Students will observe Mendel's Laws of Segregation and Independent Assortment through a series of monohybrid crosses with Brassica rapa plants. Students will make inferences supporting Mendel's laws on the basis of their interpretation of the results of these crosses.
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Students will observe the growth of C-Fern plants under rather normal and abnormal conditions. They will then predict the reasons for any differences in tropic response.
Students play a quick and easy game to review the organelles inside both plant and animal cells. Students will use definitions to identify the appropriate cell structure and its role inside the cell. They will also identify if these structures are present in both plant and animal cells.
Students will identify gravitropism in plants (both negative and positive) and explain the siginificance of this adaptation to a germinating seed. Students will collect, graph, interpret and summarize data.
Students demonstrate the difference in soil textures and how this difference relates to soil density. DIfferences in the proportion of soil components are what determine soil texture, which also affect soil properties. Students will also understand other factors such as compaction that affect soil density.
Students will discuss / research the pollutants that may be present in their area and choose one to bioassay on seed germination. After choosing a pollutant and having the teacher approve it, they will design an experiment to test its effects on your seeds.
Students will build a model for studying the effects of contaminants on plant growth, identify two way pollutants can enter the ecosystem, and identify the effects of pollutants on terrestrial and aquatic plants.
Students will discover ethical issues surrounding the practice of genetic engineering in reproductive medicine and understand key terms and concepts related to the science of genetic engineering. Students will also read the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and write a paper comparing and contrasting the ethical and societal conflicts in Huxley's society with our society's use of biotechnology.
This lesson will provide students with knowledge on the various types of pathogens that may invade a human or animal's body and the route that such pathogens taken in order to cause an infection. Students will create a narrative written in first person where they will act as if they are a pathogen (bacterial, viral etc.) and explain how they enter the body, what organ systems they affect, and how they ultimately cause infection in the body.
This laboratory exercise includes both a lecture on the purpose of practicing aseptic technique as well as an explanation of how to practice aseptic techniques. Students will actually practice aseptic technique by plating bacteria in order to isolate individual colonies of bacteria. In addition, students will hypothesize which fomites they believe will have the most bacterial contamination and take swabs of their fomites to check for bacteria.
Students will observe heating and cooling rates of samples of soil, grass, saltwater, fresh water, and sand in order to demonstrate the different rates at which common substances seen in nature are heated by the sun's energy.
Students will work in groups to research one of the eleven body systems. Research will focus on the structure and function of the major organs in the assigned body system. Each group will be responsible for a visual aid to be used in a presentation to the class. In addition, each individual in a group will be responsible for researching and presenting information on one disease associated with their assigned body system.
Students will work together in committees to discover one of Earth's biomes. As a committee, the students will research on the climate, typical flora and fauna, as well as the world distribution of their biome. The committee will present work to the class in a creative manner as if they are trying to persuade the producers of the hit television show "Survivor" to hold the next season in their biome.
Students view the components of an ecosystem found near the school and will develop an understanding of the interdependence of all life forms on earth.
Students will simulate a monohybrid cross between two heterozygous parents and utilize the experimental data to develop a Punnett Square for the prediction of the offspring. Students will learn and apply knowledge of key terms of inheritance during this exercise.
Students investigate population density and its effects on a population. They will create an experiment to observe, measure, and record plant growth, development, and density dependent competition.