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Biology

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Weekly Work and Information

Jan 15-18

We begin our study of Evolution, which involves C16, 17 and 19

We will discuss Charles Darwin’s contribution to science with this theory of natural selection.

Students will learn the definition of “fitness” and “adaptation” which both influence an organism’s ability to survive and reproduce.

VW C16,17,19 is due Thursday

WS 16.1 is due Wednesday

Jan 22-25

We continue our study of evolution and discuss influences on Darwin’s theory.

WS 16.2 due Tuesday

Next, we will learn the different pieces of evidence which support his theory.

WS 16.3 due Thursday

We will compare the rates of evolution: gradualism vs. puncuated equilibrium

Along with the lessons, students will also view the PBS series “Evolution”

Jan 29 - Feb 1

We continue our study of evolution, citing 4 different evidences of the theory.  WS 16.4 over such is due 1/30.

Students will begin C17, which involves the genetics of evolution.  WS 17.1 will be due Thursday.

We will also do an activity showing plate tectonics on Wednesday, which helps to explain the concept of Biogeography

Throughout the week, students will be viewing films from the pbs series on “Evolution” (Great Transformations, Coevolution, Extinction!)

Feb 5 - 9th

We continue studying evolution in C19, which discusses evolution from a geologic view.

Students will learn the parts of the Geologic Time Scale.

WS 19.1 due Wednesday

Ws 19.2 due Thursday

Students can expect a test over C16, 17 and 19 on Monday 2/12.

Feb 12-15

Students taking a test over C16, 17 and 19 on Monday.

Our next unit of study is Classification, C18.  VW for C18 is due Tuesday.

This will be a quick chapter of study and helps divide all living organisms into taxons (groups)

WS 18.1 due Wednesday

Students will learn how to use a dichotomous key when identifying organisms.

WS 18.2 due Thursday

Feb 19-22

Students will complete the study of classification (C18) on Monday by learning the domains and kingdoms.

Students will take a test Tuesday over C18

We will then begin our study of Ecology, beginning with C3.

VW – C3 is due Wednesday.

Students will be learning the difference between climate and weather.

Students will learn the hierarchy of ecosystems, as well as comparing niche and habitats on Wednesday.


Environmental Science

Important Class Files:
Weekly Work and Information

Jan 15-19

We begin our study of Water (C15) and Water Pollution (C16)

Students will learn details about the water cycle and how water is finite and should be saved whenever possible.

Students will learn about the connection between their water use and diet (meats take huge amts of water to produce)

VW – C15, C16 is due Thurs/Monday

Students will watch and answer questions on the film “FLOW”

 

Jan 22 - 25

We continue our study of water and its pollutants.

Students will compare aquifers and watershed and the degree to which our future supply is expected to be impacted by climate change (using Green Fire Times Article)

SF Water Quality Report questions are due Tues/Weds.

Students will conduct a lab showing how saltwater intrusion occurs in coastal areas.

Students will conduct a water footprint to determine their water usage, which heavily depends on their type of diet (how much meat)

Students will also learn the issues with buying bottled water.  We will also do a “Bottled Water Tastetest” to determine the best tasting water, of which samples will be local well water.

During the week, students will be watching the movie “Flow” and answering questions.  The film involves water privatization issues around the world.

Jan 29 - Feb 1

Students will conduct an online investigation to outline and describe how our wastewater is treated here in SF.

Students will conduct a lab showing how saltwater intrusion occurs in coastal areas.

Students will conduct a water footprint to determine their water usage, which heavily depends on their type of diet (how much meat)

 

Feb 5 - 9

Students will begin studying C16 over Water Pollution

Students water footprint is due Mon/Tues and shows their daily water use.

Students will learn about hypoxia and how dead zones occur in the oceans.

Students will compare point and non-point source pollution and how to prevent each type.

Students will learn how to protect their watershed.

Students can expect a test over C15 and C16  next Mon/Tues

Feb 12-15

Students will write a 5-paragraph essay as to the 3 most important things they learned while studying our unit on Water and Water Pollution on Mon/Tuesday

Our next unit of study will be a short unit on Geology involving the types of plate boundaries and types of rocks. This leads into the study of Nonrenewable energy sources (fossil fuels)

Students will conduct a “cookie mining” activity in which they will “mine” the “ore/chocolate chips” from cookies to illustrate the amount of ore produced when compared to the tailings (waste)

Students will also be viewing the film “Peak Oil” and answering questions.

Feb 19-22

Students will continue studying mineral resources and how to extend their limited supplies.

Students will learn the different types of mining and impacts of each (surface and subsurface mining)

Students will read articles concerning the acid mine drainage, which affected Durango, CO 2 years ago.  We will discuss implementations for New Mexico from this event.

Students will “mine” chocolate chip cookies to simulate actual mining (removing the ore and leaving behind the tailings)


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