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Biology 2 - Full Year Course with Labs (REAL Science Odyssey) - Semester 1

Alison Blanco, M.S.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
This is the first half of a year long, comprehensive biology course with weekly laboratory activities, research assignments, and microscopy labs, using R.S.O. Biology 2 as a curriculum. All assignments will be graded and given individualized feedback by the instructor.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 9
Skills Gained
Students in this class will obtain a deeper understanding of the living world through readings, lecture, activities, and laboratory work. We will also work to develop the following skills:

- Research of non-fiction scientific topics

- Evaluation of sources and materials

- Using and recognition of proper lab technique and skills

- Analyzing current events in biology and recognizing bias

- Writing a high quality lab report
Alison Blanco is an environmental scientist living in Southwest Florida and has worked on projects involving the Florida panther, fire in Florida's ecosystems, and other conservation biology issues. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University. Alison has taught biological and physical science to middle, high school, and college students in both public school and the private sector for over 20 years.  
Homework Offered
Each week, students will be expected to read the chapter (2-8 pages) before class. There are four assignments to complete each week: 1- Lab or Hands-on Activity 2- Microscope Lab 3- Famous Science Series (research and answer questions on a specific biology topic) 4- Chapter Review/Quiz (called "Show What You Know") Some weeks, there will also be a Unit Exam. The assignments will take approximately 4 hours per week, with some weeks requiring a bit more time for the labs.
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
All assignments will be uploaded to the Google Classroom, and will receive feedback and a numerical grade. Each week, students are expected to turn in 4 assignments to be graded. 1- Activity or Lab 2- Microscope Lab 3- Famous Science Series (research on a specific biology topic) 4- Chapter Review/Quiz (Show What You Know) Some weeks, there will also be a Unit Exam. The instructor will enter the grades into a gradebook (in Google Classroom), and the student will have access to view their gradebook at all times. A Grade Report will be given at the end of each semester. Students can also opt out of grading if desired.
Grades Offered
- R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Biology 2 student text ($62.99) and workbook ($49.99) - https://www.pandiapress.com
- Lab supplies will be needed for this class, including a microscope, microscope slides, dissection specimens and tools, and a variety of household materials.  A detailed list of supplies will be provided once student is enrolled or upon request. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Some labs will require parental guidance and assistance such as dissection, slide preparation, or other activities. Alternative assignments will be given to those students not wanting to participate in animal dissection. 

Google Classroom will be used to post assignments, turn in assignments, and keep track of grades. Google Docs, Google Jamboard, Google Drive, & Google Sheets will be used as supplemental tools in and out of live class times. Students will need to use a Google account to work with Google software. These accounts are free, but may need to be monitored by the parent. 

I post educational videos on YouTube that pertain to the topic of study. All videos have been vetted and are from reputable sources, but parents may need to monitor the use of this website. 
- R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Biology 2 student text ($62.99) and workbook (49.99) -  https://www.pandiapress.com
- Internet access
- A computer with microphone and camera for in-class participation
- Lab materials: most are commonly found items. A few items (such as dissection specimens) are easily obtained from science supply vendors. A complete list is available on curriculum page once enrolled, or available upon request. 
- Microscope (optional but recommended) 
- Google account (free) for use with Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Jamboard. 
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Hello! My name is Alison Blanco. I am a science teacher that strives to expand the minds of young people. My courses focus on teaching students how to think critically and how to solve problems. Although there is quite a bit of content in my... 
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for 16 classes
1x per week, 16 weeks
60 min

Completed by 14 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-15
6-12 learners per class

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