Biology (Christian Perspective) Self Paced (Year Long: Grades 8-12)

    The majority of my classes are secular to meet the requirements for charter and private schools. But I do have a few that request Christian based science, especially in Biology. This class will meet that need and help with your Christian view in science. 

    Instructor: Jennifer Collins

    Christian, Homeschool Mom, AWANA Leader (5 Yrs) & Certified Science Teacher (24 Yrs In The Classroom)

    This course will feature a great way for like-minded students to join together every other week for instructions and labs in a self paced atmosphere. Each unit students will be provided new vocabulary to make notecards over, and then provided a link to the teacher Quizlet page to practice the new terms. Chapter pdfs will be provided for reading material and overview. In Google Classroom students will find 5 mini assignment tasks to complete each week. Those tasks will range from various science sketch activities, making models of topics out of clay, case studies/research, concept mapping, essential questions, and practice tests.  Assessments will be provided using a game type format on Quizizz. The course will feature a lab component, with additional nature journaling and nature collection activities. Each week the group will be provided an optional science themed Bible verse to work on. 

    Class Features:

    -Tuition $149/Semester

    -Full Year Hybrid Course (2 Semesters)

    -5 Weekly Assignments In Google Classroom (75 Assisgnments Per Semester)

    -Lab Component

    This Course Will Focus On Kinesthetic-Tactile Learning Labs, Using Lots Of Hands-On Activities To Help With Comprehension. 

    -Curriculum: Mixture of BJU, Apologia, & Glencoe

    -Textbook Required: Super Simple Biology: The Ultimate Bitesize Study Guide (DK Super Simple)

    -Weekly Nature Journal Entries

    -Weekly Science Themed Bible Verse

    Scope/Sequence:

    Unit 1 History Of Biology Video Lessons 

    1.1 The Science Of Biology

    1.2 Famous Biologists

    1.3 The Future Of Biology    


    Unit 2 Taxonomy & Classification Methods Video Lessons 

    2.1 Taxonomy

    2.2 Levels Of Classification

    2.3 Binomial Nomenclature

    2.4 Dichotomous Key    


    Unit 3 Cell Structures Video Lessons 

    3.1 Introduction To Cells

    3.2 Cell Parts & Functions

    3.3 Plant Cells

    3.4 Animal Cells


    Unit 4 Cell Processes Video Lessons 

    4.1 Cell Transport

    4.2 Photosynthesis

    4.3 Cell Respiration

    4.4 Products of Cell Processes    


    Unit 5 Cell Growth & Division Video Lessons 

    5.1 Cell Cycle

    5.2 Cell Division

    5.3 Mitosis

    5.4 Meiosis


    Unit 6 DNA Video Lessons 

    6.1 Structure Of DNA

    6.2 Transcription, Translation, & Replication

    6.3 RNA    


    Unit 7 Genetics Video Lessons 

    7.1 Introduction To Genetics

    7.2 Heredity

    7.3 Genetic Conditions

    7.4 Gene Engineering


    Unit 8 Variation Of Species Video Lessons 

    8.1 Introduction To Variations

    8.2 Variations To Plants

    8.3 Variations To Animals    


    Unit 9 Survival Adaptation Video Lessons 

    9.1 Introduction To Survival Adaptations

    9.2 Animal Adaptations

    9.3 Behavior Adaptations

    9.4 Plant Adaptations    


    Unit 10 Ecology Video Lessons 

    10.1 Introduction To Ecology

    10.2 Symbiosis

    10.3 Human Impact


    Common Questions:

    1) How does self pacing work? Students log in on Mondays to begin the week's assignments. The goal is to finish the week by Friday night. Students can work at a reduced or accelerated pace during self paced courses. 

    2) Will grading be provided? Yes, quiz and tests will be provided. Students will be provided a code to take online tests. 

    3) Will you cover evolution? During the first unit students will be taught that biology consist of living items, and how living items change and evolve overtime. Butterflies and moths have changed colors over time to help with survival adaptations, so this example will be discussed. But evolution will not be taught, or Darwinism. Instead, this class will focus on the basic topics of Biology. 

    4) Will my child have to memorize a Bible verse? No, an optional Bible verse will be provided each week but it is only for encouragement. 

    5) Will my child need a microscope? No, microscopes can be a financial hardship for many families. We will look an images of microscopic organisms instead. 

    6) Will you dissect items? We will dissect a flower apart to see the reproductive parts, take samples of leaves, and students will be encouraged to dissect an invertebrate (crayfish, grasshopper, etc). 

    7) How much time would the student need to devote to the class? Each week will consist of a lesson and 5 mini assignments. Each assignment will take around 25-40 minutes. Students will move at their own pace during the week, working on completing all of the assignments due before the next week. 

    8) Can public or private school students take the course? Yes, it is open to all students. Many public school students enroll for additional practice.

    9) What grade level is the class? This is a high school level course, so it is best for 8th grade and up. 

    10) What type of parent involvement is needed? Parents are asked to log into Google Classroom once a week to look over the student's work and to encourage weekly uploads. 


    If you have additional questions, please message sciencewithcollins@gmail.com or text CBIO To 470-252-8111.


    Supply List:

    spiral notebook or scrapbook type book (70 page minimum)

    pencil, pen, highlighter, tape, stapler, glue, scissors

    coloring pencils

    tape-invisible, masking,  and duct tape

    ziploc bags in various sizes to hold notecards for each unit

    notecards

    play-doh or modeling clay

    DNA helix-gummy bear, Twizzlers, toothpicks

    Osmosis-clear cups, gummy bears, potatoes, kitchen sponge, vinegar, kool aid, sugar, corn syrup

    Cells-plate, shampoo, small items or small pieces of candy to represent cell parts, toothpicks, tape, scissors

    Edible Cell-cake mix, icing, small pieces of candy

    Edible blood-food coloring, corn syrup, chocolate syrup

    Platelet bottle-empty water bottle, cheerios, water, food coloring, marshmallows

    Bottle lung-water bottle, balloons, tape, straws, clay or play-doh, masking tape

    Diffusion-Food coloring (red, blue), straws, a few glass jars to hold water, raw potatoes, eggs, clear cups

    Mitosis Lab-gummy worms or longwise candy, string, paper towels

    watercolor paint set with brush for various body system science sketch opportunities

    paper towels

    paper plates

    construction paper

    food coloring

    marbles or pebbles

    dry rice

    ruler

    yarn

    tissue paper

    Diagram Practice: dry erase marker, small dry erase board or wipeable surface

    Skeleton Fun: black construction paper, q-tips, glue

    Digestion Lab: crackers, Sprite or 7Up, 1 gallon ziploc bag

    Paper Anatomy Models-cardstock white or cream paper, coloring pencils, scissors

    Neuron Model Lab: play-doh or clay, paper towels, plate, pipe cleaners

    Muscle Lab: dried spaghetti, two pieces of bread, jelly

    Common kitchen supplies for labs: vinegar, pepper, salt, sugar, corn starch, kitchen, wax paper

    Edible Skin Layer Lab: red jello, water, mini marshmallows, fruit rollup, twizzlers or licorice whips

    Bone Lab-plate, rotisserie chicken, gloves

    Kidney Filtering Lab: clear cup, glitter, breads or small pieces of plastic, soil, paper towels, tape,

    small strainer, a few cottonballs

    grocery store flower to observe the parts

    dissection kit (optional) with tweezers and scapel

    hand sanitizer

    one hole punch

    leaf from outside

    rotting log outside (optional but helpful to find one to observe decomposers)

    Petri Dishes with pre-made agar (3 needed)

    qtips

    shoebox or cardboard box

    posterboard

    piece of bread

    shoebox or pencil pouch to hold notecards

    permanent markers

    iodine

    peroxide

    glasses to mix things in

    Dissection opportunities: perch (fish), earthworm, starfish, crayfish, grasshopper, and frog. Students will be provided links to purchase these if interested and mini step by step instructions will be provided on these dissections if interested. Dissections are optional but recommended.

    Christian view: Christian views will be expressed in this course, and Bible verses related to topics will be listed. 



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