Our body is an amazing collection of atoms and molecules, that happen to be working together, organized by your DNA.
Carbon-based molecules are the foundation of life.
Cells function as microscopic chemical factories synthesizing and degrading biological molecules necessary for life.

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Main Ideas for this Unit
Water's unique properties allow life to exist on Earth

Explain how carbon is uniquely suited to form biological macromolecules.
Describe the function of the four macromolecule types and their importance for life on earth.
Explain how enzymes regulate biochemical reactions within a cell.
Describe the unique properties of water and how these properties support life on Earth. Freezing point, high specific heat, cohesion, adhesion)
Describe how biological macromolecules form from monomers.
Compare the structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids in organisms.
Explain how factors like pH, temperature and concentration levels can affect enzyme function.

Guided Learning and Vocabulary Activities

Section

Due



Section 32.1 Nutrients and Homeostasis
Section 2.1 (review on your own)
Section 2.2 Properties of Water
Section 2.4 Chemical Reactions
Section 2.5 Enzymes
Carbon-Based Molecules Class Activity
Section 2.3 Carbon-Based Molecules
9/25/13
None
10/1/13
10/4/13
10/8/13
TBA
TBA

Tests and Quizzes

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Section 32.1 Nutrients and HomeostasisSection 2.1 (review on your own)
Section 2.2 Properties of Water
Section 2.4 Chemical Reactions
Section 2.5 Enzymes
Section 2.3 Carbon-Based Molecules
Chapter 2 Test
9/25/13
None
10/1/13
10/4/13
10/8/13
TBA
10/25/13

Name of Learning Activity

Activity

Date(s)
completed
Water Demonstrations
Hands on Activities for section 2.2

10/2/13
Cosmic Voyage
Video lesson on the History of the Universe and life itself

10/2/13
Pause for Classroom Diagnostic Testing
Good Luck! Try your best :) Analyze results on 10/15
10/9 &10/10
Carbon Macromolecules and their Interactions in Cells
Enzyme Notes and Organic Macromolecules



(including sections 2.3, 2.4 and 2.5)
10/3 - 10/18

Test Review


10/21-24

Extra Help

Review Game with prizes

10/21

Chapter 2 Test


10/25