Thursday, December 8, 2011

Link for disease vectors:

Next day we will be doing the CDC activity.  Here are useful links:

Airborne Diseases

            Preventing airborne diseases (SARS)

Managing an airborne disease (TB)


Animal vector:
            Vertebrates mainly :

Insect vector: note only the ones caused by virus and bacteria:


Monday, December 5, 2011

pre-quiz questions

1.  What are the steps of the lytic cycle?
2.  Outline the steps of the lysogenic cycle
3.  list all the disease vectors
4.  write a response for each of the case studies in the virus and disease slideshow (6 marks)
5.  bring all your field trip forms completed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

microbiology notes

Slideshow on disease

check out : Prince of Wales:  Microbial Wine and Cheese  
Many foods are made by the action of microbes from kingdom Monera, or Fungi.  In a group of two or three, prepare a plate artistically displaying an sample of a food that is made by a microbe.  For example, sourdough bread is made by the action of lactobacillus and Propionibacterium freudenreichii produces emmental cheese.  In the history of food, it seems, there was always someone who decided to try something that looked like it had gone bad and said,  "hey, a little off, but…not bad!"  And thus the birth of beer, bread, cheese, natto! 
Due date to be announced.  Please bring a tea mug for the fermented Camellia sinensisThis is what we will be drinking.  De-alc beer and wine provided by Ms. Chung.  semi-formal event.  if you have a musical instrument, please bring it!  make only enough for your own group to eat and to let anyone who is curious have a taste.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

AMBL field trip DNA fingerprinting on Sept 20

We will be doing a biochemistry lab with Dr. David Ng at UBC.  The location is here:

Advance Molecular Biology Laboratory, located at the Michael Smith Building at UBC (download map here)Download the Consent form which is due in class on Thursday.  Times are 8:50am to 2:50pm.  At lunch, you may go to the Student Union Building or bring your own lunch. 

To prepare for this advanced molecular biology lab, please read and do the following:
Download the DNA notes (originally written by Mr. Raycroft)
and the DNA study questions based on these notes.  We will spend the next two class periods going over these notes up to replication. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Welcome to Biology 11

Welcome to a new year of bi 11.  I look forward to studying biodiversity with you.  I will be making some changes and edits to this bio website so stay tuned for details.  Our textbook is Biology, Miller and Levine. Look forward to meeting you all.

Ms. Ng Chung

Friday, June 3, 2011

bi 11 update: both classes on monday, go to the bog during biology class

Ok blocks 1 and 2 this is the itiniary for monday.

you must go to the bog during your biology class.

For my period 1 class: COME TO THE BOG AT 8:30 to set up!!! Ms. Cultum will be arriving by chartered bus at 9:15 and we have about 45 minutes to conduct the program!

first class will be there:

8:30 to 10:30 and then you will go back to your second period class. 

 if you are in Ms. Give's French class, I will arrange a cab for you to return to school and go do your oral test.  Cab will be ready to go:  10:20 promptly.  Travis, Marlee, Jodie, M Heatherington, that's you. Victor, you too.

second block will get there at 10:45 to 11:45. Do not leave your first period til after silent reading is over!!!  you will do some writing at the bog and hand it in to me there. This is your final bog assignment. See you  there.

wednesday we are back in class again!

Ms. C

Thursday, June 2, 2011

bog buddy June 6th

biology class period 1, you will be coming to the bog at 8:30 to prepare and staying here until 11:45, unless your second block teacher wants you to come back!

biology class period 2, you will go to class to complete a final assignment for third term marks.  it is an in-class reflective essay about the bog buddy experience.  consider this part of your bog buddy assignment. You may not make this up any other time.  There will be a substitute during this class.

Monday, May 30, 2011

We are at the bog all week this week! Bog buddy program schedule


Our Schedule:

Tuesday:  Bog Rehearsal.

Thursday, June 2 : Bog Buddy:  timing includes set up and clean up. Please be prompt!

Bog Buddy period 2 biology for James Crisp's class, 10:00 to 12:00.
Monday, June 6: Bog Buddy period 1 biology class for Ms. Cultum's class, 9:15 to 10:15! 


Iesha and Nick
William Lin, Xing, Ashley Zheng
Vincent, Jefferson Victor
Melissa, Jessica and Jade
Yu jin Chung, Daniel, Andrew M, David
Stewart, Marlee,
Eben, Kayvon.
Travis, Matt, Jodie 


Max and Tom
Laurence Tyler Kan
Anna Justin W and s
Winnie mimi and Darren, Tracey
Aari James Chris collin, Philipe
Justin Lee Brett Hastyn
Ashley linley, Katrina

Copy and paste this itiniary:  We will rehearse on Tuesday for both classes.  Have your flash cards and story and game prepared and waterproofed!  The classes will be in groups of 8.  I may have to split up some of our groups so have an extra copy of your story/flashcards just in case!


Camosun bog Stations:  five minutes each station:  2 minutes for change over

STORY STATION:  Each group will start at a different station.  Before we begin our stations, you can tell your story or narrative about the bog.  Your story book should be waterproof!

Station 1 From the Drain and entrance:
  1. show one of the drains that drained the bog at the entrance.
  2. Identify species in this area.  You should quiz them on invasives and native bog species.  Camosun bog has natives and invasives.  The natives are good for the bog and the invasives are not.  Native bog helps to fight global warming by absorbing all the carbon dioxide and locking it up for thousands of years.  Bogs are very important.  Use your flashcards.
  3.  Invasives include:  skunk cabbage, salal, huckleberry and blueberry and fern, salmonberry. See if they can tell the difference between huckleberry and blueberry. Huckleberries have squared stems and blueberry have rounded ones. Play a little game: point to plants and see if they can identify them
  4. natives include:  Sphagnum moss, Labrador tea, kalmia, lodgepole pine (or pinus contorta) arctic starflower, bunchberry
Station 2:  jumping station:
  1. This area was fully invaded by forest plants.  It used to be bog but now it is a forest.  This forest is sitting on top of old, dead moss from 5000 years ago.  The trees fall down easily because they are rooted in moss, which is springy.  The ground is very springy here.  It’s like a mattress.  Lets jump on the forest floor!
  2. Identify the species in this forested area: (there are no bog natives in this area)
  3. invasives include:  fern, hemlock, blueberry and huckleberry, salal.  How many plants can each person in your group identify?    Did you know that Hemlock needles make good tea?  It tastes lemony and it provides vitamin C.  The west coast native people shared hemlock tea with European explorers. 
Station 3:  Artifacts:
  1. This area shows a cleared area of the bog.  On one side is a forest, on the other side, you can see peat planted with sphagnum moss.  Peat is actually dead moss, but, unlike other dead plants, it does not decay.  That’s because moss creates very acidic conditions that tends to preserve things, like how pickle juice preserves pickles.  You could say everything that falls in a bog becomes pickled. Over the years, things have fallen into the bog.  Here, you can show photos of some things the bog restorers have found
Station 4:  True Bog
  1. This area shows a truly restored portion of the bog.  This bog began to form 8000 years ago after the ice melted from the last ice age.  First it was a lake, then a swamp and finally, sphagnum moss made it into a bog.  The bog was very big and 3000 years ago, native people from the Musqueam nation gathered food and medicine here.  Can you tell the difference between Labrador tea and kalmia?  One is medicine, the other is poisonous.
  2. Then Vancouver decided to install drains and within 100 years, other plants invaded the bog
  3. Luckily the Camosun bog restoration group is here every Saturday to help the bog species survive.  This is what they do:  They take off the top 10 cm of soil to go down to the new water level.  Moss needs water to survive.  Then, they plant bog species. 
  4. On one side of the boardwalk, you see bog species:  on the other, you see the invaders.   See if you can identify them (see the list in station 1)
Station 5
  1. Food station:  Have a vaccinium snack:  Vaccinium is the genus name for many berries:  blueberry, cranberry and huckleberry are all genus vaccinium! 
Station 6:  How deep is the bog?
1.  Our bog is very very old.  More than 5000 years old.  It is mainly made of moss and new moss grows on top of old moss in many layers.  If you dig into the bog, you are going back in time.  How deep do you think this bog is?  Multiple choice:  A.  As tall as a PW student?                  B. as tall as a fellow younger student?  As tall as a house?  As tall as the elementary school?  The answer is 5m or about as tall as a two story house! (1 floor and a half to be exact!)
2.  You can put a stick into the bog.  Let’s see how deep it goes!

Station 7:  Devil’s hole:  microscope work
  1. Devil’s hole is very very deep.  As deep as 5m.  It has some creatures living in it.  Would you like to take a look at them?  The “grass”  you see is actually juncus, a plant that can be used to clean sewage.  There are lily pads in Devil’s hole, and sometimes, frogs sitting on them!
  2. Give them a fun quiz and demonstrate what they know!

Friday, May 20, 2011


the canopy walk now starts at 9am for attendance, 9:15 we split into two groups and the first treetop tour takes place shortly after take note, bi-11s!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Field trip to Canopy Walk at UBC botanical gardens - SCHEDULE CHANGE

May 27th 9:00 - 11:30 AM.  Day 1.  pick up consent form from me in class.  half the group will be doing the canopy tour and other half will go through the garden.  then the groups switch.

Please go to UBC Botanical Gardens and read the safety precautions!

Final Exam preparation

Biology 11 study package

Here you will find all the note packages for the final exam.  Take a look at two column notes and at the "study for exam" folder where there is a vocab list.  The vocab list is an organizer but look at your notes from all three terms.  

There will be some ecology questions on this exam and some bog questions too.

Bog Buddy Assignment - download here

Note that the dates will be revised for this year.  I am in talks with elementary classes who are interested in a bog buddy program.  They might have availability on day one or day two and there may even be a bog buddy scheduled for June 22.

Please go to the bog on Friday, 13th of May.  Bring your waterproof flashcards from the assignment.
period 1 will be 8:30 to 9:30
period 2 will be 10:30 to 11:30

For your reading on Camosun bog, go to Camosun Blog:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

camosun bog field studies

On April 29th, we will visit Camosun Bog during class time:  our meeting location is:

the corner of 19th and Camosun street: do not meet at the other entrance.

period 1 will be 8:30 to 9:30
period 2 will be 10:30 to 11:30



and click on "how to get to camosun bog".  Closest bus is #25UBC to get there.
Students are responsible for meeting there by arranging their own transportation.  Parents and guardians are very welcome to come on this interpretive walk.

we will have an intro to camosun bog.  subsequent classes will take place there.  we plan to be visiting this bog at least once a week in May.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Welcome back!

Kingdom Plantae notes here
you will get a quiz next period on the sexual reproduction of land plants, the definition of plants, the three things that happen to glucose and trends in plant evolution on land. mainly page one.


Volunteer events for April.  For Earth Month:

Camosun Bog Bin Day:  PW always participates!
Plan-It Earth: organized by a committee of students from different VSB schools
Earth Day Parade: organized by VSB students

sign up for one of these!

Monday, March 14, 2011

animalia review

go to the study sheets here and do the questions for arthropoda and echinodermata.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Molluska lab and notes

Download molluska notes here.

In our squid dissection

Each group gets one squid and one paper plate.  You will also get a diagram of a male squid and another diagram of a female.

  1. Make a clean and organized dissection, labeling the parts
  2. Correctly identify your squid as male or female.  Make notes on the correct diagram, writing observations of the parts.  Put your name and the names of your group members on this diagram.
  3. correctly identify 3 internal parts per group member
  4. Remove the "pen".  what part of the mollusk is this? 
  5. remove the beak.  
  6. rub the skin to stimulate the chromatopores and observe the squid change colour

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

nematoda and platyhelminthes presentations and lab

Class notes here.

Lab activity:

Draw two preserved specimens:  platyhelminthes and nematoda

draw the following prepared slides. identify the phylum, the species (common name is fine for this), and brief notes on its life history:


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

animalia assignment

Animalia assignment:

  1. Draw the specimen
  2. identify the phylum
  3. What are the characteristics of this phylum, in one paragraph and of this oranism in another paragraph?
  4. There are three evolutionary trends. Identify the trends exhibited by this organism
  5. Put all specimens in evolutionary order.

Monday, February 14, 2011

animalia notes

intro to kingdom animalia
intro to cnidaria and porifera

get to know these for a short quiz on thursday on animalia.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Very sad news

it is with great sadness that I learned that my colleague Ms. Radu passed away at such a very young age. I can scarcely believe I would not see her in the Staff room smiling and eating lunch with us, telling us of her skiing and travels... Always cheerful.   My condolences to her family.

Monday, January 31, 2011

aquarium field trip times

AM session:  9:30 to 11:30.  please arrive at 9:20 for attendance

PM session: 12:30 to 2:30: please arrive at 12:20 for attendance

meet at the north entrance of the vancouver aquarium (the side closest to the mountains).  that door leads to the education wing.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Feb 1 Vancouver Aquarium Field trip

Hi Class,

my health is improving and I may be coming back this thursday.  This is a reminder that our class will be visiting the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre on Feb 1.  We will be examining the different marine invertebrates.

There are two sessions so one class will take the AM session and the other class will take the PM session.  Parents are most welcome to volunteer on this field trip.  Cost is paid for if you handed in your biology fee. If you did not hand in your biology fee, then you must do so soon (thursday would be great)

Thanks for your patience for the disruption that my illness has caused.

Ms. Chung

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Protozoa Notes

Hi class,

Here is the link to Ms. Chung's notes on Protozoa:


Please print this off and bring it to class for your reference.

ms. cheung

Monday, January 10, 2011


Hello Bi 11s

I am on sick leave for a week.  thanks for your patience.  Ms. Cheung will be here for this week and maybe next, but I may be back next week.  depends.  I will ask her to post activities on this blog.

Sorry for the inconvenience

Ms. Chung