We are going to be working on food webs, energy pyramids, limiting factors, natural selection, environmental laws, and biodiversity.

ALL NOTES AND HANDOUTS ARE CONTAINED IN THE "NOTE PACKET" LISTED BELOW.

NOTES:


POWERPOINT:


FRIDAY 3/27/2015
TEST DAY

THURSDAY 3/26/2015
REVIEW FOR THE TEST. WE PLAYED BINGO IN CLASS.




WEDNESDAY 3/25/2015
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    • What is Biodiversity?
    • Why is Biodiversity important?
    • What happens when we remove the keystone species from a community?
  • Students took notes on biodiversity on page 19 of their packets.
  • We played biodiversity JENGA, where we took out species of the Chesapeake Bay community, and as we decreased biodiversity, the community became unstable.
  • When we removed the keystone species, the community fell.
  • Students received their review packets for the test.
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TUESDAY 3/24/2015
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    • How do limiting factors affect populations?
  • Students worked through pages 16, 17, 18, and 19 in their note packets.
  • Students played a fish/limiting factors game outside. Some of the students were fish, and some were resources in the environment. When the resources were high, the fish population increased, however, when the resources were low, the fish population decreased.

MONDAY 3/23/2015
WEBSITE FOR NATURAL SELECTION
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    • What did Charles Darwin contribute to science?
    • What is natural selection?
  • Students watched a brain pop video on Charles Darwin and answered questions on Natural Selection
  • Using the website listed above, students worked on models of natural selection.
  • Students also signed up for Careers for Career Day on May 1.

FRIDAY 3/20/2015:
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    • How do adaptations allow organisms to survive in their environment?
  • We reviewed the analysis questions from yesterdays Beak it out lab.
  • We were given time to work on the Designer Zoo project. (see attached below) Due TUESDAY

HOMEWORK: Designer zoo project due Tuesday.
Examples:
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Example of Designer zoo 2.JPG

THURSDAY 3/19/2015:
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    • How do adaptations allow organisms to survive in their environment?
    • What is natural selection?
  • Students simulated feeding behaviors of birds. There were spoon beaks, magnet beaks, hook beaks, and the invasive species of hand beaks.
  • Students realized that the introduction of a non-native species decreased the amount of food available as well as decreased the population of native organisms.
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HOMEWORK: Complete page 13 - fill in the blanks using the terms in the box.

WEDNESDAY 3/18/2015:
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    • What is an niche?
    • How does energy flow through an ecosystem?
  • We took notes on niche (page 8 and 9)
  • We took notes on food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids (page 11)
  • We completed all activities in our note packet up to and including page 12.
HOMEWORK: Complete reviews of terms on pages 7 and 10 if not finished in class.

TUESDAY 3/17/2015:
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    • What adaptations do animals and plants have that live in specific biomes?
    • How do ecosystems change over time?
  • Students took noes on succession
  • We watched videos on Mt. St. Helen's from 1980 till 2011 and discussed how this is primary succession.
  • We also watched a video on forest fires and discussed how this is an example of secondary succession.

HOMEWORK: COMPLETE THE CROSSWORD PUZZLE ON PAGE 2

MONDAY 3/16/2015:
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    • What are biomes?
    • What adaptations do animals and plants have that live in specific biomes?
  • Students took notes using their note packet.
  • Students looked up various biomes using the website below.
WEBSITE FOR BIOMES

HOMEWORK: COMPLETE THE CROSSWORD PUZZLE ON PAGE 2