Life Science 1 and 2

(9 customer reviews)

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 6th–8th

Live Class: Sec 1: Mon 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Sec 2: Tues 11:00–12:00 p.m. ET

Dates: August 23–April 29

Price: $599

Instructor: Dr. Karen Joseph

Students can also register for Zoology or Botany and Human Biology individually.

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Live online life science class for 6th–8th. Covers zoology, botany, and human biology.

Life Science 1 – Zoology (First Semester)

Do you love animals and want to know more about them? If so, this is the course for you! Did you know that the loudest animal on earth is a shrimp? Or that the Portuguese Man-of-War is not a single animal, but a colony of many animals? Or that some mammals lay eggs? Or that some kangaroos spend most of the time up in the treetops? There is so much to learn about the animal kingdom! We’ll use an amazing book, teacher-created lessons, lots of videos, audio recordings, games and activities to gain an understanding of how to interact with the other living things that share this planet with us. This course begins with a discussion of the characteristics all animals share, the ways animals are classified, animal behavior, and life cycles. Then we will study the classes in Kingdom Animalia, including invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The final topics include habitats and conservation.

Course Structure

The live classes are usually game-based reviews of topics from the previous week and often an introduction to the coming week. Although it is always best for students to attend the live classes, I will post the recording of the class so that students who can’t attend can watch later. Lessons will be posted Tuesday through Friday, and will include an online introduction as well as a section to read in the book Animal. I use a lot of audio and video recordings to help students learn the correct pronunciation of new terms as well as to reinforce content from the book. Since this course can be used as ½ credit of life science, a few additional writing assignments and projects will be given to students in grades 7 and 8.

Who should apply?

Zoology is for curious students in grades 6–8 who have a strong desire to understand how and why different animals are designed and behave, and to learn how animals interact with humans, other animals, and their environments. When combined with Life Science, Part 2 – Botany and Human Biology, these courses, which both include a lab component, will provide one middle school science credit. Fifth graders will be considered with prior instructor approval.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • headset, microphone, and webcam (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I use “learning checks” at the end of most lessons to assure both the student and the teacher that students understand the concepts presented in the lessons. Many of the learning checks are automatically graded by the computer. For the essay questions and projects, I generally grade every day, sending feedback to the students to help them understand questions they may have missed. A final grade will be based on the scores from learning checks, participation in activities and experiments and attendance and participation in live classes. A Certificate of Completion will be given at the end of the course which will include the final grade.

Communication

I welcome any and all communication from parents. I want to partner with you in your student’s education, so if at any time you have questions or concerns, my virtual door is open. I will send monthly progress reports to let you know how your student is doing in Zoology.

Life Science 2 – Botany and Human Biology (Second Semester)

In this course we will learn about plants and people! We will spend a couple weeks learning about the importance and diversity of the plant kingdom. And of course, since plants are edible, we will do some activities that involve eating! Then we will learn about the structure and function of all the parts of the human body. In this part of the class, you’ll learn about YOU! We’ll start with a discussion of cells and genetics, and then we’ll dive deep into the systems of the human body, learning how they function and how they work together to keep you moving and processing the world around you.

Course Structure

A typical Life Science 2 – Botany and Human Biology week will begin with a live class on Monday. The live classes are usually game-based reviews of topics from the previous week and often an introduction to the coming week. Although it is always best if students attend the live classes, I will post the recording of the class so that students who can’t attend can watch later. Lessons will be posted Tuesday through Friday, and will consist of teacher-created online instruction. I use a lot of audio and video recordings to help students learn the correct pronunciation of new terms as well as to explain new concepts. Since this course can be used as ½ credit of life science, a few additional writing assignments and projects will be given to students in grades 7 through 8.

Who should apply?

Life Science 2 – Botany and Human Biology is for curious students in grades 6–8 who have a strong desire to understand how plants function in the environment and how they give us not just food, but oxygen, as well as how their bodies function and stay healthy. When combined with Life Science, Part 2 – Botany and Human Biology, these courses, which both include a lab component, will provide one middle school science credit. Fifth graders will be considered with prior instructor approval.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • headset and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I use “learning checks” at the end of most lessons to assure both the student and the teacher that students understand the concepts presented in the lessons. Many of the learning checks are automatically graded by the computer. For the essay questions and projects, I generally grade every day, sending feedback to the students to help them understand questions they may have missed. A final grade will be based on the scores from learning checks, participation in activities and experiments and attendance and participation in live classes. A Certificate of Completion will be given at the end of the course which will include the final grade.

Communication

I welcome any and all communication from parents. I want to partner with you in your student’s education, so if at any time you have questions or concerns, my virtual door is open. I will send monthly progress reports to let you know how your student is doing in Life Science.

 

Required Texts

ANIMAL: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World’s Wildlife ISBN-13: 978-1465464101 ISBN-10: 9781465464101

Some supplies will be needed for experiments and activities. These will all be inexpensive things that are found in most kitchens or available at most supermarkets. Estimated cost is between $10 and $30.

9 reviews for Life Science 1 and 2

  1. Hojung Lee

    I’ve always loved animals and this class taught me so much about them! Dr. Joseph is an amazing teacher and she knows exactly how much information to put in each lesson before you get confused. All the activities, experiments, and projects made this course even more enjoyable! There’s only one thing to be said: BEST SCIENCE CLASS EVER.

  2. Veronica Ishii (verified owner)

    We can not express enough gratitude for Dr. Karen Joseph! Especially in such a time as this, when we had never before taken an online course, there were reservations on our part. However, Dr. Karen Joseph was incredibly delightful, engaging and made communicating with ease. If your child enjoys hands-on learning, then this class is perfect! She includes weekly experiments and or activities for the students. My daughter is excited about enrolling in more courses with AIM. Thank you for such a great first experience!!

  3. Jessica Larson

    I really enjoyed taking this class. It was informative, it was fun, and Dr. Joseph was a really nice and helpful teacher. If you had a question or something then she would always respond and I overall liked all the activities that we did in class. I would definitely recommend this class if you’re looking for a nice teacher and great class.

  4. Tara Ortiz (verified owner)

    Dr. Joseph is an incredibly kind and engaging instructor. My daughter learned so many different things with enthusiasm and a new found love for Science. I can give all the credit to her amazing teacher as she taught the kids with variety in her lessons and creativity in assignments. Her communication with me was very thorough and I appreciated that. We are looking forward to another semester with Dr. Joseph. Highly recommend!

  5. Robin (verified owner)

    My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed this class! She has learned a lot and always looks forward to class. Dr. Joseph makes the material fun and keeps the students excited and engaged.

  6. Cheyenne Fields

    This class was a great class!!!! Thank you Dr. Joseph for a very good class. I learned a lot from your science class. I would definetley want to attend your class in the future. Not only was the learning great but I also made really good friends. I enjoyed this class and I am thankful that my Mom signed me up. Thank you Dr. Joseph!

  7. Meski Zgirdea

    This class was fantastic! I loved everything but mostly fun facts. I learned a lot and looking forward to the next semester. This was my favorite class.

  8. Claire Ludwick

    This is an awesome class! I learned so many new things after each assignment. And best of all, Dr. Joseph makes everything fun! From live classes to even the assignment quizzes. This science class is my absolute favorite!

    Dr. Joseph is the best teacher ever!! I guarantee you will be saying that too when you take one of her classes 😀

  9. Carolyn Mattingly (verified owner)

    This class has been so interesting and informative for my daughter. Dr. Joseph made learning fun, and she makes the connection of science and every-day-life easy to see. She is a special teacher. I can honestly say that this is my daughter’s favorite class this year. I am so excited that Dr. Joseph is now teaching Biology; Athena has already signed up!

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Dr. Karen Joseph

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Dr. Karen Joseph earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. After working for several years, she began homeschooling her 3 children in 1989.  As a homeschooling mom, she has taught every subject at every grade level, but her favorite subject is science!  She taught science classes, ranging from Middle School Life Science and Earth Science to High School Biology to Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology at a Pennsylvania Public Cyber Charter School for 12 years. She was the recipient of the 2009 Pennsylvania Charter School Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Joseph believes that science should be fun, and she works to create classes that have a strong hands-on component, and that will ignite in her students a passion to know more about the wonderful world they live in.

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