In class today some students dressed up like different animals and then we put them in order from most relate to least related to humans. We then used that information to create a phylogenetic tree that we drew in our notebooks.
In class today we took a short formative assessment over adaptation and natural selection. Then we finished the finches documentary from yesterday.
Gold Tape Question: For this week's gold tape question, choose another unique animal only found in the Galapagos Islands and propose an explanation for why this unique animal only exists in this one place. Think about where the animal may have originally come from and what changes may have led to this unique species. You can find a link to some of the unique Galapagos animals here. Email your answer to Mr. Powell by the beginning of school on Tuesday.
Now that all classes have completed collecting and analyzing their Clipbird Island, we can compare the results from each of the classes with each other. Here are the graphs from each of the classes.
Students I hope you're enjoying your time off and parent teacher conferences. Here is a gallery of your giraffe drawings from friday!
Gold Tape Question: Finish watching the documentary "The Gene Doctors" and write a half page response to the film. In your response you should make connections to what we studied in our genetics unit, a personal connection, and describe which of the 4 case studies (4 different diseases/ patients) you connected with the most and why. The documentary is available on Amazon Prime and Netflix. Email your response or turn in a hard copy by Tuesday morning.
Mr. Powell is an 8th grade Science Teacher in Western Colorado.