I have always enjoyed science and nature, so it was pretty much a given that I would major in Biology in college. However, I took a career turn after graduating and never did get to put my degree to use.
During the summer of 2010, a few friends asked if I would consider facilitating high school Biology. As I looked over the textbook to prepare for the course, I grew eager to jump back into Biology!
In putting together resources for the course, I found these incredibly helpful blogs from individuals with experience: Applie’s Place, DonnaYoung.org, Sahm I Am!, and The Daisyhead. (I so appreciate them for taking the time to share so much useful information for the rest of us.) Did you know, there is also an app on the itunes store for Apologia Biology Flashcards? How exciting is that?
New Content: Applie’s Place now has an Etsy shop with quizzes and patterns for some fun projects!
Don’t forget, there are also helpful links on the Apologia website. Check Page v of the textbook for instructions on logging in and accessing this area.
First things first…Thanks to DonnaYoung.org and Applie’s Place for the schedule template and draft co-op schedule. It’s was a blessing not needing to re-invent the wheel! Since our Biology Co-Op generally met every two weeks for two hours with a few field trips scheduled primarily for gathering lab specimen, all I needed to do was a little tweaking to match our timeline.
Here is the schedule we used for our first semester:
2010 – 2011 Assignments and Co-Op Schedule – 1st Semester only
The second semester, I used MS Outlook so it is in a different format. I saved it to a pdf file. It’s not that pretty, but it’s the information that counts, right?? 🙂
2nd Semester Calendar – 2011
The First Co-Op Session…
Here’s an outline of what we covered at our Introductory Session. There are notes in this Word document about how we set up our Biology Notebooks, Lab Notebooks, etc. We also spent time reviewing the parts of a microscope. I found a good, labeled illustration of the microscope and a quiz at ScienceSpot.net.
Just click the bar to go to the Module you’re studying. In most cases, the microscopic images in these posts can be clicked to enlarge. Please leave me a comment if you find any dead links!
I sincerely hope these posts and images are helpful as you complete this challenging course.
Disclaimer: Nothing….no free books…..no free DVD’s….no exotic vacation….no payment of any kind has been received by anyone for promoting this product, these links, or the websites that will end up on my blog. My comments and opinions are based on my personal experience only.