Introduction to Biology

Unit 1: The Nature of Science

anchorAnchoring phenomenon: How does a water strider stay on top of the water?

icon flask Investigation: How do insects move? (1st day activity)


The Science of Biology Guided notes

Data Nuggets - Deadly Windows

CER - Bumble Bees and Fungicides

Scientific Processes - Crossword Puzzle

Scientfific Processes - Reinforcement

Lab Safety Contract

icon flask Investigation: How Does a Water Strider Stay on Top of the Water?

CK12 - Scientific Ways of Thinking


Characteristics of Life Guided Notes

CK12 - Characteristics of Life

Characteristics of Life Crossword Puzzle

The Microscope | Guided Notes

Microscope Labeling

Microscope Coloring

icon flask Microscope Introductory Lab


Unit 2: Cellular Processes

anchor Anchoring Phenomenon: How does the cell relate to an organism's overall function? How do problems with the cell relate to disease?

Organic Compounds Guided Notes

CK12 - Organic Compounds

CER - Hagfish Slime

icon flask Investigation: How Do Enzymes Work?

animal cell

Cell Theory and Cell Structures | Guided Notes

CK12 - Cell Theory

Bacteria Cell Coloring | Animal Cell Coloring | Plant Cell Coloring

Cell City | Cell Labeling (Simple and Complex)

Reading: Mitochondrial Disorders

Cell Crossword

Cell Flashcards

icon flask Investigation: Exploring Cells


Cell Transport and Homeostasis

Cell Transport | Guided Notes

icon flask Investigation: How Can Diffusion Be Observed?

icon flask Investigation: The Effect of Salt on a Carrot

Reinforcement: Cell Transport

CK12 - Cell Transport


Cell Reproduction and Cancer

Cell Reproduction and Cancer | Guided Notes

CK12 Cell Division

Cell Division Reinforcement

Mitosis Coloring

Graphic: Onion Cell Mitosis


Cellular Respiration

Cell Respiration: Chicago Cyanide Murders Case Study | Student Handout

Mitochondria Coloring Worksheet


Unit 3: Immune Response

Bacteria and Viruses and the Immune System

anchorHow does the body fight infectious diseases?

How Do Bacteria Make You Sick | Guided Notes

Frontline: Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

CDC Publication Antibiotic Resistance

CK12 - Pathogens

Article: What is MRSA?

Bacteria Reinforcement

How Do Viruses Make You Sick | Guided Notes

How Do Viruses Infect Cells (Coloring)

Virus Life Cycle Labeling

Viruses Reinforcement

Vaccines: Calling the Shots (PBS video)


Unit 4: Inheritance

anchorWhat is the relationship between DNA and traits?

Chromosome Theory of Inheritance | Guided Notes

Construct a Karyotype, Tasmanian Devil

Reinforcment: Chromosomes

DNA Structure | Guided Notes

DNA Coloring

Construct a DNA Model (optional)

icon flask Investigation: What Plants Have DNA (extraction)

CK 12 - DNA, The Genetic Material

DNA, Mutations, and Disease | Guided Notes

Investigation: DNA, Proteins, and Sickle Cell

Reinforcement: DNA

Magic School Bus Rides Again: Janet's Mystery Gene

anchorHow are diseases inherited?

Human Traits Bingo | Bingo Card

Genetics Slides | Guided Notes

Genetics Practice Crosses

Genetics Review | Reinforcement: Genetics

icon flask Variations on a Human Face

icon flask Modeling Heredity with Popsicle Sticks

Studying Human Genetics with Pedigrees

Pedigrees Practice - Human Genetic Disorders

Dogs Decoded - explores the relationship between humans and dogs; evolution and genetics

Unit 5: Evolution

anchor How do new species form?

Evolution: Fact, Fiction, Opinion

icon flask Rock Pocket Mouse (focus activity, anchor)

VIDA Chart - useful for all examples of evolution

Evolution | Guided Notes (done after rock pocket mouse)

CK12 - Evolution

Evolution Graphic: Wolves and Rabbits

African Elephant - Change Over time (HHMI film)

The Biology of Skin color (HHMI) | Worksheet

Investigation: Dog and Wolf Phylogeny

Reinforcement: Evolution