Fun In Unsworth's World
Biology I is an introductory laboratory-based course designed to familiarize students with the major concepts of biological science. We will focus our attention on five major themes: cells, heredity, evolution, ecology, and energy. The course provides numerous opportunities for students to develop science process skills, critical thinking, and an appreciation for the nature of science through inquiry-based learning experiences. Investigative, hands-on activities are an integral part of this course. This course is standards based; all assignments reflect one or more of the state biology standards. Students are required to take a state administered assessment at the end of the semester that will count as 20% of their final grade.
In my classroom I have FIVE simple rules that students should follow for a successful class.
1. Follow directions quickly
2. Raise your hand for permission to speak
3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat
4. Make smart choices
5. Keep your dear teacher happy
Assignments and Events
Homework and Quizzes
Homework and Quizzes occur regularly in all my classes. Students may use any class notes or textbook notes on quizzes. These notes must be in a composition or spiral notebook. Notes will not be allowed that are taken in a three ring binder. Students may tape or glue pages into their notebook.
Homework is due at the beginning of the period on the due date. Failure to hand in homework on time will result in a 20% drop in grade the 1st day late, and a 50% drop in grade the second day late. Extenuating circumstances will be considered when addressed privately.
Useful Biology Links
Evolution Argument Paper
You will be using the argument pattern we have been discussing this year and creating an argument paper for "Evidence of Evolution." Your paper should start with a claim, cite evidence in the areas of anatomy, embryology, biochemistry and the fossil record that supports or fails to support that claim. For each piece of evidence you need to talk about the justification of that evidence..."Why does that particular piece of evidence support or fail to support your claim." Your paper is due the Wednesday after spring break. (19th)