Designed for the Logic Stage - A Classical Approach to Education
Teacher: Stephanie Durruty
Class fees: $240 or $230 / trimester if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments
Mat Fees: $35
Biology can be the very most exciting science of all, since it is all about YOU! In this lab-based class, students will learn scientific vocabulary & concepts through projects or experiments designed to help them understand the living world around them in a deeper and more organized way. We will learn all about biology by using sketch pages to draw what we are learning, play vocabulary games, completing summary pages, and a project/experiment.
How our class operates. We use Elemental Science’s Biology for the Logic Stage curriculum. Each student has a workbook they bring to class; in it they will label sketches, record the week’s vocab, write about the in-class project/experiment and then there are discussion questions at the end assigned as suggested homework.
As an example; in one class we will be covering ‘The Human Skeletal System’. 1) There is a short informative video 2) Students copy vocab definitions- cartilage, axial skeleton, etc. 3) Label skeleton sketch with the specific bones. 4) Perform a hands-on project involving 3 chicken bones. 1st bone is exposed to heat, 2nd bone is soaked in vinegar and 3rd bone is the control and untreated. We will observe, record and discuss the affects. 5) Optional homework; discussion questions on skeletal system at end of chapter 6) Optional unit test printed and given stapled to students that covers all the Human Systems at end of Unit.
We will continue to study vertebrates; different types of birds and mammals and how their specific adaptations; the shape of their beaks or the type of insulation (fur, feathers, etc.), relate to the food they eat and the environments they live in.
PRESENTATIONS- Students will be asked to do a biology science experiment (with a control and 1 variable) OR an animal project/report. If they choose a report it should include such information as predator/pray relationships, habitat, migrations patterns etc. Students will give short 2-5 minute oral and visual presentations. And last but not least, we’ll cover the Human Body Systems; Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Endocrine, Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary and Immune.
Our tentative schedule for the 1st Trimester is as follows:
Week 1: Learn how to prepare a wet slide for a microscope to observe and sketch plant cells.
Week 2: Extract DNA from fruit, build DNA towers and discuss the Punnett Square.
Week 3: Begin Classification and use a dichotomous key to identify student’s leaves.
Week 4: Make terrariums and discuss the Nitrogen, Carbon, Phosphorus and Water Cycles.
Week 5: Make a habitat diorama while highlighting its specialized food web.
Week 6: Study bread mold and do spore printing with mushrooms to understand Fungi.
Week 7: Grow algae to understand photosynthesis and divisions of plant types.
Week 8: Identify different ferns and observe them using a microscope, plus a look at moss.
Week 9: Dissect flowers; identify their different parts and discuss seed bearing plants.
Week 10: A study of trees, and ways to determine their general age.
Winter: Students will learn about invertebrates and vertebrates; crustaceans, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals (There will be worm, fish and frog dissections and hopefully a live animal field trip or visit to our class)