Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Create a blog and include the following materials. Email it to me

1.  Central park assignment:/20
a.  Make some observations based on the Forest Pep package:
10 marks:  you used all your senses and described how this place engaged your senses in a page.  You also made additional observations about this place in a paragraph. Your writing is outstanding and show insight. You communicate new ideas about the site.     8-9 marks: you answered the questions in Forest Pep and included some observations and offered a few insights

5-7 you minimally answered questions and offered no insight

0-4 your work is incomplete
10 marks:  you included drawings and photos of your site .  Your drawings show careful observation.  Your photos are very well done and nicely composed. Your photos correctly identify species

8-9  you include photos of your site and correctly identify species.  Your photos are very well done

6-7 you include only 3-4 photos

0-5  your work is not quite complete

2.  Dichotomous key of the species of central park /10
10 marks - your key is comprehensive and makes sense. good presentation
8-9 marks - your key is compresensive and makes sense
6-7 marks  - your key includes most, not all species.  Something about it doesn't quite make sense but it works
0-5 marks - your key is missing some key components

FYI  you might want to search for historical photos from this website

The following photos were found there

Monday, December 4, 2017

Central Park Field Study - Trip plan due on Dec 6

We will meet in class and take attendance. We will depart within 5 minutes of the start of class. If you are late, you will be marked absent.

10 marks - your trip plan is done and handed in
5 marks - your group is on time and present and ready to go
10 marks - you take pictures of the major species of the pacific west coast rain forest while we are there

Safety - Central Park is a large urban park in the lower mainland.  You are expected to stay within your small group at all times as there are occasionally suspicious people in a large urban park

Route - for the class will be as follows once we get to Patterson Station

Trip plan (10 marks)  includes the following:

Names of all group members and their cell phone numbers
A trip itinerary
A list of species you expect to see
Safety considerations in this park
All the consent forms of all members

Notes on Evolution and field trip on Friday

Please read through pages 91 to 105 in our biology text book and make some notes for the open book quiz next period.  Pick up a field trip form. Notes and field study form due next period

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Test on Plantae Wed Nov 15

The test will be based on this practice test  which you already did based on some reading
 a few more questions

Evolution Notes and a Webquest connecting Plants to evolution

Here is the Webquest.  Do this web quest and answer the following questions on the Evolution notes
1.  What is evolution?  2 definitions
2.   Compare macroevolution with microevolution
3.   Divergent evolution leads to adaptive radiation.  Explain these terms
4.   What are Homologous traits? Give examples
5.   Convergent evolution leads to analogous traits.  Give examples
6.   What is an adaptation?  Give examples of bird adaptations

And here are the Evolution notes

evolution, natural selection (see all previous notes in previous posts below)

including this one:
How evolutionary change occurs

also powerpoints on
punctuated equilibrium
natural selection

Friday, November 3, 2017

Compare and Contrast field study

Make a list of the plants you saw at Lighthouse Park and Quarry Rock, Deep Cove.  These are both West Coast Rainforests but they had different conditions.  

Make a table with the following headings and two columns, one column for Lighthouse and one for Quarry.

A Headings
1. Trees list, any difference in species inventory?
2. Bushes list
3. understory such as ferns and mosses
4. Signs of animals

5. Age of the forest comparison.

B  Which of the plants were
a.  seedless nonvascular
b. seedless vascular
c.  gymnosperm
d.  angiosperm

Write a paragraph describing your experience at Quarry Rock hike including the Personal Perception values

1.  LIGHT levels, colour, scenes
3.  AIR quality, scents
4.  movement  of feet over the terrain
5.  mood

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Quarry Rock hike at Deep Cove

Great job for all our biology 11 hikers today.  We looked at second growth rainforest and saw many of the same species as our trip to Lighthouse park. This time, the vine leaf maple, big leaf maple and salmonberry were turning beautiful fall colours.  The conifers we saw were the same, but younger. Those who were on the hike can write a reflection on their experience

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Quarry Rock Hike meet in the classroom November 1, 2017

We are going to the Quarry Rock hike in Deep Cove.
Bring water bottle and food please as this can be a little bit of a work out.  We will watch out for bears, cougars and also be mindful of dehydration on this hike

Your completed trip plan is due tomorrow Friday October 27



The route we will take is as follows
1.  Walk to Nanaimo Station.
2. Nanaimo Station to waterfront.
3.  We will take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay. Go to Bay 7 
4. Then a  239 Capilano U bus to Phibbs Exchange. Go to  bay 8.  Finally we will go from Phibbs to Deep Cove on the 212 Deep Cove bus.
5.  We will go to the Baden Powell trailhead and  hike to Quarry rock and do a species inventory
6. Eat lunch
7. walk down and dismissal at 1.30pm at Deep Cove.

You may go home using the same route as we took going there. Take 212 Phibbs Exchange bus, then 239 Park Royal bus  and then the Seabus back to Vancouver.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


We are growing lavender cuttings in the greenhouse.  There was an incident in Gladstone Greenhouse . Please help us solve it

Anonymous tips here

Monday, October 16, 2017

Test on Oct 17

Be prepared to answer about 30 detailed multiple choice questions based on all the bolded words from these notes  and also 10 marks long answer will be from the worksheet you worked on from this presentation.   Also 10 marks based on knowing the species we saw from Lighthouse park

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Kingdom plantae evolution notes
And a Plant evolution lab activity which will take us maybe two periods

Plants alternate their generations.  If humans did this, it would be something like this

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sk'i-wit-sut Lighthouse Park Reflection and a video on Mother Trees

Think back to your trip to Lighthouse Park and analyze it with your senses.  Compare and contrast your sensory experiences in
1.  Downtown Vancouver, as we waited for the bus
2.  Lighthouse Park forest or foreshore (the rocky beach)

Questions.  What did you

see - light levels
hear sounds
touch - what textures did you sense

What was the ground beneath you like...
What was the mood of the place?
What interactions did you observe (think of forest interactions)

How did you experience the living things around you?

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sk'i-wit-sut Lighthouse Park Field Study

We spent a few hours doing a species inventory and walk at Sk'i-wit-sut Lighthouse Park. We observed old growth Cedar, Douglas Fir, Pinus Contorta, Arbutus and understory species such as salal, salmonberry, huckleberry, amongst others.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lighthouse Park POSTPONED to Sept 28

FIELD TRIP FORM HERE and it is due on friday . please fill it in by friday night with your parents

email  your assignment to msngscience@gmail.com

trail map is here

This field study is still being approved AND I need to collect remaining  consent forms.  Meanwhile, we will get into our study groups and do the following:

Create a trip safety plan:  30 marks  marks for each item below. Marks will be deducted if work is incomplete, late or incorrect.  5 marks deducted if it is not neatly done with good presentation values (attractive and organized)

1.  Names of group members, including cell phone numbers
2.  Name of group leader
3.  Draw a map of the park (copy it from this link)
4.  Make a detailed trip plan 
  a. how will you meet
  b. If we meet at Hudson bay downtown, which bus do we take to Lighthouse park especially if we take attendance at 9am? 
  c.  Which is the bus stop at lighthouse and name the one right before it.
5.  On your map of the park colour code our route
6.  What hazards are to be found at Juneper Point?  how do we mitigate those hazards?
7.  What hazards are possible when we walk through trails?
8.  What hazards exist at Lighthouse Park?

9.  What if a group member goes missing during our trip, what is your group response?

Find the two part latin name and photo of each of these plants:
Put them all in a document.

1.  Douglas squirrel
2.  Robin
3.  Pileated woodpecker
4   Barred owl
5. Little brown bat

6.  Douglas Fir
7. western red cedar
8. yellow cedar
9. Western Hemlock
10.  Juniper species
11. Arbutus

12. Huckleberry
13 blueberry
14. oregon grape
15.  salmonberry
16. kinnikinik
17.  salal

18. moss species (on the ground)
19. spanish moss

20.  Swordfern

21. Bracket fungi

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Intro to Classification

Quiz questions based on these notes
Finsh our lab today and go over notes.
next day's questions:

1.     What is classification
2.     Who invented Classification?
3.     What is a two part name

4.     Name the taxons

Next day's lecture:  continue with our study of classification
1.     What are the biological basis for classification?
2.     Define:
a.     Heterotroph
b.     Autotroph
c.     Eukaryotic
d.     prokaryotic

- Define Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protozoa, BACTERIA (monera)

Get into your field study groups for Lighthouse Park.