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:  HS-LS1-2,3; HS-LS1-5,6,7; HS-LS2-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8; HS-LS4-4, 5 Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List   
Flow of Matter (Biogeochemical Cycles) Show what an exothermic (oxidation-reduction) reaction involves and yields 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 Student Partipiation and Dialog  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 Study Guide Assignments    Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
  Create 2-3 ecosystems and demonstrate how they all work together Lab Practicles and/or Projects Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Chapter Quizzes
Cytology Reading / Vocabulary Exam HS-LS1-1,4    
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:  
  Somatic Cells); Stem Cells) Observe osmosis across the membranes demonstrating various states of solutions
Tell how cells ingest food by means of “bulk transport”   Chapter Exam
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