Learning Recommendations: Entry level life science course for 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 living things on a macro (large) scale
  • 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 help students in meeting Washington State Next Generation Science Standards, specifically in Life Science.
  • Successful completion of this course increases readiness for all high school lab courses, including SCI125 - Chemistry Laboratory Methods, SCI126 - Physics Laboratory Methods and SC200A/B - 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
  • Photosynthesis
  • How DNA shapes the evolution of species within ecosystems

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

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: