Monthly Archives: April 2019

30 April Science 7 Prisoner’s Dilemma–another simulation–of what? Galapagos Finches and final summative assessment.

Mindful moment.       Mechanisms of Evolution: https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evo_14 Sexual selection: https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evo_28 Endosymbiosis: https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/_0/history_24 Evolution of altruism: https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/news/110501_robots How do games and simulations help scientists examine natural selection and evolution? Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question https://www.quantamagazine.org/game-theory-explains-how-cooperation-evolved-20150212/ https://vimeo.com/79286907 http://peterpappas.com/2011/04/prisoners-dilemma-a-game-theory-simulation.html Evolutionary Game Theory https://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/networks-book/networks-book-ch07.pdf Game … Continue reading

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29 April Science 8 Human Impact Sessions

Mindful moment. Please quiet. Take some meditative breaths. After each discussion/activity, please send the leader an email with these items completed in full sentences. Do this asap. Definitely complete this before the next class: Please, no idle praise or negative … Continue reading

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26 April Science 7 Natural Selection continued

Mindful moment. Turn in graph of Oh Deer! data and interpretation. Discuss in large group. Return to previous groups. Watch video on The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/making-fittest-natural-selection-and-adaptation (You should have already watched this on your … Continue reading

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25 April Science 8 Human Impact Sessions

Mindful moment:   Read Greta Thunberg’s own words– https://voicesmotherearth.blogspot.com/2019/02/greta-thurnberg-in-her-own-words.html My 2 year-old granddaughter Malaika inspecting and dissecting an Anenome poppy Anemone coronaria in the hills near Amman, Jordan. In addition to my care and love and wish for all of you–that your world be … Continue reading

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24 April Science 7 Origin of Species, Population Dynamics, Corn/Maize, Pocket Mice, Lizards, Evolution by Natural Selection

Mindful moment. Read the headline of this opinion article. Contemplate the idea that the earth itself is alive: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/20/opinion/sunday/amazon-earth-rain-forest-environment.html Read the rest of the article for homework. What is the author’s point? Share group essay on Origin of Species. (Changeable … Continue reading

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23 April Science 8 (Period 5 begins student-led sessions; Periods 7 and 8 continue practicing/preparing)

Take a mindful moment on your own. Use breathing practice to calm and center yourself.     What do you think of this cartoon-chart? http://roncobb.net/img/cartoons/whn/nc7040-on-Man_Chart-whn.jpg See more Ron Cobb cartoons–scroll down to the cartoon gallery and choose environment (or any … Continue reading

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22 April Science 7 Tangled Bank, Oh Deer, Mystery of Corn

Mindful moment. * * ** Let us resume our thoughts on the final paragraph from Darwin’s Origin of Species. See instructions from previous class below: Now that we have spent some time considering and examining the diversity of certain groups … Continue reading

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18 April Science 8 Preparing/Practicing for the Human Impact Project sessions

Take a mindful moment. Think of the earth. See these big cats who live in India. Imagine how they resist extinction caused by human activity. What does it take to survive as an individual? As a species? As an ecosystem? … Continue reading

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17 April Science 7 Can simulations and games help us understand evolution/natural selection?

Mindful moment: “Endless forms most beautiful” ***** Read today’s blog carefully. Have your questions ready. Be sure that all these are properly uploaded, labelled, and shared in your DSN. Biodiversity folder: Your Tree Diversity Summative. Your Focused Field Study Summative … Continue reading

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15 April Science 7 The Origin of Species–Natural Selection and Artificial Selection/Domestication

Mindful moment: What first comes to your mind when you think of the phrase “living thing?” Spend a few moments examining your thought. What do you notice? What interests you? What are you curious about? * * * * Now … Continue reading

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