Biology Class Overview

Biology Overview

Mrs. Graham

 

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Texts: 

Biology, The Dynamics of Life, Glencoe Science

Supplemental online texts: CK-12 and Apex Learning (username: ACSlunch#)

 

Description:

Students will work in cooperative groups, perform labs, and learn about cells, the molecular basis of heredity, biological evolution, interdependence of organisms, matter and energy, and organization in living systems and the behavior of organisms.   At the end of the semester students will take the NC EOC exam for Biology.

 

Goals:

  • Collaboratively create informal presentations that communicate explanations or descriptions based on evidence derived from your work
  • Investigate and form conclusions during labs using the scientific method
  • Use science vocabulary in your written responses
  • Learn common scientific prefixes, suffixes and roots to figure out meanings of vocabulary, showing scientific literacy.
  • Gain an understanding of  the structure and function of cells; how energy flows through living systems and how organisms respond and adapt in order to survive.

 

Supplies Needed:

1 composition Book

pencils

 

Homework:

One homework assignment will be given each week.  The assignment will be given on Monday and should be completed by Friday.  Most homework assignments will involve choices for students to select the way they want to show understanding and mastery of content (draw about it, write about it, create an online presentation, a talk show script, write lyrics for a song, build a model, etc.).  Students will also be expected to study their vocabulary words (they can use quizlet.com) and their notes.

 

Notebooks:

Students will keep a notebook which will be graded at the end of each unit.  Composition books are preferred, 100 pages.  The notebook will be split into sections for each unit and a section for warmups/bellringers that show understanding of content.  Students should use these notebooks to study for tests and quizzes.

 

Learning Targets:

Students will be given a daily learning target to help them self-assess whether they have gained understanding on the objective that needs to be mastered.   Learning targets will be posted on the board each day in the form of an “I can…” statement.  Students will also be given a unit guide at the beginning of each unit that will address learning targets and vocabulary that should be mastered by the end of the unit.

 

Resources:

Evaluation:

Grades are used to identify strengths and weaknesses in understanding and mastery.  Weekly quizzes will be given to assess student knowledge on vocabulary and current content and a test at the end of each unit.  Students not achieving 65% or higher will be expected to attend after school tutoring for reteach/retest sessions.  Labs will be completed during class and students will be expected to use their lab data to answer questions and draw conclusions.  Lab write-ups should be turned in during class or by the following day.

Tests:  40%

Quizzes and Labs:  30%

Classwork & Homework:  30%

Informal and formal assessments work together to show the student’s progress.

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