Big Ideas: Structure and Function / Homeostasis
Essential Questions: How are the materials that go into your body relate to homeostasis? How does the body convert food into useful moelcules? How does the human body get rid of wastes?; What structures transport substances throughout the body? What are the roles of blood and the lymphatic system?††
Vocabulary: organic molecules, digestion, mouth, esophagus, peristalsis, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum; myocardium, atria, ventricles, valves, pulmonary and systemic circulation, pacemaker, artery, vein, capillary
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
November Digestive System: Formative: (AP.12.1-12.5) Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List†††
* Biological Molecules and/or Nutrition (Review and Discussion) Determine the lowest concentration of a substance dissolved in water which can still be tasted. Student Partipiation and Dialog Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
* Oral Cavity (Mouth, Glands, and Pharynx) and Thoracic Cavity (Esophagus, Peristalsis, Bolus) Dissect a fetal pig and observe tissues that are related to the organs of the digestive system. Study Guide Assignments Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
* Abdominal Cavity (Stomach, Small and Large Intestine, Pancreas, Liver, Rectum, Various Glands/Chemistry) Lab Practicles and/or Projects Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
* Conditions, Biological Issues, and Implications (i.e. Ulcers, Anorexia Nervosa, and Bulimia) Chapter Quizzes Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Reading / Vocabulary Exam
Circulatory System: (AP.9.1.-AP9.4, AP.10.1-AP.10.6, AP.11.1-AP.11.6)
* Heart (Pericardium, Septum, Chambers, Apex, and Pacemaker) Investigate how blood and blood cells flow in a vertebrate by observing vessels. Summative:
* Vessels (Arteries, Arterioles, Veins, Venules, Capillaries, and Lymphatic) Dissect a heart for study and observe various vessels and chambers. Chapter Exam Process Standards:
* Pathway (Blood through the System (Vessels/Chambers)) Measure pulse rate, blood pressure, and interpret an EKG reading from human test subjects.
* Contraction, Pulse, and Pressure (Pacemaker, Systolic/Diastolic) Model and simulate blood and its components. [x] SEPS.2 Developing and Using Models and Tools
* Blood (Plasma, RBC, WBC, Platelets, Antibodies, Antigens, Blood Types, Rh Factor, Counter Current Heating) Observe and record characteristics of different type of human blood cells. [x] SEPS.3 Constructing and Performing Investigations
* Conditions, Biological Issues, and Implications (i.e. Hypertension, Myocardial Infarction, and Leukemia) [x] SEPS.4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
[x] SEPS.5 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Visit ( for Further Details and Information with Regards to the Curriculum†† [x] SEPS.6 Constructing Explanations
Visit ( for Further Details and Information on Indiana Standards [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