Virginia Biology I A/B
Virginia Biology I is a redesigned course that offers 100% alignment to Virginia’s 2018 Science Standards of Learning. The updated standards are more conceptual in nature and integrate scientific inquiry and engineering design into content to support the development of deeper learning. This inquiry- and lab-based course is designed to support modern science curriculum and teaching practices. Content topics include cells, heredity, energy use in organisms, organization of organisms, evolution, and the interdependence of ecosystems.Each lesson includes one or more inquiry-based activities that can be performed online within the context of the lesson. In addition, the course includes a significant number of hands-on lab activities. Approximately 40% of student time in this course is devoted to true lab experiences, as defined by the National Research Council (2006, p. 3).Lab materials note: The majority of the hands-on labs in this course can be completed using only relatively common household materials. A few labs require specialized scientific equipment or materials, such as a microscope, slides, or biological samples. These few specialized labs are optional but provide valuable laboratory experience. School laboratories may be used for these specialized labs or single-student Edmentum Lab Kits may be purchased from Ward’s Science. Please refer to the Teacher’s Guide for details on lab materials.