Evolution (Part deux)

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The students of AP Bio are breathing a sigh of relief this weekend. We have closed out the first half of the semester and are all very thankful that Spring Break is here. For the next week we will all go our separate ways, relax, and rejuvenate (hopefully). The first 9 weeks has been a joy. I've loved watching the class help each other through the marathon sprint that is AP Bio. Everyday, my heart is warmed as I watch them help come to a greater understanding of the inner workings of the living world. Because it is the end of the quarter, and because I wanted for everyone to have the chance to submit a week in review, this week (2/27-3/2) we have 4 week in review reports.

Trang Le begins:

The past week or so in class has been an interesting experience as the class looked into the theory of evolution. During the course of the week we circulated through labs testing DNA and the Hardy-Weinberg Principle, completed research on Charles Darwin, as well as a case study before the end of the unit. I enjoyed  hearing the conflicting opinions in the class but I personally agree with the theory of evolution based on facts and evidence rather than allowing religion to influence my opinion. I will continue to love love love my experiences in this class as we struggle through the rest of these units and make our way to our test in May. :/

Zain Syed continues:

It was yet another interesting week in Mr. Kite’s room. The whole week was essentially dedicated to the evolution of life. On Monday, we had met in our groups and talked about the reproductive barriers and the difference between allopatric and sympatric speciation. On Tuesday, we created a timeline about the evolution of life. For this assignment, we went into our Comprehension groups and this activity took up the majority of the remaining time we had left in class. On Wednesday, we talked about the grouping of species and conducted (or at least attempted to) Phylogenetic trees. On Thursday, we received review packets played Jeopardy. We also raised any questions that we may have had as the test was on Friday. Hence, on Friday, we did a little review and took our test. Overall, it was just another stressful, yet fun, week in AP Biology II.

Marissa Allen adds:

This week in AP biology, our objectives to analyze for the week were the concept of evolution and genetics. We discussed how the world was first formed 4.6 billion years ago, and everything from then to now. It was interesting to understand how somes species evolved; Especially the homo sapiens (us!!). We learned about all the factors that contribute to the evolution of the world such as environments, prominnent alleles and etc. Evolution makes it clear to why the world looks, and works the way it does. Evolution is extraordinary.

Tarynn Anthony concludes: 

This week was a continuation and wrap up of our unit on evolution. Evolution is easier for me to understand and the activities we did this week also helped. We learned about the different types of speciation, prezygotic and postzygotic barriers, as well as how to construct phylogenetic trees. As a class we seemed to have grasped the concepts we learned this week better. I think the jigsaw activity and learning from each other was a reason for that. The remainder of our week was review for the test. Jeopardy went well for the most part and most teams got a good majority of the questions correct. Hopefully everyone did well on their tests and will be satisfied with the grade they receive for the end of the grading period. Have a good spring break!

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