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Marine Biology


(or....what happened in Marine Biology today)


June 20
Students spend 15 minutes in each class, periods 1-8, before heading home for the summer.

Want to try the FINAL EXAM Kahoot on your cell phone? If you have the app, here's the link
and you need to use this PIN:  0363498
This Kahoot will be available through the last day of Finals Week, June 19th.  Play as many times as you need...until you feel confident.  Then use your crossword puzzle (CLUES!!!!!) to hone your mind to a keen, razor's edge.
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IMPORTANT 6/14/18-6/19/18
In an effort to lessen the burden on students, staff at THS have agreed to a new policy that "NO STUDENT should have to take more than TWO Final Exams on any day." To make this work for all 8 classes, several modifications have been made to the schedule for the last 4 (full) days of school (Thursday June 14th through Tuesday the 19th).  First, the length of classes have been altered.  If you are in a class "designated to be taking a Final" then that class will be 99 minutes long (an additional 20 minutes) while classes not testing are shortened to just under an hour (59 minutes each). Second, regardless of what your class is (math, science, language, etc), if that course is not designated to be taking its Final, YOU ARE TO USE THAT 59 MINUTES TO PREP FOR THE NEXT FINAL.  Ignore the math, science, whatever is usually taught in that class and instead the teacher of that class is to support your efforts to prepare for THE NEXT CLASS (which is designated to give a Final). 

For example, on Thursday the 14th (a Gold Day) 6th period ('s your math class) is supposed to be a 59-minute "prep class"...during which you should be preparing for the Final you are designated to take 7th period (after power hour)...the 99 minutes after lunch. "But that's my calc class!" you say?  Sorry.  Not today.  Pardon em moi! Your calc teacher is instead providing you an hour to hone your last minute French skills because 7th period French is having its Final Exam right after lunch!!

Start/end times of school/lunch are not changed. Anyway, so, on Monday the 18th (another Gold Day) you find yourself back in 7th period...a class in which you ALREADY TOOK THE FINAL EXAM.  Only this time, your French teacher is helping you with stoichiometry for 59 minutes because today you are taking your Chem Final...for 99 minutes in 8th period!!

REMEMBER: the reason WHY we're doing this is to HELP YOU BE MORE SUCCESSFUL.  It might seem a tad confusing but getting designated classtime to prep right before the exam, extra time to test, and never taking more than two finals at a time sounds like a pretty sweet arrangement if you ask moi. "Nooooo, Mr. Loomis," you whine. "I don't need extra time to do a good job on my test, I don't need to study, and I'd do awesome taking FOUR finals in ONE day!!"...SAID NO ONE , EVER.

For which specific classes are designated to test each day, ask your teacher. And remember, this is new to us, as well.  We're all in this together, in varying degrees of confusion, and we all make mistakes so be patient and don't forget, we're trying this new thing FOR YOU.  So, BE POSITIVE, GIVE IT YOUR BEST EFFORT, and it'll be a win-win for everyone!  One last quote?  "Those that fail to prepare are fail."

June 12
In addition to taking the exam, seniors submitted notebooks for a final check and turned in their semester review crossword.

Everyone else watched a video called The Salish Sea about the myriad of lifeforms living in and around the Puget Sound.

June 8
In preparation for the Final Exam we spent time going back over the midterm exam...then played a Kahoot.

June 6
Students watched The Ultimate Whale documentary.

June 4
After finishing The Cove we watched Robin Williams interact with dolphins in the wild...quite a juxtaposition from The Cove.

May 31
We watched the academy award winning film The Cove.
Students turned in their homework: the marine mammal crossword.

May 23-30
We spent a few days engaging in an activity concerning the Puget Sound Resident orca...members of J, K, & L pods.

May 21
Students opting for a BLUE DAY field trip went to the Seattle aquarium today. The GOLD DAY option is next week, the 29th.

May 17
We wrapped up the marine mammal notes and watched a couple videos. 

May 15
"DOLPHIN" LAB!! Representing mammalian anatomy, students dissected a fetal pig.  Also, CH 6 of the notebooks get graded this week.

May 11
We continued our...journey...through the marine mammals, including the history of whaling.

May 9
After a FISH Kahoot (maybe?) we were introduced to the Final Chapter: Marine Mammals.  Students took notes (the ppt is now available, part1).

NOTEBOOK CHECK this week (chapter 5).  Also, field trip permission slips are due Friday...SIGNED!!!!!!
Next week notebook chapter 6 will be graded.

May 7
We spent the day reviewing chapter 6...everything "fish."  Notes, labs, Kahoot, videos...twas a busy day.  SOS POSTER DUE!!!!!

May 3
Let's compare!!  Spent the day dissecting a BONY fish (sea perch) contrast with last week's shark.  Similarities?  Differences?  Students also made (and labelled) a GYOTAKU (Japanese fish painting) and turned it in.

If absent, Google (images) GYOTAKU and select your fav. Print it, cut it out, stick it to a Gyotaku sheet, and label the anatomy.

May 1
After watching The Ultimate Shark folks spent time...(pick one)

--working on their SOS poster (DUE NEXT WEEK)
--filling out the Shark Families page of their notebook
--doing the pre-lab questions for the Perch Lab (virtual version is online to assist) due next class
--getting notebooks ready for the CH 5 check


April 27
Today everyone learned about SOS
...and was assigned the making of a "mini-poster".  Rubrics were disseminated and due dates announced (periods 2/3/4 May 7 and periods 6/8 May 8).  This followed the watching of a video on the shark fin soup trade.  Absent?  You can download the rubric and stuff from DOCs.

April 25

April 23
Took notes RE: my FAV5 SHARKS.  Students received a page for CH 6 titled SHARK FAMILIES.  It needs to be completed before the CH 6 notebook check (next month).

Homework: SHARK PRE-LAB....we dissect next class!!!!

April 19
Took notes RE: chondrichthyans.

April 17
The day was spent introducing the "Final Phylum."  Chapter 6 of the notebook is 100% Pisces...

April 6
Took MIDTERM EXAM...and turned in Invertebrate Anatomy Crossword Puzzle.

Spring Break HOMEWORK: You've been assigned a shark. 
1) Figure out its name 
2) Download the TWO Shark Tracker docs  (& do what it says)
3) Send Loomis an EMAIL to his school email address
4) Attach your WORD document to the email...DO NOT SEND A PDF, DO NOT "SHARE" A GOOGLE DOC and DO NOT PRINT ANYTHING!!!
5) Get this done by Sunday evening, April 15
NOTE: Being absent DOES NOT excuse the tardiness of this assignment.  LATE IS LATE.

Helpful Hints/Suggestions/Advice:
1) Your shark's name can be found as a "Comment" on the Skyward Assignment "Shark Tracker."  If you're having trouble locating the name (by the way, assignment comments don't appear on Skyward's phone have to use a computer), you can always download the shark names of everyone in your class period, found under DOCs: MarBio.
2) read the READ ME FIRST doc first (LOL)
3) It's helpful if you put YOUR NAME in the email Subject Line
4) If you just can't seem to figure these steps out, as a last resort you can always just send me your shark's info in the body of the email itself ...just be aware... every "step away" from the expectations listed above will deduct points from the assignment
5) The email must be time-stamped by 6 PM Sunday to receive full credit.

April 4
Today was all about prepping for the MIDTERM.  Students took some notes, looking at the Big Picture (evolution of systems)...ppt available under DOCs: MarBio and we did a few other things to prepare.

April 2
We spent the day going over the Echinoderms and Arthropods...taking notes (ppt now available), completing various items, and watching a couple videos.  No time for a Kahoot :-(  However, if you have the app on your phone, I've uploaded a KAHOOT CHALLENGE you can play any time. Here's the info...
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MIDTERM IS FRIDAY (Thursday for Gold Day folk). 
That's when the crossword puzzle is due.  Also, I'm checking the notebooks this week (CH 3: Mollusks).

March 29
AAAAAH!!!  Life through a compound eye!?

Today was all about Phylum Arthropoda as students dissected a crayfish.

March 27
Today was a double dissection for Phylum Echinodermata...first the seastar and then a sea urchin (provided you got your pre-lab completed).  Things are coming fast & furious right now so be sure to grab a crayfish pre-lab as you leave today!! Remember, if you get stuck, click on over to the Virtual Dissections page and download (run) the ppt....your "virtual lab assistant."

March 23
We spent the day reviewing/going-over "everything mollusk." We watched a series of videos, took notes (Comparison of Complex Invertebrates), and played a Kahoot.  At the end of class, folks picked up he PRE-lab for the Seastar Lab...HOMEWORK!!  You can skip question 8 (for the still need to finish #8 by the time the CH 4 notebook check is due).  So, do #1-11 (skip 8) plus the Taxonomy before the next class.

March 21
While a tad on the smelly side, we finished our comparison of mollusk anatomy with a detailed analysis of a more advanced member of the phylum, the squid.

March 19
We spent the day doing the Clam Lab. 

HOMEWORK: get your pre-lab (for the SQUID) done by the next class. pre-lab, no critter (exceptions: you were absent and were not able to get a copy of the pre-lab)
And, yes, the ppt is available on the VIRTUAL DISSECTIONS you through the rough spots.

March 15
The day was spent  preparing students for a series of comparative anatomy labs, going over dissection protocols, expectations.  We wrapped up by introducing our first specimen, a representative of Phylum Mollusca, the lowly clam. 

Two critical take-aways today:
1) Students are expected to COMPLETE THE PRE-LAB prior to every dissection (no pre-lab = no critter)
2) Every dissection has a power point that acts as a virtual lab buddy...USE IT. It is designed around the lab worksheet so it will help with each pre-lab and frankly, while not as powerful as engaging in the actual dissection, can be used to "do" (dry lab) each dissection even if you are ABSENT (or want to review what happened in class). Often, a lab team will designate a member to be a virtual assistant...paralleling the actual lab online. I will always post the ppt needed (on the Virtual Dissections page) in advance of each lab JUST SO YOU CAN USE IT FOR YOUR PRE-LAB.


March 13
We wrapped up Simple Invertebrates learning about cnidarians, coral bleaching, and finally, worms!  There were notes (ppt available under DOCs) and videos.  Chapter 2 notebook check coming up next week!

March 9
We began our journey through the animal Kingdom today with introductory items on the Simple Invertebrates; a tweak on colorings...
getting up-close-and-personal with a sponge, notes (ppt will be posted next class), and an update on Chapter 2 of the notebook.

March 7
We watched videos RE: red tides & The Silent Forest, went over the homework and took a (Skyward) quiz (Plankton & Algae).  Oh, and we had a "Carrageenan Party."  sweeeeet...

March 5
After finishing the algae notes ( ppt available under DOCs if you missed it) students did the Algae Lab. 
If ABSENT (or you didn't finish in class), use the info provided in the (dry) lab found on the DOCs page.

March 1
Took care of some general "housekeeping" tips (algae wordsearch, notebook, BEARR pts, using this website!!) & went over the Stanford assignment.

Finished the video/notes then I explained "how to color."  If absent, ask your elbow partner upon your return.

The remainder of class was spent taking notes on marine algae.  If absent, get a copy of the sheet when you return and use either a friend to get the notes from or click on over to the DOCs page for Marine Bio, download the ppt, and RUN it...

Feb 27
Folks took notes (Old School Taxonomy) and made sure the notebook was good-to-go for the CH 1 check (due this week).  The actual due date varies by class period so is not posted.

We then went over a worksheet on the link between nutrients, sunlight, and plankton levels culminating in a revelation regarding arctic blooms.

Class wrapped up by watching Worlds Below (and working on the accompanying video).
HOMEWORK: The algae wordsearch is DUE NEXT CLASS.

Feb 16
The microscopes were brought out so everyone could get a closer look at zooplankton (FYI: Chapter 1 of your notebook should now be complete)

If you were absent today, DO THE PLANKTON LAB ONLINE.  Click on over to the DOC: Marine Bio page and download the ONLINE version.  Read it.  It will explain exactly what, and how, to do (it).

HOMEWORK over mid-Winter Break: Go to the LINKS page and click on the Stanford Lab.  Complete your worksheet as you do this virtual lab.  Forgot your worksheet?  Download & print a copy from the DOCs page.

Feb 14
Happy Valentine's Day
vbear2.jpg...and, if you recognize it, Ash Wednesday...

Today was all about zooplankton.  Students participated in an activity, analyzing the anatomy of a dozen zooplankton, in order to correctly match them to their (common) adult forms.

Feb 12
Create-a-Creatures due's a couple examples...

We spent today  Students were engaged in a deductive reasoning activity where we discovered trees were NOT alive but IS??

Feb 8
After a brief video on scientific naming, students were given the remainder of time (more than an hour) to work on (finishing?) their Creature. 

This course is designed to allow more autonomy than most classes.  If you are a Self-Directed Learner, this style is right-up-your-alley.  However, if you struggle with staying on task, as the South Park meme says...

sp1.JPG was evidenced by a few students that, after an hour, had written a total of 4 words. ouch.  This is an elective for upperclassmen and if this kind of off-task behavior describes you, then maybe you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror to determine exactly WHO is RESPONSIBLE for YOUR success?  You have questions? I LOVE to help, advise, clarify...but everything else is up to you.  The rest of you? Those that understand that using class time wisely is your own responsibility?  You're going to enjoy the ride I like to call, Marine Biology. C'mon, let's go!!  Here... check out this creature from last year...

Feb 6
Following an introduction to scientific naming and the Linnaean system of binomial nomenclature, students began working on their Create-a-Creature assignment.  Keep in mind, most of the grade (24/30) is dependent on THE NAME, not your skills as an artist.  You will have ALL DAY Thursday to work on (finish?) your assignment.  Here's an example from last year...(Taka, our exchange student from Japan, came up with this gem, on a side note, he's back in Japan today taking his entrance exams as he tries to gain acceptance into prestigious Kyoto University).

Feb 2
After "playing" the Name Game, students were introduced to the Language of Science (Latin).  Next week we'll apply the rules of binomial nomenclature to a fictional creature...creating then giving it a scientific (species) name.


Jan 31
First day of class...
We watched The Living Sea (and did the accompanying worksheet....due next class). 


Students have HOMEWORK: turn in the course expectations ("syllabus").  You can do it on paper (sign & return) or "go green" AND get EXTRA CREDIT by doing it online...scroll down to find out exactly what to do.


Students need a 3-ring binder (1" rings), one that will hold NOTHING but the REQUIRED paperwork.  None of your materials from other classes allowed.  If you're not too picky, I have a few "used" ones available in class (Reduce, Reuse, know the mantra)...but don't count on it.  It's best to arrive with your own. 

HOMEWORK:  Course "syllabus" (see extra credit below)...the necessary items are available under the link on the left titled DOCUMENTS: Marine Bio. If this isn't a good option for you right now, you can simply go "old school" and get a hardcopy to sign/return on the First Day of class.

Extra Credit opportunities;
(1) I would like to be able to send you important reminders via text message...without violating anyone's privacy.  Scroll down and text me the message below to "sign up" with REMIND. You will earn 10 points XC for joining (and parents/guardians can join if they want).
(2) You can then score another 10 extra credit points if you can get your parent/guardian to ...(a) download the course description (syllabus) found under DOCUMENTS: Marine Biology, (b) look it over (DON'T PRINT IT), and (c) send me an email as follows;


 SUBJECT: student name

EMAIL: I am___'s (parent).  I've read the marine biology course expectations.



Get EXTRA CREDIT!!  Sign up for REMIND;

 Don't forget the @ symbol!!