Ch 2: AP Biology - The Origin of Life on Earth: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Origin of Life on Earth unit of this AP Biology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about theories and definitions that pertain to the beginnings of life. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Biology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the origins of life on Earth. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of life. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the early stages of life on Earth, the Oparin hypothesis, radioactive dating and adaptation.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a biology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an Origin of Life on Earth unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

The Origin of Life on Earth Unit Objectives:

  • Learn about primitive Earth and the Miller-Urey experiment.
  • Discuss the Earth's major eras and eons, including the Cambrian period.
  • Discover the characteristics of simple prokaryotic and complex eukaryotic cells.
  • Examine the endosymbiosis theory.
  • Explore evolutionary patterns such as catastrophism and gradualism.

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