Course Map for

Human Biology

Instructor: Steve Scheidell
Last Updated on May 25, 2009


Standards and Objectives

Indicator/Learning Activity




          Introduction to Science Methods

          Metric system  

          Observation Skills

          The Scientific Method

          Microscopy Skills

          Prepare a microscope slide of cells using appropriate techniques and observe using the compound microscope.

          Research and report the role technology plays, past and present, in the understanding of cells.

          Textbook use skills


          Metric System Assignments and Dimensional Analysis

          Observation Lab

          Crime Scene Observation Lab

          Scientific Research Reading

          Spallanzani Study of Digestion

          Jelly Lab (scientific method)

          Microscope Lab (basic lab skills)

          Human Biology Textbook Scavenger Hunt

          Metrics Conversion Quiz

          Science Methods Unit Exam (open notes, short answer)




          Identify major elements and macromolecules found in living things.

          Investigate the properties and structure of atoms found in living things.

          Illustrate and explain how small molecules com

          Hypothesize the relationship between the properties of water and life processes.

          Elemental Numbers using Periodic Table of Elements

          Chemistry Powerpoint Notes

          pH Summary of Acid Rain

          Chemistry of Life Textbook Questions

          Molecules of Life

          Water Properties Lab

          Chemistry Unit Exam (multiple choice and short answer)



          Relate biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem.

          Predict how changes in a biotic or an abiotic factor of an ecosystem will affect the system.

          Determine the components of a food chain and describe their interactions.

          Diagram a food chain in the cycle of matter.

          Describe the energy flow of a food chain using a pyramid.

          Relate photosynthesis and respiration to matter cycles and energy flow.

          Observe and document the impact of people on a natural cycle or succession, interpret the results and predict long term effects.

          Brainstorm biotics and abiotics and play Jenga activity.

          Biotic/abiotic writing summary at Nature Center.

          Lorax Video and Questions

          Ecology Vocab Activity

          Element Cycles in Groups

          Ecology Unit Review Sheet and Review Game

          Field Trip to Nature Center Summary

          Presentation of Cycles to class

          Ecology Unit Exam (multiple choice and short answer)


          Human Impacts on Ecosystems: Population Ecology

          Identify human and non-human factors that affect a populationís growth.

          Infer from data the impact of human population growth on ecosystems.

          Collect information on local, national, and/or global practices that affect ecosystems and evaluate the scientific accuracy of the collected information.  Present a position based on this info.

          Construct a personal plan for resource conservation.

          Evaluate how technology can create and mitigate damage to the environment.

          Impacts of humans on ecosystems writing summary at Nature Center.

          Ecology Unit Conservation Project Design

          Biodiversity Stories

          Population Ecology Study

          Population Ecology Exam


          Cell Biology

          Trace the development of the cell theory.

          Identify three assumptions on which the cell theory is based.

          Sketch and describe cells and components

          Classify cells according to their similarities and differences.

          Identify the needs of a cell in terms of a functioning system.

          Compare the cell to another functioning system.

          Relate cells to the hierarchical organization of an organism.

          Model how a cell obtains, uses, and releases energy.

          Hypothesize, design, and conduct an experiment that investigates the response of a cell to its environment.

          Design and conduct an experiment that demonstrates the importance of water in a cell.

          Compare and contrast how different organisms acquire and conserve water.

          Create a Cell activity in groups, hang cells in room for study and review

          Cell structure and function assignment

          Laptop use: online cell activity

          Animal and Plant cell coloring

          Cell vocabulary practice

          Class Notes on cell membrane transport

          Bioethical issue regarding use of cells

          Cellular Metabolism and respiration notes in class

          Take home cell assignment

          Cell structure and function study guide

          Evaluate partner cell activity

          Take home project: edible cell

          Cell vocab quiz

          Cell Biology Exam (multiple choice)

December/ January

          Cell Division, DNA Replication, Genetics

          Compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis.

          Use a microscope to observe the stages of mitosis.

          Predict the possible results of recombination in sexual reproduction.

          Compare and contrast the evolutionary advantages and disadvantage of sexual and asexual reproduction.

          Research and report the historical pathway to the present understanding of heredity.

          Model the structure of a DNA molecule.

          Describe DNA replication.

          Trace the general events that result in the production of proteins from a DNA sequence.

          Differentiate between the roles of proteins and nucleic acids.

          Identify and discuss factors that may alter genes or chromosomes & the effects.

          Describe applications of genetic technologies.

          Evaluate a publicized position concerning a genetic technology.

          Online mitosis/meiosis activities w/laptops

          Chromosome Shuffle

          DNA structure built with licorice and marshmallows

          DNA replication notes

          Double Talking Helix blues

          Chromosomal Inheritance Study Guide

          Powerpoint on DNA and Biotechnology

          Transcription and Translation notes

          Create a Human Protein

          Punnett squares practice handout and laptop practice

          Puzzling Pedigrees

          Study the laws of sex-linked traits, independent assortment, dominance, and segregation.

          Genetic Disorder Brochures and presentations (laptops)

          Film: Gattaca

          Compare energy expenditure, survival, and genetic recombination.

          Edible Cell Model Project

          Build a Human Protein Group Activity

          Cell Processes Exam (multiple choice and short answer)



          Define Evolution.

          Describe the role of mutation in evolution.

          Simulate the element of chance in evolution.

          Hypothesize why some traits with no apparent survival or reproductive advantage persist in a population.

          Model the process of natural selection.

          Relate natural selection to changes in an ecosystem.

          Predict how a change in the environment can alter the survival value of some inherited characteristics.

          Research misconceptions about evolution.

          Identify the characteristics that make humans unique.

          Infer from comparative anatomy the relation of humans to other life forms.

          Compare life on Earth to the presence of humans.

          Identify the classification of the human species.

          Report on current technology used to identify individuals or relate species.

          Film: The Mindís Big Bang

          Film: Darwinís Dangerous Idea (Questions on Film)

          Evolution Chapter Reading Notes

          Film: Extinction (notes required during film)

          Evolution Unit Review Questions

          Evolution Film and Unit Personal Reflection points

          Group discussion and debate on evolutionary evidence

          Choice assessment projects on Evolution


          Body Protection Methods

          Identify and explain the function of the systems used to protect the body from injury and disease.

          Analyze the effects of practices, attitudes, and disorders on the bodyís protection mechanisms.

          Study immunity and immunization.

          Show how the immune system and Integumentary system help to maintain homeostasis.

          Tissues Unit Notes and questions

          Film: Skin

          Skin Questions and coloring

          Lymphatic System overview

          Homeostasis and the Lymphatic System

          Film: lymphatic system

          Lymphatic System questions

          Review gome with buzzers for exam prep

          Lymphatic and Integumentary System Exam (multiple choice)

          Pothology, Immunology Case Study Activities


          Skeletal and Muscular Systems

          Identify and explain the function of the systems of support and locomotion.

          Model on the molecular, cellular, organ, and system levels how movement is achieved.

          Analyze the effects of practices, attitudes, and disorders on support and locomotion.

          Show how these systems help maintain homeostasis.

          Film: Skeletal System and the Living Body

          Bone Tissue vocab and questions

          Bone labeling on skeleton diagram

          Axial/Appendicular Skeleton Notes and questions

          Naming the bones of the Skeleton

          Study bones and practice identification

          Articulations vocabulary

          Label and color joint diagrams

          Joints matching game

          Bone Exam review

          Film: Muscular System Video

          Muscle Chapter Reading Notes

          Muscle Tissue Coloring and overhead notes on muscle contraction

          Label Muscle diagrams

          Naming Muscles Assignment

          Naming Muscle Movements Assignment

          Overhead Muscle Label on Muscle Man Handout

          Muscle Function Discussion and Assignment

          Review game muscles

          Bone ID quiz

          Skeletal System Exam (multiple choice)

          Muscle ID quiz

          Muscular System Exam (multiple choice)



          Nervous System

          Identify and explain the function of the organs and organ systems used to provide internal coordination.

          Analyze the effects of practices, attitudes, and disorders on the nervous system.

          Design and conduct an experiment that involves the senses and reflexes.

          Show how internal coordination helps the body maintain homeostasis.

          Research the development of technology used to study and maintain the nervous system.

          Film: Nervous System and the Living Body

          Nervous System notes and diagrams

          Neuron Structure and function

          Action Potential Notes

          Nervous System Vocabulary

          Nerves and Homeostasis

          Nervous System Book Questions

          Organization of Nervous System Assign.

          Affects of Drugs on the nervous system

          Endocrine System Video

          Endocrine matching of hormones

          Endocrine and Nervous System Review

          Nerves vocab quiz

          Nerves and endocrine system exams (short answer)

          Endocrine System Discussion Groups


          Circulatory System

          Identify and explain the function of the organs and organ systems used to transport substances throughout the body.

          Hypothesize the relationship of blood flow or respiration and external stimulus.

          Design and conduct an experiment that measures blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.

          Analyze the effects of practices, attitudes, and disorders of the circulatory system.

          Describe how the transport of materials throughout the body helps to maintain homeostasis.

          Blood Questions

          Film: Circulatory System Overview

          Heart diagram and coloring

          Cow Heart Dissection

          Blood Packet

          Cardiovascular System Notes

          Trace a Drop of Blood in the heart

          Cardiovascular System and Homeostasis

          Cardiac Conduction System Discussion

          Exam Review and Practice

          Trace a drop of blood in the heart written exam.

          Circulatory System Exam (multiple Choice)

          Respiratory System Exam


          Digestive System

          Identify and explain the function of the organs and organ systems used to derive energy and building materials from food.

          Give a general description of how the body derives energy from food.

          Analyze the effects of practices, attitudes, and disorders on the transfer of energy from food to the organisms.

          Hypothesize the effect of various food substances and combinations on body function.

          Design and conduct an experiment that deals with digestion.

          Show how these activities help the body maintain homeostasis.

          Film: Digestion System: Where does it all go?

          Digestion Diagrams and coloring

          Trace food through the digestive system

          Organs of digestion structure and function

          Digestion book questions

          Film: The Living Body: Digestion

          Homeostasis and Digestion Questions

          Digestion Diagram Practice For Exam


          Diagram of Digestive Organs Exam

          Trace food through the digestive system quiz

          Digestion Exam (multiple choice)


          Excretory/Urinary System

          Identify and explain the function of the organs and organ systems used to eliminate waste.

          Analyze the effects of practices, attitudes, and disorders on the excretory system.

          Show how the elimination of wastes helps the body maintain homeostasis.

          Summarize Urinary Tract Infections

          Film: The Living Body: Urinary System

          Urinary System Notes as a class

          Urinary diagrams

          Urinary Diagram Oral Exam

          Urinary Diagrams quiz


          Reproductive System

          Identify and explain the function of the organs and organ systems used in reproduction.

          Analyze the effects of practices, attitudes, and disorders on the reproductive system.

          Trace the development of a baby from fertilization to birth.

          Infer from data the effects of parental behaviors.

          Research advances in reproductive technology.

          Male and Female Reproductive Diagrams

          Reproductive Anatomy of male and Female

          Film: Miracle of Life and film questions

          Questions for Male and Female Repro Function.

          Repro Review for exam (game)

          Reproductive Exam is a special section of the final exam (multiple choice and diagrams).


          Fetal Pig Dissection (review all systems)

          Final Exam: State Core Review

          Fetal Pig Dissection and handouts

          Fetal Pig colorings

          Review Game to revisit body systems

          State Core review notes and discussion

          Pig Quiz

          Fetal Pig Dissection Participation or Virtual Dissection

          Human Biology Open Note Final on Body Systems

          State Core Exam