Susan Galloway

Welcome To Life Science
Susan Galloway   434-263-4801

Unit/Virginia SOL-the following will be covered this semester

Unit/Virginia SOL the following will be covered this semester

What is Science?  (1st Six Weeks)

·          Science and the Natural World

·          Thinking Like a Scientist

·          Scientific Inquiry

LS.1adefghij; LS.4d

Human Genetics and Genetic Technology (2nd Six Weeks)

·          Human Inheritance

·          Human Genetic Disorders

·          Advances in Genetics

·          Using Genetic Information

LS.1dhj; LS.12bcef

The Tools of Science (1st Six Weeks)

·          Measurement-a common language

·          Mathematics and Science

·          Graphs in Science

·          Models as Tools in Science

·          Safety in the Science Laboratory


Changes Over Time (1st Six Weeks)

·          Darwin’s Theory

·          Evidence of Evolution

·          Rate of Change

LS.1acdfgij; LS.4d; LS

Introduction to Living Things (1st Six Weeks)

·          What is Life?

·          Classifying Life

·          Domains and Kingdoms

·          Classification and Evolution

LS.1bdefghij; LS.2ad; LS.3ab; LS.4abcd

Plants (3rd Six Weeks)

·          What is a Plant?

·          Classifying Plants

·          Plant Structure

·          Plant Reproduction

·          Plant Response and Growth

·          Plants in Everyday Life

LS.1dhij; LS.2a; LS.3ab; LS.4abc; LS.5abc; LS.10a; LS.11abde

Introduction to Cells (2nd Six Weeks)

·          Discovering Cells

·          Looking Inside Cells

·          Chemical Compounds in Cells

·          The Cell in its Environment

                     LS.1bdhij; LS.2abc; LS.3ab; LS.12f

Introduction to Animals (3rd Six Weeks)

·          What is an Animal?

·          Animal Body Plans

·          Introduction to Invertebrates

·          Introduction to Vertebrates

·          Vertebrate Diversity

·          Patterns of Behavior

LS.1bdhj; LS.3ab; LS.4bc, LS.7ab; LS.10ab

Cell Processes and Energy (2nd Six Weeks)

·          Photosynthesis

·          Cellular Respiration

·          Cell Division

LS.1dfhj; LS.2abd; LS.5abc

Populations and Communities (3rd Six Weeks)

·          Living Things and the Environment

·          Populations

·          Interactions Among Living Things

·          Changes in Communities

LS.1abdefghij; LS.4d; LS.5c; LS.6bc; LS.8bcde; LS.10bc; LS.13a

Genetics: The Science of Heredity (2nd Six Weeks)

·          What is Heredity?

·          Probability and Heredity

·          Patterns of Inheritance

·          Chromosomes and Inheritance

LS.1adhij; LS.2d; LS.12bcdf

Ecosystems and Biomes (3rd Six Weeks)

·          Energy Flow in Ecosystems

·          Cycles of Matter

·          Biomes

·          Aquatic Ecosystems

·          Biogeography

LS.1acdfhij; LS.5abc; LS.6abcd; LS.7a; LS.8ab; LS.9abc; LS.10bc; LS.11bcde

DNA: The Code of Life (2nd Six Weeks)

·          The Genetic Code

·          How Cells Make Proteins

·          Mutations

LS.1dhij; LS.12abf; LS.13a

Ecosystems and Human Activity (3rd Six Weeks)

·          Protecting Land and Soil

·          Soil Conservation

·          Biodiversity

LS.1dhij; LS.10bc; LS.11abcde; LS.13abc



Homework is a very important part of science class and all classes.  All assignments are to be turned in on the due date.  Late work will result in point deductions.


Homework, Classwork, and Quizzes count as 66.5% of the six weeks grade.  Tests count as 33.5% of the six weeks grade.


Late Work Penalties:        1 Class Late = -15 points             2 Classes Late = zero


Grading Scale


A+ = 99-100                     A = 95-98               A- = 93-94

B+ = 91-92                       B = 87-90               B- = 85-86

C+ = 83-84                       C = 79-82               C- = 77-78

D+ = 75-76                       D = 71-74               D- = 69-70

F+ =  65-68                      F = 60-64                F- = BELOW 60


Cheating/Plagiarizing:  Cheating and plagiarizing will not be tolerated!  If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing (including any talking during a test or quiz), he or she will receive a zero on that test, quiz, or assignment.



It is the student’s responsibility to get missed notes/handouts/work in the event of an absence. 

Please use the following as a helpful guide:

  1. Check the designated missing assignments location for missed work.
  2. Ask a friend for missed notes.
  3. Check with the teacher if you have any problems or questions!
  4. You have one week to make up missed tests or quizzes.
  5. You have one day for every day absent to make up other missed work.
  6. Check the website for assignments, too!