Discovering Design with Biology Textbook

ISBN: 979-8-9852529-4-1


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Unless you are using this course with someone else and they have the Answer Key and Tests manual you may want to order the set not just the textbook

Recorded Classes are available for this subject. The classes are taught by Mrs. McKeeman. There are two recordings per chapter of the the textbook.

Discovering Design with Biology is a laboratory-based high school biology course is the first biology course a college-bound student should take.  It gives the student an introduction to how living organisms are designed, how they interact with one another, and how they interact with their physical environment.  Students are taught how biologists classify life, the chemical processes that make life possible, the structures of RNA and DNA, and the designs of the different cells found in living organisms.  Students also learn the means by which photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and cellular reproduction occur. They then learn the current state of biotechnology.  With the molecular and cellular basis of life covered, the students are then given a survey of the different kinds of organisms found in nature: archaea, bacteria, protists, fungi, invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. The students then learn the biogeochemical cycles that keep environments hospitable to life, which leads to a discussion of ecosystems. Throughout the course, students see that life is the result of design and that organisms have been given the ability to adapt to their surroundings. In addition, they learn various problems associated with the modern evolutionary synthesis.

The course consists of 180 hours of instruction, 40 of which involve hands-on experiments.  The experiments include extracting DNA from fruit, examining the effects of temperature and pH on enzymes, exploring osmosis and diffusion, building a pedigree, culturing bacteria, growing and examining fungi, and analyzing the structure of a feather.  In addition, there are several experiments that explore the microscopic world, including identifying the stages of mitosis, studying live bacteria that were cultured by the student, identifying budding in yeast, and analyzing the microscopic structure of plants and animals. There are also four dissection experiments: the earthworm, crayfish, fish, and frog.

There are three types of experiments; household item, dissection, and microscope.  To give a lab credit you must do all the household and either the dissection or microscope experiments.  To give an honors credit you must do all three types of experiments.  The following kits are available:

Biology Dissection Lab Kit
Biology Complete Microscope Lab Kit (consists of both the microscope and slide set)
Biology Microscope Slide Lab Kit
Biology Microscope

This item is the textbook only.

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Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 9 × 2.75 in

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Text table of contents
Text sample
Lab supply list by lesson
Consolidated lab supply list
Suggested Daily Assignment Schedule
Student Workbook (also available from retailers spiral bound)
Scope and Sequence