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Biology Winter Break Extra Credit


DUE MONDAY JANUARY 4, 2009! No late credit.

Choose ONLY ONE of the following options.  READ THROUGH ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY!!!! Failure to follow all guidelines may disqualify you from the extra credit.

All extra credit will be added to your LAB/PROJECT grade! (That’s a lot, considering the fact that 30% of your grade is based on labs/projects…)

For options that allow you to work with other people, you may work with people from my other Biology periods (1, 3, 4, or 5).

Option 1 (up to 20 points extra credit) 
Write an original song that teaches a concept that we have covered since the beginning of school.  You may use the tune from a different song, but change the lyrics!  (Note: I say “teaches” because the song should actually teach us something about the topic!)

Option 2 (up to 15 points extra credit)
I know that there are a lot of science songs already out there, so if you memorize and perform a science song that already exists instead of coming up with your own lyrics, you can do that.  However, this is going to be worth only up to 15 points.  Site where the “Glucose” song came from: http://faculty.washington.edu/crowther/Misc/Songs/music.shtml

For this option, you MUST memorize the lyrics!

For both options, you may bring in an instrument to accompany you...

Requirements for Options 1 and 2:
 -        Lyrics must teach us something about the concept

-         Submit lyrics of song on turnitin.com by 1/4/10 at 8AM.

-         To get the extra credit, you must perform the song on Monday in class! 

-    For this option, it would be difficult to work with someone from another class because they will not be there to perform it with you.  Just a warning.

Option 3: Make a video (up to 30 lab points; may work with up to 3 other people)

Video may be a music video where you create an original song that teaches a concept that we have covered since the beginning of the semester.  You may use the tune from a different song, but change the lyrics!  (Note: I say “teaches” because the song should actually teach us something about the topic!)


Video may be in the spirit of Bill Nye videos.  It must teach a concept that we have covered since the beginning of school. 

- Submit song lyrics on turnitin.com by 8AM on 1/4/10

- Video must teach a concept!

- Submit video as DVD (preferred) or VHS

- Video must be rated "G"!


Option 2: Make a 3-D Model (up to 20 points; individual effort… no partner)
Create a 3-D model of one of the following:

-         Four macromolecules: shows what the macromolecules are made of (chemical structure, like carbon hydrogen, nitrogen, etc.)

-         process of mitosis: show and explain each stage

-         Made of non-edible materials (because it gets messy, ants and rats come, I won’t be able to keep it for next year…)

-         3-D (i.e. non-poster, non-book)

-         Include a color-coded key to explain what each piece is (for example: let’s say you are making a lipid and you use green Styrofoam peanuts as the carbon atoms… you need to include a key or legend so that people will know the green Styrofoam peanuts represent carbon atoms)

-   Must be accurate!

-         For mitosis model:

o       Include an explanation to explain each stage

-         Basically, make it nice… your standard of excellence should be where your model will be so awesome that I would want to keep it to use when I teach the subject J

Option 3: Science Lab At Home (up to 35 points; may work with up to 2 other people)
Conduct your own experiment at home.  You will be designing your own experiment, but you may reference other experiments to help you out with procedures etc.  Basically, this is like a science fair project but a little bit more guided.

Your two options:

-         Photosynthesis Lab: There are many different plant labs out there.  Some suggestions—test what things (liquids, lights, etc.) help plants grow better, cover a leaf with foil and test the plant’s ability to produce starch (starch + iodine… remember what happens?)… oh, the possibilities are endless!

-         Egg Lab extension: Do the egg lab again, but this time test different solutions.  You choose the solutions, but you should test at least 3 different solutions.  Suggestions: salt solutions of different concentrations, sugar solutions of different concentrations, juice, etc.  Oil does not really work, so don't test that. 

- Lab write up, submitted on turnitin.com by 8AM on 1/4/10

Your lab write up should include the following:

1. Title

2. Question you are answering

3. Predictions/Hypothesis

4. Materials

5. Procedure

6. Data

7. Analysis of data (report what the data shows and relate it to what we learned in class)

8. Conclusion (use data to figure out answer to original question)

9. Sources of error? (explain where things may have gone wrong)

- Cite where you found the experiment or if you use any outside sources/information to help you analyze the data

- Proof that you actually did the lab: pictures of your experiment or bring in the results (the plant, the eggs)


- Presentation in class on Monday: summarize your experiment, results, and what this means

- Print out your lab write up and bring it to class on Monday.

- If you worked with other people, you will also need to evaluate your effort and your partner’s effort, explain what each person contributed to the project.  EMAIL your honest evaluation to me, answering these questions:

1.  What did your partner contribute to the project? Be as specific as you can.

2.  Explain any difficulties or negative experiences you had as you worked with your partner.

3.  What did YOU contribute to the project?