Unit of Study


Students will be able to:


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Survivor- Life Science
  • Develop an understanding of how plants and animals use internal and external adaptations to aid in survival, growth, behavior and reproduction.  Explore sense receptors role in helping animals detect specific types of information in the environment and classifying learned behaviors versus instinctual behaviors.
  • Define how senses and memories impact organisms' responses to the environment.
  • Synthesize information gathered throughout the unit, generating solutions for eliminating invasive species and promoting species survival through real-world scenarios and an interactive design challenge.
Earth and Space Systems


  • Identify patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows.
  • Investigate the actions of objects and planetary bodies in relationship to the Earth to analyze how gravity impacts objects close to the Earth. 
  • Explore the effects of earth's gravity by creating a model of a thrill ride to demonstrate how gravity impacts motion.
  • Observe patterns of constellations to explain the movement of the Earth around the Sun.
  • Observe the day/night cycle and shadow patterns to deduce the rotation of the Earth around its axis and revolution of Earth around the sun. 
  • Investigate the apparent brightness of stars to relate to the distance to discover the relationship between the distance of a star and the star’s apparent brightness.
  • Recognize and describe the orbit and patterns of the moon by analyzing shadows and creating models of the moon and earth to discover why the moon's apparent shape and position change.
Earth Systems


  • Explain the four major earth systems designing and creating a terrarium in order to define biosphere, geosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere.
  • Identify how the four major earth systems interact by observing interactions in hands-on investigations in order to explain how the systems interact and the result of those interactions.
  • Gather information about Earth’s landscape by analyzing fossils to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. 
  • Describe the amounts of salt and fresh water in various reservoirs by analyzing information from hands-on activities in order to provide evidence about the distribution of water on earth.  
  • Design a water filtration system to clean dirty water in order to model a system that can protect Earth's freshwater.
  • Describe the impact of human activity on the Earth’s systems by observing the impact of the biosphere/human activity.