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1st Semester

In Class Activity


Use the Due Date for your class (Orange or Blue Day)

11/14/17 Museum Boxes: 1-4 are required, choose 1 from 5-7 Read article about species - The fuzzy art of defining species
11/10/17 Museum Boxes: 1-4 are required, choose 1 from 5-7
Watch The Origins of Humans
11/8/17 Becoming Whales 

This youtube link tells a more detailed story of whale evolution
Answer questions 1-11. If you need a refresher on cladograms watch this short video.

1. Lizards Phylogeny Part 2;

2. Upload Wildlife Pictures; Wildlife drive (ours); LPZ's drive (theirs)

3. Finches in a Drought

Finish Finches in a Drought

Lizards - Connections Shown in Evolutionary Trees

Lizard DNA sequences

ClustralW2 - aligning DNA sequences from different species

Read the following 3 articles in our online textbook - 
1. The voyage that changed biology (online pg 306-308; paper book pg 107-108) 
2. Two views of adaptation (online pg 313-317; paper pg 109-111)
3. Natural selection, a powerful idea (online pg 319-322; paper pg 112-114)

Origin of Species - Primary Sources: Comparing Darwin and Wallace


Question - go to Google Classroom and answer the question about Darwin and Wallace

Finish answering the question regarding Darwin and Wallace in the document in Google Classroom
10/25/17 Quiz - Qualitative, Quantitative, Inference, Variables
Wildlife PIctures - Look at your set of images and decide which have animals. If animals are present decide which animals. Make note on your data sheet. When you have your list, go to the LPZPIF site and record the images on the Camera Trap Survey page. Each image should have its own form.
Finish uploading your data to LPZ PIF
10/23/17 Guest Speaker from Lincoln Park Zoo - Research using Urban Wildlife Data Think about a research question you can investigate
10/19/17 Rock Pocket Mice & Evolution (Mutation, Selective Advantage, Natural Selection); packet; video

1. Finish mice packet
2. Read the article "How did we get here?"

Extra Credit - Go to the TCN talk with Female Scientists from Plants to Planets Thursday 10/26 5-7pm 200 E Randolph 66th Floor; Write a reflection of your experience for extra credit

10/16/17 Populations, fruit, seeds - 2 Big Ideas (Not all young survive; There is variation in populations) None

5th - Everest; Birding

7th & 8th - Guest Speaker: Dr Nengo; Birding

Read article about disease buried in ice
10/10/17 Dr Nengo video intro; Lucy (eo we watched in class; this article is good); Picture of Lucy's fossilized bones; What we can learn from her bones; Comparision of Lucy and chimps and modern humans; How Lucy was found); Otzi - video

1. Read National Geographic article about Dr Nengo's find;

2. Read article about Lucy

10/5/17 1. Reach Exams
2. Nobel Prize 2017
3. Comparing Brains

Read article "Brains and More Brains" in online textbook pg 133-136


10/3/17 Field Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo Write up Animal Observation
9/28/17 1. Birding - Gather data
2. Testable question - Opposable Thumb

1. Write up Lab report Opposable Thumb

2. Read NYTimes article about Praying Mantis and birds


1. Chimps at Gombe

2. Observing Primates

3. Testable Questions

1. Read article "How wild are the chimps at Gombe?", then choose one more article to read from the list;
2. - Take the multiple choice Beginner's Quiz #1 - Retake it if your score less than 80% correct.
3. Take Pre-Course Survey

What makes something alive?

Characteristics of Living Things

Post your picture with your explanation of how at least two principles are illustrated in your image
9/19/17 Lincoln Park Zoo classroom visit - Partners in Fieldwork (PIF) Take a picture of something that represents life
9/15/17 Cassini's Death; Isopod investigation;

Turn in question (Google classroom 9/15 post, one per group); Turn in isopod lab report by Sunday night - midnight Google classroom 9/13 post);

Take a picture of something that represents life

9/13/17 Irma Checkin; Big Marsh & North Park Nature Center opportunities; Isopod questions; Testable question criteria; Lab reports - key Prepare for isopod investigation - due 9/17/17

Irma Checkin; Communication, Observations, Descriptions;

Isopod observations; Isopod questions generated

Articles related to Hurricane Irma - collect at least 5 per week. Keep a record of their web address or download the article. We will do this over several weeks.
9/7/17 Hurricane Irma (watch clip from IMAX Stormchasers); Scavenger Hunt; Map; Student Survey; Irma articles (We will collect articles over a couple of weeks) Articles related to Hurricane Irma - collect at least 5 per week. Keep a record of their web address or download the article. We will do this over several weeks.



Introduction; Fieldwork Student Survey (you have to be logged into Google with your CPS email); LPZ Field Trip Permission Slip; LPZ Consent Waiver (given out in class)





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