Welcome to 2nd Semester Zoology

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					                              Welcome to Zoology

Zoology is a year long course where we learn about different animals, the classification
of the animals, the animals’ habitats and the adaptations that they have developed to live
in those habitats. The year is broken down into two semesters: 1st – invertebrates, 2nd –
vertebrates. The students will have hands on experiences as well as research
opportunities. The students will have homework often, usually an assignment to guide
them through the textbook, Animal Diversity by Hickmen et al. There will be other
assignments throughout the year. Each semester the students will be required to do a
research project, smaller projects, a news journal, I will briefly describe these
assignments below for your convenience.
      The smaller projects – the students will be expected to create a representation of
       their understanding of a simpler concept as they arise. Examples: parasite life
       cycle, sea star regeneration, a day in the life of a reptile, etc.
      News Journal – the students will pick 7 per quarter plus one more (15 per
       semester) news paper articles that discuss animals. This is so that the students
       will have an opportunity to see how animals effect us and keep up to date on new
       situations that deal with animals (new discoveries, etc.). These articles are to be
       accompanied by a half a page summary of the student’s impressions of the article.
       They need to include the date, newspaper, author, and title for each summary as
       well as the article. The articles must be from this school year. These may be
       turned in at any time.
      Research Project – the students will pick an animal and write a research paper
       about the animal (4 pages 1st semester and 6 pages 2nd semester). They will also
       have the opportunity to present this animal to the class at the end of the semester.
       Since this project shows up at the end of the semester it can have a drastic effect
       on their grade, in other words feel free to encourage your student to complete it.
       They have various check points during the semester that they will turn in parts of
       this project. These are helpful to keep the student focused and to provide teacher
       input. Plagiarism may be a temptation and will be checked for. The assignment
       page can be found under the documents tab of my website
       ( which I will update often.
       The papers may be turned in at any time.

The science department grading policy is as follows:
        The science department agrees that we will not offer retakes. If special
circumstances arise it is the student’s responsibility to contact and inform the teacher. If
the teacher deems the circumstance sufficient to merit a retake and the required
preparatory work had been completed prior to the initial test date, a retake may be

   Grade distributions
       Grades are divided into two different parts, formative and summative. Formative
grades consist of class work, most quizzes, entry tasks, journaling, and small projects.
Summative assignments include tests, projects, and labs. The formative assignments are
worth 25% and the summative assignments 75%. The formative section will include
homework/class work/entry tasks, notebooks, and quizzes. The summative section is
broken into two parts: test and projects, and labs.
Other points of interest:
      There will be a $10.00 fee. This is to be paid in the ASB office
      We will occasionally watch movie segments from videos series such as: Planet
       Earth, The Blue Plant, Life of Mammals, and other related videos. These are all
       educational videos that talk about animals and their environment.
      We will occasionally learn about how different cultures use/enjoy animals. In the
       past we have eaten jellyfish, fried mealworms, fish, chicken, and various flavors
       of jerky. Please contact me if you have any questions.
If you have any questions for me I am best reached by email: If
you do not have an email address you may contact me through my website or the office:
683-6100. I look forward to working with you and your students this year.

Thank you.
Ms. April Harris
GKHS – Biology Department

                            Please keep this copy for your records.
                                    Zoology Syllabus
               Please fill form out and return it to me for your first grade.

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