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  • Topic 1

    Unit 1 - The Structure of Matter

     E.Q.- What is matter?

             Lessons: What are the properties of matter?

                          What is an atom?

                          What are subatomic particles and how are they calculated?

                          What properties can be determined from the periodic table?

                          What are the various types of bonds?

                          How does bonding affect the properties of water?

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      Unit 2 - Changes in Matter?

      E.Q. - How does matter change?

                Lessons:  What is a physical property of matter?

                              What is a chemical property of matter?

                              What is a physical change of matter?

                              What is a chemical change of matter?

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        Unit 3 - Forces and Motion

        E.Q. - In what ways do forces effect motion?

                            Lessons:

                                   What is motion?

                                   What are the forces that cause motion?

                                   What is Newton's First Law of Motion?

                                   What is Newton's Second Law of Motion?

                                   What is Newton's Third Law of Motion?

                                   What are the six simple machines?   

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          Unit 4 - Energy Types and Transfer

          E.Q. - How is energy transferred and converted into different forms?

                             Lesson:    What is energy?

                                            What are the types of energy and heat transfer?

                                            What are the types of energy conversion?

                                            What is the Law of Conservation of Energy?

          • Topic 5

            Unit 5 - Earth Systems

            E.Q. - How do the types of energy impact Earth systems?

                                 Lessons:   What are the Earth systems?

                                                How does energy impact the atmosphere?

                                                How does energy impact the hydrosphere?

                                                How does energy impact the geosphere?

                                                How does energy impact the biosphere?

                                                How does energy transfer from one Earth system

                                                      to  another?

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              Unit 6 - Characteristics of Life

              E.Q. - What are the characteristics of life?

                                  Lessons: How are organisms organized?

                                               How do living organisms acquire and use energy?

                                               What is homeostasis?

                                               What are the stages of a life span?

                                               What are the types of reproduction?

                                               What is an adaptation?

                                             

              • Topic 7

                Unit 7 - Structure of Life

                E.Q. - How is matter organized to form life?

                                    Lessons:  How does water support life?

                                                  What are the structure and function of carbohydrates?

                                                  What are the structure and function of lipids?

                                                  What are the structure and function of proteins?

                                                  What are the structure and function of nucleic acids?

                • Topic 8

                  Unit 8 - Genetics

                  E.Q. - How is a Punnett square used to predict genetic outcomes?

                                      Lessons:  What is a gene?

                                                    What is a chromosome?

                                                    How are chromosomes inherited?

                                                   

                  • Topic 9

                    Unit 9 - Biological Energy Transfer

                      E.Q.- How do organisms obtain and transfer energy?

                                             Lessons:   What is the purpose of photosynthesis?

                                                            What is the purpose of cell respiration?

                                                            How is energy transferred and converted through

                                                                 an ecosystem?

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                      Unit 10 - Biomes

                      E.Q. - What are the different types of terrestrial and aquatic biomes?

                                             Lessons:  What are the different biotic and abiotic factors of

                                                                the different terrestrial biomes?

                                                           What are the different biotic and abiotic factors of

                                                                the different aquatic biomes?