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This course is designed to prepare students for the New York State Living Environment Regents exam.  Below is a course outline, as well as resource links for each topic.  Be sure to complete all classwork.  Check the My Homework link often to remain current on assignments.

Opening Day Introduction Video (right)  

* Unit One - Introduction to the Study of the Living Environment

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 1 - Asking About Life (p.1-3) 

                                                              Asking About Life Assessment Worksheet 

The Nature of SciencePowerPoint Nature of Science PowerPointWorksheet 


What is Biology? Vocabulary 1 Worksheet 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 1-2 - Scientific Methods 

                                                              Scientific Methods Assessment Worksheet 

Science and the Scientific MethodPowerPoint   Science and the Scientific Method PowerPoint Worksheet   

Scientific Method Vocabulary 1 Worksheet  

Qualitative vs. Quantitative Data Worksheet 

Scientific Method - Writing Hypotheses PracticeWorksheet  

Identifying Variables Practice Worksheet                LAB - Simpsons Scientific Method Worksheet 

LAB - Scientific Method Virtual Lab    Scientific Method Virtual Lab Instructions 

Scientific Method Virtual Lab Data Table Worksheet  

Scientific Method Virtual Lab Journal Questions Worksheet   

Scientific Method Virtual Lab Graph Worksheet 

Scientific Method Quiz 

                                                                                         LAB - Lab Safety and Equipment Packet 



How to Graph Web Resource 

Line Graph Interpretation Worksheet        Interpreting Graphs Worksheet 

Drawing Conclusions from Data Practice Worksheet 



           "Discovery, Chance, and the Scientific Method" Article by Fran Slowiczek, Ed.D.1 and Pamela M. Peters, Ph.D. (left)

* Unit Two - Similarities Among Living Things

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 2-1 - Characteristics of Living Things 

                                  Interactive Textbook - Chapter 2-1 Assessment Worksheet 

Characteristics of Living Things(PowerPoint - right)  Characteristics of Living Things (Video - Right)
    Characteristics of Living Things (PowerPoint Worksheet - right)


* Cells

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 3-1 The Diversity of Cells 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 3-1 Assessment Worksheet 

Cell Theory and Cell Study(PowerPoint - right)    Cell Theory (Video - Right) 
    Cell Theory and Cell Study (PowerPoint Worksheet - right)  

CELL THEORY EXIT SLIP - Regents Prep       Bill Nye Video ............. Cells 

 Cell Theory and Study - Prokaryotes VS Eukaryotes PowerPoint
QUIZ 2              

5. Cell Structure and Function(PowerPoint - right)   Organelle Function Table (right)  
Cell Structure and Functionguided notes 


Similarities between the activities of the organelles in a single cell and a whole organism Video 


Organelle Function Table Worksheet (right)

Mitochondria and Cellular Respiration - Introductory Board Notes     

Introduction to the Nucleus - Introductory Board Notes    

Introduction to Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) - Introductory Board Notes  


Cell Organelles And Their Function(video - right)      
6. Diffusion, Osmosis, and Transport Through a Membrane: Part One

Diffusion Notes and Demonstration 

Diffusion Review Questions ........ Worksheet 

    (PowerPoint - right)   Diffusion, Osmosis, & Transport Through a Membrane (PowerPoint Notes - right)
Diffusion Animation (right)   
Diffusion and Osmosis (video - right)       Diffusion & Osmosis (Worksheet - right)
Diffusion: Part 2 PowerPoint Diffusion: Part 2 (PowerPoint Worksheet - right) 

Diffusion Through a Membrane (Osmosis) Virtual Lab 

Facilitated Diffusion Animation (right)  Osmosis Animation (right) 

Active Transport - The Sodium/Potassium Pump Animation (right) 

Diffusion and Osmosis Review Worksheet (right) 

Diffusion and Osmosis Crossword Puzzle      Organic vs Inorganic Review - 


How Diffusion Works Video and Quiz     How Facilitated Diffusion Works - Video and Quiz 

How Osmosis Works - Video and Quiz      Active Transport Video 

Test 1 Review 1 - PowerPoint  



8. Chemistry of Living Things - 

Interactive Textbook Chapter 2-2 - Necessities of Life 

Interactive Textbook Chapter 2-2 Assessment Worksheet 

Organic Molecules

Major Groups of Organic Molecules Video Introduction 

Properties of Water Video 

Properties of Water Vocabulary Worksheet 

Properties of Water - Acids, Bases & Buffers PowerPoint 

Acids, Bases & Buffers Vocabulary Worksheet         Acids, Bases & Buffers Notes Worksheet 



Nature of Enzymes Video Introduction      Nature of Enzymes Worksheet 

What are Enzymes? Guided Reading Worksheet 

How Enzymes Work Video and Quiz 



Chemistry of Life Vocabulary 1 Worksheet     Chemistry of Life Vocabulary 2 Worksheet 

Chemistry of Life Board Notes 1  Chemistry of Life Board Notes 2 

Chemistry of Life Board Notes 3   Chemistry of Life Board Notes 5 

Chemistry of Life Board Notes 4 


CELL ENERGY -----                Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 4-2 - Cell Energy 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 4-2 Assessment Worksheet 

Cellular Respiration(PowerPoint - right) Cellular Respiration PowerPoint Worksheet (right) 

Why does lactic acid build up in muscles? And why does it cause soreness?

(Left)    Lactic Acid Article Worksheet (right) 

Cellular Respiration Video (right)  Cell Respiration Packet and Quiz (right)  

                                                       Cell Respiration Packet Worksheet (right)  

Cellular Respiration Videos Link 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 13-1 - Photosynthesis 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 13-1 Assessment Worksheet 

Photosynthesis Overview Video 

Virtual Photosynthesis Lab   Virtual Photosynthesis Lab Worksheet 

Cell Energy Quiz 



Nutrients PowerPoint Presentation (right)   Nutrients PowerPoint Notes Worksheet (right) 

Nutrients PowerPoint - Amended First Slide 

Digestive System - Virtual Resource      Digestive System Virtual Quiz 


Paramecium as a review of concepts - Video   

Midterm Review Worksheet 2       Midterm Review Video - Diffusion and Osmosis 

Midterm Exam Correction Notes 1 Midterm Exam Corrections Notes 2


11. Respiratory System

Respiratory System Video (right)         Respiratory System Diagram Practice (right) 

Respiration in Insects (right)   Respiration in Insects Worksheet (right)  

12. Transport (circulatory system)              Transport Review Quiz (right)  

Circulation in Insects (right)   Circulation in Insects Worksheet (right)  


13. Regulation: Nervous and Endocrine Systems       


Nervous System Notes Worksheet  


   Endocrine System - PowerPoint (right)  

                                                                  Endocrine System - PowerPoint Worksheet (right)  

* Endocrine System, Nervous System, and Homeostatic Control - Slide Presentation

* Overview of the Nervous and Endocrine System - Web Article

* Inner Body Anatomy Explorer - Endocrine System

     The Regulation of Blood Glucose Levels Diabetes Forecast Article (right)  



Introduction to Reproduction (Mitosis) PowerPoint  Intro to Reproduction (Mitosis) Guided Notes 

Intro to Reproduction - Check for Understanding Worksheet 1 

Introduction to Reproduction (Mitosis Continued) PowerPoint 

Cell Growth and Division: Mitosis Video 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 4-3 The Cell Cycle 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 4-3 Assessment Worksheet 

Mitosis Practice Worksheet 

Asexual Reproduction and Vegetative Propagation PowerPoint 

Types of Asexual Reproduction Video 


Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction PowerPoint 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 5-3 Meiosis 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 5-3 Assessment Worksheet 



Cell Specialization Video 

Cell Specialization PowerPoint 




15.DNA and Protein Synthesis

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 6-1 What Does DNA Look Like? 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 6-1 Assessment Worksheet 

DNA Structure and Base Pairing Rules - PowerPoint   DNA Structure and Base Pairing Notes 

DNA Replication Practice Worksheet 

What is DNA? - Classroom Board Notes    What is DNA? - Assessment Worksheet 

DNA and Chromosomes - Classroom Board Notes   DNA and Chromosomes Worksheet 

DNA and the Cell Cycle - Classroom Notes Video Review 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 6-2 How DNA Works 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 6-2 Assessment Worksheet 

DNA and Protein Production -

DNA/RNA Vocabulary 2 Worksheet 


Transcription and Translation Practice Worksheet   From DNA to Protein - Video 

DNA-RNA- Transcription/Translation Board Notes 

Transcription and Translation Assessment Questions Worksheet 

Transcription and Translation Animation Video 

What is a Pedigree and Karyotype?  PowerPoint  

What is a Karyotype? (Virtual Karyotyping Lab)  Karyotyping Lab Worksheet 



Interactive Textbook - Chapter 5-1 Mendel and His Peas 

Interactive Textbook - Chapter 5-1 Assessment Worksheet 

Introduction to Genetics 1 PowerPoint (right)        Intro to Genetics Notes Worksheet


Living Environment Curriculum

  & Classroom Expectations for Mr. Yablon    


Textbook:The Living Environment: Alton Biggs, Whitney Hagin; Glenco /McGraw-Hill, Columbus, OH

Regent Review book: Prentice Hall Brief Review for Living Environment 2013 (Strongly suggested)

Website supplemental materials:,


Additional Materials:  (3 ring binder STRONGLY recommended) Bring to class everyday the following: NOTEBOOK, TEXTBOOK, PENS/PENCILS, FOLDERS specifically for science.


1.      You are expected to attend class ON-TIME everyday.

2.      Lateness will result in a 1 point deduction from your quarterly participation average!

3.      In the event that you have a school obligation (trip or lesson) YOU MUST RECEIVE MY APPROVAL PRIOR TO THE EVENT.


Course Content:

1.      This is a lab-oriented course that follows the New York State Regents Living Environments Themes: Unity and Diversity of Life, Maintenance in Animals and Plants, Reproduction and Development, Evolution and Diversity, Modern Genetics, Ecology.

2.      There will be emphasis on investigation and opportunities for making observations, collecting, organizing, and presenting data.  Students will learn to interpret data from graphs and charts.


Class Behavior:

1.      Respect others and show respect for yourself, act the way you expect other to act towards you.

2.      Come to class each day with a pen and pencil, permanent science notebook which has sleeves or pockets for returned papers.  Always have all lab related materials with you on lab days.

3.      No food or drinks are allowed in the classroom.

4.      No cell phones, I-Pods or other electronic communication equipment are to be used in class.


Class Work: Includes the following activities:

1.      You are expected to make positive contributions during every class. (Bring your textbook)

2.      Class discussion, short lectures, lab work, report, test, quizzes, computer-based labs, brochures, research topic, power point presentations, and more.

3.      You will learn to take NOTES from a variety of sources: Textbook, diagrams, overhead, whiteboard as well as oral class discussion. Which can be reviewed for a grade each quarter.

4.      Extra Credit: Is available ONLY on the weekly homework menus-

All answers must be e-mailed to by weeks end. Do not count on extra credit assignments to bring your grade up. It is possible that NO extra credit assignments will be given at all.


Lab work:

1.      Lab partners and groups are assigned and will be changed throughout the year!

2.      Lab work is done whenever it is appropriate and is related to the topic we are learning about.

3.      Having your pre-lab work completed before coming to class will make your lab experience much more meaningful and EASIER.

4.       Students should work together on making observations, collecting data and everyone in the group should take a turn using equipment or taking readings. Results should be discussed among members of the group.  Written lab work found in all reports should reflect your own thinking, effort, and language. Your lab is always due 2 days after the class work has been finished. REQUIRED LAB REPORTS: Minimum of 30 per student, YOU WILL be responsible for maintaining your filed lab reports within the classroom.

5.      They are CRITICAL TO YOUR SUCCESS!  Therefore, these reports should reflect your best work, neat, well written, legible or typed, and all responses written in complete sentences. 

6.      Expect to have a quarterly lab exam and possibly pre-lab quiz. Where you will demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and/or the lab skills.

7.      ABSENCE ON THE DAY OF LAB WORK will require that you make it up within 2 weeks of returning to school to receive full credit. Lab work is completed at science resources room 341.

8.      All past due labs must still be completed within 6 weeks to receive Regents credit. (your grade will be a zero, but the hours will count toward taking the Regents) Students who have not met the lab requirement 10 days prior to the scheduled Regents Exam will not be admitted.


NOTICE: You are enrolled in Living Environments, which includes animal dissections.  You have the right to opt out of the animal dissections on moral or religious grounds.  In order to do so, your parent/guardian must substantiate your objection in writing to the Building Principal and teacher, and you must complete an alternate project approved by the teacher. Please let us know as soon as possible, so that alternate arrangements can be made if necessary.



1.      Homework is assigned on a regular basis & completion is required. You MUST be able to understand and use our weekly menus and or check the internet for current assignments.

2.      Assignments are to be placed in the class specific bin at the beginning of each class.

3.      At least one assignment of those handed in each week will be graded thoroughly.

4.      If absent from school, the student is still responsible for the assignment, and should be certain to review the districts website and or ask a colleague (reliable friend) for what work was missed.  

5.      Lateness to class, legal or illegal, or absence from class, including school-sponsored activities, does not excuse you from homework!

6.      Late homework will NOT be accepted (exceptions: Serious sickness, a death in family).

7.      Cheating or copying will result in a zero for all involved.


Quizzes and Tests:

1.      Quizzes and tests are given during or at the end of a unit of work and are usually announced.

Written tests, lab practicals, & oral questioning may be used to assess your understanding.

2.      Extra help is available the day before tests and every Tuesday before & Thursday after school.

3.      Students should keep track of all grades and keep all returned papers in a folder for each quarter.  Students who feel an error has been made concerning their grade will then have evidence of the error, and the corrections can easily be made.

4.      Concerns about your individual test grade are a private matter, therefore will only be discussed at an appropriate time. (Not during class time)


Quarter Grades:

1.      Quizzes, tests, class-work, homework and lab reports will count towards your quarter grade. Lab graded will be lowered if decorum (behavior) is inappropriate.

2.      Approximate break down of your grade in percentages:

Tests/Quizzes                                                  55%

Lab Reports                                                    30%

Homework/Class Participation                       10%

Participation                                                    5%

3.      Participation is not determined by how many times you raise your hand or offer answers. Every student starts with a grade of 100 participation.  If a student is using their cell phone, iPod, (other electronic device), 5 points will be deducted from the participation grade for each offense.  Students can not effectively participate in class if engaging in any of the aforementioned.

4.      A mid-term exam will be given and will count as 20% of your second quarter grade.

5.      A Final exam and/or Regents grade counts as 20% of the overall course grade.

6.      Marking periods end on:


                                          First quarter                 November 10, 2017

                                          Second quarter            January 26, 2018

                                          Third quarter               April 13, 2018

                                          Fourth quarter             June 22, 2018



  Please complete the following and return it to me by Thursday, September 10, 2015.



Student Name (print): ____________________________                       Class Color: _________



I have read the syllabus for Living Environments and understand what is expected of me.


I have read the Flinn Scientific Lab Safety document and understand what is expected.



Student Signature: ________________________________                         Date: ___­­­­­________






I have read and reviewed the syllabus for Living Environments with my student.


I have read and reviewed the Flinn Scientific Lab Safety document with my student.



Signature: _____________________________                                 Date: ___________


E-mail: ________________________________     


Best (emergency) contact phone number: _____________________________


In a few words….What should I know about your child that will help me to make this year a great year for all of us!  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


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