M/J Life Science
M/J Life Science is a course that takes a focused approach to expose students to the building blocks of life and the processes that sustain life on Earth. Each grade begins with a focus on basic scientific inquiry skills to introduce how scientists perform investigations.
The curriculum for this course builds the student's knowledge in Life Sciences starting from the sixth grade to the eighth grade. The course will use the student's curiosity to understand life forms and how energy is passed from organism to organism. The student will also show ways that humans have impacted the Earth and how to lessen that impact. The units will cover interactions between living organisms from the microscopic level to the whole Earth and the atmosphere beyond.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:
- Identify how scientific investigations are done and how that varies in different fields.
- Explain the steps of the scientific method.
- Compare and contrast scientific theory and law.
- Understand the roles of models and how we use them to enhance scientific knowledge.
- Understand basic cell structure and how the parts work together for the cell to function.
- Explain the hierarchy of life from cells to organs to organisms to ecosystems.
- Demonstrate how life on earth has changed over time through evolution by natural selection.
- Compare and contrast sexual and asexual reproduction.
- Identify symbiotic relationships between organisms.
- Describe how organisms obtain energy.
- Distinguish between photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
- Understand that matter and energy is not lost or gained in a reaction.