Students will understand that there is a diversity of life forms, which are interdependent and inter-connected.
Major Course Outcomes:
Investigate cells, heredity and changes in biological populations over time
Investigate diversity among organisms, human biology and ecology
Increase knowledge of the history and nature of science through scientific inquiry and experimental design
Life Science Units/Learning Targets:
Nature of Science and Engineering (T1)-Students will review the importance of science and engineering, the scientific method, and the use of tools such as the microscope and dissecting equipment.
Life Science (T1)-Students will learn what life science is and what it means to be a living thing.
Diversity of Organisms (T1)-Students will learn the differences between the kingdoms of animals, plants, protists, fungus, and bacteria. They will also use the characteristics of organisms to help in identifying them.
Cells, Heredity, and Evolution (T2)- Students will learn about the basic unit of life--the cell. We will also be covering heredity and genetics and how populations can change over time.
Ecology (T3) -Students will learn about the relationships and interactions among living things and their environment. Students will also study how humans impact the environment.
Human Body and Health (T3)-Students will learn about the structure and function of human body systems compared to other vertebrate animals. Students will also learn about human health and disease.
*Learning targets for each unit will be posted, given as handouts both in trimester format and attached to unit notes, discussed with students and available on the teacher website. Students must self-evaluate their progress toward the targets and demonstrate their learning of the targets throughout the unit.
Grades will be earned by combining assessment and lab scores, homework and participation grades, and organization and task management, with a very heavy emphasis on assessments (70% Assessments-Tests, Quizzes and Projects, 20% Student Work-Labs, Projects, Homework, 10% Final District Common Assessment). Students will take unit quizzes and tests throughout each trimester and a graded cumulative final assessment at the end of each trimester.
*Most work can be redone in science class with the most recent grades being recorded. Quizzes can be retaken by completing the quiz retake form and corresponding review work; all homework and quizzes must be redone and/or scheduled before each respective unit test. Unit tests can be retaken by completing the retest form and corresponding work; unit tests must be scheduled and retaken prior to the trimester final exam. Labs must be scheduled and made up within 3-5 days after the lab is due, due to the use of live specimens and complicated and/or space-taking lab setup.
**Projects may include STEM experiments, microscope work, cell labs and models, genetics models, evolution simulations, ADAM human body software, owl pellet field study, dissections, and ecosystem models.
All students are expected to record the daily agenda and any homework in their planners during the time allotted at the start of each period. In addition, all students are expected to stay updated on their progress in science class using a combination of A-HConnect where grades and dates are posted, teacher websites with homework updates and deadlines, classroom grade boards and/or student work stations with calendars and extra copies. Absent students can use any combination of the above to determine what they missed in class and make arrangements to make up anything missed from the lesson.