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Weekly assignment sheet 4/7/14 Genetics and DNA  

Assignment Sheet--- 4/7-4/11/14 another good site with some tutorials and interactive punnett square problems (scroll down to find the problems_  


Monday 7th ---   Genetic Disorders. Check study guides.   Harvesting of Wisconsin Fast Plants... set seeds for germination.  Assignment:  Study for test on Wednesday covering DNA and Genetics


Tuesday 8th ---  Beyond Mendel.  Study guide and quiz discussion.  Review for test.Assignment:  Study for test on Wednesday covering DNA and Genetics.   


Wednesday 9th --- Fast Plant observations.  Genetics/DNA Test!  Assignment: Protist drawings from text for foldable (if not finished in class).  You may bring in water samples for tomorrow’s lab.


Thursday 10th--- Observations of Ponds, protist, daphnia and hydra. Assignment:  Define these words in your science notebook:  Cilia, Flagella, Eye Spot (Euglena), Contractile Vacuole


Friday 11th ---  Protist foldable and Cartoons.  Bacterial Streak Plates.  Assignment: Work on your cartoon (test grade) due Tuesday.


  • Students that attended the Disney trip will make up their test on Friday then work on protist materials over the weekend.  I am available every morning this week to help any students on any materials or concepts.


Mendel's law of segregation states that two alleles for a trait segregate (or separate) from each other during gamete formation and end up in different gametes. Thus, an egg or a sperm cell only gets one of the two alleles. 


Mendel's law of independent assortment states that pairs of alleles separate independently of other pairs of alleles during the formation of gametes. In other words, traits are inherited independently of one another. 


Beyond Mendel:  We now know things are a bit more complicated.  


These are just a few examples:

Single genes may affect several traits...the gene for melanin works in skin and hair color.


Sometimes a trait is determined by the interaction of several genes.

-genes may be co-dominant... so both proteins are made - such as a cross between red and white flowers giving pink offspring


-genes may show incomplete dominance... such as in the ABO blood types


Sometimes a trait is influenced by the environment... such as an individual that is extremely mal-nourished throughout childhood not reaching the height / size that his genetics set.


Gene Linkage has also been found ... contrary to what the law of independent assortment states, genes that are very close together on a chromosome tend to be inherited together.





Weekly assignment sheet 3/31/14 Genetics and DNA  

Assignment Sheet--- 3/31-4/4/14  

*****Test on DNA, RNA and Genetics next week!  (DNA)  (genetics)    Use these sites and the ones shown to study!      and


Monday ---  Foldable:  Transcription - Translation - Making proteins!  What about the Millers?

Study guide.   Assignment: Do the ASA questions on the back of this sheet.  Study DNA quiz and prep for notebook test on Friday... there will also be a quiz on genetics that day!   


Tuesday ---  Snorks!    Intro to genetics.  Mendel’s great discoveries.  Assignment:  Finish your Snork drawing. Prep for notebook check.  In your Holt text book, read chapter 5 section 1 about Mendel.  Copy the summary statements on page 119.’s-pea-plants/ 


Wednesday ---   Making it more Personal!  Punnett Squares... what are the chances?  

Assignment:  Bikini Bottom Genetics and be ready for a notebook check on Friday!  Game for punnett square practice!


Thursday --- Mendel’s Laws and more on inheritance.   Assignment: Study guide... due by Monday.

Notebook check and quiz on Friday!  


Friday ---   More on Punnett Squares and inherited traits.  Notebook check.  Quiz on Genetics.  

Study guide...due Monday. 


Vocabulary:    meiosis      trait        gene      genotype       phenotype      punnett square     homozygous       alleles         heterozygous    dominant     recessive     mutation           Law of Segregation       Law of Independent Assortment       


_______________1.  Tool to display the possible results of a genetic cross/allows you to predict outcomes of a cross.

_______________2.  This is a characteristic passed from one generation to another.

_______________3.  This is a trait that is always expressed if present in even 1 gene.

_______________4.  This makes sex cells-reduces chromosome number to ½ the diploid number.

_______________5. This is when the genes are different … Bb 

_______________6.  This is when both pairs of a gene are the same…BB or bb

_______________7.  Law: a parent’s genes separate during meiosis/ only 1 allele goes to the  offspring for each trait

_______________8. This is the genetic makeup for a trait- expressed as letters BB, Bb or bb

_______________9.  A Law of Mendel that says traits are inherited independently from each other.

_______________10. This is a trait not expressed unless it is seen in both genes.

_______________11.  These are the different forms of a gene.  Ex.  Eye color may be brown or blue 

_______________12. The way a trait is expressed as a result of the genotype, what we see - blue eyes

_______________13. A change of DNA that produces a change in the proteins of an organism

_______________14. A segment of DNA that has the information to build a protein

Need a bit of “extra” help?  Try these activities... complete and turn in. extra credit on this page view “What is DNA?” and “What is a Gene” then build a DNA molecule.  Next, transcribe and translate a gene.  Complete this activity  hint:  “MET” is the starting amino acid and has the code AUG... you drag the orange met amino acid circle to the starting position (this is not the 1st base!)Write the sequence of bases in your mRNA or amino acids that you put together on a sheet to turn in. 

*You can complete the “Who’s your Daddy” activity (intermediate) for extra credit



Study guide  Part 1:   Reflection Questions

1.  Which determines the other—phenotype or genotype? Explain.


2.  In pea plants, the gene for purple “P” flowers is dominant over the gene for white “p” flowers?

What is the genotype of a heterozygous purple-flowered pea plant?      

What is the genotype of a white-flowered pea plant?


3.  How is the product of meiosis different from that of mitosis?


A squirrel normally has 40 PAIRS of chromosomes in its cells.

After MITOSIS occurs, how many pairs of chromosomes would be in each of the squirrel’s body cells?

After MEIOSIS occurs, how many pairs of chromosomes would be in each of the squirrel’s sex cells?


4.  Respond to this:   “Because the offspring develops inside the female, it will be more like her.”


5.  Some offspring display more traits of their fathers and some display more of their mothers. If each parent donates one gene for each trait, how can this happen?


6.  Hanging earlobes (H) are dominant over attached earlobes (h). Complete a Punnett square showing the possible offspring from an Hh male and an hh female. Then answer the questions.


  • What are the chances of these parents having an offspring with hanging earlobes?
  • With four offspring, will two definitely have hanging earlobes and two attached earlobes? Explain.

-If an offspring has attached earlobes, can we assume its genotype is hh? Explain.


-If an offspring has hanging earlobes, can we assume its genotype is Hh? Explain.


7.  Occasionally a trait not observed in either parent appears in an offspring. How this can happen?


8.  Which parent actually determines the sex of an offspring? Explain.



9.  If a baby had the potential to be homozygous dominant, heterozygous, or homozygous recessive for a trait. What must be true about the genotypes of both of their parents for each trait?


10.  Explain the relationship between DNA, Genes, Alleles and chromosomes.



11.  Describe Down’s Syndrome.



12.  Sickle Cell Anemia is a recessive disorder.  Describe how what this condition does and how it occurs.


 13.  Color Blindness is a sex linked genetic disorder.  What does this mean?  


Usually sons inherit this trait through their mothers, explain how it works


weekly assignment sheet 1/27-31/14 More Ecology   

Science Assignment Sheet   1/27-31/14

Monday – Energy Flow through the ecosystem!    Assignment:   Study!  Complete Organism id picture.

Tuesday –   Partner Quiz.  Carrying capacity and limiting factors. Lessons of the Kaibab.  Assignment: Draw or cut out pictures to form a food web with at least 9 members.  Label each one as either a producer(include at least 2), consumer(include at least 1 at each level) or decomposer (include at least 1).  Study!  Check up on Friday to cover ecology.

Wednesday -  Producers - Planting of Wisconsin Fast Plants and Radish    Assignment: Complete at least 1/2 of your study guide by Friday.  Quiz on Friday.  

Thursday –  Plant Life Cycle.   Assignment:  Study for the quiz on Friday.

Friday –  More than Just Bait... looking at worms.   Microscopic examination and drawings.   QUIZ

Assignment:  Complete your study guide and study for next week’s test.

NewVocabulary:  Limiting Factors      Carrying capacity     food web    food chain   energy pyramid 


Energy pyramid image from




Partnered reading for Monday:

Divide the next page of your science notebook into 4 sections... the title should be “Who Eats Whom?

As you read pages 76-79, answer the following questions (using full sentences!) in each of the four sections.


Science Prefixes and Vocab                                                                               Organisms that make their own food

-auto:                                                                                                               What process allows autotrophs to make food?

-troph:                                                                                                              According to this passage, what is all food?

-hetero:                                                                                                           What is another name for autotrophs?

-autotroph:                                                                                                     What autotroph is in our class pond ecosystems?





Organisms that have to eat food                                                                      Relationships

What is another name for heterotrophs?                                               What are nematodes?

What heterotroph helps us make yogurt?                                              Sketch a food web from this section (grassland)

What are the 3 types of heterotrophs?                                                                   include at least 5 members!

Give an example of each type.

What are decomposers compared to?                                                    Do you think heterotrophs could survive without 

What do they eat?                                                                                         autotrophs...                                  why or why not?

Give 3 examples of decomposers.

                                                                                                                          Could autotrophs survive without heterotrophs?


Weekly Assignment Sheet 1/21-24/14 Ecology   

This Week in Science  1/21/14    Classification of living things!


OMM Text online: then click on Student Access on the left of the page.  Code is AMSTIOMM.  Then select the chapter .  Visit Quizlet Classification and Ecology-Adams


Tuesday:    Organisms:  Macro to Micro (OMM 1).  What are Organisms... needs and characteristics of living things.  “What’s in an Organism’s Name?” reader’s guide.  Homework:  Select your favorite organism for a project.  List 6 of its characteristics - qualitative or quantitative info.  Find it’s scientific name.


Wednesday:   Taxonomy/classification of living things.   Homework: Study vocab (see sample quiz on my webpage!). Triangle project is due on Friday.   


Rubric for Classification Triangle Project     On cardstock paper...

Common Name of your Favorite Animal          2 points

Scientific Name... separate from triangle... Proper format                 4 points

At least one picture of your animal 3 points


Classification triangle... seven layers of triangle completed            14 points


Neatness, creativity, overall presentation             2 points 

Small test grade 25 points


Thursday:     OMM 4 Levels of Organization in an Ecosystem. Ponds!  Homework:  Study vocab(see sample of quiz on my webpage!). Triangle project is due on Friday.   


Friday:     Energy Pyramid and Food Webs.   Turn in projects.   Homework:   none.


Vocabulary:   Ecology  Habitat    Niche   Biotic   Abiotic   Homeostasis  Organism     

Taxonomy    Linnaeus    Aristotle   Kingdom   Genus    Species    Population     Community                        Ecosystem     Producer (Autotroph)        Consumer (Heterotroph)                 Decomposer 



Can you label the parts of the microscope?        

What part controls the light level?                                     How do you carry a microscope?                     

What part is used to focus on low power?                         On medium or high power?

How do you determine total magnification?

The table below lists the magnification of the objective and ocular lenses on various microscopes.


Ocular Lens

Objective Lens

Total Magnification



























Assignment sheet for 1/3-10/14 Nature of Science  

This Week in Science #1       1/3/2014           The Nature of Science

Friday:  Welcome!  Introductions, syllabus and procedures. Lab safety and equipment will be introduced.  Homework:  Return your Safety Contract!  Have parents email me for a surprize!  Have your science notebook Monday or bring $1.25 to purchase one.  Explorer Activity with paragraph (see back of this sheet). 

 Monday: Science notebooks. Scientific skill building.  More on lab safety ( Discuss homework results.  Notes and discussion on scientific methods and the global nature of science. Observation and collection of data.   Homework: Lab safety sheet will be completed.  The picture should be viewed on my website and the questions should be completed on a separate sheet of paper (sheet may be printed and later glued into notebook as desired).

Tuesday:  Scientific method and controlled experiments.   Homework:  Study vocabulary.  Make sure your notebook is up to date with all materials in place.  Be ready to share your author page tomorrow!

  Wednesday:  Scientific skill building.  More on variables and controlled experiments.  Homework: Study vocabulary.  Begin study guide.

Thursday:   Scientific skill building.   Inquiry lab!       Homework:  study guide to be finished by Monday.

Friday: Vocab Check up!  Homework:  study guide to be finished by Monday.

Vocabulary:  Biology      Scientific methods      Hypothesis      Controlled experiment    Constants    Control    Trials  Dependent variable    Independent variable   Experimental group     Peer review    Bias    Theory    Scientific law            

                 Prefixes:          Bio       Cardio       Zoo        Micro          Macro

  (Quizlet:  Nature of Science - Adams


Match the type of scientist (on the left) with what they study (on the right).

Scientist Topic of Study

____ 1. Audiologist A.  heart

____ 2. Oncologist B.  Blood and blood-producing organs

____ 3. Oceanographer C.  Fungi (mushrooms, mold, yeast)

____ 4. Biologist D.  Poisons / treatment of poisoning

____ 5. Botanist E.  Insects

____ 6. Cardiologist F.  Animals

____ 7. Chemist G. Life and living things

____ 8. Ecologist H. Fish

____ 9. Embryologist I.  The structure/properties/reactions of matter

____ 10.Entomologist J.  Organisms and their environment

____ 11.Geneticist K.  The ocean

____12. Zoologist L.  Microorganisms and their effects on other living organisms

____13. Hematologist M. Development, diagnosis, prevention of tumors/cancer

____14. Histologist N.  Hearing

____15. Hydrologist O. Plants

____16. Ichthyologist P.  Formation, early growth, development of living organisms

____17. Microbiologist Q. Heredity and inherited traits

____18. Mycologist R. Nervous system and disorders affecting it 

____19. Neurologist S. The properties and effects of water on Earth

____20.Toxicologist T.  The microscopic structure of animal and plant tissues