Syllabus - 10th Grade Biology by hcj


									                                        10th Grade Biology
        Instructor: Mr. Dewey                            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. Students will
also be able to explore both sides of a current issue in Biology and form an informed opinion about the
issue. Students will take the MCA-II science test at the end of this course and are expected to do well on
it. The textbook we will be using as a reference is Glencoe Biology: The Dynamics of Life (2000).

Students will need a dry-erase marker, 1-subject spiral notebook, and a 1½” binder for this course.
The notebook and binder should be used only for this course.

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. Forms of assessment
include weekly concept quizzes, labs and lab quizzes, and oral defense of assignments. More information
about oral defense and the layered curriculum method of instruction will be covered in class and be found
anytime on my website under the “other info” section.

Learning Objectives

        1. Understand that organisms use the interaction of cellular processes as well as tissues and
           organ systems to maintain homeostasis.
        2. Understand that cells and cell structures have specific functions that allow an organism to
           grow, survive and reproduce.
        3. Understand that the interrelationship and interdependence of organisms generate dynamic
           biological communities in ecosystems.
        4. Understand that matter cycles and energy flows through different levels of organization of
           living systems and the physical environment, as chemical elements are combined in different
        5. Understand that genetic information found in the cell provides information for assembling
           proteins, which dictate the expression of traits in an individual.
        6. Understand that variation within a species is the natural result of new inheritable
           characteristics occurring from new combinations of existing genes or from mutations of
           genes in reproductive cells.
        7. Understand that evolution by natural selection is a scientific explanation for the history and
           diversity of life on Earth.
        8. Understand that human activity has consequences on living organisms and ecosystems.
        9. Understand that personal and community health can be affected by the environment, body
           functions and human behavior.
Course Outline

      1st Quarter                                               415 points       % of Quarter Grade
      Signed Parent Contract                                    10 points                2.40%
      Unit 1- Intro to Life                    10 Days          100 points              24.10%
      Unit 2- Ecology                          13 Days          100 points              24.10%
      Unit 3- Chemistry of Life                6 Days           55 points               13.25%
      Key Concepts Quizzes*                                     100 points              24.10%
      Behavior/Binder Grade**                                   50 points               12.05%
      Extra Credit Possible                                     (13 points)             (3.13%)

      *These quizzes will serve as one form of assessment and will contain information previously
      covered this year. There will be 6 of these per quarter and the ones at midquarter and the end of
      quarter will be a little bigger. We will have these quizzes up until the MCA test review starts.
      **This grade is based on taking notes, listening (not talking) in class, and keeping the binder
      organized. Points will be lost if a student is disruptive or unprepared for class. Roughly 5 points
      will be given per week and this will NOT be recorded on the unit sheets. Students will lose 5
      behavior points for each detention given.

      2nd Quarter                                               505 points       % of Quarter Grade
      Unit 4- Cells                            13 Days          100 points              19.80%
      Unit 5- Cell Processes                   14 Days          100 points              19.80%
      Unit 6- Energy in a Cell                 6 Days           55 points               10.90%
      Unit 7- Genetics                         10 Days          100 points              19.80%
      Key Concepts Quizzes                                      100 points              19.80%
      Behavior/Binder Grade                                     50 points                 9.90%
      Extra Credit Possible                                     (18 points)              (3.56%)

      3rd Quarter                                               450 points       % of Quarter Grade
      Unit 8- DNA                              14 Days          100 points              22.22%
      Unit 9- Human and Applied Genetics       14 Days          100 points              22.22%
      Unit 10- Evolution                       13 Days          100 Points              22.22%
      Key Concepts Quizzes                                      100 points              22.22%
      Behavior/Binder Grade                                     50 points               11.12%
      Extra Credit Possible                                     (15 points)              (3.33%)

      4th Quarter                                               425 points       % of Quarter Grade
      Unit 11- Classification and Behavior     15 Days          100 points              23.55%
      Unit 12- Body Systems                    10 Days          75 points               17.65%
      Fetal Pig Dissection                                      25 points                 5.80%
      Lorenzo’s Oil Reaction Paper                              10 points                 2.40%
      Fish ID quiz                                              15 points                 3.55%
      Key Concepts Quizzes                                      50 points               11.75%
      Behavior/Binder Grade                                     50 points               11.75%
      Course Final                                              100 points              23.55%
      Extra Credit Possible                                     (9 points)               (2.12%)
School Wide Grading Scale

      96.0 - 100%     A                85.0 - 87.9%     B-               75.0 - 76.9%     D+
      93.0 - 95.9%    A-               82.0 - 84.9%     C+               73.0 - 74.9%     D
      91.0 - 92.9%    B+               80.0 - 81.9%     C                70.0 - 72.9%     D-
      88.0 - 90.9%    B                77.0 - 79.9%     C-               0.0 - 69.9%      F

      Students will be able to keep track of their points for each unit on a unit sheet. This sheet can be
      signed by a parent/guardian at the end of every unit for extra credit equal to 5% of the points for
      the unit (100 point unit = 5 points XC; 75 point unit = 4 points XC; 50 point unit = 3 points XC;).
      This is the only extra credit that will be given. If you can do your job, which means behave
      in class and get your assignments done on time, you should get an A in this course.

Classroom Rules

      The rules for this class are centered on two basic principles: Respect and Responsibility.

             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.
                     *A detention will be given for chewing gum in this classroom.
             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 or Loss of Participation Point
               Second Consequence                One Hour Detention and Loss of 5 Participation Points

Absences/Late Work/Retakes

      1. Class attendance is critical to being successful in school. If you are in the school building
         during this class period, I expect you to be in this classroom if you want credit for that day’s

      2. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and make-up the work for the day(s) missed
         due to any absence, including lab activities. There are 4 ways you can learn what you
         missed or will miss. All assignments given each day will be posted in the classroom. All
         past and future assignments will be on the class website. Assignment choices listed by day
         will also be on the student’s unit sheet. You can also ask a classmate. After exhausting these
         options, you can ask me to make arrangements to make up work if needed. If you ask me
         first, I will tell you to check the assignment board in the room. As the handbook states, you
         have 2 days for every day you were gone to make up work. Late work not due to absences
         can be turned the next day for partial credit (2 points on a 5 point assignment).
      3. If a student knows they are going to be absent, work needs to be made up (or arranged
         to be made up) before they go! This would include things like doctor’s appointments, FFA
         and band/choir contests, and band lessons.
                                                                           _____ Student Initials


      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.

      Cheating includes but is not limited to the following:
             1. Direct copying on any assignment, including tests and quizzes
             2. Glancing at another person’s paper for answers
             3. Using any kind of cheat sheet or talking during tests or quizzes

Lab/Field Trip Expectations

      Because this will be a laboratory and activity 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!
I have read the above classroom policies stated in the previous pages and have discussed them with my

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Student’s Signature                                     Student’s Name

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Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature                           Date

Parent’s/Guardian’s E-mail                                                                      Biology

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