Tenth Grade Biology

I know. Apologia Sciences are great! Everyone says so…. but for whatever reason my children have a strong distaste for them. Even though they are very interested in Science, I’ve found they far more enjoy living books than any textbook….so I wrote this out myself. I try to use as many Christian materials as I can, but with living books- many are secular.

While looking for some kind of science that they would not turn up noses at, cry over, and would actually read… I found a great site www.guesthollow.com! She has put together living book studies for her High Schooler and I love them…. however here in the boondocks, we were not able to get unlimited internet and as her textbook was an online, interactive one, we needed to make quite a few adjustments. I found some great books on that site, in my own collection and borrowed a few resources from friends.

We generally schedule school 4 days a week. Fridays are left for catch up or flexes in case of farm work days, field trips or other activities. On good weeks we will use Fridays for notebooking and interest learning.

I did not choose to include an Anatomy and Physiology unit inside of Biology, but instead wrote a year study for my 12th grader (not as sciencey as the youngers- and the one that struggled with our earlier use of textbooks, but a good mix of materials I think)

I spend the last few weeks on what I think of as an optional book Genesis of Germs- good reading for sure but in all honesty they will be itching to be done, outside and I have a graduation to plan this year 😉 also we spend some time on Biotech. It is important on our farm and though we already spend a lot of time talking and learning about it here on the farm researching the technical stuff, and writing on the ethics we important to me. The point is, not all homeschoolers plan 36 weeks and this is a good place to look at shortening it if needed depending on your needs.


Books and resources for Biology:

(Botany) Botany by Ellen J McHenry (activities listed here are in the book, and many are on her website http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/ )

(cells) Cells by Ellen J McHenry

(Bio 101) Biology 101 (DVD)

(BIO) Biology (coloring book/worksheets/Reproducibles)  by Instructional Fair, Inc

Binder activities- I printed these ahead and put them in a 3 ring binder. I’ll try to include links in the schedule. Some were from Otter’s Christian Biology on http://www.Guesthollow.com and some were found through Pinterest or searches.

(Ev Expo) Evolution Exposed by Roger Patterson

(WOB) Exploring the World Of Biology  by John Hudson Tiner

(entomology) The Practical Entomologist by Rick Imes

(DOW) A World in a Drop of Water: Exploring with a Microscope by Alvin & Virginia Silverstein

(Ocean) The Ocean Book (Wonders of Creation) by Frank Sherwin

(enzymes) Enzymes in Action by Melvin Berger

(genetics) The Cartoon Guide to Genetics by Larry Connick ** Please note the some of the content bordered on inappropriate for us so please take a look at the book but I decided that such complex material in such and understandable way and then lets face it genetics requires reproduction so I decided to work with this while we still had parental supervision and lots of time for questions- though to be fair we do live on a farm so breeding is common speech here. 😉

(genesis of germs) The Genesis of Germs by Alan Gillen

Animals for dissection. I purchased just the animal kit from Heppner’s Legacy and printed dissection instructions (links below) or you can buy a full kit that has tools and instructions.


downloadable versions:

biology book grid one line

biology book grid


Week 1

Botany 1.1 ; 2 activities ; 1.2 ; BIO p 35 & 2 activities; notebooking

week 2

Botany 2.1 ; 2 activities ; 2.2 ; Activity 1,4 ; notebooking

week 3

Botany 3.1 ; Activity & BIO p 21 ; 3.2 ; Activity 1,2 ; notebooking

week 4

Botany 4.1 ; Activity 3,4 ; 4.2 ; BIO p 45, catch up ; notebooking

week 5

Botany 5.1 ; 2 activities ; 5.2 ; activity & app ; notebooking

week 6

Botany 6.1 ; Bio p 47-49, activity 6 ; 6.2 ; Activity 1 ; notebooking

week 7

Botany 7.1 ; Activity 2 ; 7.2 ; 1 activity ; notebookingdxsdc

week 8

Botany 8.1 ; 1 activity, Bio 101 intro ; 8.2 ; 1 activity Bio 101 Plants

week 9

binder activity make a dichotomous key ; Bio p 34, 35 & Bio 101- Classification ; Ev Expo p 33-40 ; Ev Exp p 40-50 ; notebooking

week 10

WOB ch 1 ; WOB ch 2 ; WOB ch 3 ; WOB ch 4 ; notebooking

week 11

Entomology p 8-25 ; Entomology p26-40 ; WOB ch 9; binder activity ant sheets & Grasshopper sheets from BIO  p 61,63-66 ; notebookingAx5553wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

week 12

Ev Exp origin of vertebrates; Ev Exp origin of invertebrates ; Ev Exp microorganismss ; Binder activities: Invertebrates flip chart

week 13

binder activity clamshell ; Dissect worm, Bio 60, 63, 65,66 ; DOW ch 1-5 ; DOW ch 6-10 ; notebooking

week 14

catch up (this week was Thanksgiving for us)

week 15

Ocean ch 7 ; Ocean ch 8 ; Dissect Perch, BIO p 70 ; BIO 101 Aquatic Creatures ; notebooking

week 16

WOB ch 10 ; Dissect crayfish, Bio p 69 ; Bio 101 Avion Creatures ; WOB ch 12, Bio p 51, 71 ; notebooking

week 17

WOB ch 11 ; Dissect Frog and here Bio p 59,62,64,67 ; Ev Expo- natural selection ; Ev Expo Geological records ; notebooking

week 18

Ev Expo- Origin of Life ; WOB frauds ch 14 ; catch up

Week 19

Bio 101 land animals pt 1 ; Bio 101 land animals pt 2 ; WOB ch 13 , Bio 101 human 1 & 2 ; notebooking

week 20

cells ch 1 ; 2 activities, Q’s ; cells  ch 2 ; 2 activities, Q’s ; notebooking

week 21

cells ch 3 ; ATP pop gun from botany book or website, 1 activity, Q’s ; Catch up, shopping list for next week Candy ; Bio 101 cells ; notebooking

week 22

cells ch 4 ;  binder activity build DNA and eat it too ; Bio 56, 57 ; activities 2,4 ; notebooking

week 23

cells ch 5 ; 2 activities, Q’s ; Enzymes ch 1,2 ; Enzymes ch 3,4 ; notebooking

week 24

enzymes ch 5,6 ; enzymes ch 7,8 ; enzymes ch 9,10 ; enzymes ch 11 ; notebooking

week 25

cells ch 6 ; 2 activities , q’s ; ch 7 ; 2 activities, q ; notebooking

week 26

cells ch 8 ; 2 activities ; Bio p 29,30,31 ; 1 activity ; notebooking

week 27

cells ch 9 up to blook cells ; Bio p 81 ; blood cells to end (cells) ; Bio 77, 78, antigen game binder activity and blood cell bingo; notebooking or finish games

week 28

Genetics p 1-25 ; genetics p 26-50 ; genetics p 51-75 ; genetics p76-100 ; notebooking

week 29

genetics p 101-125 ; genetics p 126-150 ; genetics p 151-175 ; genetics p 176-209 ; notebooking

week 30

binder activity design-a-saur lab ; Bio 52-53 ; Bio 54-55 ; Bio 56-57

week 31

binder activity read Viral Attack ; binder activity read Microbes ; genesis of germs ch 1 ; genesis of germs ch 2

week 32 –

**GMO video from Piffle youtube

*BioTech study from The Ag Literacy Foundation

1: video & Biotech lesson 1

2: lesson 2

3: lesson 3

4: read about GMO’s on http://www.GMOanswers.com

5: homeschooling

week 33:

1: lesson 4

2: lesson 5

3: lesson 6

4: read about GMO’s on http://www.GMOanswers.com

5: notebooking

week 34:

1: lesson 7

2: finding a gene on the Chromosome Map

3:  Read about GMO’s on www.GMOanswers.com

4: catch up

5: notebooking

week 34

You’ve come a long way Dolly -binder activity on cloning ; notebooking- write on the ethics of biotech ; Cloning a mouse, mouse, mouse – binder ; notebooking- reading or writing on biotech, cloning or ethics

week 35

genesis of germs ch 3 ; ch 4; ch 5 ; ch 6 ; notebooking

week 36

genesis of germs ch 7 ; ch 8 ; ch 9 ; ch 10 ; notebooking


DISCLAIMER: I make no guarantees of any grade level or credits as compared to any accredited school or published curriculum.

I don’t own anything (this site..) and I’m not selling anything. I have not affiliate links- the links are for you convenience.  I share these just because I’ve found things that make my school easier and more fun and I share these ideas in case it can help another mom. we have to stick together 😉

*** I wish I had remembered this site before we completed this. If I use this again, I may add in some of the activities from this site http://evavarga.net/science-freebies/


Introduction to Philosophy

This is something I put together for my tenth grade boy. I happened across some books I thought would be interesting to him and I made a class out of it. (We called it Intro to Philosophy- you may want to call it something else) These are generally science based. Creation Science compared to Evolution in a Christian World View. This went well with his Biology Study this year. He also did Notgrass American History which included a lot of thoughtful writing so I did not make a big deal of evaluation of this information with him. It seemed to help him along in thinking and writing for the other assignments. We reviewed it verbally.

I used this as a Semester class: 18 weeks. I schedule 4 days a week and Fridays are generally for notebooking, catch-up, personal interest, and writing assignments. This one, however, did not seem to have enough material to go beyond a semester, but too much to fit in the 4 day model. I scheduled it 5 days a week. He really enjoyed this one so there was not complaint 🙂


Don’t Check your Brains at the Door: A Book of Christian Evidences By Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler  * I have learned that these authors do not always follow a young earth model in their thinking. We used this as food for discussion but you may want to review this book yourself.

It Couldn’t Just Happen: Fascinating Facts about God’s World by Lawrence O. Richards

Origin of Life: Evolution – Creation by Richard B. Bliss, Gary E. Parker, Duane T Gish (I had a hard time locating this book so it must be out of print? here is the ISBN if you wish to find this one: 0-89051-053-9)

Origins: Creation or Evolution by Richard B. Bliss

Sophie’s Word by Jostein Gaarder

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Introduction to Philosophy downloadable schedule

DISCLAIMER: I make no guarantees of any grade level or credits as compared to any accredited school or published curriculum.






Introduction to Poetry

I have begun using more living books and writing the curriculum myself.  This is an Intro to Poetry I did with my 4th and 7th grader together. We just added a few minutes on to our read aloud time and a writing poetry assignment on Fridays.

Books: (these happen to all be from Scholastic)

Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman (WW)

Poetry for Young People: Carl Sandburg (CS)

Poetry for Young People: Lewis Carroll (LC)

Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost (RF)

Poetry for Young People: American Poetry (AM)

Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson (ED)

Writing Funny bone Poems (rated grades 3-6) (WRITE)


I scheduled this for us to use in a semester. 18 weeks. We schedule school 4 days a week. Fridays are catch-up days, notebooking and following interests, or catch up day in case we have been busy with chores & other farm work, field trips or any other activities. I scheduled writing on Fridays but we did not always get the writing part done (there is wiggle room built in for that too)


Introduction to Poetry downloadable schedule

4 days read poems, Friday writing assignments
Week 1 WW Intro, 2 poem a day WRITE introduction
Week 2 WW 2 a day  WRITE Riddle Poems
Week 3 WW 2 a day +1  (Catch up)
Week 4 CS   Intro, 3 poem a day WRITE Chants and street rhymes
Week 5 CS  3 a day +1 WRITE  Two-liners
Week 6 CS  3 a day+1  (Catch up)
Week 7 LC  Intro, 2 poem a day  WRITE Brat Poems
Week 8 LC   2 a day +1  WRITE Senryu
Week 9 LC  2 a day +1  (Catch up)
Week 10 RF  Intro, 3 poem a day  WRITE Epitaphs
Week 11 RF  3 a day  WRITE Limericks
Week 12 RF  3 a day +1  (Catch-Up)
Week 13  AM Intro, 3 poem a day WRITE “I Spy”
Week 14 AM 3 a day  WRITE “Can you Imagine”
Week 15 AM 3 a day +1  (Catch-up)
Week 16 ED Intro, 3 a day +1  WRITE “I’d rather be…”
Week 17 ED 3 a day +1  WRITE Parodies
Week 18 ED  3 a day +1  (Catch-up)