Savage Honors Biology

Current Assignments




Cellular energetics Unit:
Homework for May 9 - 10:
Watch the following video:
Homework for May 3 - 6:
Watch the following  3 videos:
Homework for May 1 and May 2:
Watch the following videos:
This first one is optional. If you are going into AP biology next year you should definitely watch it. It will help you understand the light reactions better.
Homework for April 27-29
Watch the following videos:
Homework for April 25-26: watch videos below:
An Introduction to Metabolism
Unit 5: Evolution
Homework for April 11-12: watch videos below parts 4A and 4B on Population genetics.
Homework for the long weekend: Watch video part 2B and Part 3. (see below)
Homework April 3-4 : watch the first two videos.  You will be Quizzed on them at the beginning of next class
Unit 7: Genetics
Watch the Genetics videos found below.
Solve the genetics problem in your packet.
Prepare for daily quizzes
Unit 8: DNA and Protein Synthesis
Homework for February 21-22 watch the Transcription video as well as the Translation video.  Both can be found below (scroll down)
Unit 6 - Cell Divisions and Nuclear Divisions (Mitosis and Meiosis)


  • Read Chapter 9
  • Watch the videos below (coming soon)
  • Complete workbook - all sections chapter 9
  • Check out the animations in the links below:

    Unit 3 - Biodiversity and Evolutionary Relationships 

    Part 4 - Animal Diversity and Evolutionary Relationships
    Part 4B - Vertebrates
    • Read Chapters 25-26
    • Watch the videos below
    • Complete workbook - all sections chapters 25-26

    Vertebrate Diversity: The Mammals

    Part 4 - Animal Diversity and Evolutionary Relationships
        Part 4a - Invertebrates
    • Read Chapters 23 and 24
    • Wath the videos below
    • Complete workbork - all sections chapter 23-24

    Part 3 - Plant diversity and Evolutionary Relationships

    Chapter 19-All

    Chapter 20 (section 20.1 only)




    1. Read all of Chapter 19

    2. Read Section 20.1 in chapter 20

    3. Watch videos on plants (see below for video #1 - more coming soon)

    4. Complete workbook 

        - Chapter 19 - ALL pages

        - Chapter 20 - Section 20.1 only

    5. Prepare for Quizzes and Test


    Essential Questions:

    • What qualities and characteristics does an organism have to classify as a plant, how do those characteristics relate to the origin of plants and how does it exhibit their adaptation to face life on land.
    • How do we understand the evolutionary relationships between the different major groups of plants.
    • How do the major adaptations in plants relate to their differential success, and survival?


    • Describe the characteristics that would qualify an organism as a plant.
    • Discuss the origins of plants from an evolutionary perspective.
    • Explore the impediments and difficulties face by plants as they adapt to life on land.
    • Discuss the adaptations plants have made to life on land.
    • Discuss alternation of generations in plants.
    • Construct a phylenogenetic tree for the plant kingdom through dichotomy.
    • Describe the characteristics of bryophytes, identifying examples, investigating the typical reproductive cycles (focus on alternation of generation), and the limitations of bryophytes as terrestrial organisms.
    • Define vascular tissue in plants and discuss its significance.
    • Explore the evolution of vascular tissue in plants.
    • Describe other terrestrial adaptations that evolved along with vascular tissue.
    • Identify and describe the major groups of vascular seedless plants.
    • Illustrate the life cycle of seedless vascular plants using the fern as the example.
    • Explore the development of seed plants from an evolutionary perspective.
    • Explain the significance of and the evolutionary advantage of seeds.
    • Explain the significance of pollen from reproductive standpoint and from evolutionary adaptation standpoint.
    • Describe and identify examples of the two major groupings of seed plants – Gymnosperms and angiosperms.
    • Illustrate the typical gymnosperm life cycle using the Pine tree as the example.
    • Discuss the significance of the flower.
    • Identify the parts of the flower and describe their role in angiosperm reproduction.
    • Illustrate the reproductive cycle of a generic angiosperm.
    • Compare and contrast the different major groups of plants (adaptations to life on land, reproductive cycles, diversity, etc.)
    • Review the relationship in the classification schemes for the plant kingdom.


    Part 1

    Chapter 15: Only section 15.4 on Classification

    Chapter 16: Prokaryotes and Viruses


    1. Read section 15.4

    2. Read Chapter 16 - sections 16.2- 16.5 (exclude section 16.1)

    3. Study guide chapter 16 all parts


    Part 2:
    Chapter 17: "Protists"--The Simplest Eukaryotes

    Chapter 18: Fungi




    1. Read Chapter 17 - all sections

    2. Read Chapter 18 - All sections

    3. Complete Study Guide for chapters 17-18

    4. Perform Labs: as assigned in class  (protists lab - Pond Dip)

    5. Test :


    BIOLOGY – Unit 2 (mini)

    The Cell

    Chapter 6:  Sections 6.1, 6.4 – 6.6 - Cell Theory and Tour of the Cell



    ·         Identify major parts of the cell and understand how they are integrated and coordinated to allow for life.


    1. Read Chapter 6 section 6.1 and 6.4-6.6

    2. Master the objectives above

    3. complete Study Guide – Concepts 6.1, 6.4-6.6

    4. Perform Labs: as assigned in class

    5. Test :
    A Tour Through a Eukaryotic Cell (video coming soon)

    Unit 1 - Introduction to Biology

    Chapter 1: The Scope of Biology

    Chapter 2: The Science of Biology

    Chapter 4: Section 4.4 (only) Properties of water and their importance to living things

    Chapter 5: Sections 5.1-5.4 (only)

    Unit test



    ·         Identify major organizational levels of life

    ·         List the features that distinguish living Organisms from nonliving matter.

    ·         Explain what is meant by the term diversity, and speculate about what caused the great diversity of life forms on Earth

    ·         Produce a simple classification scheme.

    ·         Discuss the steps of the scientific approach to understanding a problem.

    ·         Design an experiment to test a hypothesis

    ·         Discuss the major themes that run throughout the study of biology.

    ·         Describe the structure and properties of water and identify why water is important to living things

    ·         Describe the major building blocks of life (biomolecules - structure and function) and understand the process by which they are built and are broken down.




    1. Read Chapters 1-2, Section 4.4 of chapter 4 and chapter 5 sections 1-4

    2. Complete the above objectives and define all key terms

    3. Perform Labs: as assigned in class

    4. Test :



    Study Guide pages: 1-4 (all)

    Study Guide pages: 5 - 8  (exclude word search)

    Study Guide pages: 14 - 15 (concept 4.4 Q.9-11 and matching at bottom of page 15 (7-13))

    Study Guide pages: 17-19 (exclude questions 10-11 on page 19)




    Classify It

    Experimental Design