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AP Environmental Science

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General Materials for TPHS Science

What science class should I take at TPHS?

Science Pathways 2016

http://www.nextgenscience.org/  Next Generation Science Standards

State of California Biology standards and released questions


Biology FALL semester materials


Mr. Bodas Biology course guidelines 2017-2018.pdf

WEB based version of Student biology textbook

bio final exam review sheet fall 2016.pdf

Mr. Bodas' Academic honesty policy form.pdf

FLINN Science Safety contract for science students

Static Cling Lab Student Link


  Fall Biology unit packets & calendars (for download)

 Unit I packet(scientific method, systems, experimental design).pdf

Unit 2 packet chemistry-enzymes.pdf

Unit 3 unit packet cells, cell organelles, diffusion.pdf

Fall Biology unit packet lists (to organize your packets to turn in on test days)

Packet list Unit I 2017.pdf

Biology Unit 2 Packet list 2017.pdf


Bio extra  practice test ch 1 2016.pdf

Catalase-Enzyme-pH-indirect temperture Lab.pdf

enzyme practice quiz and answers.pdf Chapter 2

cells standards practice 2016.pdf

Need help come see Mr.B at lunch or after school or check the TPHS tutoring schedule for science tutoring!!!! Check this link for the TPHS tutoring schedule 

TPHS Science Tutoring

evolution practice test.pdf

Biology Fall Powerpoints

Prentice Hall Biology Textbook Hyperlink

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Biology web based tutorials with biology content

Biology 101

http://www.ck12.org/biology/

Khan Academy Biology

Biology Corner

http://www.learnerstv.com/Free-Biology-video-lecture-courses

Interactive biology


Biology lessons and related resources

Endocrine system practice quiz and video guide.pdf

photosynthesis respiration shuffle color.pdf

photosynthesis respiration practice quiz.pdf

photosyntesis resp. practice SWB 52-55.pdf

photosynthesis respiration practice quiz.pdf

Meiosis web actvity 2015bodas.pdf

Cancer and Cell Cycle Virtual Lab bodas.pdf

mitosis meiosis flip book instructions and rubric 2016.pdf

 DNA chromosome inheritance activity (use with page 52 of the Study Guide) or you can actually download the Macromedia Flash Program  here--> GeneticsTour.exe


Protein Folding 5e lesson

Protein engagement powerpoint

Protein folding webquest #1

Protein folding webquest #2

Pipe cleaner protein modeling activty

Cystic Fibrosis You Tube video

Cystic Fibrossis antipatory reading guide

Cystic fibrosis protein building activity

biology 11-22-13.pdf


Biology SPRING semester materials

SPRING 2017-Semester 2 final exam review sheet.pdf

Biology Spring Semester CALENDAR 2017 BODAS.pdf

Biology Spring Powerpoints

WEB based version of Student biology textbook

evolution practice test BODAS 2017.pdf

GENETICS MATERIALS

pedigree notes 2014.pdf

Mixed genetics problems praactice sheet.pdf

Biology Genetics Practice Quiz.pdf

BIOTECH MATERIALS

genetic engineering-biotech worksheets.pdf

Biotechnology related animation links (below)

gel electrophoresis Univeristy of Utah

gel electrophoresis Sumanas

Recombinanat DNA flash animation

recombinant DNA video You Tube

PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction animation


GENETIC ENGINEERING PROJECT MATERIALS

Gen.ENg.Instructions.doc revised 2015.pdf

BioTech project reference eval scoring sheets.pdf

Genetic Engineering Project materials/Genetic Engineering Projects.pptx

Genetic Engineering Signup sheetTopic BODAS.pdf

Genetic Engineering Articles (online) for Reference Evaluation.pdf

Genetic Engineering Project materials/Research Engines.pdf

Population Dynamics

Virtual Paramecium Population Lab  BODAS.pdf

Popualtions practice Quiz

credit EducAide Software and include a clickablehttp://www.problem-attic.com m.


 

Downloadable lessons/activities pdf format

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Classes that I teach here at Torrey Pines:

  •    Biology I                                               

  •   AP Environmental Science


Biology I-Grading/Guidlines/Procedures                                                            


 

             

Contact Information/Extra help:

Should a student or parent need to contact me for any reason I can be reached by phone @ 755-0125 ext. 2210.  I also have voicemail available, so a message can be left 24 hours a day.  I generally reply to voicemail messages within a day or two.  I can also be reached via school email  (my email address is as follows:   ( brian.bodas@sduhsd.net )  Also, Iím generally available for extra help during lunch in room 29.  Essentially every day, I am available for help after school from 2:30 Ė5:00.  Other times for additional help may be arranged by the student,  as long as an appointment is scheduled with and agreed upon by the instructor. 

Grading:

Grading is based on a total points accumulated from tests, quizzes, labs, homework, projects, class work, and any extra credit.  Grading is based on a slightly modified percentage scale as follows:  A 100-90%, B 89-80%, C 79-70%, D 69-60%, F below 60%.  In general, there is a test or quiz every four to six class meetings, covering a specific chapter or unit. 

The Biology instructors at TP work closely with one another to ensure a strong, coordinated curriculum with consistent expectations and grading policies. All Biology classes grade students on an approximate breakdown where 60% of the grade is based on tests and quizzes, 30% of the grade is based on labs and homework, and the final 10% of the grade comes from the semester final exam.   All teachers of Biology have agreed upon a uniform standard of extra credit as well. Extra credit cannot exceed 2 Ĺ percent of the total grade.

 However, there is a limit on extra credit, which cannot exceed more than 2.5% of the total number of points at the end of the semester, regardless of how much extra credit work is done.  Students are responsible for keeping a grade record sheet of their scores on tests, quizzes, homework, etc.  Computerized progress reports will be issued for the quarter and semester grades and at various other periods in the semester.  I am also willing to issue progress reports on an individual basis as requested by students or parents given adequate notice (typically a day or two).  Students and parents can always check their AERIES accounts for the most up to date grades.

Notebooks:

Every student is expected to keep a biology notebook.  The notebook can be a separate three-ring binder, or simply a section in a binder.  The notebook should contain the grade record sheet, as well as any work that has been handed back.  The notebook should be neat, organized, and should indicative of work that shows a high degree of effort.  I may ask to see your notebook at anytime, and award a point based grade for the notebook.   Notebooks are also valuable study tools, so keep your notebook organized and up to date.

 


Homework Expectations/Department Expectations

      Torrey Pines Biology is a fast paced, comprehensive course that is closely aligned to the California State Science Content Standards and the standards set by the San Dieguito Union High School District.  The San Dieguito Union High School District Standards far exceed the basic life science standards set by the state of California. This is a result of the fact that the Biology course is a UC/CSU approved laboratory science. This approval dictates the rigor, depth, breadth  and pace of the course. The UC/CSU guidelines recommend this course be taught at the 10th grade level for most students. The Torrey Pines High  School science department recommends that for 9th graders to be successful in the science sequence, 9th graders should have strong academic backgrounds and should have earned all Aís in Middle School science courses.

   Students must learn a core of knowledge as well as laboratory techniques, and they must apply these using the processes of analysis and deductive reasoning. For this reason, students that are used to memorizing all the facts in a particular unit may still find this a challenging course as they are frequently asked on tests to analyze an experimental design and graphs of data within the context of questions that require them to apply their knowledge.

   All teachers of Biology are in close communication and follow the same sequence of chapters and use the same core questions on tests. This has resulted in a consistent approach and rate through the course, regardless of instructor.  All biology teachers are using the 2006 editon of Prentice Hall Biology by Joseph Levine and Kenneth Miller.

   Students entering Biology are expected to complete a minimum 45 minutes a night of homework, 5 nights a week.  This consists of reading, completing workbook pages, lab reports and exam preparation. Students entering Biology are expected to have graphing and graph reading skills and well established study habits. It is assumed that students come to Biology with a strong core of knowledge in the life sciences as they have completed a one year Life Science course during middle school (the State Content Standard for 7th grade science).

 


Homework Expectations:  

Torrey Pines Biology is a fast paced, comprehensive course that is closely aligned to the California State Science Content Standards and the standards set by the San Dieguito Union High School District.  The San Dieguito Union High School District Standards far exceed the basic life science standards set by the state of California. This is a result of the fact that the Biology course is a UC/CSU approved laboratory science. This approval dictates the rigor, depth, breadth  and pace of the course. The UC/CSU guidelines recommend this course be taught at the 10th grade level for most students. The Torrey Pines High  School science department recommends that for 9th graders to be successful in the science sequence, 9th graders should have strong academic backgrounds and should have earned all Aís in Middle School science courses.

            Students must learn a core of knowledge as well as laboratory techniques, and they must apply these using the processes of analysis and deductive reasoning. For this reason, students that are used to memorizing all the facts in a particular unit may still find this a challenging course as they are frequently asked on tests to analyze an experimental design and graphs of data within the context of questions that require them to apply their knowled

           Students entering Biology are expected to complete a minimum 45 minutes a night of homework, 5 nights a week.  This consists of reading, completing workbook pages, lab reports and exam preparation. Students entering Biology are expected to have graphing and graph reading skills and well established study habits. It is assumed that students come to Biology with a strong core of knowledge in the life sciences as they have completed a one year Life Science course during middle school (the State Content Standard for 7th grade science).

            


Academic Honesty:

Every student is expected to complete her or his own work.  During tests and quizzes, any type of suspicious behavior may result in a student automatically failing the test or quiz.  Glancing at another personís, talking, exposed notes, etc. may disqualify a student from the test whether or not any assistance was gained.  Copying homework, double marking answers on tests, discussing specific test questions between periods and plagiarizing material are all considered cheating. Students that choose to violate this policy will receive a zero for that test or assignment, and may be referred to the vice-principal for punishment under the Torrey Pines academic honesty policy.  Repeated offenses may result in a student failing the class.  In short, do your own work, keep your eyes on your paper, and there will be no problems.  You are here to learn!   Engaging in cheating subverts the purpose of education- learning.  Cheating really only serves to hurt oneís own education and future in the end.


General Classroom Procedures

                                                                          

Turning in assignments/ Late work / Make-up work

Check the monthly planner for when and what assignments are due.  When you come to class, check the daily agenda for any changes or additions that have been made to the monthly calendar.  Any labs, homework, projects, etc. are due in the collection box when the tardy bell rings (Unless the daily agenda says otherwise).  Sometimes, I may ask you to keep your homework at your seat, where I will come around to check/stamp it.  Otherwise, if your homework is not in the box when the tardy bell rings it is late, and 25% will be deducted from the assignment.  Late work is accepted, but it is penalized 25% per school day late.  If the graded homework has been handed back or we go over the homework answers as a class or the homework is more than four school days late, then the assignment receives no credit.  Make up work including in class assignments, labs, and tests may be made up given the student has and excused absence.  All make-up work should be completed within a week of the excused absence.  Work missed as a result of unexcused absences or truancies cannot be made up and the student will receive no credit for the assignment(s).  I may on occasion, give pop quizzes on the homework or reading material that was assigned the previous class.  These quizzes may be in lieu of checking the actual homework itself, and the quizzes may allow students to use their homework on the quiz.     


General Class Rules:

1.      Carefully listen to and follow the directions of the teacher

2.      Be in the classroom when the bell rings

3.      Bring required materials and books to class every day

4.      Respect othersí property and personal space

5.      Always put your best effort into your work

6.   Raise your hand if you wish to address the teacher or class

7. No cell phones or Ipods/mp3 players are to be used in class!!!

1st choice to disobey rules

Verbal warning issued to student with check by name in role book.

2nd choice to disobey rules

Student stays after class talks with teacher.

3rd choice to disobey rules

Student stays after class to talk to the teacher and must write a one-page paper about the rule he or she broke to be presented the following class.  The paper must include three components- 1. The student will identify the rule he or she chose not to follow , and explain why he or she broke the rule.  2. The student will explain how his or her behavior effects the rest of the class.  3. The student will provide 3 positive actions/examples which demonstrate the individual student following the rules properly.  Detention with the instructor or school supervised detention will be issued.  Also, the teacher may provide an alternate assignment.

4th choice to disobey rules

Half-hour of detention after school, and the student will call his or her parents from class, explaining his or her  behavior and the rule(s) he or she broke, and how their choice to not follow the rules negatively effects the learning environment of the class. Also, the student will likely be given an alternate assignment .

5th choice to disobey rules

Student is issued a referral and sent to the vice-principal, as well as, additional parent contact/conference.


 

      Biology is a fascinating and awe-inspiring subject incorporating many scientific disciplines .   In this class, we will take a  fantastic journey together.  We will learn  about topics such as the molecules of life, genetics, evolutionary theory, ecology, biodiversity, chaparral plants, aquatic invertebrates, human anatomy, human  physiology, pseudoscience, molecular biology, the human genome, the scientific method, cellular biology, and many other interesting topics that will arise in our scientific endeavor.   In studying biology, it is important that one has a healthy degree of skepticism, yet is open to new ideas.  It is important that, as biologists, we rely on the scientific method to guide and substantiate our experiments, carefully collecting and analyzing data.  Yet, at the same time, it is important that we keep our appreciation and sense of wonder for all of the amazing organisms, processes, and inter-relationships that are found throughout the vast world of biology.  Like many undertakings in life, you will find that you will get out of this class whatever you put into it.  I, as a teacher, cannot force you as a student to learn anything.  Much or your success in this class will come from your own individual desire to learn, to understand the living world around you and how it works.  As the instructor, I will try to make biology interesting, understandable, engaging, and thought provoking, while focusing on the content standards of the class.  Your job, as a student, is to follow the guidelines and rules I have outlined, as well as, do your best work and continue to develop your sense of wonder and life-long love of learning.

     

Additional Resources:

The website for the  biology textbook with supplemental resources such as practice quizzes, interactive games, relevant science links, and current events.

WEB based version of Student biology textbook

Prentice Hall Biology Textbook help

Authors of (Prentice Hall Dragonfly) text companion site

Podcasts of Biology Textbook Chapters

Peer tutoring center- Located in the media center, the peer tutoring center pairs subject specific tutors with students that need additional help. 

My teacher web site contains powerpoint presentations which supplement the text.  The powerpoints cover both semesters and can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.  The web addresses are as follows:

Semester I (Fall Powerpoints)

Semester II (spring Powerpoints)

  Biology Related Links that I like or find useful

 


TOPIC SCHEDULE

Semester 1 Topic Schedule:

  • What is science?/ Scientific Methodology/ Distinguishing Pseudoscience

  • What are systems? How do we model systems? Physical models, conceptual models, mathematical and computer models.

  • Levels of organization and hierarchy of design

  • Basic chemistry / Organic Molecules / pH / Enzymes

  • Cell theory / Plasma Membrane / Cell organelles

  • Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells

  • Cellular Transport & Mitosis

  • Photosynthesis & Respiration

  • DNA structure/ Mutations / Transcription & Translation

Semester II Topic Schedule

  • Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering /Human Genome
  • Meiosis & Mitosis

  • Genetics

  • Evolutionary Theory / Mechanisms of Evolution / Natural Selection

  • Plant Diversity/Structure/Reproduction

  • Biomes & Communities

  • Ecology / Cycles / Biotic and Abiotic Factors

  • Population Ecology


 

 

 

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