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Animal Science 101 (Condensed Version 1 Yr Of Curriculum): Agriculture Ed Series 17 Weeks

Animal Science 101 is perfect for students interested in going into veterinary studies or animal care.
Mrs. Collins, Certified Teacher
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Completed by 5 learners
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$12 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 17 weeks
No live meetings

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Class Experience

Parents are encouraged to review the standards from this link-
Mrs. Collins will be using the NV, UGA, 4-H, and FFA Animal Science standards. 

(Please use the link above as a resource link for parents to refer back to, as needed)

Note: These are a summary of all of the state standards for a high school level veterinary science course for students. These are the basics of what will be discussed. Students will not be using the standards to treat/diagnose any type of medical conditions. These are just the topics that will be discussed from the basic curriculum. 
Students will apply scientific principles in the selection of animals.
Discuss the origin and importance of agricultural animals.
Explain domestication and its contributions to animal agriculture.
Evaluate the adaptation of animals to production practices.
Classify animals according to hierarchical taxonomy and agricultural use.
Explain the meaning and importance of the binomial system of nomenclature (animal scientific classification and naming).
State the scientific and common names of major animal agriculture species in various states.
Classify animal species based on their agricultural uses.
Discuss genetic inheritance in agricultural animals.
Explain the meaning and importance of genetics.
Describe and predict how traits are inherited in agricultural animals.
Identify common agricultural animals on the basis of breed.
Select agricultural animals to fulfill production objectives.
Explain the importance of animal selection in the success of a production enterprise.
Evaluate the importance of conformation in animal selection.
Describe how the muscular and skeletal systems contribute to the conformation of an agricultural animal.
Identify major external parts of agricultural animals.
Utilize breed and type characteristics in animal selection.
Explain the use of quantitative breeding values (expected progeny differences) in animal selection.
Identify breeds of beef, dairy, swine, and sheep.
Students will apply principles of animal breeding and reproduction to gain desired offspring.
Describe the role of animal breeding.
Discuss the meaning and importance of reproduction in animal agriculture.
Identify important factors in breeding readiness.
Explain the benefits of using genetically superior animals in the production of animals and animal products.
Explain the concept of hybrid vigor as it relates to animal agriculture.
Analyze the components of the animal reproductive system.
Identify and explain the function of the components of the female reproductive system in agricultural animals.
Identify and explain the function of the components of the male reproductive system in agricultural animals.
Explain reproductive efficiency in agricultural animals.
Describe natural and artificial breeding of agricultural animals.
Students will apply principles of animal nutrition to explain the methods to help proper growth, development, reproduction, and economic production of animals.
Compare and contrast the digestive systems of agricultural animals.
Describe the structure and function of the ruminant digestive system.
Describe the structure and function of non-ruminant digestive systems.
Describe the structure and function of avian digestive systems.
Explain the role of nutrition in animal productivity.
List essential nutrients, and describe the importance of each.
Compare and contrast common feedstuffs in the diets of ruminant and nonruminant animals.
Discuss the meaning and use of feed additives and growth additives.
Relate the role of nutrition to the age, performance, and condition of animals.
Determine feed rations for specific species, ages, and conditions of animals.
Calculate balanced rations for agricultural animals.
Students will apply management principles for maintaining the health and well-being of agricultural animals.
Summarize the role of animal well-being in the animal industry.
Explain the meaning and importance of animal well-being.
Utilize safe practices in working with animals.
Relate concepts of animal welfare and animal rights to animal well-being.
Apply animal anatomy and physiology to describe animal health.
Describe the role of major organ systems (skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, excretory, and reproductive) in maintaining animal health.
Discuss common diseases, parasites, and physiological disorders of animals.
Discuss treatment for animal diseases, parasites, and other disorders.
Explain illnesses and disorders based on symptoms and problems caused by diseases, parasites, and physiological disorders.
Identify and describe zoonotic diseases.
Consider species-specific requirements in animal well-being.
Utilize livestock management practices.
Research and debate a current animal welfare and animal rights issues.
Students will examine consumer products, services, and benefits derived from the production of agricultural animals.
Identify and evaluate consumer products that come from agricultural animals.
Identify and grade wholesale and retail cuts of meat.
Recognize signs of meat spoilage.
Describe the various carcass characteristics that determine meat grade.
Describe how milk and milk products are produced, processed and graded.
Identify consumer products that are derived from by-products of animal production.
Identify and grade poultry products, including eggs.
Describe the impact of food safety issues on animal production.
Identify and evaluate services and benefits that come from agricultural animals.
Identify the benefits provided by companion animals.
Describe the role of exotic pets in the animal industry.
Compare and contrast the use of agricultural animals in recreational activities including racing, showing, and power.
Describe the use of animals in therapy programs.
Students will examine trends and career opportunities in the animal industry, including those related to agricultural animals.
Interpret trends in the animal industry.
Identify trends in the animal industry.
Determine career opportunities in the animal industry.
Identify the nature of career opportunities in the animal industry.
Develop a career plan to acquire needed education and skills for entering a career in the animal industry.
Demonstrate personal and job skills for success in entering and advancing in a career in the animal industry.
Identify a career opportunity in animal science.
Demonstrate occupational competencies associated with an animal science career.
Mrs. Collins is a certified science teacher in the areas of Ag Education, Middle & High School Science, and Gifted Education. She has taught science for over 22 years. In addition, she completed her Ag Education program at UGA and taught undergraduate Animal Science 101 , Animal Science 102, Animal Genetics, and Sheep & Goat Production. She also completed 7 years working as an assistant and blood tech in a veterinary hospital. Her knowledge and fun attitude helps bring animal science to life in a unique way for students to learn about the field of animal science. 
Students will be given assignment, group projects, discussion questions, and outside of class projects to work on to improve comprehension. 
*Students will be encouraged to find food products related to the animal of the week to try. For example, during goat week students are encouraged to find some goat milk or cheese at the store to try and give a review to the group. 
 2 files available upon enrollment
spiral notebook computer paper to diagram on ruler stapler tape clear sticky notes ziploc bags notecards highlighter posterboard (2) gloves scissors plastic cups paper plates clay or play dough rotisserie chicken toothpicks computer paper Students will be asked to try different animal products-goat cheese, goat milk, goat lotion, dairy milk, dairy cheese, pork products, chicken products, etc and share with the group.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Assessment links provided for families to use at home via Quizizz
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This class will feature a unit on animal reproduction terms, and gestation.

Please carefully read the class description, review the supply list, and reach out if you have questions. 
Outschool disclaimer: Please look over the supply list and do not use any items the child maybe allergic to. 
Class Information For Parents:
I am only a small piece of your homeschool puzzle. My goal is to provide your family quality curriculum, fun labs, crafts and assessment tools. I have over 23 years of experience in the classroom and homeschooling my own children. Over the years I have taught in the private, public and college setting providing quality labs and curriculum. I currently write science curriculum for 3 states to be used in public school classrooms. Over the years I have improved my craft by taking countless professional development on assessment methods, how to integrate technology into the classroom, and hands-on activities that promote learning. I am now taking my experience to provide quality curriculum for homeschool families. That being said, I do not provide hands-off learning. All of my classes encourage parents to be involved. Like most flex teachers on the platform I ask that you check to make sure your child is uploading work and look at their science spiral periodically. We are working together as a team to make sure your child has quality curriculum and the class is a success for the student. The first week of my class I provide practice assignments that I ask my families to work on together. The practice assignments (normally 3) involve practicing uploading an image, short video and pdf file (for grades 7-12). Those are the 3 ways we upload work so I want to make sure early that the student knows how. Outschool also provides an inbox so students can ask the teacher for help, but many students are unaware of how to find it so I help the parent setup the student inbox the first week. All of my science students keep a science spiral. This spiral is where the student will hold their notes, diagrams/drawings, key facts, and more. I provide a science spiral template the first week for the family to print out and glue in the spiral. This provides the students an easy template to add to as they go along.  The science spiral will consist of a checklist for students to check off when they complete a task to encourage student responsibility and organization, spiral table of contents, and where to write down test scores. 
Third Party Tools: In my classes I use the following at times to help with comprehension: YouTube summary videos, Loom (I create how to videos), Quizizz, Quizlet, Nearpod, Flipgrid, Google Docs, and Google Slides. Outschool would like us to list all third party tools we may use in the class description. 

Assessments: Because my classes are flex, the option for live testing is not included. Instead I have a paid premium teacher membership to Quizizz and Quizlet. When it is time for an assessment I provide the student a website link and special code to take the test. Quizizz and Quizlet both grade test immediately for the family and allow the student the option to retest for a higher grade. Then students are asked to write down the grade, test name and date in their spiral on the "test score" page. All flex parents are asked to look at the spiral and test score page periodically to keep informed and to see how well the student is progressing in the class. If you are participating in a co-op that requires live testing, please let me know. I have a special Outschool one day option add-on that you can use for live testing. You can simply request the time/day for live testing that works for you. I have found that some flex parents use my Quizizz/Quizlet tests, but some families opt out of testing so it is whatever works best for your family. But I do provide the assessments if you would like to use them. Once the student is on the testing site via my special code they may also use the site for test over other subjects also. 

How To Grade: I recommend that parents add up all of the test scores at the end of the session, and divide by the number of test to get the final average for the class. At the end of the class I provide a general letter of completion that can be used for your records or charter/private/co-op use. If you need me to put a specific average on the letter, I am more than happy to just let me know the average your child has or seen me a list of their test scores to average.

My Part: Thank you for reading all of the material above. That being said, I want to make sure I add to the parent guidance area how the class works, what to expect, and how we work together. My experience on Outschool has been rewarding but sometimes unexpecting. Many times parents will expect more than an Outschool teacher can provide. We are only a small piece of your homeschool puzzle. So we encourage independent learning but still ask the parents to be involved. But sadly many times we get messages from parents asking why we can't get the student to turn in work, or for the student to take the assessments. Those are parts of the puzzle we can not control so we ask for parents to work with us on the journey.  My job is to provide quality curriculum for families to use. I am not able to:
-email the student a reprimand regarding missing work at the request of the parent
-publicly reprimand a student on the class wall for missing work at the request of the parent
-send a video to the student reminding them how important completing classwork is at the request of the parent
-send a pdf of the class wall assignments to the parent each week (all parents need to check the class wall weekly)
-provide live one-on-one testing for free (I do provide the option for a one time testing session in my class catalog)
-create another private class for the student after the class has began to encourage the student to do tasks
-send a reminder to the parent each time the student is missing an assignment
-upload a full flex class upfront, Outschool does not allow sole content purchasing. Instead flex teachers slowly add in the material or schedule it to appear on the wall at set times. 
-allow the parent to post on the class wall notes or reminders for the student (this is against Outschool class policies)

On Outschool, I do make sure that I:
-provide weekly curriculum (4-5 mini tasks each week)
-upload the assignments each Sunday night for the upcoming week
-provide weekly tasks/assignments to go along with state science standards by grade level
-provide short positive general feedback on daily participation work on the class wall 2 times a week
-respond to parent and student messages within 8 hours
-provide easy to follow labs to try at home
-provide access to Quizlet and Quizizz for testing and to look over as a possible assessment site for other subjects
-provide access to my class Epic Books page if the family is interested for online reading books
-provide access to my class Padlet page for students to post funny responses/likes/share ideas in regards to class projects
-provide full year credit for courses (all of my semester 1 classes have a matching semester 2)
-supervise the class wall 2-3 times a week to make sure the student responses are kind to each other and supportive, promoting a safe learning environment
-sent a welcome message the first week to all parents and students (please check your inbox)
-provide practice family assignments the first week to show families how the class works, how to setup the spiral, and provide an area for families to learn how to upload work/find the inbox
-sent out a mid session message to parents asking for feedback on the class
-provide coupons for returning families to encourage more science education on Outschool 
-provide coupons to families that refer other friends and family members
-teach key skills needed for academic success
*I created a video I share with all of my classes teaching them how to crate notecards and how to organize their science spirals.
*I encourage the use of complete sentences (for embedded language arts cross curriculum standards) in all student written responses. 
*I provide direction on how to create a slideshow for students in grades 7-12. 
*I provide every 3-4 weeks a classroom reminder to encourage the student to update their spiral, show the parent their class wall/spiral/grades.

I hope the above information is helpful and I want to thank you for taking the time to read it. I strive to give 200% to my families on Outschool so please reach out if you have questions.
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Mrs. Collins, Certified Teacher
Lives in the United States
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84 completed classes

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