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:  HS-LS1-1,2,3,4,5,6; HS-LS4-1,2,3   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  Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
Simulate how natural selection and beneficial mutations help to drive evolution Student Partipiation and Dialog  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 Study Guide Assignments  Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
Find, identify, and apprecite the invertibrate 500 myo fossils during a field trip Lab Practicles and/or Projects Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Chapter Quizzes Field Trip to Search for Ancient Lifeforms 
Ecology Reading / Vocabulary Exam
Ecological Interactions (Ecosystems, Biotic, Abiotic, and Energy) Show what an exothermic (oxidation-reduction) reaction involves and yields HS-LS1-2,3; HS-LS1-5,6,7; HS-LS2-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8; HS-LS4-4, 5     
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:    
Flow of Matter (Biogeochemical Cycles) Highlight a major contributor in the food web and in some biogeochemical cycles
Create 2-3 ecosystems and demonstrate how they all work together Chapter Exam
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