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6 May Science 7 Battle of the Beaks

Mindful moment. Close your eyes and listen to this soundscape of what Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos on the Beagle might have sounded like: https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/darwin/a-trip-around-the-world Begin and complete Part II Battle of the Beaks in the link. finches Work in the … Continue reading

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2 May Science 7 Galapagos Finches; Summative Preparation; End of year reflection; Personal Inquiry Project preparation

Mindful moment. What do you see in this photo? Look closely. How does the subject(s) in the photo relate to our Science 7 course this semester? ***** Questions from your reading and viewing? Words and ideas you would like to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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11 April Science 7 Creative Response to our Monkey, Dog, Bird, etc. field trip

Mindful moment: When we visited Bhagwan Mahavir Vanasthali park, we had a reading of “Macaques in the Sky” You can find the poem toward the end of the transcript from this interview: https://billmoyers.com/content/here-in-the-mind-daisy-zamora-and-gary-snyder/ I have been taking an online course: Poetry … Continue reading

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9 April Science 7 Work on Report for Focused Field Study–Nature in the Schoolyard

Mindful moment. Bring up an image from the field trip on Friday. Consider that image in your private thoughts for a moment. Next write down a description. Then make a sketch. Let’s share. Today–work on the report for your focused … Continue reading

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