Learning Recommendations: Entry level life science course for identified students who are striving to learn science content and lab techniques and desire to gain strategies for success in high school lab science.
- This is a yearlong 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 participate in labs, identify problems, and approach the problem as a scientist would. Correct lab procedures, safety issues, and equipment use will be emphasized.
- 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.
- The study of Biodiversity will prepare students to make informed decisions about the environment.
- This course will support students in meeting Washington State 2013 Science Learning Standards.
- Successful completion of this course increases readiness for General 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, compounds, and solutions
- 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
- Plant systems physiology and anatomy; photosynthesis
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 and reinforcement
- Demonstrations (teacher or student directed)
- Student project and research
- Cooperative learning
- Interdisciplinary applications are used when appropriate/possible
- Science discourse and lecture
Equipment to be provided by Student: Set of colored pencils, journal or notebook, basic calculator, goggles (nitrile gloves optional)