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Homeschool biology curriculum

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A few notes about the schedule:

A Few Additional Thoughts About Otter's Homeschool Biology Curriculum:

  • Schedule - Our biology schedule takes up 32 weeks, 4 weeks LESS than a traditional school year-long curriculum. This gives you plenty of freedom to take your time, be sick, take vacations, or go down "bunny trails" when something really sparks your student's interest. It also gives you time to digest some of the terrific, optional books I've linked to! If your student needs a bit of extra time to learn and understand the material, it's not the end of the world. You have a MONTH'S flexibility already built in, without sacrificing content.

  • Cost - Biology is not an inexpensive subject to teach, if you want all of the goodies like lab equipment, supplies, etc. However, for those of you on a tight budget, you can make it work by incorporating some of the following ideas.

    • Only do the low cost labs with supplies you can easily get around the house.

    • Look at microscope slides online instead of purchasing a microscope.

    • Watch labs and dissections online. If I don't link to an online alternative, just "Google" one up.

    • Take advantage of the freebies like the free textbook, free Bible books about creation, free videos online (YouTube is your friend), free online labs, the free workbook, etc.

    • Make use of the field trip and project ideas listed above. Many of them are free or low cost.

  • If you have Student "not" into science

    • You don't have to do it all!

    • Remember that some of the science concepts are fairly detailed and not very concrete, like the Kreb's cycle or some of the photosynthesis details, etc. Not all students are going to connect very well to some of the material. Try to find ways to engage your different learners through a variety of projects that can demonstrate learning without pressure like making posters, drawings, models, etc. Don't panic if your student doesn't get it all. Some of that might be maturity, some of it might be learning style or interests and abilities that lean toward a different subject. Be on the lookout for laziness, but don't be discouraged when a student works hard and struggles. Some biology topics just aren't easy for some people. That's O.K.! We're homeschoolers! We can take more time or know when it's time to move on anyway. wink

    • NOTE: If your student is NOT into science and isn't likely to have a future in science, you may want to SKIP the following chapters: 4.2 and 4.3. They are very technical and "complicated" and not likely to be retained by students not "into" the subject.

    • You may want to delay this year and check out one of my other high school science courses!

  • Don't be afraid to not "check" (do) all the boxes

    • I've scheduled in a LOT of stuff. You probably will NOT be able to get to it all. You can edit the schedule and take things out. Or leave it as is and give yourself some options. We did not get to it all. You won't either. That's O.K.!
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Labs listed in the schedule:

Please refer to the lab planner for additional info on the labs like materials cost, links to hard to find items, kits, etc.

Note that optional unscheduled books are not listed in the schedule below, but are listed with the supplemental reading resources. You will need to schedule them in yourself, or do as we are going to do. When we are done reading one, we'll start with another.

Recommendation: Print out any printables ahead of time and place them in a folder, organized by week.

When the biology textbook is finished, the schedule will link directly to the textbook chapters instead of just referring to them.

Click on a week to see the schedule. Scroll down past the linked weeks to access the downloadable schedule in Microsoft Word format.

Note: I've included many other links, interactive online activities and videos IN the text. These extras are NOT listed in the schedule as that would be redundant.

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NOTE: There may be minor mentions of evolution in some of the linked videos. I tried to keep these to a minimum. Also, please inform me of any mistakes or bad links, so I can keep this schedule as up-to-date as possible for everyone!

Schedule and links yearly update: 2/2017

Week 1

1.1 Science and the Natural World

1.2 Biology: The Study of Life

Week 2

2.1 Matter and Organic Compounds

2.2 Biochemical Reactions

Week 3 2. 3 Water, acids and bases
Week 4

3.1 Introduction to cells

3.2 Cell Structures

Week 5 3.3 Cell Transport and Homeostasis
Week 6

4.1 Energy for Life

4.2 Photosynthesis: Sugar as Food * You may want to SKIP or SKIM this section if your student is NOT "into" science and likely to not pursue science in the future.

Week 7

4.3 Powering the Cell: Cellular Respiration * You may want to SKIP or SKIM this section if your student is NOT "into" science and likely to not pursue science in the future.

4.4 Anaerobic Respiration

Week 8

5.1 Cell Division and the Cell Cycle

5.2 Chromosomes and Mitosis

Week 9 5.3 Reproduction and Meiosis
Week 10 6.1 Mendel's Investigations
Week 11 6.2 Mendelian Inheritance
Week 12

7.1 DNA and RNA

7.2 Protein Synthesis

Week 13

7.3 Mutation

7.4 Regulation of Gene Expression

Week 14

8.1 Human Chromosomes and Genes

8.2 Human Inheritance

Week 15 8.3 Biotechnology
Week 16

9.1 Classification

****CATCH UP / EASY WEEK******

Week 17

10.1 Exposing the Flaws in Evolution

****CATCH UP / EASY WEEK******

Week 18

11.1 The Science of Ecology

11.2 Recycling Matter

11. 3 Biomes

Week 19

12. 1 Community Interactions

12. 2 Characteristics of Populations

Week 20

13.1 Prokaryotes

13.2 Viruses

Week 21

14.1 Introduction to Protists

14.2 Types of Protists

14.3 Introduction to Fungi

Week 22

14.4 Ecology of Fungi

14.5 Protists, Fungi, and Human Disease

Week 23

15.1 Introduction to the Plant Kingdom

15.2 Four Types of Plants

Week 24

16.1 Plant Tissues and Growth

16.2 Plant Organ: Roots, Stems, and Leaves

Week 25

16.3 Variation in Plant Life Cycles

16.4 Plant Features and Responses

Week 26

17.1 Overview of Animals

17.2 Overview of Invertebrates

Week 27

18.1 Sponges, Cnidarians, Flatworms, and Roundworms

18.2 Mollusks and Annelids

Week 28

18.3 Arthropods and Insects

18.4 Echinoderms and Invertebrate

Week 29

19.1 Overview of Vertebrates

19.2 Fish

19.3 Amphibians

Week 30

19.4 Reptiles

19.5 Birds

Week 31

20.1 Mammalian Traits

20.2 Reproduction in Mammals

Week 32

20.3 Classification of Mammals

20.4 Overview of Animal Behavior



Done with biology? Take a look at my other high school courses for next year!


I do NOT make any guarantees about this schedule, the textbook, or anything else. USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.



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