10th Grade Biology

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					10th Grade Biology
Instructor: Mr. Dewey E-mail: Website:

Welcome to 10th Grade Biology! This course will focus on studying different aspects and interactions of living things. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand how the different areas of Biology are important in their lives and explain how all Biology topics can be connected through the central themes of patterns, energy, homeostasis, information and machinery, and evolution. This knowledge will be assessed with the MCA-II science test and a course final. The textbook we will be using as a reference is Glencoe Biology: The Dynamics of Life (2000). Students will need a notebook used only for this course. Each student will be provided a folder to store papers that is kept in the classroom. Material will be presented via lecture, small group exercises, whole class discussions, and laboratory activities. All the major learning styles should be reached by one of these methods.

Grading Scale and Criteria
93.0 - 100% 90.0 - 92.9% 87.0 - 89.9% A AB+ 83.0 - 86.9% 80.0 - 82.9% 77.0 - 79.9% B BC+ 73.0 - 76.9% 70.0 - 72.9% 0.0 - 69.9% C CF

There will be 100 points per unit, and roughly 4 units per quarter. Grades will be determined by homework, labs, and tests. Students will also have 20 points from current events and 50 points from participation/behavior/work ethic in the classroom each quarter.

Course Units
1st Quarter- Intro to Life, Ecology, Chemistry of Life 2nd Quarter- Cells, Cell Processes, Energy in a Cell, Genetics 3rd Quarter- DNA, Human Genetics, Applied Genetics, Evolution 4th Quarter- Classification, Behavior, Body Systems

Classroom Rules
The rules for this class are centered on two basic principles: Respect and Responsibility. Respect Keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself. Use appropriate language and behavior in the classroom. No food, pop, or gum allowed in the classroom. Responsibility Be in class on time with all needed materials. Have all assignments completed on time.

If a student chooses to break a rule the following consequences will be given: First Consequence Verbal Warning/Loss of Participation Point Second Consequence One Hour Detention/Loss of 5 Participation Points

Absences/Late Work/Retakes
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and make-up the work for the day(s) missed due to any absence, including lab activities. If a student knows they are going to be absent work needs to be made up before they go! All assignments given each day will be posted in the classroom and on the class website. Late work not due to absences can be turned the next day for half credit. Students can retake any test they receive a F on. The highest grade given on a retest is a C, and the higher of the two grades is taken. Students have one week from the day the test was given to complete the retake.

Students are expected to come to class prepared. 2 passes are allowed per quarter for bathroom or locker. Any more result in the loss of participation points. Cheating will not be tolerated and will result in a zero for the assignment, lab, or test and the loss of 25 participation points.

Current Events
Science is always changing. New discoveries are being made almost every day. The purpose of the current events assignment is to get the students familiar with current advances in science and to help them realize the science isn't only in the past, it is also in the present, and future. Students are to find an article about a current discovery in science (preferably life science or biology) in newspapers, magazines, or on the internet. Students will then turn in a short handwritten report about the article that should consist of: 1. A complete source of where the article came from (1 pt.) 2. A paragraph summary of the article (2 pts.) 3. A paragraph reaction to the article (2 pts.) 4 current events are required per quarter and will be worth a total of 20 points. Students can do up to 4 more for extra credit. There is a possibility of 20 extra credit points per quarter, which will improve the grade by about 4-5%.

Lab/Field Trip Behavior
Because this will be a laboratory course as much as possible, misbehavior in lab will not be tolerated and could result in a zero for that lab and an hour of detention. Students will be responsible for paying for any items they break worth over $1.00. Appropriate lab behavior will be discussed in class. Appropriate classroom behavior will be expected on any field trips.

You will get out of this class what you put into it! This syllabus is subject to and may change at any time during the school year at the instructor’s discretion. All policies in the student handbook are in effect in this classroom.
I look forward to having a great year with you!