Biology I

Biology I
Teacher Information
Mrs. Stoner
Phone: 815-493-6341

Course Description
In biology 1, we will be covering topics including the scientific method, use of the microscope, and basic chemistry. Cell biology will also be a major theme discussed. This includes cell structure, homeostasis, photosynthesis, respiration, and the role of DNA in protein manufacture and cell division. Biology 1 ends with an extensive unit in Mendelian genetics.

Course Objectives
 Students will become very familiar with the scientific method and will be able to apply it to various aspects of science.
 Students will know the cell organelles and the function of each of the organelles.
 Students will know the difference between diffusion and osmosis and will be able to apply them to everyday items.
 Students will know the difference between cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
 Students will know the different parts of DNA and know how it replicates and operates within the cell.
 Students will know what RNA is along with the basic information about the three types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA, rRNA).
 Students will know the basics about Mendels experiments and how they influenced genetics.
 Students will be able to complete punnett squares of monohybrid, dihybrid, and trihybrid crosses.

Course Outline
 1st semester
o Scientific method / overview of biology 1
o Basic chemistry
o Cell structure and function
 2nd semester
o Photosynthesis
o Cellular respiration
o Genetics

Grading Policy
I grade on a point scale, therefore everything you complete will go toward you total points. Tests or large projects are worth more points than a homework worksheet but it is important to complete all activities and worksheets. Homework needs to be completed on time. One day late will be 75%, two days late will be 50%, and after that it will be a zero. If you are absent you are responsible to get the work you missed. You will have the number of days you were absent to complete the absent homework, if not turned in during that time frame the same late work percentages will apply. If you are absent and will not have my class on the next day due to block you are still required to come and see me either during passing periods or before or after school. It will be considered late if you wait till class time. Example: you are absent on Tuesday but don’t have my class till Thursday, you need to see me on Wednesday to get your homework so that you are caught up for class on Thursday. If you wait till Thursday, in this example, you will automatically have your work marked one day late.

Grading Scale
100 A+
94-99 A
90-93 A-
88-89 B+
84-87 B
80-83 B-
78-79 C+
74-77 C
70-73 C-
68-69 D+
64-67 D
60-63 D-
59 and Below F

 Homework assignments and lab activities
 Projects and quizzes
 Chapter Tests

Materials Needed
 Textbook / Laptop
 Folder / binder
 Notebook / Paper
 Pens/Pencils
 Assignment Notebook
 Markers / Colored pencils

Classroom Rules / Expectations
 Students will respect themselves and others.
 Students need to be in the room and in their seat when the bell rings. Otherwise you will be considered tardy.
 Students need to bring all materials to class. Students will not be allowed to go to their lockers to retrieve materials.
 Students are to be working on the assigned work or participating in the lecture. No talking is allowed during test or quizzes.
 Students will be working in groups at times, however everyone must contribute equally. Students will be graded individually and as a group.
 Students need to bring laptops to class daily. Failure to do so will result in the students missing a great deal of information.