[Bio1] A Day in the Life Group Activity for Monday, 6/25

PART A. “A Day in the Life”

Adaptations of Living Organisms in Different Biomes

  • Create and present a 3-5 minute skit portraying the adaptations of AT LEAST ONE PLANT AND ONE ANIMAL to the abiotic conditions of your assigned biome.
  • Your skit need not be complicated; you may even read your lines or go ad lib. You will be graded based on the content of your presentation (i.e., the adaptations that you choose to portray).
  • Creativity and good-natured humor are encouraged, and may earn you bonus points.
  • Sequence of presentations will be determined by drawing lots at the start of the period tomorrow.
  • Before you present, submit a 2-3 sentence write-up about your presentation on ½-crosswise with the names of the group members and your section.
  • Reference: Biology by Miller and Levine – Dragonfly version: pp. 100-112; Elephant version: pp. 1010-1020
  • Biome Assignment:
  1. Tropical rainforest
  2. Desert
  3. Temperate grassland
  4. Tundra
  5. Freshwater ecosystem
  6. Marine ecosystem
  • Rubrics for Evaluation in handout distributed to the groups


As a group, please fill out the sheet of paper on the characteristics of your assigned biome. This will be submitted on Monday as well.

See you all at the grandstand for your presentations!


Resource: Link to the succession animation I showed in class. Click on the tabs to navigate.


[Bio1] Activity for 6/13 and 6/14

Instructions for today (6/13) and tomorrow (6/14):
Hi Camia-Champa!
Please split up into your lab groups for this day’s SW. Your activity for today and tomorrow will be to accomplish the following goals. You may do this in the classroom or in the library. Please accomplish the following tasks as a group and submit the requirements as a group as well.:
  1. Read the handout, “Eleven themes that unify biology.”
  2. Locate a short article in a magazine or online (could be a news/magazine/educational story) that involves the theme of biology assigned to you and at least one other theme.
  3. For instance, this article (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/06/120606-americans-heads-getting-bigger-science-health-skulls-evolution/) shows the themes of
    • evolution in the increase in brain size of Americans in recent time periods, and
    • interaction with the environment as excess food and better healthcare may have led to bigger brains.
  4. On one whole sheet of paper, provide the following information about the article:
    • Title,
    • Source (website/title of the magazine),
    • Date published,
    • Short (3-5 sentences) summary, and
    • the themes of biology shown in the article.
  5. Find a picture that shows the theme assigned to you. For instance, (http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-photos/biomimicry-shark-denticles) shows the close up view of scales that cover the skin of sharks. The flat V-shaped decrease drag and turbulence allowing the shark to swim faster and more quietly.
  6. Provide a 1-3 sentence caption that clearly explains how the picture relates with the theme assigned to you. Send the caption and a link of the picture to dtcrisologo@pshs.edu.ph or print it out.
Please submit the one whole sheet and the picture to me by Thursday. Hard copies should be placed in my shelf at SHB 112 (Bio Unit) by Thursday, 445 PM Friday, 445PM.
Please email me if you have any questions about the SW assigned. Thank you!

[Bio1] Group Activity due tomorrow 6/8

Objective: Create 10 information cards on the following levels of biological organization for your assigned organism: molecule, organelle, cell, tissue, organ, organ system, organism, population, community, ecosystem

Suggested procedure:

  1. Assign 2-3 levels to each group member.
  2. Draw a picture showing the level of biological organization assigned.
  3. Write a short description of what the picture is showing.
  4. Write the names of all group members at the back of the sheet of paper.
  5. Submit first thing tomorrow!

Please use:

  1. Information gathered yesterday for HW.
  2. Your textbook for the first 6 levels of organization (use the Index to locate the important information).

Also check out The Scale of the Universe link to see how big some members of the levels of organization are relative to each other.

Also, a bonus TMBG song about Cells and some of the properties of life!

[Bio1] HW for tomorrow, Thurs, Jun 7th

  • Bring coloring materials.
  • Get information on the assigned organism for your group that includes appearance (a picture will do), species information, environmental factors that may influence the organism, feeding habits if applicable, trivia, etc.
    • Group 1 – Rafflesia leonardii
    • Group 2 – Pterocarpus indicus
    • Group 3 – Tarsius syrichta
    • Group 4 – Rhincodon typus
    • Group 5 – Caranx ignobilis
    • Group 6 – Pithecophaga jefferyi
    • Group 7 – Tridacna gigas
  • Get a copy of the Levels of Biological Organization document from your photocopy person.