Quarterly Blog Project

There is a plethora of amazing, intriguing and outrageous news out there related to the anatomy & physiology of the human body. Most of it is even more exciting that what Mrs. Heitz will wow you with in class (hard to believe I know!). Our project will entail unearthing, interpreting and enlightening each other with this science news via posts on our blog. A word of caution however, before you know it you will be posting and commenting your way into some exciting discourse!

Here is how it works in detail

  • 50 points per Quarter.
    • Points can be obtained by any combination of posts & comments as long as there is a minimum of 1 post!
    • 5 pts per well-written comment.
    • 10 pts per well-written post.
    • No more than 1 post per week and 2 comments per day will be counted (this protects me from your procrastination)!
    • You can check the progress of your blog grade during the quarter with me.
    • You can receive 2 extra credit pts on each post if you send me the URL link to a COPYRIGHT free image to post with it, go to Wikimedia to find one!

10 steps to a 10-point post

  1. Find and read an article about a topic of interest in biology news (use the super sites provided to you by Mrs. Heitz to assure they are credible sources!).
  2. Create a catchy, original title that will grab your reader’s attention.
  3. Talk to us (the world) about your topic: why did you choose to read & write about it, how does it make you feel, what does it mean, why should we care about it? Just talk to us about it and be passionate!
  4. Include a hyperlink to the original article you read so others can read it!
  5. Include other hyperlinks to websites with more information regarding the topic you are discussing. Your readers must read about your topic to write well-written comments, so make it easier by providing links.
  6. No one likes dead ends…so ask your readers at least 2 science-based questions to encourage comments to your post.
  7. Long posts should be broken into multiple paragraphs. Don’t make a post too long or the reader will lose interest.
  8. Have someone review your post before sending it – you peers are great for this!
  9. Always check your spelling & grammar!
  10. Be sure to follow the rules in our Blog & Wiki Warranty – most importantly, don’t plagiarize!

Adapted from Miss Baker’s “Top Ten Ways to Write a Good Blog Post." http://missbakersbiologyclass.com/blog/?p=119

5 steps to a 5-point comment

  1. Read the article that the post is describing.
  2. Give your opinion on the post/topic AND explain why.
  3. Elaborate on & add new information that is related to the post. Be sure you link your sources when you add new info.
  4. Make your comment educated and well thought out. Your comment should continue the conversation that was started on the post!
  5. Check to make sure your comment does not contain the same information as someone else's comment?

Science News Sites

Check out cool science news articles that Mrs. Heitz has found here: http://groups.diigo.com/group/cordova

Anatomy Intro Lab

This lab will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the levels of organization, anatomical terms, planes and body cavities of the human body.
1. Take a photo of each of the following items (using a camera or your photobooth). NOTE, you must use the Brain model, Skeleton, Skull and Body Bob at least once in your photos.
  • Something representing the tissue level of organization
  • Something that is found in the dorsal body cavity
  • Something that is distal
  • Something that is cut by the transverse plane
  • Something that is cut by the sagittal plane
  • Something that is found in the pleural cavity
  • Something representing the organ level of organization
  • Something that is cut by the front plane
  • Something that is proximal
  • Something that is in the RUQ
  • Structures that represent the following anatomical terms - Popliteal, Calcaneal, Cervical, Orbital, Gluteal, & Brachial

2. Create a Smart Build Project in Keynote as demonstrated in class - include audio to describe each picture.
3. Export the file to the Ipod setting and save it on your desktop as introlab followed by your team name.
4. Upload the quicktime file onto your team page for grading.


After completing the skin testing on yourself and your lab partner complete the steps below to demonstrate your learning.
1. On your Individual wiki page, below your last entry, enter a title for the lab (be sure to use Heading 1 so it shows up in your table of contents).
2. For each Activity complete the following:
  • A title of the activity
  • Upload a picture that you took during the activity (be sure it is renamed appropriately)
  • Briefly describe what you did in the activity
  • Include your results - either a clear picture of your results from the workskeet or retype a data table.
  • Answer the questions in complete sentences from the lab for each section

3. Write a brief summary of what you liked or learned from the lab and what you change or test further.
4. Spell check your work and save!

Muscular System Lab

The following is what you need to put on your Individual wiki page under the heading "Muscular System Lab" (remember use Heading 1). The required parts of the lab report should be under the separate bold words below (don't use Heading 1 for these!):

Part 1: Effect of Temperature on Muscle Fatigue
  1. Write a brief description of what you did in this experiment
  2. Take a picture of your paper that you signed with your photobooth (be sure to click Edit & flip the photo so it is readable!)
  3. Drag the photo to your desktop and RENAME it with your first name then the word muscle, example: caramuscle.
  4. Upload it underneath the description you wrote for this experiment.

Part 2: Effect of Repeated Stimuli & Blood Supply on Muscle Fatigue
  1. Write a brief description of what you did in this experiment
  2. Go here to Create A Graph of your data from Part 2 by following the steps below carefully:
  • Click on Line Graph
  • You may alter the style of you choose, then click the Data tab on the right
  • Enter an appropriate Title
  • Enter the Number of Trials for the X-axis and Number of Closures Per Trial for the Y-axis
  • Enter your first name as the source
  • Under Data Set, change the Items number to 10 and the Groups number to 2
  • Under Group Label, type Normal in Group 1 and With BP Cuff in Group 2
  • Under Item Label, type 1-10 for the trials
  • Enter your data in Group 1 & Group 2 columns
  • Click on the Preview tab on the right to view your graph
  • Go back if you need to make any changes to the tabs necessary
  • Click on the Print/Save tab, and then on Download
  • Change the file format to JPG, then Download
  • RENAME the graph with your first name then graph
  • UPLOAD the graph below your description for Part 2

Part 3: Muscle Identification Using Body Builders
  1. Number and enter the names of the muscles you identified

Questions: Copy & paste the questions below and then answer them

1. Using your data or others, explain what effect temperature has on muscular contractions.

2. DESCRIBE your results in Part 2 for the number of closures without the BP cuff, include a comparison between you & your partner and why there might be differences.

3. DESCRIBE your results in Part 2 when the BP cuff was added.

4. EXPLAIN the relationship that exists between blood supply and time required for muscle fatigue to develop.

Conclusions: Write a paragraph that summarizes what you learned in the lab, what you liked about the lab and what you would change or add to improve the lab.

Virtual Muscle Lab

Go to the site below using SAFARI!

  • READ the directions on the left carefully and complete the Table as you go.
  • When you have completed the experiment, click on the journal to answer the analysis questions with your partner. Print the completed journal.
  • Staple the journal answers and the table together and write your names on them and turn them in.

Pig Heart Dissection Lab

The following is what you need to put on your Team Wiki page under the heading "Pig Heart Dissection" (remember use Heading 1). The required parts of the lab report should be under the separate bold words below (don't use Heading 1)

Heart Photo
Insert a photo(s) of your heart that your team dissected

Questions (copy & paste the questions below & answer them)
  1. Describe which features are most apparent on your heart.
  2. A probe in either the superior or inferior vena cava penetrates the?
  3. A probe in the pulmonary vein terminates which chamber?
  4. A probe in the pulmonary arteries will penetrate which chamber?
  5. The right chambers of the heart pump what kind of blood?
  6. Describe the appearance of the valves.
  7. Describe the appearance of the papillary muscles.
  8. Describe how the atrium appears and feels in your words.
  9. Is the myocardium of the atrium thicker or thinner than the ventricle? Explain why.
  10. Name the 2 veins that empty into the right atrium.
  11. What is the wall that separates the 2 ventricles called?
  12. What is the purpose of the pulmonary veins?
  13. What is the layer of the heart wall that covers the inside of the chambers? What does it look like?
  14. Describe the appearance and feel of the walls of the ventricles.
  15. How much thicker is your left ventricle from your right?
  16. What causes a blocked artery in the heart AND what symptoms would indicate a need for bypass surgery?
  17. Where doe they get the bypass vessels from in the body?
  18. What main vessel do they attach the bypass to?

Conclusion: (write a summary in complete sentences including a description of what you did in the lab, what you liked or disliked, what you learned by completing the dissection and anything you would change about the lab.)