The Carbon Cycle…How will you change?

Today we explored the CARBON Cycle. Students met in the PC Lab to collect information about how carbon cycles through the biosphere. Then, students became a carbon atom and chose their journey. Use the links below to complete your quest.

Link 1:  Use this link to read about the Carbon Cycle and collect information: 

http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/Water/co2_cycle.html

The Carbon Cycle

 

Link 2: Use this link to begin the carbon cycle game. You will play the role of a carbon atom and travel through the biosphere taking on the different forms of matter which contain carbon.

 http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/carbon_cycle.html

The Carbon Cycle GAME

 HOMEWORK: 

Read over the Ecology Investigations Channel WLPE News report Audition Assignment. Select your Top 5 issues that you may want to complete a news report on. You will be selecting your issue tomorrow. 

 

Finish the Carbon Cycle assignment if you did not complete in class today. Due: Tuesday

 

Final EXAM is October 11th….Next Friday. ( 30 M/c, 2 Essay questions)

Matter Cycles!

Today was our last day of testing!

Students used class time today to work on reading pages 509 & 510 in the textbook and answering the following questions: 

1. What do these key terms mean? organic molecule, carbon, photosynthesis, respiration, and combustion

2. How does carbon (and oxygen)cycle through the environment? (use the key terms in your description)

3. What does this cycle look like? (label key terms in your diagram)

4. Why is the cycling of carbon and oxygen important?

Students used pages 40 & 41 in their notebooks to record their information. 

Today some of the students shared their relationship cartoons with me and I  love the creative humor expressed in their illustrations. 

What’s due: 

Relationship Cartoons due Monday

Carbon Cycle notes/ questions due Monday if you did not finish them in class today. 

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Cartoon Relationships

Today students took a quiz to demonstrate that they can examine data and propose the type of relationship that exists. Then students were provided time in class to work on their Cartoon relationships. 

Students were assigned the role of a cartoonist in which they are to create a humorous, serious, or sophisticated cartoon depicting four of the relationships: competition, predation, mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. 

See attached: symbiosis cartoon rubric,  symbiosis cartoon template

and   symbiosis cartoons examples  Cartoons are not due until Monday. 

What’s due: 

Lab write up (sec. 7 due Friday)

Cartoon Relationships – due Monday

 

Competitive and Mutually Beneficial Relationships

Today we reviewed over the dependent relationship between predators and their prey to maintain stable population sizes. Then, students finished working on their station rotation activities. Section 7 & 8, you need to complete Station 8 Questions 1 through 7. You may play the mosquito and parasite game and answer the question in Station 7 for bonus points. Be sure to turn these in tomorrow if you did not turn it in before leaving class today. 

In sections 1/2 and 3/4 only, students were assigned to role of a cartoonist in which they are to create a humorous, serious, or sophisticated cartoon depicting four of the relationships: competition, predation, mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. See attached: symbiosis cartoon rubric,  symbiosis cartoon template, and   symbiosis cartoons examples  Cartoons are not due until Monday. 

What’s due: 

Population Lab Formal Lab write up is due: THURSDAY (yes tomorrow)(sec. 7 …due Friday..you are a day behind)

Relationships Station #8 only is due tomorrow for sections 7 & 8 only. Sections 1/2 & 3/4 should have already completed and turned in today. 

Relationships Cartoon…due Monday. (section 7 & 8 have not received this assignment yet)

 

Relationships

Due to the testing schedule, all classes are not the same. Refer to your section to determine what needs to be completed.

Section 1/2: Today we had LOTS of time to work on Relationships. You rotated from station to station to determine the type of relationship exemplified. Tonight, you need to work on your Lab write up concluding paragraph. See Resources below for definitions that may be useful.

Section 3/4: You rotated from station to station to determine the type of relationship exemplified. We will be revisiting these stations tomorrow so that you may complete your tasks. Tonight, you need to work on your Lab write up concluding paragraph. See Resources below for definitions that may be useful.

Section 7: Today in class, you worked on your lab write up. Tonight you need to review over your “Types of interactions” Notes or watch the two videos below. 

(They are from Youtube, so skip through the commercials please)

relationships lecture

Relationships in action

http://youtu.be/zSmL2F1t81Q?t=21s

Section 8: You rotated from station to station to determine the type of relationship exemplified. Yes I know you only got to visit one. So, we will be revisiting these stations tomorrow so that you may complete your tasks. Tonight, you need to work on your Lab write up concluding paragraph. See Resources below for definitions that may be useful.

What’s Due;

Lab write-up is due…..THURSDAY! You may upload through Edmodo or submit a paper copy. You will receive your grade through the mechanism in which you submitted it. Use the attached rubric to make sure your FORMAT is accurate: Lab format

Relationships QUIZ…Thursday!

Resources: 

Finish Lab Write-up  Guide

Station 8: Malaria Website

Go to the website,

http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/medicine/malaria/

Play the Mosquito Game and answer the questions on your station sheet.

Then, play the Parasite Game and answer the questions on your station sheet.

 

Formal Lab Write-Up continued….

Today students used class time to work on their Formal Lab Write ups for the “Competition within a Community” Lab. See References below to help in your write up. Lab write up is due Thursday (except, section 1/2 and 7 TBD)

Resources:

lab write up sample

population lab formal write up

Definitions:

A niche….the role or position an organism has within an environment. Principle of Competitive Exclusion…two species competing for the same resources can not coexit  can not co-exist . The one with the advantage will dominate over time.

Tomorrow we will not be working on the labs in class unless you are in section 1/2 or 7.  Section 1/2  and 7 will be using some class time tomorrow before beginning our relationships stations.

All classes be sure to take five minutes and review over your “Types of Interactions notes. Here are two videos to help with your  review:

(They are from Youtube, so skip through the commercials please)

Relationships Lecture

Relationships in Action Video

 

SECTION 7 ONLY…change in plans

Watch the video on how to make a graph and try to add a graph to your word document. If you are having issues or do not have these tools at home watch the video tonight so that you know how to do it in class tomorrow.

http://www.screencast.com/t/BvP1hYjLmwm

 

Competition in a Population Continued

Next week we begin ITBS testing

Section 1/2: Students used the 20 minutes after testing to complete the Lessons of Kaibab graph. If you did not turn it in prior to leaving make sure you turn it in on Monday.  Later in the day, seciton 1/2 met again in the PC Lab where students conducted a Competition in Population Lab.  Students set up their formal lab write up including Topic Question, Hypothesis, and Experiment and then conducted the experiment to collect data. We will continue to work on this on Monday. 

Section 3/4: Students continued to work on their Population Lab. Students were shown how to copy and paste the data table to their formal lab write up word document. Then, students worked in class to create two graphs. A graph displaying growth of the paramecium together and a graph displaying growth of paramecium in separate environments.  We will continue to work on this on Monday. 

Section 7: We did not meet today. We will continue to work on our Labs on Monday. If you did not stop by to turn in your food web poster, be sure to turn it in on Monday. 

Section 8: Students worked in class to create two graphs. A graph displaying growth of the paramecium together and a graph displaying growth of paramecium in separate environments.  Some students have finished their error analysis and conclusion…Way to Go! That’s using using class time wisely:) We will continue to work on this on Monday. 

Resources: 

population lab formal write up

lab write up sample

What’s due:

No homework unless you have not turned in your Food Web Poster, then be prepared to turn it in Monday for a late grade. 

Competition in a Population Formal Lab Write Up

BL_04.html

Due to CoGAt testing, All classes have not completed the same tasks. Look below for your section to determine what needs to be accomplished:

Section 1/2: Finish your Lessons of Kaibab graph. we review in class how to set this up. Do not forget to put a title that includes the dependent and independent variables such as : Deer Population Over time. Remember: Food Web Posters are due Friday!

Section 3/4: Today we met in the computer lab to begin the Competition in a Population Lab. If you did not write your hypothesis or collect all 16 days worth of data, be sure to complete this tonight for homework. We will be meeting in the PC Lab tomorrow to work on compiling your formal write up. Be sure to bring your flashdrives.  Be prepared to turn in your lessons of Kaibab sheet tomorrow if you did not already turn it in today. Remember: Food Web Posters are due Friday!

 

Section 7: Today we met in the computer lab to complete the Competition in a Population Lab. You should have collected all your data and started to compile your lab write up. All Typed lab write-ups are due next Wednesday. Since we will not be meeting tomorrow, be sure to stop by my class to turn in your Food Web posters and typed paragraph. 

Section 8:  Today we met in the computer lab to complete the Competition in a Population Lab. You should have collected all your data and started to compile your lab write up. We will meet in the PC LAB tomorrow to continue to work on these. Be sure to bring your flashdrives to save your work.  Remember: Food Web Posters are due Friday!

What’s due: 

Food Web Posters are due Friday!

 

Competition in a Population Online lab link:

http://www.mhhe.com/biosci/genbio/virtual_labs/BL_04/BL_04.html

population lab formal write up