BIO-WISE:the web activity for surfing guys!

So you want to be a Web surfer? Then, ride these waves and answer me this!

      1. Dude, if your blood is the color red then why does it appear green-blue when viewed beneath your skin, muscle and tissue?
      2. (Construct the simple apparatus described to fully understand the following question). If the bird and the cage do not occupy the same space, but, indeed, are on opposite sides of the same card. Why does the bird seem to be sitting within the cage?
      3. Why are most plants the color green if most of the useable light energy arriving to earth from the sun is in the yellow and orange wavelengths?
      4. Why do X-rays pass through skin and muscle but not bone and metal?
      5. How do many birds (i.e.carrier pigeons, geese, swallows to name a few) and some butterflies fly thousands of miles each year between the two same places and not get lost?
      6. (TO BECOME A 'BIG KAHUNA' YOURSELF) Formulate your own question, have it approved by "The One and Only Big Kahuna", your teacher, and take top honors over all those who rely on the "boogie boarding" questions above!

    To catch a wave and proceed with the investigation above you must complete the following steps in the recommended order:

1) Choose one of the waves (questions) from the list above and formulate an hypothesis which will guide you in your Web search. Record your question and your hypothesis in your journal. (Your journal may be either electronic or paper - tsk,tsk, so primitive). Your hypothesis may be reformulated at anytime along your search path. Do keep a record of all your hypotheses!

2) At this point you may choose to begin your surfing (Web search) by following the links provided in your resources. Be sure to keep track of important sites and information in you journal using "bookmarks", printed copies and or hand written notes, (how positively neanderthal).

3) You may begin by doing your own Web search utilizing a "search engine or directory"or you may resort to this after exhausting your pathway in the resource links? Either way you decide to approach things do refer to the tutorial on search engines and directories featured in Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators. Summarize this slide show in one page or less in your journal for future reference.

4) Just before beginning your Web search be sure to check out each engine's "help". This will provide you with the necessary guidlines for choosing the best "keywords" for your search. Otherwise you may end up "butt up on the beach" as we "surfers" like to say!

5) If after long and arduous surfing you find yourself stuck in the sand, see "The Big Kahuna" for a bit of "board wax". He possesses the knowledge of the "seventh wave", a way that is certain to make sure that you arrive at an answer. However, be warned! If you take this route it could require some patience and it could sacrifice your chance of getting the highest honors (becoming a "Big Kahuna" and getting to hang out with Pamela Lee and Mitch, of BayWatch fame) in the competition. Whatever you do, be sure to keep a thorough record of your search in your journal!

6) As all surfers know in their quest for the perfect wave, you will be judged from the beach, both on your technique (your journal) and on your ability to ride the big one all the way to the beach (the explanation of your answer). Once you have reached the beach you will need to do a 5 to 10 minute presentation for the wahinies and moon doggies around the bonfire (the class), explaining the phenomenon that you endeavored to fully understand through your Web search?

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