Organismal Biology

BIG IDEA:   Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

In this unit, we'll learn about the systems in animals and plants that help these organisms to maintain homeostasis and to respond to their environment.  We will also examine the relationships among these systems.
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April 28, 2014  Activity This concept map will help you see the complex relationships among the various systems in an animal that are responsible for helping it to maintain homeostasis.  Homeostasis Concept Map 
April 28, 2014  Activity These are the terms you will need to complete your concept map on homeostasis. Homeostasis Concept Map Terms 
April 24, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen describes what homeostasis is, why it is important for organisms to maintain it, and introduces the various mechanisms involved. Homeostasis Preview 
April 28, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen discusses how homeostatic mechanisms have evolved over time, and how they illustrate that evolution has occurred over time.  Homeostatic Evolution 
April 28, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen discusses various disruptions of homeostasis, from the organismal level to the ecosystem level. Homeostatic Disruptions 
April 30, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen discusses how and why organisms respond to the external stimuli in their environment. Response to External Environments 
May 2, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen discusses the components of the vertebrate immune system and how they work cooperatively to defend the organism from injury and illness. The Immune System 
May 6, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen describes the mechanisms involved in animal development, including the importance of genes to proper organism development. Development: Timing and Coordination 
May 8, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen gives a brief overview of nervous system structure and function. The Nervous System  
April 28, 2014  Video  In this video, Mr. Andersen discusses the two types of feedback loops and why they are important in the maintenance of homeostasis. We will be viewing this in class. Positive and Negative Feedback Loops 
May 2, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen describes the various ways in which plants and animals defend themselves against infection or injury. Plant and Animal Defenses 
May 6, 2014  EK Statements Use these essential knowledge statements with the Immune System Diagrams you were given in class. Immune System 
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