Category Archives: Organization of Life

Assignment Calendar


What is an Assignment Calendar?   This is an easy to search chronological archive of our unit!  I will post what we did in class, assignments, reminders, announcements and updates as needed.  How does this benefit you?  This is a place where you can go to check out what we did during the day (if you were missing school) and is a place where I will be posting assignments, some extra resources,  or links to blog posts of the assignment.  This post will be very helpful to you if you would like to check on a past resource or assignment if needed!

Thursday, OCTOBER 19

  • Why classify living things?
  • FNMI classification systems

Friday, OCTOBER 20

  • Continue from yesterday

Tuesday, OCTOBER 24

  • Review KPCOFGS and make your own Mnemonic (can not use Mrs. Cooper’s 🙂 )
  • Completed Phylums chart – must finish this tonight for homework.

Wednesday, OCTOBER 25

  • Corrected chart – make sure to pay special attention to the differences in cell walls.
  • Cladograms
  • Began dichotomous keys – as a class we did Smiles and you worked on Norn’s

Thursday, OCTOBER 26

  • shoe key

Friday, OCTOBER 27

Monday, OCTOBER 30

  • unicellular organisms and cell wall review
  • locomotion in unicellular organisms
  • Characteristics of each kingdom – dichotomous key  (USE PAGES R27-R33 of your textbook to help you solve this key)
  • make jot notes on the video below:

Tuesday, OCTOBER 31

Team Task 1: Energy transfer.

In your team groups:
To design, create and evaluate a model to demonstrate transportation of materials (energy into or out of the cell) at the interface of the cell membrane through the processes such as  active (i.e. exocytosis, endocytosis) and  passive (i.e. diffusion, osmosis, facilitated) transport. Yes – you will be creating multiple models (i.e. not just 2)!
You will only be given two class periods to work on this.  You will need to research the above types of transport – make sure you have a clear understanding of each (will be on the assessment).  State which model is created for a unicellular or multicellular organism (or both) and why. Analyze how intercellular and intracellular processes and biofeedback maintain homeostasis at the cellular level.
Models are due in three class periods (at the start of class = homework), you will be assigned a team to evaluate!

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 1

  • Continue to work on your projects with your groups

Thursday, NOVEMBER 2

  • SDS

Friday, NOVEMBER 3

  • Group presentations
  • Science in the News

Monday, NOVEMBER 6

  • Continued presentations (only 2 more to go tomorrow)
  • Tennis Ball activity – entered data, will discuss tomorrow.
  • Exam on Nov 22

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 7

  • Cellular Respiration

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 8

  • Cellular Respiration

Thursday, NOVEMBER 9

  • SDS

Monday, NOVEMBER 14

  • Exam has been moved until November 23
  • Watch the video below – we will discuss tomorrow.



  • Photosynthesis video

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 15

  • Flies!!!!  Buzz…..  Remember, this will be a final exam question

Thursday, NOVEMBER 16

  • Ethics of using model organisms for research
  • Relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration

Friday, NOVEMBER 17

  • SDS OR if you need more flies (specifically wild type) you can take a few moments and do this.
  • From Ms. Rustad’s blog – this is the review for your exam:
    • What are the different levels of organization? (Of an individual – cell up to whole organism)

      What is taxonomy and who created this system? How does this system work? (think KPCOFGS) Know the order of classification.

      What are the three domains and the kingdoms? What makes each of these different from the others? The same? Remember the chart that was created in class, and specifically the differences in the cell walls. Know why organisms are placed in the Kingdom that they are.

      What is a cladogram? How is it different from a phylogenetic tree?

      How does a dichotomous key work? How is this related to a cladogram? Know how to create one.

      What helps unicellular organisms move? Animal movement? (What organs/organ systems)

      What is the difference between active and passive transport? What are the different kinds of passive and active transport we see in cells? Remember to consider: 

      • Osmosis
      • Facilitated diffusion
      • Diffusion
      • exocytosis
      • endocytosis
      • Pinocytosis
      • Phagocytosis

      Know cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Include the Light and Dark reactions (PS) and the three stages of CR (glycolysis, Kreb’s, and ETC). Know the equations and generally how each works. Be able to compare the two.

Monday, NOVEMBER 20

  • SDS work period

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 21

  • SDS work period

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 22

  • Review for exam / study

Thursday, NOVEMBER 23

  • Exam