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Program Content for April 22, 2015

Read the article “Gulf resilient yet scarred 5 years after BP spill” on page A3 of the Monday, April 20, 2015 edition of The Seattle Times.

 

Pre-reading and Vocabulary: Define each term and then use it in a sentence to demonstrate your understanding.

1.      ecosystem

2.      gulf

3.      endangered

4.      carcinogenic

5.      delta

 

Comprehension Questions

1.      Where and when did the BP well explosion occur?  

2.      How well has the area impacted by the well explosion recovered?

3.      What are some of the problems existing today in the Gulf that may be connected with the BP spill?  

4.      Over how many days did the BP oil spill occur?  

5.      How has the way in which scientists rated the health of the Gulf of Mexico changed from before the spill to today?  

6.      Based on the survey results of scientists, what areas of the Gulf of Mexico’s health are of the greatest concern today?  

7.      How have the average number of dolphin deaths per year changed from before the BP oil spill to now?  

8.      What scientific evidence makes the Kemp’s Ridley “Turtle story not so simple?”  

9.      What evidence has been collected to demonstrate that the BP oil spill is still impacting fish today?  

10.     How have migratory and native birds to Barataria Bay been impacted differently by the oil spill?

 

Prompts and Extensions

1.      When comparing the effects of the oil spill on birds, fish, turtles, etc. there appears to be conflicting reports between some scientists/the Federal government and BP.  Explain or discuss why/how this is possible.

2.      The Seattle Times recently published an article about a different oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has been ongoing for a number of years.  Read, “Secrecy shrouds decades long oil spill in South” on page A1 of the Friday, April 17, 2015 paper to learn more.

3.      Listen to this NPR news story about the BP oil spill and read the associated article on the current state of the Gulf to hear from local residents impacted by the spill and its lingering impact on the region.

 

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Program Content for April 15, 2015

Read the article “UW scientists, biotech company may have cure for colorblindness” on page A1 of the Sunday, April 12, 2015 edition of The Seattle Times.

 

Pre-reading and Vocabulary: Define each term and then use it in a sentence to demonstrate your understanding.

1.      mutation

2.      chromosome

3.      retina

4.      pigment

5.      ophthalmologist

 

Comprehension Questions

1.      How many Americans are colorblind?  

2.      What type of cells allow people to see in color?  

3.      How many different types of colorblindness are there?  Describe each type.  

4.      How and why does colorblindness affect men and women differently?

5.      What are some negative impacts that people with colorblindness may experience?  

6.      How was the technique for colorblindness in squirrel monkeys carried out?  

7.      How did the scientists know that the squirrel monkeys they tested were no longer color blind?  

8.      How does the new technique developed to treat colorblindness differ from the original squirrel monkey procedure?  

9.      What percent of the cells carrying pigment-producing genes need to be changed in order for the treatment to be a success?  

10.    What are the next steps associated with the development of this project?  

 

Prompts and Extensions

1.      Learn more about colorblindness here and then try your hand at this activity that asks you to relate colorblindness to natural selection.

2.      Take a color vision test here and also hear/see what its like to be colorblind

3.      Dissect your own cow eye or watch how its done online.  Try to identify all of the eye parts mentioned within the article (retina, vitreous) and more.

4.      Visit the project’s website to learn more about the procedures development and colorblindness.

 

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