Christine Thennis

Unit 1 Metric Measurement

The unit covers basics of metric measurement and a basic understanding for converting measurements.  Grades for this unit include a measurement lab grade, a practice worksheet and possibly a quiz.  Metric measurement units will be applied throughout the year.

The unit also includes graphing and recording scientific data to make a graph.

Unit 2 Microscope Use In Biology

Like no other invention, the microscope has unveiled the secrets of nature. The human eye has a resolution in the order of 100 um (10-4 m), which is about the thickness of a hair. With the microscope, whole worlds become available, filled with knowledge that can serve as inspiration to our fantasy. The exploration of microcosmos has led to numerous discoveries, without which we would be left with the limited knowledge our eyes give us.

Unit 3 Scientific Method and the Nature of Science

Science is a methodical approach to studying the natural world. Science asks basic questions, such as how does the world work? How did the world come to be? What was the world like in the past, what is it like now, and what will it be like in the future? These questions are answered using observation, testing, and interpretation through logic.


Unit 4 Ecology

Ecology is the branch of biology that deals with organism and their interactions with each other and their physical environment.  This unit will explore ecology, food webs, symbiotic relationships, populations, biomes, and human influences.

Unit 6 Basics of Cells - Structure and Transport

Cell biology is study of the structure and function of the cell, which is the fundamental structure of all life.  Studying the cell allows students understanding of energy conversion into usable components within the cell, the code found in the DNA, and how this code is translated into various structures in the body.

Unit 8 Cell Division, Cancer and Stem Cells

The topics covered in cell biology for semester 2 include : cell division, cell control and cancer, stem cell technology.  DNA replication, protein synthesis, and genetics will have their own section

Unit 12 Evolution

Evolution helps to ask amazing and important questions:  How do birds fly?  How can certain plants grow in the desert? Why do all living organisms use the same basic building blocks for life?  Evolution is the ongoing study of how life has changed and continues to change over time.  In this unit we will study the evidence that supports the theory of evolution.

Unit 13 Classification

Scientists have been trying to identify, name, and find order in the diversity of life for a long time. think about i, how many different species of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects, etc. are there in existence that we are aware of? too many to count right? well in order to simplify the identification process of these many species scientist have developed a few different classification systems, all with their own perks and downfalls (but what doesn’t? am i right??) jokes aside some well known and used classification systems are traditional, modern evolutionary, and (as weird as it may sound) the tree of life. okay so now that we have the blah out of the way (not saying its not important but you know) we have to name these creatures with a super dooper scientific name because certain cultures and regions refer to the same animal with different names

Unit 14 Microorganisms

Microorganisms maintain balance in the ecosystem, protect and help organisms, and cause fatal and devastating disease.  In this unit students will explore viruses, bacteria, “protists”, and fungi.