Grade/Course Overview: The Biology unit is subdivided into four life science Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI’s) as follows, 1.  From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 2. Ecosystems:  Interactions Energy and dynamics, 3. Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits, 4. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. The entire unit is addressed over the course of 8 subunits.  Students are expected to develop an understanding of key concepts while making sense of life science. The Performance expectations throughout the course will help students construct knowledge as they answer the following questions:  “How do organisms live and grow?  How and why do organisms interact with their environment, and what are the effects of those interactions?  How are the characteristics of one generation passes to the next?  How can individuals of the same species and even siblings have different characteristics?  What evidence shows that different species are related.


    Marking Period 1: 

    • Intro to Biology
    • Characteristics of Life
    • Energy in Ecosystems

    Biology and Honors Biology will cover the same topics at the same times.