Ecology and Systems Biology: Unit Exam Review

Today we reviewed for the unit exam.  We began by connecting the learning from yesterday’s presentation of biospheres with the concepts of unintended consequences and non-native species.  As we look ahead to the biology end of course exam, students will have many opportunities to stretch their thinking in ways that will enable them to be successful on the EOC.  The concept of unintended consequences is part of the EOC and was previously introduced on a reading about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park.  Today, students were asked to consider the unintended consequences of introducing non-native species into an ecosystem, and we followed that up with a short video.  The video (below) features images about the wolves and other organisms in Yellowstone, with George Monbiot narrating.  The narration is actually a segment from a longer TED talk by Mr. Monbiot.

After the video, students spent the remainder of the class period studying hard for the Unit 2 exam tomorrow.  The slide deck of study questions is attached.  Students were reminded that they are permitted to use their lab notebooks and work folders on the exam.  Cell phones, talking with other students, and cheating are not permitted and will result in a score of zero.  Students will be seated per the PSAT seating guidelines, with backpacks against the front wall and students seated as they enter.  I reserve the right to arrange seating as required to ensure all students have the opportunity to express their own thinking on the exam without disruption.

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