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Ch 2: Science Lab Skills: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Science Lab Skills unit of this High School Biology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about laboratory measurements for volume, length, temperature and mass. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Biology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about science lab skills. There is no faster or easier way to learn about science. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the types of and uses for common laboratory equipment.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a science 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 a science lab skills unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Science Lab Skills Unit Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of safe laboratory practices.
  • Describe common safety practices such as washing hands and wearing protective clothing.
  • Learn how to measure an object's displacement to calculate its volume.
  • Provide examples of fluids that are concave versus convex.
  • Identify the parts of a microscope.

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Science Lab Skills: Homeschool Curriculum
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Understanding Laboratory Measurements: Units & Types

1. Understanding Laboratory Measurements: Units & Types

There are many different units that can be used for measurements. This may not only lead to incorrect data measurements, but also to confusion about which units are most appropriate. Therefore, a standard set of units is used for each type of measurement in the biology lab.

What Is a Meniscus? - Definition, Uses & Lab Examples

2. What Is a Meniscus? - Definition, Uses & Lab Examples

Liquids can be tricky to measure because surface tension causes them to do interesting things like forming a meniscus. In this video lesson you'll learn what a meniscus is, why it forms, and how to correctly read the volume of a liquid using the meniscus at the surface.

Using Displacement to Calculate the Volume of an Object

3. Using Displacement to Calculate the Volume of an Object

Determining the volume of an object is easy if that object is uniform and has a regular shape. For objects that are irregularly shaped, using the edges is not so straightforward, so instead we can measure the volume by displacement.

Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

4. Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

Biologists use all kinds of equipment in their labs to run their experiments. In this lesson, you'll identify some of the most common pieces of equipment as well as when you should or shouldn't use them.

Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

5. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.

Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

6. Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

The compound light microscope is a useful tool in any biology laboratory. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the parts of a compound microscope, as well as understand the function of each of those parts.

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