H. Biology Syllabus

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White Station High School
Biology 2017-2018
Mrs. Kannady, M207
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Biology
Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Throughout the year this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms. Students will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, organism classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles. A comprehensive end-of-course exam (EOC) will be administered in May. A significant amount of studying must be completed at home to allow time for discussions, labs, and inquiry exercises during class time.
REQUIRED TEXTS:
School Issued Textbook (will be used primarily AT HOME)
“The Martian” by Andy Weir (Will be used in Quarter 3 and must be purchased on your own)
SUPPLIES
Bring Daily:
Multiple Pens or Pencils
3 subject spiral notebook with pockets, NOT NEGOTIABLE
Bring and leave in the classroom:
1 ream of copy paper
1 pack of thin or fine line Sharpies (any and ALL colors are welcome)
1 pack of Dry Erase Markers
1 box of band-aids (any size or patterns) 1 box of tissues
1 pack of 12 count colored pencils 10 count markers
1 container of Clorox wipes 1 roll of paper towels
I will have a sign-up sheet for lab materials that will be needed throughout the year.
Classroom Expectations:
•Students are expected to be in their seat and ready when the bell rings. We will have Bellwork EVERYDAY.
•Materials (pen or pencil and notebook) must be brought to class each day. If you do not bring needed materials to class you will be sent to your locker to get them and will also receive a tardy if you are not in the room when the bell rings.
•The room must be clean at the end of the period before leaving. Common courtesy dictates that any and all paper trash, gum wrappers, and food related items make it to a trashcan. (The consequence for not keeping a clean room is not being allowed to use things that create trash in the room.)
•Treat everyone with respect.
•Follow the instructions given by teacher the first time you are asked to do so
•All school rules will be followed as stated in the most current student handbook.
Objectives/Goals:
•Teach students practical scientific skills, which they can use to investigate, study and explain the world around them.
•Give students a deeper understanding of the how biology impacts their daily lives.
•For each student to achieve understanding of Tennessee State Standards for High School Biology.
•To encourage the spirit of scientific investigation and with it the attitudes of accuracy in thought and work.


ATTENDANCE
Attendance matters! Students cannot expect to do their best in class if they do not attend and participate. Students with valid reasons for absence (see SCS Policy on “valid reasons”) are responsible “for providing reasonable advance notification and appropriate documentation of the reason for the absence” and “for making up examinations, obtaining lecture notes, and otherwise compensating for what may have been missed.” Teachers “will assist those students who have valid reasons,” but some in-class activities are extremely difficult to make up.
DESCRIPTION OF GRADING
          *Grades will be calculated on the standard SCS scale and will not be rounded up:
93 - 100 = A
85 - 92 = B
75 - 84 = C
70 - 74 = D
00 - 59 = F
LATE ASSIGNMENTS
Homework will still be graded if it is submitted late for illness. Quizzes and other classroom activities will be made up if you miss them. If you have a valid excuse that is documented, the instructor will then assist you in making up the assignment. (see Shelby County attendance policy)
If you are going to be absent on the day that an assignment is due, you are still responsible for turning it in on (or before) the scheduled due date. I will not grade work turned in after the due date and time, unless you have made arrangements with me in advance or you provide valid documentation for your absence (see SCS policy).




COURSE SCHEDULE
Quarter 1
Weeks 1- 3: Unit 1.1 Population Ecology and Energy Flow
Weeks 4-6: Unit 1.2: Principles of Ecology and Biodiversity
Weeks 7-9: Unit 1.3 The History of Life and Natural Selection
FALL BREAK
Quarter 2
Weeks 1-4: Evolution and Classification
Weeks 5-9: Biochemistry and Cells and Exams


WINTER BREAK
Quarter 3
Weeks 1-3: Cellular Energy
Weeks 4-5: Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
Weeks 6-9: Genetics
SPRINK BREAK
Weeks 1-4: Genetic Material; DNA, RNA and Proteins
Weeks 5-7: Applied Genetics
Weeks 8 & 9: EOC Prep, Testing, Career Visitors & Final Exams
My blog for keeping up with our weekly schedule: http://thescienceway.blogspot.com


Speakers and Field Trips:

Quarter 1
Lichterman Nature Center (FT)
Quarter 2
Biochemist from Rhodes
Quarter 3
Ornithologist
Quarter 4
SSRI Speakers

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