Science Classes

General Science:

Instructor: Lisa Frazier
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 7th, but appropriate for 6th – 8th
Regular Class Fee: $360 per year ($45 per month) I have eliminated the supply fee and copy fee to help with registration costs. Supplies and Pre-Printed Lab Notebook pages are now included in the class fee.
Sibling Discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own):
Apologia General Science ($68 ($85 for the set), 2nd edition ISBN-10:19320128669
Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers
Course Description: "This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. Although it can be used for eighth grade (especially if the student has recently left the public schools), it is typically used best in the seventh grade. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Its scope, therefore, is quite wide."
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. While most of our time is for lab, I try to balance that with a little lecture, discussion, and time for questions. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the Study Guides in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. This will be assigned in the fall and due before the winter break.
Students will get excellent exposure to science without too much homework. Some students, especially at this age need to just enjoy science before they get too bogged down with answering questions and taking tests. As an exposure to the level and type of tests required in upper level sciences, I will send home Module Tests (usually every two weeks). For General Science, these may be taken “open book.” Students can expect about two to three hours of homework per week. All assignments must be turned in by the following week. I often teach using a Socratic Method of asking students questions and either praising, correcting, or expanding upon their answers, so class participation is expected. This may or may not be very new to your students, so expectations will rise gradually through the year.Students are expected to check Engrade regularly for assignments, due dates and grades. Parents should create parent accounts and check regularly to provide their students needed accountability.

Physical Science
Instructor: Jennifer Strickland
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 8th (7th with pre-requisite)
Class Fee: $360 per year ($45 per month); Multi-Enrollment Discount: $5/mo discount for siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment
Lab supply / Copy fee: NONE – this is included in the Course fee
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or taking it concurrently
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Books Required (not provided): 
APOLOGIA, by Dr. Wile Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd ed. ($68) ISBN: 978-1932012774
Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd ed. ($17), ISBN: 978-1932012781
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Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, calculator
Course Description: "This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology.” Topics: the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. 
What to Expect: This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. Lab is supplemented with brief lecture, discussion and short videos as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the Study Guide in the text. Projects: Two fun projects for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation during the second semester. 
Tests: Tests will be assigned and are to be administered by the parent by their discretion including open book, closed book, timed tests, etc.
Students can expect about three hours of homework per week. 
Tutoring: I’m available for tutoring if needed. My goal is to extend a love for science (or at least an interest and understanding) and the miracles of God’s awesome creation.

Biology:
Instructor: Lisa Frazier
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 9th, but will be accepted as high school credit for any student
Class Fee
$400 per year ($50 per month) I have eliminated the copy fee this year and the lab fee to save at registration time, all lab supplies including dissection specimens are now included in the class fee, lab notebook pages are also included.
Sibling discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.)
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own): 
Apologia Biology, 2nd edition ($50)  ISBN: 1932012540 This ISBN is for the textbook only. Please purchase the set which contains the Teacher’s Guide. Students will correct their Study Guides AFTER they are completed. Study Guides with errors do not make good study tools ;) Teacher’s Guides and accompanying tests should remain with parents
Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers
Course Description: 
"This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course."
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. I try to make time to review difficult concepts and use discussion and short videos as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class, lab sheets to be completed at home), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the Study Guide in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. There will be outside “collections” to make as well. Module Tests will be taken at home at the end of each module. As often as possible Study Guide Questions will be discussed in class, students may take notes on those to prepare for the Module Test, extra credit will be offered and class participation expected. Tests can be taken open book or closed. Closed book tests receive extra credit and must be proctored at home be a parent.Grading: Student grades will be based on class participation, lab documentation, written book work, tests and projects. Students are responsible for make-up work and should check Engrade regularly for grades, assignments and due dates. I make every effort to grade assignments in the week they are submitted.

Advanced Biology: Marine Biology 
Instructor: Lisa Frazier
Grade Level: This is typically an advanced science course for students who have completed their required courses of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. However, it is appropriate for any student who has completed Biology and does not require the other sciences as a prerequisite.
Class Fee: $400 per year ($50 per month) Due to numerous dissections and prepared slides, there will be an additional supply fee of $60 for this course, due at registration.
Sibling discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.)
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own):
Apologia Exploring Creation with Marine Biology, Seligson ISBN: 9781-932012-58-3 This ISBN is for the textbook. If purchasing on Amazon, CBD, Rainbow Resources, Amazon, or direct from Apologia, there is an option for the set which contains the textbook and teacher’s guide. Please purchase the set so that students may correct their Study Guides AFTER completion. A Study Guide with errors is not an effective study tool ;). Teacher’s Guide and accompanying tests should remain with the parent.
Supplies Required: 1 ½” or 2” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers
In order to take this course, students must have completed a first-year biology course, preferably Exploring Creation With Biology. This course concentrates on marine wildlife and marine habitats. It provides a survey of members of each biological kingdom that live in marine environments. The student will learn about the microscopic organisms that make life in the ocean possible, including details about their interesting habits and life cycles. The student will also learn about the anatomy of many macroscopic marine creatures such as clams, starfish, and sharks. The student will then learn how these creatures and their physical surroundings form marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries, coral reefs, continental shelf communities, epipelagic communities, and deep-ocean communities. The course ends with a study of marine resources and our relationship with the sea
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. We will perform numerous dissections in this class. Students will dissect in pairs and/or teams. No student will be required to perform the actual dissection if they wish not to, but they will still participate through observation, discussion and documentation. I try to make time to review difficult concepts and use discussion and short videos as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class, lab sheets to be completed at home), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the Study Guide in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. Module Tests will be taken at home at the end of each module. As often as possible On Your Own and Study Guide Questions will be discussed in class, students may take notes on those to prepare for the Module Test. Extra credit will be offered and class participation expected. Tests will be taken at home and must be proctored by a parent.I am currently exploring options for a field trip to the coast. Input on this is welcome.

Chemistry I: 
Instructor: Jennifer Strickland
Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50); Multi-Enrollment Discount: $5/mo discount for siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment 
Lab supply / Copy fee: NONE – this is included in the Course fee
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 10th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Algebra I
Required textbooks: (parent must purchase on their own)
BEREAN BUILDERS, by Dr. Wile (NOT APOLOGIA) Discovering Design with Chemistry ($69 set), ISBN: 978-0996278461
Answer Key and Tests for Discovering Design with Chemistry, ISBN: 978-0996278478
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Required supplies: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR
Class description: "This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. Topics: significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university chemistry course."
What to Expect: This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. 
Lab is supplemented with brief lecture, discussion and occasional short videos as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class, lab sheets to be completed at home), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the On Your Own, Review Questions and Practice Problems in the text. Tests: All students in this class must complete take-home tests.
Project: One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation before the winter break. Tutoring: I’m available for in home or Skype tutoring if needed.

Physics: 
Instructor: Jennifer Strickland
Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50); Multi-Enrollment Discount: $5/mo discount for siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment;
Lab supply /Copy fee: NONE – this is included in the Course fee
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 11th - 12 th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Algebra II or Trigonometry
Required textbooks: (parent must purchase on own)
APOLOGIA, by Dr. Wile
Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd ed. ($68), ISBN: 978-1932012422
Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd ed. ($17), ISBN: 978-
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Required supplies: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR
Class description: “This college-preparatory high school physics course is designed specifically for independent study. This course material is easy to read and understand.” There is a lot of math involved in Physics, therefore students will need a lot of practice. I will require the On Your Own, Review Questions, Practice Problems and Tests to be turned in for grading. 
Labs will be completed in class and lab sheets (to be completed at home) will also be required to be turned in for grading. 
Tests: All students in this class must complete take-home tests. 
Project: One project may be assigned for the year to be completed at home and brought in for presentation. 
Tutoring: I’m available for in home or Skype tutoring if needed.
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