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Natural Selection

September 2nd, 2015

Interesting article: How Giraffes Became Winners by a Neck

A cool 3D computer simulation for natural selection: http://www.wolfquest.org/


REASSESSMENT FOR ANIMAL ASSESSMENT.  Tutorials, Thursday,Oct 22nd.  Must fill out Reassessment Plan (which involves seeing Ms. Cook outside of class) and get teachers signature by Tuesday, Oct 20th.  


1) Students will work in a group to make a simulation to model natural selection.  Students will need to bring in materials.

2) Students will individually write-up an explanation for how their simulation shows the four feature of natural selection (Variation, Selection, Inheritance, Time.)  Students should be working on a rough draft for homework.

Individual Write-up in class A,C= Thur, Oct 15        E,G,H= Fri, Oct 16


Natural Selection Assessment (choose an animal from a list and use knowledge of natural selection to explain why modern day species of that animal all have a particular trait) Scroll down for resources at the bottom of this blog

A= Tue, Sept 29        C, E= Wed, Sept 30        G,H = Thur, Oct 1

Retake for vocab quiz will be during tutorials on Thur, Oct 1st.  You must fill out the Science Reassessment plan (in the shared doc folder on google drive) and get approved to do the retake by Tues, Sept 29.

Homework: Finish TMND graph (on computer). Make sure the document is in your personal science folder.

DUE Mon, 21 (A,C,E) & Tue, 22 (G,H)

Homework: actively review notes/activities (flashcards, quizlet, draw pictures of vocab, make up a song)  Scroll down for resources at the bottom of this blog

VOCAB QUIZ       A, C = 10th         E, G & H = 11th 

NEW DATES for QUIZ  A, G, H = Tue, 15th  C &E = Mon, 14th  

Homework: Oh Deer Main Idea with Support (Google Classroom)

DUE: A = 1st;        C = 2nd;     G & H = 3rd;         E = 4th  


Homework: SOTB Main Idea with Support (Google Classroom)

DUE: A = 25th;        C = 26th;     E, G & H = 28th 

Homework: Final draft with revisions for graph by hand and SOTB Simulation Doc (Google Classroom).

DUE: A & C blk= 24th; E blk = 26th; G&H blk = 27th 

Homework: Finish all parts of SOTB Simulation Doc (Google Classroom). Resources: Rules are in the shared folder.  Graphs are on Class Data Table google sheet in the shared folder on Google Drive.

DUE: A & C blk= 20th; E blk = 24th; G&H blk = 25th 

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Homework: Finish graph in notebook for one island of your choice (data is in the shared folder on Google Drive).

DUE: A blk= 18th; C& E blk = 19th; G,&H blk = 20th 

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list of resources in the MSMC:

Here are the VOCABULARY TERMS you will want to know for our first unit on Natural Selection.  Quarter 1 Vocab

An interesting article about the truth of “Darwin’s Finches”

Here is the quizlet to practice the vocab: http://quizlet.com/52416978/science-7-flash-cards/

Some really good videos:

Brainpop “Natural Selection” username and password: ismanila   **we will wathc the video in class but on your own, be sure to check out the make-a-map, activities, FYI, and Q & A sections**

What is Natural Selection? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SCjhI86grU  (start at 2 min)

Vlog brothers crash course:


Ocean adaptations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-MploJlJ48

weird underwater (darkness) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkTTdepShwI&feature=related

cave creatures (good!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnJZAQw40kM

Here are a couple of youtube cartoons about giraffes:

1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnktXHBvE8s

2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPDwyjzRBJ0&playnext=1&list=PLF0A4E6982E648093&feature=results_video


Game #1: Here is the “Bunnies Take over the World” computer simulation.


Here is a guide with questions to help you know what to do.  (Basically, click on “Run Now” to play.  Start by adding a friend and then you can add a mutation, change the environment, and have fun!)

Here are some questions- see if you can answer them after doing the simulation: Bunny Survival Game Questions(powerpoint)

Game #2 Here is a survival game and tutorial about natural selection.

Click on the picture or the following link: http://science.discovery.com/interactives/literacy/darwin/darwin.html

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