Category Archives: Mr. Paulson

Classification

There are millions of species of our planet.  In order to make some sense of this huge variety, we classify organisms in a very specific way.  To learn more we’ll use this presentation from Mr Taylor.  Classification And this one from … Continue reading

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Populations

We are going to learn about populations and what affects them.  In particular: How is population size affected by natality, mortality, immigration and emigration? What does a typical population growth curve look like? What are the reasons for the exponential, … Continue reading

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The greenhouse effect

We all know a little about this important topic.  For our syllabus we must be able to answer the following questions: What is the carbon cycle?  What are the main processes involved in it and how are they connected? What … Continue reading

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Chains, Webs, Flows and Cycles

Are we still talking about biology here? You betchya. Why are food chains limited in length? Similarly, why are food pyramids pyramid shaped in the first place? Why not food rhombuses? What is meant by the statement “energy flows, matter … Continue reading

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Ecology 101

We are about to embark on Topic 5 – our last unit for the year!  Here is the syllabus guide for this section: Topic 5 – syllabus guide This useful presentation covers the first part of the syllabus, namely Topic 5.1.  Here’s another … Continue reading

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IVF

We are going to try learn about the process of IVF, and its ethical considerations. A couple have been trying to conceive for over 3 years.  After 2 miscarriages they are considering IVF as their next step. The man is … Continue reading

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Human reproduction

No – it’s not a picture of a sunflower.  Look closely! Here is what we will cover in the core material. Draw and label diagrams of adult male and female reproductive systems. How do hormones control the menstrual cycle? (Link … Continue reading

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Nervous system

Some of the questions we’ll be tackling in the next section of the syllabus (6.5) are: Do you know what the CNS and PNS are? Can you explain what role receptors, sensory neurons, relay neurons,motor neurons and effectors play in conducting nerve impulses? Can you draw and label a diagram of a … Continue reading

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Gas exchange

Do you know the difference between respiration, breathing and gas exchange? You will, hopefully, by the end of the next topic.  Here are some resources to help you.  This one gives basic factual information.  This one is interactive.  And this one from Get Body Smart is also good. Watch this … Continue reading

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If I only had a heart …

This is one of my favourite topics 🙂  We’ll learn about the human transport system – blood, blood vessels and the heart. These are the one and two presentations that we will use in class. This one from Mr Hobbins also very good: How-your-Heart-beats and 6.2 Transport … Continue reading

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