Unit Driving Questions: Ohio Standards**
  • How do scientists learn and communicate? 
  • How are the basic concepts, skills, and understandings in science related to one another? interrelated? 
  • How are atoms, molecules, cells, organs, and organ systems organized and interconnected? 


  • AP.LO.1: Hierarchy of Organization
  • AP.LO.2: Anatomical Terminology & Body Regions
  • AP.LO.3: Types of Tissues
  • AP.LO.4: Homeostasis
  • Cells are made of atoms, which are organized into molecules and biological molecules, which are organized into the complex structures which make up cells.  Organelles are an example.
  •  Organelles have specific functions, sometimes working together.
  • Cells of the same type are organized into tissues.
  • Tissues, working together, make up an organ.
  • Different organs, working together, make up an organ system.
  • Organ systems interact, making it possible for the human body to function.
Terms:  Bricks Terms: Mortar
  • Atom
  • Atomic nucleus
  • Biological molecule (biomolecule)
  • Biome
  • Biosphere
  • Cell
  • Community
  • Ecosystem
  • Electron
  • Molecule
  • Neutron
  • Organ
  • Organelle
  • Population
  • Proton
  • System
  • Tissue
  • Complexity
  • Function
  • Hierarchy
  • Interact
  • Interconnected
  • Interrelated
  • Model
  • Prefix
  • Relative
  • Root word
  • Section
  • Structure
  • Suffix
  • Terminology
  • Translate
Learning Targets**
  1. Use electronic resources to retrieve, create, and curate learning about human anatomy and physiology.
  2. State the hierarchy of organization in living things, starting with the atom and building to a human and continuing to the biosphere.
  3. Describe each link in the hierarchy and explain why it holds the position in the hierarchy that it does.
Activities* Differentiation Assessments
  • Sketch a picture of each link (level) and describe.
  • Record in group on whiteboard and then in individual notes.
  • Quiz: description, placement, and rationale for each level
Visions into Practice: Classroom Examples
Designing technological/engineering solutions using science concepts Demonstrating science knowledge Interpreting and communicating science concepts Recalling accurate science
  • Research various species of organisms that have been studied in order to understand fundamental physiological processes in humans.
  • Explain the considerations in determining what species is the best to study for a particular process.
Analyze data about various human cell types and hypothesize the relationships between structure and function Identify the levels of organization from cellular to organism.