Big Ideas: Matter and Energy / Interdependence in Nature / Cellular Basis of Life and Homeostasis  
Essential Questions: 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? How are cell structures adapted to their functions?
Vocabulary: ecology, energy flow, photosynthesis, food chain/webs, biogeochemical cycles, flow of matter, carrying capacity, successions, niche, community; cell, nucleus, cell membrane, cytoplasm, organelles, prokaryote, eukaryote, endocytosis, exocytosis  
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
November Ecology Formative:  (Standard 2: B.2.1-B.2.4); (Standard 3: B.3.1-B.3.3) Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List   
Flow of Matter (Biogeochemical Cycles) Show what an exothermic (oxidation-reduction) reaction involves and yields Student Partipiation and Dialog  Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
Ecological Limits and Effects (Capacities, Populations, Stabilities,    Construct and utilize a food chain and food web using materials which include abiotic and biotic examples Study Guide Assignments  Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
  Fluctuations, Influences, and Diversities)  Highlight a major contributor in the food web and in some biogeochemical cycles Lab Practicles and/or Projects   Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
  Create 2-3 ecosystems and demonstrate how they all work together Chapter Quizzes Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Cytology Reading / Vocabulary Exam (Standard 1: B.1.1-B.1.5)
Histories and Theories (Early Observations and the Cell Theory) Simulate cell membranes, fluid mosaic model, channel proteins, etc…  
Size, Shape, and Differentiation (Examples (Monera, Protista, and   Observe and/or record characteristics of different types of cellsincluding protozoa Summative: Process Standards:
  Somatic Cells); Stem Cells) Observe osmosis across the membranes demonstrating various states of solutions Chapter Exam
Tell how cells ingest food by means of “bulk transport”   [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 author’s 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