Daven Tubb's Microlife Class
Assignments and Homework Policy
Students will work on a variety of tasks that range from discussion and reading assignments to hands-on activities,laboratory investigations, and State Science Work Samples. For some students the work will be completed in class, others will find that they need to finish the assignment at home. Students also have the option of revising and editing some assignments that are already graded (lab reports, for example).
Student Folders are graded every two or three weeks. Reading assignmernts, vocabulary, and other worksheets are worth 5 points Lab reports are worth 10 points and projects and work samples are worth 20 points. Students are asked think of their folders as "portfolios" of their best work.
There is an amazing world of life just beyond our scope
of vision: the world of micro-organisms. Viruses, bacteria, and protists
are the smallest forms of life, but they are the organisms that scientists
study to learn about cells and cell processes. In this course we will
study many forms of micro-life and learn about their life processes using
both compound microscopes. We will also use binocular microscopes to study
larger organisms like insects, molds, and fungi. We will also learn many
specimen preparation and staining techniques.