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Biology Basic Set

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Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, is part of Apologia’s award-winning science curriculum for homeschooled high school students. With a strong emphasis on vocabulary and experiments, this foundational course covers everything students need to prepare successfully for a college-level biology course.

Recommended Grade Level: 9th grade

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Apologia’s award-winning biology curriculum is written to your student in a conversational tone and cultivates independent learning. Our Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, course is designed to provide your student with a foundational understanding of biology while also preparing them for college-level biology and the ACT. 

What’s Included In Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, Basic Set?

This Apologia Basic Set includes:

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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. Sold separately, 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 (sold separately) 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. 

Solutions and Tests

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Once the shrink wrap is removed, this product is not eligible for return.

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. 

Meet the Author

Vicki Dincher

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Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 8.75 × 2.3 in







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Too Advanced for a High School Biology Course

This course is more on pare with a college course rather than a basic 9th grade high school level course. The text book is very through, but difficult. The test though are impossible. They are written to confuse the students. As a parent working through the class with the students, I couldn't answer all of the questions, many weren't even covered in the textbook. Further more most of those you couldn't even figure out how they arrived at the answer. We also used the thumb drive with the videos, the course would be impossible without it. The videos were extraordinarily helpful. All in all I was very disappointed. We have used countless Apologia resources for elementary and middle school, but the jump between those materials and this course is massive. I had to throw out the tests, find supplementary materials to help explain the concepts in the course, and had to really work with the kids. It is far from a open and shut course that is primarily student lead.

Christina J.

Incredibly Helpful

Purchased for my students who love audiobooks. My older student has found it incredibly helpful to read along with the audio with fewer distractions, not needing to re-read sections. We were also able to listen and stay caught up during a roadtrip when we left the physical textbook at home.

Colleen G.
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Biology Curriculum

The textbook is wonderful. The information is thorough and engaging. My only complaint is that the tests are not a good indication of what the students have learned. Often, the questions are not reflected in the study guide. Some of the questions seem obscure and/or designed to "trick" the students. An example would be chapter 10 expecting students to know the Latin names for various pathogenic fungi. We are introducing biology to 9th grade students, not testing medical school students? I think that the tests need to be rewritten to reflect the big picture concepts covered by the textbook.

Annette C.

Game Changer for learning challenges

MP3 Audiobook is such a game changer! Bought one for Young Explorer Series and loved it so much I immediately bought one for my HS Chemistry student. Changed the test scores from a C to an A. Loving it!

What's Included?

Biology Textbook

The softcover student textbook Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, is a part of Apologia's award-winning, college-prep biology course, and provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. This softcover student textbook contains student instruction, study questions, laboratory exercises, and module study guides with color photos and illustrations. Recommended Grade Level: 9th grade

Biology Solutions Manual

The Solutions and Tests Manual for Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, contains answers to study guide questions, tests, and test solutions. A set of test pages is shrink-wrapped with the manual. PLEASE NOTE: Once the shrink wrap is removed, this product is not eligible for return. Recommended Grade Level: 9th grade

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