There are plastic sea creatures in my bathtub – an octopus, several sharks. There are also family passes to the Georgia Aquarium in my wallet. And, thanks to Apologia, we have wonderful textbooks, a multimedia CD and elementary level journals at the ready in our homeschool. I’ve shared before how we are doing a family study of marine biology this year. A few months ago in my review of Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day, I introduced you to our shark-loving second grader and our sixth grader with a kinesthetic learning style. The text and journals by Jeannie Fulbright are a perfect match for our younger children. Well…
Today I share with you the extensive, high school level resources from Apologia. Exploring Creation with Marine Biology fits the needs of my two high schoolers and promotes independent learning! Plus, this course is designed for success – with tips for the homeschool teacher and student along the way.
~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end! We received these Apologia Marine Biology resources in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we love the benefits and blessings we are continuing to see from this high school level study. Please see our disclosure policy.
Why Apologia High School Marine Biology?
Well, the topic did make it easy for us. But let me speak to my fellow teachers first. Me? I do not have a science degree and was hesitant to teach Marine Biology on a high school level. However, author Sherri Seligson had us homeschool mamas in mind when she wrote Exploring Creation with Marine Biology. The text is written in a conversational style. So, while my children are reading they are truly learning.
This course is Christ centered and God glorifying! Oh the marvels and explanations. I remember a conversation we had after my high schoolers learned about hydrogen bonding. Without hydrogen bonding water would be in a constant gaseous state – freezing or boiling. These type things we often take for granted, yet our God had all these details planned perfectly for our living environments and those of the animals we study. Isn’t this the ultimate goal of all our studies? An appreciation and deeper knowledge of God!
“One is completely stunned by the incredible resourcefulness of the Creator.” ~Carolus Linnaeus, creator of the modern biology classification system
Everything you need is in the course – each module has the information to study, the questions to complete, experiments to perform and the test to take. This also includes the solutions to module questions and tests. There are even suggestions for how to grade the course – percentages to grade for tests and lab experiments.
Most of what you need for the experiments you can find at home or the grocery store. Though if you want to complete every experiment you will need to purchase the optional accompanying kit.
What Does Apologia Marine Biology Include?
Break Down of Text:
- 16 modules
- Own Your Own Questions in each module help reinforce concepts in the student’s mind.
- Study Guide at the end of each module for review and test preparation
- Bold print text for memorization
- Quality images throughout (good for my visual learner)
- Extra material: multimedia companion CD with videos of organisms and correct pronunciations of the technical words used.
- A special website to accompany the course
- Experiments – designed to be completed as the student is reading the text
- The Oceans of Our Planet
- Life in the Sea
- The First Four Kingdoms
- Marine Invertebrates I
- Marine Invertebrates II
- Marine Vertebrates I
- Marine Vertebrates II
“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Marine Ecology
- The Intertidal Zone
- Estuary Communities (we explored an estuary on the Florida coast – wonderful field trip!)
- Coral Reef
- Continental Shelf Communities
- The Epipelagic Zone
- The Deep Ocean
- Ocean Resources
- Effects of Humans on the Sea
We have used this to find out the correct pronunciation of those big, long marine biology words. Plus there are several videos that accompany each module. Yet another way of learning!
What Age is Apologia Marine Biology Designed For?
The Exploring Creation with Marine Biology course is designed for high school level students – grades 9th-12th. (But honestly, all our ages benefit from what the high schoolers are studying!)
What is required?
- Laboratory items
- Lab journal (suggested)
Each of my high schoolers can read the assignment and do independent research. They also answer the ‘On Your Own’ questions as they are reading each module. Sometimes my two high schoolers even pile up on the couch together. Since they both have different learning styles they are a big help to one another.
What is great is that when I am reading aloud the chapter from Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day with the younger three children, my high schoolers often have more to add based on what they have been learning at the high school level.
After completing a module, my high schoolers complete the accompanying test. We usually plan these for a Friday afternoon.
Yes, we took our Marine Biology text to the Georgia Aquarium!!
How We Have Expanded our Marine Biology Studies
You might remember that we are are enjoying a family study of marine biology with all our ages. Using Apologia’s Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day text and journals with our younger three children.
Well, we have been taking our high school Marine Biology text to the Georgia Aquarium with us. We have passes to the local venue for fun and further study. We especially spent time looking up close at the Aquatic Bodies Revealed exhibit. Because there are several of the dissection labs in our Apologia Marine Biology labs that match up. And what is offered at the aquarium is far above what we could possibly do at home!
Dissection labs, talking to marine biologists, trips to the coast and even art projects! (All we’ve been studying with marine biology since September at Hodgepodge).
We jumped ahead in the study of estuaries with our field trips (yes, we went twice in one week) to the Apalachicola Estuary and Aquarium – So many great exhibits and wonderful learning opportunities. And that is what is great about this Marine Biology course – it is flexible enough to jump ahead to another topic!
Where Can You Find Apologia Marine Biology?
Find each of the titles at the Apologia website. There you can browse all the titles, experiment materials, lab list, FAQs and more.
You might like my review of Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day by Apologia.
Apologia is offering one (1) high school level marine biology course to a Curriculum Choice reader. The prize pack includes the hard cover text, solutions manual, the companion CD, and the audio MP3 (if available for the course).
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Homeschooling for over a dozen years now, Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos with five children from preschool to high school. She is author of art curriculum for all ages and a series of cookbooks at Hodgepodge. She and her husband, Steve (who writes app and technology reviews), are co-owners of Curriculum Choice.