Class Introduction:

Biology I is a two semester life science course covering Ecology, Fungi, Chemistry, Cells, Genetics, Evolution, Bacteria and Viruses, Protists, Plants, and Animals. Participation in laboratories and completion of lab write-ups, independent projects, discussion, group activities, and note taking is required. Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Tests will be announced in advance and will cover all in and out of class work.

Materials: The textbook we will be using is Biology copyright 2000 by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. We will be using the textbooks in class. I will not be checking out books to every student. Please contact me if you would like your student to check out a book. Other textbooks may be used in class as needed.

Students will have a portfolio consisting of two folders and a science notebook. All assignments, notes and handouts will be kept in this portfolio. Students may take their folders and notebook home, but must return them. Their notebook will be graded 2 times per quarter for notes, lab write-ups, and learning logs.

Grading: Numerical grades will be based on a percentage of the total points possible. Letter grades will be based on participation as well as the students numerical standing relative to other students in the class.