2019 CLASSES: Biology With Lab

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.
- Benjamin Franklin -
Class Description

I will start each class with a lecture and discussion about the most important parts of the chapter or chapters they read at home. Then I will give them information on the lab we will perform that day. The rest of the time period will be actual lab work. I use a variety of learning experiences to enliven and motivate the class and approach all learning styles such as auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic. Powerpoint presentations, videos, lectures, discussions, and hands on lab experiences will be used in class.

We will be using Prentice Hall Biology. There are 29 chapters in the book and we will cover each one of them by the end of the year in May. All students, even those that are auditing, are required to read the assigned chapters so we can discuss these concepts and participate in activities related to them in class. Homework will be sent via email. Homework will be graded for those taking the class for credit and as an honor’s class. Two tests will be given during the semester.


Enjoy labs and activities such as: 

  • Microscope Study

  • Pond Life

  • Dragon Genetics

  • Extracting DNA

  • Diagnosing an Infectious Disease

  • Blood Typing

  • Dissecting flowers

  • Exploring the Life Cycles of Insects

  • Exploring Bird Eggs, Talons, and Claws

  • Mammal Bones

  • Anatomy

  • Classification of Animals

  • The Senses

  • Identifying seeds and Leaves

  • Shell Identification

  • Examining a Coral Reef and other Biomes

  • Identifying Stuffed Microbes

  • and more!


Students need to bring – pencil and paper or laptop for notes, and purchase the Prentice Hall Biology book by Miller and Levine 2008, ISBN 0-13-201349-5 (You can find it used on Amazon.com for $5 - $10)

Meet The Teacher

Hello! I'm Susan Bacon, director of Franklin School. I have a B.S. in Education with a minor in Gifted Education. I'm a state certified teacher with 5 years public school teaching experience and 35 years of working with students. Through private tutoring, teaching homeschool classes, and working with homeschooling families I have found that my greatest joy in life is helping students find their own unique way of learning.

After working as a cover school coordinator for 5 years I founded Franklin School. I saw a need to provide families with a more creative learning experience with a larger variety of activities. As director of Franklin School these past 20 years I have offered homeschooling families curriculum assistance, transcripts, a lending library, activities, classes, field trips, parent workshops, and many other homeschooling amenities. 

As a certified and very experienced teacher my goal is to assist parents by offering support in all areas of homeschooling and to help enrich each student’s educational adventure by offering a variety of classes. 

Schedule and Fees

High School Credit Level 

14 classes per semester – 1½ hour per class

Audit -

Enrolled Families: $60 class fee, $40 materials fee

Visiting Families: $80 Class Fee, $40 material fee

(approximately $8 a class)

High School Credit -

(Homework and tests graded)

Enrolled families: $100 class fee, $40 material fee

Visiting families: $120 class fee, $40 material fee

(approximately $11 a class)

Honor’s Credit -

(Homework and tests graded with special once a month honor’s projects due)

Enrolled Families: $130 class fee, $40 material fee

Visiting Families: $150 class fee, $40 material fee

(approx.$13 a class)

Thursday, 1:00pm - 2:30pm


1st semester:​

AUG  8, 15, 22

SEP    5, 12, 19

OCT   3, 10, 17, 24

NOV  7, 14, 21

DEC   6

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