UA Bronx Studio School for Writers and ArtistsCurriculum Map (under construction)
Origin of Life
|Organization and Patterns|
Genetics and Biotechnology
Reproduction and Development
Human Influences on the Environment
Where It All Started
|How Scientists Organize Life|
Our Body ‘s Balancing Act
Protecting Ourselves From Invasion
Changing the genetic code
|The Circle of Life||Changes Over Time||Interactions with the Environment|
What We Do To The Planet
How Much Did We Learn?
Demonstrate knowledge of scientific method
Compare and contrast independent variable and dependent variable
Describe the characteristics of a good experiment
Distinguish between a control group and an experimental group
Discuss the use of a placebo
Use a microscope to locate specimens under low and high power
Prepare a wet mount slide
Make an appropriate scale and plot data points from a data table
Design an experiment to test a hypothesis
Measure in SI units
Identify biochemical structures.
Lab: Making Connections*
Identify the different cell parts
Distinguish between a carbohydrate, lipid and protein
Demonstrate the difference between acids and bases
Use indicators to test for presence of nutrients
Create and use a dichotomous key
Compare and contrast plant and animal cells
Identify different mitotic phases
Explain how could a single cell be a metaphor for an entire city
Lab: Diffusion through a membrane*
Explain the relationship between the different body systems and how they contribute to homeostasis
Suggest how knowledge of how our body systems function could empower us to make changes in our everyday life
Give an example of a disease and how it disrupts homeostasis
Draw a negative feedback diagram
Discuss the role of hormones in the body and give an example of their action
Describe antibody/antigen reactions
Analyze genetic inheritance and calculate probability of inheritance using a Punnett Square
Interpret a karyotype
Construct a model of the DNA molecule
Compare and Contrast DNA and RNA
Evaluate a pedigree
Identify a suspect using a DNA fingerprint
Take a position on genetically modified food and support it with evidence.
Lab: Who’s Got The Germ?
Compare and contrast asexual reproduction with sexual reproduction
Diagram the different stages of meiosis
Identify key differences between meiosis and mitosis
Trace the development of a human fetus
Identify flower reproductive structures.
Dissect flowers and seeds
Collect seed samples and describe dispersal strategies
Explain why women have a menstrual cycle and men do not
Identify reproductive structures that plants have and humans don’t
Summarize why bees are our most important pollinator.
Explain why Darwin’s Finches are so important to the study of evolution.
Write a short piece of fiction about survival of the fittest
Predict the effects of environmental changes on species.
Lab: Beaks of Finches*
Lab: Opposable Thumbs.
Diagram the process of energy transfer through a food web and a food chain
Discuss the different types of ecological succession
Recognize the different types of biomes
Identify the negative consequences of reduction of biodiversity.
dentify the biological factors that determine which organism can live in an ecosystem
Demonstrate how can a city block provide the living, non-living and once living factors to support the survival of a variety of organisms.
Lab: Relationships and Biodiversity*
Describe the negative environmental effects of deforestation, acid rain, ozone layer depletion and global warmng
Discuss actions taken by humans to reduce or repair damage to the environment
Calculate your ecological footprint
Analyze questions on practice Regents Exams
Identify strengths and weaknesses for Living Environment concepts
Determine topics that need further review
Summarize test taking tips.
What do we need to do to investigate problems like scientists?
What are the origins of life on Earth?
|How do we know something is alive?|
How do our bodies stay physically and chemically balanced?
How do the various components of the immune system work together to keep us free from disease?
Do we understand enough about our genes to modify them?
|Which is more effective, sexual reproduction or asexual reproduction?||Did humans ascend from apes or descend from Adam and Eve?||How do individuals and groups of organisms interact with each other and their environment?|
Can our planetary resources be preserved?
Do BSSWA students understand and use the concepts needed to pass the Living Environment Regents?
|Assessments/Evidence of Learning|
Evaluation of lab write ups
Written problem solving exercises
Individual and group projects
Completed homework assignments
Tracking sheet: Demonstrated skills.
|Art project: Concrete Poetry: The Cell.||Art/Writing project: Informational pamphlet on genetically modified food|
Writing project: Journey of a Sperm
|Art project: Demonstrating Biomes.|
Regents Exam practice tests.
What You Absolutely Must Know worksheet
Video: Osmosis Jones
Trip: Genetics Lab, AMNH
Video excerpts: The Miracle of Life
Mock Trial: British Petroleum
*Required State Labs
Standards per NYS Scope and Sequence