What is Life Science? Simply put, life science is the study of anything and everything that is alive! In this course, you will study all the forms of life including viruses, bacteria, fungus, plants and animals. We will also study the parts that make up all living organisms as well as the relationships organisms have with each other. Be prepared to grow bacteria found around the school, capture insects, grow plants, dissect animals and much more!
Note Outlines and test study guides for each chapter will be regularly posted. Also check for useful links here.
What should I bring to class? Each day, you will need to bring a notebook, folder, a pen or pencil and homework that is due to class. On days your textbook is required, I will post a sign by the door. After the bell rings, you will not be allowed to go back to your locker. Occasionally, I will ask you to bring other supplies such as a calculator or colored pencils. Always check the board by the door for announcements.
If you are planning to be absent, please let me know at least one day in advance so I can give you homework assignments in advance. Late assignments should be placed in the "Late Assignments" file for your period. You will have 2 days to make up homework for each day you are unexpectedly absent (due to sickness, etc.)
You will receive a zero for any work that is not turned in when it is due. However, once a quarter, you will receive an "Oops" for unfinished homework. Homework that is left in your locker needs to be turned in before the next class period. Late work can be turned in the black files in the back of the room.
There are several opportunities in science to earn extra credit. Some of these are available on all of the tests and others can be done once a quarter. Test extra credit will be added onto individual tests. Other extra credit will be added onto grades at midterm and the end of the quarter.
Test Extra Credit
Before each test, you will receive 4-5 practice essay questions. Two or three of the questions will be essay questions from the test. You will receive one extra credit point for each practice essay you answer thoroughly. You do not need to do all the practice essays to receive the extra credit. The practice essays are due the day of the test and the points you earn will be added onto your test score.
Gateway to Science
Once a quarter, you can visit the Gateway to Science museum located by Bismarck State College. Extra credit can be turned in up until one week before the quarter ends. You may receive up to ten extra credit points for a half to full page essay on
1. what you saw at the museum
2. what you learned
3. what impressed you
Once a quarter, students can write a summary and do a class presentation on a science current event. Up to 10 extra credit points are available for completing a current event. Sign up sheets are available each Monday for presenting on Friday.