FM Biology

Coach Mac

Getting Started in the Study of Life


Syllabus


Coach Mac

Biology

Dear Students and Parents:

Welcome back! I am very excited about our new school year. I try and communicate with students and parents as much as possible and I am certain that together we can make this class an educational success for each student.

Students please keep this information sheet in your binders and return only the back signature page by the date indicated. Thank you! I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Course description:

Biology I is an introductory course that has certain objectives set by the state of Texas:

Objective 1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts in heredity and biological change over time.

Objective 2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts in patterns of living systems.

Objective 3: The student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts in ecology.

Objective 4: The student will demonstrate the ability to apply laboratory techniques, use equipment in a biology context and demonstrate an understanding of the application of science in daily life.

Objective 5: The student will demonstrate the ability to investigate and explain cellular processes.

Objective 6: The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze the levels of organization in biological systems and relate the levels to each other and the whole system.

The Texas biology TEKS and can be found at the TEA website http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/index.html The students, upon completion of the course, are required to take the state mandated TAKS test.

Topics To Be Discussed:

1st 9 Weeks

Scientific Method

Lab Safety/Lab Equipment

Ecosystems and Energy Flow

Animal Relationship

Biogeochemical Cycles

Cell and Cell Processes

DNA/Genetics

Human Systems

Maintenance of Homeostasis

Review/Midterm Exam

2nd 9 Weeks

Evolution

Animal Adaptations

Macromolecules

Levels of Organization

Viruses

Bacteria

Taxonomy

Characteristics of Kingdoms

Review/ Comprehensive Final Exam

Resources:

Textbook:

Prentice Hall Biology by Miller & Levine

Prentice Hall All-In-One Study Guide by Miller & Levine

Software:

Gizmos

Discovery: Body Story: Spreading Menace

Discovery: Body Story: Crash

Discovery: Body Story: Out of Control

Discovery: Body Story: Teen Dreams

Discovery Education Videos: http://www.discoveryeducation.com

National Teaching Aids Microviewers

Expectations:

1. Arrive on time with all materials.

2. Follow directions PROMPTLY.

3. Work during all work times.

4. Respect the teacher, other students, and our classroom.

5. Absolutely NO cell phones, iPods, portable mini radios, or PSP’s in class. They will be confiscated.

6. NO food, drinks or gum in my classroom.

7. Provide a phone number for your parent/guardian that can be used for medical emergencies.

8. Some days we will meet in the computer lab or library. On these days, the same rules apply: arrive on time wherever we are meeting, arrive prepared, and arrive with all necessary utensils.

9. The bell does not dismiss the class, I do.

10. Always treat a substitute with the same respect you would any other teacher.

Absent:

1. You have 1 day of grace for everyday absent to turn in work.

2. If you are absent it is NOT my responsibility to come find you and give you your work. It is the students’ responsibility to keep up with absences and missing assignments.

3. Please try to be present on lab/test days. Most labs can not be made up during class and will have to be made up after/before school.

Late Work:

1. All work is due when specified. LATE WORK WILL RECEIVE A DEDUCTION OF POINTS 10 POINTS PER DAY, NOT TO EXCEED 30 POINTS.

2. All homework is due at the beginning of the class period, unless specified by me. If it is turned in after it is collected it will be considered late.

Assessment:

1. Grades will be updated every weekend. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP UP WITH MISSING AND FAILED ASSIGNMENTS.

2. Grades are set on a weighted scale:

40% Minor Grades (20%homework/projects, 5%quizzes, 15%labs)

60% Major Grades (tests and major projects)

** Midterm and Final Exams count 15% of 9-week grade

** GRADES WILL BE BASED ON CONTENT MASTERY AS WELL AS LEGIBILITY AND NEATNESS. Poor workmanship and illegible hand writing will need to be redone or will receive a deduction of 10 points.

3. Tests are given at the end of each unit. At least one major project is given each semester. Projects have specified due dates. If you must be absent, you need to have someone turn your work in for you, or turn it in ahead of time!

Supplies:

1. All students need to bring the following to class every day: 2 inch 3 ring binder, pencils, pens, loose leaf notebook paper.

2. Additional Supplies to be kept in Class for your use – please bring the following if your last name begins with the following:

A – E: 1 box of colored pencils

F – J: 1 box of Kleenex

K – S: 1 package of glue sticks

T – Z: 1 roll of paper towels

Must have the above supplies by the end of the 2nd week.

About my Class:

1. There will be homework

2. We will have a test and a performance task at the end of each unit.

3. We will do at home projects.

4. Each student will keep up with their binders. We will add to the binders on a daily basis and periodic binder grades will be given.

5. I am available before/after school if you have questions, or just need to talk. You can also find me during my conference period (4th period), or email. mcdanielj@lisd.net

Student Name ____________________ ID# ___________

Parent or Guardian E-mail Address:________________________________________

If you do not receive an email from me by the end of the 2nd week of school, please contact me so I can make sure that I have your correct email address.

Please logon to eSembler (online grade book) and create an account so you can access your student’s grades at all times. This is a GREAT tool! https://gradebook.lisd.net/

Home Address: ________________________________________________________

Home Number: _____________________ Work/Cell Number: ___________________

Please include any additional information that I may need to know to help the student succeed in this course:

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I understand these are the requirements for the successful completion of Biology I. Please initial each of the following statements to confirm you have read the all information in this packet and return this page signed along with the Flinn Lab Safety Sheet.

_____ The Classroom Procedures and Lab Expectations

_____ Overview / Syllabus and Supply List

_____ I am aware that projects will be assigned & count as a major grade during the semester.

Student Printed Name Student Signature Date ______________________________________________________________

Guardian Printed Name Guardian Signature Date

______________________________________________________________

THANK YOU for all you do as a parent

and for your support! Please Email me with your children's name on the subject line that you have reviewed the syllabus.


BIOLOGY CALENDAR

Biology McDaniel (mcdanielj@lisd.net) https://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/snpapp/login/login.jsp

Login – FMHSbiology Password- student


Aug 26

Welcome, Syllabus, Cornell Notes, SchoolWeb, Expectations

Aug 27

Scientific method

Safety

3 types of Labs

Graphing variables

Aug 28

Scientific Method

Round Robin

Lab equipment Matching

Aug 29

Last day for Paperwork

Lab Equip./safety Quiz

Aug 30

Levels of

Classification Book

Microscope Movie


Sept 2

*** OFF ***

Sept 3

Cells: Prokaryote vs. Eukaryote T-Chart

Cell Lab

Sept 4

Cell Organelles and function Foldable/Matching

Sept 5

TEST – 1A

Sept 6

Biomolecules Foldable flip chart (carbs, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids)

Begin Egg Lab


Sept 9

Biomolecules

Continue Egg Lab

Sept 10

Cell Processes chart(homeostasis, passive/active transport, diffusion/osmosis)

Continue Egg Lab

Sept 11

Elodea plasmolysis video

Complete Egg Lab

OPEN HOUSE PARENT NIGHT!!!

Sept 12

Assign Cell Analogy

Project

Sept 13

Photosynthesis

Leaf Structure and Function


Sept 16

Continue Photosynthesis and begin

Cellular Respiration

Sept 17

Cellular Respiration

Candle Lab

Sept 18

Compare photosynthesis/respiration

Sept 19

REVIEW

Cell Analogy Project

DUE!!!

Sept 20

TEST – 1B


Sept 23

Volume vs. Surface Area.

Cell Cycle – Regulation of Cell Growth(cancer/tumors)

Cell Size Lab

Sept 24

Mitosis

Chromosome Structure

Sept 25

Meiosis & Sexual Reproduction. Diploid/Haploid

Compare & contrast mitosis/meiosis

Sept 26

Watson & Crick, DNA Structure, Build Room size DNA!

Sept 27

DNA Replication

DNA Extraction Lab


Sept 30

Transcription

Compare DNA/RNA

Oct 1

Translation

Protein synthesis MysteriousMonster

DNA Mutations (deletions, point mutation, inversion, frame shift, insertion)

Oct 2

History of Genetics

Punnett Squares (monohybrid/dihybrid)

Assign DNA Model

Project

Oct 3

Homozygous/heterozygous

Phenotype/genotype

Oct 4

Gene Expression is Regulated. Incomplete dominance, codominance, polygenic trait, multiple alleles


Oct 7

Student Holiday/Staff Development

*** OFF ***

Oct 8

Heritable Traits. Karyotypes, Pedigrees, Genetic Diseases

Unknown Karyotypes!

Oct 09

DNA Fingerprinting

Discuss Gel Electrophoresis

DNA Model

DUE!!!

Oct 10

TEST - 2

Oct 11

History of Evolution (Charles Darwin)

Theory vs. Law

Pass the animal


Oct 14

Evidence of Evolution: genetic code, fossils, common ancestory, homologous and vestigial structures, developmental similarities

Oct 15

Genes and Variation. Evolution as Genetic Change

Oct 16

How Speciation Occurs.

Macroevolution

Teddy Grahams or Quackers Lab

Oct 17

Classification,

Taxonomy,

Binomial Nomenclature

Shark Dichotomous key

Oct 18

Kingdom overview

Build Kingdom Comparison Chart

Moth Camouflage Day!


Oct 21

TEST - 3

Oct 22

Jurassic Park 1

Review

Oct 23

Jurassic Park 1

Review

Oct 24

Midterm Exam

1 and 2 (3rd and 4th Review)

Oct 25

Midterm Exam

3 and 4 (early release)


Oct 28

Nervous System

Senses Lab

Oct 29

Skeletal System/Muscular System

Muscle Fatigue Lab

Oct 30

Circulatory System

Virtruvian Man Lab

Oct 31

Lymphatic Systems

Nov 1

Respiratory System

Respiratory Lab


Nov 4

Digestive System

Yarn Digestive Lab

Nov 5

Role of Enzymes in the body.

Enzyme Lab

Nov 6

Excretory System

Nov 7

Discovery: Human Body – Pushing the Limits

Nov 8

Review


Nov 11

TEST – 4A

Nov 12

Integumentary System

Nov 13

Endocrine System

Nov 14

Reproductive System

Assign Wanted Poster

Project

Nov 15

Immune System and Diseases

Viral Transmission Lab


Nov 18

Nov 19

Nov 20

Nov 21

Nov 22


Nov 25

Ebola Video

Living Microorganisms: Bacteria

Yogurt Lab

Nov 26

Helpful/Harmful bacteria microviewers

Build Virus models.

Nov 27

Nonliving Microorganisms: Viruses

Compare bacteria-viruses

Nov 28

Review

Wanted Poster

DUE!!!

Nov 29

TEST – 4B


Dec 2

Ecology:

Energy Flow

Food Chains, Food Web, Trophic Pyramids, Cycles

Build Pyramids

Dec 3

What Shapes Ecosystems

Nonnative Species, Relationships, Succession

Dec 4

Population Growth

Dec 5

Adaptations of organisms to their environments & stability of ecosystems with environmental changes

Dec 6

Oh Deer

Lesson of the Kaibab


Dec 09

Lorax video

Dec 10

Review

Dec 11

TEST - 5

Dec 12

General kingdom characteristics: anamalia, plantae, fungi, protists,

Dec 13

Analyze Levels of Organization of Animals – Vertebrates


Dec 16

Categorize, Organize, Compare Invertebrates

Dec 17

Kingdom Plantae

Dec 18

Characteristics of Plants

Dec 19

Plant Microviewer/ Root,Stem,Leaf Lab

Assign Classification

Model

Dec 20

EARLY RELEASE


Jan 6

Flower Dissection

Jan 7

LIFE Video: PLANTS

Jan 8

Kingdom Fungi

Fungi Lab

Jan 9

Kingdom Protista

Pond Water Lab

Classification Model

DUE!!!

Jan 10

Rat Dissection Day


Jan 13

TEST - 6

Jan 14

Contagen

Review

Jan 15

Contagen

Review

Jan 16

Final Exams

1 and 2 (3rd & 4th Review)

Jan17

Final Exams

3 and 4 (early realease)