The primary goal of Living Environment course is to develop and master the knowledge and science skills necessary for students to meet the Common Core Learning Standards in addition to the New York State Standards and successfully pass the State Regents Assessment. It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. 

    Through this course students will have essential knowledge and skills to understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science that make up our Living Environment. Students will also transfer their acquired knowledge and skills to real life situations and contexts. Projects and Lab experiments are added to units to allow students to demonstrate what they know in a variety of ways as they strive to solve real life problems.




    Ødemonstrate skills in using various types of biological tools and scientific methodologies,

    Ø learn how to read and critique papers written by scientists in the field of biology,

    Ø practice finding and using patterns in collection of data to solve scientific problems,

    Ø incorporate and relate the other major subjects as well as the arts and technology, within the study of living environment,

    Ø exhibit mastery of the major principles of biology, and apply biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.

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    The two main goals of Living Environment are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. The ongoing information explosion in biology makes these goals even more challenging. Primary emphasis in Living Environment course should be on developing an understanding of concepts rather than memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this conceptual understanding are the following: a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology; and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.

    If you have questions, concerns and suggestions feel free to contact Ms. Baraquia through:
    Email  = jbaraquia@twain239.org
    School phone: 1-(718)-266-0814 
     Tutoring Schedule:
    Every Wednesday = Pd 6 (Bring your lunch!)
    Rm. 351