Quarter 1

Biology Content Units


Scientific Method

(Lab skills)

Organization of Life on Earth/  (1.0- 2 weeks)





Cell Chemistry

(Total 3 weeks)

Part 1: 2-3 days

Part 2: 8 days

Part 3: 8 days






















Cell Biology  (~ 3 weeks)

Part 1: 4 days

Part 2: 5 days

Part 3: 3 days

Part 4: 2 days








Organisms, Populations, Communities, Ecosystems

Hypothesis, Variables (IV,DV, SV), Control Setups





Cell Chemistry (review)

Part 1: Big Bang; Atomic Review : Sub atomic particles

Atomic number, mass number

Isotopes, Ions, pH, Salts

Chemical Bonds (ionic, covalent, polar covalent, hydrogen) Water: Surface tension,  adhesion, cohesion, polar covalent, hydrogen bonding


Part 2: Organic Chemistry and Origin of Life,  Miller Urey experiment


Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids

Monomers, Polymers examples, structure function


Part 3: Exergonic, endergonic reactions, energy diagrams

Activation energy and enzyme structure function







Part 1: Prokaryote vs Eukaryote Organelle structure, function


Part 2: Membranes

Part 3: Organelle structure, function

Viruses, Endosymbiotic Theory

Part 4: Viruses, Domains and Kingdoms




 Cell Biology (membranes, organelles)

Organelle structure, function


Membrane structure and function/ Cell Biology 1a, I I & E (various)

Diffusion, osmosis, active & passive transport, thermodynamics (2nd law)

Standards / Power Standards


I & E standards

Ecology 6 a







Chemistry Standards

Chemical Bonds 2 a-e

Acids and Bases 5 a, b

Isotopes 11c






 Chemistry Standard

Organic Chemistry 10 a-c  Biomolecules/ Macromolecules/ Cell Biology 1h





 Thermodynamics and Energy reactions/ Cell

Biology 1 b, I & E (various)

1st and 2nd law thermodynamics

Chemistry Standard 7b (endergonic/exergonic)

Chemistry Standard 8d (activation energy)



Cell Structure and Function/ Cell Biology 1a, c, e, f, g, j

Chemistry Standard Diffusion 4b, 5 a,b



Chapter 1/ Sowbug Activity

* Prior Knowledge Quiz






* Chemistry Pre Quiz

Chapter 2/ Water Activity

Chapter 17.2 pH Lab

Inorganic Chemistry Quiz








Chapter 2 Biomolecule Lab

Organic Chemistry Unit Test







Chapter 2/ Bean Juice Lab

Energy and Enzymes Test









* Pre Quiz on Cells and Organelles

Chapter 7, (parts of 17, 18, 19) / Microscope Activity with example organisms


Microscope and Cell Type Quiz

Chapter 7/ What’s Up Doc (Carrot Osmosis)


Membrane and Transport Quiz


Cell Biology Unit Test

Quarter 2

Mitosis (~5 days)






DNA (Replication, Central Dogma,

Bacterial Transformation) (~12 days)


Cell Energetics (Respiration, Photosyntheis) (~14 days)



Body Systems I (if time otherwise start 2nd semester) (~ days)

Organization Levels

Cell Cycle, Cancer, cell types, microscope skills Mitosis and Cell Cycle,P53 and cancer

HOX genes and development



DNA and RNA structure and Function

DNA Replication

Central Dogma (Transcription and Translation), Gene Expression (simple)

Bacterial Transformation (lac operon)


ATP and Energy Pathways

Cellular Respiration, Photosynthesis, Fermentation






Body systems- organs, parts, functions

Circulatory System, Lymphatic System


NCLB Life Science Test






DNA Structure and Function/ Biotechnology Part I/ Cell Biology 1 d, Genetics 4 a, b, c, d, e, f, 5a, b, c, e




Biology 1b, e, f, g,






Organization Levels Organism Level/ Body Systems Part I/ Physiology 9 a, c

Biology 1b, e, f, g, Physiology 9 f, I & E (various)


* Pre Quiz Mitosis

Chapter 10 /Mitosis Activity (Onion)

Cell Cycle Quiz




Chapter  12 & 13-3/ DNA isolation, Hemoglobin Activity (Central Dogma)

DNA Unit Test




Chapter 8,9/ Yeastie Beastie Fermentation Lab/ Leaf Disk Assay (Photosynthesis)

Energy Quiz

Unit Test




Ch 35-1, Ch 37 / Thermoregulation Lab

If time then a Quiz or simply on FINAL

1st Semester Final Exam

Quarter 3

Body Systems Part II

(~ 15 days)






(Plants)* ~ 5 days






Meiosis (~ days)  and Genetics (~ 14 days)


Body systems- organs, parts, functions (nervous, endocrine, excretory, immune  and lymphatic, (autoimmune), digestion, muscle)




Plant structure and Function and Evolution and Reproduction Plant (structures and reproduction of  types (bryophytes, gymnosperms, angiosperms), plant hormones


Meiosis (phases and outcomes), gametes (plants & animals), genotypes, phenotypes, dominant, recessive, Punnett square problems ( monohybrid, dihybrid, sex-linked, pedigrees, epistasis, incomplete/co-dominance)

Organization Levels Organism Level/ Body Systems Part II/ Physiology a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, I, Physiology 10 a, b, c, d, e, f





Botany (district standards)






Meiosis and Genetics/ Genetics 2 a, b, c, d, e, f, g, Genetics 3 a, b, c

Chapter 35, 36, 38, 39, 40/ UR in Trouble (excretory activity), Pink Disease (transmission of disease), Reflex and Senses Activity

Blood Slide Lab




Chapter  22, parts of 24,25; leaf identification practicum






Chapter 11, 13, 14/ Wisconsin Fast Plants Monohybrid Cross, Problem Sets, Genetic Research Projects

Monohybrid, Dihybrid, X-linked Quiz

Unit Test

Quarter 4


(~ 20 days)

(note some teachers split the hominid component out separately to test)




(~ 9 days)




(Classification/ Diversity)* (~ 7 days)





(Ecology)* (~ 9 days)


natural selection, Charles Darwin, geoloy principals, single gene and polygenic inheritance, directional, disruptive and stabilizing selection, gene pools, allele frequencies, genetic drift, founder effect human evolution, definition of species, classification categories, types of isolation

Restriction analysis (crime scene) Stem Cells, Transformations, Genetically Engineered foods etc..

Dichotomous Keys, survey of the animal kingdom



food webs, trophic levels, types of symbiotic relationships


Evolution 7 a, b, c,d, e, 8 a, b, c, d, e, f, I & E (various)








Genetics 5 d, I & E (various)










Ecology/ Ecology 6 a, b, c, d, e, f, g Lab

Chapters 15, 16, 17, 32-3/ Activities: Relative Dating, Who’s on First, Fossil Finds, Same but Different, Horses Lab, Skull Lab, Lengthy Relationships, Latoli Footprints, Comparative Hominids

 Quizzes on Natural Selection, Hominids

Unit Test



Chapter 14/ Crime Scene

Stem Cells or Bioethics Activity

Unit Test



Animal Classification Practicum

Quiz and Practicum




Chapters 3-6/ Ecology group project and presentation

Unit questions on Cumulative Final Exam

* Enrichment Units only if time        

** Pacing guides are a minimum. There are at least 23 days of catch up time or individualized units.

*** Pacing times are rough estimations and include testing days