Evolution: Darwin, Sex and Survival
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Evolution-noun-any process of formation or growth; development: the evolution of a language; the evolution of the airplane.

Evolution is the change in something whether it is an animal, plant or human being. Evolution helps us trace back to older times and helps scientists understand how fossils change and how animals and humans got to where they are now. The largest known example of evolution is how humans evolved from an ape, but evolution is hard to understand because the truth is humans did not evolve from apes, but they share a common ancestor and are closely related to modern day apes.
A huge contributor to evolution is the well known biologist, Charles Darwin. Darwin was a risky young man who had a clever idea that was actually dangerous at the time. Darwin took a long voyage on a ship called The Beagle. On this voyage Darwin kept a very descriptive diary of all his findings and discoveries. Throughout his trip he found different fossils, plants and other evidence that led towards his theory of evolution. After decades of research and finding information, he came up with this “dangerous idea”. Later on Darwin found a book written by Alfred Russell Wallace that explained Darwin’s same exact theory. Darwin was frustrated that after his whole life of researching he was beat to his own publishing. Years later he went on to publishing a book called The Origin of Species that explained his full theory and that very idea has completely changed the outlook on the world today.
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The definition of sexual intercourse is genital contact, esp. the insertion of the penis into the vagina followed by orgasm; coitus; copulation. How can this definition even slightly relate to the definition of evolution? They seem irrelevant, but really sex is one of the most important parts of how organisms evolve, some might even say that sex is more important than actual life. In this world life is a game. The way to play is you must survive to reproduce and if you die before you reproduce then you lost the game and have failed to contribute to the gene pool. When offspring is formed it is an addition to our gene pool. The genes are passed down and new things evolve from each reproduction. Whether it’s a new sickness, immunity or just a new hair color, offspring evolves from the parents even if it is just a slight difference.
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Another big part of evolution to understand is survival, most commonly known as survival of the fittest. Survival of the fittest is very important and relates back to the game of life, survive to reproduce. The females want males that will give their offspring health and strength. They don’t want a sick offspring that won’t ever be able to care for themselves. The males are in constant competition to win the females over and have their young. The sick and weak males are out of luck when it comes to reproducing, unless they are smart enough to change it from survival of the fittest to survival of the sneakiest. Crickets are a great example of this because they find mates by making a loud chirp to attract the opposite sex. A weak cricket can use a strong cricket’s chirp to lure a female in and then take credit from the loud chirp. The cricket that actually made the sound could possibly get eaten by its predator making it easy to find with its loud mating call. Evolution is involved with many situations like this and is a very important topic to grasp.
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Questions for the Reader:

1.) Why did Darwin decide to take such a long voyage on the Beagle?
2.) What are some genetic diseases that can be passed down from the parents to the offspring?
3.) Why is survival of the fittest so important to evolution?

Student Expectations
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How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to evaluate sources of biology information on the internet
  • I will use the credible sources to find my information for my blog post
  • I click on the links that the sources give me and ersearch authors of articles.
I added my research to the credible sources page and hyperlinked it on my blog.
I also approved websites that were posted from my peers such as guy and jong.
I gave Amy feedback on her blog and showed her credible sources
Demonstrate an ability to read and understand current biology news
  • I can use the links that are included in these websites and research more on them
  • I research the authors and where the information comes from (newspapers, television, etc.)
I read the websites and used links to give me greater detail on certain parts of the website.
Demonstrate proper use of online resources
  • I will look up authors and research their names to make sure they are credible
  • I will site my work and hyperlink it after using the online resources
I used websites that were approved by my piers and that had credible information
Publish work that is available for peer-review
  • I will add to the credible sources page to get feedback on whether or not the websites I am using are feeding me correct information
  • I will check my blog post frequently to look for responses to my blog post.
I published my first draft and got pier review from Amy and made changes that would improve my blog
Discuss published work with a practicing biologist in that particular field
  • I will publish my work so anyone can see it and find a way to e-mail biologists working in the field I am writting in
I e-mailed a biologist that had an article on PBS that was related to my topic for the blog.
Provide constructive peer-review to classmates
  • I will use the credible sources page to give feedback on other peoples website sources
  • I will read their blog posts and give them feedback using constructice criticism on their creative commons pictures, videos, hyperlinks and sources
I posted constructive criticism on Amy's post to help her improve her blog about violins and fungus.
Discuss in-class assignments
  • I will participate and listen when having a discussion about our blog posts and will relate the information back to the blog
  • I will relate my blog post information to things that we talk about in class
I got some of my information from our biology class because we spent a large portion of our time on evolution and Darwin and we spent time in a museam we London that was focused around evolution
Apply creativity to work
  • I will use creatice commons pictures mainly from flickr to put on my page and help explain my points better
I used six pictures from Flickr.com that was labeled as creative commons which gives me permission to use on my blog.




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Hi I'm Sam
I am in the ninth grade and this is my first year in Ms. Baker's class. Recently we learned about animals and how they are trained by humans using rewards. The reward is most commonly food. This video does not actually show how the dog learned to play basketball, but it does show the result of his training to be able to dribble and shoot.
There are many videos like this all over the internet. These videos include various animals, tricks and methods of training. Many people don't know this, but dogs have a good memory. Dogs usually remember things by associating things with it. For example, they know their owners voice and smell and just by hearing or smelling they know who is near them.Dogs are smarter than many people think, and I think that this video proves that point.

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