Holt McDougal Biology Homeschool Package

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Item #: 029556
ISBN: 9780544147706
Grades: 9-12

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Publisher: Holt McDougal

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So far we love this curriculum, which has a buffet of options for learning the material. The one thing I didn't find was some kind of guideline/sheet for recording grades and what each activity is worth. That is minor in the scope of things, but would be helpful for homeschooling families.
August 18, 2019
1 month ago
Great overall
Chocked full of information. My only complaint is that the online part is very confusing with the two different tabs for teachers.
October 11, 2018
12 months ago
Text and content rich resource
This set is brilliant. It is very content dense with great text and online activities as well as printables. I would not recommend for under 9th grader unless your student does well with text rich books as it is a lot of information.
August 1, 2018
1 year ago
Online resources are great!
The text is well written and engaging. The biggest surprise was all the online content. Everything you will need to fully teach Biology. My son loves the fill in outline/ study guide and I like the quizzes, tests and lab content.
September 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
This is a great Biology course. With the online link there is so much you can access including chapter tests, interactive activities and virtual labs, just to name a few.
November 3, 2015
over 4 years ago
Excellent Kit. Very complete.
The home school kit includes the student text, and online resources that are extensive and necessary. A very good complete Biology course with great content and illustrations, a good pace, schedule, and with all supporting material online for teacher and student. I am very pleased.
October 13, 2015
over 3 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
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After researching what other secular homeschoolers chose to use to teach their children Biology, this book looked to be a decent option. I haven't actually seen the inside of the book yet.
Thomas M on Aug 22, 2019
homeschool package. Love on-line options
User on Aug 8, 2019
After researching what other secular homeschoolers chose to use to teach their children Biology, this book looked to be a decent option. I haven't actually seen the inside of the book yet.
Thomas M on Aug 22, 2019
online support
lincoln s on Aug 19, 2019
homeschool package. Love on-line options
User on Aug 8, 2019
We used Holt Physical Science last year and really liked the format. I used Science Shepherd Biology for one of my other kids, and while we really liked it, I like that Holt has more chapter reviews, quizzes, and online resources.
User on Jul 27, 2019
Was looking for a secular science "program" for high school.
Anne Aurelie W on Jul 24, 2019
Read this was one of the best books to learn biology
Johanna L on May 18, 2019
We chose this class for our son for his upcoming 10th grade year. We used the Earth Science this past year and he really liked it.
Gina M on Apr 23, 2019
Recommended in The Well Trained Mind
MATTHEW P T on Feb 25, 2019
It is a fairly up to date publication. It offers a hard copy as well as an access code to online resources. It is a secular science program that will help preparation for college.
Jessica H on Feb 17, 2019
Purchased the Holt textbook for the straightforward layout and electronic resources.
Eva R on Jan 2, 2019
Homeschooling a 9th grader!
Elizabeth J on Dec 18, 2018
This book has been well reviewed, the author has been invited back through several updates for what appears to be Holt McDougal's flagship biology text. Oak Meadow uses this as a part of its high school curriculum. And, I was looking for a book that teaches science rather than faith. This textbook looks beautiful, and it comes in a homeschooling package with online supports, like teacher and student planning guides.
Wilhelmina C on Nov 27, 2018
Rainbow Resource is ideal for helping me with my tutoring of students.
Susan D on Sep 30, 2018
I chose this program because it has online resources as well as the text, the information looks relevant but not OVERLY wordy, and the pages & illustrations look visually appealing and interesting. It also looks very well organized. Also, although my family does not believe in evolution, I do want my high schoolers to learn about evolution "from the horse's mouth" when we can talk about it together, rather than not fully understanding what the theory entails.
TARA D on Sep 23, 2018
Looks like an affordable biology program to use. Seems easy to understand. Colorful and interesting. I will use some supplements. Hope it is good and she learns a lot.
susan d on Sep 4, 2018
Online search
Falena B on Sep 4, 2018
co-op request
Beverly R on Aug 18, 2018
I picked this because I wanted access to the online resources offered by Holt.
Don M on Aug 16, 2018
Excellent text by excellent author. What a great opportunity for homeschoolers to get access to tests and online resources!
Suzanne T on Aug 4, 2018
Read about it on homeschool blogs.
Jamie R on Jul 29, 2018
Extra material online and teacher helps.
Susan P on Jun 5, 2018
Needed a secular Biology. We have used Holt in the past for middle school science and my daughter loved it. Plan on using Chemistry and Physics from Holt. For hands on labs to go with it I highly recommend Quality Science Labs.
Joan C on Apr 30, 2018
Struggled to find a Bio program that looked good! WTM recommended this one and the reviews are good. I like the idea of the online portion. Fingers crossed, as this is not our best subject!
Lindsey S on Apr 9, 2018
The author has shown concern for why other materials cause kids to lose interested in Biology.
Natalie L on Jan 6, 2018
Our hired science instructor wasn't working out for us so I needed an all-in-one quickly. This had great reviews and the multi-media aspect and labs look just right for my independent learner.
Stefanie U on Oct 5, 2017
This high school level biology came with the lab component required for our state.
Amanda D on Oct 2, 2017
We very much needed and appreciated the descriptions and reviews in order to determine which curriculum would fit our needs. We couldn't have done this without you. Amazon sells it for less, but they don't provide the crucial information to answer our questions like you did: how difficult is this text? what is included? what experience have others had with it? will my child remotely enjoy it? We believe the answers all pointed to Holt McDougal Biology Homeschool Package. Thank you!God bless you!
Karen D on Sep 13, 2017
it looks like a great package for my homeschooled high schoolers. I like the idea of on line labs and biology fun stuff. Thank you.
Jessica N on Sep 5, 2017
I chose this based on good parent reviews and because I have both a middle schooler and a high schooler. It looked like it would coordinate well with my son's Holt Life Science program.
Mary O on Sep 2, 2017
Holt science and technology is being phased out. This was the replacement curriculum. I however did not feel that it was user friendly and have decided to purchase something else.
Virginia C on Aug 30, 2017
I chose this because it looked awesome! :)
Brian R on Aug 18, 2017
I liked what I saw from the sample pages. The lessons look easy to
follow and I like the overall format.
Marilyn P on Jul 10, 2017
Well-organized, comprehensive high school biology program based on solid science from a secular perspective. Prepares student for college-level studies.
Cynthia D on Jul 3, 2017
Excellent secular thorough Biology course. My daughter likes the structure and pace, and I like the excellent online resources such as videos, chapter reviews, quizzes, and assessments.
Brenda L on Jun 24, 2017
for an online course
Shuyi S on Jun 8, 2017
Contains text plus online activities.
Theresa G on May 22, 2017
I chose Holt McDougal Biology because of the readability of the text and the supplemental online resources. I can also teach this course at Honors level in preparation of AP Biology.
Susan G on May 3, 2017
For an online class.
Shannon T on Apr 17, 2017
Because I needed a textbook with online lab/video component, and you were less expensive than publisher. And this helps us not use an online course which is at least 5 times as expensive!
Amy D on Jan 26, 2017
We have used Holt McDougal's Science Curriculums over the past two years (Life Science and Earth Science) and have been very please with the books as well as the additional online resources.
Alexandra R on Sep 11, 2016
wanted a complete program with a schedule
desiree f on Sep 1, 2016
Excellent secular science with an outstanding online component.
User on Aug 23, 2016
Highly recommended
Susan J on Aug 3, 2016
Met student learning style.
Kathleen M on Aug 1, 2016
I have experience with Holt Science programs and find them to be thorough and well-ordered.
Kay S on Jul 13, 2016
This book contains current information and is written in an easy to understand, interesting way. It should prepare my high school child well to be a science major in college.
Denise B on Jul 7, 2016
Full package including lesson plan and test makes the teaching of biology easier. We can concentrate on the material rather than preparing for class.
H U on Jun 19, 2016
Much research and looking at textbooks online with my daughter.
Lisa D on Jun 2, 2016
I am looking for a simple but complete high school biology text with on-line labs to watch.
Jeanne R on Dec 7, 2015
We were looking for a secular, lab-based biology book for our 10th grader. This seemed the best available.
Jennifer C on Dec 7, 2015
online support
lincoln s on Aug 19, 2019
We used Holt Physical Science last year and really liked the format. I used Science Shepherd Biology for one of my other kids, and while we really liked it, I like that Holt has more chapter reviews, quizzes, and online resources.
User on Jul 27, 2019
Does this prepare the student to write the SAT II Biology E exam?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We didn't use it for that specific exam but this is a thorough program. The teaching resources available are extensive and you can even use it with younger grades using the ESL printouts. There are so many resources that I didn't realize until I purchased. I've used it with my oldest and will repurchase the license for my younger three. We've also used the chemistry and physics programs.
Could this be used for a 7th or 8th grader? It is very similar to the Holt Science & Technology Life Science but I like the online resource this has. Is the online resource interactive or just a text and activities?
A W on Jul 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would not try to have them read this kind of textbook at that age....there is a reason Biology is for highschool and this text exemplifies that. We have the textbooks now and don't even use them because of the difficulty of the material. It is all encompassing and hit all points of the require Biology and some Biology 2 for highschool. You could have the book read to them in the interactive module online but the questions and retention of this amount of information at that age will be a huge stretch.
If I purchase this now for one child, can I renew the online content 2-3 years later when a younger sibling is ready to take the course? Or do I have to purchase the whole package again.
Dominique F on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can "renew" the content when you're ready to use the course with the younger sibling. You purchase - #062517 - for that renewal. The only liability is if the course has "gone away" in the meantime.

Is the online portion good for 12 months from purchase date or is the online portion activated with a code by the parent at any chosen date in time? Thank you!
A shopper on Jan 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The 12 month subscription starts when the online portion is activated. So, the course can be purchase in the spring but not activated until the fall. The twelve months will then run fall to fall.
Does the book come with a dvd?
User on Aug 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The book doesn't come with a DVD. You get online access for 1 year to a variety of components, including an online version of the book, animations, tests and quizzes (which are also graded automatically, with your option to override grades), teacher's book, educational adjuncts such as flash cards, question-and-answer challenges, online labs, and many other things that could not be on a DVD.
Does this have Premium Interactive Online Edition
Interactive Online Student Edition and Teacher Edition? Does anyone know the Copyright year? 2013? Is the same program offered from publisher currently? Thanks!
A shopper on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Publication of the Biology Homeschool Package is 2013. Yes, it is the same program offered on the publisher's homeschool edition. It is a blended program and includes a hardcover student text plus the Premium Interactive Online Edition which includes:
Interactive Online Student Edition and Teacher Edition
Reading, Vocabulary, and Concept Mapping Worksheets
Animated Biology, Virtual Investigations, Video-Based Inquiry, smart Grapher, and Review Games
Interactive Reader
Open-Inquiry Labs, STEM Labs, Virtual Labs, and Video Labs
Printable Assessments
Teacher Resources
And more!
Are the labs all online? Is there no lab work for the student to do at home (dissections, etc.)?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are virtual labs that are part of the online resources. All labs could be done at home if preferred. However, equipment and supplies can be difficult to obtain.
How does the interactive reader sound? Robotic or audiobook style? Does all the main text have interactive reader capabilities?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The reader sounds like an audiobook. There are two narrators, one male, one female. I'm not sure what you mean by interactive. Be more specific and I'll do my best to answer.
If two students are sharing this text, can they both use the online feature for quizzes/ tests etc.?
User on Aug 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Although I only have one student using this text, I believe that it is definitely possible for two students to use the online features. A lot of the online components are printable pieces, and those that are completely online activities/features (virtual labs and investigations, etc.) can always be reset. So, although they (probably) could not be both be logged in and working on the online components at the exact same time, the students could each do everything that is available.
One of the answers to the question "Why did you choose this?" was because of a schedule. Can you please elaborate? I am seeing that it is broken down to chapters, but is it realistic to think this can be done in 36 weeks?
User on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I did not choose it for schedule, but my 9th grader has worked her way through it. I do not think this book is realistically finished in 36 weeks, assuming the book is part of a high school curriculum. Our goal was a chapter a week, but some chapters were much more involved than others. Then, if you account for time off, it extends the schedule. We were far more interested in our student mastering the material than getting through at a certain speed. She was able to do so in about 3 semesters (give or take a few weeks). Our 9th grader was motivated, as she enjoys Biology and found this book to be concise, interesting, and connected to good digital content. Maybe for a student that has fewer subjects to balance, or if you were to "skim" some chapters, then 36 weeks is manageable.
Is there a laboratory science kit you need to purchase to go with this curriculum?
Thank you!
A shopper on Sep 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There isn't a kit put together by Holt. Oak Meadow does have a kit that goes with Holt Biology for $120.
Could you pair this curriculum with the "Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments" to round out your highschool biology course?
Thank you!
User on Sep 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You do not need any other curriculum to go with this course. It is very well rounded. The online portion has full labs and experiments. My son successfully took the biology sat after using this course. Very very thorough.
is the online edition hard for parents to navigate?
A shopper on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say it is not hard to use, but it is not intuitive either. Once you click around a few times and familiarize yourself with the layout, it becomes easy to find what you want. But the first time, it is a little overwhelming. Give yourself a day or day to check it out and you will do fine or in my case just have your kids show you how to do it.
For anyone that has purchased a microscope to go along with this course what can you recommend?
Tracy D on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This microscope comparison chart compiled by our consultant staff might be helpful to you. - http://www.rainbowresource.com/MicroscopeComparison2010.pdf
Does this program include tests that I could give to assess my daughter's understanding of the concepts?
A shopper on Oct 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Includes Online section quiz, chapter test, unit test, standardized assessments, answer keys, virtual labs, interactive readers, videos, animations, self checks, vocabulary , study guides, worksheets ... etc. - - all online. After purchase of the Book (kit) you can obtain a code to enroll and and create a user ID and password at Holt online to access all of these online resources.
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