This one day, 34 week Biology course covers everything from the smallest cells to the largest biomes. Students will learn numerous laboratory skills, including technical writing, lab notebook reporting, proper microscope use and correct dissection techniques. Depending on the activity, students will work individually, with partners or in groups to complete weekly labs. Online activities like games, videos, and review apps are utilized to reinforce classroom lessons. Students completing Biology should have a good basic understanding and appreciation of the living world, as well as the skills necessary to succeed in future scientific endeavors. All work and tests will be graded by the instructor.
The dissections are wonderful learning experiences and can be very memorable. Students are encouraged to attempt to dissect organisms and many discover they are interesting and actually enjoy the experience. Those who do not want to perform the dissections will be asked if they would be comfortable watching others do the dissecting. There are other alternatives available if the dissections are especially problematic.
ACT skills and practice problems are part of the curriculum. Students will practice problems from actual ACT tests and work on approaches to successfully conquer the science section of the ACT.
Students Who Should Take This Class:
This class is for students who are looking for a Biology Lab credit or who just love exploring the living world. Although there are no prerequisite courses, it is highly recommended that students take Physical Science to have a basic understanding of chemical structure in order to understand cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
This class includes free tutoring after school, over the phone, via the internet and at The Connection Tutoring Center.
Supply and Lab Fee:
This fee pays for the use of microscopes, slides of plants, animals, microscopic creatures and tissues. It also pays for the use of stereoscopes as well as other laboratory equipment like beakers, test tubes, growth plates, chemicals and testing samples, plus safety equipment and safety insurance. The instructor will also provide dissection kits, dissection trays and an organism for dissection for every student. The fee covers the use of text books, all tests and all handouts.
Supplies Provided by the Student:
binder, lab notebook, gloves, personal safety glasses, 12 colored pencils, ruler, calculator and paper.
Honors credit is available with completion of additional coursework.
All curriculum is supplied by the teacher.
Parents do not need to purchase a book
Prentice Hall Biology
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Maureen Johnson has a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology and a Master's degree in Education. She has obtained all the University requirements to teach Chemistry, Biology, and Math. She spent many years working as an Industrial Microbiologist and Analytical Chemist for a local Chemical manufacturer before she found her true passion, which is teaching. She left teaching public school to homeschool her children and has been teaching homeschool classes for the last ten years. Maureen Johnson brings real world experience to the Chemistry classroom as well as access to science experts from many different fields of study.