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Permission To Blog Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian and Student:


From now until the end of the year, our biology class will be taking part in a writing for science pilot program designed to develop student's inquiry skills by communicating scientific ideas and research with a real audience.  Students will be using peronal Weblogs to post  their writings on the internet. 


A Weblog, or blog as it is commonly called, is a special type of Web page that can be created and easily updated using a Web browser.  Each new entry has its own date stamp. Each entry has a comments section whre visitors to the blog may leave comments for the author.




Each week our class will respond to a writing prompt.  This prompt will be one of many forms: journal articles, news, research conducted by students in class, and lab excersises performed in class.  The emphasis is on the quality of writing, and scientific evidence that they use to back their argument.  They will have the teacher edit their writng before it posted ot the interent.


Students will be given in class time most weeks to complete their blogging assignments.  Students may also work from home.  All that is required is an Internet connection and a Web browser.  Students are able to save their work as drafts before publishing it to their blog.  Directions for working at home will be provided.


Having a real audience is one of the key components to this program.  This will provide students an opportunity to experience what scientists go through when being published.  Students will receive feedback from other classmates who visit their blog.  Parents are also invited to visit the blogs and respond to the postings.  Potentially, anyone on the interent could respond to our blogs, however, it is not likely that the world at large will stumble across them.




This blogging project is designed to minimize the risk to your child.  The only personally identifying information included in the blog will be their first name.  There will be no mention of our school name or our location.  Students are allowed to post their findings, interests, hypotheses, and ideas on other research, but not their age, e-mail adress, photographs of themselves, or other sensitive information.




The weekly assignments will be part of your childs over all grade this semester.  As with other projects they completed this year, students will receive a scoring rubric that explains expectations for these assignments.  The rubric will include a section for comments that they leave on other students' blogs. 



Before your student may start posting to their blog, we ask that you and your child discuss and sign the following form.  Please return by September 7, 2012.




1. Students using blogs are expected to act safely by keeping personal information out of their posts.  You agree not to post or give out your family name password, username, e-mail address, home address, school name, city, country, or other information that could help someone locate or contact you in person.  You may share your interests, ideas, and preferences.


2. Students using blogs agree not to share thier username or password with anyone besides their teachers and parents.  You agree to never log in as another student.


3. Students using blogs are expected to treat blog spaces as classroom spaces.  Speech that is inappropriate for class is inappropriate for your blog.  While we encourage you to engage in questioning, debate, and conversation with other bloggers.  We also expect you will conduct yourself in a manner reflective of a representative of this school. 


4. Student blogs are to be a forum for student expression.  However, they are first and foremost a tool for learning, and as such will sometimes be constrained by the various requirements and rules of a classroom teachers.  Students are welcome to post on any school-appropriate subject.


5. Students blogs are a vehicle for sharing student learning and understanding of scientific concepts with real audiences.  Most visitors to your blog will leave comments that are respectful, helpful messages.  If you receive a comment that makes you feel uncomfortable or is not respectful, tell your teacher rimmediately.  Do not respond to the comment.


6. Students using blogs will be  expected to take care of computers by not downloading or installing any software without permission, and not clicking on ads or competitions.


7. Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lost their opporutnity to take part in this project and will receive a zero.


I have read and understood the blogging terms and conditions.  I agree to uphold  them. 



Student's Signature: _______________________________ Date: ___________


Parent's Signature:  _______________________________ Date: ____________




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Biology Blog

Practice Assessments

Blood Typing Practice Worksheet

Name: ______________________________

Period: __________


Blood Typing Practice Questions


1.      What are the two genes that make your blood type? _____________________________


2.      What is an antigen? Where are they located? _____________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________


3.      What are antibodies used for? ______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________


4.      How do the type of antibodies in the blood stream relate to the antigens on red blood cells? ______________________________________________________________________


5.      For each of the following blood types, draw the correct antigens and antibodies.







                   Type A+                                         Type B-                                      Type AB-







                  Type O-                                           Type O+                                       Type A-


6.      What does a + indicate about a blood type? What does a – indicate? ___________ ________________________________________________________________________________________


7.      What does an O indicate about a blood type? ___________________________________


8.      What blood type contains NO antigens? ___________________________________________


9.      What blood type contains ALL antigens possible? ________________________________


10.  What blood type contains NO antibodies? ________________________________________


11.  What blood type contains ALL antibodies possible? _____________________________


12.  Circle the antigen that Anti-A destroys:      A          B          Rh


13.  Circle the antigen that Anti-Rh destroys:   A          B          Rh


14.  What happen if a type B person also contained Anti-B antibodies? _____________ _________________________________________________________________________________________


15.  Without looking at your notes, complete the following table:


Blood Type







B, Rh





















16.  Why does blood type matter when giving blood transfusions? __________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________


17.  Circle the following blood types that an B- person could receive:


A+       A-        B+       B-        AB-      AB+     O+       O-


18.  Circle the following blood types that an A+ person could receive:


A+       A-        B+       B-        AB-      AB+     O+       O-


19.  Circle the following blood types that an O- person could receive:


A+       A-        B+       B-        AB-      AB+     O+       O-


20.  Circle the following blood types that an AB+ person could receive:


A+       A-        B+       B-        AB-      AB+     O+       O-


21.  Why is AB+ known as the universal blood acceptor? _____________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________


22.  Why is O- known as the universal blood donor? __________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________


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yes I can. . .how would this work for student access? You don't want a student jumping on changing due dates or assignments . . .


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Class Project

At the end of each unit, student groups will be expected to prepare an educational and entertaining video presentation that covers key concepts introduced throughout the learning cycle. Each project will be assessed in three stages: 1) Storyboard: a clear outline of video idea supported by factual information covered during the unit, approved by the instructor. 2) Student Video: a neatly recorded and edited entertaining video following the storyboard outline, lasting three to five minutes, and involving all members of the student group. 3) Peer Evaluation: the audience (your classmates and myself) will evaluate your video on the following criteria - entertainment value, accuracy of information, clarity of audio and visual presentation, length, and creativity.

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Learning Model

Projects assigned in this course will follow the inquiry based learning model.

For a more in depth look at this learning model, click here.