Louise Culver's Science Classes

Science changing society…

December 4, 2015


Warm Up: Get your paper ready for today’s quiz. Write your name, today’s date & class period in the upper right hand corner of your paper; & title the paper “The Sun (Week 14)”. Then, sit quietly.


–Individuals: Quiz-“The Sun (Week 14)

–Newsela Article—Scientist Call 2014 Warmest Year Ever


Warm Up: If a population of 100 birds increases to 120 birds the following year, r = _____.

–Small groups: present concept maps



–Chapter 6 PowerPoint

— The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdwnfPurXcs




December 3, 2015


–Whole Group: Video Bill Nye The Science Guy: Energy & Gravity with guided notes


Warm Up: A species that plays a major role in determining the structure of its ecological community is?

If you find a brightly colored insect resting on a leaf, it is most likely to be___________.

A keystone species; poisonous or distasteful.


–Whole group: discuss # 8 & short answer questions from “Examining the Stages in Ecological Succession”


–Small groups: Concept Maps: Population density, population size, population distribution, carrying capacity, growth models, metapopulations, competition, predation, mutualism, commensalism, community ecology, resource portioning, true predators, herbivores, parasites, parasitoids, keystone species, ecosystem engineers, ecological succession, pioneer species, aquatic succession, species richness

*Small groups share finished concept maps with whole groups



December 2, 2015


–Warm Up: Finish “The Sun and its Effects Investigate”


–Whole Group:  “The Sun and its Effects” Vocabulary PowerPoint Presentation: photosphere, chromosphere, corona, albedo, ozone, proton, electron, plasma, ionosphere, ion, aurora (11 words)



Which behavioral response to the threat of predation is most likely to be selected for in a species that uses camouflage for protection?

A  motionless behavior


–Individuals: Examining the Stages in Ecological Succession à small groups

December 1, 2015


–Warm Up: “What Do You See?” Examine the illustration on page 77. What is the point of the illustration? If the Sun in the image were not there, what would the people in the picture be doing? How does the title of this section relate to the illustration? à small groupà whole group


–Individual: T.A.I. (p. 77)à partner


–Partners: Investigate (p. 77)




Warm Up: Several species of harmless kingsnakes (Lampropeltis spp) mimic the color patterns of venomous coral snakes (Micrurusfulvius), which serve as models.  If avoidance were based solely on prior predator experience with the model, what do you predict would happen in areas where coral snakes were never present?


— Community Ecology: Feel the Love – Crash Course Ecology #4




Video: California Condors (7:53)  W/Guided Questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLD7OFjgPUk