Causes & Types of Evolution

I’ll be out for a professional meeting today. So in my place, you get to watch ME on Youtube! You lucky ducks. Today’s topic is causes of evolutionary changes in species and types of evolution caused by natural selection.

This info is SO IMPORTANT because it helps us to start to make connections between ideas and provide support for Darwin’s theory. Remember our group test is going to focus on concepts and this section is full of them. So take good notes, write good questions, and have productive conversations with your tables mates (tates).

Have a safe and Happy St. Patricks Day!

Evolution Simulation

Sorry I can’t be there today. But I’ve got two great activities for you while I’m gone.

First, do the Darwin “Scenarios” activity with the people at your table.

Then, in our previous class we played a game using Darwin’s theory of Natural selection to see if we could help a fictional species last for a million years. There were environmental factors that influenced change, and ways of adding variation to a population.

Now we can take what we have learned and actually apply it to a real evolution simulation. We obviously cannot make evolution happen in a lab, but we can simulate it using Darwin’s theory. Click the link below (iPad users must be in the Puffin browser, not Safari) to be taken to the simulation. Read the directions, follow the procedure I have provided, collect your data, and graph your results.

Link: Evolution Simulation


Watch how small changes in populations can have big impacts. You can also change settings to see how these animals would fair when their food source behaves differently.

Who Wants to Live a Million Years?

Since evolution cannot occur before our eyes in a class period, today we’ll be ‘simulating’ evolution with a game called “Who Wants to Live a Million Years?”. There are directions and questions you must answer when you play. Those can be found using this link. Click the image or one of the links below to be taken to the game. (*iPad users: You must download and use the Puffin web browser to run these simulations)

Who Wants to Live a Million Years

Link 1 – Olo Games  


Choose variations in a population to try to survive for a million years. Watch out for environmental changes and mutations!

Common Assessment #3

Common Assessment #3 – Link

Tomorrow we’ll be taking the 35 Question Common Assessment for the third quarter. It will cover Unit 7 (Reproduction) & Unit 8 (Genetics). The study guide is available on the Semester 2 Documents page, or you can get it from the link below. The key is also available for viewing this afternoon.

Common Assessment #3 Study Guide

Here are the list of key terms we’ve covered during the Second Semester. Click to enlarge:IMG_2449

Below is all of the videos from Unit 7 linked together as a playlist. If you would rather watch one section at a time individually, the links are still available on the Semester 2 documents page or on my YouTube Page

Here are the videos from Unit 8: Genetics

February 8, 2017 Plans

Sorry I cannot be there with you today. Cooper is not feeling well and will have to say home. In the meantime, here is what I need you to do to help me out…


Pick up the handouts from the front. The are the directions and the packet for your genetics project. Read the directions and it will give you an idea of what the objective, expectations, and grading will be. You will be making up traits for an animals and using the rules of genetics we have learned to do it. There’s an example on the back of the directions to show you how to do it. You’ll have all of this class and next clas to work on this.


Work on your genetics project. I would expect you should be able to get it just about finished today. Make sure your pictures are neat and colored.


Collect data and start writing and formatting your IA


Finish your genetics project. I would expect you to get finished today. Make sure your pictures are neat and colored. If you are finished. Get a copy of the Unit 8 practice problems & vocab list from the back of the room (they should be near your DNA origami’s; if you can’t find it then just download the PDF here and do it on notability.

Thanks for helping me out today, and I’ll see you tomorrow. Text or email if you have questions!


The Unit 7 Hunger Games

Today in #hbio we’ll be reviewing for tomorrow’s test over Unit 7. To review, you’ve been selected to be Tributes in the Unit 7 Hunger Games!!! Ok, so its not life or death survival of the fittest, instead we’ll be doing a speed stations activity. There are 32 stations posted throughout the room. You and a partner will try to complete these stations as ACCURATELY & QUICKLY as possible. You are Competing against the other players in your class. The fastest, and the most accurate, will receive a bonus point.

At the end of the day, I will post the stations on this site for you to review with. Be sure to study your Unit 7 Study Guide as well. Good Luck, and may the odds be forever in your favor…

Unit 7 Review: Answer Sheet – Link –

While I’m away

Okay, so you did a great job yesterday working on your “stations”. Those need to be finished as quick as possible (lets say before class on Friday). So if you want to work on them in class, great, go for it. OR… You can work on that at home and do some of the other activities listed on the board, like the Mitosis notes. These notes absolutely have to be done before class on Thursday so we can move on to Meiosis (I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’). Hopefully that (kinda) clarifies things for you. Until then, check the links on the semester 2 page, the details on the whiteboard in class, and the videos below.

Cell Cycle & Mitosis Notes

Here it goes again…

Ok, you may be to young (or uncool) to know that song lyric, but regardless here we go on to semester 2! We’ve reached the halfway mark but we have a long haul left. In both SEHS and Biology we have 5 units left to complete this year.

For the rest of the year, make sure you use the “Semester 2” links below the class tabs to reach the content we’ll be doing in class (and for those of you just joining us, you can find class rules and procedures there as well).

Biology: Unit 7 – Reproduction: 

We’ll be covering chromosomes, types of reproduction (careful…), Mitosis, Meiosis, Karyotyping and Genetic Disorders

SEHS: Unit 4 – Skill in Sport