Big Ideas: Structure and Function / Homeostasis   
Essential Questions: How does the body get ride of waste?; What life processes are regulted by hormones?, What body structures enable humans to reproduce?, How does a human develop?
Vocabulary: excretion, ureter, bladder, urethra, nephron, glomerulus, loop of Henle, kidney, liver; hormones, testis, ovary, ovulation, menstruation, STD, puberty
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
February Excretory System:   Formative:  (AP.14.1-AP.14.6) Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List   
* Excretion (Homeostasis) Dissect a kidney for study. Student Partipiation and Dialog  Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
* Organs (Liver, Kidney, Ureters, Urinary Bladder, and Urethra) Research and construct a 3-D model of a human nephron. Study Guide Assignments  Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
* Kidney Structures/Function (Renal Artery/Vein, Cortex, Medulla, Renal Pelvis, Nephron(s))   Lab Practicles and/or Projects Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
* Nephron (Glomerulus, Bowman’s capsule, Proximal Tubule, Loop of Henle, Distal Tubule, Collection Duct, etc…) Chapter Quizzes Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
* Conditions, Biological Issues, and Implications (i.e. Kidney Stones and UTI) Reading / Vocabulary Exam
Reproductive System:   Summative: (AP.15.1-AP.15.7)
* Hormones (i.e. GnRH, FSH, LH, Oxytocin, Prolactin, Testosterone, Estrogen, Estradiol, and Progesterone) Investigate microscopically the structures of the human ovary and anatomy of human sperm cells. Chapter Exam
* Male (Structure/ Function/Anatomy and Sperm Development) Be able to identify both male and female anatomy using models provided. Process Standards:
* Female (Structure/Function/Anatomy and Ovum Development and Ovulation/Fertilization/Cycle/Gestation) Create an “Infographic” about teen pregnancy.
* Basic Embryonic, Fetal, Toddler, and Teen Development (Trimesters/Birth/Puberty) [x] SEPS.2 Developing and Using Models and Tools
[x] SEPS.3 Constructing and Performing Investigations 
Visit ( for Further Details and Information with Regards to the Curriculum   [x] SEPS.4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Visit ( for Further Details and Information on Indiana Standards [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 author’s 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