Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Setup Instructions


STEP 1 : Go to (every person can go to the Blogger site if they wish, but only one person will actually create the blog)
STEP 2: Log in to Blogger using your Gmail username and password
STEP 3: Find the button on the left that says "New Blog" and click on it
STEP 4: You must give your blog the same title as the project: "The Story of the Seed"
STEP 5: Set the address to "storyoftheseed2014-P-T" where "P" is the period you are in and "T" is the team number you are on. EXAMPLE: If you are in period 3 and on team 2, the address for your team would be "storyoftheseed2014-3-2"
STEP 6: Choose a template for your site (just pick anything for the time being--you can easily change this later)
STEP 7: Click the "Create Blog" button


Description: Should be original, clever, and descriptive (be concise)--this is like the subtitle of your blog and should give readers some idea of what the blog is about
Add your blog to our listings: No
Let search engines find your blog: No
Blog Authors: Click on "Add Authors" and enter the gmail addresses of the other
members of your group and of Mr. Bursch (, then click "Invite Authors".
Once the other team members have accepted your invitation and joined the blog, convert everyone's permission setting to "Admin" so that everyone can make changes to the blog settings.
Leave all other "BASIC" settings as they are.

Show at most 7  posts on the main page 
Archive Frequency  Monthly
Comment Location  Embedded
Who can comment User with Google Accounts

Leave all other settings in default mode.
Now go to the "Layout" tool to start customizing the look of your blog. Further
customizations can be made by using the "Blogger Template Designer."

If you use pictures from the Internet they MUST have a copyright that allows for
free use.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It All Started Here (A View from the Nursery)

So it begins. A small paper envelope that sounds like a baby's rattle enfolds tiny vaults of genetic treasure. What could they become? Only time will tell.

As you handle these tiny capsules, contemplate their contents and how they are like you and vice versa.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hot Cheetos Ain't Got Nothin' on Me!

Yeah baby! You know you're getting hungry!

Ah... Girl look at that broccoli, Ah... Girl look at that broccoli, Ah... Girl look at that broccoli,

I'm tasty and you know it!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Student Blog Evaluation Checklist and Scoring Guide, Semester 1

Biology 1-2 and Honors Biology 1-2

  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] 



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


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.


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.


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?