The introductory Nature of Science unit will emphasize how
science is used to solve problems and answer questions. It will cover the
investigative skills that students will use the remainder of the year, including
how to measure using the metric system, as well as practicing the basic
steps of the scientific method. Students will later explore the processes
common to all organisms, the basic chemistry of life, cell organelles and
their function, cellular respiration, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, evolution,
anatomy, physiology, and interacting body systems. Characteristics of light,
photosynthesis, and the structures of the human eye (how they receive emitted
or scattered light from objects) will be studied. Students will also investigate
the earth’s rocks while exploring geologic evidence of our past. At
the end of the class, students will better understand the relationship between
structure and function, have enhanced critical thinking and problem-solving
skills, and hopefully view science as an interesting and pertinent discipline.
Overall, this is a fun, challenging, hands-on course of discovery.
The following goals will be achieved through the delivery of a sound, standards-based
curriculum in a safe, well-managed classroom. The overall goals of this
course include the following, and go beyond enhancing student understanding
• To enhance each student's understanding of the mandated science
standards surrounding the topics of Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology,
Genetics,Geology (Fossils, The Rock Cycle, Tectonics), Evolution, and Light.
• To develop each students' appreciation for science, especially for
the complexity and beauty of our planet and the unique and unusual physical,
chemical, and functional characteristics that guide it. The course focus
is to explore the relationship between structure and function as well as
understanding science as a discipline of change.
• To enhance each student's appreciation for science as a tool for
understanding the world around them. Each student will increase his or her
proficiency in solving everyday challenges by using scientific reasoning
skills (critical thinking, inquiry, inference, and investigation), hands-on
manipulation, observation, literacy skills, resource gathering, research,
organization, groupwork skills, and technology (computer word-processing,
research, spreadsheet, database, and multimedia).
• To enhance each student's ability to clearly communicate concepts
and discoveries with peers, both in an oral and written style.
• To augment each student's esteem through his or her involvement
in the class as a well-rounded, cooperative, disciplined team player who
takes pride and responsibility in his or her work, turning it in neatly
and in a timely manner.
Code of Conduct: Rules of Respect
Students, follow the Code of Conduct and you will earn high citizenship
and academic marks. In a nutshell, never lie, cheat, nor steal, do not affect
other students’ ability to learn by disturbing the class, follow directions,
and turn every assignment in on time.
Code of Conduct:
1. Respect the quiet learning environment and work in a way that is not
disruptive to the teacher nor distractive to other students, always raising
your hand for permission to speak or to leave your seat and demonstrating
body language that indicates that you are listening and staying on task.
2. Be responsible for your work by turning every assignment in on time;
accept responsibility for your grade and never make up excuses.
3. Use the class period to learn and focus on science; never do work from
another class nor take care of personal matters during the period.
4. Enter the classroom quietly and be seated before the tardy bell rings.
5. Always be prepared with your own pencil/pen, lined paper, planner, and
6. Respect others’ property and space by not touching their belongings.
7. Do not take or damage any property (including no graffiti on books, desks,
nor any other school property). Anything with stylized writing will be confiscated,
including student notebooks.
8. Follow instructions the first time they are given.
9. Title every assignment with the proper class heading format.
10. Maintain your daily planner/homework agenda book.
11. Keep your area and your classroom clean by not bringing food or drinks
(other than water), and by putting away all items that you have used during
12. Deliver all grade printouts/letters to your parents the day they are
given to you, and always have your parents sign them.
13. In the event of an absence, obtain the assignments via the webpage or
by calling me or another student directly. Make-up work is permitted for
excused absences only and must be completed within the same number of days
that the student has been absent. (ie. 2 days absent=2 days to hand in make-up
work, at no penalty). ‘Unexcused’ late work will be accepted
for a maximum of half credit (an ‘F’).
14. Always do your personal best, behaviorally and academically.
15. Tell the truth at all times; never make false complaints.
16. Accept responsibility when you err; apologize and rectify the situation
on your own accord, without prompting.
17. Always do your own work. Cheating, forgery of a parent’s signature,
and plagiarism are very serious academic offenses and will absolutely not
be tolerated. Cheating in any manner, forgery, and verbatimly copying another
source will result the student receiving a permanent zero on the assignment,
a lowering of citizenship grade to a “U” for that grading period,
and a referral (which becomes a permanent part of a student’s discipline
Overall, be attentive, hard-working, responsible, honest, and courteous.
Failure to follow these guidelines harms your ability to learn, distracts
the teacher and other students, and may lead to extra homework to make up
for lost learning time, a lowering of citizenship grade, a call or conference
with your parents, and/or any other approved schoolwide discipline procedure.