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Power Basics Biology Set
June 25, 2013
Power Basics Biology Set
While searching for a science curriculum to build upon the scientific knowledge base our child acquired during the "grammar stage" of the Trivium, I discovered "Power Basics Biology" by Walch Education.
Power Basics Biology is comprised of twenty-five units, which are broken down into the following components:
Unit 1: Building Blocks of Living Things
Lesson 1: Characteristics of Living Things
Lesson 2: Cells
Lesson 3: Nucleotides and Protein Synthesis
Lesson 4: The Cell Cycle
Lesson 5: Genetics and Heredity
Lesson 6: Evolution
Lesson 7: Organizing Life
Unit 2: Simple Organisms
Lesson 8: Archaebacteria and Eubacteria
Lesson 9: Protists
Lesson 10: Fungi
Unit 3: The Plant Kingdom
Lesson 11: Plant Biology
Lesson 12: Plant Diversity
Unit 4: The Animal Kingdom
Lesson 13: Invertebrates
Lesson 14: Vertebrates
Unit 5: The Human Body
Lesson 15: Digestion and Excretion
Lesson 16: Respiration and Circulation
Lesson 17: Fighting Invaders
Lesson 18: The Skin
Lesson 19: Bones
Lesson 20: Muscles
Lesson 21: Nervous and Endocrine Systems
Lesson 22: Reproductive System
Unit 6: Ecology
Lesson 23: Ecosystems
Lesson 24: Interactions
Lesson 25: Biomes
Each lesson in the student text follows the format of: Lesson Topic, Goal, Words to Know, Lesson, Tips, Think About It, Tips, Practice and Unit Review. The appendices at the back of the text contain a summary of important information introduced in the book.
The student workbook contains ninety-nine activities designed to be used with the student text. Each activity helps to reinforce, extend or enrich the material in student is covering in the text. The workbook answer key is an individual resource.
The text pack includes a pretest that covers all the material in the student text, a comprehensive test for every unit of the student text, a posttest for final testing and assessment after working through the entire student text and answer key and testing guidance for both student and teacher.
The teacher's guide includes an overview for each unit in the student text, suggestions for extension activities, the student text glossary and appendixes, a complete answer key to all the practice activities and unit reviews in the student text, classroom record-keeping forms, and graphic organizers for student use.
Overall our family has been pleased with Power Basics non-sectarian approach to science. We look forward to utilizing Power Basics Earth and Space in the fall.