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  • Course Code
    SC.MSC00017/MSC00018
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Life Science is a study of how organisms live, grow, and respond to their environment. Students will be able to explain how organisms interact with other organisms in their physical environment to obtain matter and energy.
     Students will learn to construct scientific explanations about the role of photosynthesis in the transfer of energy and cycling of matter, and how these processes relate to growth and survival of organisms as well as their interactions with other living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem. Students will also use engineering practices and models to begin to develop an understanding of inheritance and variation of traits. They will also formulate answers as to how genetic variation among organisms in a species affects survival/reproduction and how environmental factors can influence genetic traits over time.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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6CHLS01Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
Students will formulate an answer to the question "How do organisms interact with other organisms in the physical environment to obtain matter and energy?”  Students will construct explanations for the interactions in ecosystems and the scientific, economic, political, and social justifications used in making decisions about maintaining biodiversity in ecosystems.  Students will use models, construct evidence-based explanations, and use argumentation from evidence.
6CHLS02Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
Students will use the practice of modeling to develop a deeper understanding of energy transfer and how matter cycles through an ecosystem.  Students will use modeling to explain how organisms obtain and use matter and energy.  Students will construct scientific explanations about the role of photosynthesis in the transfer of energy and cycling of matter and how these processes relate to growth and survival of organisms as well as their interactions with other living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem.
6CHLS03Structure, Function and Information Processing
Students will formulate an answer to the question, "How do the structures of organisms contribute to life’s functions?"  Students will plan and carry out investigations to develop evidence that living organisms are made of cells and to determine the relationship of organisms to the environment. Students will use an understanding of the cell theory to develop physical and conceptual models of cells. They will construct explanations for the interactions of systems in unicellular and multicellular  organisms and for how organisms gather and use information from the environment. By the end of their studies, students will understand that all organisms are unicellular or multicellular, and that special structures are responsible for particular life processes in cells and organisms, and that organisms are comprised of interdependent systems.
6CHLS04Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms
By engaging in the science and engineering practices, students will explore how select structures, functions, and behaviors of organisms change in predictable ways as they progress from birth to old age in order to explain development.  They will obtain and evaluate information from their own investigations and other sources to construct explanations for how genetic and environmental factors could potentially affect growth and development.  They will use models and investigations to explore various adaptations and to explain their impact on reproductive success.  They will begin to develop an understanding of inheritance and variation of traits.
6CHLS05Natural Selection and Adaptations
Students will formulate answers to the questions: "How does genetic variation among organisms in a species affect survival and reproduction? How does the environment influence genetic traits in populations over multiple generations?"  Students will analyze data from the fossil record to describe evidence of the history of life on Earth and can construct explanations for similarities in organisms. They will begin to understand the role of variation in natural selection and how this leads to speciation. They will use the practices of analyzing graphical displays; using mathematical models; and gathering, reading, and communicating information.