Welcome to Biology! My name is Lezlie Haynes and I am the instructor.
9/19 In class–students turned in Vocab Quiz 3, took Latin quiz 4 and then we went over the high points of Mod 4, Kingdom Fungi. We watched several fun video clips on fungi including the history of the penicillin vaccine and where commercial mushrooms come from. Ask your student if they want to eat a button mushroom any time soon…
Hwk is to follow the agenda, work on finalizing RP if not done yet and study for Vocab Quiz #4. Check agenda for lab activity next week. I need each student to bring in fungi he or she finds around the house–inside and out! Bring to Tutorial next Thursday for bonus. Look for mushrooms, puffballs, lichen, shelf fungi, bread mold, fruit mold, etc.
9/12 In class–students turned in the labs for 2.2 and 3.1, the Research Plan and Latin Quiz #3 (Ms Kim graded and returned lab books in class), sent home Vocab Quiz #3 (students could take it in class if they wanted to), sent home a sheet on how to write the rationale portion of RP. Then, I went over notes for Mod 3, we watched 2 video segments on Protistans and then finished Exp 3.2 and 3.3 in class. Hwk is to follow the agenda, complete Vocab Quiz 3 and coloring sheet Mod 3, study for Latin 4.
9/5 In class–I sent home the Mod 3 Coloring sheet and Mod 3 Latin quiz. Students turned in the Kingdom Monera coloring sheet and some turned in the bonus summary. We then spent the class working on Exp 2.2, 3.1 and 3.2/3.3. Students made wet mount slides from the four liquid samples and then looked for microorganisms under the microscope. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Write one conclusion for Exp 2.2 and 3.1 combined. Do not write one for Exp 3.2 and 3.3. We will try to finish those next week. Complete the Latin Quiz, too.
8/29 In class–we had an agenda change today. I did not get the bacteria samples made last week so we couldn’t do Exp 2.2 today. So, we watched an awesome dvd on Microbes (primarily focused on bacteria, their genome, Biblical view of their creation, purpose and adaption, etc) and then went over sci fair ideas. Students DO NOT have to write a summary for a grade but are welcome to write one for bonus. It really had some fantastic information:
“All Creatures Great & Small: Microbes and Creation” – Dr. Georgia Purdom
You can find it on Youtube.
Hwk–follow the agenda but do not write a lab report for exp 2.2 since we didn’t do it today. Study for Latin #3. It is also comprehensive so study Mod 1 and 2, as well.
8/22 In class–we went over sci fair forms and turned in sci fair ideas. I handed out the two main forms–1B (permission slip due next week) and Student Checklist 1A (due when project is due). Students turned in their Vocab quiz #1, summary and classification lab. They took Latin Quiz #2 and then we went over the main points of Mod 2. I will attach the PPT to this email but don’t forget that we discussed several things in the module that are not on the PPT. That is why you need to take notes. After the PPT, students went outside to perform the first part of Exp 2.1–observation of an environment. I will make the samples for class on Sunday.
Hwk–follow the agenda. Vocab quiz Mod 2 is next week–be able to label the bacterium, too!
8/15–In class–we spent some time discussing the criteria for life and how that relates to current events then reviewed the classification system and the difference between man’s classification of living organisms and God’s created kinds. Students have a classification lab in their student notebook to complete for next week. We then watched a video segment on the history of euthanasia, abortion and genetics and how those relate to life vs the value placed on life. Students took notes over the video and have a video summary due in 2 weeks.
Hwk–follow the agenda. Students have a take home quiz for Vocabulary Mod 1 quiz that needs to be completed and returned next week. Also, science fair ideas are due next week. For those that reach out to me and ask for ideas, I will have those for you next week.
8/8–Great first day! In class, we followed the agenda. Students should begin to look for 5 science fair ideas and finish the first couple of pages in the lab book (actual exp started on p 395 in student notebook, but there are a few pages before that students should complete, too). Hwk is to follow the agenda.
If you would like to check out an idea book for Sci fair, come see me Tuesday. If you just want me to choose a topic for you, I can do that, too, but I will need you to let me know some things you like so I can try to develop/find an idea in one of those things.
Preclass information to print, read, sign and bring the first day of class:
“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!
If you have any questions, please email the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.