Biology Documents

Tutoring Schedule For ALL subjects:

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WHAT IS THE CLASS ABOUT?

The world of Biology is filled with mystery and excitement, but to find the hidden joy you must be determined and willing to learn the concepts and methods. This year-long course will include lab work and discussions along with related critical thinking questions and problems. The two main goals of this course are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and an appreciation of science as a process. Essential to this conceptual understanding are a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology, and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.

By structuring the course around the four big ideas, enduring understandings, and science practices, students will develop an appreciation for the study of life, which will help them identify and understand unifying principles within a diversified biological world. What we know today about biology is a result of inquiry. Science is a way of knowing. Therefore, the process of inquiry in science and developing critical thinking skills is the most important part of this course.

At the end of the course, students will have an awareness of the integration of other sciences in the study of biology, understand how the species to which we belong is similar to, yet different from, other species, and be knowledgeable and responsible citizens in understanding biological issues that could potentially impact their lives.

Throughout the course material will be integrated from various chapters and lab exercises to demonstrate how scientific concepts need to function together rather than separately. Topics covered in the course include, (1) the nature of science, (2) animal and plant cells’ structures and functions, (3) energy of cells (photosynthesis and cellular respiration), (4) homeostasis of cells (the movement of materials between the environment and cell), (5) Reproduction of cells (mitosis and meiosis), (6) DNA, RNA, and gene expression, (7) Mendel and Genetics, (9) natural selection and evolution, (10) microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.

Your challenge centers on how to balance academic work in this class, along with that from other classes, and extra-curricular activities. If an effort is put forth on a nightly basis, then the work will not seem as rigorous. You will need to review and study as you do your daily activities and assignments. Finally, in order to gain the maximum knowledge from this course be ambitious, think inquisitively, ponder ideas presented, and question, almost, everything about the principles of biology.

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HOW WILL WE BE GRADED?

This class will be broken down into 5 categories:

Categories

  • Assessments (All unit tests, quarter exams, etc)- 30% of the quarter grade.
  • Quizzes (includes pop quizzes, exit slips, and planned quizzes) – 20% of the quarter grade.
  • Completed Class Work and Participation (includes participation (good and bad), reading activities, bell ringers, binder grades, any class worksheets done in class) – 20% of the quarter grade.
  • Homework (any assignment that is told to do at home)-10% of the quarter grade.
  • Project and lab work (any projects, labs, informal and formal lab reports completed)-20% of the quarter grade.

Grades are updated on the online grade system weekly.

Grading Scale

100-90%                        A

89-80%                          B

79-70%                           C

69-60%                           D

59% and below             F

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HOW TO DO CORNELL NOTES?

CORNELL NOTES: you will be using Cornell notes to help you deconstruct your textbook and articles. Attached is a the instructions for how your Cornell notes should be done. We will practice as a class of couple times.

*Word Copy is attached here: Cornell Notes Template

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HOW TO SET UP MY BINDERS?

Honors Biology Binder Check

Binder checks will be a big part of your ‘Class Participation’ grade. They will be checked every 4-5 weeks (twice every quarter).

Read all requirements and directions of how your Biology binder should be set up. Attached below:

*Word Copy is attached here: Honors Biology Binder Check

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HOW TO WRITE AN INFORMAL LAB REPORT AND A FORMAL LAB REPORT?

  • Informal Lab Reports will be done in your science composition book:

Directions are attached here: Writing an informal lab report

  • Formal Lab Reports will be typed and clipped into your binder. 

Directions are attached here: How to Write a FORMAL Lab Report in Honors Biology

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OTHER IMPORTANT AND HELPFUL DOCUMENTS

Notes on technical writing: notes on technical writing

How to write a conclusion: How to write a conclusion

How to submit a “results” or “data analysis” part in your formal lab report: How to submit a Results:data section

Using Excel to Generate Graphs: Coming Soon

Rubric for Formal Lab Report: Rubric for formal lab report

Lab Group Participation Evaluation:Lab Group Participation Evaluation

Turn it in Directions: COMING SOON.

Formal Lab Report Template: Formal lab report template

APA Guide Directions: APA Format Guide Directions