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Biology Unit Part 1

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Success Criteria = What you need to know and be able to do:  Within each of the unit outlines you will see this heading for each of the lessons.  Please use this as a checklist for all the knowledge and skills you will be required to gain during this unit.




LESSON  1:  Introduction to the scientific method 


Success Criteria:   Students should be able to.....


1-identify and apply the steps associated with scientific method

2- define the independent variable, dependent variable, control variables, constraints, experimental groups

3-write a hypothesis using the "If....then....because....." structure.



Note:  Introduction to Scientific Inquiry in Biology -2.pdf


Introduction to the Tomatosphere project  https://www.space.com/36541-tomatosphere.html




Plants grown in space. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MfWARdoF-o



Lesson 2:   The principle of sustainability: 


Success Criteria:   Students should be able to.....


1-identify the 3 factors that must be considered when determining if something is sustainable

2-use terms such as dynamic equilibrium 

3- demonstrate graphing skills and some measuring skills



Notes: sustainability 2014.pdf

Video:  Sustainability:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5NiTN0chj0

Lab modelling sustainability 



Lesson 3:  What is the Carbon Cycle? 


Success Criteria:   Students should be able to.....


1- Define and apply the following terminology:  nutrient cycle, dynamic equilibrium, photosynthesis, respiration, decomposition

2- Write and interpret the equations for photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

2- Describe how plants contribute the carbon cycle

3- Describe how the carbon cycle relates to the food chain

4- Describe how animals, decomposition and fires contribute to the carbon cycle.

5.  Describe the issue associated with the biosphere project



Part 1: Science being the Carbon Cycle 


Notes: carbon cycle.pdf


Text References:

Chapter Title

Page References


2.3 The Carbon Cycle

p 43, 49-50

Q 2-7 p 51


Additional Resources

Read:  http://www.ck12.org/biology/Carbon-Cycle/lesson/Carbon-Cycle/

Watch Carbon Cycle:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D7hZpIYlCA

Carbon Cycle Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrD3tMNPjXU

Mankind's Influence on the Carbon Cycle  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe2kPpmhLuc


Part 2: Investigating factors that affect plant growth  Mon Sept 10-Tues Sept 11


Photosynthesis Lab

Log into https://www.explorelearning.com

Class enrolment code:  HMVFEEBBGA


Analysis Questions:  Photosynthesis Lab.pdf


Part 3: Sustainability and the Carbon Cycle  Wed Sept 12


Case Study:  Life in Biosphere II



What is a biosphere?

Why could it be considered a closed system?

How was the biosphere II similar to the real biosphere?

What problems did they have with oxygen and carbon dioxide in the biosphere?

Why did they conduct the experiment?

What was learned from the project?




Lesson 4:  Nitrogen Cycle


Success Criteria:   Students should be able to.....


1- Describe the various forms of nitrogen in the ecosystem including nitrogen gas, ammonia and nitrate

2- Describe why nitrogen is important to ecosystems

3- Describe how nitrogen fixation, nitrification and denitrification contribute to the nitrogen cycle

4- Describe how nitrogen runoff from fertilizing lawns or agricultural crops affects aquatic ecosystems through the process of eutrophication.





Part 1:  Science of the nitrogen cycle  


Class Notes: The Nitrogen Cycle Symplified.pdf 


Homework:  Review the nitrogen cycle by using the following resources

Online Reference for reading: http://www.ck12.org/biology/Nitrogen-Cycle/lesson/Nitrogen-Cycle/

Nitrogen Cycle Video:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leHy-Y_8nRs



Text Reference 

Chapter Title

Page References


2.4 The nitrogen cycle

p 50, p 123-126

Q 2, 5c, 9,10 p 51

Q 1-4, 8 p 128



Part 2:  Sustainability in the nitrogen cycle  Fri Sept 14



Canadian Geographic. 2018. How do we study Eutrophication.  Retrieved from; https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/when-lake-better-lab


Video only link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=135&v=pAOihTRys74



Assignment: Effects of Nitrates on Aquatic Ecosystems.pdf   




Review for the Test


1.  Review the success criteria for each lesson 


2.  Construct a definition list of new terminology and why it is significant.

 nutrient cycle                  photosynthesis          cellular respiration    independent variable

denitrification                  nitrification               nitrogen fixation         dependent variable

eutrophication                   zooplankton           phytoplankton             nitrate

carbon dioxide                  ammonia                  carbon cycle               nitrogen cycle         

decomposition                    combustion            runoff                      


*make sure you can write a word equation for photosynthesis and cellular respiration


Use this student made matching question to help you review the above terms  Biology Test 1 Review.pdf


3.  Long Answer Questions

A)  Why do we need to manage fertilizers, manure and sewage really well?  What effects do they have on ecosystems?

B)  Is it possible to make a new biosphere?  What were some of the successes and challenges of the Biosphere II project?

  C)  How is the nitrogen cycle and the carbon cycle related in the process of Eutrophication?

D) Make sure you understand the aspects of scientific investigation including independent variable, dependent variable, controlled variables, hypothesis using the If...then.... because...... structure.

E) What are the 3 things to consider to determine if something is sustainable.

F)  Describe and apply the scientific method 


3. Quizlet for practice


Carbon Cycle  https://quizlet.com/7767348/the-carbon-cycle-flash-cards/

Nitrogen Cycle  https://quizlet.com/61867017/nitrogen-cycle-flash-cards/


4. Watch some of the videos above to review concepts.



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