Biology Learning Targets

Week of May 1 2016

Friday: I can inform my class about an amphibian that is going extinct and why it is.

Thursday: I can explain what make an amphibian different from a reptile.

Wednesday: I know the parts and their functions of a perch.

Tuesday: I can compare and contrast the different types of fishes.

Monday: I can describe the characteristics of chordates.

Week of April 24 2016

Friday: I can identify the parts of a crayfish.

Thursday: I can explain the differences between the different types of arthropods.

Wednesday:I can diagram and explain the basic body plans and life histories of arthropods

Tuesday: I can identify the parts of an earthworm while dissecting it.

Monday: I can label and describe the use of the parts of an earthworm

Week of April 17 2016

Thursday: I can group the different types of worms by characteristics and explain why the are classified as worms.

Wednesday: test

Tuesday: I know how to write a scientific name

Monday: I can explain why scientists classify organisms.

Week of April 10 2016

Friday: I can identify what Domain, Kingdom, Phylum or Class an organism based on it’s traits.

Thursday: I can create a dichotomous key to classify organisms.

Wednesday: I can explain how scientists use DNA to classify organisms.

Tuesday: I can explain how a cladogram is used to classify organisms.

Monday: I can use a dichotomous key to classify organisms.

Week of April 3 2016

Friday: I can list the levels of classification in order.

Thursday: Test

Wednesday: I can remember the vocabulary for the ecology unit.

Tuesday: I can explain why global warming is a international problem.

Monday: I can define the different types of symbiotic relationships.

Week of March 27 2016

Friday: I can compare and contrast different biomes in the world.

Thursday: I can identify different types of ecosystems.

Wednesday: I can give examples different types of green house gasses and explain their effect on the environment.

Tuesday: I can draw the nutrient cycles for the following nutrients: carbon, phosphorus, nitrogen, water.

Monday:  I can calculate the amount of energy that travels up an energy pyramid.

Week of March 20 2016

Friday: OFF

Thursday: I can present about 1 endangered species and convince people to care about them.

Wednesday: I can create a presentation on an endangered species.

Tuesday: I can find what is causing a species to go extinct.

Monday: I can give an example of how humans have impacted the environment.

Week of March 13 2016

Friday: I can describe the order of ecological succession.

Thursday: I understand the relationships in a food chain/web.

Wednesday: I can find relationships in a grassland.

Tuesday: I know the difference between producers, consumers, and decomposers.

Monday: I know the ecological levels of organization.

Week of March 6 2016

Friday: off

Thursday: Test

Wednesday: I can remember the vocabulary for behavior

Tuesday: I can differentiate between the types of behavior and learning.

Monday: I know some examples of very unique animal behaviors.

Week of February 28 2016

Friday: off

Thursday: I know why animals have different courtship behaviors.

Wednesday: I know the types of behavior that has to to with time or seasons.

Tuesday: I can tell the difference between the main types of learning.

Monday: I know how animal behaviors can evolve.

Week of February 21 2016

Wednesday: I know why animals form societies.

Thursday: I can use data to come to a conclusion on animal behavior.

Wednesday: I predict animal behavior and use research do evaluate that prediction.

Tuesday:I know examples of how animals use learning.

Monday: I know examples of how apes are capable of learning

Week of February 14 2016

Friday: I know how researchers test animal cognition.

Thursday: I know what learning is.

Wednesday: test

Tuesday: I can remember Darwin’s contributions to the theory of evolution.

Monday: I can explain the theory of evolution.

Week of February 7 2016

Friday: I can list some examples of early hominid fossils.

Thursday: I can explain the early understanding of the earth.

Wednesday: I can explain what barriers can lead to speciation.

Tuesday: I can explain the mechanisms for evolution beyond natural selection and list the different patterns of evolution.

Monday: I know the different patterns of natural selection.

Week of February 1 2016

Friday: I can explain how radioactive dating works.

Thursday: snow day

Wednesday: snow day

Tuesday: snow day

Monday: I can convert the geologic timeline into a understandable diagram.

Week of January 23 2015

Friday: I can use evolutionary relationships to build a family tree of various organisms.

Thursday: I can use evolutionary relationships to build a family tree of various organisms.

Wednesday: I know the main parts of evolution

Tuesday: I know which branches of science support evolution

Monday: I can give evidence for evolution

Week of January 17 2015

Friday: I can explain the information we have found out about evolution since Darwin.

Thursday: I can list the ideas Darwin came up with about evolution.

Wednesday: I can explain how the Hardy-Weinberg equations explains areas of no evolution.

Tuesday: I can use DNA analysis to determine the evolutionary relationship between various organisms.

Monday: No School

Week of January 10 2015

Friday: I can use DNA analysis to determine the evolutionary relationship between various organisms.

Thursday: I can use anatomical information, both current and fossil, to draw conclusions about ancestry of various organisms.

Wednesday: I can use antibiotic resistance to explain the idea of natural selection.

Tuesday: I can explain how a population of moths evolved from mostly light colored to mostly dark colored.

Monday: I can explain Charles Darwin’s contribution to evolution and natural selection.

Week of January 4 2015

Friday: I can explain how evolution is builds on itself.

Thursday: Practice NeSA

Wednesday: I can describe the human chromosomal disorders.

Tuesday:I can explain the types of mutations.

Monday: no school

Week of December 20 2015

Tuesday: Finals

Monday: Finals

Week of December 14 2015

Friday: I can remember the DNA and genetics material.

Thursday: I can remember the cells material.

Wednesday: I can remember the criteria for science.

Tuesday: I can explain how human genetics can be different from mendelian genetics.

Monday: Given a pedigree I can determine the genotypes of the individuals involved.

Week of December 4 2015

Friday: I know how sex-linked traits work.

Thursday: I can do a human karyotype.

Wednesday: test

Tuesday: I can explain how basic heredity works.

Monday: Given a sample of phenotypes and can determine a ratio and find the parents genotypes.

Week of November 30 2015

Friday: I can explain all the types of inheritance.

Thursday: I know the a type of inheritance works.

Wednesday: I can write a punnet square from a description of the parents.

Tuesday: I can read a punnet square to find genotypes and phenotypes.

Monday: I can make a 2×2 and 4×4 punnet square.

Week of November 23 2015

Wednesday: I can determine the probability of a series of events.

Tuesday: I can distinguish between genotype and phenotype.

Monday: I can explain how Mendel’s experiments lead to an understanding of heredity.

Week of November 16 2015

Friday: Test

Thursday: I can explain how information gets from a gene to a trait.

Wednesday: I know how transcription in a Eukaryote is different than in a Prokaryote.

Tuesday: I know what a transgenic organism is and how scientists use them.

Monday: I know the vocabulary for DNA and RNA.

Week of November 9 2015

Wednesday: Given a DNA code, I can make the RNA code and a protein sentence.

Tuesday: I can explain how transcription and translation work.

Monday: I can explain what the genetic code is.

Week of November 2 2015

Friday: I know the difference between DNA and RNA.

Thursday: I can explain how DNA replication occurs.

Wednesday: I can describe the structure of DNA.

Tuesday: retest

Monday: I understand what I missed on the last test.

Week of October 25 2015

Friday: Test

Thursday: I can compare and contrast mitosis with meiosis.

Wednesday: I can explain how meiosis leads to genetic variation.

Tuesday: I can create a website to explain to others my understanding of mitosis, meiosis, or stem cells.

Monday: I can explain either mitosis, meiosis, or stem cells.

Week of October 19 2015

Friday:I know the stages of meiosis and how it is different from mitosis.

Thursday: I can identify the stages of mitosis in an onion root tip

Wednesday: I can identify how cancer forms from an unregulated cell cycle.

Tuesday: I can create an animation showing the stages of mitosis.

Monday: I can diagram the stages of mitosis.

Week of October 11 2015

Thursday:  I know the stages of the cell cycle and especially the parts of mitosis.

Wednesday: Test

Tuesday: I know the functions of all the organelles in a cell.

Monday: I can explain to the class how my cell topic works or is related to cell theory.

Week of October 2 2015

Friday: I can explain to the class how my cell topic works or is related to cell theory.

Thursday: I can create a unique presentation about my cell topic to show the class.

Wednesday: I can diagram and explain either one of the main cells topics. (cell theory, organelles, photosynthesis, cellular respiration)

Tuesday: I can create an analogy to explain how a cells organelles work together.

Monday: I can determine if the rain forests are really the lungs of the planet.

Week of September 28 2015

Friday: I can explain how cellular respiration and photosynthesis are related and work together.

Thursday: I can diagram the process of cellular respiration.

Wednesday: I can diagram the process of photosynthesis.

Tuesday: I can identify the parts of the cell view-able through a light microscope.

Monday: I can explain how the cellular membrane controls what enters and leaves the cell.

Week of September 21 2015

Friday: I can draw a representation of the functions of the organelles of a cell.

Thursday: I can label the parts of an animal and plant cell.

Wednesday: I can describe the function of all the organelles.

Tuesday: I can create a presentation to teach the function of one organelle.

Monday: I can explain the function of one organelle.

Week of September 14 2015

Friday: No School

Thursday: Test

Wednesday: I can describe what science is and how the scientific method works.

Tuesday: I can look at chapter 1 and come up with likely test questions to use to study from.

Monday: I can use a microscope to identify unicellular organisms in a drop of pond water.

Week of September 8 2015

Friday: I can define the vocabulary for chapter 1.

Thursday: I can read and understand a science related article.

Wednesday: I can use the 5 steps for an ethical decision to think about biology and technology.

Tuesday: I can list and explain the criteria for life.

Monday: No school

Week of August 31 2015

Friday:  I describe, with at least on example, how scientific discoveries are found and change over time.

Thursday: I can use a microscope correctly.

Wednesday: I can use critical thinking to analyze an event.

Tuesday: I can analyze an experiment and make a conclusion from it.

Monday: I can analyze scientific data to answer a question.

Week of August 24 2015

Friday: I can explain to the class what makes science important.

Thursday: I can explain to the class what makes science important.

Wednesday: I can explain to the class what makes science important.

Tuesday: I can understand what makes science important in my life.

Monday: I can evaluate the validity of an article based on the criteria for science.

Week of August 17 2015

Friday: I can determine the validity of a printed article based on the criteria for science

Thursday: I know the parts of an experiment

Wednesday: I can perform an experiment to determine whether something works or not.

Tuesday: I can determine whether an explanation is scientific or not.

Monday: I can look at evidence and evaluate its validity.

Week of August 13 2015

Friday: I can use critical thinking to analyze a problem and create a model of a solution.

Thursday: I know the rules and expectations in Mr. Gfeller’s class


Week of April 27 2015

Friday: I remember the main parts of taxonomy and the worms, arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals classes.

Thursday: I remember the main parts of evolution and ecology.

Wednesday: I can share with others information I have researched.

Tuesday: In my own words, I can define reptiles and amphibians.

Monday: In my own words, I can define a mammals and birds.

Week of April 27 2015

Friday: I can compare and contrast a amphibian, reptile, bird, or mammal.

Thursday: I can explain the advantages of being a bird or a mammal.

Wednesday: I can explain the advantages of being a reptile or amphibian.

Tuesday: I can identify the parts of a frog from a diagram.

Monday: I know the functions for the parts of a frog.