M: Biology: Today we began by looking at a bunch of graphs that were taken from a number of sources and these graphs are related to a big question of "How can the environment affect organisms?" The set of graphs can be found below, but you'll notice that your class may not have used some of the graphs found in this file. Tonight I want you to fully analyze the graph you were originally assigned and tell us as much as you can about what it is telling us. You should have a fully filled right hand page, but this homework of putting it all together should go on the left hand side.
Medical Biology: Today we began by looking at a bunch of graphs that were taken from a number of sources and these graphs are related to a big question of "How can the environment affect organisms?" The set of graphs can be found below. Tonight on the left hand side I need you to evaluate the reliability of the sources that this information came from. The sources are NOAA, NASA, IPCC, Skeptical Science.com, and the Los Angeles Times. To determine their reliability look at who they are first (what do they do), who their audience is, What are their interests?, and then decide if they are reliable giving a ranking of 1-10 with 10 being VERY reliable and 1 being not reliable at all. Each source should be about a short paragraph.
T: Biology - Today we finished our discussion of data from yesterday and rewrote our sum it up statements. Then we discussed the reliability of the sources we look at and determined if the interests of those publishing the data should be considered reliable. After this discussion we laid the ground work for your environmental research project and you selected a topic from the list below. Tonight you should research resources that should be considered reliable for the project you have chosen. Record this on the left side of the entry we began today.
Medical Biology - Today we looked back at our graphs and in spite of what they said we discussed the reliability of the data. We then learned that in really digging deep into a subject we need to break it down to smaller pieces and the first major division for this is knowing the difference between biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors in the environment. Lastly, you need to do the set up for your research project. For now that just means picking the topic for you and your partner (if you have one), creating a shared document if you have a partner, and then listing the biotic and abiotic factors. Here is the list you can chose from, but you can't repeat other groups:
3) Acid rain
4) Radioactive Waste
5) Ozone depletion
6) Genetic engineering
7) Ocean acidification
8) Climate change
9) Burning of fossil fuels
10) Plastic pollution
12) Urban air pollution
13) Water use/rights
14) Ground Water
16) Untreated sewage
17) Land use
18) Water contamination - lead
19) Gold Mining and heavy metals.
20) Biomagnification of heavy metals
21) Air pollution
22) Waste Management
23) American Diet
25) Highways and migration problems
26) Use of fertilizers
27) Light Pollution
29) Dumping of prescription meds
31) Meat production
32) Wind Power
33) Public health issues
W: Biology - Today we issued all of your projects. This will be the focus of all of our ecology work. These next few weeks you will learn concepts, but also recognize how these concepts affect your challenging situation (project).
Ultimately you will be presenting a claim about your unbiased work using data from reliable sources.
In addition, your project must Contain:
1) What is the issue and what region of the world is it in?
2) How does this issue impact human health (ONLY MEDBIO)
3) A statement of whether Climate Change is somehow connected to this?
4) The affect of this problems on the biome.
5) Include all ethical considerations.
6) How do we reduce/solve this problem? Solution. ...is there one?
7) Plus you must include our daily topics even if they don’t apply. You'll need to explain.
Topics covered so far: Biomes, ecosystems, communities, populations, organisms, biotic and abiotic. Trophic pyramid and disruptions to it. Risk assessment of organisms using food webs, and population dynamics concepts.
Logistically it must have sources that are reliable!,
And...APA in text citation (ONLY MEDBIO).
A minimum of 3 data sets must be included, but you probably will use more.
HW: Tonight you should have a complete list of the biotic and abiotic components involved in your particular issue.
Medical Biology - See above
Th: Biology - Today you watched a video on ecological order (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izRvPaAWgyw ). On the right hand side of your entry we then created a graphic organizer showing biosphere,
Biotic, community, population, and organism;
and abiotic with air, water, land,
Tonight I want you to look at your project and on the left side of your entry from today, list out the many pieces you studied today and how they apply to your project. Here's a website that may help: http://eschooltoday.com/ecosystems/what-is-a-biome.html
Medical Biology - Today you watched a video on ecological order (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izRvPaAWgyw ). On the right hand side of your entry we then created a graphic organizer showing biosphere, biomes, ecosystems; Biotic, community, population, and organism; and abiotic with air, water, land, and temperature. Tonight I want you to look at your project and on the left side of your entry from today, list out the many pieces you studied today and how they apply to your project. Here's a website that may help: http://eschooltoday.com/ecosystems/what-is-a-biome.html .
In addition, and this is due by Monday, I want you to watch the following https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sISguPDlhY&feature=em-uploademail and on a separate sheet of paper I want you to connect these ecological descriptors with these microbiomes. In other words, how is a microbiome just like a macrobiome! Yes, you can use other resources.
F: Biology - So yesterday we had a really messed up schedule. Today we will try to restart and your only responsibility is the homework from yesterday.
Medical Biology - Yesterday was really geeked up! We're going to try to reset are make another run at it today. Your only responsibility is what is listed from yesterday. Don't forget that the microbiome project that must come on a SEPARATE sheet of paper and is due on Monday.
Extra Credit: Check out this website where you can help scientists with plastic waste on our beaches.
To receive your extra credit, you should take multiple screen shots of your volunteer work and then describe in each of the screen shots you were doing.
This page contains nearly everything that you need if you missed class.