Our Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, Student Notebook is designed to perfectly complement your student’s biology course and equip your student with a foundational understanding of biology while also preparing them for college-level biology and the ACT. The student notebook fosters independence in their science studies by furnishing them with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective, organized note-takers while developing valuable study skills that position them for success.
In Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, your student will gain an appreciation of God’s creativity and the world around them as they discover how the designs of the simplest living things point to the fingerprints of the Creator. This biology course covers the science and chemistry of life, ecology, cell structure and function, cellular energy, DNA and, genetics, evolution, prokaryotes and viruses, protists and fungi, plant diversity and reproduction, plant structure and function, and the biology of various types of animals.
Students will learn:
- How to utilize the proper scientific method in a detailed and engaging way.
- How to record data and report it.
- How to read, create, and utilize several types of graphs (a skill that is found on SAT and ACT exams!).
Lesson Plans and Materials
The Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, Student Textbook is written in a conversational format with the author talking directly to your student. Your student is guided through key learning strategies like how to think critically about what they are learning, identifying important parts of the information presented, taking meaningful notes, and completing experiments. The student notebook complements the textbook by providing easy-to-understand graphics, space to record answers, and note-taking instructions designed to help your student make a successful transition to high school science.
This course is designed to be done 5 days a week. A suggested daily schedule is found in the student notebook with clear daily assignments that include study days for test prep.
Throughout this course, your student will connect textbook instruction with hands-on experiments for maximum learning. The experiments your student will conduct come in three types: microscope labs, dissection labs, and household labs. Household labs utilize easy-to-obtain household equipment. The microscope labs, however, will require that your student has access to a microscope and several blank and prepared slides, while the dissection labs require an additional dissection kit with specimens.
As the person overseeing your student’s education, you get to decide which assignments you expect your student to complete. However, we recommend that they complete them all as they are designed to add to the foundational knowledge that your student is gaining. The Student Notebook contains lab report forms for each experiment in the text, which will help your student master the process of writing a formal lab report.
Explore More with Bonus Hands-on Activities:
As high school students are developing critical thinking skills, they benefit from the opportunity to explore an idea from multiple points of view. With this in mind, we’ve included callouts throughout the modules labeled “Creation Connection” and “Think About This”. These are conversational in nature and designed to help students see connections to a Designer and give students another way of thinking about the concept that they are studying.
Complete, step-by-step grading rubrics are provided to you as the parent, guiding you as you calculate your student’s module grade from their test, lab work, and character.
Additional Course Materials Needed
The Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, Student Textbook is necessary to use with the notebook and to complete the course. The Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, contains answers to study guide questions, test solutions, and a set of student test pages.