Differentiated Biology (Leo only 9am) 9th-12th $250
Course Description This class is a 2 semester course and semesters can be taken independent of each other.
Recommended Grades 9th-12th
Duration 2 - 50 minute class periods for a total of 100 minutes / 2 - 12 week semesters / pay by the semester
Location North Leo Mennonite Church 15419 State Road 1, Leo, IN 46765
Instructor Jessica Koerner (775)3505299, firstname.lastname@example.org on facebook https://www.facebook.com/jessica.koerner.129 Instructor’s other classes can be viewed at https://www.lifehs.net/store/c17/Jessica_Koerner.html
This 2 in 1 class is both lecture and lab for Biology. 2 grades will be given, one for lecture and one for lab. This year long class is worth 3 high school credits 2 for the book work and lecture, one for lab.
This is biology on your child’s level!
Homework is geared to be about 3-4 hours per week; reading the chapter and turning in a weekly chapter assessment.
Class time will consist of a lecture with notes covering a review of the textbook (which will need to be read at home,) and review of the assignment. The lab portion will be an activity, experiment, or model based on the texts with a lab sheet,. There will be a Mid-term test to be given just before the Dec. break and a Final given at the end of the year over topics covered in the related semesters. Dissections are a part of the labs, but accommodations can be made ahead of time by the parent if parents do not want students to participate.
Topics covered Cells and Heredity, Bacteria to Plants, Animals, Human Biology and Health, Ecology
*The topic of evolution does come up during the course (Chapter 5 Prentice Hall) and will be handled by discussing both the perspective of Creationism, and Evolution, giving an unbiased, and nonconfrontational approach, as was handled in a previously taught classes. Any parents having a concern may contact the teacher. ** This course does include a chapter (21 Prentice Hall) on the human reproductive system. This portion of the course will also be handled carefully and respectfully. Parents may contact the teacher with any concerns on this topic as well.
Required materials 1 ½ inch three ring binder with pockets for notes and homework, safety goggles for labs, composition book, pencil, textbook
Choose your level:
Textbook Prentice Hall Science Explorer Life Science ISBN 0-13-062646-5 with quarterly application projects based on in class topics.
Regular high school credit (Especially designed for nonscience majors and those with no prior experience with science. Holt textbook option especially chosen to be friendlier reading level) choose from above textbook, without additional project work, or Holt Science and Technology Life Science Student Edition without additional project work ISBN-13 978-0030462245 or
Testing will come from lectures and questions from appropriate text.
I will be available through text or email for questions, but will specifically set aside 30 minutes in class for this.
Biology Lecture This is where we take an in depth look and fully develop understanding of key concepts.
In Class First Hour We’ll use games, models and demonstrations to facilitate instruction in a fun, engaging way over too much teacher lead discussion to enjoy this detailed study of the world of Biology. We’ll scrape our cheek and check out our own cells under a microscope, take samples to grow in petri dishes, build cell models, do vocab puzzles, and play games to help learn in a fun way.
Homework, quizzes, and grades Cumulative quizzes are given every three weeks rather than all at once at the end, and a final given at the end of each semester. Homework will be graded in class and sent home. Grades on cumulative quizzes and finals may be graded outside of class, handed back the following week, or emailed.
Lab The lab portion of this class is where we apply all of the learning we’ve been doing! We’ll observe biology in action through experiments and models, really seeing how this amazing world absolutely is full of life! We’ll make fantastically messy projects, dissect specimens (safely), and see ourselves on a cellular level. Biology is my absolute favorite branch of science, and we are see life on a whole new level. We’ll engage all those higher order thinking skills through problem solving and lab analysis, make real world connections, and enjoy learning all about microscopes. This lab is all hands on, participation, and application! Accommodations for vegan or others opposed to dissection are available, but parents must contact the teacher at the beginning of the semester for materials to be purchased.
Objective of this class Present what is often considered an intimidating subject as a genuinely fun, enjoyable experience, helping students gain a solid foundation in the study of Biology! The Biology concepts are NOT watered-down. The concepts are explained in ways that are readily understood by most learners by a passionate, and compassionate teacher. Coupled with these explanations is a host of labs and games which makes the learning concrete and multi-sensory.
Time requirements 4-6 hours per week Reading assignments, homework, and chapter reviews are required.
Tests and Grades:
Book work and Lecture Cumulative quizzes are given every three weeks, and a final given at the end of each semester. Homework will be graded in class and sent home. Grades on cumulative quizzes and finals may be graded outside of class, handed back, and results emailed to parents. All are based on the text each student is using; differentiated quizzes and tests.
Lab grades will be assessed on participation, completed lab sheet, and quizzes
Expectations Students will complete readings, lectures, and homework before class. If a class is missed, homework can be graded and checked off the following class. Quizzes can be emailed, done at home, and returned the following week. Redoing the missing lab at home is the responsibility of the parent and student. All work is to be kept in a three-ring binder until end of the semester to refer back to. Homework should all be done in a composition book, not loose papers.
Contact the teacher for any questions about the class.
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