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Biology10 Syllabus

Biology10   Syllabus

2006-2007

 

10th Grade Biology                                           Teacher:           Ms. Price

                                                                        Email:   Sharon.price@mpls.k12.mn.us

                                                                        Phone: (612) 638-3810

 

 

 

Course Objectives:

Biology is a course that studies the complexities of living things from the microscopic to the macroscopic.  Emphasis is placed on the biochemical processes of life, including life cycles and the interaction of life with non-living things.  In particular, several theories of science are examined, including Cell Theory, Germ Theory, Genetics and Chromosomal Theory, and Evolutionary Theory.  Ecology, which is the study of life on planet Earth, will emphasize the study of various ecosystems and the interaction between humans and their environment.

 

Concepts:

-         Review chemistry basics

-         Review microscopy

-         Review scientific ways of thinking

-         Review the relationship between science and technology

-         Introduce the following:

-         Historical context of biology

-         Structure and function of the cell/cell parts

-         Diffusion and osmosis

-         Photosynthesis

-         Respiration

-         Metabolic processes

-         Cell cycles/mitosis/meiosis

-         Genetics

 

 

Required Texts and Other Supplies

§         Only a classroom set of BIOLOGY Books available

  • Students must have a science folder and a spiral notebook– organization accounts for 25% of your total quarter points.
  • Spiral notebooks will be used for note-taking; which is also a major part of each quarter grade.

Assignments

  • Major Assessments

?       There will be a test and major project at the end of each quarter.

?       Tests will be used to assess your progress in understanding concepts.  Projects will demonstrate your ability to apply the concepts you have learned.

  • Daily Assignments

?       Daily assignments will be inquiry-based through hands-on activities and lab work; although worksheets and note-taking will also be a major part of daily work.

?       Folder and notebook organization will account for 25% of your total quarter points. 

  • Homework

?       Amount of homework will be determined on a day-by-day basis.

?       Acceptance of late work will depend on the circumstances.  In general, a late assignment will lose 10% of its grade for each day late.

Grading Policies 

  • Grading Criteria:
  • 25% of your grade is daily assignments and class participation
  • 40% of your grade is quarter projects
  • 10% of your grade is tests and quizzes
  • 25% of your quarter grade will be folder and notebook organization
  • Grading Scale:
  • A =      100% - 90%
  • B =      89% - 80%
  • C =      79% - 70%
  • D =      69% - 60%
  • F =      Below 60%

 

 

Class Participation: 

  • Listening and being actively engaged in class assignments is an important part of learning.  Disruptions infringe on the rights of others’ ability to learn.  If after repeated warnings, inappropriate behavior continues, you will be escorted out of the classroom and to the appropriate disciplinary action.  (This will be discussed in detail in class later.)

 

Late Work or Missing Work:

  • Unexcused late assignments will be docked points equivalent to 10% per day.  Some late assignments will not be accepted at all.  What constitutes an excusable late assignment will be discussed in class in detail. 
  • You will be given two days to make it up “excusable” missing assignments.
  • Extra Credit:
  • Extra credit will be given to students who go above and beyond the requirements.  For example, quarterly projects require accuracy, innovation and uniqueness.  Students who display these characteristics plus show extra effort will receive extra credit.  Other forms of extra credit will be discussed in class.
  • No extra credit will be given to “make up” work.  Students must meet requirements in order to receive extra credit.

 

 

Class Policies:

§         Attendance

§         You are expected to attend class every day.  Only excused absences will be allowed makeup work

§         Promptness:

§         My Motto is:

§          Be Prompt – Tardiness disrupts learning and will not be tolerated.  BE IN YOUR SEAT WHEN THE BELL RINGS!

§         Be Prepared – You must have your science notebook, science folder, a writing utensil, and functioning brain, please.

§         Be positive – Attitude is everything!  Negative comments, foul language, or “put-downs” will NOT be tolerated.

§         Passes

§         Only 3 passes per quarter will be allowed and whether or not you receive one is still based on my discretion.

§         Food/Drink in classroom

§         This is a SCIENCE LABORATORY -No food or drink allowed. 

§         Water is permissible only on certain days.  We have safety precautions to consider when performing lab activities.

Academic Support

  • Tutorials
  • I will provide tutorials on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm; unless otherwise noted.

 

Calendar of Topics and Assignments

(Please note that this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change as the year progresses.) I have provided a general overview on what will be covered this year.

 Since science is mostly inquiry-based, it is not advantageous to get any more detailed than I already have.

 

 

 

 

Quarter 1:          Review and Overview

 

Standards to be addressed for quarter 1:

-         The student will understand the nature of scientific ways of thinking and that scientific knowledge changes and accumulates over time.

-         The student will design and conduct a scientific investigation

-         The student will understand the relationship between science and technology and how both are used.

-         The student will recognize the historical and cultural context of scientific endeavors and how they influence each other.

-         The student will comprehend that all living things are composed of cells, and that the life processes in a cell are based on molecular interactions.

 

 

1.                  Microscope / Lab skills

2.                  Biochemical Process

3.                  Scientific Knowledge / Methods / Experimentation

4.                  Science and Technology

5.                  Nature, Culture, and Historical Context of Biology

6.                  Review Functions of Cell Parts  / Intro to Cell Processes    

a.       Structure and Function

b.      Diffusion and osmosis

c.       Respiration and Photosynthesis

d.      Mitosis and Meiosis  (cell cycles)

Quarter 1 Project:      Inquiry-based

 

Quarter 2: Introduction to Genetics

Standards to be addressed for Quarter 2:

-         The student will classify, compare and contrast the diversity of organisms on Earth and their modes of accommodation the requirements for life.

-         The student will explain how inherited characteristics are encoded by genes

-         The student will understand how biological evolution provides a scientific explanation for the fossil record of ancient life forms, as well as for the striking molecular similarities observed among the diverse species of living organisms

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1.                  Intro to DNA / RNA

2.                  Genes and Chromosomes

3.                  Human reproduction and Chromosomes

4.                  Working with Punnett Square/Crosses

5.                  Genotype vs. Phenotype    

6.                  Darwin’s Evolution / Natural Selection

7.                  Classification and Taxonomy

8.                  Historical Perspective of Genetics and Evolution

Quarter 2 Project:      2-Dimensional Model of DNA Molecule or Design-an-Experiment

 

Quarter 3:          Interactions among Living Things

Standards to be addressed for Quarter 3:

-         The student will understand the concept of homeostasis and how it is used to explain the relationship of organs systems in the animal kingdom, including humans

-         The student will explain how the adaptation of behavior influence the survival of organisms

-         The student will understand how the anatomy of the circulatory, digestive, and nervous systems compare across the animal kingdom

-          The student will explain how the anatomy and physiology of plants compare across the plant kingdom

-         the student will design and conduct a scientific investigation

 

 

1.                  Living vs. Non-living things

2.                  Plants vs. Animals

3.                  Comparative Anatomy

4.                  Human Behavior

5.                  Human Organ System

Quarter 3 Project:      Design-an-Animal /Habitat

 

Quarter 4:          Ecology

Standards to be addressed for Quarter 4:

-         The student will describe how the environment and interactions between organisms can affect the number of species and the diversity of species in a ecosystem

-         The student will describe and explain the cycling of matter and flow of energy through the ecosystem’s living and non living components

-         The student will understand the nature of scientific ways of thinking and that scientific knowledge changes and accumulates over time.

-         The student will design and conduct a scientific investigation

-         The student will understand the relationship between science and technology and how both are used.

-         The student will recognize the historical and cultural context of scientific endeavors and how they influence each other.

 

1.                  Introduction to Ecosystems

2.                  Abiotic vs. Biotic Factors

3.                  Biomes / Tropic Levels

4.                  Types of Ecosystems

5.                  Populations and Carrying Capacities

6.                  Symbiosis (Commensalism, Mutualism, parasitism)

7.                  Natural vs. Invasive Species

8.                  Human Intervention and Pollution

Quarter 4 Project:      Create an Ecosystem