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