Wednesday, June 11, 2014

End of Course Evaluation - Anonymous Survey

Please fill out this form to help Mr. Cantor improve the biology course and his teaching skills. Please be honest in your answers. The survey is anonymous, so your name will not appear in it unless you choose to put it in.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A timeline of life.... 4.5 Billion years of evolution

Evolutionary Events and Geologic Time (Deep Time)

Once you've calculated the number of years  between each of the evolutionary events and the distance between each event on your timeline, create an accurate timeline including the number of MYA (millions of years ago) each event occurred.

Use the following images and links (
and others you find on your own) to find images to use as guides for drawing a representative diagram of each event on your timeline. (I included the first few which are more difficult to find... you can find the others on your own.)

Be careful to organize your timeline so you have enough room to draw images for each event... this is easy at the beginning, but very difficult toward the present day... events happen faster and faster toward the present.

Earth is formed

First single celled organisms - you know cells!

Photosynthetic bacteria aka Cyanobacteria

Early multicellular organisms

Early Plants

First fish (jawless)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mutation videos!

Great video from about Mutations...


 If you can't see the video embedded above, you can watch it below or on YouTube at:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Genetics Resources

A great website for genetics and dna is 

For the Gregor Mendel Animation go to

A site about Mendel and his experiments: 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cancer Brochure Project

Cancer is the uncontrolled reproduction of abnormal cells (uncontrolled mitosis.) There are many types of cancer, some of which are fatal or require very intense, expensive and unpleasant treatment. Different types of cancer affect different groups of people and have different symptoms, risk factors and treatments. Your job during this assignment is to become an expert on one type of cancer and create a professional looking brochure to educate others about that type of cancer. 

1.     You will create a brochure that could help someone who has just been diagnosed with a particular kind of cancer to understand his or her disease and its treatment options.

2.     Choose the type of cancer you will be researching.

Bladder, Kidney, Osteosarcoma (bone cancer), Brain  Leukemia (blood cancer)Pancreatic, BreastLiver, Cancer ,Prostate, ColonLung Cancer, Skin Cancer (not melanoma), Endometrial (uterus), Melanoma (Skin Cancer), Gastric (stomach)Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (immune system) - Or you may select another type of cancer. 

3.     To make your brochure, use Microsoft Publisher (Office program), another program, or neatly do it by hand. fold paper into three equal sections and number pages as follows:


Page 1: Cancer type
Some graphic or drawing
Your name and period

Page 2: Symptoms associated with this type of cancer
Page 3: Risk factors – what makes people more likely to get it? Is it genetic or caused by a carcinogen, or both?
Page 4: How common is it?
Is any particular group more likely to get it than another?

Page 5: Treatment Options
Page 6: Interesting facts
List all sources with full URLs

See your assignment sheet for point distribution and rubric. 

Some Sources to get you started