Daily Bio Activities

Virus Explorer

posted Nov 15, 2017, 5:19 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 6:40 AM ]

Check out the website for our introduction to viruses.  The handout goes with the second link, Virus Explorer.

Cell Membrane Online Resources

posted Nov 8, 2017, 6:08 AM by Jerrid Johansen

Here are some ONLINE RESOURCES for the Cell Membrane and Cellular Transport.

Too Much Water

posted Nov 7, 2017, 5:24 AM by Jerrid Johansen

Scientific American Article on EXCESSIVE WATER CONSUMPTION

End Result of "HOLD YOUR WEE FOR A WII."

A recipe for "GREATER-ADE."  Check out the ingredient list.

Malaria, Mutations, and Sickle-Cell Anemia

posted Oct 25, 2017, 5:19 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 8:21 AM ]

  1. Check out the background information on the connection between malaria and sickle-cell anemia.  Stop when you get to EXERCISE 1 on the top of page 7.
  2. Here is a short article explaining how sickle-cell trait offers protection from malaria

DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis

posted Oct 19, 2017, 11:52 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 11:53 AM ]

Check out the resources on DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis.  Answer the 10 multiple choice questions, and hand the bubble sheet back in before you leave class.

DNA Structure

posted Oct 13, 2017, 5:34 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 10:15 AM ]

Check out the resources about DNA Structure and Replication.  You must complete the 10 multiple choice questions before you leave class.

Trappist - 1 Planetary System

posted Sep 29, 2017, 5:59 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 6:01 AM ]

Check out the two links on the recently discovered Trappist - 1 Planetary System, and answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper: 


  1. How far away is the Trappist-1 system?
  2. What name is given to any planet that is found outside of our solar system?
  3. How many Earth-Sized Planets are in the system?
  4. How are exoplanets like those of the Trappist-1 system discovered?
  5. What type of star is Trappist-1?  What is it's temperature?  How big is it?
  6. How do the orbits of the Trappist-1 planets compare to our own solar system?
  7. What is a "Goldilocks" zone of a star?  How many of Trappist-1's planets are in the Goldilocks zone?
  8. Why are Ultra-Cool Red Dwarfs great stars to search for life?  (Give 3 reasons)
  9. How are we able to use telescopes to learn so many details about exoplanets?
  10. If you were an observer on one of these planets, what would you see in the sky?

Read the great short story, THE TERMINATOR, which is about the Trappist-1 system.  Then answer the following questions:

  1. In the 2nd paragraph, the author mentions that the planet Nuwa is in synchronous rotation.  What does this mean, and how might this characteristic affect the climate on the Trappist planets?
  2. In the 3rd paragraph, she mentions Biological Markers.  What are they, and why are they significant?
  3. In the 4th full paragraph, the author describes the ocean in the following way:  "Myriad stars riddle the waves:  bioluminescence."  What is she actually describing with this line?
  4. According to the author, how do humans perceive the radiation coming from the Trappist-1 star?
  5. How long did it take for humans to journey to Trappist-1?  How did they accomplish this?
  6. What is cool about the interplanetary distances in the Trappist system?
  7. What is significant about the Artefact on Trappist-G, Shennong?
  8. What are the multiple meanings of the title, "The Terminator?

Searching for Habitable Worlds

posted Sep 28, 2017, 5:36 AM by Jerrid Johansen

After completing the activity in class, check out these resources on exploring our solar system.

Stars and the HR Diagram

posted Sep 19, 2017, 5:41 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

Complete the activities over the life cycle of stars, and the HR Diagram.

Star In a Box Simulator

posted Sep 12, 2017, 5:34 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 5:42 AM ]

Access the STAR IN A BOX simulator.  Use the "Normal" setting.

Work with your partner to complete the STUDENT GUIDE.  It does a great job of walking you through the simulator.  You will need to jot down your responses on a separate sheet of paper.

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