Welcome Biology Students! 
This is where I will post links to 4th quarter assignments.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the most recent assignment.

The first document below is the unit project. Please read through the requirements for this project so that you can start thinking about an end product. This project is due Friday, May 22nd. You can also scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the guidelines.

Please let me know what your topic will be by Monday, 5/11.

The first "weekly assignments" will be posted below starting on Wednesday, 4/15, and then every Monday. These are intended to help you learn important biology concepts that you'll need to complete the project. 

The new assignments for the week of April 20-24 are below. These will be due next Monday, 4/27. You should do the DNA Review and Coloring assignment first, then the Protein Synthesis assignment. Go to my blog page for more details.
The new assignments for the week of 4/27 are posted below. For the Protein Synthesis and Codons Practice assignment you'll be using a codon wheel to determine the amino acid products of transcription and translation. Remember, to read the codon wheel, start in the middle with the large G U A C, then the medium size letters, and finally the smallest letters on the outermost part of the wheel. 
Happy Monday!

I hope you had a good weekend. Spring is here, and I'm looking forward to the warm weather that is supposed to be coming our way later this week.

The assignment this week is on good old classical Mendelian genetics. You'll be using the PDF linked below to fill out and complete the note and practice sheet. 

There are also two optional pages that focus on doing genetic crosses that involve two traits. Give those a try if you want a little extra challenge. 

Finally, this is a reminder that there is a unit project (see the very first document at the top of this page). I'm setting the due date to Friday, May 22nd. If you haven't already looked at the guidelines, please do that today. I'm going to ask you to let me know what your focus disease is by next Monday.

Why are some people lactose intolerant? --- and other genetic mysteries:

Enzymes, DNA and Genetic Disorders Project 

YOUR TASKSLearn the basics about enzymes, DNA, and protein synthesis with posted weekly lessons. Pick one of the genetically based enzyme disorders below. Do some research to determine its causes and effects. Then share the information you find. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information is one of the important practices of science.

Choices:  Here are some enzyme disorders (though you can find more that are not on this list):
Fabry disease                          Tay-Sachs disease                     Gaucher’s disease                     Galactosemia  Hurler syndrome                    MCAD deficiency                        G6Pase deficiency                     Leigh disease
Glycogen storage disease     Argininemia                                Sanfilippo syndrome                 I-cell disease  
CPS I deficiency                        Phenylketonuria                        Hereditary fructose intolerance
Von Gierke disease                  Peroxisomal disorder                Lactose intolerance
Mucopolysaccharidosis          Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome            

You will be graded on your information-sharing. You have a choice in how you want to share your information. Here are some ideas:   

  • Make a short graphic novel
  • Write a creative story or children’s book
  • Design a series of informative posters
  • Create a slideshow or a Prezi
  • Create a video (provide me with the link or file) - can be a news report, an animation/claymation, a skit…
  • Come up with your own idea – but check with me first!

What your project must include:

  • What the healthy enzyme/condition does
  • Where the enzyme functions in the body (i.e. – nervous system, digestive system, muscular system)
  • Enzyme-substrate complex and products of healthy enzyme (make a model – use enzyme POGIL as example – no need to be exact here – just conceptual)
  • What are the effects on the body when the enzyme doesn’t function properly
  • What is happening at the level of the DNA and protein synthesis that results in the disorder.
  • A basic explanation of how a protein is made in a cell
  • Whether treatment is possible and what that treatment is.
  • References – websites/other with the specific title/author of the article

Grading Rubric:  Your enzyme project will be graded using the following rubric. Plagiarism is not acceptable. This needs to be your original work. Use quotes sparingly and include citations. Your score will be based on:

  • Completed all parts
  • Accuracy 
  • Overall quality  
  • References 


Genetics Home Reference

My go to genetics reference – please use it!

  • Addresses most all you need to know about your genetic disorder.
  • Has “Help Me Understand Genetics” tab on homepage that will answer so many of your questions!  Take as deep a dive as you like.
  • Use search tool to find your genetic disorder.
  • Once on the page, make sure you find the “causes” link that will take you to the gene or genes associated with the disorder. If there are several, pick one by clicking on it to see what its normal function is.
  • Sometimes the protein the gene codes for is mentioned – and if you click on it – you can see the actual folded shape of the protein!

Our next (and final!) unit will focus on evolution and Darwin's theory of natural selection. 

For this next assignment you'll be watching this video and responding to the questions and prompts on the document linked below.