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Biology DOSAQA Fall Semester 2016-2017

Biology Fall Semester DAQA 2017-2018
References/resources and misc. information

D: 8/31/17  Week 0.5

A: nature of science puzzle activity for seating chart; “Getting acquainted” sheet

D: 9/1/17 Week 0.5

A: bingo; sharing of “Getting acquainted;” mystery checks!


D: 9/4/17 Week One

A: Labor Day Holiday


D: 9/5/17 Week One

A: start DAQAs (5 min); Breathing (1 min); bathroom/hall passes; course syllabus; obligation points (OPs); start Mystery checks

Q: What are the 5 group norms for our class?


Patience by Gilbert & Sullivan

24th Street Theater: 2791 24th St., Sacramento, CA 95818

Fridays - September 8, 15, & 22, 2017 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays - September 9, 16, & 23, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sundays - September 10, 17, & 24, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.

(Doors open half an hour before the show times listed above.)


Purchase online at

$15 Child/Senior - children (12 and under), seniors (65+).

$18 Students and SARTA - Members of the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance.

$20 General admission.

Seating is unreserved, but accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request.

D: 9/6/17 Week One

A: Mystery checks; Metric review?

Q: What number is the metric system based on? Why does that make conversions in the metric system easier than our system of measurement?


D: 9/7/17 Week One

A: finish “Mystery Checks;” metric review

Q: What is a “Hypothesis?”


HW: finish questions on “Mystery Checks” WS


D: 9/8/17 Week One

A: finish metric review; Graphing practice (OP#1-4); turn in signature page

Q: Explain the difference between independent and dependent variables.


HW: Finish graphing practice if NOT done in class

Pick up textbooks @11:30

Measurement video:  

The Metric System      10:56 min

D: 9/11/17 Week Two

A: update OP sheet; Turn in First week DAQAs; discuss graphs; Start “Know your Seed” Part 1 and Part 3

Q: List two observations and two inferences about the person sitting to your right at your table. (be polite and respectful when making your inferences!)


HW: Finish part 3 of “Know your seed”

D: 9/12/17 Week Two

A: discuss graphs; Really start “Know your seed (parts 1& 3); part 2 later in the period

Q: What is the difference between a quantitative and a qualitative observation?


HW: finish “Know your Seed”


D: 9/13/17 Week Two

A: Magic Cylinders; hand out Measurement lab and start parts A,B and E.

Q: What are the required parts of a graph?


HW: Read all parts of measurement lab


D: 9/14/17 Week Two

A: tour lab; review safety rules; continue Measurement lab parts A, B & E in the lab room (parts C & D tomorrow in lab room)

Q: Why is it important to follow directions CAREFULLY in science?


The Metric system film          10:56 min  

Video: How to use an electronic balance

D: 9/15/17 Week Two

A: finish Measurement lab (C & D); gather class data (calculate your average % accuracy and put on board!)

Q: Write down the formulas for % error and % accuracy.



D: 9/18/17 Week Three

A: finish collecting and analyzing data (calculations, questions and graph - all required parts of a graph); start Scientific Process PPT NM

Q: What is a “line of best fit?”


HW: finish Measurement lab if not done in class; due tomorrow!


A line of best fit is a straight (or curved) line that best represents the data on a scatter plot.
This line may pass through some of the points, none of the points, or all of the points

D: 9/19/17 Week Three

A: turn in measurement lab; assignment/score sheet; zero lesson; finish PPT; start root words

Q: List the steps of the scientific process


D: 9/20/17 Week Three

A: root words

Q: Why is it important to learn root words?


HW: Finish root word paper (OP stamp) – due Friday

D: 9/21/17 Week Three

I’m gone Roshashana

A: Measurement squares in class; Metric system challenge WS – finish for HW if not done in class



D: 9/22/17 Week Three

A: OP stamp root word HW; finish Measurement square puzzle; Movie: The Human Family

Q: What is your most interesting root word example? Explain why it is interesting!!


Test next week – metric system, measuring, scientific process, root words

D: 9/25/17 Week Four

A: continue Movie: The Human Family

Q: How would you explain the concept of diversity?


Test later this week – metric system, measuring, scientific process, root words

D: 9/26/17 Week Four

A: finish Movie: The Human Family; characteristics of living things

Q: How do you know something is “alive?”


Test Friday – Scientific process, metric system, root words, graphing

D: 9/27/17 Week Four

A: Odd One Out; start Unity and Diversity PPT and Doodle sheet?

Q: What made it difficult to find the “odd one out?”


Test Friday– metric system, measuring, scientific process, root words

8 T/F, 15 MC, Short answer: measurement lab type questions, 5 root word definitions, graphing problem. Total 42 points.

HW: finish Metric system challenge WS

D: 9/28/17 Back to school Night Week Four

A: Unity & Diversity PPT

Q: How did Linnaeus classify living things? Hint(Kids playing catch on freeways get smashed)


Test tomorrowmetric system, measuring, scientific process, root words

8 T/F, 15 MC, Short answer: measurement lab type questions, 5 root word definitions, graphing problem. Total 42 points.

D: 9/29/17 Week Four

A: Test – Setting the stage

D: 10/2/17 Week Five

A: score sheet update; OP sheet update; finish UD PPT; Begin Model 1 – Population dynamics

Q: What is your definition of the concept of “extinction?”


HW: read article; answer questions

D: 10/3/17 Week Five

A: (OP stamp for HW); continue Model 1

Q: What are some of the causes of extinctions?


D: 10/4/17 Week Five

A: continue Model 1

Q: What are some ways that humans have impacted extinctions?


D: 10/5/17 Week Five

A: share reading information (“say something” protocol); begin Model 1 simulation game

Q: Why is Isle Royale such a wonderful natural laboratory? Give at least two reasons.


D: 10/6/17 Week Five

A: Model 1 (evaluate simulation game)

Q: In the Isle Royale Moose Survival Simulation game what are the three ways that moose can die?


Homecoming rally schedule

D: 10/9/17 Week Six

A: continue Model 1

Q: What general factors affect the size of the moose population (similar to Friday’s question)?


D: 10/10/17 Week Six

A: update OP and score sheet; wrap up Model 1

Q: What is the definition of a “model?” What is the name of our first “model?”


HW: “Sciences” crossword puzzle – due Thursday

Quiz Model 1 Thursday! OP points for Doodle sheets and graphs checked also.

D: 10/11/17 Week Six


Work on “Sciences” crossword puzzle

D: 10/12/17 Week Six

A: Quiz Model 1; OP stamps for Doodle sheets, graphs, and “Sciences” crossword puzzle

D: 10/13/17 Week Six

A: Start Model 2

Q: What is the difference between a species and a population? (add these definitions to your biology glossary!)


D: 10/16/17 Week Seven

A: new seating charts; continue Model 2; analyze graphs; fill in timeline; write a story on the whiteboard?

Q: What do you believe is the main cause of the change in average bill size for the finches?


D: 10/17/17 Week Seven

A: write Finch story; pass out lab write-up guidelines and review; set up pre-lab for tomorrow; continue model development



HW: pre-lab due tomorrow! (PPT instructions!) – I will be stamping the lab paper, not the OP sheet!

D: 10/18/17 Week Seven

A: IN P-1: variation lab

Q: Do you think there will be a large or small variation in the measurements we will make in this lab activity? Why? Explain! (Hint: expanding this idea in your hypothesis)


HW: Record all class data in tables provided! Follow Ms. Gluckmann’s instructions!

D: 10/19/17 Week Seven

A: finish IN.P-1 (grasshopper femurs); finish collecting class data for graphs

Lab write-up will be due tomorrow by the end of the period

Q: From your observations so far, what can you conclude about the variation (within members of the same species), in other words, do you notice variation and do you notice any patterns?


HW: Finish graphs


D: 10/20/17 Week Seven

A: review finch stories; finish discussion questions and CER conclusion

Lab write-up due by end of period, including CER conclusion

Q: What is the advantage of using a large sample size in analyzing our results?