Introduction to Key Concepts

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Essential Questions: 

Do all organisms face the same challenges?

How do structures in living things reflect their function?

Is their a common hierarchical organization within the wide variety of body plans?

How do organisms control their internal environment?

How do organisms balance their energy requirements?

 

Content: 

Learning to extrapolate the probable function of a structure by oberving its structure

A survey of various cells, tissues, organs and organ system across phyla

Use temperature control as an example of homeostasis and feedback loops

Skills and Processes: 

Looking at well-known organisms with a more detailed eye, identifying adaptations

Address misconceptions about animal form and function

Look at anatomical and physiological processes in an evolutionary context

Make link between concepts studied in Science I and II and a greater level of conceptual complexity in a higher level class

Assessment: 

Class participation

Homework questions

In class reading quizzes/identification of adaptations in animal samples

End of unit test

 

Resources: 

Biology  (Cambpell, AP 8th edition)

Image bank of various organisms

Planet Earth (Attenborough, BBC Wildlife DVD)