Honors Biology | 20-21

Honors Biology is a live, online class where students will study everything from the cell to the diversity of plants and animals that surround us. In this highly interactive foundational high school science class, students will learn how our understanding of biology has developed over the ages, and they will consider its impact--both personal and societal--in the 21st century. 

  • This class will offer a diverse array of print, digital, and live learning options.

  • There will be a weekly meeting on most Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern.

  • Students have the flexibility to work incrementally throughout each week and can participate live or watch a recording of the weekly ZOOM meetings.

 

Both Hands-On and Virtual Labs

A wide variety of interactive online tools and class dialogue will guide and enhance the journey, as students and their classmates strive to connect biological concepts to relevant, real-world applications.

  • In this pre-AP Biology class, students will engage with both virtual and hands-on labs. This will allow the examination of life through a different lens, emphasizing inquiry-based investigations that provoke questions and encourage observations that spring from experiments.

  • Hands-on dissections will utilize virtual technology, videos, and live instruction.

    • Dissecting an earthworm, a crayfish, a perch, and a frog will allow a close examination of the magnificent internal designs of different species as students learn to identify each of the body’s systems.

    • In all the class labs, students will collect and critically analyze data, constructing hypotheses based on their findings.

    • Then, working closely with the instructor and sharing results with their classmates, students will be taught how to write labs and investigative reports.

  • Understanding that biology is not a static field—but one in which there is ongoing investigation and debate—they will become well informed and present their own findings and opinions on a current biology-related issue or topic in several unit projects. 
     

A Variety of Core and Supplemental Resources

After a thorough investigation of mainstream biology resources, the instructor has selected the 2012 edition of the Holt McDougal Biology textbook to ensure that this course will provide a firm foundation and set students up for success if they choose to move on to AP Biology or to an Anatomy & Physiology class.

  • Honors Biology can be taken live or students can view recordings of the live classes.

  • Topics that will be thoroughly covered include the chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, biological classifications, ecology, plant and animal life, the human body, and biotechnology.  

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

A Foundation for More

This course will prepare students to take the Biology SAT Subject Test and/or a future AP Biology course if those are on the horizon.

  • The College Board recommends the completion of a one-year high school biology course as well as an algebra course before taking the Biology Subject Tests, and in this course, students will cover all the core concepts found in both Tests E and M.

  • Test E deals more with biological communities, populations, and energy flow, while Test M deals more with biochemistry as well as cellular structure and processes—such as respiration and photosynthesis.

 

In an active Moodle classroom, the interweaving of dynamic virtual tools, weekly collaboration and interaction with classmates, and instruction and guidance by the instructor will offer an engaging and enjoyable class experience. We hope students will join Honors Biology with an eager anticipation to work with other homeschooled students as together they microscopically and macroscopically explore the world around them!

 

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