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Biology is the study of living things. We will be completing one unit per grading period in class in a traditional classroom setting. Students can complete recovery units outside of class to catch up on their Biology units at a faster pace. Recovery units are designed to support the main units, but are not a repeat of those units.  Our class schedule follows the California State Standards for Biology.

We use two textbooks in this class. The main textbook is: Glencoe Science: Biology and our support textbook is Globe Fearon; Pearson Learning Group Pacemaker Biology. For extra help with Biology, go to:

Biology: How do I get Units???

Class Unit:

Every student enrolled in class is required to complete the class unit during the length of time they remain in the class. Class units are determined according to a point system. Students earn points for each assignment and assessment assigned throughout the grading period. Students must achieve a 65% or better by the end of the grading period to receive the class unit. Assignments will assigned during class, and are to be completed during class. Potential assignments are: note taking from Power Point presentations, text worksheets, dry labs, video presentations, class discussions, writing assignments, mind mapping, diagrams, etc.  Check the class calendar at: for assignment due dates.

Class unit earned=1 unit per grading period.

Recovery Unit Option 1:

Students can obtain a unit packet from the classroom to complete this unit. The work will be completed using the Pacemaker Biology textbook, which students can check out from the school library. Work includes note taking, worksheets, assessments, a student generated project and student must pass the end of unit test with a 70% or better.

Each chapter completed = 1 unit.

Recovery Unit (Digital) Option 2:

Students have the option to develop a digital presentation based on the current class unit topic, or a chapter from their class textbook. For details on the specific requirements of this unit, check the recovery unit option 2 link on the website: or get the handout from class. Students can use Microsoft Power Point, or Google Docs, to complete this assignment.  Student will be required to present their completed assignment to Mrs. Neistadt, and will have to discuss the work at length. All work must be the original creation by the student, and sources must be cited on the final presentation slide. Check the website for more details on number of slides, graphics used, etc.

Each presentation completed=1 unit. 


Biology Class Unit Topics:

Unit 1: Ecology Ch 2 & 3 (Pacemaker ch21)

Unit 2: Cell Anatomy Ch 7 (PM ch3)

Unit 3: Cellular Respiration Ch 6 (PM ch4)

Unit 4: Circulatory and Respiratory Systems Ch 35 (PM ch 15)

Unit 5: Skeletal and Muscular Systems Ch 32 (PM ch 14)

Unit 6: Neurology and the Senses Ch 33 (PM ch 17)

Unit 7: Heredity and Genetics Ch 10 & 11 (PM ch 5)

Unit 8: Evolutionary Theory Ch 15 (PM ch 25)

Unit 9: Ecology: Natural Resources Ch 5 (PM ch 24)

Optional Recovery Unit: Nutrition and Human Health  Ch 37 (PM ch19)