Course

Middle School Comprehensive Science I

Pre-Requisites: None
Credits: 1.0
Estimated Completion Time: 28 - 32 weeks


Description

Middle School Comprehensive Science I is the first in a series of three consecutive science classes. It introduces middle school students to the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth-space science. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. The lessons make real-world connections and require students to apply STEM skills like analysis, problem solving, science knowledge, and engineering practices. Hands-on and laboratory investigations are included throughout the course to provide students opportunities for exploration through scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, and experimental procedures. By the end of the course, students will be practicing, experimenting, thinking, and talking like a scientist!

Major Topics and Concepts

SEGMENT 1


Module 01—Force and Energy

  • Gravitational Law
  • Types of Forces
  • Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
  • Speed and Motion
  • Graphing Speed
  • Energy Transfer


Module 02—The Earth

  • Landforms
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Shaping the Surface
  • Spheres of Earth
  • Heat Transfer
  • Advanced Heat Transfer Through Earth


Module 03—The Atmosphere

  • Energy and Temperature
  • Weather and Climate
  • Global Weather Patterns
  • The Water Cycle and Its Effects
  • The Atmosphere and You
  • Advanced Predicting Severe Weather


SEGMENT 2


Module 04—Cells and Life

  • Organization of Organisms
  • Cells and the Structure of Life
  • Cell Structure and Functions
  • Advanced Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes


Module 05—Classifying Life

  • Maintaining Balance
  • Advanced Cell Cycle and Mitosis
  • Classification
  • Keys and Kingdoms


Module 06—Body Systems

  • Nervous and Musculoskeletal
  • Endocrine and Reproductive
  • Digestive and Excretory
  • Respiratory and Circulatory
  • Infections and Health

Grading Policy

To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions.

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