Goodhart (2020)





    What is Living Environment


    The Living Environment is an introduction of how science fits in around you. It includes a 1200 minute hands on and experimental laboratory component. This is where you get to practice what you learn. Curriculum follows New York State Living Environment Core Curriculum Standards: http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/pub/livingen.pdf


    This course is specifically designed to prepare students for the Living Environment

    Regents Exam. All students taking Living Environment are required to take the

    Regents Exam in June. In this course, students will learn Similarities and Differences among living organisms, Homeostasis, Genetic Continuity, Reproduction and Development, Ecology and Human Impact on the ecosystem.



    How you are graded


    - Exams (Usually 3 per quarter) *Exams include questions from labs


    - Homework and Class-work


    - Laboratory


    - Quizzes and Notebook Checks (Most quizzes are open notebook)


    - TE (Teacher Evaluation) Participation and General Expectations


    This is a total point(s) possible grading system. Maximum points divided by points earned.


    *Subject to change at the teachers discretion in combination with written and/or verbal warnings ahead of time.


    Laboratory Requirement


    Plain and simple in order to take the regents you the student, must have 1200 documented minutes of lab. To provide some leeway for this requirement,

    students will exceed the 1200 minutes of lab time to account for illnesses,

    extracurricular activities, or other legal absences. Labs will be completed during

    regular class periods. All tables, graphs, diagrams, and questions must be

    completed to receive credit. If the lab is incomplete or fails to meet the standards, it

    will be returned to the student for correction.


    General Expectations


    1. Show respect for yourself, your peers, and all faculty.

    2. Follow all safety precautions during lab.

    3. Be prepared for class (arrive on time with necessary materials).

    4. Maintain a positive attitude.

    5. Keep our room neat and clean. Be responsible and organized.

    6. Pay attention in class.

    7. Participate in lecture discussions, class activities, and lab experiments.

    8. Ask questions when you do not understand.

    9. If you’re absent, it’s your responsibility to make up missed work.

    10. Leave cell phones, MP3 players, etc. in your locker or pocket.


    Required For Class


    - Biology Text Book

    - Notebook

    - Pens and pencils

    - Positive attitude


    Contact Information


    If for some reason, you are unsure about your academic standing, ask me. I will

    answer all questions, to the best of my ability. I will strive to make our class as fun and interesting as possible by incorporating hands on activities and real world examples. I am looking forward to another great year of teaching!


    Teacher: Brenton Goodhart          

    School Phone:  315-649-2417

    Email: bgoodhart@lymecsd.org