Instructor: Mr. Brady Johnson Blocks: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
E-mail: email@example.com Room: 201
Course Description: Biology is the study of living things. Biology is a laboratory-based course which allows the learner the opportunity to explore many aspects of life such as: nature of biology, ecology, biochemistry, cell structure and processes, photosynthesis and respiration, genetics, theory of evolution, and classification.
Course Objectives: The student will…
- Evaluate the importance of curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in science.
- Use standard safety practices for all classroom laboratory and field investigations.
- Identify and investigate problems scientifically.
- Use tools and instruments for observing, measuring, and manipulating scientific equipment and materials.
- Demonstrate the computation and estimation skills necessary for analyzing data and developing reasonable scientific explanations.
- Communicate scientific investigations and information clearly.
- Analyze how scientific knowledge is developed.
- Understand important features of the process of scientific inquiry.
- Assess the dependence of all organisms on one another and the flow of energy and matter within their ecosystems.
- Analyze the nature of the relationships between structures and functions in living cells.
- Derive the relationship between single-celled and multi-celled organisms and the increasing complexity of systems.
- Analyze how biological traits are passed on to successive generations.
- Evaluate the role of natural selection in the development of life.
Textbook: Biology, by Miller and Levine (2018). Pearson. New York. Replacement cost: $107. Biology Foundations Study Workbook (each student writes in their own)
Units of Study:
Cells, Genetics, Natural Selection, Classification, and Ecology
40% Formative Assessments: vocabulary, classwork, group work, labs, quizzes etc.
40% Summative Assessments: tests
20% Biology Milestones EOC
Make-up Work: It is the responsibility of the student to request, complete, and turn in make up work in the time allotted by the teacher.
Re-Test Policy: Students will have the opportunity to re-take any tests they have performed poorly on. Re-takes will be given the week after the test in after school tutoring.
Homework: Students will have homework if they failed to complete that day's task or if they were absent.
Materials: 2.0” binder, paper, pencils.
Classroom Rules & Expectations: See JHS #RD4L Matrix on the JHS website.
Consequences: See JHS Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Release to Class
This school year will offer many opportunities for students to grow and learn both academically and personally. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with you as we strive to meet our academic goals. I am also available to offer additional help outside of class during after school tutoring. Please email or see me to schedule an assignment, review, or retake for such additional help.
Brady H. Johnson