In this introductory biology course, students investigate fundamental requirements for life: homeostasis, evolution, inheritance, and the interdependence of living systems. Guided by Next Generation Science Standards, each integrated unit is organized around an anchoring phenomenon that introduces students to a real-world question or problem. As students seek to explain each phenomenon, they engage in three-dimensional tasks that will challenge them to make sense of the science content they are learning and apply it to the problem at hand. They piece together their knowledge to gain a deep understanding of how the natural world works. Instead of focusing on a set of distinct topics and facts, this course emphasizes thinking scientifically about the connections between topics and their applications. In addition to learning the fundamental concepts of biology, students develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through planning and carrying out inquiry-driven investigations, analyzing data, and constructing explanations.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
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Examples of signature activities and projects for this course are:
One Schoolhouse is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through December 1, 2025; we are an approved online publisher for the University of California.
BA St. Olaf College
MS Kansas State University