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: Explain how multicellular organisms grow, based on how cells grow and reproduce.

Cell Division

III.1.A.2: Compare and contrast ways in which selected cells are specialized to carry out particular life functions.

Cell Structure
Paramecium Homeostasis

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: Classify major groups of organisms to the kingdom level.

Human Evolution - Skull Analysis

III.2.D: All students will analyze how parts of living things are adapted to carry out specific functions:

III.2.D.4: Explain how living things maintain a stable internal environment.

Human Homeostasis
Paramecium Homeostasis

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: Explain how characteristics of living things are passed on from generation to generation.

Chicken Genetics
Evolution: Mutation and Selection
Human Karyotyping
Mouse Genetics (One Trait)
Mouse Genetics (Two Traits)
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 genetic material is passed from parent to young during sexual and asexual reproduction.

Chicken Genetics

III.3.C: All students will explain how new traits can be established by changing or manipulating genes:

III.3.C.3: Explain how new traits may arise in individuals through changes in genetic material (DNA).

Evolution: Mutation and Selection
Natural Selection

III.4: Evolution

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 a new species or variety may originate through the evolutionary process of natural selection.

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 ecological relationships between and among species and their environments.

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: Explain how energy flows through familiar ecosystems.

Food Chain

III.5.C: All students will investigate and explain how communities of living things change over a period of time:

III.5.C.3: Describe general factors regulating population size in ecosystems.

Food Chain

III.5.D: All students will describe how materials cycle through an ecosystem and get reused in the environment:

III.5.D.5: Describe how carbon and soil nutrients cycle through selected ecosystems.

Cell Energy Cycle
Interdependence of Plants and Animals
Photosynthesis Lab

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.2: Identify properties of common families of elements.

Covalent Bonds
Electron Configuration
Ionic Bonds

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

IV.1.B.3: Explain how elements differ, in terms of the structural parts and electrical charges of atoms.

Element Builder

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

IV.1.C.4: Explain how current is controlled in simple series and parallel circuits.

Advanced Circuits

IV.2: Changes in Matter

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

IV.2.A.1: Explain chemical changes in terms of the breaking of bonds and the rearrangement of atoms to form new substances.

Covalent Bonds

IV.2.B: 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.B.4: Describe energy transformations involved in physical, chemical and nuclear changes, and contrast their relative magnitudes.

Inclined Plane - Sliding Objects
Period of a Pendulum

IV.2.B.5: Explain changes in matter and energy involving heat transfer.

Calorimetry Lab
Phase Changes

IV.3: Motion of Objects

IV.3.B: All students will relate motion to energy and energy conversions:

IV.3.B.2: Explain energy conversions in moving objects and machines.

Energy Conversion in a System
Energy of a Pendulum
Inclined Plane - Rolling Objects
Inclined Plane - Simple Machine
Period of a Pendulum
Pulley Lab
Simple Harmonic Motion

IV.4: Waves and vibrations

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

IV.4.A.1: Relate characteristics of sounds that we hear to properties of sound waves.

Sound Beats and Sine Waves

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

IV.4.B.2: Explain how we see colors of objects.

Additive Color v2
Herschel Experiment
Subtractive Color v2

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

IV.4.C.3: Describe waves in terms of their properties.

Earthquake - Determination of Epicenter
Sound Beats and Sine Waves

V: Using Scientific Knowledge in Earth Science

V.1: The Geosphere

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

V.1.A.2: Use the plate tectonics theory to explain features of the earth’s surface and geological phenomena and describe evidence for the plate tectonics theory.

Plate Tectonics

V.2: The Hydrosphere

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

V.2.B.2: Describe how human activities affect the quality of water in the hydrosphere.

Water Pollution

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 how interactions of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere create climates and how climates change over time.

Coastal Winds and Clouds
Greenhouse Effect

V.3.B: All students will explain what causes different kinds of weather:

V.3.B.2: Describe patterns of air movement in the atmosphere and how they affect weather conditions.

Coastal Winds and Clouds
Hurricane Motion
Weather Maps

V.3.B.3: Explain and predict general weather patterns and storms.

Coastal Winds and Clouds

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

V.3.C.4: Explain the impact of human activities on the atmosphere and explain ways that individuals and society can reduce pollution.

Greenhouse Effect
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 our sun to other stars.

H-R Diagram

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

V.4.B.2: Describe the position and motion of our solar system in our galaxy and the overall scale, structure and age of the universe.

Solar System Explorer

Correlation last revised: 11/25/2009

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