Saturday, January 7, 2012

Ninth Grade Biology Plans

No tomatoes, please!  I do cover evolution thoroughly.  I don't believe in skirting issues that a potential science major is going to encounter continuously once in college....

I still have some additional tweaking to do to this, but it's substantially completed at this time....

And I'm sorry about inconsistencies in font size, spacing, etc.  My new computer came with only Microsoft Works installed, and even though I've gotten Word installed and am using that now, sometimes when I transfer documents to Blogger, even though I attempt to clean up formatting, it just won't "take" for some reason....

Ninth Grade Biology

 One hour, daily

 I used Quarks and Quirks’ links for many of my online investigations, as well as for many of the labs we will complete in this class.  She also generously shared her tests!  Many of the links originally provided in the online support for the Hoagland book have been broken over time, so having access to links that work was a real time saver!

Primary book, VHS, and DVD resources:

 Exploring the Way Life Works, The Science of Biology, Mahlon Hoagland, et al

The Sciences: An Integrated Approach, James Trefil, et al – biology portions only, used along with Teaching Company’s Joys of Science lectures

The World Beneath our Feet: A Guide to Life in the Soil, James B. Nardi

Nature’s Chaos, Eliot Porter and James Gleick

Darwin’s Forgotten World, Reed Books, forward by Roger Lewin

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, A Graphic Adaptation, Michael Keller

Fingerprints and Talking Bones: How Real-Life Crimes are Solved, Charlotte Foltz Jones

Your Body: How it Works: Human Development, Ted Zerucha

Your Body: How it Works, The Skeletal and Muscular Systems, Gregory Stewart

Science on the Edge: Cloning, Don Nardo

The Double Life of RNA, Howard Hughes Medical Inst. – DVD

Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads, Howard Hughes Medical Inst. – DVD

Scanning Life’s Matrix: Genes, Proteins, and Small Molecules, Howard Hughes Medical Inst. – DVD

Ethics in Biomedical Research, HHMI – DVD

City of the Bees, Moody Science Classics – VHS

Hidden Treasures, Moody Science Classics – VHS

Standard Deviants Biology - VHS

Silent Spring, Carson

The Beak of the Finch

The Edge of Evolution, Behe

Texts for Reference:

Atlas of Human Anatomy
Helena Curtis Biology
Microbiology, Jacquelyn Black
Integrated Principles of Zoology, Cleveland Hickman, et al
Botany, Moore, Clark, Vodopich
Ecology, Concepts and Applications, Manuel Molles
Environment, Raven, Berg, Johnson

Library Books, DVD’s, etc.:

Beyond the Cosmos, Ross – no longer at library; will have to find for purchase….

The Language of God, Francis Collins

The Ages of Gaia


Week 1

Day 1 - Read Chapter 1, Hoagland’s Exploring the Way Life Works (life from smallest to largest; cells).

Day 2 – Prepare index cards for vocabulary that is starred at end of chapter, page 20.   Use the page guides listed to formulate your definition and/or the glossary at the end of the book.  Begin work on chapter questions - pages 20-21. 

Day 3 - Complete questions, if needed, and discuss with me.  Begin readings, etc. if time allows.

Day 4 - Look at Cells Alive website re: How Big?

Look at Cell Project website re: studying cells tutorial.

Look at The Universe Within website.  (Choose the manual setting in order to slow down and really read the changes in slides.)

Read Beyond the Cosmos, Ross, if available.

Read Nature’s Chaos, Gleick (home).

Watch Hidden Treasures VHS (home).

Day 5 – Continue readings, etc.  Visit Biology Corner website and look at microscope lab, look at scientific method info, etc.  Do printed
microscope lab (from Living Environment).

(…and others….)

Week 2  

Day 1 and 2 - Chapter 2, sections 1-7 (16 life patterns).  You may complete vocab cards for those words starred at chapter’s end that fall within pages 23-51.  You will complete the rest and answer the questions next week.

Day 3 – Visit the Hippocampus website for Biology and view the three videos on cell structure and function. 

Label cell parts and function – use Cells Alive! website to make your own sketches.  You will be doing this in health, too….

Also here:

Day 4 – complete cell surface lab (SAS #49 – already printed) and the pre-printed Euglena Lab.

Day 5 – Study the parts of a plant and animal cell and work on memorizing these parts.  Continue with reading from last week if not finished.

Week 3

Day 1 - Complete Chapter 2. 

Days 2 – 3 - Make index cards for selected vocab; work on questions.

Day 4 - Complete questions and discuss with me.  Complete any readings, if necessary.

Day 5 – Onion Cell Lab (already printed).

Week 4 

Read Fingerprints and Talking Bones (home).  Work with fingerprint kit at home.  Talk some about how forensics is used.  Perhaps look at some fingerprinting websites if time allows.

Visit Diffusion and Osmosis website, viewing info on this and on different types of solutions.

Standard Deviants Biology – VHS (home)

Week 5

Read from The World Beneath our Feet - all week (end at invertebrates).

Look at samples of algae (pg. 45 in WBoF) – home.

Look for fungi and lichens; take protozoa samples from lake and look at under our microscope (or obtain live protozoa samples).

Week 6

Days 1-3 - Read Chapter 21,"The Sciences: An Integrated Approach" (this is the book that goes along with the Joy of Science course from the Teaching Company) - chapter 21 covers cells.

Keep a detailed record or everything you eat all week for day 5 work.

Day 4 - Watch Joy of Science lecture and take notes (if possible!  He speaks very fast!)

Day 5 - Complete some of the investigations.  Complete any vocab cards we might need to fill out those you have already started (do not duplicate).

Week 7

Days 1 and 2 - Read Chapter 22, The Sciences (Organic Molecules).  Review parts of cells; study mitosis and meiosis.

Day 3 - Watch lecture and take notes.

Day 4 – Complete investigation 3 and 4.

Day 5 - Make index cards for any vocab we don't already have in our set of cards.

Week 8

Read Chapter 3, sections 1-6 (molecular bonds; energy laws; energy flow and equilibrium; ATP; Enzymes).  You may begin work on vocab cards for any starred words found on pages 87-103.

Day 2 – Complete vocab and review all index cards completed to date.

Day 3 – Watch You Tube lecture on ionic and covalent bonds.

Day 4 – Go to Biology Corner Bio 1 and 1A and complete Diffusion Lab (already printed).

Day 5 – Continue cell parts and function memory work.  Look up info on digestive enzymes: what they are, how they work, etc.

Week 9

Day 1 and 2 - Complete Chapter 3 (macro and micro views of energy flow through life; photosynthesis; carbon; respiration; glycolysis; ways of distributing energy).  Complete selected vocab for rest of chapter.

Day 3 – Complete any remaining vocab work and answer chapter 3 questions.

Day 4 – Complete questions and discuss.

Day 5   -   Enzyme Lab (already printed) and info on enzymes from

Weeks 10 and 11
Use Kym Wright’s Botany Unit Study both weeks.

Complete any photosynthesis and leaf pigment work from that unit. 

(Already have worksheets made up for that unit on home computer.)

Visit website on Photosynthesis.

Any Glycolysis info in unit?  Or use Botany texts from home to look up info, etc.

Online glycolysis lab:

Online Cell Respiration Lab:

Complete pre-printed questions on photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

Week 12

Catch up, if needed.

Study for and take first exam. (pre-printed).

Do more botany work if time allows.

Week 13
Day 1 and 2 - Read Chapter 4 (genetics; DNA; fruit flies; nucleotides; genomes; DNA in forensics; DNA repair; DNA permanent changes; DNA to RNA; DNA packaging).

Day 3 – Prepare index cards on selected vocab.

Day 4 - Answer chapter 4 questions.

Day 5 – Complete questions and discuss. 

Visit Genetics links if time allows.


Weeks 14 and 15

Visit Genetics links if you didn’t get to that last week.

Complete DNA lab – info is online.

Watch Cells Alive mitosis.

(Watch meiosis, too, if time allows….)

Watch Blood Lily Mitosis.

Watch the Double Life of RNA – DVD home)

Read Francis Collins’s Language of God.

Week 16

Days 1 and 2 - Read Chapter 5 (proteins, enzymes, amino acids; DNA to protein translation; DNA to RNA to protein translation; cracking the genetic code).

Day 3 – Prepare index cards on selected vocab.

Day 4 – Answer chapter 5 questions and discuss.

Day 5 – Continue, if needed, or review all vocab cards and memory work.

Week 17

Days 1-3 - Read Chapter 23, The Sciences (Genetics).

Day 4 - Watch video lecture and take notes.  Complete cards for any vocab not already in stack.

Day 5 - Complete number 5 investigation (viruses).

Week 18

Visit ThinkQuest Gene School website and complete labs:

Labs are at the Interactive link….

Go on to labs for next week, if time allows….

Week 19

Transcribe and translate DNA:

What Makes a Firefly Glow?  (Protein synthesis)

Genetics of Organisms online lab:

Read through DNA from the Beginning website:

Study for and take second test.

Week 20

Days 1-2 - Read Chapter 24, The Sciences (Genetic Technology).

Day 3 - Listen to video lecture and take notes.  Complete any needed vocab.

Day 4 – Watch Ethics in Biomedical Research DVD (home).

Day 5 – Discuss cloning; DNA fingerprinting; genetically modified foods; etc.

Weeks 21 and 22

Days 1 and 2 - Read Chapter 6 (cell regulation; allostery; molecular communication; enzyme production; chemotaxis; feedback in neural circuits; cascading; ecology loops).

Day 3 - Complete index cards on select vocab.

Day 4 - Complete questions and discuss.

Day 5 – Do blood typing, etc. at home

Day 6 – Homeostasis in Humans and Animals:  (Click on Start to move through different sections.  We have already done a version of this lab.)

Day 7 and 8 – Dragon Genetics (pre-printed info)

Day 9 – Read through Phylogeny Key:


Day 10 – complete all work.  Watch Scanning Life’s Matrix (genes, proteins, and small molecules) – DVD (home).

Weeks 23 and 24

Continue with Kym Wright's Botany Unit Study, using botany and other textbooks I have at home to clarify any points, if needed....

Weeks 25 and 26

Read The Ages of Gaia (It might be a good idea to read the books about this and then watch the Avatar movie and discuss!)
Read Silent Spring if time allows….

Week 27

Do experiments with bacteria all week.  Discuss antibiotic resistance, antibacterial, antiseptics, antivirals, etc.

Look at websites on Bacteria:


Week 28

Days 1 and 2 - Read Chapter 7 (cell patterns; from one-celled to many celled creatures; mitosis; meiosis; cascading inside a cell; embryonic development; genes as switches; specialization of cells; cloning).

Day 3 - Prepare index cards on selected vocab.

Day 4 – Answer questions and discuss.

Day 5 – Complete work; review earlier work; study mitosis and meiosis, etc.  Read from Your Body: How it Works: Human Development (home), if time allows.

Week 29

Work more this week on Kym Wright’s Botany unit study.

(I am covering the human body systems this year through health class, using primarily The Way We Work, but also other anatomy books.  Dissection work is occurring through Mary Bellamy’s marine biology class at co-op, utilizing the Apologia text.)

Week 30

Days 1 and 2 - Read Chapter 8 (pattern for creation; evolution; natural selection; origins of life; large and small changes over time; variation and selection; mutations; jumping genes; antibiotics; viruses; new species; extinction; co-evolution; inheritance; relatedness; radiometric dating; evolution of intelligence; cultural evolution).

Day 3 - Prepare index cards for selected vocab.

Day 4 - Answer questions and discuss.

ay 5 – Complete work, if needed; review, etc.  Complete other books or read Science on the Edge: Cloning (home).

Week 31

Read from World Beneath our Feet - begin with invertebrates (end at vertebrates).

Make and use a Baermann Funnel:

Collect and keep/observe earthworms; snails; and woodlice (roly-polys).

If time allows, read from Your Body: How it Works: The Skeletal and Muscular Systems (home).

Week 32

Watch City of the Bees – VHS (home)

Watch Hippocampus video info on evolutionary biology tab:

Read Behe’s Edge of Evolution.

Week 33

Read The Beak of the Finch.

Complete the Finch labs (pre-printed).

Week 34

Days 1-3 - Read Chapter 25, The Sciences (Evolution).

Day 4 - Watch video lecture and take notes.  Complete any needed vocab cards.

Day 5 – Discuss the debate between evolution and intelligent design camps.  Complete readings from earlier weeks; review, etc.

Week 35 and 36

Read Origin of Species (home – graphic novel) and Darwin’s Forgotten World (home).

Watch Evolution DVD (home).

Review all vocab cards.


1 comment:

Regena said...

This is a delightful spin on my version of HS Biology (known around the web, it seems, as Quarks and Quirks Biology). The living books suggestions add another dimension to the course, and I'm looking forward to trying some of them when my younger is ready for the class.



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