Evidence of Life's Diversity

• Evidence of the dynamic changes of Earth's surface through time is found in the geologic record.
• Reproduction is necessary for the continuation of every species.
• Diversity of species occurs through gradual processes over many generations. Fossil records provide evidence that changes have occurred in number and type of species
• The characteristics of an organism are a result of inherited traits received from parent(s).


TOPIC A: GEOLOGIC TIME

February 19 - March 9

TOPIC B: GENETICS & HEREDITY

March 23 - April 16

TOPIC C: SEXUAL & ASEXUAL REPRODUCTION

April 17 - April 20 & April 27 - May 8 (again for Bill Nye project)

TOPIC D: MITOSIS & MEIOSIS

April 21 - May 8

TOPIC E: DIVERSITY OF SPECIES

May 11 - May 22
Adaptations Games
Build a Fish Game (link on the above site isn't working)
Interdependence and Adaptations Game (link on the above site isn't working)

Arthropods Adaptations Webquest (needed for class on 5/11 & 5/12)
Arthropods Notes in Google Drive (needed for class on 5/11 & 5/12 or get a paper copy)

Baby, You're an Arthropod (starter for 5/12)

Adaptations Video Lesson

The Game-Changing Amniotic Egg

Background Information about Biomes (for class 5/14)
Understanding the Amniote

Fossil Evidence for Diversity Lesson (for class on 5/20)

Natural Selection (from Crash Course - Trimmed)

EXTENSION IDEAS:

- Research and report on GMOs. What are they? Why are they controversial?
- Select a genetic disorder. Report on how it is transmitted (dominant, recessive?). Show a pedigree of a family that has this disorder within their family.
- Research and explain gene therapy. What are the merits of such treatment? Are there drawbacks?
- Select a trait (other than tongue rolling) and track its presence in your family by creating a pedigree for the characteristic.
- Investigate the human genome project (mapping all of the "letters" in human DNA). Look for the consequences of this breakthrough, both good and bad.
- Answer your own question about genetics… What do you want to learn more about? Find out!

GENETICS AND SPORTS
Use the video clips liked below to think about how our understanding of genetics is influencing performance in sports. Choose one or the other or both to examine.
Clip A: Faster, Bigger, Stronger
- What accounts for all of the faster times athletes are getting in races?
and/or
Clip B: Genetic Performance
- Would you like to know what is written in your genetic code? If you could train differently, but would know which diseases/disorders you are predisposed to contract, would you want to know?




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