Substantive Education


Biology Tuesdays at 10:00

HOmework Due Sept. 16.  Study for test on Module 1.  We will be taking our test next week, and if time doing some microscope work.


Homework Due Sept. 9. Read Module 1 and do the study guide. Bring microscopes to class next week.

The text we will be using is Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition, published by Apologia.

Note: The publishers have noted that due to extensive additions classes taught with students using the 1st and 2nd editions will encounter challenges. If you are purchasing the book be sure to purchase the 2nd edition. If you have the first and wish to use it make sure that you also have the test and solutions manual.

This program is a thorough high school-level biology program designed for use at home. The authors recommend that students take this course at the same time they are taking Algebra I. The text is written in a conversational style, making it easy to read and understand. It contains student exercises (with detailed solutions), experiments, and tests (with detailed solutions). Primary topics: General Introduction to Biology; Monerans (bacteria); Protists (protozoans and algae); Fungi; the Chemistry of Life (atoms, elements, molecules, osmosis and diffusion, photosynthesis, enzymes, etc.); Cells; Cellular Reproduction; Genetics; Ecosystems (including discussions of symbiosis, and the water, oxygen and carbon cycles); Invertebrates; Arthropods; Chordates; Plant Anatomy and Classification; Plant Physiology and Reproduction; Reptiles, Birds and Mammals.

Text is accompanied by full-color photos and illustrations throughout. Price includes free curricular support from the author. A sample lesson may be viewed at the Apologia Science web site.

Note: The experiments in the course are designed to be done at home, but about half of them require some specialized equipment, including a high-quality microscope. Sonlight Curriculum, as well as other suppliers offer a microscope laboratory set to accompany the course, as well as a dissection laboratory kit. Also Note: Many colleges look for at least one lab science on a student’s transcript. In order to gain hands-on experience with a microscope, as is often included in a lab course, you may wish to purchase the Microscopy Supplies Kit .

Purchasing a microscope is not required, but will be most helpful to your students. Those students that have microscopes at home will bring them to class on lab days. I would strongly suggest that all students purchase the dissection kit. This is a description of the Sonlight dissection kit that goes with the book.
Includes three disposable dissection pans; T-pins; scissors; forceps; scalpel; dropping pipet; vinyl ruler; teasing needle; case to hold all the above tools; complete step-by-step descriptive dissection manuals for each animal (includes more information and detailed instructions than the textbook offers on its own); four specimens packaged in an easy-to-open container:

  • frog

  • crayfish

  • yellow perch

  • worm

The animal specimens are initially preserved in the best preservative possible: formaldehyde. Problem is, as you would know if you’ve done dissections before, formaldehyde is an obnoxious-smelling, toxic liquid. That’s why we displaced the formaldehyde with water, then displaced the water with a glycol solution. You enjoy a very decay-resistant specimen, but without any toxic fumes or messy liquids! (Use specimens within a year of purchase for best quality.)


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