This week we completed Amplify Natural Selection lessons 2.3 and 2.4. Monday we will take our "Critical Juncture Assessment" then continue chapter 2 on Tuesday.
Gold Tape Question: We know that rough-skinned newts secrete TTX (Tetradotoxin) poison. What is another animal that contains this poison that is also a Japanese delicacy?
Big Red Challenge: Nebraska football has the week off so this week's BRC is about the volleyball team, who play saturday evening against Maryland. The first student to comment or email the score of the Nebraska vs. Maryland volleyball match will get a pack of Big Red Gum Monday.
We have completed our first week using Amplify to study natural selection. Make sure you complete your homework and have it ready to turn in first thing on Monday.
Gold Tape Question: The Garter Snake is the state reptile for which American state?
Big Red Challenge: The first student to email or comment the final score of this weekend's Nebraska football game will get a pack of Big Red Gum on Monday,
Study your notes, do these Genetics Activities, and watch (or re-watch) the videos below to help you prepare for the exam tomorrow.
Gold Tape Question: In England and Wales pedigrees (Family Trees) are officially recorded by the country. Where are the official documents stored?
Big Red Challenge: The first student to comment, message, or email the score of this weekends Nebraska Cornhuskers game will get a pack of Big Red Gum on Monday. Ohio State is the number 5 team in the country right now and Nebraska are big underdogs in this game so, if the Huskers win, then every student to responds will get a pack!
Pedigrees are one of the more challenging concepts to wrap your head around in genetics. The basics of pedigrees, what the symbols and charts represent are easy, however interpreting and creating the pedigrees from a description can be quite the task. Today in class students tried their hand at pedigrees not just with pen and paper but with Swedish fish and gummi bears. The fish were "female" and the bears were "boys" and by reading about the family history, students were able to assemble pedigrees using their candy to represent the family members, with their color(s) representing their genotype.
Mr. Powell is an 8th grade Science Teacher in Western Colorado.