This website is meant to be as a guide for teaching Grade 11 university preparation biology following the 2008 edition of the Grade 11 Ontario Science Curriculum. It is conveniently broken down to follow the major topics as outlined by the Ontario 2008 curriculum document. Each major topic offers a lesson sequence along with extra teaching ideas and resources. A glossary of terms can be found under each lesson topic. In addition, resources for addressing student misconceptions as well as a few societal implications and applications are provided. Happy teaching and learning!
Foundations of Professional Practice (FOPP)
As outline by the Ontario College of Teachers, this website adheres to the Standards of Professional Practice:
The specifics of which are addressed under the drop down menu of each major topic.
Mitosis & Meiosis
Mendelian Genetics - Strand D
The Mendelian Genetics topic falls under strand D of the Ontario Science Curriculum for grades 11. The main focus of this topic is to introduce students to patterns in inheritance that Mendel discovered while working with the traits of pea plants in his garden. This topic has been broken down into four lessons which include an introduction to Mendelian genetics, Mendel's experiment, monohybrid, and dihybrid crosses. Each subtopic provides an abundance of resources that can guide a teachers pedagogy. There are also addition resources and societal implications that accompany the topic of Mendelian genetics. Feel free to click on the link below to navigate right to the Mendelian genetics homepage or click above under the Mendelian genetics tab to navigate to a specific topic and/or its resources within each concept.
Genetic Disorders - Strand D
The topic of genetic disorders falls under strand D in the 2008 issue of the Ontario Science Curriculum, grades 11 and 12. The main focus of this topic is to introduce students to the influence and possible outcomes of genetic disorders in the life of humans, as well as showcase current medicinal and technological advances in the area of genetics and genetic testing. This topic has been broken down into two main concepts-types of genetic disorders and genetic testing. Each concept is further divided into subtopics, the details of which are given above under each main concept heading. Please click on the link below to navigate right to the genetic disorders homepage or click above under the genetic disorders tab drop down menu to navigate to a specific topic and/or its resources within each concept of genetic disorders.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) - Strand D
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is covered in Strand D of the Ontario Science curriculum. This topic explores the science of GMOs while discussing the persisting controversies surrounding them. This subject offers the perfect oppurtunity to explore societal implications of emerging science technologies. Additionally, you can develop scientific literacy with your students.
THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM Form & Function- Strand E
The Circulatory System falls under the strand E in the 2008 issue of the Ontario Science curriculm. The big ideas for this strand is to reintroduce students to the circulatory system back from Grade 9, with more detail into the form of function of the circulatory system. Students learn the different functions of the system and are able to successfully make connections to disease and disorders. This strand has been divided into 6 lessons, however, several sections of the lessons can be joint or further divided into other lessons. Visuals and virtual labs are key to this section.
The Digestive System and Disorders - Strand E
The topic of “The Digestive System and Disorders” falls under strand E in the 2008 issue of the Ontario Science Curriculum, grades 11 and 12. One of the focuses of this topic is to give students an opportunity to recognize the relationship between food, nutrients, and calories in providing a healthy diet. Further, students will learn to identify how technology is used to respond to the needs of society, such as creation of probiotics and use of nutraceuticals. Lastly, the chapter will allow students to recognize and use anatomical terms and their meanings correctly and more importantly, recognize technologies and appreciate their importance in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders. This topic has been further divided into four (4) subtopics, click on the link below to navigate right to the digestive system homepage or click on the main tab above called, “The Digestive System” to explore a theme in more detail.
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