• Merrillville High School
    Course Scope & Sequence
    Biology I B
    Instructor:  Martin-Robinson

    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

    Students enrolled in Biology B will be focused on the following topics:  Cell Reproduction, Control of Cell Cycle, Genetic Molecules, Inheritance, Change over Time and Ecology
    Students are expected to have a 3 ring binder with 4 dividers and loose leaf (preferred) or a notebook; a pen/pencil, highlighter, gluestick and a roll of 1" transparent tape.
    Course Description

    Biology I is a course based on laboratory investigations that include a study of the structures and functions of living organisms and their interactions with the environment. At a minimum, students enrolled in Biology I explore the structure and function of cells, cellular processes, and the interdependencies of organisms within populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere.  Students work with concepts, principles, and theories of the living environment.  In addition, students enrolled in this course are expected to: (1) gain an understanding of the history and development of biological knowledge, (2) explore the uses of biology in various careers, and (3) investigate biological questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues.

    • Recommended Grade Level:  9 – 10
    • Credits: 2 trimester course for 2 credits
    • Fulfills the Biology requirement for the General (Class of 2010 and subsequent classes), Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
    • A Career Academic Sequence or Flex Credit course
    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.
    Review Characteristics of Life, Cell types, Characteristics of Kingdoms, Cell Structures
    Begin Cell Cycle, Cell Reproduction
    Build a Camel
    HHMI "Inside the Cell"  online text p 3 - 9 with question set
    GO Spoked Wheel: Characteristics of Life
    GO Umbrella: Char of Kingdoms
    3DGO: Pocket page, Cell Cycle, 5 Reasons Cells Divide 
    Simulation: Surface Area : Volume
    Activity: Inquiry Into Scientific Thinking (Cell SA: Vol)
    PPT: Asexual Reproduction
    Read p 274 - 276; 277 - 278; 279 - 282
    WS Summary:139 - 142,143
    WS:  What I know  (pre)
    Large Group Q & A
    Exit Ticket quiz
    Asexual Reproduction Mitosis
    Control of Cell Cycle- Cancer Research
    Cell Specialization and Differentiation
    Assess p278: Question1-2
    EWork: Art Review, Tutor Tube, Interactive Art
    PPT:  Cell Cycle
    3DGO: Mitosis
    PPT: Mitosis
    IWork: Cell Reproduction
    Read p 282 - 285; 286 - 289; 292-297
    IWork: Stem Cells in the Spotlight
    Assess p284: Question 1-5
    WS: Process of Cell Division
    WS:Regulating the Cell Cycle
    WS Cell Differentiation
    Chapter Review
    WS What I Learned
    Quest: Asexual Reproduction
    Genetic Molecules
    Central Dogma
    Historical Perspectives and Chargaff, Watson/Crick and Franklin
    Structure of DNA
    Replication of DNA
    EWork: Art in Motion "Hershey and Chase"
    WS Identifying the Substance of Genes
    PPT and Notes: DNA
    WS: The Role of DNA
    3DGO: Structure of a nucleotide
    GO: ACGT
    EWork: Visual Analogy "Main Funciton of DNA..."
    WS The Structure of DNA
    Lab: Extracting DNA
    IWork: Chargaff's Discoveries
    EWork: Tutor Tube "Memory Tricks for Base Pairing"
    Activity: Building a DNA Molecule
    IWork: DNA Replication
    WS DNA Replication
    Read 338-343; 344-349; 350-353
    WS: What I Know
    Quiz: Discovering DNA
    Quiz: DNA Structure and Replicaiton
    WS: What I Learned
    Structure of RNA
    3DGO: Ribosome Complex
    Practice: Transcribing DNA --> RNA
    Crossword Puzzle
    Ework:Visual Analogy
    EWork: Art in Motion "RNA Processing"
    Practice: Translating RNA --> protein
    Activity: Analyzing DNA for mutations
    Read p362--365; 366-371
    Study guide
    Quiz: RNA Molecule
    Quiz: Protein Synthesis
    Inheritance, Basic
    Historical Perspectives and Mendel
    Dominant and Recessive genes
    Punnett Squares
    practice with punnett squares
    phenotype survey
    simulation:  meiosis
    activity: finding your homologue
     quiz vocab
    quiz punnett square work
    quest:  meiosis
    Inheritance, Complex
    Incomplete Dominance
    Blood Groups
     lab: blood typing
    practice work with complex inheritance
    lab: fingerprints and polygenes
     quiz: vocab
    lab: fingerprints and polygenes
    Evidence for Evolution
    Historical Perspectives and Darwin and Lamarck's work
    Geologic Time
    Natural Selection
    analyzing pedigrees   
    constructing and analyzing karyotypes                                    
    Simulation: the hare and lynx
    online work
     work:  pedigree analysis
    work: analysis of a karyotype
    group work
    Exploring Evolution
    Genes and Variation
    Genetic Drift
    Changes in DNA
     simulation: adaptations
    video: evolution and species
    mutation and evolution activity
    Abiotic and Biotic Factors
    Nutrient Cycles
     constructing a food web
    dissecting an owl pellet
    creating a nutrient cycle
    biome project begins
    quiz: abiotic and biotic factors
    nutrient cycle
    Energy and Matter Flow
    Food Webs
    Niches and Communities
     impact on a food web
    continuation of biome project
     discussion, food web, collaboration with project group
    Man's Effect on the Biosphere
    developing a population graph
    analyzing a population graph
    survey of pond life
    simulation of pond health 
     biome project
    Man's Effect on Biosphere
    Review for Finals