Unit 1: Nature of Science & Intro. to Biology

Think, reflect, and record like a real scientist!

Lab Safety Rap
























Relevant Science Standards:

SB3. Students will derive the relationship between single-celled and multi-celled organisms and the increasing 
complexity of systems

SCSh2. Students will use standard safety practices for all classroom laboratory and field investigations. 
a. Follow correct procedures for use of scientific apparatus. 
b. Demonstrate appropriate technique in all laboratory situations. 
c. Follow correct protocol for identifying and reporting safety problems and violations. 

SCSh3. Students will identify and investigate problems scientifically. 
a. Suggest reasonable hypotheses for identified problems. 
b. Develop procedures for solving scientific problems. 
c. Collect, organize and record appropriate data. 
d. Graphically compare and analyze data points and/or summary statistics. 
e. Develop reasonable conclusions based on data collected. 
f. Evaluate whether conclusions are reasonable by reviewing the process and checking against other available information. 

SCSh6. Students will communicate scientific investigations and information clearly. 
a. Write clear, coherent laboratory reports related to scientific investigations. 
b. Write clear, coherent accounts of current scientific issues, including possible alternative interpretations of the data. 
c. Use data as evidence to support scientific arguments and claims in written or oral presentations. 
d. Participate in group discussions of scientific investigation and current scientific issues. 

SCSh8. Students will understand important features of the process of scientific inquiry. Students will apply the following to inquiry learning practices: 
a. Scientific investigators control the conditions of their experiments in order to produce valuable data. 
b. Scientific researchers are expected to critically assess the quality of data including possible sources of bias in their investigations’ hypotheses, observations, data analyses, and interpretations. 
c. Scientists use practices such as peer review and publication to reinforce the integrity of scientific activity and reporting. 
d. The merit of a new theory is judged by how well scientific data are explained by the new theory. 
e. The ultimate goal of science is to develop an understanding of the natural universe which is free of biases. 
f. Science disciplines and traditions differ from one another in what is studied, techniques used, and outcomes sought.   


   
Unit 1 Overview

Big Ideas:
Scientific Method
Characteristics of Life
Lab Safety

Textbook Reference:
Chapter 1

Essential Questions:
1. What characteristics must an entity have to  be considered living? 
2. What are the major themes in biology? 
3. What are standard safety practices for the biology classroom? 
4. How do you design, carry-out, analyze, and communicate the results of a controlled experiment? 
5. How are new scientific theories developed and judged? 

Important Vocabulary:
Scientific Method
Controlled 
Experiment
Observation
Scientific Theory
Hypothesis
Scientific Law
Manipulated Variable/Independent Variable
Precision
Responding Variable/ Dependent Variable
Accuracy
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