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Welcome to Mrs. Landa's Biology Class

Textbook Login: www.pearsonsuccessnet.com (register by Period during class)
 
Note: If entering as a new student after August 21st or 22nd click on the "Announcements" button after you have read this page.  Read all the information carefully and follow instructions.  Familiarize yourself with this website ASAP.
  
     Exploring life from the molecular to the organism level is what this class will be about.  In order to embark on a great start you will need to do the following:
1. Review the Course Outline on this page and use it as a Reading Guide.
2. Read the Biology Course Syllabus (see Downloads), Fill out and Sign last page, and Return on the next class day (for a grade).
3. Look for the Student Information Form (see Downloads), Fill out, and Return on the next class day along with signature page from the Course Syllabus.
4. Look for the Lab Safety Contract (See Downloads) and Return on the next class with signatures.
 
Success in this class will require that you read all assignments carefully (not just skim over and try to take short cuts) and correctly complete (not just complete) all homework as well as classwork assignments and turn them in by their due dates.  Late work will not be accepted.  Start and try to complete all homework assignments on the night that they are assigned.  If you have printer or computer issues that same night you can try to resolve them the next day by dropping by my class and letting me know.  If you give me that excuse on the day the assignment is due you will automatically receive a Z for that assignment.
 
Please alert me of any issues yourself.  You are now in High School and should be taking responsibility for your actions.  Remember that we meet every other day.  And every day we meet counts for 2 days.  For example, if you are absent for 1 class the report card will show 2 absences.
 
You must demonstrate knowledge of concepts learned on tests (most tests will be worth 4 grades) as they will reflect your level of readiness for the EOC Exam in April. These tests will show your ability to apply, analyze, and synthesize the information given.

Note: The Biology EOC will account for 30% of your final grade in this class. Therefore you must constantly review, reflect, and recall information from all topics covered in order to be successful.  You must be reading as much as possible.  Most questions on the test will require you to read and interpret passages and data.  Therefore the more you read, the better you get at answering questions with confidence.
 
Things to do every night (regardless of whether its an odd or even day):
1. Review Course Outline below to make sure you are on the correct topic/chapter(s).
2. Read Textbook & Complete All Assigned Textbook on-line Activities (re-read sections that are difficult for you). Complete remediation assignments, if assigned after an on-line test.
3. Check & Complete Homework (accuracy counts).
4. Review, Add to, Revise, Highlight, and Add Post-its to Notes in Composition Notebook.

 
Note: Electronic devices need to be turned off and in your book bags BEFORE the bell rings for class.  All students must be seated and quietly reading the "Goals for the day" and "Homework reminders" on the white board at the beginning of class.   If YOU USE ANY ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITHOUT MY PERMISSION, AT ANY TIME, YOU WILL HAND IN THE DEVICE TO AN ADMINISTRATOR AND HE/SHE WILL CONTACT YOUR PARENT!

  

Course Outline Summary (Tentative Schedule)

(First Semester)

TEXTBOOK: Biology (Florida edition) by Miller & Levine

 

MONTH

WEEK#

TOPIC

CHAPTER(S)/ Reading Assign.

August

The Science of Biology & Lab Safety; Pre-test 

1; Appendix A (Science Skills) & Appendix B (Lab Skills)

Aug.-Sept. 2 & 3

Scientific Processes and Reading Skills

 
   

OPTIC Protocol & Analyzing Data

 
 

4

Use of Microscope

 
 

5 & 6

The Chemistry of Life & Cycles of Matter

2 & 3.4

October

7

The Biosphere

3.1 - 3.3

 

8

Ecosystems and Communities

4

 

9 & 10

Populations; PSAT 

5 & 6

Oct.-Nov.

11 & 12

Cell Structure & Function

7

 

13

Photosynthesis

8

 

14

Cellular Respiration & Fermentation

9

Nov.-Dec.

15 & 16

Cell Growth & Division (Mitosis & Meiosis)

10 & 11.4

Dec. - Jan.

17-19

Human Heredity & Genetics

14; 11.1-11.3

 

 

Enjoy Winter Break!

 

  20 & 21                                                               DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis 12 & 13

Enjoy your Holiday Vacation!

 

(Second Semester)

TEXTBOOK:  Biology (Florida edition) by Miller & Levine

 

MONTH

WEEK#

TOPIC

CHAPTER(S)

Jan. - Feb.

22-25

Darwin's Theory of Evolution & Evolution of Populations; Winter Interim Assessment & Review

16 & 17

Feb.-Mar.

26

History of Life

19

 

27

Primate Evolution

26.3

March

28-29

Classification (Bacteria, Fungi, Protista, Plantae, and Animalia)

18

   

Enjoy Spring Break!

 

Mar.-Apr.

30-32 

Organisms & Body Systems: Plant Structures, Functions, and Reproduction; Brain parts and Dissection; The Reproductive System, Fertilization and Development, Immune System and Disease, & Circulatory System and Factors that affect blood flow; Rapid-cycling Brassica rapa Study

23 & 24; 34.3 & 34.4; 35 & 33

Apr.-May

33-34

Practice Tests and Review; Biology EOC Exam

 

 

35

cont. Circulatory System; Introduction to Animals; Earthworm Dissection

33 & 25

  36

Sheep Heart Dissection

 

  37

Final Dissection Review & Exam

 

May-June

38 & 39

Exam Make-ups & Class Evaluations

 

Have a Great Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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