Zoology High School Course Outline
The course gives an introduction to zoology, with particular emphasis on the morphology and systematics of both vertebrates and invertebrates. In addition, the students should acquire basic knowledge in ethology, evolution, and human ecology (including an introduction to the biosphere and biodiversity).
Zoology is a course that will survey the nine major phyla of the kingdom Animalia. Zoology is the study of animal life. Zoologists research everything they think to ask about animals, including their anatomy and interrelationships, their physiology and genetics, and their distributions and habitats. Human beings have been zoologists for as long as there have been human beings. As humans, we are intricately tied to animal life – we’ve depended on many of them for food, work, and friendship throughout our evolution and history….not to mention that we ARE animals!
Materials needed for class:
You will be completing all work online, however, you will be required to complete all readings and submit all assignments throughout the course.
A-100%-90%, B-89%-80%, C-79%-70%, D-69%-60%, F-Below 60%
Your final grade will be comprised of Exams, Activities, Projects and Handouts that we will be completing throughout the course online.
In order to receive the best grade possible and to obtain all requirements for the course, please follow the steps listed below:
Complete each lesson, in order, as they are presented.
Read the lesson and view any additional material the teacher provides (videos, links, etc.).
Complete each assignment, as they appear, within the lesson. Do not skip assignments. This includes any essays, worksheets, projects, or lab activities.
After reading all material for the lesson and obtaining a completed status on all work, proceed to the lesson’s quiz.
Finally, upon finishing the entire course and completing all assignments, projects, essays, labs, quizzes, etc., take and submit the course survey.
Quizzes will be given after each lesson is completed. There is no time limit on completing each lesson, however, you cannot continue to the next lesson until you have completed the Quiz for that lesson. The quiz will cover concepts that were presented in that lesson.
1- Course Introduction
3- Chemical Basis of Life
Chemical Basis of Life
Organic Compounds: Chemistry of Life
Nucleic AcidsHandout: Organic Compounds
Assignment: Organic Compounds12- Photosynthesis
Cellular RespirationHandout: Photosynthesis vs. Cellular Respiration
Assignment: Photosynthesis vs. Cellular RespirationQuiz: Chemical Basis of Life
4- Cell Biology
The History of the Cell Theory
Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells
Cell Structure and Function of Animal Cells
Cell Structure and Function of Plant Cells
Differences Between Animal and Plant Cells
Movement through the Cell
Active TransportHandout: Cell Structure and Function
Assignment: Cell Structure and FunctionQuiz: Cell Biology Quiz
5- Anatomy and Physiology
Histology of Bone TissueHandout: Histology of Bone
Assignment: Histology of Bone2- The Human Brain
Vertebrate Sensory OrgansHandout: Vertebrate Sensory Organs
Assignment: Vertebrate Sensory Organs6- Vertebrate Integumentary SystemHandout: Vertebrate Integumentary System
Assignment: Vertebrate Integumentary SystemQuiz: Anatomy and Physiology Quiz
The Theory of Evolution
Evidence to Support Evolution
Darwin and Natural SelectionHandout: The Fossil Evidence for Evolution
Assignment: The Fossil Evidence for EvolutionQuiz: Evolution Quiz
Biotic FactorsHandout: Abiotic vs. Biotic Factors
Assignment: Abiotic vs. Biotic Factors3- Interruptions in an EcosystemHandout: Invasive Species
Assignment: Invasive Species4- Relationships Among OrganismsHandout: Symbiotic Relationships
Assignment: Symbiotic RelationshipsQuiz: Ecology Quiz
8- Classification and Kingdoms
Linnaeus’ System of Classification
Kingdoms of Life
Kingdom Monera: Archaebacteria and Eubacteria
Kingdom AnimaliaHandout: Directional Terms
Handout: Animal Symmetry
Assignment: Directional Terms
Assignment: Animal SymmetryQuiz: Classification and Kingdoms Quiz
9- Phylum Porifera
What is a Porifera?Handout: Investigating Sponges
Assignment: Investigating Sponges2- Form and Function in PoriferaHandout: Sponges
Assignment: SpongesQuiz: Porifera Quiz
10- Phylum Cnidaria
What is a Cnidaria?
Form and Function in Cnidaria
Groups of CnidariaHandout: Cnidarian Vocabulary
Handout: Cnidarian Word Scramble
Assignment: Cnidarian Vocabulary
Assignment: Cnidarian Word ScrambleQuiz: Cnidaria Quiz
11- Phylum Platyhelminthes
What is a Platyhelminthes?
Form and Function in Platyhelminthes
Groups of PlatyhelminthesHandout: Flatworms
Handout: Platyhelminthes Blood Fluke Investigation
Assignment: Platyhelminthes Blood Fluke InvestigationQuiz: Platyhelminthes Quiz
12- Phylum Nematoda
What is a Nematoda?
Form and Function in Nematoda
Roundworms and Human DiseasesHandout: Roundworm Threats
Assignment: Roundworm ThreatsQuiz: Nematoda Quiz
13- Phylum Mollusca
What is a Mollusk?
Form and Function in Mollusks
Groups of MollusksHandout: Mollusks
Handout: Types of Mollusks
Handout: Mollusk Population Survey
Handout: Mollusk Concept Map
Handout: Snail Anatomy
Assignment: Types of Mollusks
Assignment: Four Types of Mollusks
Assignment: Mollusk Population Survey
Assignment: Mollusk Concept Map
Assignment: Snail AnatomyQuiz: Mollusca Quiz
Assignment: Roundworm ThreatsQuiz: Nematoda Quiz
14- Phylum Annelida
What is an Annelida?
Form and Function in AnnelidsHandout: Annelida Anatomy
Assignment: Annelida Anatomy
Groups of Annelids
Handout: Annelida Word Game
Assignment: Annelida Word Game
Quiz: Annelida Quiz
15- Phylum Arthropoda
What is an Arthropod?
Form and Function in Arthropods
Groups of Arthropods – Crustaceans
Handout: Investigating Crustaceans
Assignment: Investigating Crustaceans
Groups of Arthropods – Chelicerates
Handout: Studying Spider Webs
Assignment: Studying Spider Webs
Groups of Arthropods – Uniramians
Handout: Arthropod Word Search
Handout: Arthropod Vocabulary
Assignment: Arthropod Word Search
Assignment: Arthropod Vocabulary
Quiz: Arthropod Quiz
16- Phylum Echinodermata
What is an Echinoderm?
Form and Function in Echinoderms
Groups of Echinoderms
Handout: Echinoderm Vocabulary
Handout: Groups of Echinoderms
Assignment: Echinoderm Vocabulary
Assignment: Groups of Echinoderms
Quiz: Echinodermata Quiz
17- Mid-Term Exam
What is a Fish?
Form and Function in Fish
Groups of Fish – Jawless
Groups of Fish – Chondrichthyes
Groups of Fish – Osteichthyes
Handout: Fish Anatomy
Handout: Fish Crossword Puzzle
Handout: Fish True and False
Assignment: Fish Anatomy
Assignment: Fish Crossword Puzzle
Assignment: Fish True and False
Quiz: Fish Quiz
What is an Amphibian?
Form and Function in Amphibians
Handout: Form and Function in Amphibians
Handout: Amphibian Form and Function
Assignment: Form and Function in Amphibians
Assignment: Amphibian Form and Function
Groups of Amphibians
Handout: Frog vs. Toad
Assignment: Frog vs. Toad
The Decline of Amphibians
Handout: Mississippi Gopher Frog
Assignment: Mississippi Gopher Frog
Quiz: Amphibian Quiz
What is a Reptile?
Form and Function in Reptiles
Handout: Reptile Crossword Puzzle
Assignment: Reptile Crossword Puzzle
Groups of Reptiles
Handout: Extreme Reptiles: The Tuatara
Assignment: Extreme Reptiles: The Tuatara
Quiz: Reptile Quiz
What is a Bird?
Handout: Bird Feathers
Assignment: Bird Feathers
Form, Function, and Flight
Handout: Bird Beaks
Handout: Bird Vocabulary Word Search
Assignment: Bird Beaks
Assignment: Bird Vocabulary Word Search
Groups of Birds
Handout: Groups of Birds
Assignment: Groups of Birds
The Mechanism of Flight in Birds
Quiz: Birds Quiz
What is a Mammal?
Form and Function in Mammals
Diversity of Mammals
Handout: Diversity of Mammals
Assignment: Diversity of Mammals
Quiz: Mammals Quiz
23- Final Exam
24- End of Course Survey