S7L: Life Science

S7L1: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.

S7L1.a: Develop and defend a model that categorizes organisms based on common characteristics.

 Dichotomous Keys

S7L2: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how cell structures, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems interact to maintain the basic needs of organisms.

S7L2.a: Develop a model and construct an explanation of how cell structures (specifically the nucleus, cytoplasm, cell membrane, cell wall, chloroplasts, lysosome, and mitochondria) contribute to the function of the cell as a system in obtaining nutrients in order to grow, reproduce, make needed materials, and process waste.

 Cell Energy Cycle
 Cell Structure
 RNA and Protein Synthesis

S7L2.b: Develop and use a conceptual model of how cells are organized into tissues, tissues into organs, organs into systems, and systems into organisms.

 Circulatory System
 Digestive System
 Paramecium Homeostasis

S7L2.c: Construct an argument that systems of the body (Cardiovascular, Excretory, Digestive, Respiratory, Muscular, Nervous, and Immune) interact with one another to carry out life processes.

 Circulatory System
 Digestive System

S7L3: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms reproduce either sexually or asexually and transfer genetic information to determine the traits of their offspring.

S7L3.a: Construct an explanation supported with scientific evidence of the role of genes and chromosomes in the process of inheriting a specific trait.

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

S7L4: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.

S7L4.a: Construct an explanation for the patterns of interactions observed in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of the ecosystem.

 Forest Ecosystem

S7L4.b: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and the flow of energy among biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem.

 Food Chain
 Forest Ecosystem
 Pond Ecosystem

S7L4.c: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for how resource availability, disease, climate, and human activity affect individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems.

 Coral Reefs 2 - Biotic Factors
 Disease Spread
 Natural Selection
 Pond Ecosystem
 Rabbit Population by Season
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks

S7L4.d: Ask questions to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources to differentiate between Earth’s major terrestrial biomes (i.e., tropical rain forest, savanna, temperate forest, desert, grassland, taiga, and tundra) and aquatic ecosystems (i.e., freshwater, estuaries, and marine).

 Coral Reefs 1 - Abiotic Factors
 Coral Reefs 2 - Biotic Factors
 Pond Ecosystem

S7L5: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information from multiple sources to explain the theory of evolution of living organisms through inherited characteristics.

S7L5.b: Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variation and environmental factors influence the probability of survival and reproduction of a species.

 Evolution: Mutation and Selection
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks
 Rainfall and Bird Beaks

S7L5.c: Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, and extinction of organisms and their relationships to modern organisms.

 Human Evolution - Skull Analysis

Correlation last revised: 1/19/2017

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