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A collaborative network linking Benton High School and MWSU via the dual-credit course: "Principles of Biology." Different than "publishing," we use this site to work and think "publicly." This is different. This changes what we do and how we do it. Feel free to poke around, see what we have going on...

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Shark Cartilage: What's the Deal? 86 Replies

In a quest to get everyone enrolled and on board with our class network... today we will have a "mini-debate." The class has been divided into two groups. These two groups were given different sets…Continue

Tags: ecology, medicine, sharks, information, literacy

Started by Sean Nash in Classroom Reflections. Last reply by Sean Nash Nov 23, 2010.

Distinct Human Celltypes 65 Replies

Let's examine the true variability found in even our own bodies... not to mention for now the variability found in all of life on Earth. We really need to get past the idea that all cells look like…Continue

Tags: cellular, cell, cells, celltypes

Started by Sean Nash in Things to Share. Last reply by leigh holland Feb 10, 2010.

What Is Science? 64 Replies

Use the thread below to engage in reflection about topics that were discussed in class last week. Discuss any "aha's" you had during our readings and or discussions. What did you learn? What finally…Continue

Tags: hypotheses, reflection, hypothesis, questioning, natureofscience

Started by Sean Nash in Classroom Reflections. Last reply by Sean Grinstead Oct 13, 2009.

What is LIFE? 62 Replies

Biology is the study of life & living things. Reflect here on today's discussion dealing with a deeper definition of what the word "life" really means. You can do this in several ways. Some might…Continue

Tags: issues, debate, discussion, death, life

Started by Sean Nash in Classroom Reflections. Last reply by Sean Nash Oct 26, 2008.

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus 56 Replies

We will begin today's exploration of biological classification with a look at a rare and endangered species from the Pacific Northwest: the tree octopus. This is obviously one amazingly-adapted…Continue

Tags: digitalliteracy, medialiteracy, tree-octopus

Started by Sean Nash in Thinking Critically. Last reply by Chris Michaels Apr 3, 2009.

Sex & Gender Determination: Quick site review 55 Replies

Use this forum to share a website you found particularly interesting or informative on the topic of sex & gender determination. After surveying the site, and seeing what it has to offer, come…Continue

Tags: gametes, sex, determination, gender

Started by Sean Nash in Thinking Critically. Last reply by MIchelle Mar 18, 2009.

Pushing Scientific Thought Into Art 53 Replies

(or... "the wicked webs we weave")The "Sci-Po." Yep- a new name for a new learning element to consider in class. A friend of mine, Dr. Punya Mishra (who is an associate professor of Educational…Continue

Tags: science, writing, art, poetry, Mishra

Started by Sean Nash in Mini-Project. Last reply by Kerstyn Bolton Jan 29, 2010.

The Diversity of Life - our schema 52 Replies

Many students (and people of all ages for that matter) walk around with a limited appreciation of the diversity of life. Do a quick survey of the diversity of the animals on the minds of the general…Continue

Tags: data, animals, survey, diversity of life

Started by Sean Nash in Mini-Project. Last reply by meagan Sep 19, 2008.

EVOLUTION 51 Replies

Pre-instruction. Nested discussion. Accessing background knowledge. Characterizing preconceptions. Developing questions. Baseline reflection. All based upon one word scrawled on the whiteboard:…Continue

Tags: preconception, misconception, discussion, backgroundknowledge, evolution

Started by Sean Nash in Classroom Reflections. Last reply by Sean Nash Oct 12, 2010.

10.30.2008 classroom reflection 50 Replies

Post your reflection from today's class session... the reading on high-protein & fat (low carb) diet plans, our breakdown & discussion of lipids, the connection to diet plans, the role &…Continue

Tags: diet, nutrition, waxes, oils, fats

Started by Sean Nash in Classroom Reflections. Last reply by Sean Nash Nov 17, 2008.

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What are Carbs, Lipids and Proteins?.. I can tell you!

"Structure and Function" is the very first thing I wrote down on my paper when we started our Chalk Talk; when I wrote this I really didn't understand how much I was going to learn over the next few weeks. We first started with writing down the word Capillarity, which is a property of water that causes water to rise above. We learned this to help us understand how water molecules work. Water is the base of… Continue

Posted by Kerstyn Bolton on November 24, 2009 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

The fuel of Life

Technically I and you all are the same. Yes we may have different thoughts, feelings, and perspectives, but it’s what is inside of us that makes us so similar. It is what fuels us and gives us the energy to be unique that makes us so identical. It is the things like sugars, lipids, amino acids and nucleic acids that gives our bodies the power to live. Essentially they are the architects of life, they help build us, and design us into who we are… Continue

Posted by Coleman Wade Babcock on November 23, 2009 at 11:30pm

NO FATS – NO CARBS AND WITHOUT ANY PROTEINS! THAT’S WHAT I WANT!

Everywhere in our lives we get bombed with the newest diets and ideas to lose weight and live healthy. After the laws about the Nutrition facts labeling passed everyone should be able to judge if their food is healthy or not. But OH! Wait! There is just one Problem:

Who knows what Carbohydrate Percentages, Nutrition labels and boxes say about food? What is fiber? And why is everybody in the TV and in magazines telling me different stuff about fats and Proteins? There is one… Continue

Posted by Ali Bargu on November 23, 2009 at 10:17pm — 1 Comment

difference in "I want" and in "i need" ((THROUGH A WRESTLERS P.O.V.))

Today after practice when we were getting ready to get a beak down coach said something that brought me straight to our whole topic of carbs and fats and proteins. he was talking about how he has been where we are, having to cut the weight and keeping it in close range. the thing he said was "There is a difference in how much you wanna eat, just cuz its there and what you need or should eat" a few examples of his were say your at a pizza hut when your friends are skarfing on some pizza and your… Continue

Posted by james d green on November 23, 2009 at 9:30pm

Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Lipids. Proteins monomers are amino acids; there are 20 different commonly known amino acids. Each protein is put together by different variations of the different amino…

Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Lipids.



Proteins monomers are amino acids; there are 20 different commonly known amino acids. Each protein is put together by different variations of the different amino acids. There polymers are polypeptides. Amino Acids get there finger print by their "R group" and they also have a carbonyl group. When in comes to Nutrition they have 4 calories per gram of protein. The best way to get protein is by eating foods with lots of protein in it. When you eat… Continue

Posted by Amanda Dixon on November 23, 2009 at 9:17pm

Nutrition

Nutrition is very important to the human diet. Here are some nutrition facts to help make a better decission on what you eat.



Carbohydrates are very important to the human body. Carbohydrates provide people with energy to get us through the day. There are simple and complex carbohydrates. The best foods you can eat are whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. There are 4 calories per gram.



Glucose is the most common carbohydrate. This gives you a quick burst of energy. This… Continue

Posted by Miranda Lynn Stanton on November 23, 2009 at 8:55pm

"The Chemistry of Living Things"

Throughout the last few weeks of class, I’ve learned so much. From notes to our class discussions, so many things have been brought to my attention and changed my prospective on biology. Not only about the carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins but about how misleading the media is and how uninformed people are about their health, including myself.



One thing that I learned and that played a major part in the rest of the unit was I did not know that carbohydrates are sugars. I’m not sure… Continue

Posted by Kylie Warner on November 23, 2009 at 8:00pm

What is A Molecule Anyways?

Well a molecule is the simplest unit of an element. They ware important because they fuel our bodies in several different ways. We learn in class how we use some of these molecuse to fuel our bodies. The ones that we use that our class that we talked about are protiens, lipids(fats), and carbohydrates. you would think that all of these things are very similar because the are all made of the same three elements carbon. Hydrogen, and Oxygen. and in the past week I've found that they are all very… Continue

Posted by Sean Grinstead on November 23, 2009 at 7:35pm

Another Piece of the Puzzle?

Did you know that your body is like a puzzle; it is very complex and relays on every piece to create a complete product. There are so many pieces to this puzzle that many people don't quite understand, which enables them to get the picture, and that's okay. This not-so-complete picture has really became apparent in today's generation. Unfortunately, we have literally been fed countless misconceptions into what we can and can't put into our bodies. The fact of the matter is that it's not about… Continue

Posted by Shandis Cruz on November 22, 2009 at 6:14pm — 1 Comment

The Molecules Within You

What's hiding underneath your shirt? Have you taken a good look at what is on your plate? What kind of molecules live in your body? Simple everyday wonders turn into facts real quick. Many don't realize the reality of what they are feeding their stomaches. Yes, it may be growling, but no need to abuse it! Watching what you consume is easy if you give it the time and thought. The most important part is understanding it's structure and how it functions. With this information you'll be a pro at… Continue

Posted by Marcy Withrow on November 21, 2009 at 7:35pm

 
 
 

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Our work has certainly come a long way this year. In our short time working in this space (since only September 2009) we have attracted quite a bit of attention for our open approach to learning.  Your sharing, reflection and synthesis have earned two nominations for Edublogs awards in as many years.  Impressive is a good word.In the thread below, please reflect upon our use of free, open online tools to enhance our classroom this year. I'm always proud of how your work ends up being all about…See More
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Our work has certainly come a long way this year. In our short time working in this space (since only September 2009) we have attracted quite a bit of attention for our open approach to learning.  Your sharing, reflection and synthesis have earned two nominations for Edublogs awards in as many years.  Impressive is a good word.In the thread below, please reflect upon our use of free, open online tools to enhance our classroom this year. I'm always proud of how your work ends up being all about…See More
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