• Science

Classroom Resources:

Textbook readings - you can access the online version of the book via the Resources and Links menu on the Biology Homepage

Learning Targets: 

  • Demonstrate organizational skills such as keeping a daily calendar of assignments and activities and maintaining a notebook of class work.
    • Keep your binder organized and updated. 
  • Apply strategies before, during, and after reading to increase fluency and comprehension (e.g., adjusting purpose, previewing, scanning, making predictions, comparing, inferring, summarizing, using graphic organizers) with increasingly challenging texts. 
    • Improve understanding of material by outlining material presented in class. 
  • Use a variety of appropriate sources (e.g. Internet, scientific journals) to retrieve relevant information; cite references properly. 
  • Apply active reading, listening, and viewing techniques by taking notes on classroom discussions, lectures, oral and/or video presentations, or assigned at-home reading, and by underlining key passages and writing comments in journals or in margins of texts, where permitted.  
    • Stay on task during class, annotate provided PowerPoint notes and take additional notes during board discussions. 
    • Outline provided materials and assimilate this information into material presented in class. 
  • Apply knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon affixes, inflections, and roots to understand unfamiliar words and new subject area vocabulary in increasingly challenging texts.
    • Be able to define and correctly spell all vocabulary words.
  • Actively participate in small-group and large-group discussions, assuming various roles. 
    • Participate in class discussions  and ask questions when needed on a daily basis.
  • Explain the biological definition of evolution.
  • Discuss Darwin's principle of survival of the fittest, and explain what Darwin meant by natural selection.
  • Explain the influences of other scientists (e.g., Malthus, Wallace, Lamarck, Lyell) and of Darwin's trip on HMS Beagle in formulating Darwin's ideas about natural selection. 
  • Provide examples of behaviors that have evolved through natural selection (e.g., migration, courtship rituals)
  • Design, perform, and analyze a laboratory simulation of natural selection on a working population (e.g., teacher chooses prey items [hard candy, marshmallows]; students choose feeding adaptation [fork, toothpick, spoon] and hunt; students record results and then change prey or adaptation; and students analyze results using statistical methods)
  • Describe the basic types of selection, including disruptive, stabilizing, and directional.
  • Explain how natural selection and its evolutionary consequences (e.g., adaptation or extinction) provide a scientific explanation for the fossil record of ancient life-forms and the striking molecular similarities observed among the diverse species of living organisms. 
  • Revise, refine, and proofread own and others writing, using appropriate tools to find strengths and weaknesses and to seek strategies for improvement (using good writing methods). 
    • State, elaborate, use an example and draw a connection when answering open - ended questions.  
  • Safely use laboratory equipment and techniques when conducting scientific investigations. 
  • Manipulate variables in experiments using appropriate procedures (e.g. controls, multiple trials). 
  • Collect, organize, and analyze data accurately and precisely (e.g. using scientific techniques and mathematics in experiments)
  • Interpret results and draw conclusions, revising hypothesis as necessary and/or formulating additional questions or explanations.
  • Use mathematics to enhance the scientific inquiry process (e.g., choosing appropriate units of measurement, graphing and manipulating experimental data)
  • Write and speak effectively to present and explain scientific results, using appropriate terminology and graphics. 
  • Use appropriate essay-test taking and timed-writing strategies that address and analyze the questions.  
  • Demonstrate familiarity with test formats and test administration procedures to increase speed and accuracy. 
    • Complete tests within permitted time limits. 


Online Resources:

  • Classzone  Use this site to review the basics of this unit.  Choose high school science, Kentucky and the green biology book for Kentucky.  Although this site does not review all of the required information it does have much of the basics covered. 

  • Play this game!