Wildlife Biology

    Welcome to Wildlife Biology for 2023-2024
    Google classroom will be the main mode of communication I use for curriculum and student contact, especially if your son/daughter is out of school. 
    Wildlife Biology is an upper level science class emphasizing the science-based management of wildlife in the United States.  There is an emphasis on applying the management model to current management issues.  
    Class Objectives:
    Understanding and applying  the scientific wildlife management model
    Understanding the complexity of wildlife management
    Being an informed, scientific-literate citizen
    Scope and Sequence for 1st Semester
    Intro and History of Wildlife Management
    Management of Wildlife
    Tools and Techniques used in the field
    Field Studies used in wildlife research
    Habitat management -  Starting with Aquatics
    Fisheries Science
    Endangered Species
     Scope and Sequence for 2nd Semester
    Endangered Species and listing process, Delisting Case Study
    Populations - Dynamics and Management
    Analyzing management plans
    Mammalogy, Furbearers
    Nongame - Ornithology and Riparian Area assessment
    Sample Schedule from last year
    Wildlife Bio Weekly Schedule 8/29 - 8/30
    Th:  Getting to Know one another and setting class goals
    Fr:  Scope and Sequence for the year
    Th/Fr:  Intro Activity Nature of Science and Wildlife Biology
    9/3 - 9/6 - Continue  Intro to Wildlife Biology 
    Tu:  Intro Activity:  Current Topics in  Wildlife Biology
    Wed:  finish intro activity and turn in 
    Th: Intro to Wildlife Management - Working definition of wildlife and why wildlife management is important
    Fr:  finish activity, Start Wildlife Classification and Management in MT
    9/9 - 9/13
    Mon:  Finish Wildlife classification in Montana and connection to management, Start documentary:  Back from the Brink...
    Tu:  finish documentary on 'History of Wildlife Conservation/Management in Montana
    Wed:  fact sheet due BOP, PP lecture:  History of Management in Montana
    Th:  Compare/Contrast pre and post PR Act in US
     Fr:  Reading with questions:  Why We Do It This Way?
    9/16 - 9/20
    Mon:  Reading questions due BOP,  PP lecture - Field Studies used in Wildlife Research, group activity -- types of field studies
    Tu:  Go over reading questions, Review Scientific Field Sketching with descriptions
    Wed:  Class outdoors - Scientific observations and field studies
    Th:  Follow up activity to field observations - due Tu, 9/24
    Fr:  Work Day, Reading with questions - Elk Research Study - due Mon BOP
    9/23 - 9/27
    Mon:  Elk research reading questions due BOP, hand out review sheet for upcoming test, practice writing quality scientific answers
    Tu:  Field Observation Followup due BOP, Review for Test, go over reading questions
    Wed:  Test - Unit 1
    Th:  Start New Unit:  Intro to Fisheries Management: Aquatic Habitat Analysis 
    Start DVD  - Planet Earth:  Fresh Water - Intro to River Continuum Concept Model
     Fr: Finish DVD and Opinion Summary
    9/30 - 10/4
    Mon:  Go over DVD and connect to RCCM, go over test and observation activity
    Tu: PP -  Intro to River Continuum Concept Model (RCCM)
    Wed: Create a working model of the RCCM
    Th:  Work on models
    Fr:  PP - Abiotic Aquatic Habitat Analysis - into
    Wed, 10/3 is the first school wide missing work deadline.  Any missing assignments revert to a zero in the grade book


      1st Semester Scope and Sequence in Biology  2023-2024
    Google Classroom will be the main platform I use for curriculum and to communicate with students.
    If you want to look at lessons, have your son/daughter show you my Google classroom.
    Please email if you have questions or concerns.  I cannot take a phone call while I am teaching, but I can call you if you email and we pick a time for the phone conference.
    Mrs. Hover
    Welcome to Biology
    1st Semester Scope and Sequence
    Process of Science - Tools and Techniques used in Biology
    Biodiversity/Classification - emphasis on microscopic diversity
    Cell Biology:  Structure/Function, Biochemistry, Homeostasis, Metabolism, DNA Regulation, Protein Synthesis
    2nd Semester Scope and Sequence in Biology
    Cell Reproduction, Mitosis and Cell Cycle, Meiosis and Mutations
    Genetics and Evolution
    Ecology - emphasis on patterns and changes in our ecosystems    
     Biodiversity of Local Flora and Fauna  
    FYI:  BOP - beginning of period
    EOP - end of period
     Binder Assignments - these are assignments that are kept together and turned in at  the end of each unit for a grade rather than being turned in for  individual grades throughout the semester.  Students are responsible for keeping these together, numbered and in order. 
    Sample Schedule from last year
    Biology Weekly Schedule 8/29 - 8/30  
    Thurs:  Getting to Know one another and setting class goals
    Fr:  Criteria for success in a Biology classroom - brainstorm and compile
    9/4 - 9/7 Nature of Science
    Tu:  Intro Activity incorporating Nature of Science and Current Events in Biology
    Wed:  hard copy of classroom policy - binder #1, Intro to Scientific Field Sketching
    Thur:  Field Sketching Activity in the courtyard
    Fr:  Followup activity to field sketching; questions and analysis - due Tu BOP
    9/9 - 9/13
    Mon:  PP Lecture - Model - How Science Works, Scientific Reading as HW, binder #3
    Tu:  Work with reading and picking out parts of the scientific model- due EOP, Field Sketching Activity Due BOP
    Wed:  videoclip on obs, fact, hypothesis, etc, Go over misperceptions about scientific obs, fact, hypothesis, theory - Binder #4
    Th: Writing hypotheses, go over requirements
    Fr:  go over hypothesis homework and check for completion
    9/16 - 9/20
    Mon:  Start microscope lab, demonstrate wet mounts
    Tu:  Continue lab, demonstrate measuring objects
    Wed:  Microscope Lab due EOP
    Th: Explain and start lab - Biodiversity and Microscopy:  Discovering microscopic life
    Fr:  Continue lab
    9/23 - 9/27
    Mon/Tu - Continue lab - discovering, sketching and describing organisms in a pondwater ecosystem
    Mon - hand out the review sheet for the upcoming test lab , hand back the Microscope lab and go over
    Tu -  Demonstrate how to fill in the review sheet with quality answers, Lab due EOP
    Wed - practice writing quality scientific answers using a grading rubric, answer questions on the review sheet
    Th:  Test - Unit 1
    Fr:  Intro to Taxonomy - brainstorm Scientific Theories on Origin of Life, do Terminology for DVD, Start Origin of Life
    9/30 - 10/4
    Mon:  Finish DVD, go over discussion questions - Binder #6
    Tu:  Connect Origin of Life to Scientific Process, hand back Test and go over, Intro Dissecting Scope Lab
    Wed:  Finish Dissecting Scope Lab - due EOP
    Th:  PP lecture - Taxonomy (Systematics)
    Fr:  Finish lecture group activity - dichotomous key
    Wed:  is the first 'Missing work deadline'. Any missing assignments revert to a zero after 10/2
    10/7 - 10/11
    Mon:  finish group activity and share with class
    Tu: Intro Taxonomy Activity - Finding, observing, classifying and naming organisms
    Wed: Start Taxonomy Activity - In search of macroinvertebrates in our terrestrial environment
    Th:  Continue:  analyze samples, sketch and describe
    Fr:  Finish activity by classifying and naming - due Mon BOP
    10/14 - 10/16
    Mon: Research component to Taxonomy Activity - Scientific interest in Tardigrades - 
    Tu:  Graphic Organizer - 6 Kingdom Scheme with Domain level
    Wed:  Hand back Taxonomy Activity, finish graphic organizer - due EOP
    10/21 - 10/25
    Mon:  go over taxonomy activities, hand out review sheet
    Tu:  PP lecture - Modern Classification with video clip
    Wed:  Review activities to prepare for the test
    Th:  go over questions on the review sheet
    Fr:  Test - Classification/Diversity