Lezlie Haynes

 Welcome to Biology!  My name is Lezlie Haynes and I am the instructor.


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.



In class–watched Dr Purdom’s video, “The Code of Life: DNA, Mutations etc” then performed Exp 7.2.  Lastly, reviewed for the exam.
Hwk–summary of video (2 paragraphs), no lab report, study for exam


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

“In class” work to be completed at home:
  • 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.
Hwk:  Follow the agenda, complete the quiz.  We will quiz on Mod 7 notes when we return.  Make sure that you study for your latin quiz 7/8, too.  For mod 7, quiz will cover the basics we talked about in class ie what is RNA composed of, what is DNA composed of, if given a DNA strand, write its mRNA strand and tRNA strand, what are codons and anticodons, what is protein synthesis and where do the steps take place.

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.

Hwk–follow the agenda.  Work on the 2 new coloring pages.  Work on Sci Fair.
Here is the link to the short video we watched today. If you need more help, go to Youtube and search for Protein Synthesis.  Crash Course is pretty good as is Bozeman Science (both are very secular, fyi).


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…

Your quiz tomorrow is a 2 part quiz–part one will be a diagram of either a plant or animal cell that you will have to label.  Part 2 will be over the PPT from mod 6 and the notes (not the cell respiration stuff).  You should know the 11 functions, 3 types of cells, organelles and their functions, types of transport.  I am not promising that all of that info is on the quiz, but if you know all of that info, you will do well.
Agenda states that your edible cell is due tomorrow, too.  You do not need to feed an army–make something small but correct.  You can pick any of the 3 types of cells and then create it with its organelles.  You can use anything edible.

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).

Next week’s class is one of the more difficult concepts in biology, so you don’t want to miss it if you can help it.

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.

Hwk–this week’s hwk is to complete your sci fair project experimentation.  For those doing a project over time (IE growing plants), you should get started this week.  There is NO other science hwk this week.  Doing your experiment is the hwk.  Next week’s Latin quiz #6 is a take home quiz.

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.

Hwk is to follow the agenda–make sure to complete Quiz #3, work on sci fair ideas and research, study for Vocab quiz #3 next week, complete conclusion in lab book.

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.

In class–watched a very short video over making a wet mount slide and viewing under the microscope.  Took Vocab Quiz #2 and turned in work.
Lab–performed Exp 2.2.  Many did not finish, but that is ok.  Write your conclusion based on what you DID complete.
How to write lab conclusion/discussion/summary:
  • 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
Hwk–follow the agenda.  Write conclusion/summary for lab report.  Those with final sci fair ideas need to begin researching the topic.  Be prepared to write 4 – 5 paragraphs based on what you learned (similar to a 5 paragraph essay–intro paragraph that includes your question, body paragraphs that explain the science and terminology, conclusion paragraph that contains your question and hypothesis).  That research is the first part of the research plan (also called a rationale).  Once you have done your research, decide upon your hypothesis (the answer to your question), then begin to devise your method (procedure).  Come and find me Tuesday if you need more input on what to research.  Study for Latin Quiz #3.
8/23–In class:  turned in assignments, took Latin Quiz #2,  took notes of end of Mod 1 and Mod 2, finished dvd, and performed exp 2.1 at the pond.  Hwk is to follow the agenda.  Study for vocab quiz with bacteria diagram. Summary of DVD due next week.
8/16   In class:  In class, we went over part of the module, went over Exp 1.1 Classification lab, did NOT do Exp 1.2C, turned in work, received the Mod 1 Vocab Quiz to take home and complete, and watched portions of two dvd’s on abortion, eugenics and genetics.  Since we didn’t quite finish the last video segment, the summary is not due next week.
Hwk–follow the agenda.  No lab report for Exp 1.2C, No summary for dvd (yet).  Complete the quiz and study for Latin 2.
8/9     In class:  Today was an incredibly busy first day.  We went over class structure, Tutorial dress code, homework, sci fair, microscopy…and took Latin Quiz #1.  Hwk is to follow the agenda and study for Microscope quiz–work to complete the microscope handout using the student notebook and PPT that I will email today.  Lab was hurried today, so if you did not finish part A and the work for the letter ‘e’ slide, you need to come in before Tutorial next week and finish the lab.  We will take the lab books up next week for a lab grade but you do NOT have to write the conclusion b/c we haven’t completed the lab yet.  Just make sure you have filled in the pages 394, 395 and 397.
If you didn’t bring in your class supplies or signed paperwork, be sure to do that next week, too.


“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!

Ms Lezlie

 If you have any questions, please email the instructor at lezlie@43llc.com.