Welcome to Biology! My name is Lezlie Haynes and I am the instructor.
IMPORTANT TEST DAY INFORMATION–PLEASE READ
Thursday, 8 am – 8:25 am: Students may come early to begin their exam. Test pages will be collected at 8:25 so that students may get to their first class.
Thursday, 10:25 am: Testing begins. Students will begin the exam with the essay portion–no notes, no books, no notecard. After turning in the essay portion, students may then get out their notecard and begin the multiple choice portion of the exam.
NOTECARD Correction: Students may put ANY info on the notecard that will help them on the multiple choice portion of the exam. Since the essay portion is first and notecards aren’t allowed during it, it won’t matter if essay info is on the card. Again, the notecard will only be used during the multiple choice portion of the exam so put whatever info you need on it.
If you have any questions, please call or text me.
11/29-In class–students turned in work from the break, took their 2 quizzes (we did review for the mod 7 quiz beforehand) then performed the Protein Synthesis lab. Hwk is to follow the agenda–finish the lab handout (questions on the front) if you didn’t do that in class. Work on Sci Fair this week!
11/15–check email b/c I emailed the quiz and PPT for Mod 7
- Take the Cell Respiration quiz–no notes, no book, no help
- No lab or lab report
- Finish reading and taking notes over Mod 7
- No cell diagram quiz will be emailed b/c I don’t have it on my computer, it’s at Tutorial
- Read, study, take notes on and learn the material covered in the PPT. Watch each video link embedded in the PPT. This information is your responsibility to learn.
11/8-In class–students turned in their Edible cells, ate the Edible cells and judged the Edible cells. Congrats to Maggie and Joy whose cells were selected as Best Tasting and Best Cell. Students took their first cell diagram quiz with mod 6 quiz (we reviewed a little before) then we began Mod 7. We started with a 5 min intro video on protein synthesis and then went over the steps to protein synthesis more indepth.
11/1 Update (posted on 11/7) Students, I can’t find the class email update I thought I sent last week so maybe I dreamt it…
10/25–Today was a good day. After lecture over first 1/2 of Mod 6, students performed Exp 6.1, which was just looking at three slides. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Latin Quiz #6 was handed out as a take home quiz. Bonus–read the article(s) I sent in earlier email and write 1 summary to be turned in next week (you get 5 pts whether you read one article or both articles).
10/18–In class–students took the Mod 5 vocab quiz then I spoke for a few minutes about Mod 6. Then I introduced them to the amazing complexity of a eukaryotic cell by watching the video, “The Wonder of the Cell” by Dr. Georgia Purdom. The video gives them a 3-D look inside the cell–it is more than just flat organelles in a jelly fluid..it is like a mini factory with working mechanical parts, structure, organization, design! It is incredible and a wonderful testament to a Creator God. After the video, I began to teach the content from Mod 6–the two types of cells (prokaryotic and eukaryotic), what are organelles, types of eukaryotic cells (plant and animal), similarities and differences, etc.
10/11–In class–in class, we finished Mod 5 and spent time talking about DNA. Then, we watched some of a video called Wonder of DNA by Dr. Georgia Purdom. Bonus opportunity–with parent’s permission, go to Youtube and watch the rest of the video, then write your 2 paragraph summary. Turn it in next week for 5 points. If it is really well done, you can earn a little more than 5 points. Hwk–follow the agenda. Work on DNA coloring sheet. If you have not yet turned in your final rough draft, I need that asap. The goal of next week is for everyone to have a week with no other science hwk so that students can perform their sci fair experiments.
Video on Youtube: Wonder of DNA by Dr. Georgia Purdom
9/27–Today was a great day! I like lab days. Thanks to everyone that brought in Kingdom Fungi organisms for us to observe and dissect. In class, students took their Mod 4 Vocab quiz then performed microscope experiments from Mod 4. Hwk is to follow the agenda–you only have to write one conclusion for all the lab stuff we did today. You should continue to work on sci fair but are NOT allowed to begin experimentation unless you receive the OK from me.
9/20–In class, students took their Latin quiz, turned in homework, and then we went over Mod 4 notes. We watched several short video segments to reinforce content from the textbook. Students had time in class to complete their Mod 4 coloring sheet, too. Hwk–follow the agenda. Next week, students should bring in their fungi samples for lab–molded bread, fruit or vegetables, wild mushrooms (with the mycelium), shelf fungi, lichen, puffballs, etc.
Bonus for next week–Next Thursday is JERSEY DAY at Tutorial. If every student in the class wears a jersey (either an authentic jersey worn in a sporting event OR a replica jersey of a jersey worn during a sporting event–No tshirts), then the whole class will receive 5 bonus points that will be added to their final exam grade. This is an All-or-Nothing bonus opportunity. If you do not own an athletic jersey, borrow one for class. I know several students are bringing extra just in case someone needs to borrow one.
9/13–In class–we went over science fair, research plan, where to find class info and expectations, etc. Students should turn in their rough draft no later than next week, then final draft with forms is due 9/27 (agenda has wrong date). Forms are on the sci fair website at faithtutorial.com. I sent the quiz home to take so don’t forget to complete it to return next week. Hwk is to follow the agenda. We completed Exp 3.2 and 3.3 but you only have to write one big conclusion that covers both labs. Refer to the prior email where I told you how to write your conclusion for microscope labs. For those that turned in their research plan–I will go over your plan this week and email you suggestions. You still have until the 27th to turn in final draft. NO ONE has permission to begin their actual experiment. If you still don’t have an idea, email me and I will send you an idea.
9/6–Great day! Students seemed to be more comfortable working with the microscopes today. In class, I collected hwk, handed out the Latin Quiz #3 and made it a take home quiz, passed out the mod 3 coloring sheet and lectured over mod 3. I sent the PPT for the lesson already today–it contains the link to the ICR article on mosquitoes that is due for bonus in 2 weeks.
8/30–Special Note: It is VERY important that students read and study the lab the night before we perform the lab in class. Review the steps to using the microscope. Know and understand what needs to be drawn and labeled.
- restate purpose
- state slides looked at, magnification, what was seen in the slide(s)
- list any problems ie what you could not find, problems with microscope, etc
- relate what you saw/learned in the lab with the module we are studying
Preclass information to print, read, sign and bring the first day of class:
Handouts to print:
“Exploring Creation with Biology is an award-winning, college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. With a strong emphasis on vocabulary and experiments, the course provides the student with a solid background in biology which is presented an in a readable, conversational tone.” –Apologia website
Organization is very important and students are required to keep a binder with sections for notes, labs, quizzes/tests, and worksheets. Students should bring their textbook, student notebook, binder, colored pencils and pencils to every class.
Each module takes about two weeks to cover. During this time students will complete the reading, On Your Own questions and Study Guide Questions. Latin vocabulary is also included in the weekly content. Every week students are quizzed—week one will be Latin vocabulary and week two will be module vocabulary and content. Students watch documentaries and read articles related to creation and evolution then submit summaries. Students will complete additional worksheets related to module content i.e. coloring sheets, genetics worksheets, etc.
Each semester there is a comprehensive final exam with module content, diagrams, at least one essay question (first semester only) and Latin vocabulary.
Students are required to complete a science fair project which will be due in January. Hands-on labs are an important part of a biology course. During the first semester, most labs will be centered on the microscope. The focus of second semester will be dissections—plant/flower, fruit, and animal. We normally dissect 7 – 9 different animals (students are in groups of 2 – 3). Students are required to submit lab drawings and when appropriate, reports or abstracts.
I look forward to seeing each student in August!