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Life and Earth Science Curriculum Topics 

 

Life Science

Listed below are the topics that we will discover through out the school year.

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Scientific Method and Measurement

Students will learn the basics to the scientific method and also review the metric system. They will perform multiple labs to review the process

Scientific Method and Classifying PP

 

Microscopes

 

Classification

How are organisms classified? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to describe how people sort living things into groups based on shared characteristics.

 

Cells

What are living things made of? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to explain the components of the scientific theory of cells.

What are the building blocks of organisms? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to discuss the chemical makeup of living things.

What are the different parts that make up a cell? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to compare the structure and function of cell parts in plant and animal cells.

How do cells divide? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to relate the process of mitosis to its functions in single-celled and multicellular organisms.

How do cells divide for sexual reproduction? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to describe the process of meiosis and its role in sexual reproduction.

Comparison of Mitosis and Meiosis Articles

 

Genetics

How are traits inherited? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to analyze the inheritance of traits in individuals.

How are patterns of inheritance studied? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to explain how patterns of heredity can be predicted by Punnett squares and pedigrees.

What is DNA? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to describe the structure and main functions of DNA.

 

Invertebrates

 

Vertebrates

 

Ecosystems

What are land biomes? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to describe the characteristics of different biomes that exist on land.

What are a aquatic ecosystems? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to describe the characteristics of marine, freshwater, and other aquatic ecosystems.

How do energy and matter move through ecosystems? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to explain the flow of energy and the cycles of matter in ecosystems.

 

Plants

What are plants? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to list the characteristics that all plants, share, and explain how plants are classified into major plant divisions.

How do plants stay alive? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to describe the processes through which plants obtain energy, reproduce, and respond to their environments.

 

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Earth Science

 

Scientific Method

Students will learn the basics to the scientific method and also review the metric system. They will perform multiple labs to review the process. Scientific Method Power Point                  Lab Safety Power Point  

 

Atoms and Matter 

Students will begin to understand the very basic unit of matter. They will learn how to identify parts of the Periodic Table of Elements and the different states of matter.        Atoms Power Point                Matter Power Point  

Rocks and Minerals

Students will explore different rocks and minerals by becoming a Rock Hound. They will participate in a variety of hands on experiences to understand the rock cycle and its processes.

 

Soil, Weathering and Erosion 

Within this brief mini-unit, students will understand where our rich mid-west soil comes from and the effects of weathering and erosion on our land.                                 Soil Power Point                           Erosion Power Point 

 

Geologic Time/ Fossils

Students will be able to explain how geologic time can be divided into units. They will construct their own “geologic time scale” by using major mile stones that happened in their life.

 

Plate Tectonics

Students will be able to describe and explain continental drift and seafloor spreading. They will also identify evidence to support these two theories. Students will also compare and contrast different types of plate boundaries. Plate Tectonic Power Point  

 

Earthquakes and Volcanoes 

Earthquakes happen almost every hour, every day. Students will explain all of the fundamentals on how earthquakes happen, the different types of faults, the components, and where in the world we can find them occurring the most. Students will also be able to identify the Ring of Fire and explain the components of the 3 main types of volcanoes. Cascade Mts. Power Point 

 

Weather and Meteorology 

Meteorology is a vast subject and exciting to study. Students will explain how the atmosphere is related to our daily weather occurrences. They will identify how a cloud forms and classify them. We will investigate severe weather components and understand how they form and affect our daily lives. Students will produce a weather map.

  

Solar System and Earth, Moon, and Sun Relationships

We will examine Earth’s physical characteristics and differentiate between rotation and revolution. We will also discuss why seasons change. Students will identify the many phases of the moon and their cause. They will be able to explain why solar and lunar eclipses occur

 

Oceans and Tsunamis

Within this brief mini-unit, students will understand the importance of our oceans and identify the differences between a tidal wave and tsunami wave. They will understand the impact that tsunamis have on the world and also be able to explain how they are formed.