Course

Middle School Comprehensive Science II

Pre-Requisites: Middle School Comprehensive Science I recommended
Credits: 1.0
Estimated Completion Time: 28-32 weeks


Description

Middle School Comprehensive Science II is a comprehensive science including the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth space science in addition to, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts. The course is designed for middle school students. The lessons provide real world connections through the application of STEM problem solving, science knowledge and engineering practices. Laboratory investigations are included throughout the course and provide students opportunities for exploration through scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, and experimental procedures.

Major Topics and Concepts

SEGMENT 1

Module 01—Matter and Energy

  • Balance Within Ecosystems
  • Food Chains and Food Webs
  • Classification
  • Energy Forms and Energy Transfer
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Advanced Thermal Energy
  • Scientific Models


Module 02—Interdependence of Life

  • Biological Interactions
  • Limiting Factors
  • Theories and Laws
  • Evolution-—Natural Selection
  • Advanced Natural Selection— Inherited Variation, Competition, Differential Reproductive Success



Module 03—The Earth

  • Geologic Age
  • Relative Dating and Radioactive Dating
  • Layers of the Earth
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Advanced Tectonic Plate Interactions


SEGMENT 2

Module 04—Patterns of Change

  • Rock Types
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Advanced Landforms
  • Convection Currents
  • Geologic Events
  • Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
  • Human Impact on Earth, Air Quality, and Water Quality


Module 05—Energy Resources

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Properties of Light
  • Phases of Matter
  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental Adaptations


Module 06—Heredity and Genetics

  • Biotechnology
  • Heredity
  • Punnett Square
  • Pedigree Chart
  • Mitosis and Meiosis

Grading Policy

Students complete either an auto-graded or teacher-graded assessment for each lesson. There are also pretests and module exams for each module and segment level exams.

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