Biology Dissection Kit Complete (Science Shepherd)

Biology Dissection Kit Complete (Science Shepherd)

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Item #: 050261
Grades: 9-AD

Product Description:

Includes all lab supplies and dissection specimens (earthworm, grasshopper, freshwater clam, perch & double-injected fetal pig).

Category Description for Science Shepherd Biology Kits:

So it took us a few months to get it together, but we are now able to offer a kit that includes the lab supplies and specimens needed for the Science Shepherd Biology course. We're offering a complete kit (includes non-consumable lab supplies and dissection specimens [earthworm, grasshopper, freshwater clam, perch & double-injected fetal pig] as well as the two groups of components separately. We set it up this way so you could purchase the complete kit the first time you use the course, then replace only the dissection specimens for use with another child.

Category Description for Science Shepherd Biology (Gr. 10-12):

This is an extremely well-designed biology course and the lab components are sure to win a lot of accolades as more homeschooling parents experience this course. The text is hefty - over 700 pages, divided into 34 chapters. While I won't list the entire table of contents here (please see our website for that), topics include: basic biochemistry, the cell, cell membranes, cell organelles, metabolism, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA/RNA/proteins, mitosis, meiosis, genes and heredity, genetic variation, human genetics, the origins of life, speciation and adaptation, biological classification, the biological kingdoms, human anatomy and physiology, and ecology. Chemistry (particularly biochemistry) is well-emphasized. While this may sound intimidating, the abundance of chemical structure diagrams really visually help the student conceptualize the concepts, especially since they probably have not have taken a chemistry course at this point. While it may seem like a bit of a leap to introduce the chemical structure of monosaccharides and glycosidic bonds at this point, these are topics that students will be exposed to again in college if they are pursuing a life science-related major. As a biochemistry lover myself, I appreciate the inclusion of these topics and the straightforward manner in which they are explained.

One of my favorite characteristics of this course is the lab component. The twenty labs include hands-on experiments, making and viewing slides under a microscope, and a series of dissections from clam to fetal pig - but no frog (the author points out that dissecting a fetal pig is very beneficial because the anatomy of the pig is more like animal and human anatomy and is large enough to easily dissect). Lab instructional materials include a lab manual and a lab DVD. If you are going to do the lab component, which I definitely recommend, you will want the lab manual. If you can spare the expense, the DVD would be helpful as well. These complement each other, designed to be used in tandem. In the case of the lab manual, the author did better than reinventing the wheel - he worked with Kathleen Julicher to adapt material from her Experiences in Biology manual, using her labs, and reorganizing the layout. While many of the labs are similar, the layout in this manual incorporates visuals (diagrams and illustrations) and they have separated the lab procedure directions from the critical thinking questions and lab worksheets, which are included after the directions for the lab. There are also well-designed forms for writing a lab report and making drawings of what was observed in the lab. The DVD includes video instruction for the labs, which will be a HUGE help for anyone who could use a little more instruction and guidance. Author Scott Hardin talks viewers through the labs, explaining what they will be doing, and providing demonstration where helpful. While not flashy or professional-quality, labs are introduced with a "Powerpoint-with-audio" feel, and then he demonstrates the labs using the same materials that the student would be using. If you're doubtful, check out the grasshopper dissection. That poor grasshopper is missing nearly half its appendages, and reminds me of a similar squishy, brown specimen I poked at in high school! While at times you might wish the specimen was better lighted, watching the author dissect the specimens and point out structures on the DVD will be extremely helpful if you've never attempted a dissection before. I also appreciate the microscope labs, where the author points out structures on a microscope, orienting you to what you should be seeing. I wholeheartedly applaud the author's efforts on creating a biology lab DVD - it is one of those products we definitely have seen a need for over the years! While it is pricey, I believe it is absolutely worth it if you feel you and your student could use the guidance and demonstrations. As far as lab materials go, you will need a microscope for this course, as well as the dissection specimens. We have put together a kit of lab supplies including dissection specimens you will need for the course.

At this point, you may be curious how this course compares to Apologia's Exploring Creation with Biology (ECB). Here are a few differences. First of all, the writing in this course is more straightforward and to the point, with a less "chatty" feel. The page layout in Shepherd is more appealing to the eye, although the quality of the graphics is comparable. The structure of the chapters is also similar, with end-of chapter study questions found in both. The scope and sequence of the courses are similar, although the Science Shepherd course incorporates human anatomy and physiology, while this is a separate course in Apologia. As mentioned previously, the biochemistry component in this course is rigorous and it appears to me that chemistry is emphasized in more depth here than in ECB. One other difference is the authors' treatment of origins and ecology. While many users applaud Apologia’s vigorous defense of the faith, I think some people will appreciate the way Dr. Hardin "shows" rather than "tells" that Creation is better substantiated by the evidence available. Ecological issues are treated the same way in Shepherd, with the issue of global warming treated as a debate, with evidence presented for both sides. As far as labs go, there are more of them in ECB, although the frog is the most complex organism dissected, vs. the fetal pig in Shepherd. Labs are treated as a separate component in this course, which means an additional expense, especially if you purchase the DVD. However, the completion of the lab manual and lab reports is excellent college prep and offers the advantage of a separate lab book (labs are written into the ECB textbook) that can get messy without destroying the textbook. Worth mentioning, the Science Shepherd Biology textbook is hardcover, while ECB recently transitioned to softcover texts. In summary, both are excellent courses, designed to be self-instructional for the student, with homeschool families in mind. This course is a strong competitor for ECB. It seems apparent to me though that Dr. Hardin has done plenty of his own "homework" and made some excellent decisions as to the format, content, and labs. - Jess

Category Description for Science Shepherd Courses:

Written specifically for the Christian homeschool family, this up and coming science curriculum was developed for by a physician and homeschooling dad. Textbooks are full color, easy to understand and user friendly. At all levels, students can work independently, and parents do not need a science background. In the elementary years, videos provide the teaching with workbooks to reinforce the lessons. Optional Course and/or Lab DVD available for Biology.


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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We are doing the Science Shepherd Biology course
JENNIFER N. on Oct 3, 2022
Recommended for Science Shepherd course
Margaret H on Aug 23, 2022
We are doing the Science Shepherd Biology course
JENNIFER N. on Oct 3, 2022
Needed for Biology with Science Shepherd
Valarie B on Aug 26, 2022
Recommended for Science Shepherd course
Margaret H on Aug 23, 2022
The full kit made the most sense in order to have everything on hand for the entire school year.
Alexi G on Aug 4, 2022
So nice that everything is all gathered for me in one kit. Saves me time! I love that I can buy the disection kit separate for the next kid who uses this curriculum.
Aaron and Allison M on Jul 16, 2022
for biology homeschool class
Suzanne R on Jan 21, 2022
We purchased this kit to enhance the Science Shepherd Biology Course we purchased as suggested as part of their full curriculum. We are very excited to have this all together in one complete kit to save time and money.
K'Lyn T on Oct 22, 2021
Will complete and enhance our childs science shepherd biology experience.
Liesl M on Aug 14, 2021
Accompanies Science Shepherd Biology.
Debbi K on Feb 6, 2020
To use with the Science Shepherd Biology lab.
Yvette on Jan 24, 2018
goes with bio curriculm. in the end BJU Biology was better
Christina C on Sep 4, 2017
After much research, it seems like the best way to get honors level Biology at home
Kelly S on Jul 20, 2017
This kit contains all that is needed to accompany the Science Shepherd text.
Amanda H on Oct 5, 2016
I am teaching the Science Shepherd Biology Class and wanted the entire lab kit that followed the lab manual. There are six students I will be teaching. Each two students will share one kit
Shannon H on Jul 26, 2016
Kit to go with Science Sherpherd
Julie M on Jul 10, 2016
I an teaching this subject for the first time.
devinder k on Jan 31, 2016
Needed for Biology with Science Shepherd
Valarie B on Aug 26, 2022
The full kit made the most sense in order to have everything on hand for the entire school year.
Alexi G on Aug 4, 2022
Can I get a detailed list of what this bundle includes? I was looking at another dissection kit and it costs 3x less, trying to figure out why.
A shopper on Aug 5, 2021

I found this list on the Science Shepherd website.
Does this include everything for all 20 labs? thanks.
Ivy on Mar 22, 2021
BEST ANSWER: It does not include a microscope. You will need a microscope for some of the labs, and we also purchased the lab videos, which are very helpful in walking through the labs. I think it has everything else.
There might have been some plant labs where you need to buy vegetables from the store, but I can't remember if that was for this biology lab.
Do the specimens have an expiration date?
A shopper on Jun 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Leave specimens in shipping bags/containers until use. As long as the original container seal is unbroken, specimens will remain usable indefinitely. If the seal on the specimen bag has been broken, the shelf life is affected only slightly. Just close the bag with a rubber band or some other type of closure. Keep tightly sealed. Exposure to air will not cause decay, but specimens will gradually dry out. Between classroom sessions, return specimens to tightly closed plastic bag or airtight container. Do NOT use water or formaldehyde to remoisten.
Does this set include the slides and stains?
A shopper on Feb 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have found this kit to have everything needed for the Science Shepherd Biology course. I added the dissect kit for the labs. IT is a great kit. I would definitely recommend this kit. It is very well put together
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Complete Kit
This kit is really well organized and contains everything we need for Biology. It is nice to have everything in one place, since it is difficult to get individual samples for the homeschool biology lab. I would recommend this kit highly.
August 26, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Biology Dissection Kit Complete (Science Shepherd)
This kit contained the things I needed. It is nice to have everything in one place.
August 10, 2016
over 6 years ago

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