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:  HS-LS1-1,2,3,4,5,6; HS-LS4-1,2,3   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 Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
Demonstrate the importance of following the scientific method Student Partipiation and Dialog  Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
Evolution Study Guide Assignments  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  Lab Practicles and/or Projects HS-LS1-1,2,3,4,5,6; HS-LS4-1,2,3   Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Illustrate how species are related via common ancestry and how characteristics help to determine relationships  Chapter Quizzes  
Simulate how natural selection and beneficial mutations help to drive evolution Reading / Vocabulary Exam  
Simulate the process of radioactive decay and half-life and create a graph that illustrates the process
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