Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Biology Final and Final project

Chordate conference:  See attached handout.  Students will research a group of chordate animals, create a descriptive poster, create questions for the other groups and present for 5 minutes on their group on May 25th/26th.

Chordate Conference 2011

  1. In small groups you will conduct online/textbook research on one of the Chordate groups to become classroom experts.  After thoroughly researching your group’s chordate you will:
    • Create a poster as described below
    • Give a 2-5 min group presentation that summarizes the anatomical features, major organ systems (circulatory, respiratory, nervous, excretory, and reproductive), locomotion and ecological roles for your chordate
    • Respond like class experts on your chordate group when answering questions asked by other groups by using evidence and specific examples from your research.

  1. Poster, poster should have each of the following to earn more than 50% (1000 Lab pts). 
·         Diagram (s) of the external and internal anatomy for a typical member of this group
·         Organ system summary of the similarities/differences of your chordate compare to other chordates.  For each system = circulatory, respiratory, nervous, excretory, and reproductive
·         At least three Interesting facts about the ecology of this group of organisms
·         Attention to detail should include easy to read, clearly printed summaries, accuracy of information, works cited and diagrams that use color/keys.
·         Divide up the work, I will ask you about what you did on the poster = grade

  1. Questions:  Your group will need to prepare questions for each of the other groups about their chordate group.   Each member of your table must think of two questions minimum that can be asked on the ecology of the group or how humans have influenced the group.  Divide up the other chordates groups so that your group does not ask any one other chordate groups less than two questions.  2 questions/member = cw credit; No credit for any questions that can be answered yes or no.  (250 HW/CW pts). 
·         Do not ask any questions that can be answered with a yes or a no. 
·         Use other group’s posters and prior research on other topics to come up with powerful questions.  I will award bonus points for powerful thought out questions.
·         I will deduct points for: questions asked that are obviously answered by looking at the group’s poster

Rubric (1000 proj/test pts) Individual not group!

Chordate  Conference

Doing each one of these Student: contributed equally to the poster, presented intro equally, asked one pre-generated question, answered one question or helped to.
Extra credit = +
Deductions = -
5 =100
4 =85

Conference Format (1000 proj/test pts) Individual not group!

  1. 5 Minute Introduction your group should present your poster.  This is a summary, focus on the important details and every one needs to present.  No questions may be asked, yet, and the maximum five-minute time limit will be enforced.
  2. Questions: all conference members will take turns asking their pre-generated questions to the other chordate groups.  The group asked a question will have 30 seconds MAX. to devise an answer supported by evidence from their research. 
  3. Repeat process until every student participating has asked at least one question.
  4. Free form questions any remaining time will be used to ask pre-generated questions or new questions in a less formal process.  Students that answer with evidence and well thought powerful questions will earn extra credit. I will deduct points for repeat questions, yes/no answers, asking something obviously present on the poster

Day one = Library research
Day two = Additional 307 research?, Begin posters
Day three = Finish posters, gallery walk and questions for other groups
Day four = Conference in rm 302

For those of you who read the whole handout, enjoy a head start on the chordate groups.
--Marsupial mammals
-- Placental mammals
--Bony fish
--Cartilaginous fish  
--Jawless fish
--Lancelot/sea squirts 

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