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Monday, December 9, 2013

Student Blog Evaluation Checklist and Scoring Guide, Semester 1

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Biology 1-2 and Honors Biology 1-2
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REQUIRED POST ITEMS
  1. Student Blog Post Assignment #1: Brief Bio [10 points x 2]
  2. Student Blog Post Assignment #2: Project Description (Subtitle) and "About" page [10 points x 2]
  3. Plant Status Update #1 [10 points]
  4. Plant Status Update #2  [10 points]
  5. Plant Status Update #3  [10 points x 2]
  6. Plant Status Update #4  [10 points x 2]
  7. Plant Status Update #5 [10 points]
  8. Essay: Plight of the Bees [10 points x 3]
  9. Monomers and Polymers Mini-Video (Honors only) [10 points] 



SCORING RUBRICS

Posts:

0 points = No post made

1-3 points = Post with little content, directions not followed, many spelling and grammatical errors, title missing

4-7 points = Post with some content and at least one or two thoughtful statements, may contain several spelling and grammatical errors, directions mostly followed, title may not make sense

8-10 points = Post with rich content and several thoughtful statements, directions followed exactly, no noticeable spelling and grammatical errors, title is very appropriate


Overall Blog:

0 points = No blog found for this team

1-3 points = Blog exists but has no content or almost no content whatsoever, has very little visual appeal, and is hard to read / follow

4-7 points = Blog exists and has 50 to 70% of required content, has some visual appeal, and is not too difficult to read / follow

8-10 points = Blog exists and has 80 to 100% of required content, has definite visual appeal, and is easy to read / follow



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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Plant Status Update #5

Start by giving us a brief update on your plants' condition.
  1. Are there any new anatomical structures on your plants? If so, what are they and how do you think they will serve your plant?
  2. How could your plants increase their numbers?
  3. Describe some factors that limit the number of bean plants that could grow in each garden box and explain how these factors work to limit your plants' growth.
  4. What do you think the carrying capacity of one garden box is for Phaseolus vulgaris? Give a number and justify your answer.
Don't forget to take some pictures and to include them in your post.



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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Plant Status Update #4

Now that you have read about and discussed some of the factors that influence the form and behaviors of ecosystems, apply those ideas to the appearance and behaviors of the garden in which your bean plants are growing by developing an analysis guided by the following questions:
  1. What are some abiotic factors on which your plant depends for its survival? What about biotic factors that affect your plant? Describe some of these factors.
  2. How do you know your plants are engaged in competition? For what are your plants competing, and who is the competition?
  3. How are "winners" and "losers" determined in this struggle? Is it always so clear cut who "wins" and who "loses?" What makes that determination complicated sometimes?
  4. Describe other types of interaction (besides competition) in which your plants are involved. Make sure to explain how this interaction affects each organism involved.
  5. What evidence is there in the garden that succesion (or something like it) is occurring in the garden ecosystem? Does it seem more like primary or secondary succession?
It is advisable to address each set of questions in a separate paragraph. This will improve readability of your analysis.



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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Plant Status Update #3

Now that you have some idea of how the many parts of an ecosystem are interwoven and interact to keep life going, consider and respond to the following questions:

  1. What changes do you notice in your plants this week? Describe the overall appearance of your plant.
  2. How do your plants participate in the movement of water in the biosphere? How do your plants' roles in the water cycle relate to the changes you observed in your plants this week?
  3. How do your plants participate in the movement of carbon in the biosphere?  How do your plants' roles in the carbon cycle relate to the changes you observed in your plants this week?
  4. How do your plants participate in the movement of nitrogen in the biosphere?  How do the your plants' roles in the nitrogen cycle relate to the changes you observed in your plants this week?



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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Plant Status Update #2

Yep, it's time again to give a status report on the plants you have been nurturing and watching for the last five weeks. Each member of your team should create a new blog post on your team's Blogger site to let us know how your plants are doing. Be sure to also tell us how your plant has been getting larger by describing the way it gets the energy it needs to grow. To which feeding (trophic) level would you assign it and where would you place it in an ecological pyramid diagram? Why would you place it on that level?



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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Plant Status Update #1

OK people, it's time to give a status report on the plants you have been nurturing for the last few weeks. Create a new blog post on your team's Blogger site to let us know how your plants are doing and to convince your audience that your plant is in fact a living thing. Tell us how the appearance has changed since you first put your seeds in a resealable plastic bag with water. What other things could we measure (in addition to growth in size and mass) to convince us that this little green thing is actually alive?



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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Student Blog Post Assignment #2: Project Description

TSOTS Instructions for 9/28

- Check and (if necessary) correct the main title of your blog. It should say "The Story of the Seed," EXACTLY!

- Add a clever subtitle (description). See the examples below:
  > The Cool Beans
  > The Bean Bulletin
  > Pinto Press
  > The Tale of the Magic Beans

- Make sure settings are set to show a date stamp for all posts

- Create an "About" page.
  > Click on the "Pages" link in your "The Story of the Seed" blog control panel
  > Click "New page" and select "Blank page"
  > Title this new page "About Our Project"
  > Compose a four to five-sentence paragraph explaining the purpose of this project and describing your Phaseolus vulgaris cultivar (pinto beans, for example)
  > click "Publish" when you are done


If you are having trouble coming up with a description of this project, see my "About" page.