutes long but we did not cover this in class.  Remember, the processes of photosynthesis (anabolic) and cell respiration (catabolic) are very similar in nature yet technically the inverse of one another.  

    Learning opportunities from 5/14/2020-5/17/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS, I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 9AM!!!!!!!
    • Heyyoooo!
    • In your Energy waves folder there is a tab labeled "BATMAN."  Use the link within, to watch an inspirational TEDTALK on a man who uses wave energy to uniquely perceive his surroundings and help himself and others navigate the world.  
    • This is a great mesh of the physical sciences, along with some biology you have to look forward to.
    • After watching the video, I would like you all to write me a short, grammatically correct, 5-7 sentence paragraph.  In your paragraph, be sure to describe and explain in your own words how Daniel Kish navigates and makes sense of the world around him.  Be sure to use at least 3 physical science terms from your notes relating to sound energy in your explanation.
    • Create a tab within your homework folder or upload your summary into your homework folder when you complete your summary response.
    lLiving Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS (if you are in my 8th grade class), I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 10AM!!!!!!!
    • Hopefully most of you have had a chance to get through the first presentation of your notes and have given the EDPUZZLE a look-see
    • Lets try and combine a simple lab activity along with enjoying nature the rest of the week!  I know we are supposed to get some rain, but if you get a chance, get outdoors and make some observations.
    • Under your Labs tab within your ecology unit, open the word document labeled BACKYARD SCAVENGER HUNT.  Answer the questions and turn it into your homework folder when you have completed it.
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons          Past FRQs (Focus on FRQs 1&4)
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
    • Almost there!
    • As I told many of you earlier.  I have included a last review link in your AP Review folder.  It is a condensed crash course on various forms of cell communication.  I would highly recommend watching it and would be fairly confident in assuming that one or both of your questions on Monday, will involve some explanations involving cell communication.
    • The tab is labeled "Various Forms of Cell Communication."
    • In addition to the AP review crash course, I have thrown in two relatively short videos on Nerve Cell Specific Communication.  Remember that neighboring cells communicate based off of the interaction of various molecules and their receptors.  However, these videos will familiarize you with some nerve cell specific terminology.
    • When you finish, take a look at 2019 Free Response Question #4 and try it out.  
    • In addition to looking at and responding to any questions you are working on, I will extend some additional office hours at our regular time (9am) on Friday and on Sunday at 8pm for any questions or concerns you may have, or if you just would like to touch base with me before your test.
    • Keep pushing forward and keep an eye out for your e-ticket which should be sent to your AP email by this weekend.

    Learning opportunities from 5/18/2020-5/21/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS, I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 9AM!!!!!!!
    • I hope everyone is well and enjoyed the weather this weekend!
    • Don't forget to turn in your summary on the real life batman, Daniel Kish.
    • Easy start of the week.  Check out the EDPUZZLE "WAVE BEHAVIOR REVISITED" link, under the Wave Behavior tab.  
    • Compare and contrast the many differences in which waves can interact with the environment around you.  Thats it!
    lLiving Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS (if you are in my 8th grade class), I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 10AM!!!!!!!
    • Well, hopefully mother nature gave everyone some excuses to get outside and connect with her!
    • CHO CHO CHON CHONP!!!!!  If anyone needs a reminder of how important specific elements are to the human body then you might wanna click this link....Have you met the Elements! 
    • We started the year talking about the chemistry needed throughout the human body, but how do these chemicals get recycled on a much larger scale!?
    • To start the week, click on your presentation 2 tab "Biochemical cycles," and complete the AMEOBA SISTERS EDPUZZLE on the Carbon and Nitrogen cycles.
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons          Past FRQs (Focus on FRQs 1&4)
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
     

     BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR EXAM TOMORROW!

    Learning opportunities from 5/21/2020-5/24/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS, I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 9AM!!!!!!!
    • There is a tab in your Waves Unit Folder labeled wave velocity problems.
    • Using your understanding of wave characteristics, try to answer the problems within the word document WAVE VELOCITY.
    • When complete, turn the document into your homework folder.
    • If you are struggling with any of the problems, there is a video tutorial with some examples.  Give it a try!
    lLiving Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • CHECK OUT YOUR NEW OFFICE HOURS (if you are in my 8th grade class), I PUSHED IT BACK AN HOUR TO 10AM!!!!!!!
    • HEY ALL!!!!!
    • There is a new tab inside your ecology unit folder labeled THE HUMAN BOTFLY!  Read the brief article on this slightly disturbing symbiotic relationship.
    • When finished answer the question at the bottom of the document by listing an example of each of the 3 forms of symbiotic relationships!
    • Turn it into your homework folder when complete.
    • If you dare, and don't mind being grossed out, look up a video of a human botfly being distracted from a person, pretty nasty!
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons          Past FRQs (Focus on FRQs 1&4)
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
     
    • Congrats to those of you who finished your exam this week! I am seriously proud of those who put forth the effort and stuck it out to the end.  I know it wasn't easy.
    • You have the rest of the week off!
    • Check my welcome page this Sunday for a new learning objective.  I will do my best to keep it light considering there are only a few weeks left. 
    • Weekly Zoom hours will continue as scheduled so make sure you are doing your best to check in with me weekly!

    Learning opportunities from 5/25/2020-5/31/2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Little Inspiration   Inky Johnson "It's Not Just About You"

    Physical Science Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - Thursday 9-10am   

    • Goodbye Spring, hellloooooo summer.  I hope you all enjoyed your memorial day weekend! 
    • I have an easy experiment that you should all be able to try at home!  Check out the Amazing Light Tricks tab in your energy waves folder and complete the very brief edpuzzle.
    • After you complete the edpuzzle, try the experiment yourself, at home.
    • When complete, take a picture of your experiment and provide a 2-3 sentence explanation of this mystifying phenomena using some terminology you have learned about the behavior of light energy.
    • Upload you response and picture into your homework folder!
     
    Living Environment Class:  ZOOM ZOOM - (Middle School) Thursday 10-11am       (High School) Tuesday 9-10am
     (Lets assume there will still be a Regents exam at the end of the year by covering some of the topics we have yet to reach this year)
    • I hope you all had an amazing memorial day weekend!!!  Pretty pumped about the weather.
    • For those of you who braved watching some human botfly extractions......I TOLD YOU SO!
    • I am going to lay out both your assignments for the week today.  You will have the rest of the week (Sunday) until I post something new.
    • First, locate the tab Limiting Factors and Population tab in your Ecology unit folder and watch/complete the EDPUZZLE.
    • If you can and wish to exceed expectations, try the "Oh Deer" lab, located within your labs tab.  This lab is easiest to conduct if you have 4 or more people in your family and can convince them to play!!  This is typically one of my lab favorites with students during the spring and is a great opportunity to get outside and run around.  
    • The first two pages of the lab are directions and should be pretty simple to try.  I can also explain it to you on Thursday during zoom hours if you are still confused.
    • If you cannot get enough people to play, simulate your own populstion vs limiting facotrs relationship, using organisms and limiting factors of your choice.  
    • Fill in the table and complete the graph based off of how you believe tme would impact your variables (organism and limiting factors).
    AP Biology:  ZOOM ZOOM - Wednesday 9-10am  AP Biology Video Review Lessons          Past FRQs (Focus on FRQs 1&4)
     
    (Check out the subfolder labeled AP College Board for information on your upcoming AP exam on May 18th) 
     
    • Hellllllooooooo sunshine, helllllllllloooooooo vitamin D!!
    • While I know you guys have finished your AP Bio exam, I am stilll going to hit you up with a couple more learning opportunities, at the expense of a future couple months of potential lag in cognition.
    • In recognition and appreciation of all the sun we have gotten over the past weekend I thought we could talk about vitamin D and its connection to covid.
    • Under the Vitamin D tab in your Covid related folder, check out the link.  It includes a Joe Rogan podcast where he interviews doctor Rhonda Patrick.
    • She sheds some really interesting information on covid-19 and some ways in which vitamin D impacts peoples immunity, and overall health, along with how it relates to geography (like living in Buffalo) and different social/ethnic groups.  
    • Watch the first 45 minutes, and write me 2-3 sentences on 1-2 ways vitamin D can specifically relate to the recent pandemic.
    • You have the rest of the week to complete this!