Teacher: Jennifer Stonitsch

Age of Students: 14-16

Class Fee: $20

Length: 2 Semesters

Prerequisites: First Semester of Biology is required in order to take this class

Class Capacity: 12

Class Description:

Recommended as the first science course for High School Students, typically for 9th or 10th graders. Topics to be covered are: Cell structure, Osmosis, Mitosis, Genetics, Kingdom and Phylum Classification, Cellular Reproduction, and Ecology. We will also be exploring cells and cell structure with biological coloring diagrams as well as playing a cell structure game called CYTOSIS!

Homework Requirements: 

Class time will only be spent doing experiments, lab reports, and specimen dissections.

Outside of class, students will be required to:

  • Read the module
  • Complete the On Your Own (OYO) questions – to be checked in class for completion
  • Finish any lab reports not finished in class.
  • Complete: Figure drawings, study guide questions, module summaries (to be checked in class)
  • Module Tests – to be turned in during class time
  • Quarterly Tests – optional – but can be turned in during class time

Required Materials:

  • Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd Edition
  • Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Biology
  • Student lab notebook (may use Apologia Student Notebook – recommended for this class for students who would prefer less writing)
    • simple notebook paper or a yellow tablet would be fine as well
  • microscope (see link below)
  • microscope slide set (see link below)
  • Dissection Specimens (see link below)
  • set of colored pencils (Prisma or Crayola are best)
  • notebook for completing OYO questions, study guide questions, drawings, etc.


Here are some suggested links for purchasing your microscope and kits:

Students will be required to meet outside of class one time.  When we have the Science orientation meeting in August, we will also perform our first experiment at that time. Please bring your book, lab notebook and a pencil.

Also, on dissection days students should arrive 15 minutes early to co-op.

There are several dissections involved in this course: perch, earthworm, crayfish, frog and a bird embryology experiment. Please prepare your students who are sensitive to strong odors.