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Inquiry into Life
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Why BC Biology 12: Inquiry into Life is
Right for Your Classroom
• 100% match to the Biology 12 IRP, with additional,
in-depth material on photosynthesis and cellular
• Trusted content from Sylvia Mader’s Inquiry into Life
is the foundation of this new resource
• Units and chapters sequenced with the curriculum in
a manner familiar to teachers
• Current Canadian and BC-specific references
(Example: Canada’s Food Guide)
• Strong focus on individualized learning
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Why BC Biology 12: Inquiry into Life is
Right for Your Classroom
• In-depth coverage of the curriculum’s prescribed
learning outcomes:
A. Processes of Science
B. Cell Biology
C. Human Biology
• Coverage of the three domains of learning:
Cognitive: knowledge, understanding and application, and higher
mental processes
Affective: attitudes, beliefs, and the spectrum of values and value
Psychomotor: movement and skill demonstration (integrating
cognitive and affective consequences with physical performances)
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Table of Contents
Safety in the Biology Classroom
Chapter 1 The Study of Life
Chapter 2 The Molecules of Cells
Chapter 3 Cell Structure and Function
Chapter 4 DNA Structure and Biotechnology
Chapter 5 Metabolism: Energy and Enzymes
Chapter 6 Cellular Respiration
Chapter 7 Photosynthesis
Chapter 8 Human Organization
Chapter 9 Digestive System
Chapter 10 Circulatory System and Lymphatic System
Chapter 11 Respiratory System
Chapter 12 Nervous System
Chapter 13 Urinary System
Chapter 14 Reproductive System
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Trusted & Proficient Author Team
Sylvia Mader
Van Chau, Delta SD #37
(Lead Author)
Rob Bakker, Abbotsford Christian School
Carolyn Durley, Okanagan SD #23
Shelin Kassam, Surrey SD #36
Barb McKinley, North Vancouver SD #44
Karen Morley, Surrey SD #36
Hannah Myles, Burnaby SD #41
Karen R. Naso, Vancouver SD #39
Carolyn Pena, North Vancouver SD #44
Vijay Pereira, Saanich SD #63
Rosalind Poon, Richmond SD #38
Marilyn Rodgers, Vancouver SD #39
Tye Swallow, WSÁNEC School Board
Gord Wiebe, Surrey SD #36
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Student Edition
Motivates students to understand
and appreciate the wonders of
biology with a focus on personalized
Computerized Assessment Bank
Provides hundreds of questions in a
searchable database for easy test and quiz
An online program with interactive
teaching and learning resources, and
personalized planning and study tools for
both teachers and students.
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Highlights & Features
New Unit & Chapter Openers
Chapter Outline and Before You Begin – Provides an
overview of the upcoming chapter material and
reviews previously learned concepts related to the
upcoming content
Making Connections – Encourages students to
think about upcoming content while allowing
teachers to gauge where students’ are in their prior
knowledge, preconceptions, and/or misconceptions
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Highlights & Features
Chapter Preparation & Diagnostics
Two-pages of thorough chapter preparation and
diagnostics to ensure student readiness, and to
assist teachers in gauging level of current
understanding of topic matter
• Short inquiry activity
• Multiple-choice questions
• Short answer questions
• Labeling activities, and more!
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Highlights & Features
New Section Reviews
Learning Outcomes – Each subsection
within the chapter introduces
upcoming content and what students
should know after reading
Check Your Progress – Each subsection
within the chapter reiterates the
expected learning with 2-3 assessment
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Highlights & Features
“Science in Your Life” Features
• Bioethical
• Health
Scientific Inquiry
Case Studies
With additional NEW features:
• Career Investigations – Looks at various jobs where
people use biology on a daily basis
• Science & Technology – Relate scientific content to
current technological advances and research
• Issues in Biology – Investigates current issues
• History of Biology – Outlines important discoveries
and timelines
• Aboriginal Perspectives – Provides viewpoints from
the aboriginal and First Nations community
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Highlights & Features
Investigations & Hands-On Labs
Requires students to apply inquiry skills and newlylearned concepts from the chapter to carry out
related investigations, experiments, and projects.
• Conduct an Investigation – Strengthens chapter
concepts and sciences processes step-by-step
Design an Experiment – Fortifies newly attained
skills and knowledge by allowing students to
design and conduct an experiment specific topics
Chapter Project – Challenges students to
collaborate with classmates on a larger-scale
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Highlights & Features
Chapter Summary & Review
Chapter Summary
Key Terms and Key Concepts
are organized by chapter
sections for easy reference.
Chapter Review
Provides a thorough review
of all chapter concepts,
terms, and skills through the
use of multiple-choice, shortanswer, and problem-solving
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Highlights & Features
Process of Science Appendices
Appendix A: Science Skills – Provides information on how to analyze
STSE issues, develop research skills, organizing data, and more
Appendix B: Useful References – Helpful charts, graphs, and other
resources appropriate to textbook content
Appendix C: Interpreting Instructional Visuals
Appendix D: Inquiry and Investigation In Depth
Appendix E: Answers to Selected Questions
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Digital Support
Web-Based Teaching & Learning Environment for Teachers and
Students to:
• Access to Interactive Student Resource or PDF version
• Access animations, simulations, videos, and links, supporting
complex concepts
• Access teaching tools – Teacher Resource, PPT, Interactive
lessons, BLMs
• Teachers and Students can create their own personalized
teaching or study plans and notes
• Access from school and home – anywhere, anytime
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Digital Support
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Activities – Chapter 2 Unit Project
Building 3-D Models of Biological Molecules
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Activities – Chapter 5 Unit Project
Enzyme Resume
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Activities – Chapter 11 Unit Project
Create an Anti-Smoking Commercial
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Activities – Chapter 4
Exploring Biology Activity
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Activities – Chapter 6
Exploring Biology Activity
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
Activities – Chapter 13 Teacher Resource
Simulated Pressure Filtration Activity
Section 13.2 Anatomy of the Kidney and Excretion
Simulate pressure filtration. Make a large jug of “blood.” Use water, food colouring (to simulate dissolved
solutes such as glucose, amino acids and ions), small and large beads (to simulate formed elements), and
clear, colourless but small beads to represent the plasma proteins. The container represents the afferent
arteriole. Pour the contents of this jug into another jug using a funnel. The funnel represents Bowman’s
capsule. Line the funnel with a wire mesh that will not let the small, large, or colourless beads pass
through. The mesh represents the pores of Bowman’s capsule that allow small molecules to pass. The
container that the filtrate is entering represents the PCT. In this analogy, gravity provides the force
necessary for movement of materials, but in the body, blood pressure provides this force. Students can be
asked to predict what happens when blood pressure rises, or is too low.
2. A pig or sheep kidney can be dissected showing the cortex, medulla, pelvis, and renal pyramids. Blood
vessels and ureters can be shown if still attached.
3. Each student can be given a piece of yarn or pipe cleaners (or similar), which can be bent and/or folded to
model a nephron. Then, several nephrons can be interconnected, sharing common collecting ducts. The
nephrons can be arranged left to right or right to left as they are in the kidney. Reinforce that Bowman’s
capsule, PCT, and DCT all lie within the cortex. The loops of Henle and collecting ducts travel through the
medulla, and all the collecting ducts merge and widen to form the pelvis. Th is activity reinforces
structures of the nephron, regions of the kidney, and the idea that the kidney is a collection of filtration
4. Have students (in small groups) create a concept map that summarizes the essential processes in each
part of the nephron in order to reinforce learning of the vocabulary and concepts associated with
nephron structure and function. Students can explain their concept map designs to other members of
their group.
BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life
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BC BIOLOGY 12, Inquiry into Life

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