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Biology Scavenger Hunt and Photo Blog

Due Date: August 12, 2016 (the third day of school). Late work will not be accepted. This project takes a considerable amount of time. You cannot wait until we come back to school to start this project because you will be getting AP Biology homework right away.

Submit: The hardcopy of your table of contents form must be handed to me personally. Fill in the first column and include your name and URL. The URL of your blog must also be submitted to my email, jmckenny@twca.net

115 Points



1. Choose 20 terms/concepts on the list below. Search for them in the natural environment and “collect” it by taking a photograph of it. Define the term in your own words. In a few sentences explain how your picture represents the term.

2. Upload each photo, definition, and explanation to a blog that you create in a Padlet page.

3. You will have to be creative. Some terms describe internal features of animals or plants. Please do not destroy the animal or plant when taking the photo. If, for instance, you chose the term “phloem”, you could submit a photograph of the entire plant or a close-up of one portion of the plant. You would then have to explain on your blog what phloem is and specifically where it is located on the specimen that you photographed.

*Do not take direct quotes or definitions from any sources. The purpose of this caption is for you to demonstrate that you have been able to learn about a concept, likely from multiple sources, and explain what it means and how it applies to your photo IN YOUR OWN WORDS.

4. All of your photos must be your original work. You cannot take them from any publication or cut and paste from the internet. In order to prove that each photo is indeed your own, is to include a proof object in each picture. It could be a keychain, a small toy, special coin, or piece of jewelry. Note: You must submit a picture of yourself with your proof object when you hand in your blog table of contents form.

5. Since this is a Biology class, only natural items can be used. Use this as an opportunity to explore your neighborhood, local fields or woods, the beach, or the zoo. Humans are considered natural items but they can only be used for a few entries in your blog.

6. This is an individual project. While it is ok to discuss and go on adventures with classmates, your photos must be unique. No two students in the class should choose the exact same list of items to collect.

7. Always be respectful of the world around you. Never touch animals or plants you are unfamiliar with and don’t hurt or kill any organisms. Do not remove any organisms from their natural environment.

8. You will creating your blog and posting it online for the world to see. Anything put online is permanent.

Be careful and mature about what you put on your blog. All images must be deemed appropriate.

Click here to be redirected to Padlet.

You will use Padlet to create your blog. If you are not familiar with Padlet, you will need to learn how to use it. Search online for tutorials and video instructions so that you can teach yourself or see me before summer break.

Here's how your photgraphs and captions should look.


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Terms to choose from

When choosing terms from the list below, do choose a variety of terms. Do not choose terms from only one topic. You should aim for a mix of cellular biology and biochemistry, genetics, plants and animal systems, evolution, and ecology. Choosing ones that you are already familiar with may be easier, but you will learn much more if you choose terms that you are unfamiliar with.

Adaptation of an animal

Adaptation of a plant

Altruistic behavior

Amniotic egg

Analogous structures

Archaebacteria/ Archaea

Asexual reproduction



Batesian mimicry

Bilateral symmetry

C3 Plant

C4 Plant

CAM Plant

Calvin Cycle

Cellular respiration



Connective tissue

Cuticle layer of a plant


Dominant vs. recessive phenotype




Epithelial tissue


Flower ovary

Genetic variation

Genetically modified organism




Homologous structures



Introduced species

Keystone species

Krebs cycle


Lipid used for energy storage

Long-day plant

Mating behavior (be careful!!)






Parenchyma cells








Radial symmetry (animal)

Redox reaction





Territorial behavior


Unicellular organism

Vestigial structures


Natural Selection

Evaporative cooling



Amino acid

Hydrogen Bond




Evolutionary fitness



Cell wall

Cell membrane





sex-linked trait

autosomal trait

incomplete dominance




water potential



Guidelines for Safe Blogging

uidelines for Safe Blogging (From Kim Foglia's Class Blog via York County Public Schools)

Blogging is a very public activity. Anything that is posted on the Internet stays there. FOREVER! Deleting a post simply removes it from the blog it was posted to. Copies of the post may exist scattered all over the Internet. That is why we need to be careful and follow some simple, clear, safety rules.

FIRST RULE: To protect your privacy, you need to set up your account using ONLY your first name. This means that many of you need to go in and change your profile. If you have the same first name as another classmate, then let's add only your last initial to your first name, like DanielF.

SECOND RULE: We do not use pictures of ourselves in our profiles. If you really want a graphic image associated with your posting use an avatar -- a picture of something that represents you but IS NOT of you.

Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate for our blog. While we encourage you to engage in debate and conversation with other bloggers, we also expect that you will conduct yourself in a manner reflective of a representative of our school.

Never EVER EVER give out or record personal information on our blog. Our blog exists as a public space on the Internet. Don’t share anything that you don’t want the world to know. For your safety, be careful what you say, too. Don’t give out your phone number or home address. This is particularly important to remember if you have a personal online journal or blog elsewhere.

Again, your blog is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful and immature things you said when you were younger and more prone to foolish things. Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can come back to haunt you if you don’t.

Never link to something you haven’t read. While it isn’t your job to police the Internet, when you link to something, you should make sure it is something that you really want to be associated with. If a link contains material that might be creepy or make some people uncomfortable, you should probably try a different source.

Keep all of these in mind as you create your Biology Photo Blog. Email your teacher if you have questions or concerns about blogging.

Table of Contents

You must submit a table of contents of all photos in your blog in a format similar to the one below.
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