• First Quarter-Evolution and Genetics:  Characteristics of Organisms
    • 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.
    Ecosystems:  Interdependence of Animals and Plants in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems
    •  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.


    Second Quarter-Earth systems, Structures, and Processes:  Weather Patterns and Phenomena
    • 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.
     Energy Conservation and Transfer:  Heating and Cooling (Conduction, Convection, & Radiation
    • 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)


    Third Quarter- Matter, Properties, and Change:  Interaction of Matter and Energy
    • 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)

    •  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.
    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)
    • Understand how structures and systems of organisms (to include the human body) perform functions necessary for life.