Alegre, Mr. Pedro
Welcome to the most lab-intensive course Roosevelt High School offers! Roosevelt was the first Chicago Public School to offer the course. It was authored by Mr. Alegre. The one single zoology course has grown to fifty courses citywide. With the completion of the first semester of zoology, students will be familiar with speciation and be able to use scientific anatomical terms, binomial nomenclature, and methods of taxonomy. Students will also develop the preparation for the intensive dissection labs for the second semester.
This laboratory science course studies the animal kingdom. Zoology is a rigorous course that includes several labs, field studies, and requires the study of the animal anatomy of form and function. This course is an in-depth look at the diversity of the animal kingdom from primitive sponges to mammals. Students will learn to classify animals and understand why some animals are grouped together, yet appear to be so different. Students will observe the development of animals, the interaction with their environment, and their spectacular adaptations for the survival of the species.
Students will have several opportunities to participate in scientific field studies, collecting ecological data, making a positive change reducing the human impact on the environment, and aiding our environmental community. Students may earn service learning hours for participating. Some examples for this year range from…
• Stewardship of sugar maple trees and harvesting maple syrup.
• Beekeeping training and harvesting of honey.
• Preventing the spread of the emerald ash borer.
• Aiding the restoration of the North Park Village Nature Center.
• AVES Chicago Program, Reintroducing bird species back to nature.
• Aiding the development of Loyola University’s Rural Ecological Center.
• Qualifying students may attend the Shedd Aquarium one week Bahamas’ marine science internship.
Please go directly to the Honors Zoology Google Classroom for up to date assignments and notifications.