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Period 6 Biology

Course Description and Outcomes

Biology is a high school lab science course. This course covers seven units.  In each unit, we begin by discovering a new phenomenon that is based around an organism.  That organism tends to lead the unit, but supporting organisms are included in each unit as well.  We will be observing interactions, collecting data, and applying the wide variety of scientific concepts that make up biology (DNA, Energy Transfer, Cell Division, Homeostasis, Evolution, Natural Selection, and Comparative Anatomy just to name a few!). In all units we also look at the impact humans have made on the species both positive and negative. These phenomenon-driven units involve students in making sense of the natural world through the use of authentic data while integrating different areas of science together when they are necessary to solve a problem.  This allows for much deeper and longer lasting learning because everything is taught in context. 



Topics Covered


Africa Part 1- Lions

  • Group Behavior
  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Relatedness (Karyotypes, Phylogenetic Trees)
  • Food Chains and Food Webs
  • Macromolecules
  • Human Impacts

Africa Part 2 - Elephants 

  • Characteristics of Life
  • Population Growth, Limiting Factors
  • Human Impacts
  • DNA
  • Biodiversity
  • Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Homeostasis - Sea Otters

  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Food Webs and Energy Pyramids
  • Keystone Species
  • Population Growth, Limiting Factors
  • Water Quality, Ocean Acidification
  • Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
  • Diffusion, Fermentation


Melanin - Rock Pocket Mouse

  • Pedigrees, Relationships
  • Punnett Squares, Genetics
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Mutations

Disease - Naked Mole Rat

  • Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Cell Cycle
  • Mutations
  • Cancer cells vs Normal Cells
  • Cancer Risks and Prevention
  • DNA Replication

Populations Dynamics - Penguins

  • Phylogeny and Genetics
  • Isolation
  • Endangered Species
  • Population Growth and Statistics
  • Human Impacts

Phylogeny - Canines

  • Natural Selection
  • Adaptations
  • Genetics
  • Artificial Selection
  • Gene Mapping

Online Text:  Biology 2e 


Standards   This course is based on the Next Generation Science Standards which includes  Science & Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts . The goal being to enable students to grow and become self-directed learners through real-world problem solving.