Accelerated Biology Syllabus ( text book Biology Concepts and Connections, Campbell, 6th Edition)

 

This course is for the highest achieving freshman student who is considering taking Advanced Placement Biology as a Junior or Senior.  Each unit of study will involve inquiry and or problem based learning  (more on  PBL )activity &  laboratory exercises.  There will be one required independent research project used to enter into a local, regional, or state science fair project.  Students will have access to advanced laboratory techniques.  Students will keep a research journal, utilize technology in their lab reports, and present their findings in research symposium format.   Students are expected to complete a summer assignment.    Students that are new to the school district and unable to complete the summer assignment are expected to complete it before the second week of October..

This course meets the U.C. and C.S.U. laboratory science requirements. It meets and exceeds the California State Science Standards for Biological Science as well as the San Ramon Valley School District Science Standards for Biological Science.  A grade of C or better is needed to fulfill this requirement.  UC and CSU, do not recognize weighted courses for freshmen students. 

Students will study the major themes of biology utilizing a variety of inquiry-based laboratories, hands on labs and lessons.  More than 50% of the course is lab based.  The major themes include those set by the National Science Foundation:

Concept Mapping

Virtual Glossary of Biological Terms

Scientific Root Words

Biology Animations

Good Biology site with a great deal of topics

Standards Review for Biological Sciences for the State of California

Enrichment Articles

BrainPOP Quizzes and Tutorials (many subjects only 2 per day otherwise they want you PAY).

# Days

 

Topic//Theme

Text: Chapter: Biology

Concepts & Connections

PBL*

“Problem Based Learning Activity

Labs

 

5

Big Picture/ How Scientists work; Tools and Procedures

Web link: Safety Guidelines and Contract.  

Web Link: Position paper

Web link: Using Excel to make graphs etc...

Web Link: Write A+ Lab Reports

Cool Site on the Scientific Method

Science as a process

Science Fair Forms

 

Chapter 1/ Introduction to the Study of Life

(all)

Chapter 35.1-35.11

 

 

  What is a PBL? 

 

The Checks (ENSI) & The Checks worksheet

 

A Birdsong Trilogy PBL

 

Case Study: Thinking inside of the box

 

Organism Lab

 

Pillbug Web Lab

 

The Box Activity

 

 

 

5-6

Origin of Life

 Origin of Life

History of the Universe Time Line

 The Real Story of the Big Bang

Primordial Soup

Article: Universe Origin

Many Web Links

Overview of Life

 Chapter 15.1-15.3

 The Origin of Earth, Evolution of Life on Earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of Everything Timeline (ENSI)

 

Globs Alive? (demo)

 

 

9-10

Chemistry (inorganic/organic)

Web Link: Water …, Liquid Water and Hydrogen Bonding

Hydrogen Bonds

Chemical Bonding, Animation

Web link: acid/base  

The Mole  Why do Atoms React

Chapter 2: The Chemical Basis of Life (all)

 

 

 

H20,

Plant Pigment pH Green Advice,

 

 

Web Link: Building Biomolecules

Web Link: Properties of Biomolecules

Web link: Functional Groups, and biomolecules 

Web link: Macromolecules

Additional Web Links

Funtional Groups

Large Molecules (biomolecules)

The truth about lipids

Chemistry of Carbon

Carbohydrates

Lipids and Proteins

Nucleic Acids

Condensation and Hydrolysis Reactions

 

Chapter 3: The Molecules of Cells

 

 

Molecule Kit,

Vitamin C Titrations

McMush lab,

 

6

Cells & Cell Signaling

Everything about cells

Web Link: Cells

Web Link: Calculating Cell Size

Web link: What Limits Cell Size

Web link:  Cell structure & Function

Web link: Cells Alive

Web link: Animal Cell Organelles 

Web Link: Plant Cell Organelles

Web link: Microscope

Web link: Field of View Activity  

 

The Cell

The Virtual Animal Cell

 Chapter 4: A Tour of the Cell

 

Biocoach: Cell Structure and Function

 

 

 

Curse of the Mummy PBL

Lab 6A & 6B,

 

Pink Gel-O (cell size and surface area)

 

Microscope Use & Measurement Training

Counting Stomata Lab

 

 

Plant Cell Osmosis,

 

What’s up Doc,

 

 Helms 6 Pro-Eukaryotes

 

 

 

10

Exchanging Materials

Everything about cells

Web link: Membrane Structure

Web link:  Biomembranes I and Biomembranes II

Web link: Transport in and out of cells

Web Link: What the Heck is a Receptor?

Web link: Diffusion

Web Link: Osmosis

Web Link: Excretory System

Web Link: Excretion, Urine, Tubule

Web link: Excretory System

 Web link: Respiratory Tutorial notes

Aquaporins and more Web Links

Nephron/Excretion Animation

Water Regulation and Homeostasis

Chapter 5.1-5.9

Ch 25.5 - 25.13 Homeostasis, Osmoregulation and Excretion

Chapter 22.1-22.3, 22.6

Chapter 25.4-25.9

 

 

 

Old MacDonald PBL

Don tries to culture fish cells PBL

Water, water, everywhere PBL

U. R. in Trouble

9

Energy, Life, Biosphere

Web Link: Laws of Thermodynamics

Web Link: Enzyme Cornucopia

Web link: Enzymes

Web Link: ATP

Web link: Enzyme Tutorial

Web link: Lock & Key Model

Web link: Model for Enzyme Block by poison

Web link: Digestion

Web Links

Chapter 5.10-5.16

 

Digestion Chapter 21.4-21.13

 

 

 

A case of Aversion to Sugar

 

Jimmy Harris or Kryptonite in his pocket

 

Toothpickase

Handase

Catalase BSCS LAB 2

Bean juice Titrations,

Lysozyme

5

Cell Respiration

Web Link: Cellular Respiration

Web link: Cellular Respiration

Web Link: Glycolysis Animation,

Web Link: TCA Cycle (Krebs)

Web Link: Electron Transport Chain Additional Web Links

 Chapter 6

Biocoach: Cellular Respiration

 

 

 

 

Wee Yeastie Beasties

 

Help Jiminy Cricket is in a Jar

5

Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis from start to finish

Web Link: Leaf Structure

Web link: Light Reaction

Web link: Calvin Cycle

Web Link: Photosynthometer

Web Link: C3/C4/CAM

Additional Web Links

Photosynthesis doesn't occur in the dark article

Web Link: Comparing Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis

 Chapter 7 (all)

 

Biocoach: Photosynthesis

 

 

 

 

Gas Station on Mars

 

Combined Cellular Respiration & Photosynthesis Content

The Geritol Solution PBL

Web Lab

Leaf Disk Assay

(Pictures of Leaf Disk  procedure)

 

 

 

 

13

Expressing Information

Central Dogma Central

Web link: Transcription Animation

Web link: Translation Animation

 

DNA/RNA Structure/Fxn Chapter 10.1-10.3     Replication 10.4-10.5    Central Dogma 10.6-10.16 Gene Regulation 11.1-11.10

Biocoach: Transcription  Biocoach: Translation

Environ.Inc

Silex strobilus PBL

To be tested or not tested PBL

Hemoglobin activity

Web Quest: The Riddler 

(pGlO) Bacterial Transformation

4

Cell Cycle and Mitosis

Web link: Cell Cycle and more

Web Link: Lots of Mitosis animations etc.

Additional Web Links

Web link: Mitosis Animation

Animated Microtubules

Web Link: Onion Root Mitosis

Web link: DNA Replication

  The Replication of DNA

 Chapter 8.1-8.11

Chapter 11.18-11.21

 

Biocoach: Mitosis

Biocoach: DNA Structure and Replication

 

 

 

 

 

Mitosis Slides onion tips

 

NIH Cell Bio & Cancer

Mitosis Slides w/ Onion tips

 

5

Transport & Immune & Endocrine

Web link: Animal Circulatory Systems

Antibody Production animations

Web link: Cardiovascular Animation and tutorial

Homeostasis and Negative Feedback

Blood Sugar Homeostasis

Additional Web Links

Thyroid Gland Animations

Web link: Taxis and Kinesis

Homeostasis and Negative Feedback

Positive Feedback

Lock and Key and Neurotransmitter Cartoon

Circulation 23.3-23.15

Immune Chapter 24.(all) and Viruses10.17-10.21

Chemical Regulation 26.5-26.11; 27.6

Nervous + Brain 28.1-28.9; 28.15-28.21

Biocoach Cardiovascular I

Biocoach Cardiovascular II

 

 

  Picnic Sick PBL

HIV and the Health care professional PBL

Mad Cows of Kent PBL

An Andean Adventure PBL

Zoe takes a dive PBL

Web Lab

 

Glowing Germs Demo

Pink Disease or E.L.I.S.A.

 

 Conditioned Reflexes,

 

 

 

4

Meiosis, Reproduction & Development

Web Link: Meiosis animations

Web link: Embryonic Development

Meiosis Tutorial

Meiosis Lecture

 Mitosis vs. Meiosis Animation

Embryonic Development Site

Visible Embryo

Human Reproduction/Hormone Cycle

Chapter 8.12- 8.18

Chapter 27.3-27.6; 27.9-27.11

Biocoach: Meiosis

Biocoach: Plant Structure and Growth

 

Plant Web Links:

Plant Slides

Plant Hormones

Plant Tissues

Twins marry twins PBL

Should Victoria skate PBL

Mix-up at the Fertility clinic PBL

 

 

Plant PBLs

Wing Cho’sMorning Glory PBL

Martha wants a blue ribbon PBL

 

 NABT meiosis activity

 

15

Patterns of Inheritance

Web link: Basic Genetics (free 14 day trial)

Web link: Genetics Basics

Web link: Test Cross

Web link: Mendel's Laws

Web Link: 1st Law 

Web Link:  Co-dominance and Variations on 1st law

Web Link:  2nd Law

Web Link:  Monohybrid Crosses Practice Problems

Web Link: Animated Monohybrid cross

Web Link: Eye Color Info

Web Link: Blood Types,  ABO information

Web Link: Color Blindness

Web Link: Dihybrid Crosses Animated Dihybrid

Web Link:  Pedigree symbols, Pedigree Analysis

Web Link: Animated Pedigree Analysis

Web Link Sex-linked problem set #1

 

Sex linked Problem Set 2

Web Link: More transposons

 

Web Link: Weird Genetics

Web link: Genes and Metabolic Disease

Web Link: Blue people 

Web Link: Blue People Pedigree

Chapter 9 (all)

Chapter 8.19-8.24 (Human Genetics)

 

Biocoach: Mendelian Inheritance

 

Everything you ever wanted to know about Genetics

 

  When Twins Marry Twins

 

Human Genetics Problem Sets

Case Study: The Origin of Skin Color

 

 

 Fast Plants: Who's the Father

 

 

 

 

 

18

Evolution & Diversity & Populations

 Hardy-Weinberg

Additional Hardy Weinberg

Web link: M&M Chi Square Analysis

Web Link: Peppered Moth

NCSE: Peppered Moth

Humans and Chimps in the same genus???

Fossil Hominids

Taxonomy 1 & 2

 

Chapters 13 (all),14 (all), 15 (15.4-15.19); 35.12-35.23

 

 

 

 

 "Hominid Fossils"

Case Study: The Missing Link

Case Study: Of Mammoths and Men

Case Study: The Dating Game

Pandas and Bears

Pore Behavior PBL

 

Wooly Worm Lab

Who's on first? 

 Lengthy Relationships

 How tall were they Footprints

 

Great fossil find

 

Fish Protein Electrophoresis

 

Hominid Skull Activity:Hominid Skulls; Skull Information; Data Sheet and other info Questions to Answer

18

Advances in Genetics & Biotechnology

 

Web Link: DNA Fingerprinting

Web Link:  Everything you every wanted to know about Biotechnology

Web Link: More on DNA fingerprinting and More;

Web Link: PCR

Prokaryote Gene control includes Lac Operon

Recombinant Technology (All you’d ever want to know)

 

Biotechnology Animations

 

DNA Technology

Chapter 11.4-11.17 and Chapter 12

 

Biocoach: Biotechnology (Restriction Enzymes)

Biocoach: LAC operon

 

 

 

Bioethics Web Quest

Cystic Fibrosis Quandry

Web link:  Case Studies

The Plant that Squealed PBL

Which Dog Did It?

Anna or Anastasia PBL

 

Mexican Corn Genetics/Jumping Genes

DNA Extraction

 

OUTBREAK DNA Finger Printing

 

Whose baby is it?”

 

Crime Scene PCR

 

 

10

Ecology

Web link:  Biomes

Web Link: Intertidal Zone

Web Link: Climatograms

Chapters 34: Biosphere

Chapter 36

Chapter 38

 

Survivor Ecology Project

Cry Wolf

Oil/Ocean Beach

Something’s Fishy 

Case Studies:

Threats to Biodversity

First in Flight/Wet lands development

Improving on Nature

My Brother's Keeper

Fish Kill

Cancer Cure or Conservation

Biological Controls

Fecal Coliforms in Antartica

Web Activity

Population w/ Duckweed,

 

Climatograms

Sow Bug Fun,

Oil Degrading Bacteria,

 Dispersal & Mark and Recapture,

 Creek Study