Science, Thomas Greene, 1998, AMSCO School Publications, Inc.
to Marine Biology! This is an introductory
course for students that are interested in possibly pursuing this area of
study, or just to gain an understanding of the Marine environment.
In this class we will be exploring the
creatures of the ocean, learning about their habitats, their physical and
behavioral characteristics, and the marine environment in which they live.
I have a lot of really fun and cool
“stuff” that I plan to do with your class, but because of the amount of
students that are enrolled this will be impossible without your full
cooperation inside, as well as, outside
of the classroom. I can
only make this class fun, educational, and a great success if we all going to
that being said, and my knowing that you guys, and girls, are some of the most
awesome students in the school (because those are the students that I asked
for!)……………so here’s what I expect from all of you!!!!!!
to be Covered:
- Exploring the Oceans
- Marine scientists at
- Marine Environments
- Unicellular and
Multi-cellular organisms (4)
- Marine algae and
- Introduction to
Marine animals (6)
- Worms and soft-bodied
- Animals with
stinging tentacles (Cnidarians/ Ctenophores)(7)
Animals with armour (Crustaceans) and spiny skins (Echinoderms) (10,11)
10. Fish (12)
11. Marine Reptiles (12)
12. Marine Birds (13)
13. Marine mammals (14)
14. Man and the future of the oceans (21)
loose leaf binder, colored pencils, pens/pencils.
presentation- choose one marine animal, research and present a ppt. skit, play,
video,rap, poem, etc. Presentation
must be handed in. A printed version of the ppt. must be submitted.
2. Report on the future of our oceans and
marine life. How are the ecology
of the oceans effected by pollution, global warming, the fishing industry, etc.
- Will be given on
Fridays in most cases.
- Must be made up the
day you return to class if you are unable to take it. I will not chase after you to make
it up….it is your responsibility, or you will receive a zero.
- Labs are to be
completed and written up the day after the lab.
- Homework will be
handed in the day after they are assigned.
- Labs and HW must be
made up if missed, or a zero will be given.
and Exams: 50%
and Labs: 10%
- Mutual respect in
the classroom, for each other and for the Teacher, Visitors, and Guest
- Respect and
compassion for the living organisms that we will be privileged to be
observing and working with.
- If anyone is
observed behaving in a manner that is compromising to another student or
one of the living organisms that we are going to be studying they will be
permanently removed from the class.
- You must be present,
but if for some reason you are going to miss class, you will be
responsible to make up the work.
(It will all be found at the website www.iteachbio.com)
- Homework, Labs, and
assignments are your responsibility and are to be handed in on time!
- We will hopefully be
spending a good amount of time outside the class “in the field”. You are representing yourself,
your family, and your school ,do them all justice, and make me proud that
we chose you to participate in this experience.
- Textbooks will be
kept in the classroom along with other resources that you will be able to
use. The readings and HW will not be difficult, so I expect it to be done.
- I am available
online at firstname.lastname@example.org, so if you have
questions or concerns about the class, or anything else, just ask! You can always reach me!!!!!! I may not respond right away, but
I promise you that I will get back to you by the end of the night.
- Lab work and
fieldwork are an essential part of this course, so PLEASE do not miss
*There will be an exam at the end of each Unit.
**There may be open book quizzes, so take
***There will be a Mid-term Project and a Final
you can expect from me and this class:
- Mutual respect.
understanding, and concern when you’re not having a good day….
- An open ear and door
for help, questions, concerns……
- An introduction to a
new and exciting world that is practically right in your own backyards.
- Interesting field experiences.
- Learning about some
of the most interesting environments, and organisms, on the Planet.
- Seeing things you’ve
never seen before!!!!!
- Smelling fishy…….
- Getting your hands
- And GETTING