|The Science curriculum consists of the implementation of thematic units through the incorporation of instructional lessons, cooperative learning activities, scientific experiments, and individualized projects allowing students to build advanced critical thinking skills through scientific concepts/skills and to learn about the world around them-past, present, and future- through life sciences, physical sciences, and earth sciences. The scientific areas of focus are earth science, astronomy, physics, and chemistry.|
|Explain that cells are the basic building blocks of all living things. |
Compare and contrast unicellular and multi cellular organisms.
Distinguish between plant and animal cells based on their structures.
Identify the levels of organism from cell to organism.
Compare and contrast life processes between cell to organism.
Model the stages of cell division.
Identify the organs of the digestive system.
Trace nutrients from being processed by the digestive system to being transported to body cells.
Explore the breathing mechanism.
Explore the transport mechanism of the heart and blood vessels.
Explain how oxygen, nutrients, carbon dioxide, and waste are transports to and from body cells to release energy in the cell.
Explore the senses of touch, smell, taste, and hearing.
Explore the structure and function of a select sensory organ.
Explore a stimulus response reaction.
Explain how nervous impulses travel through the body.
Identify bones; describe their structure and how they grow.
Identify major muscles of the body.
Explain the role movable joints play in the body.
Demonstrate and explain how skeletal muscles work in pairs.
Explain that chromosomes are located in the nucleus.
Show that a pair of chromosomes is needed for a trait to be expressed (alleles).
Distinguish how different living things reproduce (asexual, sexual).
Review Mendel's contribution to genetics.
Apply Mendelian concepts of genetics (dominant/recessive, independent asst. & segregation).
Demonstrate how genes combine to determine characteristics.
Research how genes can be manipulates to produce desired outcomes (mass selection, genetic engineering, human genome project).
Describe mutations' effects on a traits expression.
Describe applications for electromagnets.
Construct a series circuit.
Construct a parallel cell.
Construct an electrical cell.
Identify advantages and disadvantages of using alternative forms (solar, wind, hydroelectric, nuclear, hydrogen).
Observe reflection of light.
Determine how concave and convex lenses change images.
Describe properties of waves (frequency, velocity, wavelength, amplitude).
Observe the light spectrum.
Describe infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light.
Identify the sources of light.
Construct an electromagnet.