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Dear Parent or Guardian,
It is with great pleasure that I extend my warm welcome to you and your child to the Biology course this year. This subject is very demanding as well as interesting also. I hope to work with you throughout to make this year very successful. This will inspire and bring excitement in your life too. I urge you to please get involved and share the responsibility to motivate and encourage your child to read every night before the class to understand and learn about the subject matter well. Giving a few minutes every day to your child will definitely be helpful. I hope that you and your child find the subject interesting and can use some of the knowledge in your everyday life. There will be Biology End-of-course Exam , which will count 30% of the grade. Please visit the school website for more information about the course curriculum, and my expectations.
My goal is to make this subject interesting as well as academically challenging and to have thorough knowledge with full understanding of the subject matter . I will prepare the students from the beginning with sample tests. There will be two to three labs per grading period. The student will work like a scientist to conduct the experiment with a thorough understanding of the topic, development of critical thinking skills, applying mathematics to tackle scientific problems. Students will be asked to do research projects. There will be complete discussion of the topic in the class. Your child will read and complete the assignments at home. With the help of online activities like Gizmos , floridastudents.org , Amoeba sisters videos as well as lab activity in the classroom, there will be reinforcement and application of the subject matter.
I would appreciate your help throughout the year and am thankful to you for your support in reaching our goals for the year. I am looking forward to meeting you and your child.
Course Outline to be done for EOC exam
BIOLOGY I HONORS COURSE CODE: 200032001
ECOLOGY (How do interactions among organisms impact the changing environment?)
EVOLUTION (How do scientists think life began and continues to change on Earth?)
CLASSIFICATION (Why do scientists classify living things the way they do?)
HUMAN BODY (How are human body systems different?)
REPRODUCTION (How do organisms grow and reproduce?)
GENETICS (How do inherited traits lead to variations?)
MOLECULAR GENETICS (How does your genetic code determine an organism’s physical appearance?)
BIOCHEMISTRY (What are the basic building blocks)
FACTORS THAT AFFECT HUMAN HEALTH
**Denotes content necessary for in depth understanding of the content matter but will not be assessed on the EOC.