Guest Hollow's Biology Curriculum Week 20

Christian High School Biology Curriculum

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Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Labs are marked in white

Labs that are alternates to the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology are marked in green.

Optional and extra labs that have nothing to do with the IGTHB book are marked in orange.

Video labs are marked in blue.

Interactive online labs are marked in yellow.

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Guest Hollow's High School Biology Textbook


Chapter 13 Introduction

13.1 Prokaryotes

13.2 Viruses



  • Prokaryotes: habitats, reproduction, metabolism
  • Relationships between bacteria and humans


  • Structure of viruses
  • Discovery of viruses
  • How viruses cause human disease
  • How viruses can be controlled and used



Workbook Chapter 13.1 workbook pages Chapter 13.2 workbook pages  

Optional Writing Assignment(s)

Write a short story that features a virus. Make sure you include how the virus is transmitted and the effects it has on the body.

  • A biological warfare incident
  • A town is struck by an unknown virus
  • A futuristic world/population affected by a virus



Alternative lab for the IGHBE labs this week:
Bacteria Experiment Kit


The Magic School Bus: The World of Germs Kit



Alternate lab for VII-3: "Grow" your own yogurt

  • one cup unflavored yogurt with live cultures (will say on the label)
  • 4 cups of milk
  • pan
  • stove
  • large bowl or glass jars sterilized
  • heating pad & towels
  • extras for flavor like vanilla, berries, etc.

Students into cooking, etc. may enjoy this: Euro Cuisine YM80 Yogurt Maker 


Optional Investigating bacterial growth virtual lab

IGHBE: Lab Session VII-4: Investigating Bacterial Antibiotic Sensitivity

  • Gloves
  • Aluminum foil
  • Optional balance
  • Chlorine bleach container
  • Hole punch or scissors
  • Marking pen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Sanitized work area
  • Soda bottles
  • Teaspoon
  • Distilled water


  • From previous labs:
  • Nutrient agar
  • Nutrient broth tubes
  • Pure cultures

Extra (alternate for lab VII-4):
Antibiotic discs - to be used in conjunction with the Bacteria Experiment Kit


IGHBE: Lab Session VII-2: Preparing Culturing Media

  • Gloves
  • Aluminum foil
  • Balance or measuring spoons
  • 500 ml soda bottle (clean and empty)
  • Chicken broth or bouillon cube
  • Cotton balls
  • Measuring cup (microwave safe)
  • Microwave
  • Optional pressure cooker
  • Refrigerator
  • Table salt
  • Lysol or other disinfectant spray
  • Sprayer bottle filled with water
  • Table sugar
  • Tape
  • water

IGHBE: Lab Session VII-3: Culturing Bacteria

  • Gloves
  • Alcohol
  • Agar petri dishes from previous lab
  • Agar slant tubes from previous lab
  • Chlorine laundry bleach
  • Broth culturing tubes from preceding lab
  • Clock or watch with 2nd hand
  • Large container with lid (for bleach bath)
  • Microscope
  • Mixed bacteria culture
  • Normal saline tubes from preceding lab
  • Paper towels
  • Sanitized work area from preceding lab
  • tape

Gram Stain Kit

Inoculating needle

Home Science Tools instructionson gram staining.

Expensive and not necessary:
Gram stain bacteria comparison set

IGHBE: Lab Session I-3: Gram Staining

  • gloves
  • butane lighter
  • ethanol 70%
  • microscope
  • paper towels
  • toothpicks
  • distilled water


Alternate lab for I-3:
Gram Stain Kit  

Inoculating needle
Home Science Tools instructions (for gram staining)

Expensive and not necessary:
Gram stain bacteria comparison set


There are lots of labs this week. Pick and choose.

Bible Study

The New Answers Book 2

Chapter 31: Doesn’t the Order of Fossils in the Rock Record Favor Long Ages?


Conclusion: The Biggest Question of All



Other Resources

Biology Coloring book
Biology Coloring Workbook

Chapter 6
(p. 190) Bacteria


Chapter 6
(p. 188) Viruses





TV School House

Planet Earth Season 1
Planet Earth
Episode 1


Antibiotic Resistance

Planet Earth
Episode 2


Microscope slide:
Bacteria from human intestine


Virus models to cut and assemble

You Make Me Sick(Costs $)


Bacteria: Staph, Strep, Clostridium, and Other Bacteria

Archaea: Salt-Lovers, Methane-Makers, Thermophiles, and Other Archaeans



Adopt a Microbe! You can read through this website, or copy some of the material to make a notebook page, poster, etc.




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