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Essential Questions Content Skills Assessment
*  What are the structures and functions of plant and animal cells?

*  How are different types of animals grouped?

*  How do the body systems work together to carry out life functions?

*  How are different types of animals grouped?

 
I. CELLS AND KINGDOMS  (LIFE)
    

A. Cell parts - 7 plant cell parts
    

B. Classifying Life - kingdoms & species
    

C.  Plants - plant parts and main functions
  

D. Vertebrates/invertebrates


E. Major vertebrate groups


F.  Functions of animal systems


G. Photosynthesis - process
I. CELLS AND KINGDOMS  (LIFE)    

A1.  Identify in a diagram the 7 plant cell parts

B1.  Categorize, within a chart, plants into divisions


C1.  Identify in a diagram the main plant parts and their basic functions


D1.  Define  orally vertebrates and invertebrates

E1.  Determine which animal belongs to which vertebrate group

F1.  Describe in writing the job of the 8 main body systems

G1.  Explain in a list the process and steps of photosynthesis
I. CELLS AND KINGDOMS  (LIFE)    
    

A1.  Create a cell model; oral conference  (rubric scored)
A1. Smartboard diagram

B1-D1.  Chapter test L1-2  


C1.  Test/Quiz - (3 TF, 20 MC, 2 FB, 7 label)


D1-G1.  Chapter test L3-5 (3 TF, 9 MC, 7 FB, essay/FB)







 
October 2011
 
Essential Questions Content Skills Assessment
*  How do living things reproduce?

*  How to plants grow, develop and reproduce?

*  How do animals grow, develop and reproduce?

*  How do organisms acquire their traits?
II.  PARENTS AND OFFSPRING (LIFE)
   
A.  Reproduction


B.  Plant Life Cycles


C.  Animal Life Cycles


D.  Traits and Heridity








 
II.  PARENTS AND OFFSPRING (LIFE)  

A1.  Compare and contrast in writing sexual and asexual reproduction

B1.  Understand the life cycle of angiosperms, mosses and ferns

C1.  Define the stages of metamorphosis

D1.  Describe how traits are passed from one generation to the next.







 
II.  PARENTS AND OFFSPRING (LIFE)


A-D. Informal assessmentm - teacher observation


 
November 2011
 
Essential Questions Content Skills Assessment
*  How does energy flow between organisms in an ecosystem?

*  How do living and nonliving things interact in an ecosystem?

*  How do adaptations help living things survive in their environments?
III.  INTERACTIONS IN ECOSYSTEMS (LIFE)
        
   

A.  Energy Flow in Ecosystems











B.  Relationships in Ecosystems






C.  Adaptations and Survival






 
III.  INTERACTIONS IN ECOSYSTEMS (LIFE)


A1.  Explain in words how organisms, species, populations, and communities work together

A2.  Describe and give examples of a predator/prey relationship.

A3.  Construct a  food web with producers, consumers and decomposers


B1.  Explain how populations compete and are limited by environmental factors

B2. Contrast the types of symbiosis:
mutualism, comensalism, parasitism

C1.  Give examples of adaptations in organisms and how each helps it survive in its environment.




 
III.  INTERACTIONS IN ECOSYSTEMS (LIFE)


A1-3; B1-2; C1  - Chapter test (2TF, 23 MC, 6 Matching)
December 2011
 
Essential Questions Content Skills Assessment
*  How are nutrients cycled through ecosystems?

*  How do humans and natural evens change ecosystems?













*What are characteristics of different biomes?

* What are biotic and abiotic factors within biomes?

 
IV.  CYCLES AND CHANGES IN ECOSYSYTEMS

A.  Water Cycle
B.  Recycling/Composting
C. Natural vs human caused changes in ecosystems






V.  BIOMES

A.  Biomes - Climate, Area, Plants, Animals of each
 
IV. CYCLES AND CHANGES IN ECOSYSYTEMS



A1.  List the steps of the water cycle
B1. Explain how composting and recycling benefit the environment
C1. Determine which changes in an ecosystem are natural and which are human made. 



V. BIOMES

A1.  Identify specifics to each biome.
A2. Locate the different biomes
A3. Distinguish adaptations of biotic and abiotic factors within each biome.

 
IV. CYCLES AND CHANGES IN ECOSYSYTEMS


A1-3.  Chapter test (2 TF, 14 MC, 9 Matching; 2 short essay)






V.  BIOMES

A1-3  (Research project - group murals/presentations depicting a given ecosystem) 

A1-3.  (Chapter test - 1TF, 10 MC, 9 FB, 1 essay)
January 2012
 
Essential Questions Content Skills Assessment
*  How can we describe Earth's features?

*  What happens when Earth's plates move?

*  How do volcanoes shape the land?

*  What are earthquakes and how do they occur?

*  How do weathering and erosion shape the land?













*  What are the properties of minerals and rocks?

*  What makes up soil and how is it conserved?

*  What sources of energy are available to people?

*  How are clean air and water important to living things?
VIII. EARTH AND ITS RESOURCES

A.  Earth's Landforms
B.  Landforms
C.  Volcanoes
D. Earthquakes
E.  Shaping the Earth's Surface

















IX.  PROTECTING EARTH'S RESOURCES

A.  Minerals and Rocks
B.  Soil
C.  Fossils and Energy
D.  Air and Water
VIII. EARTH AND ITS RESOURCES  
A1. Draw and lable the layers of the earth's surface.
B1. Discuss the theory of plate tectonics and continental drift
C1.  Describe how a volcano erupts and how it builds land forms.
D1.  List the causes of earthquakes and how they are detected.
E1.  Give examples of weathering
E2.  Using a graphic organizer give the steps in the process of erosion






IX. PROTECTING EARTH'S RESOURCES

A1.  Distinguish between the properties of minerals and rocks.
B1.  Identify parts of soil
B2.  Recommend ways to conserve soil.
C1.  Choose a source of energy and recommend uses for it.
D. Illustrate ways to produce clean air and water.
VIII. EARTH AND ITS RESOURCES
AB1. Chapter test (1TF, 13 MC, 6 matching, 6FB
A1. Landform drawing (includes pictures and lables of 10 land and water forms)
C-E1.  Chapter test (4TF, 13 MC, 6 matching, 4FB, 1 list)













IX. PROTECTING EARTH'S RESOURCES
February 2012
 
Essential Questions Content Skills Assessment
*  How is motion measured?

*  How do forces affect motion?

*  How are work and energy related?

*  How do machines make our lives easier?
X.  FORCES AND ENERGY

A.  Motion
B. Forces and Motion
C.  Work and Energy
D.  Simple Machines
X. FORCES AND ENERGY  

A1.  Describe in writing the concepts of force, motion, acceleration and velocity
A2. Calculate using formulas force, acceleration and speed
 B1. Explain and give examples of Newton's 3 Laws of Motion
B2. Give real life examples of how friction affects motion.
C1. By building a model, investigate the relationship between potential and kenetic energy.
D1.  Identify which simple machine makes which tasks easier.
X. FORCES AND ENERGY
1A-B. Perform calculations of acceleration and velocity on moving objects.
2A-B.  Chapter test (6TF, 11 MC, 7 FB)
1C.  Construct a roller coaster model that shows the relationship between potential and kenetic energy.
1D.  Chapter test (
March 2012
 
Essential Questions Content Skills Assessment
*  What factors in the atmosphere affect weather?

*  How do air masses, fronts, and water vapor affect weather?

*  What causes severe weather?

*  What factors determine an area's climate?
XI.  WEATHER PATTERNS AND CLIMATE   
A.  Air masses and fronts
B.  Severe storms
C.  Climate 
XI.  WEATHER PATTERNS AND CLIMATE 
A1.  Explore how weather can differ in different parts of the country
A2.  Describe in writing how cold and warm fronts affect the weather.
B1.  Explain verbally where most tornados happen.
B2. Compare and contrast different types of storms
B3.  Explain the purpose of dopplar radar
C1.  Explore by reading maps how temp and precipitation differ from place to place
C2.  Identify factors that determine climate
C3.  Identify how climate affects health and food production
I.  WEATHER PATTERNS AND CLIMATE

A-C.  Chapter test (10 matching, 5 MC, 3 map, 1 essay)
April 2012
 
Essential Questions Content Skills Assessment
*  How can properties of matter be meausured?

*  What are building blocks of matter?

*  What are properties of metals, metaloids, and nonmetals?














*  How does matter change when energy is added or removed?

*  How are mixtures formed and separated?

*  What are properties of acids and bases?
XII.  COMAPRING KINDS OF OF MATTER
A.  Physical properties
B.  Elements and compounds
C.  Solids, liquids, and gases
















XIII. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL CHANGES 

A. Mixtures and solutions
B. Chemical Reactions
C. Acids and Bases
XII. COMPARING KINDS OF MATTER
A1.  Compare objects using properties of matter
A2.  Classify matter based on properties
A3.  List the parts of an atom
B1.  Understand that matter can be made of more up of elements and compounds
B2.  Understand the basic parts of the periodic table of elements
C1.  Explain the different states of matter
C2.  Understand how matter contracts and expands



XIII. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL CHANGES

A1. Explore how to separate mixtures
A2. Give examples of solutions, mixtures and colloids
B1. Recognize signs of chemical change
C1. Investigate acid and base indicators
C2. List examples of acids and bases
C3. Understand acidity, alkalinity, and pH
II. COMPARING KINDS OF MATTER
A-C.  Chapter test (8 matching, 5 MC, 1 graph, 2 list, 1 essay)
A-C. Use lincs strategy to understand vocabulary
















XIII. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL CHANGES
A-C. Chapter test (10 matching, 5 MC, 14 MC with partners/open book)
May 2012
 
Essential Questions Content Skills Assessment
*  What are properties of sound?

*  How does light travel?

*  What is electicity and how do we use it?

*  How do magnets work?
XIV.  USING ENERGY (PHYSICAL)
A.  Sound
B.  Light
C.  Electricity
D.  Magnetism












 
XIV. USING ENERGY (PHYSICAL)

A1.  Examine how sound is produced.
B1.  Contrast how light bounces and bends.
C1.  Create a closed circuit that produces electicity
D1.  Describe the concept of magnetism
XIV. USING ENERGY (PHYSICAL)
A-D. Informal assessment/labs