Michelle Gordon

Schoology Access Codes for my courses are listed below. Students, please check your school email for this code as well. If you need to get your books, etc. please contact Mrs. Neil.

Environmental Science 1 (first period) – B7ZG-84DS-64MFF

Environmental Science 2 (second period) – PTZ5-BRHH-TB6WW

Anatomy and Physiology – 6BR3-RVRJ-WZM36

Biology 1 (6th and/or 7th period) – BTQH-9B54-6HB33

Biology 2 (7th and/or 8th period) – RW7K-K7V2-BSKQ2

 

 

Hello and welcome. I teach biology, environmental science, and anatomy and physiology. The course syllabuses are below.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTION AND SYLLABUS 

COURSE OBJECTIVE

  This course is designed to meet a high school science requirement for those students not pursuing a science-based career choice.  The student will obtain a knowledge and understanding of the principles and terminology of the disciplines of environmental science, ecology, and if time permits solving environmental issues. Students must maintain a proper notebook. These organizational skills are crucial in science. The student will have a better understanding, appreciation and knowledge of the available resources and tools to become responsible stewards of the Earth.

COURSE OBJECTIVE CONTENT

– enhance their basic laboratory skills, correctly use of the microscope, make accurate measurements and assessments, and develop competence in dissection techniques.

– understand and comply with all safety rules during lab periods

– communicate a general understanding of scientific principles

– demonstrate an understanding of the environment and man’s responsibility to be a good steward

– demonstrate an understanding of ecology and know its associated terminology 

– master the planning and preparing of a topical PowerPoint presentation for the classroom  through analysis, critical thinking and communications skills

-complete a leave project and stream study

 

GENERAL OUTLINE

    1) Leaves, Roots, and Stems 6) Biomes

    2) Photosynthesis 7) Aquatic Ecosystems

    3) Plant Responses and Adaptations 8) Populations

    4) Classification 9) Human Populations

    5) Ecosystems and Cycles 10) Alternative fuels (if time permits)

ASSESSMENT

    The final grade for each marking period will be calculated as follows:

         Notebook – Will be worth a test grade (100 points), Chapter Tests – Worth 100 points, Labs, Projects, Homework, Quizzes, Classwork

TEXTBOOKS

Environmental Science, Heithaus and Arms, Haughton, Mifflin, and Harcourt, 2013. 

Common Trees of Pennsylvania, by Bureau of Forestry, Pa., D.E.R. publisher  

FIELD TRIP – Stream study- analysis in class

                        Tree Identification on school campus and at Cowan’s Gap State Park

MISSED WORK: An absence does not exempt a student from completing and submitting    missed work, quizzes or tests.

  1. Unanticipated Absence: It is the responsibility of the student who is absent for any reason to approach the teacher upon return to school, request the missed assignments and tests, complete them, and submit them on the teacher’s due date. Assignments announced prior to a student’s absence and due while the student is out of school must be handed in the day the student returns to class.

The instructor has the option to make any changes to this course overview as deemed necessary throughout the year 

TIME ALLOTMENT

45 minutes per class – Days 1-6

 

BIOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTION AND SYLLABUS

COURSE OBJECTIVE

  The students will discover the beauty and complexity of the general function and form of living organisms in the study of the broad and diverse areas of biology. The use of the textbook, note taking, lab, and projects will develop critical thinking, manipulative and memorization skills.The main focus will be on cell biology and genetics. Students must maintain a proper notebook for these organizational skills are crucial in science.

COURSE OBJECTIVE CONTENT

– enhance the basic laboratory skills and measurements.

– knowledge of the scientific method procedure which is a systematic approach to problem solving (a basis for research).

– demonstrate an understanding of the cell’s structures and their functions 

– demonstrate an understanding of cellular reproduction and the associated terminology

– demonstrate an understanding of genetics and its associated terminology

– demonstrate an understanding of DNA, how it replicates, functions, and codes for specific tasks.

– develop the ability to solve genetic mysteries and explain how cancer can occur.

GENERAL OUTLINE

    1) Introduction

    2) Chemistry of Life

    3) Cell Structure and Function

    4) Cell Growth and Division

 5) Cellular Resp. and Reproduction

6) Intro to Genetics

7) DNA and RNA

8) Protein Synthesis

 ASSESSMENT

    The final grade for each marking period will be calculated as follows:

         Notebook – Will be worth a test grade (100 points), Chapter Tests – Worth 100 points, Labs, Projects, Homework, Quizzes, Classwork   

TEXTBOOKS AND GUIDES

Modern Biology, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Education Company., 2006.

MISSED WORK: An absence does not exempt a student from completing and submitting missed work, quizzes or tests.

  1. Unanticipated Absence: It is the responsibility of the student who is absent for any reason to approach the teacher upon return to school, request the missed assignments and tests, complete them, and submit them on the teacher’s due date. Assignments announced prior to a student’s absence and due while the student is out of school must be handed in the day the student returns to class.

TIME ALLOTMENT

45 minutes on Days 1-6 for class

45 minutes on Days 1-3 for Biology Section 1

45 minutes on Days 4-6 for Biology Section 2

The instructor has the option to make any changes to this course overview as deemed necessary throughout the year

 

ADVANCED BIOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTION AND SYLLABUS

PURPOSE STATEMENT

    This course is designed to emphasize, in detail, the workings of the human body. It is recommended for students interested in anatomy and physiology and for any student considering pursuing a health related career. In depth study of the textbook, lab work and mammal dissections comprise the bulk of the course. Students must maintain a proper notebook for these organizational skills are crucial in science.

COURSE OBJECTIVE CONTENT

The Student will be able to…

– enhance their basic laboratory skills, correctly use of the microscope, make accurate measurements and assessments, and develop competence in dissection techniques.

– understand and comply with all safety rules during lab periods

– acquire an appreciation of the complexity, beauty and design of a human being’s physical body

     -develop critical thinking skills, etc. when conducting an actual nutrition experiment with rats.

  -demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships of the human body from its cells to its systems.

– master the knowledge and understanding of the medical terminology of the body as covered in this course

-learn and retain the in-depth relationship of structure and function in the human body and its many associated diseases.

     -gain a critical understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body as covered in the course.

-acquire skills in maintaining a professional scientific research lab manual

     -develop skills for reading scientific articles and research

GENERAL OUTLINE

    1) Introduction

    2) Chemistry of Life

    3) Cell/Cell Metabolism

    3) Tissues

    4) Muscle system

 5)Skeletal System

 6) Cardiovascular System

 7) Blood

 8) Nutrition (if time permits)

ASSESSMENT

    The final grade for each marking period will be calculated as follows:

         Notebook – Will be worth a test grade (100 points), Chapter Tests – Worth 100 points, Labs, Projects, Homework, Quizzes, Classwork

RESOURCES

  • Textbook –Hole’s Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, 12th ed. McGraw Hill Education, 2015.
  • Lab Manual- Human Anatomy and Physiology, 1st ed. Martin, Terry, 2015.
  • Live Operating Room – streaming videos of different surgeries

FIELD TRIP – 

  • The Chambersburg Hospital
  • These are pending: There will also be various guest speakers from different job titles in the field of Anatomy and Physiology. Guest speakers include but are not limited to a chiropractor, a nutritionist, a physical therapist, a midwife, and a spinal surgeon.

MISSED WORK: An absence does not exempt a student from completing and submitting missed work, quizzes or tests.

  1. Unanticipated Absence: It is the responsibility of the student who is absent for any reason to approach the teacher upon return to school, request the missed assignments and tests, complete them, and submit them on the teacher’s due date. Assignments announced prior to a student’s absence and due while the student is out of school must be handed in the day the student returns to class.

TIME ALLOTMENT

45 minutes per class Days 1-6

45 minutes per lab Days 4-6

 The instructor has the option to make any changes to this course overview as deemed necessary throughout the year throughout the year

 

 

Important links for keystone practice

http://www.crsd.org/Page/31715

http://www.ptsd.k12.pa.us/BiologyKeystone.aspx

http://keystoneprep.swsd.wikispaces.net/Biology