Biology Course Map

Course # 3523

*All dates are subject to change

Last updated on  August 21, 2003


Core Standard

Indicator of Skill


(Approximate dates in parentheses)



v   What is Biology?

v   What is Life?

v   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

      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

      Elodea Lab



      Mitosis lab


      Cell growth 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


      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


      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


      Histology Lab

      State core exam/final


Science language students should use:

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