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.

General Description:

  • 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)