Hillcrest High School Spring 2009 Botany Syllabus Miss Della Wiser School phone 864.355.3558 E-mail: email@example.com Course Description: Botany: Credit value 0.5 units This course is an in-depth study of the importance of plants, plant ecology, evolution, and classification. Vascular and nonvascular plants will be covered as well as plant tissues, organs, reproduction, and responses. The ecological and economic importance of plants will be discussed as well. Textbook: McDougal-Littell Biology Student Supplies: 3 ring binder notebook (1” minimum), pen or pencil, lined paper, composition notebook Lab fee: $10.00 Lab Fee for consumable materials; Make checks out to Hillcrest High School Grading Policy: Major Assessments 60%: tests, labs and projects; Minor Assessments 40%: class work, homework, notebook and quizzes. Grading Scale: A: 93-100 B: 85-92 C: 77-84 D: 70-76 F: 69 and below Homework Policy: Homework assignments are posted on the wall. Missed Work/Make-Up Polices: Homework assignments are not accepted after the teacher has gone over the assignment. This generally effects daily textbook assignments. Creative and long- term assignments will be accepted late, however there will be a penalty of 10 points off for every school day late. If a student is absent they should have the work that was assigned prior to their absence the day they return. Other work missed due to an excused absence will be accepted up to but not to exceed 5 days from their return. If a student is going to be absent for an extended time they are expected to call the guidance office to arrange for their assignments. Student Behavior: In the event of drill encompassing a potential threat, students will leave the classroom in an orderly fashion and follow procedures set in place by the Safety Committee. School and class rules and procedures will be discussed during the first week of school. Parents and students must sign and return the Lab Safety Contract and other related materials. Students are expected to be in the classroom and on task by the tardy bell. They should be prepared for class by bringing their book and materials. During class, students are expected to listen to instruction and follow the teachers’ directions. Students are expected to show respect for themselves, the teacher, and classmates. Behavior that detracts from the learning process is not acceptable. Consequences for Violating Class and School Rules/Policies: The students are expected to follow the class room rules. School rules and policies are found in the Student Handbook. Student’s who fail to meet this standard will be dealt with on an individual basis. Attendance and Tardy Policy: Students are allowed five days of missed school per semester class. The attendance and tardy policies are defined in the Student Handbook. A student is considered tardy if they are not fully in the room and heading directly to their seat. Communication with Parents: Each student will receive a progress report at mid quarter and a report card at the end of each quarter. Parents may access their student’s grades, attendance, and discipline records via the portal. To access the portal, student email and password are required. Students are provided with this at the beginning of school. Parents that provide email addresses will be given periodic updates by email. Units of Chapter Major topics Time Instruction references Introduction to Ch 17.1,2,4 Classification 1 week Botany Ch 3 Plant cell vs. animal cell Ch 4.2 Photosynthesis Protista and Ch. 19 Algae and Fungi 1 week Fungi Economic importance Plant Diversity Ch. 20.1, 2 Origins of Plant Life 1 week Classification of Plants Diversity of Ch. 20.3, 4 Flowering Plants 1 weeks Flowering Plants in Human Culture Plants Plant Structure Ch. 21 Plant cells and tissues 2 weeks and Function Vascular System Roots and Stems Leaves Plant Growth, Ch. 22 Plant life cycles 2 week Reproductions, Flowering plant reproduction and Responses Seed dispersal and germination Asexual reproduction Hormones and plant growth Tropisms **The time span and topics on this syllabus are subject to change.
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