Alaska Independent Distance Education Biology



Alaska Independent Distance Education

Course Information

Instructor: Mr. Nicholas Graves

1 Carnegie Credit

(907) 374-9422

Distance Delivery

Course Site

FAX: (907) 374-9440



Course Description:


Alaska Independent Distance Education biology is designed to meet the needs of Correspondence students who have had difficulties with traditional classroom or correspondence classes from institutions accross the United States. It is specifically designed for students who need to be challenged and want to work faster than the ordinary classroom pace or for students with lower reading levels, low-level organization skills, and low motivation. The young adults taking the course will learn about the basic unit of life, classification and organization of living things, basic plant and animal functions, human body systems and health, and basic genetics and ecology. Assignments are short, fast-paced and well organized, which leads to quick successes and high motivation. The hands-on investigations included in AIDE Biology offer the students a wealth of choices and allow students to be creative, inquisitive, and great problem solvers.



Reading Level: 3.5 Spache

Interest Level: Grades 6-12, ABE, ESL


Course Registration:

See Registration on the left frame



Printed Tests and Quizzes/Hand Grading

It is possible to have paper copies of all quizzes and tests and then have them administrated by an on-site instructor. You will not need Internet or computer access to complete the course using this method. However, due to the extra grading time and printing costs there is an additional fee of $45 per semester for this option.


Supplementary readings

            From time to time students will receive information about resent developments in the biological field. They will receive information about web sites, magazine articles, and books related to topics of interest.


Lab Safety

            Students are required to finish the lab safety lesson and pass the quiz before they will be allowed to work on further investigations.


Academic Dishonesty

            With most correspondence courses as well as AIDE Biology honesty of parents and students is essential. In the event that Alaska Interior Distance Eduction Administration suspects cheating or dishonesty among students and proctors an investigation will be carried out. If the investigation shows that cheating has occurred then the student will receive a failing grade and no credit.



EVERYONE should be able to achieve an "A" in this class! You may take the quizzes as many times as you like and your top score on the quiz is the one that counts. It is also permissible to use notes, study materials, and books on the quizzes. After you complete a quiz on-line it will be immediately scored and you will be given a summary of your responses and the correct responses. If you miss one or two you can memorize the answers and go back and retake the quiz. Be careful, it will not be in the same order the second time. Quizzes will count for 40% of your grade.


The investigations count for 20% of your grade. The lab activities are not scored on right or wrong answers provided that you back up your answers with evidence from your investigation. There are only a few questions after an investigation so take your time and answer the question as completely as possible. After you complete an investigation quiz you will be shown some examples of correct answers. Based on your results these may or may not be the same thing that you responded they are meant as an examples only. Investigations will not be graded immediately because of the nature of the questions. However, they will be scored within a couple of days and you will receive an e-mail notifying you of your score. You must complete 10 investigations out of the 34 listed. If you have your own investigation you would like to perform, contact your teacher and they will develop a safe and meaningful procedure for your investigation. Also you may perform investigations for extra credit contact your teacher for information.


The tests will count as 40% of your grade. That means it is possible to pass the class without taking one test. But to do this you must score 100% on every quiz and every investigation. The self-study checklist and the study guide have great information to prepare you for a test, use them. Your first score on any test is the one that counts. Although you will be allowed to take the test as many times as you like the scores you receive will not count. You are not allowed to use notes, study materials, and books on the tests. The tests are meant to reflect how much you have learned while completing the lessons and investigations. If you follow the self-study checklist I have no doubt that you will do great on the tests!


The following grading scale will be used for determining your final grade. After completing the course with a "D-" or better you will receive one Carnegie credit from the Yukon Koyukuk School District.






94% - 99%


90% - 93%


87% - 89%


83% - 86%


80% - 82%


77% - 79%


73% - 76%


70% - 72%


67% - 69%


63% - 66%


60% - 62%


< 60%




Alaska Independent Distance Education is supported by the Yukon-Koyukuk School District. There are two ways for students to get credit after completing the course. The first is for the student's district to accept the curriulum of the course or match it with one of thier courses then give them indistrict credit for the course. The second is to have transcripts created for students completing the course by the Yukon-Koyukuk School District and mailed to the student's school of record or their parents.


Course Schedule

You are in charge of your own schedule. The course must be completed within one year of the start day. The following is a list of lessons that need to be completed. We do post .25 credits for each quarter completed.


YKSD Biology Lessons

Chapter 1 "The Basic Unit of Life"

Lesson 1 "Living Things Are Made of cells " Lesson 2 "Comparing Plant and Animal cells" Lesson 3 "Chemicals That Are Important for Life" Lesson 4 "Basic Life Activities" Chapter 1 Self-Study Guide Checklist

Chapter 2 "Organizing Living Things"

Chapter 3 "Classifying Animals"

Chapter 4 "Classifying Plant Groups"

Lesson 1 "How Plants Are Classified" Lesson 2 "Seed Plants" Lesson 3 "Seedless Plants" Chapter 4 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 5 "Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi"

Lesson 1 "Bacteria" Lesson 2 "Protists" Lesson 3 "How Protists Survive" Lesson 4 "Fungi" Chapter 5 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 6 "How Animals Stay Alive"

Lesson 1 "Animals Get and Digest Food" Lesson 2 "Respiration and Circulation" Lesson 3 "Water Balance and Wastes" Lesson 4 "Coordinating Bodily Activities" Chapter 6 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 7 "How Plants Live"

Lesson 1 "The Vascular System in Plants" Lesson 2 "How Plants Make Food" Lesson 3 "How Plants give Off Oxygen" Lesson 4 "How Plants Reproduce" Chapter 7 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 8 "Human Body Systems"

Lesson 1 "How the Body Digests Food " Lesson 2 "How Materials Move to and from Cells" Lesson 3 "How We Breathe" Lesson 4 "How the Body Gets Rid of Wastes" Lesson 5 "How the Nervous System Controls the Body" Lesson 6 "The Sense Organs" Lesson 7"How the Endocrine System Controls the Body" Lesson 8 "How the Body Moves Chapter 8 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 9 "Reproduction, Growth, and Development"

Lesson 1 "Where Life Comes From" Lesson 2 "How Organisms Reproduce" Lesson 3 "How Animals Grow and Develop" Lesson 4 "How Humans Grow and Develop" Chapter 9 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 10 "Staying Healthy"

Lesson 1 "How the Body fights Disease" Lesson 2 "Good Nutrition" Lesson 3 "Healthy Habits" Chapter 10 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 11 "Genetics"

Lesson 1 "Heredity" Lesson 2 "Chromosomes" Lesson 3 "How heredity Is Studied in Humans" Lesson 4 "Applied Genetics" Chapter 11 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 12 "Ecology"

Lesson 1 "Living Things and Nonliving Things" Lesson 2 "Food Chains and Food Webs" Lesson 3 "How Energy Flows Through Ecosystems" Lesson 4 "How Materials Cycle Through Ecosystems" Chapter 12 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 13 "The Behavior of Organisms"

Lesson 1 "Innate Behavior" Lesson 2 "Learned Behavior" Lesson 3 "How Animals Communicate" Chapter 13 Self-Study Guide

Chapter 14 "Evolution"

Lesson 1 "Change over Time" Lesson 2 "What Fossils Show" Lesson 3 "The Theory of Evolution" Lesson 4 "What Humanlike Fossils Show" Chapter 14 Self-Study Guide


Subject to Change

This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. It is your responsibility to check the web site for changes weekly. You instructor will also notify you of changes via e-mail.