Welcome to Biology! My name is Lezlie Haynes and I am the instructor.
10/21 In Class–we covered most of the rest of the module. Students should read and take notes on what was not covered in class. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Plus, finish lab report in SN for exp 5.1.
10/14 In Class–we covered the first half of module 5 on photosynthesis. We drew the steps and structures repeatedly together to help students understand what is happening at each step. I handed out a coloring sheet and notes study sheet (the notes sheet can be filled out by the student as a study tool, it is not for hwk). We also took Latin quiz #5. Follow the agenda for hwk.
9/30 In Class–students took their Mod 4 quiz and then performed Exp 4.1 (parts A, B and D in class). Exp 4.1 part C and Exp 4.3 are virtual and the videos have already been emailed to the student.
Hwk–follow the agenda. Study for the Latin #5 quiz when we return. I need Research Plans for those doing Sci Fair.
9/23 In Class–students turned in their summaries and then we finished Mod 4. We discussed the Cell Analogy Project and students tried to complete a practice analogy–was a lot harder than they expected!
Hwk–follow the agenda. Study for the quiz next week. Decide on whether you are doing sci fair or cell analogy project. 9/30 is the deadline to decide. If you send me your cell idea, I will write it down and no one else can do the same thing.
9/16 In Class–students took Latin Quiz #4 and then we started Mod 4 notes. We went thru OYO 4.6 I think–completing the table of organelles and functions for the different types of cells. We didn’t manage to get thru the entire OYO so students will need to go back and finish that problem. Then, we watched The Wonder of the Cell by Dr Georgia Purdom, which is fantastic. Hwk is to follow the agenda.
9/9 In Class–students turned in their lab conclusion, took Mod 2 quiz and then we watched a fantastic video on the Wonder of DNA by Dr. Georgia Purdom. We finished class by watching two video segments on enzymes. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Summary due in 2 weeks.
9/2 In Class–we finished notes on the module and then performed Exp 2.2 in the book. Hwk is to follow the agenda-study for the Mod 2 quiz next week. It will be vocab and have a couple questions on the back that relate to the vocab. Be sure to complete your lab book and type your conclusion for next week. Ms. Kim will be checking to see that you have completed each section of the lab book and have written a fully formed conclusion.
8/26 In Class–students turned in their take home quiz and took Latin Quiz #2. Then we began lecture of Mod 2 (PPT and notes) then students completed Exp 1.1C. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Make sure you type the lab conclusion and video summary from last week.
8/19 In Class–students turned in their microscope wkst and took microscope quiz. Then, we went over mod 1 info on the criteria for life, types of cells, etc. After that, we watched a video that relates to the questions-what is life?, when does it have value? and how does the current secular worldview v Christian worldview look at life. Hwk is to complete a 2-paragraph summary (follow the instructions in the handout online) and follow the agenda. We did not turn in the lab today as we are not finished with it. I also sent home the take home quiz. Don’t forget to study for Latin quiz #2 next week-it will have all of latin 2 on it and a review of latin 1.
8/12 Today was a great day! In class, students turned in their signature pages and profiles, took their first Latin Quiz and started on Exp 1.1. We went over proper microscope technique and completed part B and C from the experiment. No conclusion is needed for this lab.
Hwk–follow the agenda. We will quiz on the microscope and its parts next week in class. You will take the Mod 1 vocab quiz home. Those that did not bring their lab safety signature page, science course policy signature page or student profile–bring those next week. You receive a grade for each item. No need to have zeros for simple tasks.
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.