What is Biology?
Biology is a natural science. Biology is the scientific study of living things – one of several of the Life Sciences. Biology is a natural science involving the study of life and living organisms. High school biology students study key concepts that will help them make sense of life science. The ideas are built upon students’ science understanding of disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts from earlier grades. There are four core ideas in high school biology:
- From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
- Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
- Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
- Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity.
Performance expectations for high school life science blend core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge that can be applied across the science disciplines. (more)
Lesson 1 (or “Day 1”) Material
Lesson 2 (or “Day 2”) Material
- Day 2 Instructor Presentation
- Day 2 Student Handout
- Day 2 Rubric
- Read Biology 11 – Biology
- Read Biology 11 – Life
- Read Biology Textbook – pages 4-11
Lesson 3 (or “Day 3”) Material
Lesson 4 (or “Day 4”) Material
4:11 Introduction to Biology HD
3:07 Biology 101
2:54 Biology 101
Compare Contrast and Debate
Kickoff Debate Background: Academic standards are used to guide teachers in their instruction and students in their learning endeavors.
- Position A: All states should adopt identical academic standards for biology.
- Position B: Each state should create its own academic standards for biology.
Resources Documents and Links
- Write a letter – Overview of Biology (pdf)
- Launch cK-12 Principles of Biology (pdf)
- Launch cK-12 Scientific Theories (pdf)
- View Wikibooks – High School Biology
- View Wikipedia – Science Education
- Distribute LS11 Cellebrating Life.tns
- Distribute LS11 The Core.tns
Special Notes and Notices
- Science & Engineering Practice: Ask questions and define problems.
- Cross-Cutting Concept: Stability and Change.
Credit and Notices: The downloadable book/chapters available at this link were originally developed by the CK-12., a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. This textbook has been designed to meet California and U.S. standards. The material is not current as cK-12 now has a “no commercial use” license that is incompatible with Wikibooks. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License and was adapted from