Biology Lab Materials (no microscope) #40026

Biology Lab Materials (no microscope) #40026

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Item #: 008776
Grades: 9-10

Product Description:

Includes prepared slides used in the course, blank slide plates and cover slips, 4 dropper pipettes, methylene blue, iodine, Micro-Art drawing paper, and lens paper. Please note that the Chick Embryo Microslide is no longer included. This is your best bet if you already have a good microscope - if not, see #008777.

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Biology 3rd Ed.:

Teaching a high school biology course at home can be challenging. Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd edition is updated, but still written with Christian homeschool families in mind. Viewing God as the Master Designer of life, this course begins with a thorough explanation of the scientific method, tools, and limitations of science. Topically, students will study the science of life, the chemistry of life, ecology, genetics, bacteria, viruses, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. The theory of evolution is also evaluated through a Biblical worldview. There are 16 modules, each taking approximately 2 weeks (1 hour per day/5 days per week.) Exams follow each module and quarterly exams are also available. Labs are required, and the publisher recommends all 3 types be completed: Microscopic, Dissection and Household. If you are familiar with the previous editions of Biology, the 3rd ed. text has been reorganized and updated with new content and current discoveries, detailed infographics and updated graphics. The writing feels less conversational or chatty, compared to the previous edition, but in my sample module (available download below), the text is clearly explained and understandable to most high school students. This edition is not compatible with previous editions.

Three types of lab exercises are included: Household, microscopic (require the use of a 400x microscope, concave and flat slides, and the prepared slide set), and the dissection labs which require a dissection kit of instruments and specimens. Families who have used the 2nd edition and own the recommended slides and microscope will appreciate that the microscopic and dissection lab equipment is unchanged, with the exception that the chick embryo is no longer used. There are additional household and lab supplies that are necessary. Download the list of required items below this description. Nature’s Workshop Plus is in the process of creating lab kits for this course.

The soft cover Student Text includes all student reading, experiments, "On Your Own" exercises (with answers and discussion later in the chapter), and Study Guide questions at the end of each chapter. It also includes a link and password to “Book Extras” which offers supplemental resources to aid students in their study of biology. The Solutions and Tests, contains the chapter test booklet, answers to the test questions and solutions to the "Study Guide" questions. Tests are not reproducible. Test booklets can also be purchased separately.

Optional supports include the recommended Student Notebook, which provides a suggested daily schedule, space to answer the “On Your Own” and Study Guide questions and record personal study notes. It also includes lab forms for all lab activities, and additional information (not found in text) on how to design and perform their own experiments. It is not reproducible. Available Summer 2020, Video Instruction Thumb Drive and the Audio MP3 CD. Thumb Drive is Mac and Windows compatible. Requires Thumb Drive with minimum USB 2.0 port, web browser (no internet connection required), and a program capable of playing .mp4 files (Quick Time, VLC Player, or Windows Media Player). ~ Deanne

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Biology:

This science course, designed for high school, has been updated for 2020 and is now available in a 3rd edition. The 3rd edition is not compatible with the previous 2nd edition, which is now out of print with limited availability.

Category Description for Apologia Junior / Senior High Science:

Written specifically for use in a homeschool environment, these biblically-centered courses take a lot of pressure off the parent teaching the course. The main component of each course is the textbook. Please note that most textbooks have switched from hardcover to softcover format. The student text includes all the student reading, instructions for labs, "On Your Own" exercises, and fifteen to twenty "Study Guide" questions at the end of each chapter. Unlike many upper-level science texts, we have found these to be extremely readable! The text has a conversational tone, and concepts are explained in an easy-to-understand way. Plenty of helpful diagrams and pictures are included which add interest and break up the text. Answers to the "On Your Own" exercises are also included with discussion at the end of each chapter. The labs are designed to be done easily, and most require only household items to complete; unlike high school courses, like Bob Jones which require investing in some lab equipment and chemicals to complete the labs. Where a microscope or dissecting materials are required, a reasonably-priced complete kit of materials is available, for ease in collecting the items.

The Solution Manual contains test questions for each chapter, answers to the test questions and solutions to the "Study Guide" questions. For some courses, a separate Perforated Tests booklet is available; please note that this is only necessary if you want an extra copy of the test questions.

TheStudent Notebooks are a user-friendly companion that provides space for answering the On Your Own and Study Guide questions as well as for developing Lab Reports. Study helps include graphic organizers and a Module Summary for each module (fill-in-the-blank). Digging Deeper sections provide opportunity for practical applications and writing activities. For the teacher there are grading rubrics for lab reports and suggested answers for some of the graphic organizers. The History of Science module includes a nicely done timeline. Grading rubrics for the lab reports are provided in the Appendix.

MP3 Audio CDs are also available for most courses. The audio files are in MP3 format, and will require an MP3-compatible CD player to use (these can also be run on most computers). Tests, study guides, and answers are not included - this is simply an audio version of the text.

Apologia also offers Video Instruction for Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology and Advanced Biology. These have transitioned to USB flash drive format. Sherri Seligson, author and scientist, is your host and takes you to interesting locations, incorporating animated diagrams (over 20 hours of instruction) to help students better understand the concepts being taught. The content is more of a summary of the textual information found in each section of the modules than a narration of the text. Students will either see Sherri Seligson on location or in a lab during the speaking portions or they will see animated illustrations and examples. Sherri takes students through each lab and talks about what needs to be done and the results of the experiments.

System requirements for USB drives: USB port (PC or Mac), media player capable of playing mp4 files, and an internet browser. DVD requirements: DVD drive on your computer (PC or MAC) capable of playing mp4 files; these are not compatible with a DVD player.

We now offer SuperSets and Advantage Sets which include multiple items. Advantage Sets include the text, solutions manual (with a copy of the test), notebooking journal, and the MP3 Audiobook CD. SuperSets include everything in the Advantage Set (text, solutions manual with tests, otebooking journal and MP3 CD) plus the Video Instruction USB Flash Drive.

Category Description for Apologia Science:

Apologia Science courses are written from a Biblical worldview with the homeschool in mind. At the elementary level, courses follow a Charlotte Mason-inspired methodology, with lessons organized around narration, notebooking exercises and hands-on activities or projects. Children at different ages can use these together, learning at their own level. Each course is designed to be teacher-student interactive, so teacher involvement is fairly high at this level. At the junior high and high school levels, science courses are more traditional in nature, with the textbook written to the student. Teacher involvement time at this level is much less than at the elementary level. Textbooks contain student reading, lab instructions, "On Your Own" questions and Study Guide questions. A Solutions Manual provides the answers to these and the test questions. Lab kits are available separately for both the elementary and upper-level science courses which include most of the harder to find items you will need.


Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.

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Required with Biology 2nd edition textbook we purchased for our 9th grader.
Thuan N on Oct 13, 2021
All the microscope materials are in one kit.
Sara P on Jun 16, 2020
Required with Biology 2nd edition textbook we purchased for our 9th grader.
Thuan N on Oct 13, 2021
for biology lab
danielle s on Jul 9, 2021
All the microscope materials are in one kit.
Sara P on Jun 16, 2020
It includes all the materials needed for the first semester of study
Heather A on Aug 7, 2019
We already have a microscope and needed these items to complete the biology labs. It was easier to buy a pre-packaged pack than to find all of the items on their own. You can find the items by themselves cheaper, but at this time it was worth the money for the ease of having everything already together.
Stephanie M on Jul 23, 2019
I have the microscope and needed the kit
Heidi M on Oct 5, 2018
We need it to perform the biology experiments.
Dennitza V on Aug 22, 2018
Amanda M on Aug 16, 2018
These items complete what we need since we already have a microscope.
Elizabeth K on Aug 15, 2018
The labs are the best part of science.
Brian S on Dec 19, 2017
using text
Dawn V on Oct 2, 2017
part of class
Nathaniel M on Jul 24, 2017
needed it for class
Angelica F on Jun 20, 2017
best price
MaryAnn H on Jan 18, 2017
Want to give my child the fun biology experience...the price is outrageous.
Larry D on Sep 30, 2016
Had the prepared slides, dyes, and cover plates. Already had microscope
Paul on Sep 7, 2016
Jason B on Sep 7, 2016
required for tutorial class
Cynthia H on Aug 24, 2016
For our home education co-op's biology class
Diane M on Aug 13, 2016
everything I need in one kit
Theresa R on Aug 10, 2016
Need for student labs
Mollika G on Feb 24, 2016
We already own a microscope. Also wanted student to have supplemental items to help learning experience be more fun.
Robyn D on Jan 13, 2016
for biology lab
danielle s on Jul 9, 2021
It includes all the materials needed for the first semester of study
Heather A on Aug 7, 2019
Does this set include a concave slide?
Heather on Aug 12, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I already had clean slides at home, so I did not open the sealed bag of slides and cover slips. However, the materials list did not indicate a concave slide; the list simply mentioned slides and cover slips. I don't think it has a concave slide.
Is this specifically made for the Apologia Biology?
A shopper on Apr 25, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes and it goes with both editions, 2nd and 3rd.
What is the Micro-Art Drawing Paper used for?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't think we ever really used it. I believe it is for drawing what you see on the slides under the microscope.
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Rated 3 out of 5
Convenient but over-priced for package
It is convenient to have the lab supplies all prepackaged, but I was disappointed with how few slides and slip covers were in this set. I didn't do a thorough search, but I could find almost all of these lab items on Rainbow Resource's website. It would have been a better deal if I had taken the time to order the items individually.
October 14, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good product
The biology lab kit is exactly what we needed. There was a bit of sticker shock though.
November 3, 2015
over 6 years ago

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