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Learning Recommendations:

  • Entry-level life science course for identified students who are striving to learn science content and lab techniques
  • A desire to gain strategies for success in high school lab science
  • Counselor and administration approval required

General Description:

  • This is a year-long course which fulfills a lab science requirement for graduation.
  • Biodiversity is the study of organisms present in a particular ecological community, their ranges, or system.
  • Students will understand genetic variations within and between species and hypothesize and research causes.
  • Students will participate in labs, identify problems and approach the problem as a scientist would.  Correct lab procedures, safety issues, and equipment use will be used.
  • Students will develop and study models to depict a wide range of biology content.
  • There is an emphasis on application standards, problem-solving, and using scientific inquiry.
  • Biodiversity will prepare students to make informed decisions about health, medicine, genetics, and the environment.
  • This course will prepare students to meet Literacy in Science Common Core State Standards (ELA).
  • Scenarios modeling the Biology End of Course exam will help students prepare for the state exam.
  • Successful completion of this course prepares students for SCI200 - Biology.

Content: Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following:

  • Basic chemistry concepts, the structure of the atom, and periodic table
  • Describe the formation of molecules and ions, & compounds and solutions
  • Predict the outcomes of chemical reactions
  • How matter cycles in ecosystems
  • Interrelationships of organisms and how they affect the stability of an ecosystem
  • Appreciate the human impact on limited resources and how society can protect the environment
  • How cells use DNA, cell processes and structure
  • Genetic variability and speciation
  • Plant systems physiology and anatomy; photosynthesis

Skills taught in this course:

  • Safe laboratory procedures
  • Use and care of microscopes and probe ware
  • Problem solving and critical thinking strategies
  • Data collection and mathematical analysis
  • Graphing skills: creating and interpreting (including scatter plots, exponential growth in population/survivorship graphs)
  • Planning investigations, drawing conclusions and communicating clearly

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Formative assessment probes
  • Manipulation of physical models
  • Inquiry-based laboratory work
  • Critical thinking exercises
  • Multimedia offerings (computer simulations, video features)
  • Online textbook, web activities & reinforcement
  • Demonstrations (teacher or student-directed)
  • Student project and research
  • Cooperative learning
  • Interdisciplinary applications are used when appropriate/possible
  • Science discourse
  • Lecture

Homework:  Students should expect homework assignments 1-2 times in a typical week. Often, homework will involve completion of an in-class assignment or laboratory investigation. It may also involve work from the textbook to reinforce concepts, practice worksheets, or independent research, to name a few. Additionally, students are expected to review and study on a daily basis.

Course Fee / Materials: set of colored pencils, journal or notebook, basic calculator, goggles (nitrile gloves optional)