Living Environment Regents

Living Environment R   4200                                                 

Full year - 1 credit

Grades 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Earth Science

Overview

This class will cover the NYS Living Environment syllabus.  The curriculum has been written to prepare instruction and assessment which reflect the Living Environment component of Standard 4 of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.  This standard states:  "Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science."  Areas of concentration include:  Scientific inquiry, graphing and analysis, laboratory skills and equipment, biochemistry, cells, genetics, evolution, ecology, human anatomy and physiology.  The class meets once a day with an extra lab period every other day.  Students will be prepared for the NYS Regents exam which will be taken in June at the conclusion of the school year.  

Living Environment CT - 4205                                                        Full year - 1 credit

Grades 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite:  Faculty Recommendation

Overview

This co-taught Living Environment course will provide students with two teachers in the classroom.  A science teacher and a special education teacher will work together to cover the material in the NYS Living Environment syllabus.  Due to the multimodal nature of science instruction, students with disabilities will benefit from the extra support and modification of the curriculum which will include both traditional instruction and hands on laboratory practices.  Areas of concentration include:  Scientific inquiry, graphing and analysis, laboratory skills and equipment, biochemistry, cells, genetics, evolution, ecology, human anatomy and physiology.  The class meets once a day with an extra lab period every other day.  Students will be prepared for the NYS Regents exam which will be taken in June at the conclusion of the school year.  

Instructional philosophy

Living Environment Regents course is built on the knowledge, understanding, and ability to do science that students have acquired in their earlier grades. Instruction is focused on understanding important relationships, processes, mechanisms, and applications of concepts with less emphasis on the memorization of specialized terminology and technical details. The assessments test students’ ability to explain, analyze, and interpret biological processes and phenomena more than their ability to recall specific facts. The course is expected to prepare students to explain the most important ideas about our living environment. It is accomplished through lectures, large and small group discussions, text readings and lab activities.  Laboratory experiences provide the opportunity for students to develop the scientific inquiry techniques, the use of information systems, the interconnectedness of content and skills and the problem-solving approaches (The Living Environment. Core Curriculum. http://www.nysed.gov) 

Knowledge and Skills Objectives

Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Living Environment R&CT- Units of Study

1.       Scientific Inquiry and Laboratory Skills

                    Microscopes

                    Lab Safety

                    Scientific method

                    Interpreting Graphs

2.       Organization of Life

                    The characteristics of life

                    Biochemistry

                    Cell structure

                    Cells and their environment

                    Single and Multi-cellular organisms

3.       Reproduction and Development

                    Types of reproduction

                        Cell Division

                    Technology of Reproduction

4.       Genetics

                    Heredity

                    The structure of DNA/RNA

                    How a gene becomes a protein

                    Genetic Engineering    

5.        Evolution

                    The Theory of Evolution

                    Mechanisms of Evolution

                    Patterns of Evolution

 6.       Ecology

                    Biodiversity

                    Organisms in their environment

                    Structure of ecosystems

                    Energy flow in ecosystems     

7.       Human Impact on the Environment

                    Positive effects of humans on the environment

                    Negative effects of human on the environment

8.        Homeostasis

                    Feedback

                    Human Body Systems

                     Disease

                    Human Reproduction

9.       NYS Required Labs

                    Diffusion/Osmosis

                    Biodiversity

                    Making Connections

                    Beaks of Finches

Major Resources for
Living Environment R/CT
 

Primary Text:

Title: “Biology: Principles and Explorations”
Authors:  Johnson and Raven
Publisher:  Holt, Rinehart and Winston

Review Book: 

Title: "The Living Environment"
Authors: John Bartsch, Mary P. Colvard
Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall

 On-Line Text:  

http://www.phschool.com/science/

On-Line Practice and Review: 

www.castlelearning.com