Finals in December! 16th: 2nd & 3rd. 17th: 4th & 5th.  Dec. 18: 6th & 7th.

Class Supplies: Mandatory: 3 Ring binder (One section in a large binder or an individual smaller binder)     

Cold and Flu season is coming! We need: Facial tissue and  hand sanitizer!


For Course Outline scroll down!

IN Class work and Homework! (from most recent)

Week of Dec. 8-12: Mon: Cell Oganelle Review.  First "Official Final Exam Review"  Compete and Check.  Tues: GATTACA with Worksheet.  Wed.  GATTACA with worksheet. Thurs. "Official Final Exam Review 2, 3 and 4."  Fri: Assembly Schedule.  Keep Working on Final Exam Reviews.

Week of Dec. 1-5: (DNA/RNA Protein Synthesis test this Friday!)  Mon: DNA's Instructions for Insulin lab.  HW DNA/RNA/Protein Synthesis TEST review - due Thurs. Tues: Nova:  Ghost in Your Genes with video worksheet due at end of video.  HW: Test Review.  Wed.  finish discussing "Ghost in Your Genes."  1st Practice Review matching for final exam HW: test review - due tomorrow. Thurs.  Check to see that test review is completed.  Go over Test Review.   HW: study for test, and if not finished in class - Wksht from "Can Human Have Wing gene inserted...".  Fri: DNA/RNA Protein Synthesis Test and Notebook Check.  HW:  2nd Matching review for final - Chem. in Biology due Monday.

Week of Nov. 24-Nov.26 Mon: RNA Coloring (mRNA, tRNA, rRNA) HW: none if finished in class.  Tues: (early out) 30min classes:  MArathon Mouse with very short WKSHT. due at end of class.  HW: None.  Wed: Substitute - no make-up if absent.

Week of Nov. 17-Nov.21 Mon: Notes on Mutations. HW: noneTues: Beetle Karyotype Lab.  Finish tomorrow in class.  HW: none. Wed. Finish Beetle Karyotype Lab/  HW: Ch.13 Protein Synthesis Bk wksht. due FridayThurs: the counselors have students in computer lab for survey.  Fri. Notes: RNA and Protein Synthesis.

Week of Nov. 10-Nov.14: Mon: Start DNA/RNA Notes. HW Study for Wed.'s Quiz(TEST) with study guide. Tues: no School.  Wed.  Mitosis Meiosis Quiz (20 Q's)and Notebook Check. HW: Ch12 if not competed yesterday! Thurs. :DNA Coloring Notes/Assignment- turn in at end of class.  HW: none Fri: NOVA: DNA "Secret of Photo 51 with wksht. due at end of class HW: none.

Week of Nov. 3-Nov.7.  Mon: Notes on Meiosis.  HW 11.4 Meiosis due tomorrow. Tues: Start Mitosis Meiosis Lab Wed: Finish Mitosis Meiosis Lab.  Thur. Finish "Miracle of Life. Fri: HW: Mitosis/Meiosis Review for next week's Test

Pipelcleaner LabeThurs: Nova: "Miracle of Life" with video, Wksht.  HW None Fri: Finish "Miracle of Life" turn in Wksht.  HW" Mitosis/Meiosis" Review.  Study for Wed. Test.

Week of Oct. 20-25: Mon: Notes on ATP HW Bk Ch9: Cellular Respiration wksht due tomorrow. Tues: compare/contrast Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis.  HW: none  Wed: Respiration Mini-lab.  Thurs: Fun with BTB lab.  Due tomorrow.  HW: none - but work on study guide for next week's Photosynthesis Cellular Respiration Test. on Tues.

Week of Oct. 13-17 Fall Break!

Week of Oct. 6-10: MonChloroplast and Mitochondria Coloring (finish in class tomorrow) HW  study for tomorrow's Cell Test.  Tues: Cell Test/Notebook check.  HW: 1/2 page Photosynthesis Crossword and Mitochondria Chloroplast Coloring if not finished in class today.  Wed. LIFE: Plants - with study questions due at end of class. Thurs. Elodea Lab. Hw: none.  Fri: Leaf Stomata Mini Lab.  Elodea lab and Leaf Stomata mini lab due at class end.  HW: none over break - unkess you need to finish quetions that go with both labs.

Week of Sept. 29-Oct 3: MonCell boundary notes: diffusion, osmosis... HW: none Tues: Red Onion Cell Plasmolysis Lab HW: Bk Ch 7.2 7.3 Eukaryotic Cell Structure: due Thursday! Wed: Finish Red Onion Cell Lab and turn in. HW (see yesterday) due tomorrow!  Thurs: Cell Organelle quiz!  HW: Cells Test Review.  Test Next Tuesday!

Week of Sept. 22-26: Mon: Cell Organelle Notes. HW: Study Review for tomorrow's Chemistry in Biology Test Corrections Day.  Tues: Early Out: Test Corrections to earn back points! Wed. Prokaryotic Cells HW Prokaryotic Cell Color Diagram (due tomorrow if not completed in class) Thurs: Plant Animal Cell Coloring HW: finish Plant and Animal Cell Organelle coloring due Friday. Start BBC "Hidden Life of a Cell."  Fri: Hidden Life of a Cell.  Due today: Plant and Animal Coloring. Test correction grade improvements should be completed by me this weekend.

Week of Sept. 15-19: Mon: Amylase Enzyme Lab.  HW: Chem. in Biology Review - due Thursday the day of the Test! Tues: Finish Amylase Lab  HW: Test Review die thurs.  Wed:  Cell Notes  HW: Test Review due Thurs. Thurs:  Chemistry in biology Test and Notebook graded.  HW: Ch 7 Life is Cellular due MONDAY! Fri:  Life : "The challenges

Week of Sept. 8-12: Mon: Carbon Compounds Notes.  HW: (Due Wed.) Ch 2-3 Carbon Compounds wksht.  Tues: Building Macromolecules Lab.  HW: see Monday.  Wed.  Building Macromolecules Lab. Wed: finish Building Macromolecules lab (Carbohydrates, Lipids, Amino Acids,,) HW: none -  but 2-3 from Monday was due. Thurs: Notes on Enzymes....

Week of Sept 2-5: Tues: Properties of Water Notes.  HW: Wksht Properties of Water 2-2 Bk: due tomorrow. Wed: Properties of Water Lab, and Acid Bases Coloring.  HW:none.  Thurs: Finish Properties of Water Lab and Acid Bases Coloring and turn both in - some need to finish tomorrow.  HW:none. Fri:Properties of water lab and acids bases coloring - turn in HW: Chem in Bio Crossword due Mon.

Week of Aug 25-29: Mon: Levels of Organization Notes.  HW: finish Reviews 2 of 2 and 1 of 2  (due Wed.) Tues: short day early out: get ready for TEST 1 Wed. COSMOS: Deeper Still.  HW finish the reviews for TEST tomorrow.  Wed: Test 1: Nature of Science.  Grade notebook one. Hand in reviews HW: Ch2 "Nature of Matter" WKSHT due tomorrow. Thurs: PPT notes - Chemistry in Biology. HW: none Fri: Elements in Living Things -HW: Finish Elements in Living Things if Not Completed in Class and read all of Chapter 2 if you have not.

Week of Aug 18-22: Mon: Finish "Milk" lab.  HW Bk 1 Study and Review due WED. Tues: Graphing Notes. HW Bk 1 Study and Review due WED.  Wed. Intro. to Microscope Notes.  HW: none. [Open House Night.]  Thurs. Intro. Microscope Lab. which we will finish Friday no HW.  Fri: Turn in Microscope lab. HW: Review 1 of 2 for Nature of Science Test Next Wed.

Week of Aug. 11-15: Mon: Syllabus, Notes - Ch 1.1: Nature of Sci, Sci. Method.  HW: due Fri: Parent Signature.  Tues: Writing a hypothesis.  CLASS: pairs: Expirimental Design Practice: TURN IN TODAY.  HW: (due Thurs.)Characteristics of Living Things Crossword.  Wed: "How Smart are Animals wksht" HW: yesterday's crossword! Thurs: finish video wksht. discuss turn in HW: none. Fri. START the "Milk Experiment" HW: none.

Week of Aug . 7-8: Thurs. Aug. 7: Name Cards, "Short Tour," Characteristics of Living things" (living/once living/never living) HW: get 3 ring binder Fri. Fri: Start notebook "Nature of Science" & Science suffixes & prefixes - HW: 1/2 wkst "Sounds of Science"  due Monday



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


Welcome Biology students.  This is where you will find your Biology assignments for Mrs. Wilson's class, and when those assignments are due