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AdaptationWednesday, April 17, 2019 at 9:52 am

Mr. Serranolisten and answer all questions in note book

These Fascinating Orange Dwarf Crocodiles May Be Evolving Into A New Species

Though animals are continually evolving to adapt to their environment, it is hard to observe the process real time in the wild. Now, some international scientists have stumbled upon a unique group of West African dwarf crocodiles that may be in the midst of mutating into a new species.

Homework AssignmentWednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:27 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) In what way were ancient snakes similar to humans?
2) What are the two theories about why they changed?
3) What did David Martill stumble upon at a museum in Germany?
4) What did the find lead him to conclude?
5) How did Hongyu Yi's team reach a similar conclusion?

The Mystery Of Why Crafty Snakes Shed Their Legs Is Finally Solved

Mention snakes and the image that comes to mind is that of a stealthily gliding reptile. Turns out that this was not always the case. Ancient snake fossils indicate that the reptiles once had legs, just like the rest of us. So why did snakes decide to shed them in favor of the slither that sends chills down our spines? That is a mystery researchers have been trying to solve for some time.

Homework AssignmentWednesday, March 27, 2019 at 5:37 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) What percentage of the elephant population is born without tusks?
2) Of the female elephants born after 1992 at Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, what percentage are tuskless?
3) What is Joyce Poole's theory about the higher incidence of tuskless females at Gorongosa National Park?
4) Why are tusks essential for elephants?
5) Why do poachers usually target older male elephants first?
6) How did the country's 15-year civil war give tuskless elephants at the Gorongosa National Park a biological advantage?
7) Where else have researchers observed an abnormal rise in the population of tuskless elephants?
8) Why is tusklessness largely confined to female elephants?
9) How could the poaching eventually impact male elephants as well?
10) Why is the author hopeful that elephant poaching will decrease substantially?
11) What makes researchers think tuskless elephants are adapting well?

Excessive Poaching May Be Causing African Elephants To Evolve Without Tusks

While elephants born without tusks are not unheard of, they normally comprise just 2 to 6 percent of the herd population. However, that is not the case at Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, where an astounding 33 percent of female elephants born after the country’s civil war ended in 1992, are tuskless. While that may appear to be just a coincidence, Joyce Poole, an elephant behavior expert and National Geographic Explorer, has another theory. The researcher thinks we may be witnessing an unnaturally induced evolution of the species due to the incessant poaching of the mighty mammals for their valuable tusks.

Homework AssignmentThursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:39 am

Mr. SerranoVocabulary in Context:
“On November 10, New York-based fashion designer, Bob Bland, decided to consolidate the various Facebook rally calls including Shook’s and enlisted three activists to help coordinate a single event.”
In the above sentence, the word consolidate most likely means:
(a) to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole.
(b) to discard the unused or unwanted items of and organize the remaining.
Give a reason for your answer.

How Social Media Helped Instigate Saturday's Global Women's March

On November 8, discouraged and upset by the outcome of the US election, retired lawyer Theresa Shook set up a Facebook event inviting women to stage a peaceful protest in Washington, the day after the Presidential inauguration. The Hawaiian resident wanted the Trump Administration to know on its first day in office that women’s rights are human rights. By the time she woke up on November 9, over 10,000 people had expressed their desire to attend the rally.

Homework AssignmentThursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:39 am

Mr. SerranoArticle Comprehension:
1) Why did Theresa Shook invite people to rally in Washington?
2) How many people responded within a day?
3) What was the rally originally called?
4) Why did the organizers change it to the Women's March on Washington?
5) How many people came to Washington on January 21?
6) How many other rallies took place in the US and worldwide on the same day?
7) How many people in total are estimated to have marched on January 21?
8) What are some of the issues for which they were protesting?
9) What is Bob Bland's new campaign?
10) What does she want US citizens to do in the next ten days?

How Social Media Helped Instigate Saturday's Global Women's March

On November 8, discouraged and upset by the outcome of the US election, retired lawyer Theresa Shook set up a Facebook event inviting women to stage a peaceful protest in Washington, the day after the Presidential inauguration. The Hawaiian resident wanted the Trump Administration to know on its first day in office that women’s rights are human rights. By the time she woke up on November 9, over 10,000 people had expressed their desire to attend the rally.

Homework AssignmentFriday, March 8, 2019 at 5:55 am

Mr. SerranoVocabulary in Context:
“In 2015, five years after she had been freed from house arrest, Suu Kyi’s NLD Party won a landslide victory in the general elections and was finally able to select the country’s new president.”
In the above sentence, the word landslide most likely means:
(a) the downward falling or sliding of a mass of soil, detritus, or rock on or from a steep slope.
(b) an election in which a particular victorious candidate or party receives an overwhelming mass or majority of votes.
Give a reason for your choice.

Celebrate Women's History Month With These Inspiring Women

American historian Laurel Ulrich once said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are a few of the millions of brave women that have broken all conventional rules to make a difference in the world.

Homework AssignmentFriday, March 8, 2019 at 5:54 am

Mr. SerranoCritical Thinking Challenge:
Does social media make it easier or harder to take a stand on something you feel strongly about? Give a reason for your answer.

Celebrate Women's History Month With These Inspiring Women

American historian Laurel Ulrich once said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are a few of the millions of brave women that have broken all conventional rules to make a difference in the world.

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