Marking Period 1:
September 2019
UNIT 1:  LS.1 - Scientific Investigation
    IV/DV/Control/Constant; Steps of the Scientific Method; Proper units for measuring mass, length and volume in science class; How to graph properly; Lab Safety Rules.

UNIT 2:  LS.3.a - Characteristics of Living Things 
What are the levels of organization in living things?  Cell -> Tissue -> Organ -> Organ System -> Organism
What do all living things need for survival? - homeostasis, source of energy...

October 2019
UNIT 3:  LS.2.a.b.c - Cell Structure & Function
What is the Cell Theory, who were the scientists involved; What are organelles? What do they look like and what are their function?; What do animal and plant cells have in common and what makes them unique?

Marking Period 2:
November 2019
UNIT 4:  LS.3.b - Cellular Transport
What is passive transport?  What types of molecules move by diffusion or osmosis?  What is active transport?  When molecules move from high to low concentration without energy, that is called _.  When they move from low to high concentration, with energy, that is called _.

UNIT 5: LS.5.a.b - Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration
How is energy transferred between sunlight and plants?  How do plants make sugar?  What are the raw materials and products of photosynthesis and cellular respiration?  How are the two processes connected?  Why are plants so important to the rest of the food chain?

December 2019
UNIT 6:  LS.2.d - Cell Growth & Reproduction (Mitosis)
What are the stages of the cell cycle, starting with the stage cells spend the most time in?
What happens during each of the stages of the cell cycle?
How are mitosis and meiosis the same? Different?  How many cells are produced in each process?  Are the identical or different? Why does each process occur?

UNIT 7:  LS.12.a.e.f - DNA Structure & Function

What is DNA and how is it structured?  What scientists were important in learning about DNA's structure?  What are the base pairs?  How have scientists used what we know about DNA to make advances in medicine, agriculture and biology?

January 2020
UNIT 8:  LS.12.b,c,d - Genetics/Heredity
What are chromosomes, genes and alleles?  How are traits passed onto offspring?  What is a dominant vs recessive trait?  What is the difference between homozygous and heterozygous genotypes or phenotypes? 

Marking Period 3:
February 2020
UNIT 9:  LS.13.a.b.c - Evolution and Genetic Variation

What are mutations, adaptations and natural selection, and what do they all have in common?  What evidence is there for change over time?
What are fossils and how can you determine their age?
What environmental factors can lead to diversity of organisms?

March 2020
UNIT 10: LS.4.a.b.c.d - Classification
How are living things organized and who came up with the system of binomial nomenclature?  What are the 3 domains and 6 kingdoms?  What are the 4 groups of plants and the major phyla of animals and some distinguishing characteristics and examples?  

To Be Determined
UNIT 11: LS.6 - Energy Flow Food Chains, Cycling of Matter
UNIT 12: LS.7 - Populations Communities & Symbiosis
UNIT 13: LS.6 - Biomes & Ecosystems
UNIT 14: LS.10 - Environmental Change
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