Mapping the Body through Art
Biochemistry of our Body Course Syllabus
Teacher: Deb Baltau, Baltau29@gmail.com
Mat Fees: $25
Class Fees: $240 or $230 if taking 2 or more classes per quarter. Can be split into 3 equal payments. Price is for one quarter only.
Spring March 20-May 22
Easter break April 2-6
● This module is the first part of a full year high school course in anatomy and physiology. In
this module, we will start with a water molecule and a carbon atom and work our way up,
constructing amino acids, proteins, sugars, lipids, membranes, organelles and then, finally, a
complete human cell. We’ll also meet some prokaryotic cells (bacteria) along the way, since
they are the most abundant cells in our bodies.
Textbook & Course Materials
○ Mapping the Body with Art: Biochemistry and Cells by Ellen McHenry
Each weekly lesson begins with step by step drawing instruction for each unit, followed by
informational text and either a hands on lab or review session using a Jeopardy game, Cell
Bingo, or other active learning game.
1. Prokaryotes (part 1): We have finally learned about enough cell parts that we can put
together a cell! Prokaryotes are single celled organisms more commonly referred to as
bacteria. You have 10 times as many bacteria cells in your body as your own! They are an
incredibly important part of the human body and help to keep us healthy (but occasionally
can make us sick).
2. Prokaryotes (part 2)
3. ATP and Glycolysis: ATP is the “currency” of the cell and is used by all living things as an
energy source. When sugars like glucose are broken down through the process of glycolysis,
ATP is made as well as other products that will go on to make more ATP. This is the first
lesson in a series that covers the processes of cellular respiration.
4. Sperm and mitochondria
5. Krebs cycle and Electron Transport: After glycolysis, only a very small amount of ATP is
made and glucose has only been broken into two three carbon molecules called pyruvate. In
the Kreb’s “pre-step” and the Kreb’s cycle we’ll “burn” the rest of the pyruvate molecules and
still not make much ATP. But we will make a whole bunch of NADH molecules which will be
used by the electron transport chain to make a ton of ATP!
6. Ovum and Fertilization
7. The Zygote
8. Mitosis (and DNA replication)
9. Epigenetic Mechanisms: cells can turn genes on and off (gene expression)