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The Unity and Diversity of Life Wiki Project                                            AP Biology

Introduction:

During this project you will be creating a Wikipedia presenting the diversity of life. The AP curriculum requires a great breadth of knowledge about the diversity of life. You must develop an understanding the levels of classification, the use of classification schemes, the species concept, and the diagnostic characteristics of the various major taxa of life. This last area is a particular problem. Most students come in with very little background and the coverage of the material is broad but not deep. At its worst, it can be just a list of characteristics. At its best, we can examine the strategies in which all the taxa of life face common problems of existence.

 

This assignment is part of a unit on the unity and diversity of life and provided a means to address the topic of the characteristics of the taxon.

 

The assignment:

·         Each of you will be assigned a particular taxa.

·         You will use the textbook as a source and prepare the page for the taxon including basic information about each topic.

·         You should simplify the language so that a 10th grade can use this site.

·         You will then edit other student’s pages and they will edit yours.

o   Each of you will be required to supply one edit per page.

o   These edits should add information from internet sources and supply the links.

o   Five of your edits can be picture additions to a page (no more than one per page).

o   Five more of your edits can be review questions (up to one per page).

o   These edits will be done in two cycles of twelve edits each

·         During this process of entering information and editing, I will able to monitor your work by checking the history for the wiki.

·         You will also be able to easily email me and each other.

·         While anyone can view these pages, only students in this course have permission to write or edit on this wiki.

·         When you first visit the site you will have to register and request permission to join.

·         Be sure to closely examine the rubric before beginning.

 Due Dates:

Set up of page:_____________________________________

First 12 edits:______________________________________

Second 12 edits:____________________________________

Final page edit:_____________________________________

My taxa__________________________________________

Wiki url:_________________________________________

The taxa and the topics for each are as follows:




 

Kingdom level:


1. Archaea
2. Bacteria
3.
Protista
4.
Fungi


For the kingdoms the characteristics that should be examined are:

· Diagnostic characteristics of the group
· Habitats
· Major types
· Basic anatomy
· Transport of materials
· Reproduction
· Environmental adaptations


Kingdom Plantae


5. Plantae--Mosses
6. Plantae--Ferns
7. Plantae--Gymnosperms
8. Plantae—Angiosperms


For the Plant groups the characteristics that should be examined are:

· Diagnostic characteristics of the group
· Habitats
· Major types
· Basic anatomy
· Transport of materials
· Reproduction
· Environmental adaptations

 

 

 

 

 


Kingdom Animalia:


9. Porifera
10. Cnidaria
11.
Platyhelminthes
12.
Nematoda
13.
Mollusca
14.
Annelida
15.
Arthropoda--Insecta
16. Arthropoda--Crustacea
17. Echinodermata
18.
Chordata –2 invertebrate subphyla
19.
Chordata--Fishes
20. Chordata--Amphibia
21. Chordata--Reptilia
22. Chordata--Aves
23. Chordata--Mammalia


For the animal groups, the characteristics that should be examined are:

· The diagnostic characteristics that define the group
· Acquiring and digesting food
· Sensing the environment
· Locomotion
· Respiration
· Metabolic waste removal
· Circulation
· Self protection
· Osmotic balance
· Temperature balance

 

 

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