Adaptation Test - Monday, 11/25
    natural selection  
    Lesson Plans for the Week of:  11/18
    [Please note that these lesson are guides for the week but may be modified as the week goes on as adjustments are usually made based on what is accomplished each day and what changes are required in order to maximize the learning]
    • Natural Selection Notes
    • Hand out next Monday's Test Study Guide [see below]
    • Finish Natural Selection Notes
    • Charles Darwin Research
    • Charles Darwin Research


    • Charles Darwin Research 


    Upcoming Tests/Projects
    test study guide
    Inheritance Lab Report
    In class we conducted an inhertance lab where you tracked your genes over two generations and it is now time to do your first formal lab report. The instructions are glued in your journal but if you need another copy, click here
    Suggested Time Line

    Mon, 10/21 - Detailed instructions given out & glued in journal (see above for another copy)

    Wed, 10/22 – Document is fully set up with all formatting on Google Docs

    Sun, 10/27 – Procedure section completed

    Fri, 11/1 - Have Intro rough draft done and have a peer edit completed

    Sun, 11/3 - Introduction, Beginning Question and Procedures sections completely typed out

    Thurs, 11/7 – All Data section data tables complete and verified

    Sun, 11/10 – Have Analysis, Claims and Evidence, and Partners typed

    Mon, 11/11 - One final review of report matched up with instructions by a non-peer

    Tues, 11/12 - Turn in report a day early so you do not have to worry about it

    Wed, 11/13 - Report due at the beginning of class


    Tips For Avoiding Silly Points

    I went over all the lab report instructions in detail when I handed them out. But I realize that this was all overwhelming so I have typed up all the things I wanted you to pay attention to below so here is a list of tips to avoid those dreaded "silly points":



    Your instruction sheet lays out very specific things that must be in your introduction and we talked about this in detail in class. The following is a general break-down of the paragraph:

    Make sure you follow the topic of your introductory sentence as outlined in the instructions.

    I will be looking for all the cited vocabulary words to be used correctly when describing the concepts but this should not be a list of vocabulary definitions – do not try to define the words but rather use them correctly in your example. Use examples when you are explaining the dominant/recessive rules. Do not just list facts - that will come across as choppy - TEACH the information to the reader and if it needs to be more than one paragraph, then do so.


    Beginning Question

    How are traits passed down over two generations?


    Procedures Section 

    You must write out the 3 section headings as it says on the instruction sheet, underlined but not bolded

    DO NOT USE PERSONAL PRONOUNS!! (I, he, she, mine, yours, ours, theirs, we, you, them, us, etc)

    Steps go down the page, not in a paragraph, and each "instruction" is a separate step

    Do not indent your "Steps" 

    Do NOT use transition words like "next", "followed by", etc


    In Part 1 - make sure you include how to fill out the “Genotype”, "Phenotype" and "Gamete" columns. Include the 3x10 trait chart at the end of Part 1 (you will NOT include any other charts in the Procedure Section. This procedures section has to be a lot more than just the rules that were posted on the board - you need to tell the reader what to do and then where to put the information they get. Make sure not to forget all males must flip a coin to determine the gamete – heads = x, tails = y

    Here is how that "short sheet" will look:

    short sheet

    lab rules

    In Part 3 - don't forget to add how you found a couple with an offspring of a different gender than your son/daughter



    When typing the gamete letter, be very careful that your computer does not automatically change a recessive letter (d) into a dominant letter (D) because it is assuming it is the first letter of a sentence and so is capitalizing it.

    Make sure your data tables are actual tables that are boxed in completely and you really want the first 4 tables to be exactly the same size.

    I would highly recommend creating one complete 4x10 blank data table with just the headings and all the listed traits in the Characteristic column. Once that is done, copy and paste it 3 times so you do not have to create 4 separate charts each time for the Female/Male P Generations and then both F1 Generations. Then simply go back and then fill in the data for the remaining 3 columns.



    #4 - if you write out the Punnett Squares, be very, very neat. If you do them digitally, you must line up the parent labels exactly center on the left and top and all of your genotypes must be center-center in each box. At the very least, the Punnet Squares themselves must be done on the computer. If you cannot make fill in the PS and do all the labels perfectly on the computer, then do it by hand.

    #4 Do not forget to include an introduction sentence before Punnett Squares to make it a complete sentence.

    #4 Do not write the labels inside of the margin! I highly recommend you center your Punnett Squares so you have enough room to the left to write the parent labels.

    #4 You must type out all your probabilities, genotypes/phenotypes below each Punnett Square


    Claims and Evidence

    The point of this section is to answer your Beginning Question but you cannot simply make a "claim" for an answer without also providing "evidence" to back up your explanation. Use only examples from your Data section of the lab report and if you are confused, you must come talk to Mr. Strauss well before the lab report is due so he can help you.  



    You must indicate who is the male and who is the female for both couple 1 and couple 2. Must have first and last names for each person (including yourself) and it must be spelled correctly. Use the exact same format as was given to you on the board. 




    It is massively important that every student and parent/guardian reads the 2019-2020 Science Syllabus. This outlines the grading policies, expectations, lab safety contract, and how to guarantee success in Science class this year. 
    If you ever have ANY questions you must reach out to me to get help. Besides just coming up to me and asking your question, here are 2 easy ways to get your questions answers:
    1) Email - my email address is paul.strauss@dvusd.org and know that I check it several times each night at home.  
    2) Text Blasts - Another way to stay in touch is to sign up for my text blasts. I will frequently send out text blasts giving you reminders on due dates as well as important tips and advice in how to do well in class. Once you sign up, you can also text me questions through the service. Here is how you sign up by texting the following message to the following number:  
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