• Welcome to AP Environmental Science (APES)

    Please go to this shared APES website with Mr. Rittner for all AP Environmental information.
    The APES summer packet is expected to be completed by the first day of school and will be collected and graded for your first 200 pts. -no exceptions.
    A quiz on the summer material will be given to check for understanding.
    Contact myself or Mr. Rittner over the summer using our school e-mails if packet was not received by you back in June. 
     
     
    WELCOME TO BIOLOGY- THE STUDY OF LIFE!

    Lynn Canfield     lcanfield@spfk12.org

    TOPICS OF STUDY:

    The Science of Biology

    ·         Scientific Method/experimental design

    Biological Chemistry

    ·         review of atoms, molecules, bonding, pH, water

    ·         organic molecules: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids

    ·         chemical reactions: enzymes, rates of activity, regulation

    Cell Structure & Function

    •    prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; plant and animal cells

    •          structure and function of cell membranes, organelles, cytoskeleton

    •    cellular transport

    •    cell cycle and regulation, mitosis

    •    cell specialization, stem cells, meiosis, gametogenesis,

    Cellular Energetics

    •    ATP, energy transfer; photosynthesis

    •    cellular respiration: glycolysis, Kreb cycle; fermentation

    Molecular Genetics and Heredity

    •    nucleic acid structure and replication

    •    eukaryotic chromosomal structure, DNA

    •    transcription, mRNA , translation; regulation of gene expression, mutations

    •    recombinant DNA technology,

    •    Mendel’s Laws, probability; inheritance patterns: chromosomes, genes, alleles

    Ecology

    ·         population dynamics, limiting factors

    ·         ecosystem and community dynamics, species interactions

    ·         biogeochemical cycles, global issues

    Evolution

    ·         evidence for evolution, patterns of evolution

    ·         mechanisms of evolution: natural selection, speciation, adaptive radiation

     

    GRADING::  Biology course work grades will be available on the Power School website. Please contact Guidance Counselor if you are having trouble connecting to your Power School account. If students/parents wish additional information they are encouraged to email me first. We can set up a phone conversation or conference from there. Students are encouraged to come by any morning (7:35-8) of afterschool (2:24-3:00) to conference with teacher at anytime.

    Grading Scale   100-97 A+     96.9-93 A      92.9-90 A-

                                  89.9-87 B+    86.9-83 B      82.9-80 B-

                                  79.9-77 C+     77.6-73 C      72.9-70 C-

                                  69.9-67 D+     67.9-63 D      62.9-60 D-                         

    Grade Breakdown

    42.5%  tests and quizzes  42.5%  labs/projects/writing   15% classwork/homework

    NO EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE GIVEN TO COMPENSATE FOR A POOR GRADE     

     STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Come to class everyday they are able- ready to learn. Students are responsible to connect with teacher on return from an absence and responsible for making up all missed work in a timely manner. Students will be held accountable to make up missed tests and quizzes on the day of their return unless a long absence warrants a teacher’s prep.

    2. Be on time!  You must be in your seat before the late bell rings having all necessary materials to start your day (writing utensil, binder/notebook)

    3. Homework should be completed by due date. A one day late pass will be given at a 50% point reduction in grade. In this case and after an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to submit homework to teacher- I WILL NOT BE ASKING FOR IT. No homework credit will be accepted after the one late day period.  Homework alerts are given out for those students that miss two homework assignments.

    4.  Study! Science is a subject that must be studied and reviewed every evening, even if there is no written assignment due the following day.    The objective of this course is for the student to increase your understanding of the basic biological concepts, as well as expanding your critical thinking and problem solving skills through practice.   

     

     

    CLASSROOM RULES: Students-
    1. Be respectful to self, the teacher and others as well as classroom equipment.

    2. All school rules will be enforced in the classroom including no cell phones, ipods, personal computers to be used without teacher permission.  Students who violate any of the above rules will be subject to disciplinary actions including confiscation.

    3. Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated.  Students caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a zero on the assignment.  In the case of copying homework, both students will receive a zero.  

     

    4. TRY YOUR BEST AND ASK QUESTIONS BECAUSE STATING THE

       PROBLEM IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD OF

      STUDY 

     

    5. BE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN OUR CLASSROOM AND MOST

       IMPORTANTLY HAVE FUN IN YOUR BIOLOGICAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE!

     
     WELCOME TO Zoology & Animal Behavior

     

    LYNN CANFIELD   lcanfield@spfk12.org

     

    Course Description:

     

    Zoology is a biological science that reinforces and extends the central concepts of Biology I using the animal kingdom as a content focus. A strong conceptual understanding of ecology, cell biology, and genetics is recommended. These concepts will be used as a foundation to explore the evolution and diversity of the animal kingdom and provide a basis for comparative anatomy and physiology. This course is designed to emphasize scientific and critical thinking as well to provide general exposure to the research that zoologists perform. Zoology is recommended to any student with a strong interest in biology.

     

    Course Proficiencies:

     

    The following is a list of skills and concepts students will be proficient in upon successful completion of this course. These proficiencies form the basis of assessment of each student's achievement. Students will be able to:

     

    1.    Apply and evaluate scientific methods throughout the course.  

    2.    Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to safely use laboratory equipment and materials.  

    3.  Extend word-processing and PowerPoint skills through the completion of technology based projects. 

    4.     Demonstrate critical thinking and scientific problem solving in designing and performing zoological research and experimentation.  

    5.     Evaluate the potential consequences of invasive animals using the principles of evolution and ecology.  

    6.     Construct parsimonious phylogenies for representative animals based on observable characteristics.

    7.     Compare and contrast the defining characteristics of the major phyla and classes in the animal kingdom.  

    8.     Evaluate the adaptations of animals that allow them to exploit their niches using integrated principles of ecology and evolution.  

    9.     Discuss the relationship of structure and function within the animal kingdom.  

    10.  Describe the unity and diversity of the major body systems in the animal kingdom using an evolutionary perspective.  

    11.  Evaluate the evolutionary consequences will have on the animal kingdom.  

    12.  Effectively use technological tools/applications to assist in the collecting, analyzing/interpreting, and conveying of data and information.

    13. Observe, record and analyzed all types of animal behaviors.

     

    GRADING::  Zoology course work grades will be available on the Power School website. Please contact Guidance Counselor if you are having trouble connecting to your Power School account. If students/parents wish additional information they are encouraged to email me first. We can set up a phone conversation or conference from there. Students are encouraged to come by any morning (7:35-8) of afterschool (2:24-3:00) to conference with teacher at anytime.

     

     

    Grading Scale   100-97 A+     96.9-93 A       92.90A-

                                89.9-87 B+    86.9-83 B       82.9-80 B-

                                79.9-77 C+     77.6-73 C      72.9-70 C-

                                69.9-67 D+     67.9-63 D      62.9-60 D-                         

    Grade Breakdown

    42.5%  tests and quizzes  42.5%  labs/projects/writing   15% classwork/homework

    NO EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE GIVEN TO COMPENSATE FOR A POOR GRADE     

     STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Come to class everyday they are able- ready to learn. Students are responsible to connect with teacher on return from an absence and responsible for making up all missed work in a timely manner. Students will be held accountable to make up missed tests and quizzes on the day of their return unless a long absence warrants a teacher’s prep.

    2. Be on time!  You must be in your seat before the late bell rings having all necessary materials to start your day (writing utensil, binder/notebook)

    3. Homework should be completed by due date. A one day late pass will be given at a 50% point reduction in grade. In this case and after an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to submit homework to teacher- I WILL NOT BE ASKING FOR IT. No homework credit will be accepted after the one late day period. Homework alerts are given out for those students that miss two homework assignments.

    4. Study! Science is a subject that must be studied and reviewed every evening, even if there is no written assignment due the following day.    The objective of this course is for the student to increase your understanding of the basic zoological concepts, as well as expanding your critical thinking and problem solving skills through practice.   

    CLASSROOM RULES: Students-
    1. Be respectful to self, the teacher and others as well as classroom animals and equipment.

    2. All school rules will be enforced in the classroom including no cell phones, ipods, personal computers to be used without teacher permission.  Students who violate any of the above rules will be subject to disciplinary actions including confiscation.

    3. Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated.  Students caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a zero on the assignment.  In the case of copying homework, both students will receive a zero.  

     

     

     

     

     

Last Modified on August 10, 2016