How to Use This Course
Twenty-seven weekly lessons study animal classification, digestive systems, reproduction, food animals, companion animals, human responsibility toward animals, and preventative care in domestic animals.
Animal Science as presented on SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a class that includes the science and classification of most of the animal kingdom, beginning with insects and working its way up to include mammals. It is targeted to all students who want to learn more in-depth information concerning animal species, habitats, and care. You can pursue the animals that interest you the most with the material for further study that is provided with the lessons.
This class should count as an elective science course high school credit (check your state regulations) if you follow the additional assignments provided and is a perfect preliminary course for students interested in pursuing Veterinary Medicine as a career. It is possible to “pick and choose” which parts of the Animal Science course to use, if you do not wish to show this as a credit on your high school transcript. However, many lessons build upon previous lessons and are best covered in the order they are presented. Answer keys to homework assignments are provided.
Welcome to the Animal World!
Traditionally, animal science is the study of farm animals and basic husbandry skills. However, this class will be taught with a zoology/animal science combination. This means that I will cover many different animal species, habitats, and care. Then I will give you the necessary material to study further on your own and pursue the animals that interest you the most.
Here is a brief introduction to this course. Below, I also have a quick-look course description. But for an overview:
- We will cover animal classification systems and why they are grouped as such. We will discuss if there are better or different ways to classify them.
- We will discuss animal habitats, environments, behavior, and proper care.
- We will cover digestive systems and how they affects animal needs.
- We will discuss controversial topics such as food animals, research animals, and more.
- I will post links to videos at least every other week so you can actually see animals in action.
- We will cover farm animals, and I will share my own farm animals with you as I can. We raise pigs, chickens, and cattle. We own horses as well.
- I will provide titles and authors of additional books you can use for further reading or research. You should begin to make a list of all the animal-related books that you have read or would like to read. Fiction books such as The Trumpet of the Swan, My Friend Flicka, Black Beauty, and Charlotte’s Web all contain important things we can glean about human-animal interaction. (Keep your own list.)
- I will have additional assignments for those wishing to use this course on a high school transcript. You must put in 4 to 5 hours per week for 180 days to count it as 1 full year credit. Two to 3 hours a week will garner you 0.5 credit hours.
- I will frequently have “Going Beyond” and Parents’ Notes in the lessons.
This course will cover twenty-seven weeks. You may make this class as in-depth as you wish.
Wishing you blessings as we begin this new school year together!
Dr. Sonya Brouillette
Weekly lessons with homework assignments, reading assignments, worksheets, and occasional video links.
- Lesson One: Animal Science Introduction
- Lesson Two: Classification Systems
- Lesson Three: Chordates-Fishes
- Lesson Four: Amphibians
- Lesson Five: Turtles and Tortoises
- Lesson Six: Snakes
- Lesson Seven: Lizards and Alligators
- Lesson Eight: Swine
- Lesson Nine: Dairy Cattle
- Lesson Ten: Chickens
- Lesson Eleven: Beef Cattle
- Lesson Twelve: Birds
- Lesson Thirteen: More about Birds
- Lesson Fourteen: Turkeys
- Lesson Fifteen: Animals of the Nativity-Sheep
- Lesson Sixteen: Animals of the Nativity-Donkey and Camel
- Lesson Seventeen: Animal Digestive Systems
- Lesson Eighteen: Carnivores
- Lesson Nineteen: Herbivores
- Lesson Twenty: Domestic Canines
- Lesson Twenty-One: Domestic Felines
- Lesson Twenty-Two: Rabbits & Rodents
- Lesson Twenty-Three: Fish
- Lesson Twenty-Four: Habitats
- Lesson Twenty-Five: Protection
- Lesson Twenty-Six: Dog and Cat Fight or Flight
- Lesson Twenty-Seven: Horse and Cow Fight or Flight
The course counts as an elective science credit. Students who work 4 to 5 hours per week for 180 days and successfully complete this course can receive 1 academic credit. Students who completed 2 to 3 hours a week over the course of 180 days will earn 0.5 academic credit.