Biology

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Theme Design
Challenge Title
Abstract CSCOPE Alignment Targeted TEKS

Scientific Process

Airplane Design Challenge

In this design challenge students will learn scientific processing skills by utilizing investigative procedures in conjunction with the scientific method.

1st Six Weeks

1A,B 2 A,B,C,D 3A,B,C,D,F

Ecology

The Way I See It: A First Person Perspective – How Humans Impact My Life and My Ecosystem

Students will learn the make-up of an ecosystem, resource cycles, energy flows, and the impact development has on natural resources.

1st Six Weeks

5C, 9D, 11D, 12A,B,C,D

Biochemistry

Macromolecule Mania

In this unit, students will learn the four types of biomolecules. Furthermore, students will learn about how each organism converts and utilizes energy.

1st Six Weeks

9A,B

The Cell

The School Cell

Students will learn the structure and function of the organelles inside the cell and the roles that cells play in everyday life.

Cell Organelle

2nd Six Weeks

4A,B, 5A,B,C, 9C, 11A

Genetics-Cellular Reproduction

In The News "Mitosis/Meiosis-What does it Mean?"

Students will be able to compare the process of mitosis and meiosis and their significance to asexual and sexual reproduction. They will also be able to identify DNA mutations and evaluate the implication of these changes.

Cellular Reproduction

2nd Six Weeks

6C,E,F

Genetics

Genetics Webpage

The student will understand the components of DNA and will learn how traits are carried from parent to offspring. The learner will also differentiate between transcription, translation, and RNA.

Biology Bingo
DNA
Genetics DNA
Genetics Gregor Mendel
Genetics Protien Synthesis

3rd Six Weeks

6A,B,C,D,E,F

Evolution

Natural History Museum Curator Presentation

The learner will know the theory of evolution and be able to identify adaptations in species. Students will also learn the outcome of natural selection.

3rd Six Weeks

7A,B

Classification

How on Earth?

Students will learn how organisms are classified in taxonomic levels and how organisms are organized based on similarities. The learner will also understand the distinctiveness of kingdoms.
Classification presentation
Classification Kingdom Chart

4th Six Weeks

8A,B,C

Microorganisms

The Autobiography of a Microorganism

The students will be able to identify characteristics of viruses, bacteria, and protists and discover the role of each organism in the environment.
Microorganism Dichotomous Key
Microorganisms

4th Six Weeks

4A,B,C,D, 8B, 11D

Plants

Field Guide for Plants in a Biome

The students will learn how plants obtain and utilize energy and will be able to identify characteristics of plants and how they have adapted to their environments over time.
Plants

5th Six Weeks

4B, 5A, 8C, 10C, 13A,B

Body Systems

Body Systems Brochure

The students will learn the systems of the human body and how each system interacts with other systems to create a homeostatic environment.

Body systems presentation

5th Six Weeks

4B, 5AB, 10AB, 11ABC

Animal Kingdom

Animal Phylum Children's Book

The students will learn the specific characteristics that make up the animal kingdom and the differentiation of each animal in that kingdom.

6th Six Weeks

5A, 8C, 10A,B