High School Biology

The Biology curriculum unit is composed of six 45-minute lessons and is designed to fit with the ecology unit of most introductory biology courses. This unit covers the high school NGSS standards HS LS2-1, HS-LS2-2, HS LS-2-6, and HS LS2-7 as well as most SEP’s and CCC’s.

As part of these materials, students will:

  1. Explore factors that impact relationships between plant populations and wildfire
  2. Develop explanations for how invasive grasses and wildfire frequency are impacting the stability of Nevada ecosystems
  3. Have the option to spend a class period collecting plant population data around their school campus or a nearby field site
  4. Develop a land management plan to increase the wildfire resilience of a Nevada community
  5. Learn about career opportunities that conduct the science or resilience actions featured in these lessons

High School Biology Executive Summary

Overview Documents

Teacher Overview and Standards Alignment

Biology Parent Letter

Wildfire Curriculum Trauma Informed Teacher Information

High School Biology Curriculum

Lesson 1: Plant Populations

Lesson 1 (Plant Populations) PowerPoint

Lesson 1 (Plant Populations) Student Worksheet

Lesson 1 (Plant Populations) Preparedness Homework Assignment

Biology Unit Vocabulary

Cheatgrass Reading

Bottlebrush Squirreltail Reading

Pinyon Pine Reading

Sagebrush Reading

(Challenge Option) Emberville Succession Activity Without Cheatgrass

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