Rupert: Biology Lab Summerville
Grades: 9-12th (must be registered as 9th grade or above with their accountability group)
Instructor: Laureen Rupert
Monthly Cost: $30
Material Fee: $28
Text: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition This is the Newest edition, and no other edition can be used
Pre-requisites: Physical Science
Supplies: 3-ring binder and colored pencils.
Course Description: The lab grade counts 1/3 of the overall Biology grade; tests and other at-home work make up the remaining 2/3 of the course grade. Students will be graded on weekly lab reports, quizzes, occasional formal lab reports, maintaining a neat lab notebook, and two major projects: a cell model due before Christmas break and a collection – identification project due the week after Spring break. Assignments must be turned in by the due date even if student is absent. Late assignments will drop 1 letter grade; no late assignments accepted after 1 week.
Absences are excused only with an email from parent within 24 hours of missed class. Students read the modules at home, parents grade all text work (tests, study guides, on-your-own questions) and textbook progress will be checked at the end of each semester.
Topics include properly collecting, observing, and analyzing data during a laboratory experiment, use and care for a microscope, writing up scientific experiments and connecting text concepts to the lab observations, dissecting animal specimens. The course will include labs covering microscopic organisms, cell functions, mitosis, DNA/RNA, genetics, animal and plant life, and other biological concepts.