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BIO.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in
observations of living things are recorded in the
lab and in the field;
hypotheses are formulated based on observations;
variables are defined and investigations are designed
to test hypotheses;
graphing and arithmetic calculations are used as
tools in data analysis;
conclusions are formed based on recorded quantitative
and qualitative data;
impacts of sources of error inherent in experimental
design are identified and discussed;
validity of data is determined;
alternative explanations and models are recognized
and analyzed;
appropriate technology is used for gathering and
analyzing data and communicating results; and
research is used based on popular and scientific

BIO.2 The student will investigate and understand the history
of biological concepts. Key concepts include
evidence supporting the cell theory;
scientific explanations of the development of organisms
through time;
causative agents of disease;
the evolution of the DNA model; and
the collaborative efforts of scientists, past and

BIO.3 The student will investigate and understand biochemical
principles essential for life. Key concepts include
water chemistry and its impact on life processes;
the structure and function of macromolecules;
the nature of enzymes; and
the significance of and relationship between photosynthesis
and respiration.

BIO.4 The student will investigate and understand relationships
between cell structure and function. Key concepts
characterizing prokaryotic organisms;
exploring the diversity and variation of eukaryotes;
building analogies between the activities of a single
cell and a whole organism; and
modeling the cell membrane, cell communication,
and cell recognition.

BIO.5 The student will investigate and understand life functions
of monerans, protists, fungi, plants, and animals,
including humans. Key concepts include
how their structures are alike and different;
comparison of their metabolic activities;
analyses of their responses to the environment;
maintenance of homeostasis;
human health issues, human anatomy, body systems,
and life functions;
how viruses compare with organisms; and
observation of local organisms when applicable.

BIO.6 The student will investigate and understand common
mechanisms of inheritance and protein synthesis. Key
concepts include
cell division;
sex cell formation;
cell specialization;
prediction of inheritance of traits based on the laws
of heredity;
effects of genetic recombination and mutation;
events involved in the construction of proteins; and
exploration of the impact of DNA technologies.

BIO.7 The student will investigate and understand bases for
modern classification systems. Key concepts include
structural similarities in organisms;
fossil record interpretation;
comparison of developmental stages in different
examination of protein similarities and differences
among organisms;
comparison of DNA sequences in organisms;
systems of classification that are adaptable to new
scientific discoveries; and
examination of local flora and fauna where applicable.

BIO.8 The student will investigate and understand how populations
change through time. Key concepts include
examining evidence found in fossil records;
investigating how variation of traits, reproductive
strategies, and environmental pressures impact on
the survival of populations;
recognizing how adaptations lead to natural selection;
exploring how new species emerge.

BIO.9 The student will investigate and understand dynamic equilibria within populations, communities, and ecosystems.
Key concepts include
interactions within and among populations including
carrying capacities, limiting factors, and
growth curves;
nutrient cycling with energy flow through ecosystems;
succession patterns in ecosystems;
the effects of natural events and human influences
on ecosystems; and
analysis of local ecosystems.






Smith's Biology I Syllabus 2007-2008


Biology I
Mr. D. Smith
Syllabus First Nine Weeks

 Week 1
   Personal Information on Index card/Safety contract
     Quiz grade
    Measurement Review/Introduction Safety
     Homework: read notes! Answer questions.
     Due by next class.
    The Diversity of Life/Measurement Review (notes)
     Quiz: Measurement
     Homework Due
     Lab: Peanut Measurement / Mass measure

 Week 2 (download biology links onto laptop)
   Characteristics of Living Things/Ecology (notes)
     Classwork:  e - worksheet
     Lab: Continued Data Analysis 
     Homework: List 5 living things & 5non-living things.

    Science Skills and Methods (Experimental Design)
     Review Living Things 
     Quiz: Living Things/Ecology
     Homework Due

Lab: Inference/ Shape constructions

 Week 3
   Cont. Living Things remediation and Tools of  Biology (notes)
History of the Microscope    

Classwork: Microscope e - worksheet
     Quiz: Microscope 

  Week 4
  Introduction to Chemistry
     Matter & Atomic Structure (notes)
     Reading an atomic table
     Classwork: Handouts
     Homework: Read notes

Demonstration: Static electricity
  Week 5 
  Chemical Bonds & Reactions
     Mixture (notes)
     Quiz on Atomic Structure
     Classwork: Handout
     Homework: Calculations / Drawings 

  Week 6

History of Biological Experimentation
  The Chemical Basis of Life

Lab: Sugar and oil reactions in Aqueous solutions.

Organic Compounds

  Lab: Demonstration Water and Lipids reaction

Student Activity: drawing of phospholipid membrane

Quiz on Chemical Bonds & Reactions

Brochure Project: assigned 4 Macromolecules
 Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids, Amino Acids

  Week 7
Chemical Basis of Life cont.
     Nucleic Acids
     Quiz on Chemical Basis of Life

Classwork: Handouts
     Homework: Notebook (laptop) check

Lab: Protein texture / Nucleic composition

  Week 8 & 9    Review and test
     Diversity of life
     Characteristics of living things
     Basic Chemistry
     Chemical Bonds and Reactions
     Chemical Basis of Life
     After Assessment Review


Henrico County Public Schools
Second Nine Weeks Syllabus
Biology I
Mr. Smith

Week 1 
 Week 1
 Introduction to "Cell Theory" : Powerpoint Presentation
   Scientists whom contributed to the cell theory
 Name and label parts of the animal and plant cell.

 Watch Video " The Cell  "

 Cell Composition: Powerpoint Presentation
  Cell Membrane, Organelles, Cytoplasm, and Cell Wall (plants)

Week 4 Major Quiz "Cell Theory"
Cell Organelle Functions: Powerpoint Presentation
Diagram Completion on Eukaryote Cell
Label and give function of animal and plant cell organelles
Fill in the blank worksheet on Organelles
Online Textbook: handouts fill in the blank multiple choice.

Cellular Transport Powerpoint Presentation
Active Transport
  Endocytosis: Pinocytosis, phagocytosis 

Passive Transport


Lab: Microscopic observation of animal and plant cells under hypertonic and isotonic solution environments.
 Students will complete data chart and answer questions.

Daily Quiz

Week 5

Cellular Respiration

Week 6


Energy Cycle (Ecology)

Energy Flow - Water Cycle and Carbon Cycle

Week 7


DNA and RNA Power point Presentation


Activity online: DNA Chargraff’s Rule


DNA Replication RNA Transcription Power Point



RNA and Protein Synthesis Power Point


Activity Online : Protein Synthesis with RNA translation


Mutations and Adaptations Discussion

Teacher Guided Activity: Draw and demonstrate mitosis on construction paper using manipulative devices.

Introductory to Cell Division Powerpoint Presentation

Mitosis Notes: Powerpoint Presentation

Daily quizzes



Classwork: handouts
 Daily Quiz





Powerpoint presentations Cell Division Cont.


Daily Quizzes


Daily Reviews


Project : Animation flip book of cell division.


Classwork: handouts


Illustrate Mitosis and Meiosis and label


Notes on Cell Regulation


Index Card Review




Mid Term Review


Mid Term Examination



Genetics Introduction

Power Point presentation Hybrid Cross Genetics


Mendel and Punnett Square exercises


Daily Reviews


Teacher demonstration Student practice


Daily Quizzes


Analysis Activity of probability of traits using ratios




Dominate versus Recessive Traits teacher guided discussion


Classwork: handouts


Adaptation through Genetics teacher guided discussion





Evolution Theory Evidence PowerPoint Presentation


Discussion : Fossil remain analysis of adaptation


Analysis: Affects of organisms on the environment and environmental affects on organisms


Diagram Analysis: Students Read and Create


Chart Analysis: Students Read and Create


Data and Graph Interpretation: Students Read and Create


Ecology the Biosphere














Human Anatomy/Physiology