- Process and Due Dates
Evolution for Survival
Process and Due Dates
Dec 22 to Jan 3:
Topics will be assigned
Review of the format of the project
Visit school web site for project
Set up a file for the information you collect for your report
Begin researching information on the internet using the sites on the "Resources" web list for this project
Practice setting web references for the resources information and images taken from particular sources
Written rough draft due
Introduction to creating a PowerPoint presentation
Continue practice on PowerPoint presentation
Jan 4 to
Work on fixing written rough draft and PowerPoint presentation before or after school, or during your free periods
PowerPoint presentation and Written component due
- Project Description
Evolution for Survival
This project will contain two major sections- the written report with visuals and a PowerPoint presentation. Each section is described in detail below.
Titles: Title pages for each part- a MUST. Titles for any images must also be included.
The WRITTEN REPORT: Due before the PowerPoint presentation is begun!
Name of the organism(s): Include the common and scientific names. Information on the organism's environment:
a. Range- where in the world is the organism found? b. Habitat/niche- describe the important factors in the organism's environment/biome: amount of rainfall, temperatures, seasons, vegetation, preditors, prey or food sources, shelter.
Information on the organism:
a. Detailed description of the physical structure of the organism. b. Explanation of how the structures are important for the organism's success in its environment.c. Behaviors: Any behaviors the organism has that helps it survive and reproduce in its environment- Obtaining food, reproduction, time of day the organism is active, attracting mates, avoiding predators, etc.
Discussion: IN YOUR OWN WORDS describe HOW some of the behaviors and physical features of this organism make it perfectly adapted to survive and reproduce successfully in its environment. This is NOT just a general summary, mention how each behavior or structure specifically helps the organism succeed.Sketch:
a. The sketch(es) should show the organism's physical features important to its success. b. Labels of key adaptive features of the organism(s) shown in the sketch.**Note: If you feel your sketch does not depict the features well enough you may label the key features on a photograph or someone else's sketch BUT you MUST give the source of the photo or sketch and you must still include you own sketch.**
Bibliography: A MINIMUM of four sources of information should be used as references or resources for your information. Your must use at least one book for reference material. You must use the correct format to write your bibliography- refer to your handout for the format.
The POWERPOINT PRESENTATION:
Number of slides: Enough to cover all the materials and should not be longer than seven (7) minutes. Content of presentation:
Verbal: Brief presentation that
a. Introduces the organism(s), environment or task you will be discussing b. Discusses the organism(s) nichec. Covers the important features of the organism's adaptive structures or behaviors and how each help it survive and reproduce in its environment.NOTE: You will need to KNOW the information you want to tell the class. The words on the slides should only be prompts or an outline to help keep you on track. WARNING: Written text on the slides will be strictly limited!! You must KNOW your topic and be ready to teach your peers.
Insert pictures or diagrams illustrating the range, habitat, food sources, Climatographs, and various physical adaptive structures. Note: we will not be able to insert video clips of behaviors- due to lack of space on the computer. EVERY IMAGE must have information on the source of the image next to it.
** Warning: Check with Mrs. Griffin in the Del lab to see if your home computer program is compatible to those in the Del lab. You must be sure your program can run on school computers BEFORE the presentation is due. If this is not done BEFORE the due date you will fail the presentation portion of this project.
Evolution for Survival
Desert USA 2001: Check out Animals and Wildlife or Plants and Wildflowers
Animal Search Engine: Type in the name of the animal and check the results
Electronic Zoo: Select a species from the list, good for images, sounds and some descriptive text.
Tour of the Biomes: Use this site once you've found the range of your organism. Look at the biome maps, click on the area that best matches the type of biome your organism lives in. Text will give a limited description of the biome, give an image and climograph.
Virtual Zoo: This site only covers vertebrate animals. Use this site to find out more about your animal. Click on the class of animal you are studying. To find more specific information, click on the animal selections listed on the left-hand side of the screen.
Introduction to Biomes: The best site for biome information. Find out what biome your organism lives in then check the link to that biome. If you are not sure what biome your organisms lives in- check the maps listed at each biome link until you find the one that matches the range for your organism. It contains
- world maps with global locations for biomes
- extensive descriptions of each biome
- image of the biome
Animal Health, Well-being and Rights :Good source if looking for endangered specie lists in specific areas. Many links to other areas not related to adaptations of organisms
SeaWorld: Contains some information on invertebrates as well as vertebrates. Check the lists at this site for your organism.
Ocean Animals: If you have an animal that lives on costal areas or in a marine environment, check this site out. Will give niche information, range maps and size-and-scale images.
The Arctic and its Animals: If you have an animal that lives in this area, check this site. Great descriptive information for each animal listed on this site.
Animals of the Rainforest: Check Animal Printouts … great descriptions! If this is the biome for your organisms- check this site out! Detailed information on the characteristics of the biome.
Coral Reef: If you organism lives on or around a coral reef this site is for YOU! This site has excellent printouts and descriptions of the biome as well as the animals that live there. Includes both vertebrates and invertebrates.
Journey into Amazonia: Includes information on this biome. Information on plants is sketchy. Animals that are included on this site have some great descriptions.
What's it Like Where you live?: Descriptions of the biomes of the world. Links worth chec king into at this site:
- Rainforests: click on 'plants' for some great information on plant adaptations.
- Taiga: Great on plant adaptations to living in this biome!
- Desert: Great on plant adaptations.
Encyclopedia Smithsonian : Encyclopedia: From the Smithsonian Institute's database. Check out the category that fits your organism.
Evolution for Survival
Objectives and choosing a topic
The objectives of this project are to:
1. Learn about an organism's niche.
2. Learn and be able to discuss the details of the organism's structures and behaviors that help it survive and reproduce in its particular niche.
3. Write an in depth report on objectives number one and two and include visuals to illustrate key features in the report.
4. Observe the organism(s) carefully by drawing a sketch of the adaptive features.
5. Give a brief power point presentation that will help you inform the class about your particular organism's "adaptations for survival".
Choosing an appropriate topic:
Option one: choose a particular organism- from any kingdom- plant, animal, protist, bacteria or fungi, and discuss its adaptations to its environment.
Option two: choose a particular group with similar adaptations to a particular environment.
Example: Desert plants. If this option is chosen you must be able to discuss particular adaptations of various organisms
Option three: choose a specific task to which various organisms have adapted to differently.
Example: Pollination of flowering plants. If this option is chosen you must be able to discuss particular adaptations of various organisms.
**Note: All topics must be approved by your teacher