Welcome to Biology!  

3/28    In Class–students first presented their sci fair projects then dissected the rat.  They did a great job!  Hwk is to follow the agenda, study for Quiz 16 (postponed due to dissection and presentations), and write a dissection summary (usual 2 paragraph summary).  The hwk for the week doesn’t mention the summary but it is assigned and due next week.  Those that have not turned in their summary of the bird video should complete that this week, too.
3/21  *Remember that Spring Break and 3/14 are switched on the agenda, so hwk is listed under 3/14*


In Class–four students presented their science fair projects to the class.  Students were able to ask the presenter questions–we had several great questions that were very helpful!!!!  After that, we reviewed Class Aves then watched a video called ‘Formed to Fly’.  I stopped the video at different points to discuss content with the class-the video discussed different aspects of the bird that allow it to fly, the evolutionary theory that dinosaurs evolved into birds and then specific aspects of each were compared (scales and feathers, bone structures), etc.  I think the class left with a whole new appreciation for birds!  Finally, we watched a few minutes of a rat dissection.
Because of the full day in class, the quiz was sent home to be completed.  I would rather have a class overflowing with great content and send a quiz home, than take a quiz in class and lose valuable content and discussion time.  That being said, next week the remaining students will present their projects and we will dissect the rat, so I am moving next week’s quiz back a week.
Hwk–complete the rat coloring sheet, take the Mod 15 vocab and fish quiz, watch the rat dissection video and take notes, work on video summary due next week*, and follow the agenda.
*If you need more time on the summary, you are allowed to turn it in 2 weeks from today.
3/7     In Class–we went over the notes for Mod 16 then dissected a perch.  Afterwards, we talked about science fair presentations and the regional fair at belmont.  Hwk–follow the agenda.
2/28   In Class–students took their Latin #15 and Crayfish quiz (diagram and vocab).  It was a lot of quizzing so it took up a bit of time.  Afterwards, we went over phylum chordata.  We spent some time talking about the characteristics of the phylum, specifically the tail and pharyngeal slits characteristics.  It was a great opportunity to compare the secular world view and Christian world view for classification of organisms.\
If you need help uploading documents for sci fair, send them to me and I can do it.  I cannot create your account, though, so you have to at least do that part.
Hwk–follow the agenda.  Complete the sci fair entry process, even if you cannot attend.
2/21    In Class:  I sent home to quiz today so that I could go over the sci fair sign up in depth with students.  After we went thru the entire process (which I recorded via Zoom and will email the link to parents), students dissected the earthworm and crayfish.  They did a great job!  Hwk is to follow the agenda and complete the earthworm diagram and vocab quiz at home.
2/14    In Class:  students took their Latin #14 quiz and then we talked.  First, since the Virtual Lab was not listed as due today, I told everyone that they could turn it in next week.  The agenda states it was due in two weeks and that ended today, but we all decided to be graceful today….;-)
          After talking about the lab, we discussed the science fair board.  I had students take pictures of the approved board design (I also took pictures and will attach them to the class email) and we talked about each section, the proper font size, font color, what can be trimmed and what cannot, where to put the information, what kind of board and topper, etc.  If you have any questions about layout, before tape everything down, take a picture of the layout and send to me.  I am happy to give you feedback.
       Lastly, we covered the notes for Module 14–all things phylum arthropoda.  We watched the internal and external dissection videos in class.  They are linked in the PPT–I suggest rewatching each before class as a refresher.
  Hwk–follow the agenda, finish the Virtual Lab in the SN, study for vocab and diagram quiz for Mod 13.  Agenda says quiz on 13 and 14 next week, but we are going to break them up.  Quiz 13 next week, Quiz 14 the following week. Next week we dissect the crayfish and earthworm.
2/7   In Class: students took their Latin Quiz 13, turned in exp 10.1 and 10.2, turned in quiz 10, and the protista cp.  I decided not to send home quiz 10B on fungi.  We then went over PPT for Mod 13 on invertebrates.  I pointed out that on their FE, they will have to recognize a phyla and an organism from that phyla.  We watched short video clips of organisms from most of the phyla we talked about today.  If you get a chance, click the links in the PPT and watch some of them.  I think most of them really liked the sponge video.  Most were grossed out by the planaria videos.  We also watched a dissection video on the earthworm, which we will dissect in two weeks.
We began talking about the science fair board today.  Please do not create the board until I have had a chance to go over the project.  You can go ahead and purchase the board—a 3′ x 4′ (or 36″ x 48″) trifold display board with a topper.  Hobby Lobby is the best place to purchase.  I will include a link below (color doesn’t matter).
Hwk–follow the agenda.  Prepare for Latin Quiz 14 next week. 


Hey All, I am attaching a link to the Zoom I made for you in the class email–I did not lecture, I just gave you an overview of what needs to be done and I walked you thru the at home lab (it was scheduled as a virtual lab on the agenda).
Follow the agenda, complete Quiz 10A, study for Latin #13, work on the virtual lab (due in two weeks).
1/24   In Class:  students took their Latin quiz then performed exp 10.2 (I think it is 10.2 in their book) using the samples we made the week before.  They all did a great job and I loved to hear their enthusiasm when they were able to find a living microorganism!  We also talked about science fair and I handed out Form 1A to fill in.  Their final report is due next week–research plan with bibliography, post project summary (only if they made changes to procedure), and abstract.  I suggested that they turn in their results, conclusion, and graph(s) so that I can look over them and make suggested corrections before we begin creating the boards.
Hwk–follow the agenda. Study for quiz over Protista ppt and vocabulary–only that which refers to the protista portion of the module.  Use the study guide and module test to help you study.
1/17    In Class:  students turned in work from last week, took a quiz over Mod 9, took notes during an overview of Kingdom Protista, and then worked with a group for experiment 10.1.  
For Exp. 10.1, students made four samples (each group made one sample) using yolk, dirt, grass, and rice.  They added pond water then walked around the pond to do an observational study of the environment.  They were to record all observations and make a drawing of the pond area.
Hwk–follow the agenda.  There will be no lab report this week.  We will open the jars next week and look at samples under the microscope.  It will STINK next week so be mindful of that–plan to bring mentholatum or an essential oil like peppermint to help block the smell.  
1/10  In Class:  students turned in their Latin quiz and Exp 9.1.  Then, we finished notes over the module and watched several video clips that relate to the module.  I have linked them below.  The last one is the one that students are to write a summary over–All Creatures Great and Small.  It has wonderful information about bacteria and relates that info to creation v Evolution.  Dr. Purdom also shares some of her research related to when did bacteria become ‘bad’.  
I will attach the PPT, too, just in case I haven’t sent it before.  Hwk is to follow the agenda, complete the bacteria cp, work on the virus cp and study for module quiz next week.  
Continue to work on sci fair report which is due end of them month.  Send me your data, results, conclusion, and abstract as you finish them for feedback.

1/3   In Class:  I handed out the take home quiz and the coloring sheet for Mod 9.  We went over the info from the beginning of the module and discussed science fair report info.  Then, we discussed Exp 9.1 and went over the example and completed the first organism.  Lastly, students began watching a video on Microbes by Dr. Georgia Purdom.  We will try to finish it in class next week and the summary is due in two weeks.  

Science Fair–final report is due 1/31. However, there are suggested due dates on the timeline.  If you will turn in these items to me, I will make suggestions so that your final report is actually the final report.
Hwk–follow the agenda.
Latin 2nd Semester
Biology Agenda
Science Course Policy
Lab Safety
Signature Page

“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 sooners@click1.net.