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Experimental Biology Lesson Plans 3-Ring Binders, set of 2

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Experimental Biology Lesson Plans 3-Ring Binders, set of 2 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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This full-year course is unique: Student-designed scientific experiments cover all general biology requirements. Each lesson plan introduces each concept using a demonstration, lab, or engagement activity that piques students' interest while providing them personal experience or background information. With guided inquiry, students formulate scientific questions and then design and conduct their own scientific procedure for 20+ lab and field experiments.

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Ships from the manufacturer and will arrive on or about 8/9/17

Student-designed scientific experiments are used to cover all of the core general biology requirements. Lesson plans introduce each concept using a demonstration, lab, or engagement activity to pique students' interest while providing them personal experience or background information. With guided inquiry, students formulate scientific questions and then design and conduct their own scientific procedure for 20+ lab and field experiments. Students benefit from their colleagues' work and participate in peer-reviewed scientific research. Common Core Standards for ELA Literacy objectives in Science and Technical Subjects and CCS Math Modeling and Algebra are utilized throughout this curriculum. Next Generation Science Standards® thinking and performance skills are covered entirely for all high school subjects. The Experimental Biology Daily Lesson Plans curriculum covers part of NGSS High School ESS2 and ESS3 performance expectations and all of NGSS LS1, LS2, LS3, and LS4 performance expectations. CD-ROM is Windows®/Macintosh® compatible. Note: This product cannot be returned or credited once seal is broken and product is opened.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complete, inquiry-based curriculum I got the Experimental Biology Daily Lesson Plans to use with homeschool group classes I will be teaching next year. (I am a professional teacher hired by homeschool parents.) I have not yet used this curriculum to teach a class but I have read through the curriculum. (I've also pulled out a few individual lessons and integrated them into classes I'm teaching this year.) If you like the sample lesson plans available online, you will probably like this product. The sample lesson plans ARE representative of the curriculum as a whole. (The sample lesson plans are not on the Carolina website, but they are pretty easy to find.) I have found the lessons to be consistently well thought out, well edited, and complete. They are arranged in a logical order and the sequence builds on itself well. This curriculum strongly emphasizes student inquiry, which is a huge plus in my opinion. It also includes many non-inquiry models (usually very kinesthetic and visual) to promote learning and retention, which is another plus. Most of the labs are quite practical and cost-effective as written. There are exceptions- a few labs are just plain expensive and are really only suitable for very well funded situations. However, these are a small proportion of the whole curriculum. At least as an experienced teacher, I think it will be easy for me to work around the labs that I cannot afford to do. The most expensive equipment that I would consider essential is microscopes. The curriculum uses both dissecting (stereo) and compound microscopes. The lessons plans assume you have rather a lot of microscopes. I think you would actually *need* about 1 microscope for every 3 students, but more would be better. On a similar note, there are a few labs that I will have to modify because the materials are generally only sold to schools and businesses. For instance, I will be replacing the drosophilla genetics experiments with Fast Plant genetics experiments because, as someone working outside of a school, it would be difficult or impossible for me to purchase Fly Nap. If you have a physically small and crowded classroom you may have to do some further modifications- a few activities assume that you have a level of space which I would describe as "suburban!" (I'll be teaching this class in a crowded Manhattan dining room next year; when it's time to do some of the really excellent, but space-intensive modelling activities, I think I will turn them into table-top games where students use game pieces instead of themselves to run through the activity.) Despite the fact that I know I will need to modify this curriculum in a number of ways, I very much like the framework it provides and will be sticking to it relatively closely. It is robust and flexible enough to allow for this sort of modification. My biggest concern before I purchased this curriculum was that evolution is not given a chapter. In fact, I wrote to the author to ask about this. She replied that evolution is woven into the curriculum rather than isolated in one, easy to amputate, chapter. I have found that this is, in fact, accurate. There is reasonably complete coverage of evolution woven into the lessons across many chapters. Unfortunately, one of the showpiece evolution lessons is also one of the few very expensive lessons that I will have to omit, so I'll supplementing the curriculum with my own lessons on evolution to a fairly significant degree. One minor complaint is that the curriculum is printed on thin paper. It cost a bundle to purchase this curriculum and I plan on using it for many years. I have a feeling the physical quality of the paper will become an issue as time goes by. It is worth noting that this curriculum requires students to do a great deal of their learning in a relatively independent manner. If you are working with a population that has a tragically low reading level, is new to the English language, or has other challenges which make homework something you are reluctant to build your lessons upon, you will run into huge problems unless you modify in very substantial ways. It is also absolutely critical that your students have access to good textbooks both at home and at school. I will be using this curriculum in biology classes where the students will be taking the SAT Biology Subject Test. The level of material in this curriculum seems appropriate for students preparing for this test.
Date published: 2014-04-14
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