Sunday, October 16, 2011

Six Kingdoms Classification Project

Your mission is to fill out the "Six Kingdoms of Life" chart (handout). For each of the six kingdoms fill in "yes" or "no" in each column based on the characteristic listed at the top of the column.

Remember kingdoms have many different species in them so some kingdoms might have organisms that have different forms of a characteristic listed. For example in Kingdom Animalia there are both Herbivores and Carnivores, so you'd put a "yes" in both of those columns for Animalia.

While you may work together at the computers be careful to do your own work on your chart. Don't just put what someone else has because they have it... you must confirm the accuracy of your research from a reputable source (see below) rather than just from your friend in class.

In order to fill out your chart you can use information sources such as your class notes, the AGS Biology Text Chapter 15 Pp. 457-500 and the websites listed below.

The Six Kingdoms

Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic

Autotroph vs. Heterotroph

Herbivores, Carnivores and Decomposers

Sexual vs. Asexual Reproduction 


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Antibiotic Resistance Animation

Watch this animation to find out why we need to be careful when using antibiotics. When we use antibiotics unnecessarily or when we don't finish taking the course of antibiotics the doctor prescribes, we can actually create bacteria that are immune to the antibiotic. Click on the following link, read the page and then click on the "watch the animation." If you have speakers or headphones you can listen to the narration, if you don't have speakers or headphones click on "step-through" to read as the animation steps through.

Another very interesting video about antibiotic resistance that is affecting US soldiers in the Iraq war is viewable at this link:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wanted: Dead or Alive! Bacteria

Bacteria Wanted Poster Assignment:

1. Use the internet to find out what you can about one type of bacteria.
2. Give it a nickname or AKA that tells us something about it. 
3. Write its "M.O." - what the police call its way of acting on the body... how does it do its thing? 
4. Write 3 reasons it is either good for people or bad for people.
5. Draw one or more pictures of the bacteria
6. Draw a picture of where the bacteria can be found or what it does to people

Some bacteria to learn about so you can pick one:
·      Escherichia coli (e-coli)
·      Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
·      Treponema pallidum (Syphilis)
·      Lactobacillus (good guy)
·      Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax)
·      Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough)
·      Streptococcus pyogenes (strep throat and in extreme cases flesh eating bacteria aka necrotizing fasciitis)
·      Or you can find another bacterium that affects people
  1. NO cutting and pasting from the web. All text must be in your words. At least two images must be drawn, then you may add additional images which you print out if you like.
  2. Keep track of your sources and write them on the back of your poster – full url’s
  3. Start poster in pencil, but add color using colored pencils, crayons or markers
  4. e-mail me with questions at

Some places to look, but you may find your own sources as well.