Cells and Cellular Processes: In this unit we will explore the basic building blocks of life, cells. Students will learn cell organelles and various cell processes that are required to sustain life. Students will be utilizing microscopes during labs and really understanding how function relates to structure.
Heredity: What makes us structurally who we are? DNA! Students will delve deeply into genetics and cellular reproduction. Students will learn what happens when there are genetic mutations and the role of biotechnology.
Classification and Kingdoms: Classification is a vital scientific skill. How do we organize the world around us? Students will discover how all living organisms are classified and sorted in order to study their evolution as well as characteristics. Students will delve into the 5 kingdoms and learn what makes each unique.
Natural Selection and Fossil Evidence: We will explore evidence of changes in species overtime as well as the fossil evidence to support this. Students will look into the past to learn why certain organisms are still persisting today.
Ecosystems and Biomes: How do we interact with everything around us? How do we depend on plants and plants depend on insects, and vice versa? Students will explore various ecosytems and biomes as well as the cycles that indicate a healthy one. Cycles include nitrogen, carbon , and water cycles. Students will also explore concepts of energy and how energy is transferred through an ecosystem.
Earth Resources and Human Impact: The Earth has various resources to offer. Students will explore those resources and understand how human impact those resources. Topics covered include non-renewable and renewable resources as well as the greenhouse effect and pollution. Total Primary Energy Consumption