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High School Biology Curriculum

  1. The concept of cellular organization
    • To know the structure and function of the organelles found within the cells of plants and animals
    • Understand the composition and function of the cell membrane
    • Explain the four levels of cellular development (cellular, tissue, organ & system)
  2. How do Plant and Animal cells compare?
    • Discuss the differences between the organelles of the plant and animal cells
  3. What is the Cell Theory and what are itís' exceptions?
    • How was the cell theory developed?
    • What were the important technological advancements helping to bring about the development of a cell theory?
    • What are the statements making up the theory?
    • What are the three exceptions to the cell theory?
  4. What are the Life Functions necessary for an organism to be classified as living?
    • How do we recognize the 10 functions all organisms must perform in order to be considered alive (MRS GREAT RN)?
    • When all life functions are in balance the organism has maintained Homeostasis.
  5. Introduction to the interactions of living things with their non-living environment.
    • Explain the relationship between the Biotic and Abiotic environments
    • What are the three types of ecological pyramids and how are they important to understanding an ecosystem?
    • Describe how carrying capacity impacts a population living within a community.
    • How does one type of organism replace another over time within the ecosystem (succession)?
  6. How do Plants obtain their nutrition (Autotrophic Nutrition)?
    • Discuss the importance of photosynthesis.
    • How does photosynthesis occur (introduce the basic formula)?
    • How is chemosynthesis different from photosynthesis?
  7. How do Animals obtain their nutrition (Heterotrophic Nutrition)?
    • How does the animal depend on the plant and other animals for a source of nutrition (food chain and food web)?
  8. Introduction to Biochemistry (Atomic Theory, Bonding [valance electrons, types of bonds], Acids and Bases
    • How is the atomic theory important to the understanding of basic chemistry?
    • How does the understanding of the Bohr atom help in understanding of bonding?
    • What are the three types of bonding found in chemistry?
    • Describe the importance of understanding the concept of bonding and biology?
    • How are acids and bases chemically different?
    • How do we measure the relative strengths and weakness of acids and bases?
  9. What are the elements of organic chemistry?
    • What makes a chemical compound organic?
    • How are organic compounds synthesized (dehydration synthesis)?
    • How are organic compounds broken apart (hydrolysis)?
  10. How does cellular respiration occur?
    • How is respiration important to the organism?
    • What is the difference between respiration and breathing?
  11. How does aerobic and anaerobic respiration compare?
    • What is aerobic respiration?
    • What is anaerobic respiration?
    • How do these two forms of cellular respiration compare?
  12. How does photosynthesis occur?
    • What is photosynthesis?
    • What are some of the limiting factors affecting photosynthesis?
  13. What makes up an Ecosystem?
    • Describe the different types of Abiotic factors found in every ecosystem.
    • How do Abiotic factors impact the performance of the biotic factors?
    • How are the habitat and niche important to organisms within a community?
  14. What is the relationship between symbiosis and interspecies competition?
    • How is mutualism different from commensalisms and parasitism?
    • How does having two related species with the same niche and habitat effect each of the species living within the same habitat?
  15. How have Human activities impacted the environment?
    • What are some activities of humans that have cause a negative impact on the environment?
    • What are some human activities that have had a positive impact on the environment?
  16. How do the representative organisms maintain homeostasis?
    • What are the six Kingdoms of the Classification System (Archeobacteria, Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae and Animalia)?
    • What are some examples of organisms found in each of the six Kingdoms of classification?
    • How does each organism in every Kingdom perform homeostasis?