Big Ideas: Evolution / Matter and Energy / Interdependence in Nature
Essential Questions: What is natural selection? How can populations evolve to form new species? How do living and nonliving parts of the Earth interact and affect the survivial of organisms? How do biotic and abiotic factors shape ecosystems? How have human activites shaped ecology?
Vocabulary: Vocabulary: theory, natural selection, evolution, phylogenetics, kinship similarities, radiometric dating, artifical selection, speciation; ecology, energy flow, photosynthesis, food chain/webs, biogeochemical cycles, flow of matter, carrying capacity, successions, niche, community
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
October Evolution Formative: (Standard 5: B.5.1-B.5.6) Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List†††
Spontaneous Generation, History, Principles, Examples, Evidence Illustrate how species are related via common ancestry and how characteristics help to determine relationships Student Partipiation and Dialog Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
Simulate how natural selection and beneficial mutations help to drive evolution Study Guide Assignments Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
Simulate the process of radioactive decay and half-life and create a graph that illustrates the process Lab Practicles and/or Projects Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
Find, identify, and apprecite the invertibrate 500 myo fossils during a field trip Chapter Quizzes Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Ecology Reading / Vocabulary Exam (Standard 2: B.2.1-B.2.4); (Standard 3: B.3.1-B.3.3) Field Trip to Search for Ancient Lifeforms
Ecological Interactions (Ecosystems, Biotic, Abiotic, and Energy) Show what an exothermic (oxidation-reduction) reaction involves and yields
Energy Flow (Food Chains and Food Webs) Construct and utilize a food chain and food web using materials which include abiotic and biotic examples Summative: Process Standards:
Flow of Matter (Biogeochemical Cycles) Highlight a major contributor in the food web and in some biogeochemical cycles Chapter Exam
Create 2-3 ecosystems and demonstrate how they all work together [x] SEPS.1 Posing Questions
[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