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Week of March 30-April 3: Mon: substitute: NOVA: Bacterial Disease - MARY KELLY - the most dangerous woman in America (Typhoid Epidemic) 1/2 sheet video guide due. HW: none Tues: Finish "Bacteria Are Everywhere" Lab. HW(due Thursday) 20-1 The Prostists. Wed: Protist Obsevation Lab - "In the Foosteps of Leeuwenhoek."

Week of March 23-27: Mon: Notes Bacteria Notes. Due:Turn in 1/2 sheet worksheet from before break. Tues: "Patient Zero" Disease spreading lab finish and turn in lab sheet.  HW: none. Wed: Notes: Why Bacteria are important.  Bonnie Bassler TED talk.  HW:Ch 20 the Prokaryotes due Friday.Thurs: Bacteria Are Everywhere Lab:  Start lab and collect bacteria from palced around campus. HW: none. Fri: Look at bacteria cultures - some are growing (already!) Notes: on the Protists.  HW: none.

Week of March 16-20: Spring Break

Week of March 9-13: Mon: New Unit: Virus Notes Tues:  Early out Start "Ebola - the Plague Fighters"  Wed.  Finish Virus notes and "Ebola - the Plague Fghters. " TEST MOVED TO FRIDAY!!! Thurs:  The Lytic Cycle in viruses - due at the end of class.  Fri:  Classification TEST and Notebook Check.  HW:  CH 20 Viruses half Worksheet from book due Mon after Spring Break.

Week of March 2-6: Mon: Phylogeny Notes.  HW: none.  Tues: Finish yesterday's notes.  Start Three Domains Circles... HW: finish 3 Domains if not completed by the end of class.  Wed: Intro. Dichotomous Keys.  In class:"Norno Key" and turn in.  Start and finish for HW: Shark Dichotomous Key - due tomorrow.  Thurs.: Make a Dichotomous key of Wacky Creatures.  HW: Finish today's key.  Fri: "Chamber of Secrets - Mystery Organisms"

Week of Feb. 23-25: Mon: "Evolutionary Arms Race"wksht due at the end of the video.  HW: Remember Ch18:1.2.3 is due tomorrow.  Tues: Intro to Classification Notes. Wed. Classification Practice - due at the end of class.  Thurs/Fri: No School: Rodeo Break.

Week of Feb. 16-20: Mon: (Make sure you have turned in Ch 19 sec 1 and 2 1/2 sheet!!)  Peppered Moth Lab in Pairs.  HW: work on lab graph and write-up if not completed by the end of class.  Tues: Finish Peppered Moth Lab Graph and turn in.  HW: Evolution Test Review 1 due FriWed. Nova "Human Origins" with worksheet due at end of class tomorrow.  HW: Evolution Review. Due Fri. Thurs. Finish "Human Origins" discuss/turn in worksheet.  Start: Classification Unit (notes) HW: Finish and study Reviews 1 and 2 and get notebook in order to be graded.  Fri. Evolution Test and Notebook check. HW. Ch Dues next Tues.

Week of Feb. 9-13: Mon: Week of Feb. 9-13: Mon:  Absolute Dating (Radiometirc) Dating of rocks and fossils notes.  IN Class: Dinoausr Half Life 1/2 Wrksheet - due at the end of class  HW: none.  Tues: Early out: 1/2 hour classes. Mini half life paper cutting lab due at the end of class HW: none.  Wed: Nova:"Extinction!" video with worksheet. HW: NEW!!:   HWl:Ch 19 sec 1 and 2 1/2 sheet.  Thurs.: Finish "Extinction" and Discuss! HW: Ch 19 sec 1 and 2 1/2 sheet Fri: Types of Evolition and Bracketing Fossils Notes HW still:Ch 19 sec 1 and 2 1/2 sheet.

Week of Feb. 2-6: Mon: Finished up - "Great Transformations" video with worksheet, finished up Evidence of Evolution notes, and completed the Barbellus Lab - which should be turned in at the end of class.  HW: none. Tues:  Evidence of Atomical Evolution lab activity - HW: finish this if not completed by the end of class. Wed. Pre-Registration for next year's science classes signing.  Class/HW:  16_3 "The Puzzle of Life's Diversity" 1/2 Worksheet. Thurs. Geologic Time Scale notes  Fri:  Finish Geoligic Time Scale Notes and answer and turn in 8 related questions about the geologic time scale HW: none unless you needed more time og the geologic time scale questions.

Week of Jan. 26-30:  Mon: Intro. to Evolution and Biodiversity Notes HW: study reviews 1 and 2 for tmorrows Biology Test.  Tues:  Genetics Test and Genetics notebook check.  HW: Ch 16 "Darwin's Voyage of Discovery.:HW: none.  Wed:  Evidence of Evolution.  HW: none.  Thurs:  Barbellus Fossil Record Lab. HW: finish questions for Barbellus lab if not completed by the end of class.  Fri:  "Great Transformations w/ worksheet. HW: none

Week of Jan. 20-23: Mon: No School. Tues: Physics math readiness test: developed by the science department to help in the placement of students in science classes next year. HW:none. The sex linked ABO blood type crosses from last Friday - due today.  Wed: Pedigrees in Genetics notes and activity.  HW: Finish Dimple Pedigree if not completed in class due tomorrow. Thurs. Dragon Genetics Lab.  HW: Genetics Review 1 which will be due Tues. the day of the test.  Fri: finish Dragon Genetics lab.  Hw: Genetics Review 2 due Tuesday the day of the test.

Week of Jan. 12-16:  Mon: "Will You Have an Albino" genetics probability lab. HW: none.  Tues: EARLY OUT -Incomplete and CoDominance Notes.  HW: none.  Wed. Substitute - book Chap 11.3 Worksheet due by end of class/beginning of class Thurs.  Thurs. Start Sex Linked trait Notes.  No HW.  Fri.: finish Sex Linked notes.  HW: Sexlinked problems: Due Tues. after 3 DAY weekend.

Week of Jan. 5-9: Mon: Start: Genetics NotesHW: "Easy Genetics Practice" (due tomorrow.) Most students finished in class. Tues: Human Traits Lab.  HW: From Biology Book: Worksheet 11.1-11.2 due tomorrow. Wed: Finish the Human Traits Lab and turn it in.  HW: none.  Thurs.  Notes: Heredity and Probability.  HW:  Genetics Crossword. use Capter 11 and your notes... due (tomorrow)  Fri:  How to set up a Dihybrid Cross.  HW: none :).



Mrs. Wilson's Tentative Biology Course Unit Outline 2014-2015  (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 wks

  • 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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