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Biology with Lab (Prentice Hall), Part One

Join this high school biology course and fully prepare your student in the basics of biology, with topics in the biology and chemistry of life, cells, photosynthesis, genetics, DNA and the human genome, Darwin’s theories, and more.

Total classes: 14

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester Science or Biology with Lab

Special Notes: This course is offered in two different day/time slots so you can choose the day and time that is best for your homeschool. This course starts before Labor Day. This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to sign up for Part Two in the Spring.


This biology course is a general overview of high school biology presented from a Catholic perspective. Students will be completing vocabulary sheets every week for a better understanding of the material. This course prepares students for ACT/SAT science. Students are expected to take notes during class and ask questions. Notes will help with weekly quizzes, as quizzes are open book. There will be 7 required labs that are explicitly aligned with the Biology Part One classes. Biology Part One Labs are to be performed with minimum equipment and will consist of common household supplies.


Week 1 The Science of Biology

Week 2 The Chemistry of Life

Week 3 Ecosystems and Communities

Week 4 Humans and the Biosphere

Week 5 Cell Structure and Function

Week 6 Photosynthesis

Week 7 Cellular Respiration

Week 8 Cell Growth and Division

Week 9 Genetics

Week 10 DNA and RNA

Week 11 The Human Genome

Week 12 Darwin’s Theory

Week 13 History of Life

Week 14 Classification

Lab sequence:

1. Osmosis Lab – In this investigation, we will use a hen’s fresh egg to determine what happens during osmosis and diffusion across membranes.

2. Fermentation – We will set up a fermentation in a closed system and capture the generated carbon dioxide to carbonate root beer.

3. Mitosis Flip Book – We are drawing our own moving cell division!

4. Punnett Square – Applying our knowledge of phenotypes and genotypes to complete a worksheet.

5. Genetic Match – Students will determine the presence of certain high-frequency traits in themselves and their family members.

6. DNA Extraction – We will be creating a mixture to extract DNA from a strawberry!

7. M&M Lab – Activity to simulate the process of radioactive decay and to illustrate the concept of half-life.

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Prentice Hall Biology ISBN-13: 978-0131662551 or ISBN-10: 0131662554 (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131662554/catholictreas-20 or bookfinder.com)

Lab: LAB booklet for purchase at https://amzn.to/3GJkNAq

Homework: Expect to spend approximately two-plus hours each week outside of the classroom on vocabulary study, reading, and quizzes. Vocabulary is assigned alongside the weekly reading for better understanding of the material and to prepare the student for the live lecture. Most of the computer-graded quiz material is based on vocabulary and what is presented in class. The sequence of events for each week is as follows:

1. Read the assigned chapter(s)

2. Write the provided vocabulary words in your notebook

3. Come to class

4. Take the weekly computer-graded quiz

Lab Homework: Students will perform labs at home after class on alternate weeks; labs require ½-1 hour.

Important Dates

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Tuesdays, September 3 to December 10, 2024 (No class Nov. 26)

5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central, 3:30 Mountain, 2:30 Pacific)


Thursdays, September 5 to December 12, 2024. (No class Nov. 28)

11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central, 9:30 Mountain, 8:30 Pacific)

Duration Per Class: 70 minutes

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