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Intensive Summer Study - High School Biology

Ashley McLaurin
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(663)
This intensive study is a fun way to work with other like-minded students who desire to prepare for high school-level biology or advanced biology or review for AP exams. #academic

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Advanced Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Advanced Placement (AP) Standards
As stated by http://www.nextgenscience.org:

HS-LS1-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. 
HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. 
HS-LS1-4. Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms. 
HS-LS1-5. Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.
HS-LS1-6. Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules. 
HS-LS1-7. Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed resulting in a net transfer of energy.
HS-LS2-1. Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales. 
HS-LS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.
HS-LS2-3. Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. 
HS-LS2-4. Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem.
HS-LS2-5. Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. 
HS-LS2-6. Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.*
HS-LS2-8. Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.
HS-LS3-1. Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.
HS-LS3-2. Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors. 
HS-LS3-3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population.
HS-LS4-1. Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence.
HS-LS4-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment. 
HS-LS4-3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait. 
HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
HS-LS4-5. Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
HS-LS4-6. Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity.*
I have a biology degree and have been teaching life science for 12+ years. 
Homework Offered
Students will be given many opportunities to practice and study between classes. The level of homework will depend on the student and their desired result from the course, whether they are preparing for a course or an exam.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students can practice their knowledge at the end of the week with a unit-based practice exam.
Grades Offered
Certificate of Completion
It is unnecessary, but students are encouraged to have supplementary material to help fill in any gaps if they are reviewing for AP exams. I will provide as much as possible, but most free materials do not include an assortment of high-level questions for students to practice. I recommend an AP Biology practice book, such as Barron's AP Biology Premium by Mary Wuerth, M.S., or Princeton Review AP Biology Prep. Compared to larger course books, these books are inexpensive and have many practice questions with answer keys. Some come with online practice exams. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Free Resources 
HHMI Biointeractive
Biology Junction
Biology Corner
Nova Labs
Crash Course Biology
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(663)
Welcome to my Outschool profile! I'm an enthusiastic science educator with a passion for inspiring young minds. With over a decade of teaching experience, I specialize in middle and high school sciences, including chemistry, physics, and... 
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weekly ($15 per class)
5x per week
55 min

Completed by 46 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
2-18 learners per class

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