First Quarter-Evolution and Genetics: Characteristics of Organisms
Ecosystems: Interdependence of Animals and Plants in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems
- Explain why organism differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism.
- Give examples of likenesses that are inherited and some that are not.
Second Quarter-Earth systems, Structures, and Processes: Weather Patterns and Phenomena
- Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem, including estuaries and salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests and grasslands.
- Classify the organisms within an ecosystem according to the function they serve: producers, consumers, or decomposers (biotic factors).
- Infer the effects that may result form the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem.
Energy Conservation and Transfer: Heating and Cooling (Conduction, Convection, & Radiation
- Understand weather patterns and phenomena, making connections to the weather in a particular place and time.
- wind speed and direction, precipitation and temperature and patterns
- Predict upcoming weather events from weather data collected through observation and measurements.
- Explain how global patterns such as the jet stream and water currents influence local weather in measurable terms.
Third Quarter- Matter, Properties, and Change: Interaction of Matter and Energy
- Understand force, motion and the relationship between them.
- gravity, friction, change in mass and the motion of objects
- distance traveled, time and direction
- predict the effect of a given force or a change in mass on the motion of an object.
- Understand the interactions of matter and energy and the changes that occur.
- water cycle
- weight of an object to the sum of the weight of its parts before and after interaction.
- summarize properties of original materials and the new material(s) formed, to demonstrate change
- Explain how the properties of some material change a a result of heating and cooling.
- transfer of heat (conduction, convection or radiation)
- Explain how the sun's energy impacts the processes of the water cycle
- compare the weight of an object to the sum of the weight of its parts before and after an interaction.
- Summarize properties of original materials, and the new material(s) formed, to demonstrate that a change has occurred.
Forces and Motion: Relationship between Force and Motion (Gravity, Friction, and Change in Mass)
Fourth Quarter- Structures and Functions of Living Organisms: Systems of Unicellular and Multi-cellular Organisms (Human Body systems: Digestive, Respiratory, Circulatory, Muscular, Skeletal, and Nervous)
- Explain how factors such as gravity, friction, and change in mass affect the motion of objects.
- Infer the motion of objects in terms of how far they travel in a certain amount of time and the distance in which they travel.
- Illustrate the motion of an object using a graph to show a change in position over a period of time.
- Predict the effect of a given force or a change in mass on the motion of an object.
- Understand how structures and systems of organisms (to include the human body) perform functions necessary for life.