This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
In this course, your child will not only learn the beauty of the animal kingdom but will also be introduced to the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding Creation and the Theory of Evolution.
Total classes: 12
Suggested grade level: Middle School
This course is an introduction to classification of the animal kingdom traced through its evolutionary development. The course is based on the Shape of Life and Eyewitness video and provided eBook. Students have the option of completing either weekly drawings or a series of 7 dissection labs. This course covers learning standards in disciplinary core areas 2 & 4 of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for middle school life science.
Week 1: Introduction to Kingdom Animalia
Week 2: Porifera and Cnidarians
Week 3: Worms and Mollusks (clam dissection)
Week 4: Annelids (earthworm dissection)
Week 5: Marine Arthropods (crayfish dissection)
Week 6: Land Arthropods (grasshopper dissection)
Week 7: Echinoderms (starfish dissection)
Week 8: Fish (perch dissection)
Week 9: Amphibians (frog dissection)
Week 10: Reptiles
Week 11: Birds
Week 12: Mammals
The eBook and other learning resources are provided FREE by Dr. Correira
For the lab, the Home Science Tools Intermediate Dissection Kit [DE-KITINT] ($40) or its equivalent is required (https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/intermediate-dissection-kit/).
Homework: This course is taught in a flipped-classroom format. Students are expected to gain familiarity with the assigned media (print, audio, video) and submit work prior to class. Homework will consist of reading the provided eBook to prepare for the open-book quiz as well as watching videos and answering questions based on the videos. At the beginning of the course, students will choose to EITHER submit weekly drawings of the related phylum OR to complete seven dissections. Other simple activities may be assigned on a week-by-week basis. Approximately 3 to 4 hours each week will be needed to complete these requirements.
Meeting time is spent discussing the material, including a chat quiz, and reviewing questions. Students are graded according to the rubric provided in the course.