Big Ideas: Plant and Animal Diversity / Evolution
Essential Questions: What types of comparisons can be made between plants and animals? What are the relationships between plants and animals? What is evolution?How are beneficial mutations and natural selection used to understand evolution? What evidence is there for evolution?
Vocabulary: plant, animal, ecosystems; Darwin, mutation, natural selection, kinship similarities
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
May-June Organism Diversity/Development:†† Formative: Formal Indiana State Core Standards Are Not Available Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List†††
* Monera, Protista, and Fungi (Characteristics of Bacteria, Protozoan, and Fungi) Present a knowledgeable explanation of one of the five main biomes and how plants and animals interact with each other in nature Student Partipiation and Dialog Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
* Plants (Relationships between Plant Groups, Algae, Lower Plants and Higher Plants) Observe plant (dicot) and animal (chicken) embryos in order to demonstrate diversity among organisms Study Guide Assignments The Proceeding Are Related State Core Standards Associated with Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
* Animals (Defining Major (5) Features of Animals and Compare Features among Animal Groups) Lab Practicles and/or Projects General Biology That Can Be Applied To This Discipline/Curriculum: Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
Chapter Quizzes Visit: Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Evolution: Reading / Vocabulary Exam
* Charles Darwin (Galapagos Islands, Origin of Species, Evolutionary Evidence) Present a knowledgeable explanation of evolution Core Standards:††
* Historical Principles (Mutation and Natural Selection) Examine models of Hominids from millions of years of evolution by making comparative observations and developing†† Summative:
* Kinship Similarities (Convergences, Fossils, Anatomy and Physiology, Embryology, Genetics, Transitions) hypothetical conclusions about human ancestry Chapter Exam B.4.1, B.4.2, B.4.3, B.4.4 ; B.8.1, B.8.2, B.5.6, B.8.5
Visit ( for Further Details and Information with Regards to the Curriculum†† Process Standards:
[x] SEPS.1 Posing Questions
[x] SEPS.2 Developing and Using Models and Tools
[x] SEPS.3 Constructing and Performing Investigations
[x] SEPS.4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
[x] SEPS.5 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
[x] SEPS.6 Constructing Explanations
[x] SEPS.7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence
[x] SEPS.8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Info
Literacy Standards:
[x] LST.1 Learning Outcomes:
Read and comprehend science and technical texts††
independently and proficiently and write effectively for a variety
of discipline-secific tasks, purposes, and audiences
[x] LST.2 Key Ideas and Textual Support
Extract and construct meaning from science and technical texts††
using a variety of comprehension skills
[x] LST.3 Structural Elements and Organization
Build understanding of science and technical texts, using††
knowledge of structural organization and authorís purpose and††
[x] LST.4 Synthesis and Connection of Ideas
Build understanding of science and technical texts by
synthesizing and connecting ideas and evaluating specific
[x] LST.5 Writing Genres
Write for different purposes and to specific audiences or people
[x] LST.6 The Writing Process
Produce coherent and legible documents by planning, drafting,
revising, editing, and collaborating with others