IB Biology - Today you either took the AP or IB exam in biology, or you watched the movie Gattaca. If it was the IB exam you will take the next part tomorrow. Remember to relax. If you were in class you should finish the movie tomorrow, possibly Wednesday.
Honors Biology - Today we started with a recap of the narrative of life in our universe. Next, we looked at 4 sets of data that are somehow related to climate. You first made four observations, then developed 3 questions, then answered two of the questions from others, and we didn't quite get to the final step. Tonight, for homework, I want you to go to the upper left side of this new entry and I want you to make decisions about the credibility of the following organizations: NOAA, NASA, UN, IPCC, and Science and Public Policy (scienceandpublicpolicy.com). List the five, make brief discussion of who they are, and then evaluate if they are a credible source or not with what ever criteria you like, just define it.
IB Biology - Today we continued to watch Gattaca. Tomorrow we will finish this movie and have a discussion. You can probably guess at this point some of the topics we'll discuss like, genetic modification, discrimination, the unquantifiable quality of determination, etc. For that matter, have you even thought about why the title is GATTACA?
Honors Biology - Today we looked at your investigative work from last night and how it applied to interpreting data found in our graphs. We learned that as science literate citizens we need to be skeptical but keep an open mind. We also know that bias is all around us and there isn't a clear cut answer to judging the reliability of a source. Lastly we discussed the overwhelming data that points to climate change and made an illustration of the greenhouse effect. Your job tonight is to apply the concept of a warming world to your specific topic. Remember that you can dig up projections from others, but cite your source. If there are no sources to add to your research project, use your basic science knowledge to make a projection of how climate change might affect your issue. Any work that you do should be in your shared research document.
IB Biology - Today we finished the movie Gattaca. Once we finished it we reflected on the themes of this movie. We discussed prejudice through genetics and realized we do the same thing today but on a less sophisticated level as the movie. We also discussed the idea that there are emergent properties that arise in organisms, or the idea that we are more than just the sum of our parts. Thank you to those who participated in this rich discussion, and for those of you who didn't, please remember that we are still in school and just because I'm being lenient during testing doesn't mean that your effort should be any less. Oh, on another note, please bring your books to class by the 22nd to return it to the library.
Honors Biology - Today we played the world famous game of "Would You Rather..." and the reason we did this game is to illustrate that there are many things in biology/life that are not clear cut, that there aren't just yes and no questions, but questions that require a weighing of assets and our application of ethics. Tonight your job is to critically consider the topic you are researching as to it's good points and bad point (weighing assets), and then to consider the problem from your an ethical standpoint. You will be sharing your work with your partners tomorrow so please come in with your own ideas so you can have the same rich discussion we had in class today.
IB Biology - You may choose ANY biology related topic. Here are some examples of what you could pick: Exobiology, Extremophiles, A favorite organism, Connect two seemingly unrelated, Biological weapons, Disease spread, Seed Dispersal, Neurological Disorders, Human Cloning, Flower Coloration, Vision, Aging, Fungi, Etc.
Points will be scored in three areas: The topic/solution, inclusions of 6 topics, AND daily work points.
You should consider : The use of data, Ethical Issues, Assessing Risk and valuation, Taking a stance and find data supporting a solution, Opposition.
Boom Shakalaka Bonus Points: These optional points will add to your overall score but will not allow your score to exceed the maximum points possible.
Some examples could be the incorporation of an original song and or dance, the serving of food, a FUN game, use of special effects, an occult or religious connection with your topic, or other ideas that are not scientific but are ENTERTAINING!
Honors Biology - Today you spent your time first looking at a really cool website that NASA created to show the changes that occur in our world. https://climate.nasa.gov/images-of-change?id=574#574-lake-mead-at-record-low After looking at this site you then had time to work with your partners on your research project. It will not be due tomorrow. Too many of you will be out for AP testing. It will be due on Monday. The document will be shared with me before the beginning of class or it will be considered late.
IB Biology - Today you watch the video on strange things that have been found in people. I will be using these fun/bizarre videos at the beginning of each day. Later, you used your time to work on your final project.
Honors Biology - Today we were missing a chunk of you due to the AP test. So, while today should be mostly used to put together your research document we also watched a video on microbiomes. Here's the URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-icXZ2tMRM Remember that your research project is due on Monday!
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