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Biology Exemplary Units

Unit 1 - Structure and Function of Organisms
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7
NGSS Alignment: LS1.A
Unit 2 - Cycling of Matter and Energy within Ecosystems and Organisms
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
NGSS Alignment: LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, PS3.D

Unit 3 - Stability and Change of Populations 
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 4.4
NGSS Alignment: LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.C, LS4.D

Unit 4 - Cell Reproductive Systems
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 2.5, 3.1
NGSS Alignment: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS3.A

Unit 5 - Cause and Effect of Inheritance
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.3
NGSS Alignment: LS3.A, LS3.B, LS4.B, LS4.C

Unit 6 - Patterns of Natural Selection
Utah SEEd Standards Covered: 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5
NGSS Alignment: LS3.B, LS4.A, LS4.B, LS4.C

Click here to access the Biology proficiency scales. Keep in mind that this resource may or may not be finished, but is updated regularly.


Additional Lessons Submitted by Teachers

Click here to access our additional lessons. As teachers use the Exemplary Units, they have been making tweaks and sharing them with us. We love that! Teachers have also been sharing with us their great ideas for lessons. This is a repository where we will be putting those tweaks and shared lessons. Each of the lessons is tied to NGSS, SEEd, and our district Exemplary Units. Please explore, use, and tweak these lessons!

Pacing Guides for Biology Exemplary Units

Click here to see a proposed pacing guide for the 6 units in the Biology Exemplars. Remember these documents are always being updated so please share any feedback you have with the writing team (see bottom of page).

SEEd Standard/Exemplary Unit Learning Goal Crosswalk

Click here to access the crosswalk document that will allow you to see which Exemplary Unit Learning Goals are associated with specific SEEd Standards.

Biology Teacher Lesson Pooling Collaboration

Click the links below to view the JSD biology lesson collaboration documents. These documents contain a repository of lessons and activities that teachers across the district have used.

*Note: These lessons may or may not have been modified for 3D science. To check if the lesson is 3D or to modify a lesson or activity, use this guide.


Previous Writers

  • Bethany Alston
  • Tiffani Holmes
  • Daniel Mclay