Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Biology is the study of living organisms, divided into many specialized fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behavior, origin, and distribution. During this course, the state core curriculum will be followed to produce an integrated set of learning outcomes. It is not enough for students to read about science; they must do science. Using the scientific method, inquiry learning, and experimentation, students will become skilled in problem solving. Upon completion of this course, the student will get 1.0 credit.
Students will be required to communicate with the teacher throughout this course to ensure success. If the student needs additional help outside the classroom, there will be tutors in the library and a science teacher available to help them during the after school program.
Students are expected to meet the biology state requirements by the end of this course.
Standard 1: Students will understand that living organisms interact with one another and their environment.
Standard 2: Students will understand that all organisms are composed of one or more cells that are made of molecules, come from preexisting cells, and perform life functions.
Standard 3: Students will understand the relationship between structure and function of organs and organ systems.
Standard 4: Students will understand that genetic information coded in DNA is passed from parents to offspring by sexual and asexual reproduction. The basic structure of DNA is the same in all living things. Changes in DNA may alter genetic expression.
Standard 5: Students will understand that biological diversity is a result of evolutionary processes.
Assessment of Progress
Student progress will be measured using:
Unit Projects (100-250 points)
Quizzes (5-30 points)
Labs (50-150 points)
Current Events (50 points)
Daily assignments/activities (5-50 points)
Homework will rarely be given, if ever (5-50 points)
Students are expected to come to class each day prepared with paper, pencils/pens, and a binder/notebook. These materials will help students with organization and completion of work. Also, students can bring extra credit supplies every 6 weeks based on the list provided for a total of 20 points.
- Attendance: Students are required to attend class everyday. As students come to class each day, their ability to succeed will increase.
- Absences: When students are absent, they are responsible for collecting work that was missed. With major projects, only an excused absence will prevent the student from having points docked from their final grade.
- Tardiness: Please refer to the school’s policy. Sometimes when a student is tardy, they will miss whatever the class has already begun. It is the student’s responsibility to get that missed work.
- Hall Passes: Students may use the hall pass whenever needed(5 minute time limit), but excess use may cause this privilege to be revoked.
- Make-up Work: Students have one full week to complete all make-up assignments. After the first week, the assignments are considered late work. Please refer to the section below. Projects or tests not turned in on-time will be considered late work unless the student has an excused absence.
- Late Work:Week 1-The assignment will be docked 25%. Week 2-The assignment will be docked 50%. Week 3- The assignment will be docked 75%.After week four, assignments will no longer be available to be made up. This, of course, can be overlooked if there are extenuating circumstances. Some late work may not be accepted at all depending on the student’s behaviors.
- Classroom Rules and Expectations: Rules will be posted in the classroom and student expectations can be found on the student expectation list.
- No Cursing Policy: In my classroom, students will be responsible for words they say. This is a form of respect, and it will help students differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate situations. Each offense will result in push-ups, and, depending on the word, a lunch detention. If the student has a constant problem, they will be written up for inappropriate language and disrupting class.
Electronic Use: Students will not be allowed to use any electronic devices during class time. This policy will be enforced school-wide. In the event a student violates this policy, the consequences will be as follows: –1st offense: item returned to student after class -2nd offense: item returned after school-3rd offense: item returned to student after school in office-4th offense: item brought to returned to parent after school. -5th Offense: item returned to parent after 6 days.Each time, a record is kept and a logbook is signed in the office and the policy re-explained.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Projects will be given as a final assessment for each unit. These assignments will have the largest point value in the unit.
Trimester 1 Projects: Trimester 2 Projects:
- Ecology 4. Anatomy
- Chemistry 5. Genetics
- Cells 6. Evolution
These projects are subject to change trimesters or order based on time constraints.
The day projects are due will be the last day that work is collected from that unit. Projects can be turned in late, but other class work can not.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Parents can monitor student progress by logging into Powerschool at website: grades.provo.edu.
** Grades will be based on the district grading scale**
Connecting Home to School
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Personal Statement and other items (optional)
Students will be required to follow the proper protocol as stated in the lab contract that students and parents will sign. Students who willfully damage property, endanger self/other students, or violate any of the rules or procedures will face disciplinary action and lose any credit for that assignment. Students and parents/guardians will have to sign the Lab Safety Contract before the student can participate in labs.