Big Ideas: Knowing Science / Matter and Energy / Scientific Method / Evolution
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? What is natural selection? How can populations evolve to form new species?
Vocabulary: life, organic molecules, taxonomy, microscope, scientific method theory; natural selection, evolution, phylogenetics, kinship similarities, radiometric dating, artifical selection, speciation
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
September Lab Methods Formative: (Standard 1: B.1.1 - B.1.3, B.1.5) Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List†††
Scientific Method, Tools, Terminology, Application Gain insight to the importance of good research and a develop proper observational skills Student Partipiation and Dialog Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
Demonstrate the importance of following the scientific method Study Guide Assignments Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
Evolution Lab Practicles and/or Projects (Standard 5: B.5.1-B.5.6) Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
Spontaneous Generation, History, Principles, Examples, Evidence Define a theory based on facts, testable hypothesis, and confirmed predictions Chapter Quizzes Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Illustrate how species are related via common ancestry and how characteristics help to determine relationships Reading / Vocabulary Exam Process Standards:
Simulate how natural selection and beneficial mutations help to drive evolution
Simulate the process of radioactive decay and half-life and create a graph that illustrates the process Summative: [x] SEPS.1 Posing Questions
Chapter Exam [x] SEPS.2 Developing and Using Models and Tools
Visit ( for Further Details and Information with Regards to the Curriculum†† [x] SEPS.3 Constructing and Performing Investigations
Visit ( for Further Details and Information on Indiana Standards [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