Student Expectations
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to
evaluate sources of
biology information on
the internet

  • I will explain why my source is crediable.
  1. I commented on two websites that our fellow classmates had put up. I commented
on the website, http://www.sciencedaily.com/ and http://www.csmonitor.com/.
I thought both of these sites were credible and able to use anytime to get information that
is reliable and that has many links to help you find what you are looking for.

2.I found information on Charles Darwin and I looked for reliable sources so I don't get false
information. I looked to see what kind of ending the website had for example, .com, .net, .org.
My website about this topic at .UK. The website was in BBC and Ms. Baker looked at it and
helped me see if it was a good source and she agreed. It also showed frequent updates.
Demonstrate an ability
to read and understand
current biology news
  • I will make a post on a topic that I am
interested in and use science media such
as aricles, news, and video.
  • I recently made a post on Charles Darwin to Celebrate his incredible theory of evolution for his 200th birthday on Feb. 12, 2009 I also read information on him and learned new background while writing this post.
Demonstrate proper
use of online resources

  • When I use a website I will use a hyperlink
so my classmates or teachers may look at it.
  • I will use a few images from creative commons
that my teacher recommend us to use.
1. I used a picture of Charles Darwin at creative commons so I can give credit to who the person who put the picture up on the website. I also used this so I dont take the cedit someone else did.
Publish work that is
available for peer-review
  • I will show my post or work on the wiki site.
  1. I have added my post on Charles Darwin so people in my class can critice and read about Darwin's background.
Discuss published work
with a practicing biologist
in that particular field

  • I will research and find information on the same
topic that certain biologists are studying.
1. I have e-mailed a biologist named Daniel D. Brown, Ph.D. his page is, Link Here. I have asked him a question. My question was, what is the impact of the Theory of Evolution on my research?" He has not responed yet but I think he will soon. Miss Baker has given his name to me so I could ask him the question.

He has answered my question very well. Here is his response below under my post.
Provide constructive
peer-review to
  • I will wite proper comments to my classmates
posts to keep the post going.
  1. I commented on a blog that Ms. Baker has put up. I information that was relevant to the topic
  2. I commented on a post called "Genetics of Race" written by Miss baker.I wrote what I thought about the post and how the test made a influence on how I felt and how I reacted.
and I agreed with my classmates on some of the information told in the blog. I explained why
I thought the blog was interesting and how it was important.

3. I commented on Ryan Downs post on knee injuries.

4. I read Erik M. Poat on Charles Darwin cause I thought it was interesting how we were writing about the same topic but he explained exactly what Charles Darwin and I thought that was really cool. Erik M. Link Here

5. I aslo read Jennifer Hummel's post about Maleria I thought that was pretty cool because we learned about that topic in class. I also really that she song she created was awesome.Jennifer Hummel's link here
Discuss in-class

  • I will contribute my commenting on a few posts
that are related to what we are learning in class.
In class we learned about Charles Darwin and watched videos about him. Also we are having a field trip to Washington to celebrate his b-day in Feb. We just heard today on Feb. 5, 09 that on the national Geographic channel they are have a few clips on Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
Apply creativity
to work
  • I will make a bitzstip related to my post I have made.
1. I have created a bitzstip to be creative for my post on Charles Darwin. I have hyperliked it next to my post that I have below.

URMI'S post below.
photo Source below:

Historical Discovery on Charles Darwin

Now is the time to celebrate a famous scientist that we called Charles Darwin! Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 and died on April 19, 1882. He was originated in England and grew up in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He grandfather called Erasmus Darwin, he was one of the leading intellectuals in the 18th century. Darwin wanted to follow a medical career and went to Edinburgh University. Later, he switched his career choice and went to divinity at Cambridge.
Darwin went on a five year expedition on the survey ship HMS Beagle in 1831.The five year trip took from December 1831 through October 1836. The main reason why they took this journey was to survey the coastline and chart the harbors of South America. They did this because they wanted to create better maps and to protect British interests in the Americans. Darwin's main job on this journey was to make scientific observations about the species on the islands they belong to. The places the HSM Beagle went to was South America, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Darwin had discovered more then 1,500 diffrent speices. At least a hundred of these speices were never seen before in Europe.
Darwin was a British scientist who laid the foundations of the theory of evolution and transformed the way we think about the natural world.” Darwin sailing in South America when he saw the Galapagos Islands and this connected to his theory. Darwin's theory of evolution was the process of natural selection. When Darwin's theory came into play, he worked on it for twenty years. Charles Darwin also found out that another naturalist named Alfred Wallace had related results on the theory. They both decided to join together and make public there new discovery in 1858. Later Charles Darwin published a book called,“ On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection'” in 1859.

Questions below.

What do you think Darwin was thinking while he was discovering new speices around the world?
Do you think Darwin had a religion? If he did it would it have effected his theory of Evoultion?

What inspired Darwin to make his own theory?

My creativity part on this post is a bitstrip.
website: Bitstrip of Darwin

Conversation with biologist.
Hi Urmi,
Here is my response. I hope you enjoy it. :)

“What is the impact of Darwin ’s Theory of Evolution on my scientific research?”
Dr. Daniel D. Brown

As the great geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously stated, “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”
My research currently involves experiments in which I am trying to decipher how genes control the development of the brain in mice. My Ph.D. work involved similar experiments looking at the genetics of heart development.
In both cases, genes that are turned on or off in certain cells tell those cells which direction to grow, what types of cells to become (such as brain “neurons” or the supporting cells of the brain called “glia”), and how they should behave.
Darwin knew nothing of genes. The structure of DNA wasn’t even discovered until almost one hundred years after Darwin published The Origin of Species. Nonetheless, Darwin saw through careful observation that all creatures share certain similarities with one another – and the more related two organisms are, the more similar they are. He saw this to be true in nearly every aspect of an organism, all the way from overall body plan to the intricacies of our internal organs. Not only do all organisms share common ancestors, but the organs within them all share common ancestor organs. Our brains and the brains of mice are related – they both evolved from more “primitive” brains in our last common ancestor.
When modern researchers study the brain or any aspect of biology, one of the first things we ask when we want to know what a particular gene does is “what does this gene look like in mice, or flies, or worms, or monkeys?” We ask this because we now understand that most genes function similarly in different animals. There are some genes that are only present in flies, for instance, and some only in humans, but most genes exist - in some form or another - in all closely related animals. Thus, most genes that control brain development in humans are also present in mouse brains, though they may be slightly different or very different. We can tell how similar the genes are by comparing their DNA sequences, and by comparing how the genes work in the animals compared to how they work in cultured human cells. Like individual species of organisms, genes share common ancestors with one another. It is for this reason that studies looking at certain genes in the mouse brain can bring us a long way toward understanding how the same genes work in the human brain. You would probably be shocked to learn how similar your brain is to a mouse brain at the genetic level.
However, none of this would be possible if we did not understand why humans even share similar genes with mice. And although Darwin had no concept of DNA and did not know how genetic information was inherited, he was still able to tell us how we ended up with similar sets of genes. We owe nearly everything we understand about how life functions to Darwin ’s theory of evolution. He was not correct about everything, and we have progressed far over the past 150 years. Nevertheless, Darwin ’s theory provided the bedrock upon which all biological knowledge is built.
Thus, Darwin ’s theory of evolution did more than just “impact” my research. It made the very idea of my research possible.

Daniel D. Brown, Ph.D.
IRTA Post-Doctoral Fellow
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Box F3-04 NIEHS
P.O. Box 12233
111 Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Phone 919-260-9936

From: Urminator Muldoon <urminator21@yahoo.com>
To: Irradiatus <irradiatus@biochemicalsoul.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2009 4:18:16 PM
Subject: Re:

Hello again Dr. Daniel Brown (Irradiatus), Thank you so much for your feedback. I really appreciate it. For our biology class we have a certain criteria we have to follow for our blog project. If you like to see what it looks like go Missbakersbiologyclass.com and then when you get to the cite map go to wiki and you can what our criteria is. If you would like to see what my wiki page looks like you would go to the right side and look at the names and mine will be there. I would like to put your answer to my question on the blog so I can get credit for my project. That would be really helpful. The way you rephrased my question is exactly what I'm asking. Question: "what is the impact of the theory of evolution on my research?" Thank you again for you time,Urmi
From: Irradiatus <irradiatus@biochemicalsoul.com>
To: Urminator Muldoon <urminator21@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 3:34:44 PM
Subject: Re:

Hey Urmi,

I would love to answer your question. First I'm just curious - are you going to post this on MissBaker's blog? That's cool if yes. I was just wondering.

Second, do you think you could rephrase your question a little bit? Do you mean something like "what is the impact of the theory of evolution on my research?" I just want to be sure I understand your question so I can give you a good answer.

Thanks for considering me for your question!!

Dr. Daniel Brown (Irradiatus) - you can use my real name.
Daniel D. Brown, Ph.D.
IRTA Post-Doctoral Fellow
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Box F3-04 NIEHS
P.O. Box 12233
111 Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone 919-260-9936

From: Urminator Muldoon <urminator21@yahoo.com>
To: irradiatus@biochemicalsoul.com
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2009 2:19:42 PM

Hello Irradiatus,

I'm a student at The Calverton School and I'm in Miss Bakers Biology class. I am also a freshman in high school. We were learning about Charles Darwin. Miss Baker told me you are looking at post about Charles Darwin. I written on At Missbakersbiology.com. Also Miss Baker told me you have an awesome blog carnival called, Carnival of Evolution. I thought that sounds pretty interesting. Well I was just wondering if I could ask you a question.
My question is, How did Charles Darwin's Theory Of Evolution reflect your study on science?

Thank you for you time,

E-mail miss baker at : extremebiology miss Bakers E-mail!!

My main sport is lacrosse. In the slide show above im #40
Hi, my name is Urmi, I like to play lacrosse, hangout with my friends, and I guess you could say I'm shy.. sometimes

I enjoy biology class because we learn a lot of things about animals and humans. We also get to do labs and see what we learn and how they are made or see what they look like. We also get to see how they change. I think labs are fun because we get to make things and see how everything evolves in life. We get to make something that actually happens in real life. I think that is very fascinating! The most interesting and fun lab was when we did the cockroach experiment. I enjoyed it cause we got to use a live animal. We got to see how they choose decisions and see how they think. I thought that was cool.

cockroach.jpg link here.

There was another lab that I enjoyed was when we got make a cell. My partner and I called our cell "Naquisha". We made the cell to big so it took a long time to diffuse.It took 38 minuets. So, now we know that the next cell we make we need to make it smaller and less volume. I thought it was cool.
I learned a lot of facts about cells that I thought were really interesting.
( citation: My notes in class)Powerpoint on class website

  • All living things are made up of one or more cells.
  • Cells are basic unit of structure and function.
  • All cells come from pre-existing cells.
  • All cells are basically the same in chemical composition. CHON! -------> C: carbon H: hydrogen O: oxygen N: nitrogen
  • Cells contain the hereditary information which is passed from cell to " daughter" cell during cell division.
cell project/ Cell : Plasma Membrane
1. website of information at this Link.
2. Website of information: Link

Cell: Plasma Membrane picture here: