Living Environment

During the course of the school year, students will be learning many concepts relating to the world in which they live. It will be a fun journey for anyone who has the desire and will to learn.

Required Text

  • Class textbook

Required Supplies

  • Pen or pencil
  • Notebook or binder
  • Textbooks

Course Format and Procedures

Assignments for this course will consist of readings from the textbook, worksheets and various homework assignments will be given throughout the year. Laboratory experiments also are required for this course. Quizzes and exams will be given on a weekly basis to test students’ understanding of the concepts from that week and to help them prepare for the New York State Regents exam in June.

Student and Parent Resources

Experience has shown that students who study 15-20 minutes each night have better results on lab work, unit tests and the final exam. Experience also shows that students who do not prepare for unit tests or work diligently on labs do not pass this course. Extra help is available from a variety of sources including: peer-tutors, mentors and teachers. Consult your peers to clarify or discuss topics that are covered in class.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction (What Is Biology?)

  • Lab 1: Team-building activity

Week 2: Activities Of Life

  • Lab 2: Identifying laboratory hazards & classification lab

Week 3: Classification & Scientific Method

  • Lab 3: Scientific Method Lab (sponge creatures)

Week 4: Scientific Method & Graphing

  • Lab: Graphing & metric system questions

Week 5: Graphing, Metric System & Tools

  • Lab: Microscope Lab #1

Week 6: Biochemistry

  • Lab: Microscope Lab #2

Week 7: Biochemistry

  • Lab: Sugar/acid demo & testing for organic compounds

Week 8: Biochemistry

  • Lab: “Outbreak” video (viruses)

Week 9: Biochemistry

Week 10: Cells (first quarter ends)

  • Lab: Plant vs. animal cell lab

Week 11: Cells

  • Lab: Diffusion/cell membrane

Week 12: Cell Transport

  • Lab: Diffusion/cell membrane

Week 13: Cell Transport

  • Lab: Photosynthesis video

Week 14: Photosynthesis

  • Lab: Leaf/stomata/guard cell

Week 15: Respiration

  • Lab: Leaf/stomata/guard cell

Week 16: Protists

  • Lab: Observing ameba, paramecium and euglena

Week 17: Christmas Break

  • Lab: Hydra video

Week 18: Protists

  • Lab: Live earthworm regulation

Week 19: Animal Characteristics & Cell Specialization

  • Lab: Worm dissection

Week 20: Mid-Terms/Review Week (Second Quarter Ends)

Week 21: Regents Week

Week 22: Hydra

  • Lab: Insect videos & grasshopper dissection

Week 23: Hydra & Earthworm

  • Lab: Grasshopper lab & vertebrate text questions

Week 24: Earthworm & Grasshopper

Week 25: Winter Break

Week 26: Grasshopper

  • Lab: Frog dissection

Week 27: Human

  • Lab: Frog & human digestive system

Week 28: Human

  • Lab: Making connections

Week 29: Human

  • Lab: Making connections

Week 30: Human

  • Lab: Sports injury

Week 31: Human (Third Quarter Ends)

  • Lab: Sea urchin development

Week 32: Reproduction & Development

  • Lab: “In the Womb” video

Week 33: Spring Break

Week 34: Reproduction & Development

  • Lab: Making Babies genetic lab (Face Builder)

Week 35: Plants

  • DNA/evolution (paper clip)

Week 36: Genetics

  • Lab: Natural selection (Finch lab)

Week 37: Genetics

  • Lab: Natural selection (Finch lab)

Week 38: Evolution

  • Lab: Biodiversity

Week 39: Ecology

  • Lab: Biodiversity

Week 40: Ecology

  • Labs: Regents practice exams

Week 41: Local Exams/Review Week (Fourth Quarter Ends)

Week 42: Regents Exams

Week 43: Regents Exams