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Biology I

a study of life

 

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What will we be up to in Biology I? 

We will begin the year by laying out how we will study life, mimicking how the pros do it.  Over the course of the year we will build our knowledge of how life works, starting with the chemical level and working our way up to studying entire populations.

 

What we are learning in Biology I?

 

     Biology I Course Outline

·         Click on links in right column to view resources

·         The order and timing is expected to vary year-to-year

 

 

September

 

Week 1

What is Biology?

Scientific arguments:

why does the redfish move?

Controls, variables

Natural selection:

Woolly Worm Lab

Simpsons’ Scientific Method

Week 2

How to build scientific evidence

Enzymes effect on gelatin lab

Graphing, analyzing, writing conclusions

Lab Report Expectation

Scope and Sci. Method Review

Week 3

Chemistry of Biology

Inorganic compounds:  atoms, elements: C,H,O,N,S,P

Compounds, states/behavior of matter

Water

Bonding

Bonding Animation

Water Properties PPT

Chemical Jeopardy PPT

Chem and O Chem review packet

Week 4

Acids, Bases, Neutralization, pH, describing models

Lab investigations with unknowns

Organic chemistry, carbon compounds

Acids Bases PPT

Organic Chem Intro PPT

 4 Organic Compounds

 

 

October

 

Week 1

Fats, proteins

Lipids, nucleic acids, activities

Chem & organic Jeopardy PPT

Week 2

Energy Transfer - Photosynthesis

Structure of leaves

Microscope use, leaf cross-section

Microscopy Lab

Cell overview vid

Week 3

history – Von Helmont, Priestly, Ingenhousz

ATP, formula

Pigment role and Chromotography Lab

Photosynthesis PPT

Week 4

Light and dark reactions, Calvin cycle

Posters and group presentations

Elodea/bromothymol blue Lab Practical

Photosynthesis Quiz 1

Light-dependent reactions WS

Week 5

Elodea and carbon dioxide uptake lab

Cell function/cell processes

Cell Diagram PPT

 

 

November

 

Week 1

Energy Transfer - Respiration

Spirometry lab

Celluar respiration pop quiz PPT

 

-End of Quarter 1-

 

Week 2

Respiration of cockroaches homemade lab

Yeast and sugar concentration lab

Cellular energy and mitochondria

Cell Site Interactive

Cellular Respiration-Crash Course YouTube

 Cellular Respiration PPT

Week 3

Spirometry lab

Respiration of cockroaches homemade lab

Yeast and sugar concentration lab

Celluar respiration pop quiz PPT

Thanksgiving break

 

December

 

Week 1

Osmosis and diffusion – movement of materials

Dialysis experiment

Cell movement links Powerpoint

Movement across membranes PPT

Week 2

Cell Transport

Active transport, plasmolysis, cytolosis

Potatoes, elodea – experiments on this

Phagocytosis, pincytosis

 

Week 3

DNA structure and function

History of DNA scientific discovery – Griffith,

Watson & Crick, Franklin

replication

Winter vacation

 

 

January

Week 1

Cell reproduction

Chromosome Structure

Replication

DNA structure, history, replication PPT

Week 2

Mitosis

Mitosis and the chromosome PPT

Review Pre-Test PPT

Week 3

Review of terms, concepts, and essays for exams

Jeopardy Review

Week 4

-End of semester exams-

 

Week 5

Protein Synthesis

DNA Mutations

Making Proteins Interactives

Protein Synthesis PPT

Teacher Invaders: DNAàProteins

Transcription and Translation animations (dnalc.org)

Translation:  The Movie

DNA mutation types PPT

 

February

 

Week 1

DNA technology

gel electrophoresis

Human Genome Project, gene therapy

Effect on society

PBS/Nova:  Cracking the Code of Life

RNAi video

RNAi worksheet

Week 2

Prepare for DNA Symposium – pipetting, gel electrophoresis, PCR

DNA Symposium (all bio students: workshops, lectures)

Debrief, reflect, genetics overview

Gel electrophoresis Interactive

February vacation

Week4

 

 

March

 

Week 1

Genetics

Mendel

Meiosis

Genetic Disorders

Epigenetics

Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering

Genetics 101 PPT

Mendelian Genetics PPT

Mitosis/Meiosis – Animation

Human Genetics & Disorders PPT

Week 2

Evolution

Darwin, Lamarck, Weisman, Gould, Malthus, Spallanzani, Redi, Pasteur

Darwin's evidence for evolution PPT

Week 3

Taxonomy and classification of organisms

Week 4

Evidences for Evolution – fossils, biochemistry, comparative anatomy, homologous structures, geological distribution, embryology

Evidence for Evolution WebQuest

Gene pool and evolution PPT

 

April

 

Week 1

Evolution – 5 conditions: overproduction, variation in individuals, struggle for existence, natural selection, “survival of the fittest”

Evidence of the History of LIFE PPT

Natural selection lab

Classification PPT

Evolution review

 

-End of Quarter 3-

 

Week 2

Ecology – Levels of organization: organism, specie, population, community, ecosystem, biome, biosphere

Food webs, heterotrophs, autotrophs, carnivore, omnivore, decomposer, herbivore

Ecological study of quadrat

 

April vacation

 

Week 4

Ecology cycles – carbon, phosphorous, water

Biomes: deciduous, coniferous, desert

Film:  Northern Forests

carbon cycle ppt

nitrogen cycle ppt

phosphorous cycle ppt

Biome profiles

Populations ppt

 

 

May

 

Week 1

Physiology: Life functions vs. form – comparing resp, dig, circ, locomotion of different organism

Human Body Systems PPT

Week  2

Systems of the body comparison

 

Week 3

 

Week 4

 

 

June

 

Week 1

Frog dissection…and others?

Frog dissection alternative site

Week 2

Review terms, concepts, and skills

Jeopardy Final Review PPT

Week 3

-Final exams-

 

 

Resources:

NHS science department graphing rubric

Teacher’s Note:  This syllabus is only intended on providing a rough idea of what to expect this year.  There will be various lab reports, quizzes, tests, writing assignments and even projects not listed above.