III: Using Scientific Knowledge in Life Science

III.1: Cells

III.1.A: All students will apply an understanding of cells to the functioning of multicellular organisms, including how cells grow, develop and reproduce:

III.1.A.1: Demonstrate evidence that all parts of living things are made of cells.

Cell Structure
Paramecium Homeostasis

III.1.A.2: Explain why and how selected specialized cells are needed by plants and animals.

Cell Structure
Photosynthesis Lab

III.2: The Organization of Living Things

III.2.A: All students will use classification systems to describe groups of living things:

III.2.A.1: Compare and classify organisms into major groups on the basis of their structure.

Human Evolution - Skull Analysis

III.2.B: All students will compare and contrast differences in the life cycles of living things:

III.2.B.2: Describe the life cycle of a flowering plant.

Pollination: Flower to Fruit

III.2.C: All students will investigate and explain how living things obtain and use energy:

III.2.C.3: Describe evidence that plants make and store food.

Cell Energy Cycle
Interdependence of Plants and Animals
Photosynthesis Lab

III.3: Heredity

III.3.A: All students will investigate and explain how characteristics of living things are passed on through generations:

III.3.A.1: Describe how the characteristics of living things are passed on through generations.

Chicken Genetics
Evolution: Mutation and Selection
Natural Selection

III.3.B: All students will explain why organisms within a species are different from one another:

III.3.B.2: Describe how heredity and environment may influence/determine characteristics of an organism.

Chicken Genetics
Mouse Genetics (One Trait)
Mouse Genetics (Two Traits)
Natural Selection

III.4: Evolution

III.4.A: All students will explain how scientists construct and scientifically test theories concerning the origin of life and evolution of species:

III.4.A.1: Describe how scientific theory traces possible evolutionary relationships among present and past life forms.

Human Evolution - Skull Analysis

III.4.B: All students will compare ways that living organisms are adapted (suited) to survive and reproduce in their environments and explain how species change through time:

III.4.B.2: Explain how new traits might become established in a population and how species become extinct.

Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
Natural Selection

III.5: Ecosystems

III.5.A: All students will explain how parts of an ecosystem are related and how they interact:

III.5.A.1: Describe common patterns of relationships among populations.

Food Chain
Interdependence of Plants and Animals

III.5.B: All students will explain how energy is distributed to living things in an ecosystem:

III.5.B.2: Describe how organisms acquire energy directly or indirectly from sunlight.

Cell Energy Cycle
Food Chain
Photosynthesis Lab

III.5.D: All students will analyze how humans and the environment interact:

III.5.D.5: Explain how humans use and benefit from plant and animal materials.

Food Chain

III.5.D.6: Describe ways in which humans alter the environment.

Rabbit Population by Season
Water Pollution

IV: Using Scientific Knowledge in Physical Science

IV.1: Matter and Energy

IV.1.A: All students will measure and describe the things around us:

IV.1.A.1: Describe and compare objects in terms of mass, volume, and density.

Density Experiment: Slice and Dice
Density Laboratory
Density via Comparison
Determining Density via Water Displacement

IV.1.A.2: Explain when length, mass, weight, density, area, volume or temperature are appropriate to describe the properties of an object or substance.

Beam to Moon (Ratios and Proportions)
Density Laboratory

IV.1.B: All students will explain what the world around us is made of:

IV.1.B.4: Describe the arrangement and motion of molecules in solids, liquids, and gases.

Freezing Point of Salt Water
Phase Changes
Temperature and Particle Motion

IV.1.C: All students will explain how electricity (and magnetism; see PMO) interact with matter:

IV.1.C.5: Construct simple circuits and explain how they work in terms of the flow of current.

Advanced Circuits

IV.2: Changes in Matter

IV.2.A: All students will investigate, describe and analyze ways in which matter changes:

IV.2.A.1: Describe common physical changes in matter: evaporation, condensation, sublimation, thermal expansion and contraction.

Boyle's Law and Charles' Law
Density Experiment: Slice and Dice
Freezing Point of Salt Water

IV.2.B: All students will explain how visible changes in matter are related to atoms and molecules:

IV.2.B.3: Explain physical changes in terms of the arrangement and motion of atoms and molecules.

Freezing Point of Salt Water
Temperature and Particle Motion

IV.2.C: All students will explain how changes in matter are related to changes in energy and how living things and human technology change matter and transform energy.

IV.2.C.4: Describe common energy transformations in everyday situations.

Energy Conversion in a System
Inclined Plane - Sliding Objects
Period of a Pendulum

IV.3: Motion of Objects

IV.3.A: All students will describe how things around us move, explain why things move as they do, and demonstrate and explain how we control the motions of objects:

IV.3.A.2: Relate motion of objects to unbalanced forces in two dimensions.

Inclined Plane - Simple Machine
Roller Coaster Physics
Uniform Circular Motion

IV.3.A.3: Describe the non-contact forces exerted by magnets, electrically charged objects, and gravity.

Roller Coaster Physics

IV.3.A.5: Design strategies for moving objects by application of forces, including the use of simple machines.

Atwood Machine
Inclined Plane - Simple Machine
Pulley Lab
Torque and Moment of Inertia

IV.4: Waves and Vibrations

IV.4.A: All students will describe sounds and sound waves:

IV.4.A.2: Explain how echoes occur and how they are used.

Laser Reflection

IV.4.B: All students will explain shadows, color, and other light phenomena:

IV.4.B.4: Describe ways in which light interacts with matter.

Ray Tracing (Lenses)

IV.4.C: All students will measure and describe vibrations and waves:

IV.4.C.5: Describe the motion of vibrating objects.

Period of Mass on a Spring
Simple Harmonic Motion

IV.4.D: All students will explain how waves and vibrations transfer energy:

IV.4.D.6: Explain how mechanical waves transfer energy.

Earthquake - Determination of Epicenter
Earthquake - Recording Station

V: Using Scientific Knowledge in Earth Science

V.1: The Geosphere

V.1.B: All students will describe and explain how the earth's features change over time:

V.1.B.2: Explain how rocks are formed.

Rock Classification
Rock Cycle

V.1.B.3: Explain how rocks are broken down, how soil is formed and how surface features change.

Rock Cycle

V.1.B.4: Explain how rocks and fossils are used to understand the age and geological history of the earth.

Human Evolution - Skull Analysis

V.2: The Hydrosphere

V.2.A: All students will describe the characteristics of water and demonstrate where water is found on earth:

V.2.A.1: Use maps of the earth to locate water in its various forms and describe conditions under which they exist.

Ocean Mapping

V.2.B: All students will describe how water moves:

V.2.B.2: Describe how surface water in Michigan reaches the ocean and returns.

Water Cycle

V.2.C: All students will analyze the interaction of human activities with the hydrosphere:

V.2.C.3: Explain how water exists below the earth’s surface and how it is replenished.


V.3: The Atmosphere and Weather

V.3.A: All students will investigate and describe what makes up weather and how it changes from day to day, from season to season and over long periods of time:

V.3.A.1: Explain patterns of changing weather and how they are measured.

Coastal Winds and Clouds

V.3.C: All students will analyze the relationships between human activities and the atmosphere:

V.3.C.4: Describe health effects of polluted air.

Water Pollution

V.4: The Solar System, Galaxy and Universe

V.4.A: All students will compare and contrast our planet and sun to other planets and star systems.

V.4.A.1: Compare the earth to other planets and moons in terms of supporting life.

Solar System Explorer

V.4.B: All students will describe and explain how objects in the solar system move.

V.4.B.2: Describe, compare, and explain the motions of solar system objects.

Rotation/Revolution of Venus and Earth
Solar System Explorer

Correlation last revised: 11/25/2009

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