Biology Course Map


Updated on  May 25, 2013


Core Standard

Indicator of Skill


(Approximate dates in parentheses)



       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


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



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



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






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




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


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









  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



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



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