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 Learning about Life Science

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This study guide has been designed to assist students with the study of life science

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Unit 1 - Chapter 1

Before we begin the chapter some research questions are provided. Choose two and submit at least a paragraph per answer.

  • List 10 basic needs that people have in order to survive. Explain how people can get all the listed needs from their surroundings.
  • How are human needs different from the needs of plants?
  • What type of organisms would be best suited for an aquarium. Discuss the needs of each organism (food, water, oxygen, light) and what measures must be taken to ensure that the aquarium environment can meet the needs of each organism.
  • What do living things need to survive and grow?

Introduction and Activities for this Chapter

Chapter 1: What is Life Science?

1-1  The Work of a Biologist

1-2  The Focus of Life Science

1-3  Organization of Living Things

Study Skills & Concepts: To outline the needs, activities, and organization of living things.

  • List four activities of scientists in their search for answers.
  • Name three kinds of places where scientists carry out their work.
  • State an improvement in Life Science that resulted from technology.
  •  Name the activities common to all living things.
  •  List the needs of living things.
  •  Explain the importance of the sun in maintaining life.
  • Define the word cell.
  • Tell the jobs associated with three kinds of cells in your body.
  •  List the levels of organization in living things.

     Summary & Review

Ch.2 Introduction and Activities

Chapter 2: Basics of Life Science

2-1 Looking Inside Cells

2-2 Make-Up of Cells

2-3 Activities of Cells

Study Skills & Concepts: To describe the structure, makeup, and functions of cells.

  •      State the main parts of the Cell Theory.
  •      Identify the main parts of a cell.
  •      List three differences between plant cells and animal cells.
  •      Tell the difference between an element and a compound.
  •      Name the kinds of compounds that make up cells.
  •      List some of the ways compounds are used by cells.
  •      Compare two kinds of transport in and out of cells.
  •      Tell how cells get energy for life activities.
  •      Describe how a body cell divides.

Summary & Review

Read Pages 12 - 16

Ch.3 Introduction and Activities

Chapter 3: Problem Solving in Life Science

3-1 Thinking Like a Scientist

3-2 Tools of Life Science

3-3 Classifying Living Things

Study Skills & Concepts: To identify steps of problem solving and levels of classification.

  •      Explain how observing can help solve mysteries in science.
  •      Describe how a hypothesis can be tested.
  •      Tell how a theory can lead to new discoveries.
  •      Tell how life science tools are used for special jobs.
  •      Tell how words and pictures can be important tools in life science.
  •      Show step by step, how living things are classified into groups.
  •      Tell how a scientific name is provided by classifying an organism.
  •      Contrast the kingdoms of living things.

Summary & Review

Read pages 17 - 19


Vocabulary: Words to know
  • Science is the search for answers to questions about nature. Science comes from a Latin word "sciens" that means "to know."
  • Biology is the search for answers to questions about living things. Biology comes the Greek "bios - life" with "logy - the study of."
  • Environment is everything that surrounds a living thing.
  • The use of scientific knowledge to serve human needs is called technology.

Students are encouraged to read pages 2 - 11

Microscope , Lab Activity, and Ch. 1 Investigation

Students will need:
  • Laboratory Report Form
  • Using a Microscope
  • Investigation Worksheet
Read and complete pages 500-501

Materials needed:
  • microscope
  • prepared slides of pollen, E. coli, hair strand, and red blood cells
  • pencils, paper
Difference in microscopes vary and may provide several view points

Learning About Biology


Goal of each student: Development of interest in global issues and the ability to collect, analyze and use data to explore and explain related science concepts. 

1. Visit the Science Photo Library for current science information, please ignore the content about evolution theories. Any questions email us inshaAllah

2. Visit Khan Academy for a video tutorial on specific sections of study in biology

Content Standards for this course:

♦ Scientific inquiry is a thoughtful and coordinated 
attempt to search out, describe, explain and predict 
natural phenomena.
♦ Scientific inquiry progresses through a continuous 
process of questioning, data collection, analysis and 
♦ Scientific inquiry requires the sharing of findings 
and ideas for critical review by colleagues and 
other scientists. 

♦ Scientific literacy includes the ability to read, write, 
discuss and present coherent ideas about science. 
♦ Scientific literacy also includes the ability to search 
for and assess the relevance and credibility of 
scientific information found in various print and 
electronic media. 

♦ Scientific numeracy includes the ability to use 
mathematical operations and procedures to 
calculate, analyze and present scientific data and 

Units Covered in Biology:

Unit 1:             Review of the Scientific Method

Unit 2:             Introduction to Chemistry

Unit 3:             Cell Structure and Function

Unit 4:             Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis

Unit 5:             Mitosis and Meiosis

Unit 6:             Mendelian Genetics

Unit 7              Molecular Basis of Inheritance

Unit 8              Diversity within a Species and Evolution

Unit 9:             Taxonomy

Unit 10:           Ecology           


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