Big Ideas: Knowing Science / Matter and Energy / Scientific Method
Essential Questions: What role does science play in the study of life? What are the basic chemical principles that affect living things? What tools are used to investiage life science?
Vocabulary: life, organic molecules, taxonomy, microscope, scientific method, theory
Month Content Skills Assessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
August Biological Chemicals and Characteristics Formative: (Standard 1: B.1.1 - B.1.3, B.1.5) Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List†††
Pyramid of Complexity, Classification, and Defining LIfe Understand how carbon bonds to oxygen and hydrogen Student Partipiation and Dialog Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
Isolate and test for major types of organic molecules (fats, proteins, and sugars) using indicators Study Guide Assignments Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
Lab Methods Lab Practicles and/or Projects (Standard 1: B.1.1 - B.1.3, B.1.5) Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
Scientific Method, Tools, Terminology, and Application Provide information about the functions and purpose of a microscope Chapter Quizzes Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Gain insight to the importance of good research and a develop proper observational skills Reading / Vocabulary Exam Process Standards:
Demonstrate the importance of following the scientific method
Summative: [x] SEPS.1 Posing Questions
Visit ( for Further Details and Information with Regards to the Curriculum†† Chapter Exam [x] SEPS.2 Developing and Using Models and Tools
Visit ( for Further Details and Information on Indiana Standards [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