Daily Bio Activities

Global Climate Change

posted May 14, 2018, 5:35 AM by Jerrid Johansen

Access your class Padlet and search for:  Evidence, Consequences, and Potential Solutions for global climate change.

NASA - Global Climate Change

posted May 11, 2018, 5:54 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated May 11, 2018, 6:35 AM ]

Check out NASA's website about Climate Change.  Check all of the tabs on the site, focusing most of your attention on the "VITAL SIGNS" tab.  

What do the 5 "Vital Signs" tell us about our actions?



Carbon Dioxide Pump Handle

posted May 8, 2018, 5:45 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated May 10, 2018, 6:26 AM ]

Watch this video on Carbon Dioxide Concentration in the Atmosphere, then answer the questions below.

Carbon Dioxide Pump Handle


  1. What do you observe happening in the animation?
  2. Why is it called "The Pump Handle"?
  3. Why is the data behaving in the way that it is?
  4. What questions do you have about the animation, or the data?

    BioGeoChemical Cycles

    posted May 6, 2018, 5:59 PM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated May 6, 2018, 6:01 PM ]

    There are three slides with material you need to complete.

    The Water Cycle.pptx


    If you finish, i would encourage you to start answering test questions 1 and 2 on your white, Unit 12 sheet.  That will be assigned by the end of this week, and will be due early next week.

    Biodiversity

    posted May 2, 2018, 3:47 PM by Jerrid Johansen

    Here are your instructions for the day:

    PART 1
    1. You will work with a partner for much of the day.  You and your partner need a laptop. The login information is on my whiteboard.
    2. Go to the Simple Writer.  This is a website that requires you to use the one-thousand most commonly used words in the English Language.  If you use a word that is not common, it will be written in red.
    3. Get a book and open it to Chapter 6.3, on pages 166 - 171.
    4. There are THREE key statements in that section that are in bold, and have blue key symbol by them.
    5. I want you to type the statements into the Simple Writer and then replace the uncommon words, with the more common words so the whole statement is in black letters.
    6. Once you have the statement in all black lettering, and it makes sense, write the statements down in your notebook.
    PART 2
    1. Grab the white handout that says "Education:  The Value of Biodiversity off the front desk.
    2. Read the directions and then flip the page over to the table on the back.
    3. There are 14 endangered species hanging on the white strips of paper on the cabinets in my room.
    4. Read about the 14 organisms, and then decide how you will donate your $3 million dollars to those animals.
    5. You must donate to at least 5 of the organisms.
     PART 3
    1. Research the concept of a KEYSTONE SPECIES
    2. Put the definition into the Simple WriterRewrite it, and then put your simple definition into your notebook.
    3. Identify 6 "keystone species", and describe what it is they do that makes them a "keystone species"

    The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion

    posted Apr 26, 2018, 5:19 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 6:42 AM ]

    CRISPR Cas9

    posted Apr 13, 2018, 11:53 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 7:11 AM ]

    GMO Mosquitoes

    posted Apr 11, 2018, 5:52 AM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 6:05 AM ]

    Check out the articles on GMO Mosquitoes and answer the following question:  

    Inside the Mosquito Factory and Bacteria Genes Offer New Strategy
    1. The articles describe two different types of GMO mosquitoes.  How do they work?

    Check out the article on getting approval for the use of GMO mosquitoes and answer the following question.

    1. What concerns do people have with using GMO mosquitoes?
    2. Are their concerns real or imagined? Explain.
    3. Should GMO mosquitoes be released in the United States?  Explain.

    GMO Mosquitoes


    Evolution of Whales

    posted Apr 4, 2018, 4:11 PM by Jerrid Johansen   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 5:08 AM ]


    Let's dissect this cartoon a little bit.  What's accurate?  What's inaccurate?  Why is the whale walking?  And why is it walking back into the water?  What are the closest living relatives of the whales?

    Go back to the UNIPROT website.  Do an HBA ALPHA search for the following animals:


    Align the 12 organisms and study the family tree that is produced.  What is closely related to the whales?  What does that mean for the evolution of the whales?  What evidence would we see if this relationship is true?

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