[Bio1] Computer-aided activity on Evolution and Natural Selection

First announcement: Bio1 LT2 is scheduled for Thursday/Friday next week. Please let me know tomorrow if your class would prefer Thursday or Friday.

Part I of activity

Click on the link to access the online form (also shown below) which will be the output for this portion of the activity and follow the instructions on the form. You have to complete this form this meeting!

Part II of activity

Use this link as your major reference in filling up the table on the development of evolutionary thought. If you are unable to complete this during the session, you can take home the work and submit it on Tuesday next week (7/24).

Remember to use common sense and raise your hand if you have any questions. 🙂

Links to simulations shown in class:

  1. Jellyfish like critters against a yellow background
  2. Be a bird and an agent of natural selection!
  3. BONUS – Mutate bunnies and add predators
  4. BONUS – Bird preying on pepper moths (click on bird’s eye view)
  5. BONUS – Ants against different backgrounds with genes influencing traits

[Bio1] Activity: Small Group Discussion on Environmental Problems

The class will be divided into 6 topic groups of 5 members. Each topic group is expected to produce the following output:

  • 6 minutes oral report (for group sharing)
    • Evidence of the problem: WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHO
    • Causes of the problem: WHY
    • Solutions to the problem: HOW
  • FOCUS ON THE PHILIPPINE CONTEXT FIRST before giving examples from other countries.
  • 1-page (A3) poster (with A4 or short-bond copies for group sharing, submit one copy to teacher)
  • May be computerized or handmade
  • Must properly cite sources of text and images used (see handout given on citing sources given before)


Topic Groups and Discussion Groups


Members (CN) of Topic Group

Air pollution












Wildlife trade






Introduced and invasive species






Exploitation of marine ecosystems






Climate change







On the day of the small group discussion (Monday), each of the 6 topic groups will be distributed into 5 discussion groups (i.e., each discussion group will have one member from each topic group, for a total of 6 members each). For each discussion group, each of the 5 members will be given 6 minutes to deliver their oral report and show/distribute their flyers. Members of the discussion group are encouraged to ask the reporter questions, or to give their own insight on the situation.

[Bio1] Guide Questions for the First Long Test for Camia and Champaca

 Using your notes, textbooks, and the presentations and other materials given in class, attempt to answer these questions in your mind. You may also write down your answers to these questions on scratch paper or in your notebooks. These will serve as your guide for the first long test and the first half of the Periodic Exam.


Characteristics of Life

  • Enumerate the characteristics of living things and give examples for each.

Levels of Organization

  • Differentiate the levels of organization and give examples for each.
  • Define emergent property and identify emergent properties present at each level of organization.

Unifying Themes in the Study of Biology

Branches of Biology

  • Name and describe at least one branch of biology for each level of organization.

Introduction to Ecology

  • Enumerate and describe the important abiotic conditions in the six terrestrial and three aquatic biomes.
  • Explain how organisms (at least one plant and one animal) living in these biomes have adapted to the abiotic conditions.
  • Explain how organisms in these biomes affect both the abiotic conditions and biotic conditions here.
  • Given a statement, identify the habitat and niche of an organism.
  • Explain the competitive exclusion principle.
  • Describe the three types of ecological pyramids and explain the information contained in each.
  • Differentiate between food chains and food webs.

Population Dynamics

  • Define or describe the five important characteristics of a population: geographic distribution, density, dispersion, growth rate, and age structure.
  • Describe the following patterns of population dispersion and explain what may cause them: clumped, uniform, random.
  • Explain how these three factors can affect population size: the number of births, the number of deaths, and the number of individuals that enter or leave a population.
  • Differentiate between exponential and logistic growth in populations and explain what influences the type of growth pattern observed.
  • Relate the terms biotic potential, environmental resistance, and carrying capacity to each other.
  • Differentiate and give examples for density-dependent and density-independent factors that may limit population growth.
  • Enumerate factors that have influenced human population growth throughout history.
  • Analyze age-structure diagrams and explain the information obtained.
  • Describe the effects of human population growth and how different lifestyles can affect future populations.