Evolution Activities

Here are some fun activities that will help you understand natural selection and evolution a little better:


Who wants to live a million years?

Rock Pocket mouse

Peppered Moth interactive activity (Click on flash player and go through parts)

Adaptations of humans (discusses sickle cell anemia, lactose intolerance)

Crash Course Evolution

This is NOT what evolution looks like

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year biology students! This semester there are a few new things that will be going on:

-Notebooks will be used only for bell ringers
-Exit slips will now be on separate paper; they are questions that are similar in format and difficulty to those you will see on the EOC (End of course assessment, your spring final exam grade).
-Study guides will be worth less points as the semester progresses

As always the following will be consistent

- All late assignments must be turned in by the test for that unit for any credit
- Any late assignment will lose 10% of its value per day it is late
- I am available after school on Wednesdays and Fridays for tutoring, before school any day with prior notice.

I trust that this semester will be the same, if not better than the last.

Lab Activities to Complete Today

Visit the following links:

Complete this activity
Photosynthesis Explanation (text matches audio) Notice that in this example it switches the side of membrane the stroma/inner thylakoid are on.
Another helpful site: (requires sound for best effect)
A view of a plant leaf, from what you see to the thylakoid membrane
Photosynthesis Jeopardy (play 1-player)

When you feel comfortable with the material listed in these links, answer these Photosynthesis questions on a separate paper. Turn this in prior to the end of class with your name, date and block number in the upper right hand corner.

Once your study guide is completely done you may go here.

Helpful Links

Below is a list of links to helpful sites as aids to what we work on in class. Most will be overarching for all topics of class, but some are also listed by topic.

Khan Academy

BioBuilder – Home

The Biology Corner Cell Biology Animations

Pearson BioCoach Main

Study Skill Links

Test Taking Strategies Note Taking/Orgainization Strategies

EOC Prep Overview

Below are all the topics that could be covered within the EOC, along with resources we will use throughout the year.

Scientific Inquiry- You need to know terms such as theory, law and hypothesis. You should understand the parts of an experiment including being able to read and interpret graphical data correctly. *****Read chapter 1 for some of this material*****

Lab Safety- Know appropriate lab safety procedures and prevention

Measurement and Lab Equiptment- know what glassware is used to measure, how we measure mass, length, and volume and the units associated.

Critically analyzing data- Looking at a person’s interpretation of a graph or chart and being able to determine if it is biased or they are incorrect in their conclusion. Example would be saying there is a cause and effect between two things that are unrelated.

Rap Writing a Hypothesis

Organization of living things- how things are built up from atoms to a complete organism and in what order. Ex. Put the following in order from smallest to largest: tissue, muscle, human, cell, organ.

Biochemistry (ch 2)- Parts of an atom, types of bonds, compounds commonly used in biology and the equations associated. This is where balancing the formula for cellular respiration and photosynthesis come into play. The four macromolecules are in here: Proteins, Lipids, Carbohydrates, and Nucleic Acids. You need to know the Properties of water, Enzymes, Catalysts and the key elements found in living cells

Chemical bonding song

Cells (ch 7)- Parts of a cell, types of cells (Eukaryotic vs Prokaryotic), types of transport, Hyper/Hypo/Isotonic differences. Endocytosis/Exocytosis

Cell transport Cell Organelles


Making Energy (ch 8-9)- Cellular Respiration, Photosynthesis, and Fermentation. Aerobic/Anaerobic.

Cellular Respiration Links:  Krebs Cycle     Cellular Respiration Notes (Overview, Glycolysis, and Fermentation)     Cellular Respiration explained    Oxidate it or Love It     Cell Respiration Song

Photosynthesis Links:   Photosynthesis Study Guide   8-1 Energy   8-2 Photosynthesis   8-3 Reactions of Photosynthesis    Photosynthesis song    Photosynthesis interactive activity     http://www.johnkyrk.com/photosynthesis.html

Cell Cycle (ch 10,11.4)- Mitosis and Meiosis. Sexual and asexual reproduction.
Meiosis animation    Mitosis animation     Nova: How Cells Divide

Genetics (ch 11-14)-  DNA, RNA, Protein Synthesis, Scientists involved in discovering DNA, the genetic code, Transcription and Translation (know which is which), cell signaling, cell differentiation (think about the stem cell paper research on this one). Diseases caused by genetics such as Tay-Sachs, colorblindness, turner’s syndrome and PKU. Sex linked versus autosomal disorders, Pedigrees.

What is DNA (Complete before building your DNA) Build your own DNA Genome.gov From DNA to Protein DNA Animations (building DNA, Replication, Transcription, translation) Transgenic Fly Lab DNA Interactive- Along the top timeline is a good resource for history, Code for learning the parts of DNA Inside Cancer What is Genetic Engineering?
Learn.Utah (this focuses on genetics, but has content from other topics, such as cell size)

Problem Set 2  problem set 3 genetics aid

Evolution (ch15-17)- Redi’s maggot experiment & Pasteur- Life comes from other life. Autotroph/Heterotroph. Darwin, Wallace, Lamarck, and Malthus. Natural selection, types of selection (study those graphs!) Gene flow, Evidences of evolution (embryonic similarities, DNA, etc), modes of evolution (punctuated equilibrium, convergent/divergent evolution).

Evolution Videos- A huge resource of content on evolution. Peppered Moth Simulation- Evidence of Natural Selection- Answer Questions Bunny/Wolf Natural Selection Simulation

Animal Systems (ch 35-40, but information from these will be lightly covered at best in EOC)- Basic info about the nervous, respitory, reproductive, muscle, circulatory, skeletal, endocrine, urinary, immune, and digestive systems.

Plants (ch 22-25)- Parts of a root, Leaf, and flower. Xylem/Phloem. Why plants are green.

Taxonomy (ch 18)- Know the KPCOFGS, basic traits of each kingdom that makes them unique.

Classification activity (needs flash)

Ecology (ch 4-6)- Ecosystems, energy flow, predator/prey relationships, food chain, food web. Population dynamics, pollution, habitat reduction, biodiversity, global warming, Producers, consumers, decomposers.

Population Ecology Simulation Rat Attack Can you keep the Orca alive? Energy in Biomass

Other Resources

A list of resource sites

Biology Videos