Getting Started in the Study of Life
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.
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
Lab Safety/Lab Equipment
Ecosystems and Energy Flow
Cell and Cell Processes
Maintenance of Homeostasis
2nd 9 Weeks
Levels of Organization
Characteristics of Kingdoms
Review/ Comprehensive Final Exam
Prentice Hall Biology by Miller & Levine
Prentice Hall All-In-One Study Guide by Miller & Levine
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Welcome, Syllabus, Cornell Notes, SchoolWeb, Expectations
3 types of Labs
Lab equipment Matching
Last day for Paperwork
Lab Equip./safety Quiz
*** OFF ***
Cells: Prokaryote vs. Eukaryote T-Chart
Cell Organelles and function Foldable/Matching
TEST – 1A
Biomolecules Foldable flip chart (carbs, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids)
Begin Egg Lab
Continue Egg Lab
Cell Processes chart(homeostasis, passive/active transport, diffusion/osmosis)
Continue Egg Lab
Elodea plasmolysis video
Complete Egg Lab
OPEN HOUSE PARENT NIGHT!!!
Assign Cell Analogy
Leaf Structure and Function
Continue Photosynthesis and begin
Cell Analogy Project
TEST – 1B
Volume vs. Surface Area.
Cell Cycle – Regulation of Cell Growth(cancer/tumors)
Cell Size Lab
Meiosis & Sexual Reproduction. Diploid/Haploid
Compare & contrast mitosis/meiosis
Watson & Crick, DNA Structure, Build Room size DNA!
DNA Extraction Lab
Protein synthesis MysteriousMonster
DNA Mutations (deletions, point mutation, inversion, frame shift, insertion)
History of Genetics
Punnett Squares (monohybrid/dihybrid)
Assign DNA Model
Gene Expression is Regulated. Incomplete dominance, codominance, polygenic trait, multiple alleles
Student Holiday/Staff Development
*** OFF ***
Heritable Traits. Karyotypes, Pedigrees, Genetic Diseases
Discuss Gel Electrophoresis
TEST - 2
History of Evolution (Charles Darwin)
Theory vs. Law
Pass the animal
Evidence of Evolution: genetic code, fossils, common ancestory, homologous and vestigial structures, developmental similarities
Genes and Variation. Evolution as Genetic Change
How Speciation Occurs.
Teddy Grahams or Quackers Lab
Shark Dichotomous key
Build Kingdom Comparison Chart
Moth Camouflage Day!
TEST - 3
Jurassic Park 1
Jurassic Park 1
1 and 2 (3rd and 4th Review)
3 and 4 (early release)
Skeletal System/Muscular System
Muscle Fatigue Lab
Virtruvian Man Lab
Yarn Digestive Lab
Role of Enzymes in the body.
Discovery: Human Body – Pushing the Limits
TEST – 4A
Assign Wanted Poster
Immune System and Diseases
Viral Transmission Lab
Living Microorganisms: Bacteria
Helpful/Harmful bacteria microviewers
Build Virus models.
Nonliving Microorganisms: Viruses
TEST – 4B
Food Chains, Food Web, Trophic Pyramids, Cycles
What Shapes Ecosystems
Nonnative Species, Relationships, Succession
Adaptations of organisms to their environments & stability of ecosystems with environmental changes
Lesson of the Kaibab
TEST - 5
General kingdom characteristics: anamalia, plantae, fungi, protists,
Analyze Levels of Organization of Animals – Vertebrates
Categorize, Organize, Compare Invertebrates
Characteristics of Plants
Plant Microviewer/ Root,Stem,Leaf Lab
LIFE Video: PLANTS
Pond Water Lab
Rat Dissection Day
TEST - 6
1 and 2 (3rd & 4th Review)
3 and 4 (early realease)