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/

20 thoughts on “Tenth Grade Biology

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    1. My post on how we do notebooking is titled notebooking Fridays and the link on this page is highlighted ‘4 day week’ and the international fair books are reproducibles. Thanks!

    1. I’ve just been using generic notebooking pages. I have a 3 ring notebook of printed generic pages and they choose from them. We began science with NOEO- have you heard of it? It had a notebooking page of sorts as part of the curriculum. draw something and write about what you’ve learned. This became part of our habits so notebooking on different looking pages became novel to some- while others preferred the notebooking method we began with. Great question. I think I’ll create a blog post about it- but the simple answer is I just googled notebooking pages, and chose some to print.

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  6. Diane Gehman

    Thanks so much for your response….this resource is so very helpful to me…I have an autistic spectrum son and he is very smart but just learns a little differently 🙂 I am wondering how you would test/ grade for the material also, should I just be looking for concepts understood or specifics…I am not sure how to grade him. I guess. I just need some help, guidance and correction 🙂

    1. Im so glad someone reads what I write lol! I’ve enjoyed teaching-schooling this way. They seem to be more engaged in their own learning- which was my goal. I gave up on testing. We discuss a lot. (Sometimes it is just fun to share the wonders you learn! And that in itself is encouragement to learn more.) I grade this way: 80% on completion of the material, 20% on attitude, neatness and diligence. It’s a bit out of the box – but it seems to be working for us. I do have a newer post on how we notebook. It is called notebooking Fridays and I’ve incorporated the link above highlighted ‘4 day week’hope that helps? Thanks!

  7. Diane Gehman

    It is very much help! Thank you for all of your hard work..I am using much of the information as I really have to think outside of the box for my son. It helps to know there are others that are not just using traditional curriculum and willing to share their experience and hard work!

  8. Teressa L

    Thank you for sharing this. I started researching to put together my own thing and was pulling ideas from the same places. I’m excited to find your schedule and utilize the materials you lined up. So thankful!!

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  10. This is really good. We’ve done Apologia Biology, but am looking for something more “living” and perhaps Charlotte Mason-y for my next batch of teens since we found Apologia really dry.

  11. Marie

    This looks very helpful; thank you for sharing it! I found your blog through an old ‘It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School’ Facebook post. My non-science major 9th grader has completed the first two modules of Apologia Biology and she (and I) hate it. She’s very right-brained and although she loves learning, she prefers more big-picture concepts and so far all the detailed factoids in Apologia Biology are bogging her down. I’m intrigued by the 80/20 way you grade and also using notebooking rather than testing. This is the first year we’ve done testing (other than for math), mostly so I had a way to grade and also for college prep. I’m going to give that some more thought and look forward to digging into the Bio resources you’ve listed here to see if something like this would be a better fit. Thanks again!

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