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3rd Edition

Biology Student Notebook


Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, Student Notebook is an integral part of Apologia’s award-winning, college-prep biology course, and provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. We specifically designed this high-quality spiral-bound notebook to help your student make a successful transition to high school science.

Recommended Grade Level: 9th grade

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It’s a bit annoying to be lectured about someone’s opinions of how climate change isn’t real due to a logical fallacy ridden argument in a science textbook, it’s even worse when they straight up deny carbon dioxide being a greenhouse gas, which is a fact and not a theory like global warming. Otherwise, an ok book with some text sections being a bit too dense for efficient note taking but pretty well laid out everywhere else. Also, the textbook is made almost entirely irrelevant by digital writing except for a few questions due to all the questions being in the textbook. I provided pictures of the sections on climate change so that anyone who is considering purchasing these books can see and decide for themselves whether or not these should be in a book that teaches kids about science and not someone’s beliefs. Also, if anyone’s wondering, I am the one taking these courses and I have a high interest in science and how it should be taught, which is why it bothers me so much. For anyone else, it probably wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but for those who do care about stuff like this, I figure you should know ahead of time

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Sara T.

Biology audio recording

This recording is a little mundane, the reader doesn’t sound very interested. Also, it would be helpful if it was divided by sections on the file.

Christine T.

Portable, Practical, and Perfect!

Having the MP3 of the Biology text is super helpful and convenient! It is easy to listen to a module as we are in the car or out doing something. When we are back home looking at the actual physical text book to see which figures or charts were referred to, it is very easy for my child to grasp what has been taught. It is also helpful in that my child is more of an auditory learner and this helps deliver the information in the way she learns best. Really, having this format in addition to the physical text has been the perfect addition to our homeschool curriculum. 🤩


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.

Curriculum Overview

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.

Hands-on Experiments

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. 

Easy Grading

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.

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 1.3 in








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