Biology Course Map

 

Updated on  May 25, 2013

Month

Core Standard

Indicator of Skill

Assessment

(Approximate dates in parentheses)

August- 

September

       What is Biology?

       What is Life?

       The Scientific Method

 

1-3: Ecosystems

a)    Symbiosis, Predator-prey

b)    Hypothesize about and test variables in ecosystem

c)     Biotic vs. abiotic

d)    Investigate an ecosystem with quantitative and qualitative data

e)    Human impact on ecosystem

  Writing Rubric

  Distinguishing characteristics of life

  Jelly-side up Lab

  Paper Towel Lab

  Scientific Method/Lab Exam

  Interpretations of The Lorax

  Risk to Biodiversity

  Biotic and Abiotic Factor Identification

  Biome Brochure

October

1-2: Matter Cycles

 

 

 

 

1-1: Energy Flow

 

 

 

 

 

2-1: Chemistry of Cells

 

a)    Cycles

b)    Limiting factors (water et. al.)

c)     Inference vs. evidence

d)    Human impact on cycles

 

a)    Food chain

b)    Energy pyramid

c)     Energy expended vs. energy gained

d)    Energy obtained

e)    Research world-wide food production

 

a)    CHNOPS

b)    Macromolecules

  Competition Lab

  Ecosystem Brochure

  Ecology Assessment

 

 

  Macromolecules Lab

Science language students should use:

predator-prey, symbiosis, competition, ecosystem, carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, oxygen cycle, population, diversity, energy pyramid, consumers, producers, limiting factor, competition, decomposers, food chain, biotic, abiotic, community, variable, evidence, inference, quantitative, qualitative

 

November

2-1: Chemistry of Cells

 

 

2-2: Energetics

 

 

 

 

2-3: Cell Anatomy & Physiology

 

 

c)     Properties of water

d)    Enzymes

 

a)    Autotroph vs. heterotroph

b)    Photosynthesis and respiration

c)     Measure the production of one or more of the products of either photosynthesis or respiration

 

a)    Mitosis

b)    Cell theory

  Water Lab

  Enzymes lab

  Chemistry exam

 

  Respiration Lab

 

 

 

  Mitosis lab

  Microscope Cell Lab

  3-D cell project

Science language students should use:

organelles, photosynthesis, respiration, cellular respiration, osmosis, diffusion, active transport, homeostasis, cell theory, organic, carbohydrate, fermentation, protein, fat, nucleic acid, enzyme, chlorophyll, cell membrane, nucleus, cell wall, solvent, solute, adhesion, cohesion, microorganism

 

December

2-3: Cell Anatomy & Physiology

 

 

 

 

4-1: Sexual v. Asexual Reproduction

 

 

 

 

 

c)     Cell transport

d)    Organelles

e)    Experiment with microorganisms and/or plants to investigate growth and reproduction

 

a)    Meiosis

b)    Compare sexual and asexual reproduction

c)     Formulate, defend, and support a perspective of a bioethical issue related to intentional or unintentional chromosomal mutations

  Potato lab

  Baggie Lab

  Cell city exam

  Growth & Reproduction Lab

 

  Karyotypes

 

 

January

4-2: Patterns of Inheritance

 

 

 

 

4-3: DNA

 

 

a)    Laws of segregation and independent assortment

b)    Inheritance patterns

c)     Mendelian genetics and breeding

d)    Bioethics and technology

 

a)    DNA structure

b)    DNA replication

  Predict genotypes and phenotypes using a Punett Square

  Makin Babies

  Semester final (January 13 and 14)

 

  DNA Model

  Story of Watson & Crick

 

Science language students should use:

DNA, replication, fertilization, dominant trait, recessive trait, genetic engineering, gene splicing, phenotype, genotype, sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction, chromosome, gene, mutation, cloning, inheritance, bioethics, pedigree

 

 

February

4-3: DNA

 

 

 

 

 

5-1: Evolution

 

 

c)     DNA to protein

d)    Mutations

e)    Historical events leading to DNA understanding

f)      Research, report, and debate genetic technology to improve the quality of life

 

a)    Natural selection

b)    Importance genetic variability

c)     Speciation

d)    Selective breeding to natural selection

  Research of genetic disorder (Feb 2-6)

  Murder mystery DNA lab

  Springer Whos your Daddy?

  Genetics Exam

 

 

  Create-a-bird Lab

  Teddy Graham Lab

  Battle of the Bird Beaks

  PBS Evolution Series

March

5-2: Cite evidence for changes in populations over time and use concepts of evolution to explain these changes

 

 

 

 

 

5-3: Classification

 

a)    Evidence supporting evolution

b)    Role of mutation in evolution

c)     Historical development of the theory of evolution.

d)    Distinguish between observations and inferences in making interpretations related to evolution (Review a scientific article and identify the research methods used to gather evidence that documents the evolution of a species.)

 

a)    Dichotomous key

b)    Criteria used for classification

c)     Evolution and classification

 

  Evidence Sheet

  Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Using a dichotomous key

  Chart similarities and differences between animal phyla

Science language students should use:

evolution, fossil record, geologic record, molecular, homologous, vestigial structures, mutation, recombination, hierarchy, classification scheme, theory, natural selection, adaptation, evidence, inference, speciation, biodiversity, taxonomy, kingdom, virus, protist, fungi, plant, animal, dichotomy

 

April

3-1: Structure and Function of Organs

 

a)    Structure of plant/animal organs

b)    Function of plant/animal organs

c)     Relate the structure of organs to the function of organs

d)    Compare organs of organism to organism

e)    Research tech developments related to organs

  Flower dissection

  Frog dissection

 

May-June

3-2: Organ systems

 

a)    Structure of plant/animal systems

b)    Function of plant/animal systems

c)     Relation of system to organism

d)    Relate the tissues that make up organs to the structure and function of the organ

 

  State core exam/final

 

Science language students should use:

organ, organ system, organism, hormonal modification, stomata, tissue, homeostasis, structure, function