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Biology 1: Exploring Life (Full Curriculum Grades 5-8)

Part 1 of a year-long course is perfect for middle school students to learn the basics of Biology. Uses the Real Science Odyssey curriculum.
Kim Musolff
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After completion of this class, students will be able to:
-Determine the characteristics of life
-Understand what a cell is, what it looks like, and have a basic understanding of how they get their energy
-Explain different kinds of cells, like bacteria, plant cells, and animal cells 
-Understand osmosis and its function in cells
-Describe what DNA looks like and what its importance is
I am a certified CO Teacher with over 20 years experience in teaching students in grades K-8.  I have taught in public school, an independent school, and worked in a variety of environments working with homeschoolers.  I have also homeschooled my own 4 children.  I have been teaching science, math, and social studies on Outschool for over 3 years.  
There is homework associated with this class.  Students will be expected to read chapters from the textbook and take notes, so they are prepared for discussion in class. Students will also be expected to do weekly guided research projects to enhance the topic we're studying.  There are also a couple of outside labs students are expected to complete, including doing a plot study of a small area around their home, and tracking their meals throughout one day.  
Students will need the following for class. These materials are used in ALL FOUR PARTS of this Biology course, so if you purchase them for this class, you will not need to purchase them again. Biology 2 Textbook ($67-$90): https://www.pandiapress.com/product/real-science-odyssey-biology-level-two/ Biology 2 Workbook ($53-$69): https://www.pandiapress.com/product/real-science-odyssey-biology-level-two-workbook/ A 3-RING BINDER is also a good idea as a place to store lab pages, notes, and drawings as we work through the experiments. In addition to the textbook and workbook, students will need other materials for labs. You will receive a detailed supply list before the first class. Most items may be found around the house, but occasionally you will need to purchase special materials, such as: -Petri Dishes -Pipettes Students wishing to do the microscope experiments (outside of class), will also need to purchase some supplies for that: -Simple light microscope -Slides & covers
As a teacher that values individual progress, I am constantly monitoring my students for understanding in class.  I adjust my teaching, as well as assignments and activities, based on the needs and learning of the students.  Students receive feedback from myself and classmates on projects and longer labs.  

There are many opportunities for students to earn grades, should they want to.  Weekly chapter reviews may be used as graded quizzes.  Optional unit exams are available.  Upon request of the parent, I will also provide letter grades or written evaluations.  
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Students will be doing experiments both in and out of class.  Some of these experiments involve using sharp tools, such as knives and scissors.  Please be advised that your student may need supervision during these activities.  
Source Materials:  
REAL Science Odyssey, Biology, Level 2: https://www.pandiapress.com/real-science-odyssey/#rso-level2
REAL Science Odyssey, Life, Levle 1: https://www.pandiapress.com/real-science-odyssey/#rso-level1

Student Materials: 
Biology 2 Textbook ($67-$90):  https://www.pandiapress.com/product/real-science-odyssey-biology-level-two/
Biology 2 Workbook ($53-$69):  https://www.pandiapress.com/product/real-science-odyssey-biology-level-two-workbook/


Kim Musolff
Lives in the United States
210 total reviews
166 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I'm a Colorado-certified elementary teacher and a veteran homeschool parent of 4 children.  For over 20 years, I've taught hundreds of children in grades PreK-8 in a variety of settings.  In 2016, I founded and ran a microschool for 3 years,... 
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