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For a true introduction to this post you might want to check out the previous iteration of Just Keep Marching. Needless to say, the end is in sight and I know that the citizens of AP Bio can see it coming. Last week (3/19-23) we wrapped up our mad dash through the living world. Faster than you can spell Porifera the kingdoms went flying by. As has been the case all semester long, everyone was a trooper. Friday concluded the march and we are now off to spend a little focused time on plants. Three reviews are brought to us by Maya Gouw Imani Thompson, and Marcus Ramos-Pearson
This week, and the past week as well, we learned everything from the gametophytes tophloems. On Monday, I really enjoyed the activity where we made Quizlets for Chapter 32.It was very fun and lax, and since the chapter was very vocabulary-heavy, it really helped togo through each and every word. I feel that for a lot of us, it allowed us to grasp theconcepts of development, symmetry, and germ layers much more easily than if we had justgone with the usual routine. On Thursday, we played Jeopardy to review for our first test ofthe new quarter. It went great for some, and for others (…like our team…), it was a littlediscouraging. In any case, the game was challenging and we all had fun. Hopefully welearned enough for the test!
This week we talked about many new interesting topics. The topic I liked the most was plant diversity. It was about how plants adapted to live on land and it talked about many different types of plants and their unique features. I found angiosperms to be the most intriguing. I learned that fruits are not just produced for us to eat; they are actually used in seed dispersal and they protect dormant seeds. The flower petals also have special functions such as
catching the attention of a pollinator and drawing it to the plant. The process of fertilization is also unique because a pollen tube is used to get the sperm to the eggs. This was the best chapter we've gone over so far and it kept me really engaged.
This past week wad pretty crazy doing basically a chapter a day with a test at the end of it. We learned that most vegetables we commonly eat are FRUITS. We then went on to learn about the history of invertebrates from sponges to starfish. This then lead up to vertebrates which is from chordates to us. I still think reptiles are cool, but amphibians are getting up there.