Pre-Biology Course Overview:
Pre-Biology gives students an excellent overview of life sciences. Major units include Scientific Methods, Chemistry, Genetics, Classification, Kingdoms, Anatomy, Botany, and Ecology. Students will learn about what the characteristics of life are, germinate and grow seeds. A major unit in this class is about the building blocks of life – the cell – what its structures and functions are, how it divides, and how the DNA inside the cell works. Students will make their own cell model with labeled structures. We will virtually dissect a frog, physically dissect an owl pellet, cultivate bacteria and keep records with a lab journal. We will focus on why creation is more realistic and scientific than evolution. Students will get to experiment with an online microscope and prepare their own permanent slide. We will learn about plant dichotomy and the workings of photosynthesis.
There will be six quizzes over the course of the semester. Students will learn how to produce quality lab reports, take notes over reading, and prepare for exams as they get ready for high school classes. They will turn in a minimum of three lab reports as assignments on labs chosen by the teacher. Importance will be placed on students’ understanding of scientific inquiry, the scientific method and the resulting science lab reports.