Lezlie Haynes

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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  See you in two weeks.  

11/16–In class:  students took second mod 6 quiz (ms kim graded and returned them today) then we finished the chapter–I will email the ppt today.  We also watched several short videos on cell division.  We finished class by performing exp 7.2 and viewing plant mitosis, animal mitosis and some lily meiosis slides.  Hwk is to follow the agenda.  I reviewed for the quiz, twice, at the end of class.  Be ready to turn in:  latin quiz 7/8, coloring sheets over mitosis and protein synthesis, lab we did today (no conclusion) and science fair forms.  Work on Sci fair, too.  Everyone is good to start their experiment. I handed out the 3 main sci fair forms today.  I will put instructions in the email.

11/9–Today was a fun day-I apologize if your kid came home on a sugar high…Edible Cells are awesome!

In class–took quiz over cell structures and animal cell diagram.  Quiz next week will be over cell respiration (know handout I gave you) and plant cell diagram.  After the quiz, we judged the edible cells, ate the edible cells, then judged them again.  Finally, we covered the first part of Mod 7 thru Protein Synthesis. Hwk is to follow the agenda.  I handed out the protein synthesis coloring sheet at the end of class–someone left his in the room…

Congratulations to Cheyanne for Best Project and Landon for best tasting project.  My personal favorites were Hannah’s plant cell and Landon’s pizza–jalapeno’s make a pizza. Pictures will follow tomorrow.



11/2–In class–students turned in their dvd summary, exp 6.1 report and bonus labs.  We watched a 14 minute video over cellular respiration to get an overview of the whole process.  Then, I taught the material 3 times all the way through.  Students took notes each time over the 4 steps, where they take place, what molecules are reactants and products, what happens to each molecule, how many energy molecules are produced and the final net equation.  I then told them what was on the quiz next week–organelles and their functions and one of the cell diagrams.  They should study plant and animal diagrams for labeling on the quiz. Cellular respiration quiz is in 2 weeks so they have a lot of time to learn the material.

Edible Cells due next week–label each structure. You can build an animal cell, plant cell or bacterium.  Each part should be edible (labels don’t have to be edible).  You don’t need to make something huge–there are only 16 people total so don’t get crazy!
10/19–Today in class students turned in their diffusion lab and latin quiz 5.  I handed out the DNA coloring sheet, vocab quiz 5 and we finished lecture on the chapter (DNA).  Hwk is to follow the agenda.
10/5–Today was a good day.  We started by going over the main points of Mod 5 via PPT.  After that, students performed Diffusion Lab and received their Latin #5 take home quiz.  Hwk is to follow the agenda.  Work on Sci Fair, too!
Make sure you complete the quiz and finish answering the questions for the handout.  You can look in Mod 5 and 6 for some answers and (with parents permission) use Google to help you answer the questions.  Work on Sci Fair–I think almost everyone has an approved research plan and can begin experimenting. If you not sure, email me and ask.

9/28–Today was a good day!  After quizzing on vocab for mod 4, students spent the remainder of the class working on mod 4 labs.  Thanks to everyone that brought in fungi specimen!  Hwk is to follow the agenda–you only have to do one conclusion for all of the labs today instead of writing individual conclusions for each lab.  Make sure you relate what you observed today with what we have been learning.  Final Sci Fair Research plan is due next week.  Latin quiz #5 is next week.

9/21–Today was a good day.  Students turned in their lab books and coloring sheet for Mod 3.  I did an overview of Mod 4–Kingdom Fungi and we watched several snippets of videos relating to mushrooms.  One in particular was a Mike Rowe Diirty Jobs episode that centered on growing mushrooms commercially.

Next week we spend the class in lab (after the vocab/content quiz).  Remember to hunt for mushrooms the morning of class, make sure you get the dirt/leaves/bark surrounding the fungus, too.  We need mushrooms, puffballs, lichen, shelf fungi, fruit mold, bread mold, etc. Do not eat anything you pick for lab, wash your hands after handling.
Hwk is to follow the agenda–make sure you get your rough draft of research plan finished and turned in by next Thursday–I prefer email.  YOu will turn in the rationale/purpose paragrahs, question, hypothesis, procedure, risk and safety, data analysis sentence and bibliography.

9/7–Great day!  I love lab days–especially with live samples.  In class, we covered about 1/2 of Mod 3, took Latin Quiz #3, turned in Exp 2.2 and bacteria coloring sheet, and performed exp 3.1.  Hwk is to follow the agenda. Most students have approved Sci fair ideas, so they should start working on their research plan/rationale.  They have a handout that explains each section but to summarize:

Rationale/Research Plan has several sections.  It is not the experiment or project report. It is the first phase of the project.  Students should research their ideas, print off info that pertains to their idea (need 5 academic sources) and begin to write the following sections:

Rationale–the purpose of the experiment.  Should be 2 – 3 paragraphs minimum.  This is the essay portion of the project.

Question–this is the question students want to find an answer to.

Hypothesis–this is what they think the answer to the question is based off of their research

Procedure–this is a step by step, detailed process for how they will test their idea.  Included in this section are the materials to be used, any diagrams or drawings, etc.

Risk & Safety–what student will do to minimize risk (wear gloves, adult supervision, etc)

Data Analysis–this is what the student will do with the data generated.  For now, a simple statement of data will be analyzed using stats and charts is fine.  After we have data, I will help students figure out what to do with it then we will reword this section

Bibliography–sources used to better understand the topic, need 5, use http://www.easybib.com to generate. We will look at this website in class next week.

8/31–Yesterday was a good day.  In class, students turned in their summaries, took the vocab quiz for Mod 2 then performed exp 2.2.  Hwk is to follow the agenda.  Be prepared for Latin quiz #3 next week and finish exp 2.2 in lab book.  Make sure your write a good conclusion.  This isn’t the same conclusion that you write for sci fair.  It is basically a paragraph that relates what you saw in lab and how it relates to what you have been learning in the module.

8/24–we had a good day!  Any day we get to go outside for lab is a good day.  In class, we took latin quiz 2, turned in the classification lab and vocab quiz 1, had lecture over Mod 2 then went outside for Exp 2.1.  I did not bring the supplies to make the samples today so students do not have to complete that section of lab report.  I will make the samples Sunday so that they are ready for Thursday.  Students should finish the lab report, study for vocab quiz mod 2 with bacteria diagram and follow the agenda.  Summary for Eugenics DVD due next week and bonus summary due, too.

8/17–great day!  Follow agenda for hwk.

Bonus Opportunity:  Monday, 8/21 is the Solar Eclipse.  If you take a pic of yourself outside during the eclipse and send it to me, you’ll get 5 bonus points.  I’ll post them on the chem page.  I’d like a pic of you with a sign with Eclipse 2017 or something similar.  With solar eclipse glasses will get you 2 extra points.  I plan to take my selfie during ‘Totality’!!!  Videos work, too.

If you do not have glasses, you can make a pinpoint projector and watch the shadow on the ground instead of damaging your eyes looking at it.

8/10–Today was a good first day.  In class, I went over class rules, how the book and student notebook go together, how to work a microscope and what are its parts, basic sci fair info and then the Latin quiz.  Hwk is to follow the agenda.  Be ready for next weeks quiz over the microscope, its parts, the study sheet I sent home and the PPT.  Vocab quiz 1 will be take home, but you should plan to study for it, too.

Check out quizlet to make notecards for bio terms–latin or module.  I have a quizlet that I use that you can search for:  sooners43.


“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.