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Life Science, by Tracy Creek, is the text for a year-long course designed for 6th grade. The mathematics in Life Science is minimal, making the text a good fit for 6th grade, but it may also be used successfully in grades 7 or 8.The study of biology has changed substantially in the twenty-first century. Fifty years ago, texts in the life sciences focused primarily on the structures and features of different types of organisms. Today, however, much of current technology and news is about cellular and molecular biology, and thus a life science text that is relevant for today’s students must contain a balance of content addressing important large-scale topics and key micro-scale topics, treated at an appropriate level.Novare Life Science maintains exactly this balance. Large-scale topics include human organ systems, animal and plant reproduction, and inheritance of traits. Micro-scale topics include cellular respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis, meiosis, and sensory systems. Additionally, there are four crucial chapters treating the energy, populations, nutrient cycles, and biomes of ecosystems. The two final chapters provide an introduction to evolutionary theory and a fascinating description of how mutations in DNA lead to genetic variation.
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Tracy Creek earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies from Western Governors University. She received Praxis ETS Recognition of Excellence awards for outstanding scores in Biology and General Science. Tracy taught middle school earth, physical, and life science classes and high school biology, chemistry, and physical science for a homeschool co-op for 16 years. She then taught high school Geophysical Science at Mesa Valley Community School (MVCS) for three years and still serves at MVCS as a substitute teacher for math and science classes. Currently, she works for MVCS in administration and assessment.
Tracy homeschooled her seven children in Grand Junction, Colorado. Many of their growing years were spent on soccer fields. All her children also acted in home school and community theater programs. They are now remarkable adults. Tracy enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, and being with her grandchildren.
Grade Level: 6
Course Length: 1 year
Trim Size: 6.5” x 9.5"
Color or BW: Color