Biology - 2020-21

Blue Tent Biology is an early high school science course that will provide you with a foundation in fundamental biological concepts and will introduce you to investigative scientific methods. With the use of online tools and and interactive resources provided in your Moodle classroom, this course will offer you a wide array of learning options along with the flexibility to schedule this asynchronous class in a manner that works best for you.


Labs and Dissections

To reinforce concepts and kindle an interest in the topics you'll be studying, a variety of labs--both hands-on and virtual--will allow you to explore and apply your learning to real-world circumstances. You will maintain a lab notebook throughout the year, which will help you learn to make observations, construct hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and formalize conclusions.


In addition, you will perform hands-on dissections with the supplementary aid of videos and other web resources. Dissecting a variety of specimens will allow you to closely examine the magnificent internal designs of different species and learn to identify each of the body’s systems and how they function.

A Variety of Core and Supplemental Resources

In addition to using the Holt, Johnson, and Raven Biology textbook, your co-instructors--Irene Paine and Bekah Hilton will provide interactive learning activities.

  • Topics that will be thoroughly covered include cell biology, genetics, ecology, diversity, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and human biology. 

  • Your text will be supplemented with a wide array of online tools that offer representations, videos, models, and activities to instruct, explain, and reinforce scientific phenomena and help you explore and solve scientific problems.

Collaborate and Enjoy!

In your Moodle classroom, you will have weekly interaction and collaboration with your two instructors and your classmates, thus providing you with an engaging and enjoyable experience.


Look forward to a class where you will share and compare with other homeschooled students from across the country! Blue Tent Biology is designed to be a class that you will enjoy, and one that will prepare you well for the next high school science course that may be on the horizon.


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