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|5th and 6th Grade Units (Easily adapted to a 7th grade curriculum)
Ecology and the Environment: Trophic Feeding Levels Unit
-Areas of Focus: What is Ecology, Concepts in Ecology, Concept-There is no such thing as a free lunch,
Energy Comes From the Sun, Food Chains, Trophic Feeding Levels, Producers, Consumers, Decomposers,
Aquatic Food Chains, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, Bioaccumulation, Biomagnification,Animal Dentition,
Carnivores, Herbivores, Pyramid of Biomass, Pyramid of Numbers.
Ecology and the Environment: Interactions Unit
-Areas of Focus within The Ecology Interactions Unit: Levels of Biological Organization (Ecology), Parts of the
Biosphere, Habitat, Ecological Niche, Types of Competition, Competitive Exclusion Theory, Animal
Interactions, Food Webs, Predator Prey Relationships, Camouflage, Population Sampling, Abundance,
Relative Abundance, Diversity, Mimicry, Batesian Mimicry, Mullerian Mimicry, Symbiosis, Parasitism,
Mutualism, Commensalism, Plant and Animal Interactions, Coevolution, Animal Strategies to Eat Plants, Plant
Defense Mechanisms, Exotic Species, Impacts of Invasive Exotic Species.
Ecology and the Environment: Abiotic Factors Unit
- Areas of Focus within The Ecology: Abiotic Factors Unit: Abiotic Factors, Biotic Factors, The Big 7 Abiotic
Factors, Organisms Range of Tolerance, Light, How light affects Organisms, Photosynthesis, Factors in the
Environment that Affect the Amount of Light, How Organisms Movements are affected by light,
Bioluminescence, How temperature affects organisms, Thermoregulation, Physiological Regulation,
Behavioral Regulation, Adaptation, Hypothermia, Hyperthermia, Warm-Bloodedness (Endothermy),
Cold-Bloodedness, Hibernation / Torpor, Advantages of Warm-Bloodedness, Disadvantages of
Warm-Bloodedness, Advantages of Cold-Bloodedness, Disadvantages of Cold-Bloodedness, Water, Water
Requirements and Plants, Adaptations of Plants and Water, Adaptations of Animals and Water, Wind,
Positives and Negatives of Wind to Organisms, How animals use Wind, How Plants use Wind, Wind
Dispersal, Water Dispersal, Animal Seed Dispersal, Fire Ecology, Fire Dependence, Biogeochemical
Cycles, Hydrologic Cycle, Carbon Cycle, Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Oxygen-Carbon Dioxide
Balance, Nitrogen Cycle, Phosphorus Cycle, Importance of Phosphorus, Nutrients and Aquatic Systems,
Eutrophification, Biomes, Types of Biomes, Factors that Control Biomes, and More.
The Botany Unit
-Areas of Focus: Cool Facts about Plants, Plant Evolution, Importance of Algae, Lichens, The Three Types of
Lichens, Non-Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, Seedless Vascular Plants (Ferns), Seeds, Seed Dormancy,
Factors that Break Seed Dormancy, Germination, Parts of a Young Plant, Monocots and Dicots, Roots and
Water, Types of Roots, Water Uptake and Photosynthesis, Plant Hormones, Types of Plant Tissues, Xylem
and Phloem, Woody Plants, Leaves, Light and Plants, Transpiration, Guard Cells, Leaf Identification, Plant Life
Cycles, Seed Plant Life Cycles, Parts of a Flower, Matured Ovaries (Fruits), Types of Fruit.
|6th or 7th grade Units (Easily adapted to a 8th grade curriculum)
Water Molecule Unit
-Areas of Focus:-Locations of Water on the Planet, Importance of Water, Groundwater, Groundwater Pollution,
The Water Molecule, Properties of Water, Polarity, Cohesion, Adhesion, Capillary Action, High Specific Heat,
Water has a Neutral pH, Lower Density of Ice. Water is the Universal Solvent, Mixtures.
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit
-Areas of Focus: Watersheds, Rivers of the United States, Sections of a River, Parts of River (Vocabulary),
Stream Order, Erosion and Deposition, Water Quality, Chemical Properties of Water, Bio-Indicators of Water
Quality (EPT richness), Physical Properties of Water Quality, Rivers and Flooding, Factors that Control
Flooding, Types of Flooding,Tsunami’s, Wetlands, Flood Prevention, Levees, Dams and Ecosystem,
Importance of Dams, Impacts of Dams,Hydropower, Parts of Dam, Salmon (Life Cycle), Systems of Help
Salmon, Fish (General), Layering in a Lake, Lake Turnover, Nutrients and Lakes. -Water Quality Assessment
Astronomy and Earth System History Unit
-Areas of Focus: Earth System History and Time, Principle of Superposition, Timeline of Earth, History and
Events, Astronomy, The Solar System and the Sun, Order of the Planets, Our Sun, Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse,
The Inner Planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Moon, Craters, Tides, Phases of the Moon, Mars and Moons,
Rocketry, Asteroid Belt, NEO’s, The Torino Scale, The Outer Planets and Gas Giants, Jupiter / Moons, Saturn /
Moons, Uranus / Moons, Neptune / Moons, The Kuiper Belt, Oort Cloud, Comets / Other, Beyond the Solar
System, Blackholes, Exoplanets, The Big Bang, The Special Theory of Relativity, Hubble Space Telescope,
Geology Topics Unit
-Areas of Focus: Plate Tectonics, Evidence for Plate Tectonics, Pangea, Energy Waves, Layers of the Earth,
Heat Transfer, Types of Crust, Plate Boundaries, Hot Spots, Volcanoes, Positives and Negatives of Volcanoes,
Types of Volcanoes, Parts of a Volcano, Magma, Types of Lava, Viscosity, Earthquakes, Faults, Folds,
Seismograph, Richter Scale, Seismograph, Tsunami’s, Rocks, Minerals, Crystals, Uses of Minerals, Types of
Crystals, Physical Properties of Minerals, Rock Cycle, Common Igneous Rocks, Common Sedimentary Rocks,
Common Metamorphic Rocks, Earth System History, Time-line of events.
Weather and Climate Unit
-Areas of Focus: What is weather?, Climate, Importance of the Atmosphere, Components of the Atmosphere,
Layers of the Atmosphere, Air Quality and Pollution, Carbon Monoxide, Ozone Layer, Ways to Avoid Skin
Cancer, Air Pressure, Barometer, Air Pressure and Wind, Fronts, Wind, Global Wind, Coriolis Force, Jet
Stream, Sea Breeze / Land Breeze, Mountain Winds, Mountain Rain Shadow, Wind Chill, Flight, Dangerous
Weather Systems, Light, Albedo, Temperature, Thermometers, Seasons, Humidity / Condensation /
Evaporation, Dew Points, Clouds, Types of Clouds, Meteorology, Weather Tools, Isotherms, Ocean Currents,
Enhanced Global Warming, Greenhouse Effect, The Effects of Global Warming, Biomes, Types of Biomes.
Science Skills Unit
-Areas of Focus: Lab Safety, Lab Safety Equipment, Magnification, Microscopes, Stereoscopes, Hand
Lenses, Electron Microscopes, Compound Light Microscopes, Parts of a Compound Microscope, Metric
System, International System of Units, Scientific Notation, Base Units, Mass, Volume, Density, Temperature,
Time, Other SI Units, Observation, Inferences, Scientific Method, What is Science? What makes a good
scientist? Types of Scientists, Branches of Science, Scientific Method, Hypothesis, Observations, Inferences.
The Soil Science and Ice Ages Unit
-Areas of Focus: Importance of Soil, Weathering, Mechanical Weathering, Chemical Weathering, Surface Area
and Weathering, Mass Movement of Earthen Materials, Soil, Soil Color, Particle Size, Soil Porosity and
Permeability, Soil Horizons, Soil Conservation, The Dust Bowl, Erosion, Deposition, Soil Conservation
Measures, Glaciers, Types of Glaciers, Ice Ages, Paleoecology, Glacial Landforms.
Change Topics Unit – Evolution, Natural Selection, Origins, Ecological Succession
Areas of Focus within the Change Topics Unit: Evolution History,Scopes Monkey Trials, Darwin, Evolution,
Evidences of Evolution, Four Parts to Darwin’s Theory, Natural Selection, The Mechanisms for Natural
Selection, Divergent Evolution, Convergent Evolution, Diversity of Life Photo Tour, rWhat does it mean to be
living?, Characteristics of Living Things, Origins of Life (Other Theories), Origins of Life (Science Theory),
Needs of Living Things, Origins of the Universe (Timeline), Miller-Urey Experiment, Amino Acids, How Water
Aided in the Origin of Life, Human Evolution, Hominid Features, Evidences of Human Evolution, Hominid Skulls
Ecological Succession, Primary Succession, Secondary Succession, Plant Succession, Animal Succession,
Stages of Ecological Succession, Events that Restart Succession.
|8th grade Units (Easily adapted to a 9th or 10th Grade Science Curriculum)
Laws of Motion and Machines Unit
-Areas of Focus: Newton’s First Law, Inertia, Friction, Four Types of Friction, Negatives and Positives of
Friction, Newton's Second Law, ,Newton’s Third Law, Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, Mechanical Energy,
Forms of Potential to Kinetic Energy, Speed, Velocity, Acceleration, Deceleration, Momentum, Work,
Machines (Joules), Catapults, Trajectory, Force, Simple Machines, Pulley / (MA Mechanical Advantage), Lever
/ (MA), Wedge / (MA), Wheel and Axle (MA), Inclined Plane / (MA), Screw / (MA). Mouse Trap Cars and more.
Matter, Energy and the Environment Unit
-Areas of Focus: Concept “There is no such thing as a free lunch” Matter, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Elements
and Compounds, States of Matter, Solids, Liquids, Gases, Plasma, Law Conservation of Matter, Physical
Change, Chemical Change, Gas Laws, Charles Law, Avogadro’s Law, Ideal Gas Law, Pascal’s Law,
Archimedes Principle, Buoyancy, Seven Forms of Energy, Nuclear Energy, Electromagnet Spectrum, Waves /
Wavelengths, Light (Visible Light), Refraction, Diffraction, Lens, Convex / Concave, Radiation, Electricity,
Lightning, Static Electricity, Magnetism, Coulomb’s Law, Conductors, Insulators, Semi-conductors, AC and DC
current, Amps, Watts, Resistance, Magnetism, Faraday’s Law, Compass, Relativity, Einstein, and E=MC2,
Energy, First Law of Thermodynamics, Second Law of Thermodynamics, Third Law of Thermodynamics,
Industrial Processes, Environmental Studies, The 4 R’s, Sustainability, Human Population Growth, Carrying
Capacity, Green Design, Renewable Forms of Energy, and much more.
Atoms and the Periodic Table Unit
-Areas of Focus: Atoms (Atomic Force Microscopes), Rutherford’s Gold Foil Experiment, Cathode Tube,
Atoms, Fundamental Particles, The Nucleus, Isotopes, AMU, Size of Atoms and Particles, Quarks, Recipe of
the Universe, Atomic Theory, Atomic Symbols, #’;s, Valence Electrons, Octet Rule, SPONCH Atoms,
Molecules, Hydrocarbons (Structure), Alcohols (Structure), Proteins (Structure), Atomic Bonds, Ionic Bonds,
Covalent Bonds, Metallic Bonds, Ionization, Balancing Chemcial Equations, Endo and Exothermic Reactions,
Periodic Table of the Elements, Organization of Periodic Table, Transition Metals, Electron Negativity, Non-
Metals, Metals, Metalloids, and much more.
Cellular Biology Unit
-Areas of Focus: Characteristics of Living Things, What is SPONCH?, SPONCH / Biologically Important
Molecules, % of SPONCH in Living Things, Organic Building Blocks, Cellular Biology, History of Cellular
Biology, Modern Cell Theory, Types of Cells, Prokaryotic Cells, Eukaryotic Cells, Cellular Organelles, Cell Wall,
Plasma Membrane, Passive Transport, Diffusion, Osmosis, Active Transport, The Nucleus, Chromatin /
Chromosomes, Nucleolus, Nuclear Membrane, Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum, Smooth Endoplasmic
Reticulum, Ribosomes, Protein Synthesis, Golgi Apparatus, Lysosomes, Cytoskeleton / Microtubules /
Microfilaments, Centrioles, Plastid, Mitochondria, Vacuoles, Organelles by real images.
Infectious Diseases Unit
-Areas of Focus: Infectious Diseases through History, Viruses, Size of Viruses, Computer Viruses, Viral
Reproduction, Are Viruses Living?, Types of Viruses, Lytic Viruses, Lysogenic Viruses, Prokaryotic Cells,
Types of Eubacteria, Bacteria Classification, Gram Staining, Bacterial Food Borne Illnesses, Penicillin and
Antiseptic, Oral Hygiene and Plaque, Bacterial Reproduction (Binary Fission), Asexual Reproduction,
Positives and Negatives of Bacteria, Immune System, Disease are Spread by.., Treatment for Viruses, Virus
Prevention, Parasites, Types of Parasites, HIV, HIV Prevention, AIDS, and STD's,
DNA and Genetics Unit
-Areas of Focus within The DNA and Genetics Unit: DNA, DNA Extraction, Structure of DNA, Discovery of the
Double Helix, Rosalind Franklin, Nucleotides, RNA, Cell Division, Mitosis, Phases of Mitosis, Chromosomes,
Cancer, Ways to Avoid Cancer, What's Inside a Cigarette?, Facts about Smoking?, Anti-Smoking Ads,
Meiosis, Phases in Meiosis, Mendelian Genetics, Gregor Mendel, Punnett Squares, Probability, Dihybrid
Crosses, Codominance, Bio-Ethics, Stem Cell Debate, Cloning Debate and much more.
Taxonomy and Classification Unit
-Areas of Focus: Taxonomy, Classification, Need for Taxonomy vs. Common Names, What is a Species?,
Dichotomous Keys, What does Classification Use?, The Domains of Life, Kingdoms of Life, The 8 Taxonomic
Ranks, Humans Taxonomic Classification, Kingdom Monera, Prokaryotic Cells, Types of Eubacteria, Bacteria
Classification, Gram Staining, Bacterial Food Borne Illnesses, Penicillin and Antiseptic, Oral Hygiene and
Plaque, Bacterial Reproduction (Binary Fission), Asexual Reproduction, Positives and Negatives of Bacteria,
Protista, Plant-like Protists, Animal-like Protists, Fungi-like Protists, Animalia, Characteristics of Animalia,
Animal Symmetry, Phylums of Animalia (Extensive), Classes of Chordata, Mammals, Subclasses of Mammals,
Characteristics of Mammals, Fungi, Positives and Negatives of Fungi, Divisions of Fungi (Extensive), Parts of
a Mushroom, 3 Roles of Fungi, Fungi Reproduction, Mold Prevention, Plant Divisions and much more.
Human Body Systems and Health Topics Unit
Areas of focus: Form Follows Function concept spread throughout. Levels of biological organization, cell
basics, cells of the body, tissues, organs, organ systems, homeostasis, functions of the skeletal system,
categories of bones, marrow, bones of the human body, bone disease, types of joints, muscular system,
connective tissues, ligaments, tendons, muscles and energy use, types of muscle tissue, muscle fibers and
movement, common muscles, biological molecules and important nutrients to the body (extensive), learning the
contents of junk food, calories, obesity, fast food, eating disorders, anabolic steroids, digestive system,
mechanical and chemical digestion, taste, enzymes, swallowing reflex, esophagus and peristalsis, organs of
the GI Tract, focus on chemical digestion, duodenum,stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, small intestine, villi
and surface area, large intestine, appendix, rectum, cardiovascular system, cellular respiration, functions of the
circulatory system, movement of blood, focus on the heart, blood vessels, cardiovascular disease, contents of
blood, blood types, functions of the respiratory system, the nose, epiglottis, larynx and vocal cords, trachea,
bronchus, lungs, alveoli, diaphragm, lung capacity, dangers of smoking, cancer, how to avoid cancer, skin
cancer, what's inside a cigarette, smoking and advertising, excretory system, kidneys, urine, inside the
nephron, ureters, bladder, urethra, kidney's role in detoxifying, cirrhosis of the liver, integumentary system
(skin), functions of the skin, anatomy of skin, fingerprints, nervous system, stimulus, anatomy of a neuron, types
of neurons, voluntary and involuntary functions, central and peripheral nervous systems, regions of the brain and
roles, right brain vs. left brain, spinal cord injuries, anatomy of the eye and sight, lenses, rods and cones, night
vision, anatomy of the nose and smell, dangers of inhalants, anatomy of the ear and hearing, noise induced
hearing loss, sense of touch, the adolescent brain -whoa!, lobes of the brain, endocrine system, glands,
hormones, activities in your body, endocrine system vs. nervous system, exocrine glands, puberty, body
stability, parenting, male and female reproductive systems, sex cells, chromosomes, fertilization, menstrual
cycle, placenta, embryo development, dangers of smoking and drinking while pregnant, immune system,
diseases, how diseases are spread, the immune response, vaccines, virus prevention, parasites, HIV, HIV
transmission, abstinence vs. prevention, AIDS, STD's, and much more.
-Note: This is a very versatile unit that has worked well in the 6th grade and High School.
Below you find the current content contained in the entire four year curriculum. Units are being updated
20 Middle-level Science Units that contain over 50,000+ well crafted PowerPoint slides full of lab activities,
important class notes, project ideas, discussion opportunities, review challenges, amazing visuals,
classroom license, and much more.
20 Bundled homework packages / assessment that chronologically follow the above PowerPoint slideshows
equaling 285+ pages. These assessments are extremely challenging but not overwhelming.
20 Answer Keys to the above assessments equaling 325+ pages. These are great for teachers, support
staff, and homeschool parents.
20 Modified homework packages / assessments that look much like the above assessment but are less
challenging (175+ pages). These are helpful for students who may require special modifications. Answer
Keys to these modified assessments are also included for support professionals.
20 Sets of unit notes that chronologically follow the PowerPoint slideshow equaling 260+ pages. These
notes are full of detailed visuals and chronologically follow the slideshow. These are great for support
professionals and for students who may require accommodations.
45+ PowerPoint Review Games. Each review game consists of 125+ slides (5700+ slides total). These are
great chances to review and get students searching through their science journal, collaborating with others,
and are always a lot of fun.
Over 400+ Video links. These video shorts usually range from 2 - 7 minutes and are always exciting. Having
a short video to help reinforce / review classroom topics is extremely helpful.
Hundreds of pages of handouts, worksheets, readings, answer keys to the readings, information sheets,
rubrics, crossword puzzles, flash cards, board games, templates, lab activities, recipes, and much more.
1 First Day PowerPoint Presentation (210 slides) and student guidebook that explains the entire four year
science curriculum and classroom expectations and coat of arms opener activity.
|The 4 Year Science Curriculum and Topics Covered in Each Unit
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|Below you will find the topics covered for each unit of study. The units are provided in
order from least to most difficult for students starting in grades 5/6 and ending in 8th.
(8th grade units can be easily adapted to a high school level) - Note: These are just
my suggestions. All units arrive in editable format and can be altered to fit any
curriculum or time requirement. Units can easily be made more or less challenging.