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Extra Credit Opportunities

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Extra Credit is only collected toward the end of the semester.  You have a choice of which option to complete. 

Accepted during Term 4 and Term 8

You may choose only one option to earn Up to 30 points extra credit

Projects Support Biology Common Core Requirements
1. Ensuring wide reading from complex text that varies in length. 2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons. 3. Emphasizing text-specific complex questions, and cognitively complex tasks, reinforce focus on the text and cultivate independence.4. Emphasizing students supporting answers based upon evidence from the text. 5. Providing extensive research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

Music/Instructional Video  

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Compose a music video based on content from your class (CP Biology or Biology I)                        

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video examples: The Bloodmobile  cellular respiration

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Incorporate music and narrations

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Video can be edited in any media editing  program and converted for use in iTunes, Quicktime or RealPlayer or other similar player

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Must be high school appropriate

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Title/introduction page as well as works cited/credits

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Cite all sources correctly in APA format

Terrarium Project

bulletMake a terrarium with soil and plants
bulletCreate a booklet that goes along with it that talks about the biogeochemical cycles taking place within it as well as the discussing how the cycles affect the various plant species in the terrarium ecosystem.
bulletList the Genus and species of each plant in the terrarium
bulletCite all sources correctly in APA format

 

Taxonomy Project

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Identify/categorize at least 15 different trees in Tennessee

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Photograph leaves, flowers/cones and bark of each tree

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Measure dimensions of the trunk in metric units

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List any characteristics of each tree (waxy cuticle, jagged, spiny, etc.)

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Construct a dichotomous key (booklet or spread sheet) for determining the type of trees

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Record the Genus, species  and common name of each Tree

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Organize information in a neat fashion; booklet, PowerPoint or Prezi

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Cite all sources correctly in APA format

 

Make a Science Related Game

These games should be something you make not buy, however you can use a theme from a real game; i.e. monopoly.  The object is to learn science content by playing your game.  Games should accurately and successfully reinforce content studied in our class during the semester.

Choose either card game or board game:

bulletCard Game
bulletMust include rules and playing instructions
bulletMust relate to content in your current textbook
bulletUse of color and originality
bulletCite sources in APA format, including chapter and page numbers
bulletBoard game
bulletMust include rules and playing instructions
bulletShould have all game pieces with game, and include an easy way to store it (i.e.: shoe box, etc.)
bulletMust relate to content in  your current textbook
bulletUse of color and originality
bulletCite sources in APA format, including chapter and page numbers

 

Build a Working 3-D Model

Model must be made large enough to use as a demonstration and should be related to something in your textbook.  Model must be presented to class and it must come with complete review of your creative process, materials used,  and how to duplicate.    Building materials may include wood, Styrofoam, plastic, etc.  No food items please.  Clearly label all parts.

Examples (but not limited to):

bulletRocket/space flight   ex.  Hubble telescope
bulletRobotics: cars, animals, etc.
bulletBrain, skeleton, eye, organ system, etc.
bulletParts of a flower, parts of a plant, or germination of seeds
bulletCompare mitosis and meiosis
bulletPersonal Invention
bulletAnimal or plant replica
bulletRube Goldberg invention
bulletCite all sources correctly in APA format

 

Create a "Beginners Informational Guide" for:

bulletSalt water or fresh water aquariums from start to finish
bulletInclude photos, sketches, and complete instructions  (you must cite all your references, plagiarism will disqualify your submission)
bulletHow-to pointers for successful tanks
bulletBasics on water chemistry
bulletProper filters and lighting
bulletCompatible species (plant and animal) 
bulletTitle page and works cited in APA format
bulletPresent neatly in a  binder or any multimedia format
bulletif digital format chosen, you must copy your work to disk/flash drive and give to me along with hard copy to receive full credit

Collect & Prepare an Insect Collection

bulletCollect and label at least 12 different insects
bulletMount on foam board or suitable surface with straight pins (You may use the protocol from Mrs. King to assemble collection)
bulletProper mounting of insects
bulletInsect ID Tags - must be clearly labeled and include
bulletGenus and species
bulletState, County found
bulletCity, Location of insect's natural habitat
bulletDate, Time of day collected
bulletYour name
bulletCite all sources correctly in APA format

 

Jeopardy PowerPoint

bulletUse a template and create a jeopardy game based on content from topics we have studied this semester.
bulletGame must function properly and be at a high school honor's level
bulletCredit given based on quality and accuracy of content
bulletInclude directions for your game
bulletMust be submitted on flash drive or disk
bullet OpenOffice free download (use if you don't have Microsoft Office)
bulletFree html text editor for making web pages
bulletCite all sources correctly in APA format

 

Scientific Research Report

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5 page typed report on a genetic disorder or birth defect.

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Use your own words- plagiarism will cause your paper to be rejected.  It's okay to use someone's exact words if you quote them, "____________" and cite source.

Example:

This methodology stands in agreement with Stewart et al. who states, “A science education should do more than instruct students with respect to the conclusions reached by scientists…science education should encourage students to develop both understandings about science as an intellectual  activity and understandings of the products of science” (1992).

 

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Report must contain works cited page. (follow APA format) Use works cited/references in alphabetical order, examples found on the "writing reports" page of this website.                           

Sample entry based on example above:

Stewart, J., Hafner, R., Johnson, S., & Finkel, E. (1992).  Science as model building: computers and high-school genetics.  Educational  Psychologist, 27(3), 317–336.

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Typed, Double spaced, 1 inch margins, times new roman font.  Proof read and use spell check prior to printing.

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Use proper English and grammar.  No texting language.

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Follow APA format (title page, abstract, 5 pages of content, works cited)  Pictures do not count toward the 5 pages of content!

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Rubric will be used to grade paper.

 

Dossier on any Scientist

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Follow guidelines on the rubric

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May be submitted in digital or paper format

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Cite all sources correctly in APA format

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Last modified: March 20, 2015