Sunday, April 30, 2017
This week mainly focused on our transpiration lab. My group decided to focus on salt water to see how that would impact the transpiration of the plant. Though a little tricky at first, we were able to successfully set it up and run the experiment to see that in both our trials, it didn't take too long for our salt water plant to droop over and die. Now, the focus has shifted to our posters which will help us convey this data and will help us better our understanding of the lab. Though my group isn't too far into the poster work, I still feel the collaboration and the further explanation have really impacted my learning in a positive way.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Let me start this by saying that Heart Week was easily one of my favorite weeks we've had in class this year. Something that really helped get my mind going was doing out the diagram of the heart, but what really made that click for me was the hands-on experience. Being able to touch, cut open, and jam my fingers into a heart really made the experience for me. Not only was it super cool to be able to compare and contrast Hannah and I's heart to other hearts in the room, but being able to take what I learned previously through worksheets and the diagram drawn and apply that knowledge to the physical heart really assisted my learning. Dissecting and working with physical body parts has been something I haven't been able to do since fourth grade, so being able to do so now with much greater background knowledge was really cool because I had maintained the childlike wonder of a fourth grader while simultaneously possessing the knowledge of an AP Bio student.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
There's not much I can say. I was only in class last week for one and a half classes due to sickness and SATs. This has not benefitted me at all because now I am very behind and very confused in almost every class, especially this one. All I really got to do this week was work on the nutrition sheet, which helped me familiarize myself with the concept and also made it easier for me to understand the other sheets done by other people.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
This week, there was a major emphasis on review of inheritance and genetics. The activities we did throughout the week, looking at standards 4.5 - 4.9, really helped me in remembering different forms of inheritance and how they worked. This was something that came to me a little more easily because it was something I did very well on freshman year, and it's easier for me to remember things that I both enjoyed and was good at. My favorite activity of the week was working with the virtual flies and discovering the dominance and recessive patterns of particular traits. I discovered that singed back was a sex linked trait which was unintentional but good because it was similar to another example in the packet that confused me, so it was good to do it again and be reassured. All and all, I am looking forwards to getting to work even more on inheritance and genetics.