Biology Focus Questions (BFQ): Chpt 1: Read the chapter sections and then answer the Q's in your notebook/journal 

1.1  Key Vocabulary  Key Concept

  1. What are the three features that make science different than other human endeavors?
  2. Define science.
  3. What do senses have to do with observations?
  4. What is data?
  5. Explain the difference between the two types of data.
  6. Define inference.
  7. Give an example of an observation and an inference for it…not the one in your book.
  8. What is a hypothesis?
  9. What is meant by a hypothesis must be testable?  Give some examples.
  10. Explain two ways that science is always changing.  How is this helpful?
  11. How has science effected the world we live in?

 1.2  Key Vocabulary  Key Concept

  1. Look at figure 1-7 and answer the question presented there: why do you think reasonable individuals once accepted the ideas behind this recipe?
  2. What is spontaneous generation and how does it relate to Francesco Redi?
  3. In a controlled experiment, how many variables should be changed or tested?  What is this variable called? 
  4. In a controlled experiment, what should happen to the other variables?  What are they called?
  5. In this class the term dependent variable is used to explain what is being measured in an experiment.  What name does the book give this type of variable?
  6. What was the dependent variable in Redi’s experiment?
  7. What was the independent variable in Redi’s experiment?
  8. What term is used for recorded observations?
  9. What did Redi conclude?
  10. Why is communication of results and repetition of the experiment important in science?
  11. Using figure 1-11 as a guide, explain why microorganisms grew after Pasteur broke the neck of the flask.
  12. Define theory.
  13. Why is spontaneous generation considered a theory?
  14. Explain why no theory is considered absolute truth.

 1.3  Key Vocabulary  Key Concept

  1. Why do we study living things in Biology?
  2. What does Bio- mean and –ology mean?
  3. A cloud moves through the sky because it is responding to the wind.  One characteristic of living things is responding to their environment.  Explain why the cloud is not considered a living thing.
  4. Pick two characteristics that living things share and give an example with explanation of each.

Read the section: Big Ideas in Biology and answer these questions: 

  1. “I am a rock, I am an island…”  Explain why a living organism cannot exist completely alone in the world.  Pick one organism and explain how it is dependent on the environment around it.
  2. You are very different than a flower (even though both make people smile!).  What are two things you have in common with a flower.
  3. Why is homeostasis essential to an organism’s survival?
1. What are the major categories of the metric system and the major units
2. What are the different types of microscopes mentioned. Why do scientists need different types of microscopes (what are their uses)?
3. Why is following safe laboratory practices required?

Reading Homework Requirements:

1. Record your notes in your journal. Label the top of the page with the date and the section heading numbers.

2. Pick a "note" style that works for you: Cornell note taking style OR outline OR mapping to record your notes.

Mind mapping:

Cornell notes:


3. Check out the homework assignment for the pages, vocabulary and key concepts to address in your notes.

4. For each key concept explain why the concept is important in terms of maintaining life; (note not all listed categories apply to each key concept)

    a. obtaining energy

    b. evolution

    c. heredity

    d. eliminating waste

    e. humans