For the final phase of the Infectious Organisms project, it is time to put together what you have learned into something easily shared with others. A comic strip is one way to share information both with words and images. Using the information contained in your organism-specific article summary worksheets, and carefully reviewing the project rubric to be sure you have the necessary information, it is time to create your comic strip. Your work must be original – you may refer to existing comic strips for inspiration only. We have different sized paper available: large poster paper, 8.5″ x 14″ long printer paper, and 8.5″ x 11″ standard printer paper. Use the paper that works best for you and your project. Include as many panels as you need to tell your story. Be creative!
Students have been quite successful using comic creator websites like MakeBeliefsComix.com, Pixton.com, and StoryBoardThat.com so if the thought of drawing your own comic is overwhelming, try using an online resource to help you with the artwork so you can focus on the content. There are several other comic creator websites on the Internet, so find one that works best for you.
Comics are due at the beginning of class on Wednesday. All comics must be ready to share in paper form, so if you create a comic online, be sure to print it! On Wednesday, you will get to see everyone else’s work and they will see yours, so use your class time well to make a comic strip you are proud of.
We took a break from the Infectious Organisms projects and evolution in general to focus on conclusion writing practice. Students received a Biology EOC-style conclusion writing prompt and had the entire class period to complete the writing. Most students finished early and used the remainder of the class period to work on their projects.
For class today, students will watch Life’s Rocky Start from NOVA. While watching the video, students will complete a worksheet to help them identify the key learning from throughout the video. The worksheet should be turned in at the end of class.
Update: May 10 – thank you to Mrs. C for substituting for me yesterday. The students were in her capable hands and did a great job staying engaged through the video. For today, students worked through the Lesson 83 Worksheet. We approached Part 1 as a thought experiment and notes from the whiteboard are pictured below. The Lesson 83 PowerPoint is included for reference.
We took advantage of the gap in AP testing to work through Lesson 82. The Lesson 82 Worksheet called for students to work in groups to prepare salt solutions and work through the math to calculate the molarity of their assigned solution. Although we did not review it in class, the Lesson 82 PowerPoint is available for download.
Additionally, students are encouraged to practice observing the relationship between moles, volume, and molarity using the University of Colorado Molarity PhET simulation below: