General Biology by Core Academy - Schoolhouse Teachers

General Biology by Core Academy

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Length: 32 Weeks
Includes: Videos, Worksheets, Tests and Answer Keys
Age/Grade: High School

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How to Use This Course

This is a general high school biology course. The first semester includes a special introduction to science, human biology, ecology, and zoology. In the second semester, students will learn about botany, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, and origins. This course includes approximately 25 hours of video instruction, supplemental readings, and answer keys. A Christian, creationist worldview informs the lessons where appropriate.

Course Introduction

This is a general high school biology course for tenth grade. The first semester covers our special introduction to science, human biology, ecology, and zoology. In the second semester, you’ll learn about botany, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, and origins. Our Christian, creationist worldview informs our lessons throughout the semester where appropriate.

Each session has a reading assignment, video lessons, notes, worksheets, and a vocabulary. Most have a quiz.

  • The reading assignments are optional for taking the quizzes and tests (since all of the material needed for the quizzes and tests comes from the videos and notes). However, the readings are necessary if you need to acquire a certain number of credit hours. The reading assignments are keyed to a variety of popular Christian textbooks (including BJU Press, Apologia, A Beka, Alpha Omega, and Christian Liberty Press). In addition, a free biology textbook download is available to Schoolhouse Teachers members, but it is not written from a Christian creationist worldview. This class presents arguments against the secular view of science, but parents and students should use discretion in choosing the reading text.
  • The notes are simplified outlines taken from the lecture notes used by the professors in the video lessons. Material on the unit tests come from these notes.
  • The worksheets contain the same material as the notes but with fill-in-the-blanks for students to work through. They could be used as homework assignments after the lesson or as note-taking aids during the lesson.
  • The vocabulary lists are just lists of key terms from the lesson. These should be used as an additional exercise for students to write their own definitions from the video lessons or notes or to look up definitions in textbooks or online.
  • Each session’s vocabulary quiz is derived from that session’s vocabulary list. The quizzes are all matching.

Each session is designed to take no more than a week of work, but students should be encouraged to work at their own pace if they want to work ahead. Each unit concludes with a unit test. The tests are mostly multiple choice and matching questions with a few short answer questions at the end.

Special note to parents: Session 8 contains a lesson on human reproduction. Even though the lesson does not discuss intercourse, we fully support some parents’ preference to educate their children about sexuality in some other way. We, therefore, included a test “supplement” for the third unit test. The regular unit test contains questions about human embryonic development, but we placed questions about the reproductive process exclusively in the supplement. Parents can opt to use that supplement or not. The vocabulary quiz for session 8 is available in only one version, and it asks questions about human sex organs and hormones. We also placed a warning on the human reproduction video lesson to remind students to check with parents before watching.

Weekly video lessons with printable worksheets and tests (answer keys are included).

Semester One

Unit One: Science

  • Session One: What Is Science?
  • Session Two, Part One: Doing Science
  • Session Two, Part Two: Making Peace with Science and Faith
  • Session Three, Part One: What Is Life?
  • Session Three, Part Two: All of Biology in 50 Minutes
  • (Unit One Test)

Unit 2: Anatomy

  • Session Four, Part One: The Skeletal System
  • Session Four, Part Two: The Muscles
  • Session Four, Part Three: The Skin
  • Session Five, Part One: Digestive System
  • Session Five, Part Two: Excretion
  • Session Six, Part One: Circulation
  • Session Six, Part Two: Blood
  • Session Six, Part Three: Circulatory Problems
  • Session Six, Part Four: Respiratory System
  • (Unit Two Test)

Unit Three: Anatomy, Cont.

  • Session Seven, Part One: Central Nervous System
  • Session Seven, Part Two: Peripheral Nervous System
  • Session Seven, Part Three: Nerve Cells
  • Session Eight, Part One: Endocrine System
  • Session Eight, Part Two: Human Reproduction
  • Session Eight, Part Three: Human Development
  • Session Nine, Part One: Body Organization
  • Session Nine, Part Two: Immune System
  • (Unit Three Test)

Unit Four: Ecology

  • Session Ten, Part One: Ecology 1
  • Session Ten, Part Two: Energy Flow in the Biosphere
  • Session Ten, Part Three: Material Cycling in the Biosphere
  • Session Ten, Part Four: Abiotic Factors
  • Session Eleven, Part One: Organism Interactions
  • Session Eleven, Part Two: Communities and Succession
  • Session Eleven, Part Three: Biomes
  • Session Twelve, Part One: Populations
  • Session Twelve, Part Two: Humans and the Environment
  • (Unit Four Test)

Unit Five: Zoology

  • Session Thirteen, Part One: Classification
  • Session Thirteen, Part Two: Introduction to Animals
  • Session Thirteen, Part Three: The Vertebrates
  • Session Fourteen, Part One: Invertebrates
  • Session Fourteen, Part Two: Animal Classification
  • (Unit Five Test)

Semester Two

Unit One: Botany

  • Session One, Part One: Flowering Plants
  • Session One, Part Two: Gymnosperms
  • Session One, Part Three: Life Cycle of Flowering Plants
  • Session One, Part Four: Ferns
  • Session One, Part Five: Moss
  • Session Two, Part One: Plant Structure
  • Session Two, Part Two: Basic Plant Functions
  • Session Two, Part Three: Macroalgae
  • Session Two, Part Four: Fungi
  • Session Two, Part Five: Plant Classificatio
  • Session Three: Microbes (Introduction)
  • (Unit One Test)

Unit Two: Microbes and Cells

  • Session Four, Part One: Cell Structure
  • Session Four, Part Two: Cell Membranes & Transport
  • Session Five: Cell Growth and Reproduction
  • (Unit Two: Test)

Unit Three: Biochemistry

  • Session Six: Biochemistry
  • Session Seven: Metabolism, Photosynthesis, and Respiration
  • (Unit Three Test)

Unit Four: Genetics

  • Session Eight, Part One: Classical Genetics
  • Session Eight, Part Two: Meiosis
  • Session Nine, Part One: DNA & Replication
  • Session Nine, Part Two: Transcription & Translation
  • Session Ten, Part One: Gene Regulation
  • Session Ten, Part Two: Human Heredity
  • Session Ten, Part Three: Viruses
  • Session Eleven, Part One: Genetic Manipulation
  • (Unit Four Test)

Unit Five: Origins

  • Session Twelve, Part One: Darwin and the Origin of Evolution
  • Session Twelve, Part Two: Origin of Species
  • Session Thirteen, Part One: Evolution and Classification
  • Session Thirteen, Part Two: Fossil Record
  • Session Thirteen, Part Three: The Mechanism of Evolution
  • Session Fourteen, Part One: Creationist Biology
  • Session Fourteen, Part Two: A History of Creation

Students who complete all lectures, worksheets, exercises, assignments, and tests may earn one full academic credit. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.

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