3.1: Biological Sciences

3.1.7.A1: Common Characteristics of Life

3.1.7.A1.1: Describe the similarities and differences of physical characteristics in diverse organisms.

 Dichotomous Keys

3.1.7.A4: Cell Cycles

3.1.7.A4.1: Explain how cells arise from pre-existing cells.

 Cell Division

3.1.7.A5: Form and Function

3.1.7.A5.1: Explain how the cell is the basic structural and functional unit of living things.

 Cell Structure

3.1.7.A6: Organization

3.1.7.A6.1: Identify the levels of organization from cell to organism.

 Circulatory System

3.1.7.A8: Unifying Themes

3.1.7.A8.1: Apply the appropriate models to show interactions among organisms in an environment.

 Food Chain

3.1.7.B1: Heredity

3.1.7.B1.1: Explain how genetic instructions influence inherited traits.

 DNA Fingerprint Analysis
 Mouse Genetics (One Trait)
 Mouse Genetics (Two Traits)

3.1.7.B1.2: Identify Mendelian patterns of inheritance.

 Mouse Genetics (One Trait)
 Mouse Genetics (Two Traits)

3.1.7.B4: Biotechnology

3.1.7.B4.1: Describe how selective breeding and biotechnology can alter the genetic composition of organisms.

 Evolution: Natural and Artificial Selection

3.1.7.C1: Natural Selection

3.1.7.C1.1: Describe how natural selection is an underlying factor in a population’s ability to adapt to changes.

 Natural Selection
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks

3.1.7.C3: Unifying Themes

3.1.7.C3.1: Identify evidence drawn from geology, fossils, and comparative anatomy that provides the basis for the theory of evolution.

 Human Evolution - Skull Analysis

3.2: Physical Sciences: Chemistry and Physics

3.2.7.A1: Properties of Matter

3.2.7.A1.1: Differentiate between elements, compounds, and mixtures.

 Element Builder

3.2.7.A1.2: Identify groups of elements that have similar properties.

 Element Builder

3.2.7.A1.3: Explain how materials are characterized by having a specific amount of mass in each unit of volume (density).

 Density Experiment: Slice and Dice
 Density Laboratory

3.2.7.A2: Structure of Matter

3.2.7.A2.1: Identify atoms as the basic building blocks of matter and that elements are composed of one type of atom.

 Element Builder

3.2.7.A3: Matter & Energy

3.2.7.A3.1: Explain how energy transfer can affect the chemical and physical properties of matter.

 Heat Absorption

3.2.7.A4: Reactions

3.2.7.A4.1: Describe how reactants change into products in simple chemical reactions.

 Chemical Equations

3.2.7.B2: Energy Storage and Transformations: Conservation Laws

3.2.7.B2.1: Describe how energy can be changed from one form to another (transformed) as it moves through a system or transferred from one system to another system.

 2D Collisions
 Air Track
 Energy Conversion in a System
 Heat Absorption
 Inclined Plane - Sliding Objects
 Sled Wars

3.2.7.B3: Heat/Heat Transfer

3.2.7.B3.1: Differentiate among convection, conduction, and radiation.

 Conduction and Convection
 Heat Absorption
 Heat Transfer by Conduction
 Herschel Experiment

3.2.7.B3.2: Explain why heat energy consists of the random motion and vibrations of the particles of matter.

 Temperature and Particle Motion

3.2.7.B5: Nature of Waves (Sound and Light Energy)

3.2.7.B5.1: Demonstrate that visible light is a mixture of many different colors.

 Additive Colors
 Herschel Experiment

3.2.7.B5.2: Explain the construct of the electromagnetic spectrum.

 Herschel Experiment

3.2.7.B5.3: Describe how sound and light energy are transmitted by waves.

 Herschel Experiment
 Longitudinal Waves

3.2.7.B6: Unifying Themes

3.2.7.B6.1: Demonstrate that heat is often produced as energy is transformed through a system.

 Energy Conversion in a System
 Inclined Plane - Sliding Objects

3.2.7.B6.2: Demonstrate how the transfer of heat energy causes temperature changes.

 Conduction and Convection
 Heat Absorption
 Heat Transfer by Conduction

3.3: Earth and Space Sciences

3.3.7.A1: Earth Features and the Processes that Change It

3.3.7.A1.1: Define basic features of the rock cycle.

 Rock Cycle

3.3.7.A1.3: Differentiate among the mechanisms by which heat is transferred through the Earth’s system.

 Water Cycle

3.3.7.A3: Earth’s History

3.3.7.A3.1: Explain and give examples of how physical evidence, such as fossils and surface features of glaciation support theories that the Earth has evolved over geologic time.

 Human Evolution - Skull Analysis

3.3.7.A4: Water

3.3.7.A4.1: Differentiate among Earth’s water systems.

 Pond Ecosystem

3.3.7.A4.2: Describe the motions of tides and identify their causes.


3.3.7.A5: Weather and Climate

3.3.7.A5.1: Describe basic elements of meteorology.

 Hurricane Motion

3.3.7.A5.2: Explain the relationship between the energy provided by the sun and the temperature differences among water, land and atmosphere.

 Pond Ecosystem

3.3.7.A6: Unifying Themes

3.3.7.A6.1: Locate significant geologic structures using various mapping representations.

 Building Topographic Maps
 Plate Tectonics
 Reading Topographic Maps

3.3.7.A6.2: Describe changes in atmospheric conditions associated with various weather patterns.

 Hurricane Motion
 Weather Maps

3.3.7.B1: Composition and Structure

3.3.7.B1.1: Explain how gravity is the major force in the formation of the planets, stars, and the solar system.

 Gravity Pitch

3.3.7.B1.2: Describe gravity as a major force in determining the motions of planets, stars, and the solar system.

 Gravity Pitch

3.3.7.B2: Unifying Themes

3.3.7.B2.2: Describe repeating patterns in the Sun- Earth-Moon system and the positions of stars.

 2D Eclipse
 3D Eclipse
 Comparing Earth and Venus
 Moonrise, Moonset, and Phases
 Phases of the Moon
 Seasons: Earth, Moon, and Sun

3.3.7.B2.3: Relate planetary size and distance in our solar system using an appropriate scale model.

 Solar System Explorer

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