Jordan's Biology Page 2015-16

Is Race Real?  

Portfolio Requirements:

Portfolio for science should include:

1)    Your Science Reflection.

2)    “Is Race in my DNA?” Lab.

3)    One more activity about race or DNA (your choice).

4)    One activity about “What Makes Us Human?” – Humans Doing Human Stuff, Museum Activity and Sketch, Skulls Lab, or research about human ancestors.

Portfolio Reflection for the Race Project.
1) Go to your "What Makes Us Human?" Google Doc.
2) Copy and Paste the following outcome and questions:

Language Outcome 02: Evidence in Writing H Multiple examples given to specifically support ideas. P: Some examples given to support ideas. N: Lack of examples or connection to ideas.

Portfolio Reflection Questions:

        A)    This experiment had many steps, when collecting DNA, analyzing DNA on the computer, and presenting about DNA to other people.  What were one (or two) steps that were FRUSTRATING or difficult?  How did you overcome this, or, what would you do differently next time to overcome it?

B)    How did this experiment and this project CHANGE or CONFIRM your ideas about race, human variation, and “What Makes Us Human?" 

C)    Make a connection between HISTORY and SCIENCE.  What is one example of race in HISTORY or society?  How does the SCIENCE of human variation influence the way people should act towards others who look differently than them?

3) In full sentences, answer 2 of the 3 questions, and share with your handsome teacher!

4) Also, get feedback and edits from a classmate (preferably on the google doc).

Race in my DNA activities:

Can you sort people by their races?

Where does Skin Color come from?  Find out!

Human Evolution - Where do we come from?

 4-4 Delicious DNA Photos!
 Human DNA Extraction:

Check Results at the DNALC Bioservers

DNA Functions - Replication

Discovery of DNA Structure:

Instructions for writing about What Makes Us Human? (4-4) (Copy to your document):
Begin google doc – [Name] What Makes Us Human?  SHARE with
At the top of your doc you need the outcomes:
Language Outcome 02: Evidence in Writing H Multiple examples given to specifically support ideas. P: Some examples given to support ideas. N: Lack of examples or connection to ideas.

Science Outcome 12: Stability and Change

H:  Quantitatively explains how systems change with time.

P: Qualitatively explains how systems change over time.

N: Not explaining change.

Problem – explain what makes humans and our (possible) ancestors similar and different.  How did it change over time?
Evidence – look at other animals, including our ancestors.  "Humans can…"  "our ancestors could/could not..."  and cite your source:
    examples:  (Hominin Skull Lab)      (Evolution: A Human Perspective, p 34)      (
Questions you still have… save these for the end.  Replace “I think” with a QUESTION!

Human Evolution Research Sources:

Smithsonian Institute - Human Evolution

Check out some wonderful videos on human evolution:

 What makes us human? on NOVA:
Compare us and Neanderthals!

 Becoming Human on NOVA:
 OK, more NOVA!  ALL about Neanderthals...
20:00 - Svante Paabo's Lab and the search for Neanderthal DNA in us!
 Where did we come from? on NOVA

Go to 26:00 to hear about when we stopped being hairy.

 Svante Paabo's TED Talk on Neanderthals and our DNA:

 Is the Theory of Evolution controversial?  Find out in NOVA: Judgement Day - Intelligent Design on Trial:

 Your Inner Fish Videos:

Click on:
  • Amazing Places, Amazing Fossils: Lucy
  • Ancient Hands, Ancient Tools
  • Ancient Human Ancestors: Walking in the Woods

What makes us human?

Making tools?  Nope
Understanding Language?  Nah  and No  and Whales!
Family, War?  No and No Again

 This guy was human.  Otzi the Iceman.

Career Break!

Here are some careers we're examining in class.  Which is your favorite?

Organ System T-shirts (with Circuits!):

Check out the process and the finished products:

Lots of Great Tutorials online for making our Organ System T-shirts:

LDK Experiment 1: Lighting Up a Basic Circuit - One light, no problem.
LDK Experiment 2: Multiple LED Circuits - Series and Parallel.
LDK Experiment 3: Buttons and Switches

Got a button?
LDK Experiment 4: Make Your Own Button
Don't have a button, make one!
LDK Experiment 5: Create Your Own Switch
Use the snap buttons to make cool switches.
LDK Experiment 6: Microcontroller Circuits - not for the faint of heart!  Want to learn to program behavior in your circuits?  This is the place!

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Project 3: Can We Live Forever?

Biometrics Experiments:

Hack Your Health - Using Computers to Make Us Healthier:

Visit the Scratch Games for each station:

Stride of Pride - Time your run!

Reaction Timer – Time your nerves!

Heartbeat counter – Relax, take a rest, and time your heart.

 Heartbeat race – How can you make your heart race faster?
Jump! – How high can you go?

(Still in testing mode)

This one might work better:
 Want more Scratch?  Sign up at or do their Scratch Hour of Code:

Research Sources:

Lots of news sorted by categories like "Health" and "Science".  Available in longer or shorter articles, and in Spanish.


Easier to read summaries of real science research.  Some articles are still a bit complex, so be patient!

Follow the links, then go to the bottom of the big list and click "Research in Context"
Health movies, articles about body systems, diseases, and more!

Selected articles:

Graphing Tools:

Turn back the clock and see...
Previous Years' Versions of this Page: