Specialized Academic Instruction Biology

  • Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) Biology

    Grade level:

    9 to 10

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Biological Science

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    d

               

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendations

    Course Description: This course is a year long course. This course includes the Scientific Methods and Skills, Needs of Living Things, Ecology, Cells, Tissues, and Organs, Simple Organisms, Plants, Animals, Nutrition and Digestion, Support and Movement, Respiration and Excretion, Reproduction and Development, Heredity and Genetics, and Change through Time.  This Biology Course will consist of theory as well as a mini lab. Students will be introduced to many unified themes which emphasize the relation between and relevance of living organisms.  There will be emphasis on the study of ecosystems as well as ecology.

    Major Project/Assignments: The students will complete a major project collecting both plant and animal samples.  The students will have an opportunity to present their project to the class.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 30 minutes, 4 days per week.

Specialized Academic Instruction Physical Science

  • Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) Physical Science

    Grade level:

    10to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Physical Science

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    d

               

    Prerequisite: IEP team recommendation

    Course Description:  This year course deals with the interactions of matter and energy. Special emphasis is on a student's ability to perform critical analysis of problems involving physical phenomena. Topics of study include mechanics, six simple machines, heat, and thermodynamics, wave motion, light, optical systems, electricity and magnetism, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. Newton's three laws of motion are covered, as well as waste management. Students learn how to recycle, reuse and renew the valuable natural resources of the earth.

    Major Projects/Assignments: The students create and design at least six to eight outside class scientific projects using the Scientific Method, collecting data and presenting their experiments to the class.

    Approximate homework assigned daily:  30 minutes, 4 days per week