The students will study concepts relating to biology in our environment. The curriculum includes major topics such as biochemistry, cells, human body systems, genetics, and plants. Students will be given opportunities to analyze and evaluate these topics and how they relate to one another. Lessons are designed using a best practice model that includes scaffolding, vocabulary, guided practice, independent practice, and written response opportunities for students to synthesize and evaluate topics. New York Learning Standards and unit alignment were utilized in building this curriculum, as well as the Common Core Literacy Standards in the History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
Ch.1 – Introduction and Scientific Method
What is Biology?
The Scientific Method
Measurement and the Microscope
The Compound Light Microscope Lab
Introduction and Scientific Method Test

Ch.2 – Biochemistry
Organic Compounds
The Life Functions
Biochemistry Test

Ch.3 – Cells
Introduction to Cells
Transport Across the Cell Membrane
Cellular Organization
Cell Test

Ch.4 – Dynamic Equilibrium (Homeostasis)
The Digestive System
The Respiratory System
The Excretory System
The Circulatory System
The Immune System
The Nervous System
The Endocrine System
The Muscular and Skeletal Systems
Human Body Systems Test

Ch.5 – Reproduction and Development
Sexual vs. Asexual Reproduction
The Female Reproductive System
The Male Reproductive System
Fertilization and Development
Cell Reproduction: Mitosis
Mitosis Lab
Cell Reproduction: Meiosis
Reproduction and Development Test
Ch.6 – Genetics
Mendelian Genetics
Genetic Disorders
DNA Structure and History
DNA Replication
Protein Synthesis and Mutations
DNA Fingerprinting
Genetics Test
Research Project: Biotechnology

Ch.7 – Evolution
The Theory of Evolution
Darwin and Natural Selection
Competition and Extinction
Evolution Test

Ch.8 – Plants
Introduction to Plants
Photosynthesis vs. Cellular Respiration
Plant Test

Ch.9 – Ecology
Introduction to Ecology
Nutrition & Energy Flow
Populations & Relationships
Biogeochemical Cycles
Stability & Succession
Ecology Test

Ch.10 – Human Impacts
Human Effects on the Environment
Solutions to Human Impacts
Human Impacts Test