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Natural Science & Biology Syllabus (2nd Edition) (46 Pages)...$25.00


We use Fabre's Book of Insects, King Solomon's Ring by Konrad Lorenz, and Exploring Creation with Biology by Dr. Jay Wile. The first third of the course covers Natural Science. The student will read the observations and experiments of renowned naturalists. During this time the student will prepare a five week project of his own in which he will make a hypothesis, observe an animal, conduct experiments, and draw conclusions based upon his observations. The final two-thirds of the course covers Biology. Exploring Creation with Biology provides a serious study of biology while remaining very home-school friendly. Apologia also provides a Solutions and Tests Manual for the main text in addition to the study questions throughout the book. The Natural Science & Biology Syllabus has a day-by-day breakdown of this course along with discussion questions, a list of natural history projects, and a variety of teaching resources including Tenth Grade Subject Rubrics, Learning Objectives, and grading charts. This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

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Current Edition: © 2015.

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Book List

Science
  • Essential 7
    • Exploring Creation with Biology
      Wile, Jay
      Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
    • Exploring Creation with Biology
      Wile, Jay
      Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. — 578 Pages
      ISBN: 0965629473
    • Fabre's Book of Insects by Jean Henri Fabre
      Fabre, J Henri
      Dover Publications — 192 Pages
      ISBN: 0486401529
    • Humani Generis
      Pius XII
      St. Paul Books and Media — 23 Pages
      ISBN: 0819833452
    • King Solomon's Ring
      Lorenz, Konrad
      Routledge
      ISBN: 0452011752
    • Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology
      Wile, Jay
      Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
    • Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology
      Wile, Jay
      Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
      ISBN: 0965629481
  • Supplemental - Required 2
    • Apologia Biology Dissecting Lab with Specimens
      Nature's Workshop
      Nature's Workshop
    • How to Dissect: Exploring With Probe and Scalpel - Special Projects for Advanced Study
      Berman, William
      Touchstone — 223 Pages
      ISBN: 0671763423
  • Supplemental - Optional 7
  • Mentioned in the syllabus, but not assigned 39

Samples

Day Assignment
1

Start a notebook for ‘naming nature’. Pick out three natural things each week, all year long, from your reference book. (The Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife is one such reference text that would be helpful in your search for naming information.) Choose objects that you are likely to be able to find in your own neighborhood. Look at trees, flowers, insects, birds, and rocks; in short, anything natural in your environment. Today your assignment is to pick out the three objects for this week and put them in your notebook, with a sketch and notes of pertinent information. Then try to find them outside.

Start reading King Solomon’s Ring by Konrad Lorenz. Read the first four chapters. There are about 44 pages in all, so read roughly 15 pages a day for the next three days. You will be asked to write a report based upon the material you can collect from one of Dr. Lorenz’s projects. So note how he goes about writing his report. He might describe how to start a project, or what kind of data one should acquire first, or what constitutes a ‘do-able’ project. Pay attention to how he goes about acquiring the information he wants. Also, pick out the three natural objects, enter the information in your notebook, and try to find a specimen of each object.

2

Read King Solomon’s Ring and take notes.

3

Read King Solomon’s Ring and take notes.

4

Read Chapters 5 to 7 of King Solomon’s Ring, which are about 41 pages. Read about 15 pages a day for the next three school days. Take notes of procedures.

Day Assignment
1

Start a notebook for ‘naming nature’. Pick out three natural things each week, all year long, from your reference book. (The Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife is one such reference text that would be helpful in your search for naming information.) Choose objects that you are likely to be able to find in your own neighborhood. Look at trees, flowers, insects, birds, and rocks; in short, anything natural in your environment. Today your assignment is to pick out the three objects for this week and put them in your notebook, with a sketch and notes of pertinent information. Then try to find them outside.

Start reading King Solomon’s Ring by Konrad Lorenz. Read the first four chapters. There are about 44 pages in all, so read roughly 15 pages a day for the next three days. You will be asked to write a report based upon the material you can collect from one of Dr. Lorenz’s projects. So note how he goes about writing his report. He might describe how to start a project, or what kind of data one should acquire first, or what constitutes a ‘do-able’ project. Pay attention to how he goes about acquiring the information he wants. Also, pick out the three natural objects, enter the information in your notebook, and try to find a specimen of each object.

2 Read and take notes.
3 Read and take notes.
4 Read Chapters 5 to 7, which are about 41 pages. Read about 15 pages a day for the next three school days. Take notes of procedures.