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Every week I will be adding vocabulary from our text to help students become familiar with subject.

I will also attach some helpful actives to encourage students to learn vocabulary.


Chapter 1.1:

Biology- The study of life that seeks to provide an understanding of the natural world 

Organisms- Things that have all of the characteristics of life. All organisms are made of one or more cells. Each cell contains the genetic material DNA that has the information needed to control the life processes of the organism. 

Reproduction- The ability of an organism to make more of the same type of organism.  

Species- Consists of a group of organisms that can mate with each other and produce offspring that are able to reproduce. 

Growth- Results in the formation of new structures and an increase in the amount of living material.

Development- Refers to the changes that occur in each organism’s life. 

Stimulus (plural, stimuli)- Anything in the environment— air, water, temperature, weather, other organisms—that causes the organism to react.

Response- The organism’s reaction to the stimulus 

Energy- The ability to cause change. Organisms get their energy from food. 

Adaptation- Any behavior, structure, or internal process that allows an organism to make changes in response to environmental factors and live long enough to reproduce.

Evolution- The gradual change in a species over time due to adaptations.

Homeostasis- An organism’s ability to control its internal envi- ronment to maintain conditions suitable for survival.

Chapter 1.2:

Control- In an experiment, the standard against which results are compared 

Data- Information gathered from an experiment

Dependent Variable- The condition in an experiment that results from the changes made to the independent variable

Experiment- An investigation that tests a hypothesis by collecting information under con- trolled conditions

Hypothesis - An explanation for a question or problem that can be tested 

Independent Variable- In an experiment, the condition that is tested because it affects the outcome of the experiment

Scientific Methods- Common steps that scientists use to do research and answer questions

Theory- An explanation of a natural phenomenon or event that is supported by a large body of scientific evidence obtained from many different investigations and observations 

Chapter 1.3:

Ethics- The moral principles and values held by society.

Technology - The application of scientific research to society’s needs and problems. 


1. Prezi to help learn concepts of Chapter 1. This Prezi was found on Prezi and was contributed by Alex Guirand.

2. Biology Buzzword Game- We will be playing this in class


This was found on

3. Vocabulary flash cards are a great, quick way to learn terms. I will have students make vocabulary cards for a quick homework grade at the beginning of each chapter. 



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