Avatars! Your next adventure takes you up against a Purple Wurm! You’ll have to defeat it in a grand Boss Battle on Day 51 (February 5-8).
Rules for Boss Battles
- There will be 15 questions in total to answer. You will use your clickers to answer the questions individually.
- You will have 2 minutes to answer each question.
- You may use any of your avatar’s powers you have learned to help you defeat the Boss.
- Remember that Boss Battles are now based on the percent you get correct!:
- A = 90-100%
- B = 80-89%
- C = 70-79%
- D = 60-69%
- F = 0-59%
- If less than 75% of the class gets a question correct, the Purple Wurm will spray acid on an avatar, melting ALL OF THEIR ITEMS (meaning all of your equipment… gone!)
How to Succeed in Fighting The Pirate Knight
- Chromosome – tightly bundled up DNA that keeps things nice and neat during mitosis/meiosis
- DNA – a chemical code found in all living things on Earth. The code gives instructions as to how an organism should be built and, to some degree, behave.
- Gene – a small section of DNA that builds proteins.
- Allele – one of many possible ways that a gene can be coded. For instance, all fruit flies have a gene that controls their wing decorations. For the Wing Decoration Gene, there are several allele types, including a Black Spots Allele and a No Spots Allele. Not all fruit flies have the same alleles.
- Mitosis – 1 parent cells copies itself and becomes 2 cells; each new cell has a complete set of DNA.
- Meiosis – 1 parent cell copies itself and becomes 4 cells; each new cell has only half of a set of DNA. Meiosis creates cells specifically for sexual reproduction (sperm and egg cells). There’s a little more to meiosis than this, but let’s keep it simple as an introduction.
- Asexual Reproduction – the original form of reproduction on our planet; it features a parent making an exact copy of themselves to produce offspring.
- positives – you can reproduce extremely fast
- negatives – everyone is exactly the same, so you all share the same weaknesses (think bacteria and antibiotics)
- Sexual Reproduction – a form of reproduction that uses two parents’ DNA in combination to create a new offspring.
- positives – your offspring have increased variation, which will help provide new adaptations to environment change.
- negatives – time and energy consuming; organisms must wait until adult age to reproduce, and energy is spent trying to find and attract a mate.
- Know how to use a Punnett Square to predict the chances of producing given traits in offspring, based on dominant-recessive Mendelian genetics.
- Know how to use a Punnett Square to determine 1 of 2 parents based on the possible offspring genotypes.
- Genotype – the two allele combination that an organism carries for each gene.
- Phenotype – the traits and organism grows based on the code in their genotype.
- Dominant – an allele that always grows it’s linked trait when present in an organism’s genes. DOMINANT ALLELES ARE WRITTEN AS A SINGLE UPPERCASE LETTER IN A GENOTYPE. (“I”, “E”, “T”, “J”)
- Recessive – an allele that can only grow it’s linked trait when there are NO dominant alleles around. recessive alleles are written as a single lowercase letter in a genotype (“i”, “e”, “t”, “j”)
- Homozygous – same alleles
- Heterozygous – different alleles
This nine weeks’ Boss Battles will feature monsters suggested by students. This one was inspired by Theo in my 8th period class.