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Dawn Peters

B.S. Biology, University of Virginia, College at Wise


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1st Period Biology
2nd Period Biology
3rd Period Hall 1
4th Period Biology
5th Period Planning
6th Period Biology
7th Period Biology

What you missed in class:

Biology Syllabus 2014 - 2015
Teacher: Ms. Peters        Room: 126

Finished Scientific Method Notes on Friday, 08/29/14.
Tuesday, 09/02/14 - (Class Work) Worksheets (Observation vs. Inference Worksheet 2, Scientific Method Worksheet 1, and Simpsons Scientific Method Worksheet - due on Thursday, 09/04/14
Wednesday, 09/03/14 - Review for Scientific Method Test
Thursday, 09/04/14 - Scientific Method Test and all worksheets due.
Friday, 09/05/14 - Begin Notes over Lab Tools and Safety/Scientific Notation/Metric Conversions

Textbook: Biology. Glencoe

Course Description: Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Throughout the year this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms. Students will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to animal structure and function. An end of course test (SOL) will be administered at the end of the school year, which covers objectives for both semesters.

• Teach students practical scientific skills, which they can use to investigate, study and explain the world
around them.
• Give students a deeper understanding of the how biology impacts their daily lives.
• For each student to achieve the Virginia Standards of learning for High School Biology.
• To encourage the spirit of scientific investigation and with it the attitudes of
accuracy in thought and work.

• Each quarter notebooks will count three times, test grades will count two times, and daily work will
count one time. Notebook will include notes taken from PowerPoint presentations/lectures.  Tests may
include chapter test, lab test, and maybe projects. Daily work may include class work, quizzes, labs,
activities, and participation.
• Laboratories – (if assigned) will count two times.
• Semester examination--the semester exam in this class will count 10% of your final grade.

• Three to Five Subject Notebook – May use a three-ring binder if you wish
• Pen (no glitter) or pencil
• (2) pocket folders
Class Policies:
• Late Assignments – 20 points will be taken off the assignment.
• I will not drop lowest grades for any reason – only zeros can be made up but full credit will not be given   
(refer to late assignments).
• If you are absent it is your responsibility to obtain any assignments you missed while you were gone.
• Absences – you must make up a missed test the day you return to school – I will give two or three day
notice before giving a test.  Quizzes can be given without notice.
• Cheating on a test or assignment will result in a grade of zero for all involved.  This zero cannot be made

Classroom Expectations:
Tardies will be counted for each nine weeks – first, second, and third tarties are free but will be counted against you.  The fourth trady will be a referral to the office.  Do not be late for class without a note from a teacher or staff member.
• Students are expected to be in their seat and ready when the bell rings.
• Materials (pen or pencil, paper, textbook and notebook) must be brought to class each day. If you do not bring needed materials to class then a writing assignment will be given.
• The laboratory or room must be clean at the end of the period before leaving.
• Treat everyone with respect.
• Follow the instructions given by teacher (oral or written) and/or lesson.
• All school rules will be followed as stated in the student handbook.
• All safety rules as stated in the Science Safety Contract and by your teacher (oral or written) must be
followed.  You must sign and return in order to participate in labs.
•Talking in class will result in a writing assignment.  If talking continues then a referral will be written up
for that student or students.
•Students will not be allowed to go to the restroom during instructional time – especially during notes/lecture.  Exceptions – students who have a doctor’s excuse – the excuse must be on file at the school.

Keys for Success in Biology
• Have a positive attitude!
• I am here to help you succeed, so feel free to ask me for help.
• Ask questions if you need to but questions must pertain to the material being studied in class.
• Make sure that you understand how the lecture, homework, and labs interrelate.  All class work is   
designed to reinforce significant ideas from the text regarding the SOLs.  Make sure that you see these
• Start studying for tests early. By studying and reviewing each night you are not only
helping to prepare for the test more effectively, you are also more prepared for class each day and any
quizzes that may be given.

First Semester-Biology I
1st Nine Weeks


  • Classroom procedures/outline of course
  • Experimental design
  • Lab safety/equipment/measurement
  • Characteristics of life


  • Basic chemistry
  • Water Chemistry
  • Organic molecules and macromolecules


  • Cell Theory
  • Basic structure and function of cells and organelles

2nd Nine Weeks


  • Membranes and their cellular processes
  • Cellular respiration and photosynthesis
  • Cell growth and division (mitosis, meiosis)



  • DNA, RNA, protein synthesis

Second Semester-Biology I
3rd Nine Weeks


  • Mendelian genetics
  • Human genome/applied genetics

ECOLOGICAL BIOLOGY (made be covered during the 2nd nine weeks, if time permits)

  • Biosphere/ecosystems/communities/populations
  • Biochemical cycles
  • Human influences


  • Evolution, natural selection, and population genetics

4th Nine Weeks


  • Viruses
  • The five kingdoms—Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia—comparative anatomy and physiology
  • Human anatomy

**The schedule is tentative due to snow days, school activities, etc.
*Syllabus may be subject to change with teacher’s discretion.  Additional written and/or oral information given by the teacher will be the student’s responsibility.


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