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  1. Hello all, My oldest son is in 5th grade & we're back on biology. He was excited about doing more "real" science, but so far it's been a bust. I've been trying to follow the recommendations in WTM but I'm running into roadblocks. I'd appreciate any help. I couldn't find the right Bio Dome that was mentioned, so I bought a similar one. Smithsonian brand, but slightly different. It came with triops eggs. Only 2 things hatched, and I don't think they were triops. A bit of a dud. We bought Carnivorous Creations. So far, nothing has sprouted even though it's been 2 months. I know it's not a warm time of year (we're in Pennsylvania), but I have it underneath a lamp that I turn on every day. Any ideas? My son's getting discouraged. I tried to buy Basic 5 Animals Dissection Kit. It was hard to find the right one, but I think I found it (from Carolina Supply, right?) I put it in my cart, but then it asked me where I was having it sent. When I entered "home," it said this product could only be shipped to a school. I filled out a "Contact Us" form explaining that I'm a homeschooler, but I didn't get any reply. Does anyone know about this? Have you successfully received this product, or did you go with a different one? I know there are other kits out there. I would appreciate any advice. So far this year my son has had almost no science and I'm feeling like I'm failing him. Thanks. Erin
  2. I know in my highschool we had the choice to do it or drop a letter grade. My A dropped to a B no biggie. I don't remember the value or the reasoning in this activity at all. My oldest is my only public school kid and she is doing this today. She does not want to do this at all. If she doesn't do it she will drop 2 letter grades and be reuired to take the end of year testing that her present grade gets her exempt from. She also was told as a 10th grader she has to do a baby pig. She was a wreck this morning before school and I have a feeling the school is going to call telling me she passed out. Why is this something that HAS to be done?
  3. My oldest will be starting 9th in July and I'm trying to finalize our purchases. I am planning on her using the Miller\Levine Biology text along with the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology and The Home Scientist Biology kit. I was looking through the kit supplies and noticed that there were no dissection supplies. When I checked out the Miller Levine correlation page I saw that Chapter 9 (Chordates) was tied to "Lab Session XI-4: Investigating Vertebrate Tissues" from the lab guide. What exactly are these labs? I'm guessing they aren't dissections since there are no supplies to do so in the kit. I'm wondering if I need to purchase a dissection kit separately? Thanks for any insight\information.
  4. I recently bought the Science Shepherd Biology text & companion - they look really wonderful. I am not sure what to do for the labs - hands-on, the DVD, or a combination. Which did you use? It seems like doing the lab & also watching the DVD may be a bit much? Ds says he does not want to do any of the dissections, which looks like make up a fair portion of the labs. Can you really learn enough from just watching it on DVD - is that enough to be considered a high school lab course? Thanks! Kathy
  5. this is in our science program to do next and I am wondering 1) is it gross? 2) is it worth doing? 3) how many items can we expect to find in one pellet?
  6. I've followed a couple of the LabPaq links in older threads and it looks like the website may have changed a bit. I'm not finding any kind of list of what might be included in the labs for any given course. In fact, it almost looks like they are moving to mostly customized orders or something similar. Can someone give me some detail about what you got from LabPaq? Was it a schedule of labs, instructions, materials, answer key? The FAQ is pretty obtuse.
  7. Hi Ruth, Your science postings have been so informative, thank you for taking the time...My question is how do you use the scientific method when you are doing something like dissection or watching butterflies go through the life cycle? These are some of the things we will be doing for our biology year and I would like to move beyond demonstrations. Any help would be great! Thanks. Carolina
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