Hillcrest High School 2007-2008 by Wq594U


									Hillcrest High School Spring 2009
Botany Syllabus
Miss Della Wiser
School phone 864.355.3558
E-mail: dwiser@greenville.k12.sc.us

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.

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
               Plant Structure   Ch. 21        Plant cells and tissues             2 weeks
               and Function                    Vascular System
                                               Roots and Stems
               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
               **The time
               span and
               topics on this
               syllabus are
               subject to

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