Big Ideas: Animal Beginings and Organization / Sponges and Cnidarians  
Essential Questions: What is an animal? How did animals evolve?  What body plans can be found in animals? What defines a sponge? What defines a cnidarian? 
Vocabulary: animal, invertebrate, vertebrate, body symmetry, cephalization; sponge, cnidarians
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
January Introduction to Zoology: Formative:  Formal Indiana State Core Standards Are Not Available  Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List   
* Introduction to Animals (Definition, Invertebrates / Vertebrates, Survival) Distinguish between bilateral and radial symmetry Student Partipiation and Dialog  Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
* Evolution (Cell Specialization and Levels of Organization, Early Development, Body Symmetry, Cephalization) Understand the reasoning of cephalization Study Guide Assignments  The Proceeding Are Related State Core Standards Associated with Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
Lab Practicles and/or Projects General Biology That Can Be Applied To This Discipline/Curriculum: Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
Sponges and Cnidarians: Chapter Quizzes Visit: Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
* Form and Function (Body Plan, Feeding, Respiration, Circulation, Excretion, Response, Reproduction,) Create a model of a typical sponge Reading / Vocabulary Exam
* Ecology of Sponges and Cnidarians (Temperature, Water Depth, Light, etc…) Observe the anatomy and behavior of hydras Core Standards:    
* Groups of Cnidarians (Jellyfishes, Hydras, Sea Anemones and Corals) Summative:
Chapter Exam B.5.6, B.6.3, B.6.4, B.8.1, B.8.2, B.8.5
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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 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