This zip file contains 22 files (37 pages) with many resources and activities which can be used to compose a unit for biology students introducing them to life processes and classification.
All files with the exception of the PowerPoints are posted in both pdf and as word documents which can be edited for individual teacher and classroom needs.
While these lessons were originally designed to correlate to the performance indicators of the New York State Living Environment/Biology curriculum, the components of this lesson may be easily used in other biology courses as well. It contains the following items:
-- Marzano self assessment scales (life processes and classification) for students specific to this unit
-- Cloze notes on life processes and classification handouts for students with learning goals
-- 81 slide PowerPoint pair to accompany the cloze notes (also contains four bell ringers
-- 2 dichotomous key activities with keys
-- PowerPoint Jeopardy Game on Life Processes and Classification
-- Basic Chemistry Worksheet with key
-- Biochemistry worksheet 1 with key
-- Biochemistry worksheet 2 with key
-- Biochemistry worksheet 3 with key
-- Life Processes and Homeostasis Worksheet with key
-- Life Processes Practice quiz with answers for student study
-- Life Processes quiz with key
-- Classification Review Sheet with key
-- Classification Practice Quiz with answers for student study
-- Classification Final Quiz with key
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Living Environment Performance Indicators and Major Understandings Addressed
Performance Indicator 1.2
Describe and explain the structures and functions of the human body at different organizational levels (e.g., systems, tissues, cells, organelles).
1.2 b Humans are complex organisms. They require multiple systems for digestion, respiration, reproduction, circulation, excretion, movement, coordination, and immunity. The systems interact to perform the life functions.
1.2c The components of the human body, from organ systems to cell organelles, interact to maintain a balanced internal environment. To successfully accomplish this, organisms possess a diversity of control mechanisms that detect deviations and make corrective actions.
1.2d If there is a disruption in any human system, there may be a corresponding imbalance in homeostasis.
Performance Indicator 5.2
Explain disease as a failure of homeostasis.
5.2a Homeostasis in an organism is constantly threatened. Failure to respond effectively can result in disease or death.
Performance Indicator 5.3
Relate processes at the system level to the cellular level in order to explain dynamic equilibrium in multicelled organisms.
5.3a Dynamic equilibrium results from detection of and response to stimuli. Organisms detect and respond to change in a variety of ways both at the cellular level and at the organismal level.
5.3b Feedback mechanisms have evolved that maintain homeostasis. Examples include the changes in heart rate or respiratory rate in response to increased activity in muscle cells, the maintenance of blood sugar levels by insulin from the pancreas, and the changes in openings in the leaves of plants by guard cells to regulate water loss and gas exchange.
Appendix A Lab Skill
¥ Designs and uses dichotomous keys to identify specimens
Suggested Lab: Making Connections (Heart rate and effect of exercise on heart rate portions of lab) (Note: This lab is copy protected by the NY State Education Department and may not be posted in this package of materials.)
HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.
Common Core State Standards Connections:
WHST.9-12.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or
broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
WHST.11-12.8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of
ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
MP.4 Model with mathematics.
Many more biology materials to compose a full year course including this unit of learning activities are available at a significant savings of over 70% if purchased as a package for $23.99 (over 900 pages of different learning materials and 1500 PowerPoint slide) ... this package includes the following units:
If the contents of this complete course were purchased as individual zip files for each unit, it would cost more than $70 for these materials.
This year long course contains the following units.
-- Life Processes and Introduction to Classification Learning Activities
-- Cell Structure and Function Lesson Activities
-- Membrane and Membrane Processes Learning Activities
-- Introduction to Biochemistry and Enzymes Lesson Activities
-- Human Nutrition Learning Activities
-- Human Circulation Learning Activities
-- Immunity Lesson and Lab Activities
-- Human Respiration Learning Activities
-- Introduction to Cell Respiration Learning Activities
-- Introduction to Human Excretion and Human Locomotion Learning Activities
-- Nervous and Endocrine Systems Lesson Activities
-- Introduction to Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction Lesson Activities
-- Introduction to Meiosis Lesson Activities
-- Reproduction and Development Lesson Activities
-- Plant Systems and Adaptations Lesson Activities
-- Photosynthesis Learning Activities
-- Plant Reproduction and Development Lesson Activities
-- Classical Genetics Learning Activities (Mendelian and Beyond Mendel)
-- Introduction to DNA, RNA, Protein Synthesis and Biotechnology Lesson Activities
-- Introduction to Evolution Lesson Activities
-- Ecology Lesson Activities
-- Human Ecology Learning Activities
-- Complete Living Environment Regents Review Packets (geared toward NY State teachers) with Answers
View the contents of the whole year course in more detail at
Biology/Life Sciences Complete Course