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Exploring Biological Environments / Biology


Patrick Henry High School

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I will respect myself and others.

I will do my best.

I will make good decisions.

I will honor myself, my school, my family, and my community.

I will pursue the college or career of my choice.



Instructor Contact Information:

Cathie Kotten
Room 318
Phone Number:  (612) 668-2000 room 318
Voice Mail: (612)668-7116

E-mail is usually the best way to get in touch with me

II.  Course Description:

Welcome to our Biology class!

Science touches our lives everyday, in every place - home, school, and even work. 

Biology is the study of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, identification and taxonomy.  The study of Biology includes Botany, zoology, and ecology.

In this course there will be six primary units of study:

1.  The Basics of Life

2.  The Variety of Life

3.  The Plant Kingdom

4.  The Animal Kingdom

5.  Ecology

6.  The Human Body

III. Course Objectives

This is a year long course.  By the end of the year I expect that we will have accomplished the following:

  1. I can describe the six characteristics of living things.
  2. I can identify and describe the needs of living things.
  3. I can name and describe the life processes.
  4. I can describe microscopes and their parts.
  5. I can explain the cell theory.
  6. I can explain heredity and what causes offspring to look different from their parents.
  7. I can describe evolution and explain how the fossil record and theory of natural selection support evolution.
  8. I can explain taxonomy and will be able to use techniques learned to classify organisms.
  9. I can classify organisms in the animal kingdom. I can describe parts of the ecosystem and explain how organisms may have the same habitat but not the same niche. 
  10. I can model how organisms are related accordng to how they obtain their food.
  11. I can describe tissues, organs, and how they ork together in organ systems.
  12. I can explain the body systems. 

IV. What you should bring to class? (Required Texts and Other Supplies)

Life Science by Globe Fearon

A notebook (I will provide you with one and one only)A two pocket folder (I will provide you with one and one only)
Pencil or a pen (with blue or black ink only)

V.  Assignments

Major Assessments:
Our text is divided into 19 chapters.
Each chapter is divided into lessons.
We will read a section and complete assignments to review the section.

We will complete the lab activities in each chapter.
This will allow me to monitor our progress and make any necessary changes.
When we finish each section in the chapter we will then review each chapter.
We will then take a chapter test. 

VI. Class work:
We start every class with a warm up.
This warm up helps us prepare for the lesson.
The warm ups are to be written in your notebook and saved.
I will use these warm ups come from questions on the chapter test.
After we complete the warm up we will go directly into the lesson for the hour.  We will then finish each lesson with an Exit Slip

If you are absent it is your responsibility to ask for your make up work. You will be given three days to complete your work and turn it in to me.

VII. Homework
Homework is once a week.  You will then have three days to complete the assigned homework.

VIII. Grading Policies
Grading Criteria:
Your daily work and test are the biggest part of your grades.
Grading Scale:
100-90% A
89-80% B
79-70% C
69-60% D
59% or lower F

IX.  Class Policies / Expectations

Your attendance is very important.  You are expected to be in class at least 95% of the time.  You cannot pass my class if you are not here.

Tardy Policy:
You are expected to be in class when the bell rings.  If you are not, you miss your five warm up points.

No passes the first ten minutes of class or the last ten minutes of class. NO EXCEPTIONS 
Use the restroom between classes.  If you have to use the restroom during class you will be escorted by a support staff.   

I expect everyone to participate in class and do your best. 
Participation means; reading aloud, staying awake during class, and completing your assignments.
I expect that we will respect each other in this classroom.  All students have the right to learn.  There will be consequences for those who chose to be disrespectful or disrupt the learning of others.

Game day the first Friday of every month.  This is our opportunity to interact with each other in a positive manner, and practice social skills.

Cell Phones:  Keep them in your pockets during class.  If I see your cell phone out, I will ask you politely to put it away.  If you put it away and keep it away its over.  If you choose not to put it away, or it comes back out, I will call for a behavior interventionist to come and take the phone.

Academic Support:
 Wednesday after school from 3:10 to 3:45pm

X.  Course Calendar

1.  Semester One

A.  Quarter One

          i. The Basics of Life

          ii. The Variety of Life

B.  Quarter Two

i. The Plant Kingdom

          ii. The Animal Kingdom

2.  Semester Two

A.  Quarter Three

          i. Ecology

          ii. The Human Body

 B.  Quarter Four

          i. The Human Body