Friday, October 24, 2014

Biology students interested in Mastery Learning for the Natural Selection Lab

... should go to the Biology page for information about Mastery Learning and specific guidelines to help you re-write your conclusion.   due Wednesday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Biology explores ...

How can we judge the quality of a habitat? and why should we?

Healthy habitat = clean air, clean water, climate regulation, and all of the things we humans depend on from our ecosystems

What role do predators play in shaping prey populations?

 Eat, and avoid being eaten

Truly, what does it mean to be alive?

more than utilizing energy, responding, and changing

BEST Explorers - A whole lot of Girl-power!

So, How's the BHS pond doing, you ask?  Well, judging by the variety of life in there, we'd say
Just fine.

Life on Earth shares our findings with 2nd graders

So, what did we find?  A whole lot of mud and some hardy, but struggling aquatic critters.... all waiting for the next rain.  Life on Earth students decided to share their findings ....

Our narrator takes the stage

Just what do we find when we look in healthy water?  Lots of different kinds of organisms

Using probes to measure temperature and conductivity gives us a bit more insight into the quality of the water

Students spend time learning about the plants that line the edge of the SRE puddle

 ... those tiny creatures draw in everyone for a closer look

Active stations in action: plants, aquatic critters, mud.  It's all worth exploring

Everyone's learning something.  That gives MsLevy something to smile about

Tiny critters are much easier to see when they're in small jars

Our tech-team, working out ways to share our physical data with the 2nd graders

Hmm, if you're the mosquito, then there's always going to be someone in a healthy habitat who will make lunch of you!

Scooping, sorting, comparing to prepared samples, estimating ... some great math skills in evidence here

Mr. Clark gives this group a close up view of a dragonfly larva

What would it be like to get into those great, big waders?  Fun!!

Scientists, observers, artists

Looks like we've got our next ecological explorer ready to go

Data can still be stylish!