See below for Homework!                          

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 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