BIOLOGY 2013-2014  



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Mon: April 23:  Test on Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi.  Final Review Practice - due Wed.  Tues:  4/24 Early Release:  More Final Review Practice: due Wed.  Wed: 4/24:  Start Ecology: Notes.  Thurs:  Bee Colony Collapse Syndrome: Silnce of the Bees.


Homework and Other Assignments: 

(Forecast) :) Monday/Tues; AIMS Testing Schedule.  Evolution Test and Notebook Check Most likely next Friday.

Week of Feb. 17-19: Monday: Dinosaur Half-life using radiometric dating chart. due end of class.  Tues.  Peppered Moth Lab. due tomorrow. Wed.  Nova: Becoming human with Video worksheet due at end of class.  Thursday and Friday: Rodeo Break

Week of Feb. 10-14: Monday: Geologic Timeline Notes. no HW Tues: Reading the Geologic time Line Half Worksheet due tomorrow.  Wed: Notes: Radiometric Dating.  HW: 19-1 (1/2 page WKsht) Bk Questions - due tomorrow.   Fri:  Half-Life Paper Cut Lab: Pairs: due at the end of class.

Week of Feb. 3-7: Monday:  Notes Evidence of Evolutuion Tues: Anatomical Evidence Homologous Structures Coloring - due tomorrow.  Wed: Barbellus Evolution Lab.  Due Friday (should finish in class though.) Fri. Nova: Extinction with video worksheet due at and of class.

Week of Jan. 27-31: Monday: Hemophilia (sex linked trait )with workshet # problems due at the end of clasds.  Review 2 for Wed. Genetics YTest. Tues: Intro to Evolution and Biodiversity Notes  Wed: GeneticsT Test and Notebook Check.  Ch 16 Book assignment due tomorrow.  Thurs.  Evidence of Evolution notes. Fri. "Great Transformations"Evolutionary transitional forms.

Week of Jan. 20-24: Monday: Finish Dragon Lab.  Tues: Genetics Crossword and Review i for next Wed. Genetics Test (review due the day of the test. Thurs: Making a Pedigree Notes and Making the "Dimple" Pedigree -due tomorrow.  Fri.. Multiple allele Notes and worksheet due Monday. Thurs Friday:

Week of Jan. 13-17: Monday: How to do Dihybrid Crosses.  "Hair Crosses" - Due Tues. Tues: Early Release: turn in Hair Crosses and eay Genetics Practice. Wed. Dragon Genetics Lab - due Friday.  Thurs: Life Video : Teacher abs.  Friday complete and turn in "Genetics Make a Dragon" Lab.

Week of Jan. 6-10: Mon: Human Traits Lab finish in class due tomorrow.  Tues: Menelian Genetics notes.  HW: Wksht 11.1  from Bio. book due tomorrow. Wed.  Will you have An Albino? Lab due at end of class. Thurs. chao 11-1,2 due Friday. Friday: Start: Monohybrid Dihybrid Crosses Notes.  easy Genetics Practice due Tues. Jan.14.


Mrs. Wilson's Biology Course Outline 2013-14  (some units are intertwined (overlap) reviewing one as the next is introduced)

Nature of Science/Experimental Design /Science Study Skills                                                Approx. 2 Weeks

  • Lab safety
  • What is science?/biology
  • Scientific Method
  • Graphs, diagrams and charts
  • Microscopes - Hook, Schleiden, Schwann
  • Characteristics of living things
  • Looking ahead: some basic ecology


Biochemistry – “the Chemistry of Life”                                                                                            Approx. 3 Weeks                                                                                                                    

  • The Nature of Matter/Macromolecules
  • The miracle molecule: Water: Properties of water that make life possible
  • Carbon Compounds…
  • Chemical reactions  and enzymes

Cell Structure and Function                                                                                                                Approx. 3 Weeks

  • History of the cell/Cell Theory
  • Levels of organization
  • Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic cell and their structure (organelles)
  • Active, Passive Transport
  • Role of macromolecules and their contributions to cell structure.


Cell Energy                                                                                                                                             Approx. 3 Weeks

  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • The role of ATP


Cell Reproduction                                                                                                                           Approx. 2 Weeks

  • Cell Growth - Cell cycle
  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis
  • Cancer


Second Semester

Genetics                                                                                                                                   Approx. 3 Weeks·         Mendel·         Probability and Punnett Squares – monohybrid/dihybrid crosses·         Nucleic acids: DNA, RNA and protein synthesis 

DNA/RNA                                                                                                                                 Approx. 3 Weeks

  • Franklin, Watson and Crick
  • DNA, Chromosomes, replication
  • RNA and Protein Synthesis
  • Mutations


Genetic Engineering and the Human Genome                                                                Approx. 3 Weeks·         Modifying DNA·         Karyotypes·         Heredity                   (genetics may be split in a logical manner between 1st and 2nd SEM)

Biological Evolution/ Biodiversity and the History of Life                                          Approx. 4 Weeks·        Darwin’s Theory·        Evolution of Populations -  Hardy-Weinberg principle ·        Evolutionary patterns·        Natural Selection·        The Fossil Record·        Evolution of Mulitcellular Life·        Patterns of Evolution 

Ecology                                                                                                                                   Approx. 5 Weeks   The Biosphere

  • What is Ecology
  • Energy flow food chain and the energy pyramid

   Ecosystems and Communities                                                                                              

  • Climate
  • Biotic and Abiotic factors


  • How Populations Grow

   Human Impact

  • Renewable and non renewable resources
  • Biodiversity


“Microorganisms” (loose terminology for nonliving viruses, and living bacteria, protists..even fungi)

  • Identification and classification                                                                          Approx. 4 Weeks     
  • Diseases cause by…


  • Plant structure/function studies
  • Animal structure/function studies                                                                     Approx. 4 Weeks     


                                                                                                              Approx 1-2 weeks for: (AIMS), Final Review and Final Exam)

Grading:  (On a weighted scale)

A 90-100%    B 80-89%     C 70-79%    D 60-69%       F 59.9-& below                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Classwork/Homework/Notebook (30% of your grade) - Assignments 1 day late receive 60% credit, 2 Days late and more =  a “0” score:  *UNLESS THE ASSIGNMENT IS MADE UP IN CONFERENCE PERIOD!!!!                                         

 Notebook (in 3-ring binder) (Approx 10% of your grade)

  Labs (30% of your grade)                                             

  Assessments - Tests/Quizzes (30% of your grade)

Final Exam will be 10% of entire grade at the end of the semester) 

 All assignments, labs, quizzes, and tests not turned in or completed within the time allotted will be scored as a “0”. 

Missed or missing work can be made up during conference period for credit. Student: When you have missing assignments or you grade has fallen it is to your benefit to come in to my class during conference period to get help!!

If you have further questions, feel free to contact me at (520) 696-3902 ext. 4212. email: 

Textbook: Biology - Prentice Hall - Macaw Book - Miller and Levine


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