Biology

Biology

Welcome to Biology! This class is an introduction to life science course. It is a one-year required laboratory course designed to give a broad overview of the living world! We are engaged in many daily activities, projects and laboratories (including dissections!) that are designed to give my students a better understanding of diversity among organisms and the function of various biological systems. Topics include but are not limited to: cellular structure and function, genetics, evolution, ecology, taxonomy, and the kingdoms of life. During April, most students enrolled in Biology will take the Life Science portion of the Kansas State Assessment test. One of my major goals of biology is to help students see the connection in what they are learning to life in the real world. Students have many opportunities to journal about their real world observations and find current news topics about the content we are studying.

Throughout the year, students will receive assignments to be done in class and at home. If is very important that they complete these and to the best of their ability as they really help to comprehend the material. Additionally, they are worth points and will play a significant role in determining the students' final grades.

Our tests in Biology are approximately every 4 weeks, give or take a few days depending upon the length of individual units. I always hand out review guides to the students a week in advance to encourage early studying. Furthermore, the students will earn extra credit points if they fill out this study guide by jotting down notes on the specific topics listed. Please let me know if you ever have any questions as I am huge on communication. Thanks and looking forward to a great year.