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Welcome!

My name is Merritt King and I teach Biology I, Honors Biology, Gifted Honors Biology, AP Biology and AP Chemistry at BCHS. This is my 15th year of service and in that time I've taught Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics and Biology.  This year I'll only be teaching Biology I and Honors Biology I. 
 
I have my Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Management from Texas Tech University in 2001. In 2007 I received my Masters in Education degree from Southern Wesleyan University.  I love all things Texas Tech, Manchester City football, reading, elephants and my dog, Teagan. 
 
I tutor after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 pm.  Appointments can made for other times if needed. 
 
Schedule for 2018-2019:
1st block.......Biology I
2nd block.....Planning
3rd block.....Biology I (with 1st lunch)
4th block.....Honors Biology I
 
Supply List for Biology I =

Required:  3-ring binder, lined loose-leaf paper and a writing utensil (no red ink, please). 

Helpful Supplies:  Colored pencils, a highlighter, a small ruler and a 4-function or scientific calculator

 

 

 

Classroom Expectations:

  1. Students are expected to be in the classroom when the tardy bell rings.  When the bell rings conversations should end and you should begin the process of getting out what’s needed for the day.  The class itinerary is written on the board each morning so that’s the first thing you should look at when you enter the classroom.  If it says we’re grading homework then take out your homework.  If it says we’re taking notes, then take out your notebook, etc.
  2. Listen to and follow instructions.
  3. Be honest.
  4. Bring your materials with you to class every day.  It’s pretty hard to be good at anything if you don’t have the tools of the trade. 
  5. Be considerate and respectful of others in the class.  Everyone learns in a different way, at a different pace.  Don’t judge your classmates or laugh at their questions; learning is not a competitive sport!
Topics covered in Biology I:

Characteristics of Scientific Thinking and Methodology

Prokaryote vs. Eukaryote organisms

Energy Cycling

Macromolecules

Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Enzymes

Taxonomy

Cell Transport

6 Kingdoms

DNA/RNA

Ecosystems

Mendelian Genetics

Nutrient Cycling

Protein Synthesis

Ecological Relationships

Punnett squares

Adaptations

Population Genetics

Human Impact on the Environment

Mutations

History of and Evidence for Evolution                

Evolution and Natural Selection

Biological Resistance