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Course SummaryThis High School Biology Curriculum Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you teach biology. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.
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You can use this biology course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of biology, from basic vocabulary to designing a scientific experiment. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific biology course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like covalent bonds or frameshift mutations. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on the life cycle of the virus includes key terms like attachment, penetration, uncoating, replication, provirus, prophage and lytic cycle.
As you work on your biology lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like fossil preservation if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like DNA cloning and air pollution.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from agarose gel electrophoresis to how vertebrates developed limbs, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on enzymatic reactions or environmental requirements for living systems? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about biomedical progress and its relation to carrying capacity, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on human reproduction, you can point your students to the transcripts on testicular anatomy, the HPG axis, phases of the ovarian cycle and implantation of the fertilized ovum to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from antigenic shifts to key facts, like the direction of the curve on a convex meniscus.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on immunity? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are some examples of learned behaviors?
Below is a sketch of the biology curriculum modeled on a 36-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Fundamental Science||Basic vocabulary and concepts, the scientific method, the metric system, scientific graphs and charts|
|Week 2||Basic Science Lab Skills||Laboratory measurements, uses of a meniscus, safety rules for the lab|
|Week 3||Inorganic Chemistry Review for High School Biology||The elements, the atom, chemical bonds, how to write chemical reactions|
|Week 4||Introduction to Organic Chemistry||Organic molecules, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins|
|Week 5||Enzymatic Biochemistry||What enzymes do, effect on the environment, enzymatic reactions|
|Week 6||Cell Biology||The cell membrane, passive transport, structure of the nucleus, plant cell structures|
|Week 7||Requirements of Biological Systems||Free energy and matter, environmental requirements, how feedback systems regulate growth|
|Week 8||Cell Communication||The process of cell communication, signal reception, transduction in cells|
|Week 9||Metabolic Biochemistry||How cells transfer energy, the citric acid cycle, chlorophyll|
|Week 10||Cell Division||Genomes, the structure of chromosomes, cytokinesis, mitosis, meiosis|
|Week 11||Nucleic Acids: DNA and RNA||Structure of nucleic acids, the double helix, differences between DNA and RNA, types of RNA|
|Week 12||DNA Replication: Processes and Steps||Models of DNA replication, preparation for replication, replication bubbles|
|Week 13||The Transcription and Translation Process||Protein synthesis, regulation of gene expression, codon recognition|
|Week 14||Genetics: Principles of Heredity||Basics of heredity, alleles, Mendel's laws, chromosomal linkage|
|Week 15||Genetic Mutations||How DNA is influenced by mutations, insertions and deletions, mutagens, examples of frameshift mutations|
|Week 16||DNA Technology and Genomics||Cloning, genomic DNA analysis, practical uses for DNA technology, ethical issues|
|Week 17||Bacterial Biology Overview||Structure of bacterial cell walls, bacterial transduction, information about E. coli|
|Week 18||Introduction to Viruses||Definition of viruses, the life cycle of viruses, mutation of viruses|
|Week 19||The Origin of the Universe and Life on Earth||The Big Bang Theory, the formation of galaxies, the structure of the sun, an overview of life on Earth|
|Week 20||Geologic Time||Geologic time scale, dating, how fossils are formed and preserved, radiometric dating|
|Week 21||Evolution||Theory of evolution, Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium, random mutation, artificial selection in evolution|
|Week 22||Phylogeny and the Classification of Organisms||Taxonomy, evolution classifications, the evolution of plants, the evolution of animals|
|Week 23||Plant Biology||Classification of plants, structure of plants, pollination|
|Week 24||Plant Reproduction and Growth||Alternation of generations, the life cycle of ferns, seasonal growth cycles|
|Week 25||Introduction to Fungi||Definition of fungi, the role of fungi in ecology|
|Week 26||Invertebrates||Animal body plans, characteristics of parazoa, radiata, protostomes, deuterostomes|
|Week 27||Vertebrates||Characteristics of vertebrates, jawless craniates, characteristics of primates|
|Week 28||The Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Excretory and Musculoskeletal Systems||Parts of the circulatory system, gas exchange in the respiratory system, the excretory system|
|Week 29||The Nervous, Immune, and Endocrine Systems||Homeostasis of glucose levels, the central nervous system, the brain structure, antibiotics, pathogens|
|Week 30||Animal Reproduction and Development||A look at animal reproduction, the placenta and fetus, fate mapping|
|Week 31||Human Reproductive Systems||Anatomy of the male and female reproductive systems, menses, the ovarian cycle|
|Week 32||Ecology and the Environment||Ecosystems, food chains, biomes, biogeochemical cycling|
|Week 33||Human Effects on the Environment||Acid rain, fossil fuels, the ozone layer, deforestation|
|Week 34||Animal Behavior||Innate and learned behaviors, social behavior, the circadian rhythm|
|Week 35||Basic Molecular Biology Laboratory Techniques||Genetic engineering, bacterial transformation, the Sanger method of DNA sequencing|
|Week 36||Analyzing Scientific Data||Interpreting data tables and graphs, scientific experiment design|
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