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Course Syllabus 

Biology I Course Syllabus

Teacher:      Scott Phillips

Contact:      South Greene High School - (423)636-3790

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Attendance Policy and Make-up Work:    We will follow all school and county policies as far as attendance, but it is much simpler just to be here for class!  Make-up work for any reason must be made up within five school days or the end of the grading period or you will receive a zero for work missed.  This includes tests!  I will remind you of work missing upon return to school one time and then it is your responsibility!

Extra Credit:      You may bring in a newspaper, journal, or magazine article related to biology AND a half-page typed summary/opinion (double-spaced, 12 font) for two points on your final nine weeks grade.  No more than four points per grading period can be extra credit.

End of Course Test:     Toward the end of the semester, we will take the state-mandated Biology End of Course.  It is imperative that we take this test seriously! 

Notebook:    It is to your advantage to be organized so I strongly encourage you to keep a notebook.  Notebooks will not be graded.

Classroom Rules:
1.  Try your best!
2.  Respect others and yourself!
3.  Care for school property and lab equipment!
4.  No food, drinks, gum, or candy!  Water is allowed.
5.  No use of classroom computers without permission!
6.  No entry in offices or storage rooms without permission.

Grading Scale:          93-100 = A            *Course Grade:         1st Nine Weeks =  
                                  85-92 = B                                              Mid-term Exam =
                                  75-84 = C                                              2nd Nine Weeks =
                                  70-74 = D                                              End of Course =
                                    <70 = F                                               

*Percentages for each category for the course grade are determined by Greene County Schools and were not available as of the start of the 2016-2017 school year.   


Nine Weeks Grading:    Labs, Quizzes, Homework, Etc. = 50%
                                                                                  Tests = 50%



Scott Phillips – Biology 1 Pacing Chart






Introduction to Biology

Pre-Test (Practice Biology End of Course Test)

CLE 3210


Scientific Method

Investigation using scientific method



Characteristics of Living Things

Microscope use and viewing cells

1.1, 1.4


Characteristics of Living Things (cont’d)

“Blue Planet” video clip



Basic Chemistry

Illustrating chemical bonds



Chemical Reactions

Demonstration of chemical reactions




Macromolecule lab (Part 1)




Macromolecule lab (Part 2)




Catalase lab



Chapter 1 and 2 Assessment

Chapter 1 and 2 Assessment



Cell Theory and Basic Cell Structure

Illustrating cells



Cell Organelles

Modeling organelles



Cell Organelles

Computer lab and online review games



Plant and Animal Cell Comparison

Venn Diagrams



Passive Transport

Diffusion lab (Part 1)



Active Transport

Diffusion lab ( Part 2)



Chapter 7 Assessment

Chapter 7 Assessment



Light and Dark Photosynthetic Reactions

Mapping photosynthesis



Aerobic Respiration

Demonstration of oxygen production in aquatic plants



Anaerobic Respiration

Respiration concept map



Photosynthesis and Respiration Connection

Yeast respiration lab



Chapter 8 and 9 Assessment

Chapter 8 and 9 Assessment



Cell Cycle

Illustrating Mitosis




View mitosis with microscope




Cancer discussion and essay



Stem Cells

Stem cell discussion and essay



Chapter 10 Assessment

Chapter 10 Assessment



Basic Genetics and Probability

Parent and offspring game



Mendelian Genetics (Monohybrid, Dihybrid, and Trihybrid Crosses)

Practice Punnett squares



Mendelian Genetics (Monohybrid, Dihybrid, and Trihybrid Crosses)

Practice Punnett squares



Alternate Modes of Inheritance

Corn genetics lab




Illustrating Meiosis



Chapter 11 Assessment

Chapter 11 Assessment



Discovery of DNA

Start model of DNA



DNA Structure

Complete model of DNA



DNA Replication

View computer animations and take online quizzes



Transcription and Types of RNA

Protein synthesis demonstration




Translation model



Gene Mutations

Sample End of Course Test questions



Chapter 12 Assessment

Chapter 12 Assessment



Mid-term Exam Review

Jeopardy game



Mid-term Exam

Mid-term Exam



Hybridization and Inbreeding

Illustrating selective breeding



Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering essay



Cloning and Gene Therapy

“Clone” video



Karyotypes and Pedigrees

Interpreting karyotypes and pedigrees



Chromosomal Mutations

Genetic disorders research



Chapter 13 and 14 Assessment

Chapter 13 and 14 Assessment



Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

Class discussion



Vestigial and Homologous Structures

Small group discussion



Evolutionary Trees and Speciation

Evolution essay

5.3, 5.4, 5.6


Basic Classification and Biological Hierarchy

Group classification activity



Characteristics of Kingdoms

Venn Diagrams



Dichotomous Keys

Practice dichotomous keys



Metamorphosis and Symmetry

Selected organism observations



Evolution and Classification Assessment

Evolution and Classification Assessment



Symbiotic Relationships

Symbiosis research



Food Chains and Webs

Online game



Energy Flow in Ecosystems

Owl pellet dissection

2.2, 3.1



Illustrating population growth trends

2.1, 2.2


Human Population

Human population research

2.1, 2.2, 2.3



Biome project




Biome project



Succession and Nutrient Cycles

Field study

2.4, 3.4


Ecology Assessment

Ecology Assessment



Plant Anatomy and Reproduction

Plant observations



Human Body Systems

Crayfish dissection



Animal Behavior

Selected readings



End of Course Review

Practice Biology End of Course Test (Post-Test)



End of Course Review

Jeopardy game



End of Course Review

Online tutorials and quizzes



End of Course Review

Rotating stations lab



End of Course Review

Bingo game 



End of Course Review

Pearson Access Practice EOC



End of Course Test

End of Course Test



Frog Anatomy

Frog dissection



Squid Anatomy

Squid dissection



Body Systems (cont’d)

Touch receptor lab



Invasive Species

“Cane Toad” video and research



Semester Summary

Video and discussion



*All course materials are available for parent/guardian review upon request. Contact instructor to schedule a meeting if you desire to review instructional materials.


Tennessee Science Standards

2009-2010 Implementation


Biology I


Embedded Inquiry


Conceptual Strand

Understandings about scientific inquiry and the ability to conduct inquiry are essential for living in the 21st century.


Guiding Question

What tools, skills, knowledge, and dispositions are needed to conduct scientific inquiry?


Course Level Expectations:

CLE 3210.Inq.1                   Recognize that science is a progressive endeavor that reevaluates and extends what is already accepted.

CLE 3210.Inq.2                   Design and conduct scientific investigations to explore new phenomena, verify previous results, test how well a theory predicts, and compare opposing theories.

CLE 3210.Inq.3                   Use appropriate tools and technology to collect precise and accurate data.

CLE 3210.Inq.4                   Apply qualitative and quantitative measures to analyze data and draw conclusions that are free of bias.

CLE 3210.Inq.5                   Compare experimental evidence and conclusions with those drawn by others about the same testable question.

CLE 3210.Inq.6   Communicate and defend scientific findings.


Checks for Understanding

ü3210.Inq.1                       Trace the historical development of a scientific principle or theory, such as cell theory, evolution, or DNA structure.

ü3210.Inq.2                       Conduct scientific investigations that include testable questions, verifiable hypotheses, and appropriate variables to explore new phenomena or verify the experimental results of others.

ü3210.Inq.3                       Select appropriate tools and technology to collect precise and accurate quantitative and qualitative data.

ü3210.Inq.4                       Determine if data supports or contradicts a hypothesis or conclusion.

ü3210.Inq.5                       Compare or combine experimental evidence from two or more investigations.

ü3210.Inq.6                       Recognize, analyze, and evaluate alternative explanations for the same set of observations.

ü3210.Inq.7                       Analyze experimental results and identify possible sources of experimental error.

ü3210.Inq.8                       Formulate and revise scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence.


State Performance Indicators

SPI 3210 Inq.1                    Select a description or scenario that reevaluates and/or extends a scientific finding.

SPI 3210 Inq.2                    Analyze the components of a properly designed scientific investigation.

SPI 3210 Inq.3                    Determine appropriate tools to gather precise and accurate data.

SPI 3210 Inq.4    Evaluate the accuracy and precision of data.

SPI 3210 Inq.5    Defend a conclusion based on scientific evidence.

SPI 3210 Inq.6    Determine why a conclusion is free of bias.

SPI 3210 Inq.7                    Compare conclusions that offer different, but acceptable explanations for the same set of experimental data.


Embedded Technology & Engineering


Conceptual Strand

Society benefits when engineers apply scientific discoveries to design materials and processes that develop into enabling technologies.


Guiding Question

How do science concepts, engineering skills, and applications of technology improve the quality of life?


Course Level Expectations:

CLE 3210.T/E.1                   Explore the impact of technology on social, political, and economic systems.

CLE 3210.T/E.2                   Differentiate among elements of the engineering design cycle: design constraints, model building, testing, evaluating, modifying, and retesting.

CLE 3210.T/E.3                   Explain the relationship between the properties of a material and the use of the material in the application of a technology.

CLE 3210.T/E.4                   Describe the dynamic interplay among science, technology, and engineering within living, earth-space, and physical systems.


Checks for Understanding

ü3210.T/E.1                       Select appropriate tools to conduct a scientific inquiry.

ü3210.T/E.2                       Apply the engineering design process to construct a prototype that meets developmentally appropriate specifications.

ü3210.T/E.3                       Explore how the unintended consequences of new technologies can impact human and non-human communities.

ü3210.T/E.4                       Present research on current bioengineering technologies that advance health and contribute to improvements in our daily lives.

ü3210.T/E.5                       Design a series of multi-view drawings that can be used by other students to construct an adaptive design and test its effectiveness.


State Performance Indicators

SPI 3210.T/E.1                    Distinguish among tools and procedures best suited to conduct a specified scientific inquiry.

SPI 3210.T/E.2                    Evaluate a protocol to determine the degree to which an engineering design process was successfully applied.

SPI 3210.T/E.3                    Evaluate the overall benefit to cost ratio of a new technology.

SPI 3210.T/E.4                    Use design principles to determine how a new technology will improve the quality of life for an intended audience.


Embedded Mathematics


Conceptual Strand

Science applies mathematics to investigate questions, solve problems, and communicate findings.


Guiding Question

What mathematical skills and understandings are needed to successfully investigate biological topics?


Course Level Expectations:

CLE 3210.Math.1               Understand the mathematical principles associated with the science of biology.

CLE 3210.Math.2               Utilize appropriate mathematical equations and processes to understand biological concepts.


Checks for Understanding

ü3210.Math.1                   Choose and construct appropriate graphical representations for a data set.

ü3210.Math.2                   Analyze graphs to interpret biological events.

ü3210.Math.3                   Make decisions about units, scales, and measurement tools that are appropriate for investigations involving measurement.

ü3210.Math.4                   Select and apply an appropriate method to evaluate the reasonableness of results.

ü3210.Math.5                   Apply and interpret rates of change from graphical and numerical data.

ü3210.Math.6                   Apply probabilistic reasoning to solve genetic problems.


State Performance Indicators

SPI 3210.Math.1               Interpret a graph that depicts a biological phenomenon.

SPI 3210.Math.2               Predict the outcome of a cross between parents of known genotype.


Standard 1 - Cells


Conceptual Strand 1

All living things are made of cells that perform functions necessary for life.


Guiding Question 1

How are cells organized to carry on the processes of life?


Course Level Expectations:

CLE 3210.1.1                       Compare the structure and function of cellular organelles in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

CLE 3210.1.2                       Distinguish among the structure and function of the four major organic macromolecules found in living things.

CLE 3210.1.3                       Describe how enzymes regulate chemical reactions in the body.

CLE 3210.1.4                       Describe the processes of cell growth and reproduction.

CLE 3210.1.5                       Compare different models to explain the movement of materials into and out of cells.


Checks for Understanding

ü3210.1.1                           Investigate cells using a compound microscope.

ü3210.1.2                           Construct a model of a prokaryotic or eukaryotic cell.

ü3210.1.3                           Design a graphic organizer that compares proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.

ü3210.1.4                           Conduct tests to detect the presence of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids.

ü3210.1.5                           Design a model that illustrates enzyme function.

ü3210.1.6                           Demonstrate the movement of chromosomes during mitosis in plant and animal cells.

ü3210.1.7                           Design and conduct an experiment to investigate the effect of various solute concentrations on water movement in cells.

ü3210.1.8                           Analyze experimental data to distinguish between active and passive transport.

State Performance Indicators

SPI 3210.1.1                        Identify the cellular organelles associated with major cell processes.

SPI 3210.1.2                        Distinguish between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

SPI 3210.1.3                        Distinguish among proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.

SPI 3210.1.4                        Identify positive tests for carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins.

SPI 3210.1.5                        Identify how enzymes control chemical reactions in the body.

SPI 3210.1.6                        Determine the relationship between cell growth and cell reproduction.

SPI 3210.1.7                        Predict the movement of water and other molecules across selectively permeable membranes.

SPI 3210.1.8                        Compare and contrast active and passive transport.


Standard 2 – Interdependence


Conceptual Strand 2

All life is interdependent and interacts with the environment.


Guiding Question 2

How do living things interact with one another and with the non-living elements of their environment?


Course Level Expectations:

CLE 3210.2.1                       Investigate how the dynamic equilibrium of an ecological community is associated with interactions among its organisms.

CLE 3210.2.2                       Analyze and interpret population data, graphs, or diagrams.

CLE 3210.2.3                       Predict how global climate change, human activity, geologic events, and the introduction of non-native species impact an ecosystem.

CLE 3210.2.4                       Describe the sequence of events associated with biological succession.


Checks for Understanding

ü3210.2.1                           Analyze human population distribution graphs to predict the impact on global resources, society, and the economy.

ü3210.2.2                           Construct and maintain a model of an ecosystem.

ü3210.2.3                           Monitor and evaluate changes in a yeast population.

ü3210.2.4                           Investigate an outdoor habitat to identify the abiotic and biotic factors, plant and animal populations, producers, consumers, and decomposers.

ü3210.2.5                           Conduct research on how human influences have changed an ecosystem and communicate findings through written or oral presentations. 

ü3210.2.6                           Describe a sequence of events that illustrates biological succession.


State Performance Indicators

SPI 3210.2.1                        Predict how population changes of organisms at different trophic levels affect an ecosystem.

SPI 3210.2.2                        Interpret the relationship between environmental factors and fluctuations in population size.

SPI 3210.2.3                        Determine how the carrying capacity of an ecosystem is affected by interactions among organisms.

SPI 3210.2.4                        Predict how various types of human activities affect the environment.

SPI 3210.2.5                        Make inferences about how a specific environmental change can affect the amount of biodiversity.

SPI 3210.2.6                        Predict how a specific environmental change may lead to the extinction of a particular species.

SPI 3210.2.7                        Analyze factors responsible for the changes associated with biological succession.


Standard 3 – Flow of Matter and Energy


Conceptual Strand 3

Matter cycles and energy flows through the biosphere.


Guiding Question 3

What are the scientific explanations for how matter cycles and energy flows through the biosphere?


Course Level Expectations:

CLE 3210.3.1                       Analyze energy flow through an ecosystem.

CLE 3210.3.2                       Distinguish between aerobic and anaerobic respiration.

CLE 3210.3.3                       Investigate the relationship between the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

CLE 3210.3.4                       Describe the events which occur during the major biogeochemical cycles.


Checks for Understanding

ü3210.3.1                           Track energy flow through an ecosystem.

ü3210.3.2                           Construct a concept map to differentiate between aerobic and anaerobic respiration.

ü3210.3.3                           Conduct experiments to investigate photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

ü3210.3.4                           Investigate the process of fermentation.

ü3210.3.5                           Construct models of the carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorous, and water cycles.


State Performance Indicators

SPI 3210.3.1                        Interpret a diagram that illustrates energy flow in an ecosystem.

SPI 3210.3.2                        Distinguish between aerobic and anaerobic respiration.

SPI 3210.3.3                        Compare and contrast photosynthesis and cellular respiration in terms of energy transformation.

SPI 3210.3.4                        Predict how changes in a biogeochemical cycle can affect an ecosystem.


Standard 4 – Heredity


Conceptual Strand 4

Organisms reproduce and transmit hereditary information.


Guiding Question 4

What are the principal mechanisms by which living things reproduce and transmit hereditary information from parents to offspring?


Course Level Expectations:

CLE 3210.4.1                       Investigate how genetic information is encoded in nucleic acids.

CLE 3210.4.2                       Describe the relationships among genes, chromosomes, proteins, and hereditary traits.

CLE 3210.4.3                       Predict the outcome of monohybrid and dihybrid crosses.

CLE 3210.4.4                       Compare different modes of inheritance: sex linkage, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, multiple alleles, and polygenic traits.

CLE 3210.4.5                       Recognize how meiosis and sexual reproduction contribute to genetic variation in a population.

CLE 3210.4.6                       Describe the connection between mutations and human genetic disorders.

CLE 3210.4.7                       Assess the scientific and ethical ramifications of emerging genetic technologies.


Checks for Understanding:

ü3210.4.1                           Use models of DNA, RNA, and amino acids to explain replication and protein synthesis.

ü3210.4.2                           Complete and interpret genetic problems that illustrate sex linkage, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, multiple alleles, and polygenic inheritance.

ü3210.4.3                           Apply data to complete and interpret a genetic pedigree.

ü3210.4.4                           Describe how the process of meiosis controls the number of chromosomes in a gamete.

ü3210.4.5                           Associate gene mutation with changes in a DNA molecule.

ü3210.4.6                           Design an informational brochure to describe a human genetic disorder.

ü3210.4.7                           Conduct research to explore the scientific and ethical issues associated with emerging gene technologies.


State Performance Indicators

SPI 3210.4.1                        Identify the structure and function of DNA.

SPI 3210.4.2                        Associate the process of DNA replication with its biological significance.

SPI 3210.4.3                        Recognize the interactions between DNA and RNA during protein synthesis.

SPI 3210.4.4                        Determine the probability of a particular trait in an offspring based on the genotype of the parents and the particular mode of inheritance.

SPI 3210.4.5                        Apply pedigree data to interpret various modes of genetic inheritance.

SPI 3210.4.6                        Describe how meiosis is involved in the production of egg and sperm cells.

SPI 3210.4.7                        Describe how meiosis and sexual reproduction contribute to genetic variation in a population.

SPI 3210.4.8                        Determine the relationship between mutations and human genetic disorders.

SPI 3210.4.9                        Evaluate the scientific and ethical issues associated with gene technologies: genetic engineering, cloning, transgenic organism production, stem cell research, and DNA fingerprinting.


Standard 5 - Biodiversity and Change


Conceptual Strand 5

A rich variety and complexity of organisms have developed in response to changes in the environment.


Guiding Question 5

How does natural selection explain how organisms have changed over time?


Course Level Expectations:

CLE 3210.5.1                       Associate structural, functional, and behavioral adaptations with the ability of organisms to survive under various environmental conditions.

CLE 3210.5.2                       Analyze the relationship between form and function in living things.

CLE 3210.5.3                       Explain how genetic variation in a population and changing environmental conditions are associated with adaptation and the emergence of new species.

CLE 3210.5.4                       Summarize the supporting evidence for the theory of evolution.

CLE 3210.5.5                       Explain how evolution contributes to the amount of biodiversity.

CLE 3210.5.6                       Explore the evolutionary basis of modern classification systems.


Checks for Understanding

ü3210.5.1                           Create graphic organizers to demonstrate the relationship between form and function in representative organisms.

ü3210.5.2                           Explain how natural selection operates in the development of a new species.

ü3210.5.3                           Associate fossil data with biological and geological changes in the environment.

ü3210.5.4                           Analyze a variety of models, samples, or diagrams to demonstrate the genetic relatedness of organisms.

ü3210.5.5                           Use a dichotomous key to identifyan unknown organism.


State Performance Indicators

SPI 3210.5.1                        Compare and contrast the structural, functional, and behavioral adaptations of animals or plants found in different environments.

SPI 3210.5.2                        Recognize the relationship between form and function in living things.

SPI 3210.5.3                        Recognize the relationships among environmental change, genetic variation, natural selection, and the emergence of a new species.

SPI 3210.5.4                        Describe the relationship between the amount of biodiversity and the ability of a population to adapt to a changing environment.

SPI 3210.5.5                        Apply evidence from the fossil record, comparative anatomy, amino acid sequences, and DNA structure that support modern classification systems.

SPI 3210.5.6                        Infer relatedness among different organisms using modern classification systems.