Lesson Plans: April 15th – 18th

Monday – Lesson and notes on the features and naming of newly discovered organisms.  Scientists give them Latin names according to their traits, the area where they were found, or the scientist who found them. Practice questions due this Thursday.

TEKS 12.E – recognize that the broadest taxonomic classification of living organisms is divided into currently recognized domains.

Tuesday – Lesson and notes on populations.  Scientists can study a species and tell when there are a healthy number of individuals.  Many factors influence whether there are too many or too few in the species; either can have disastrous results.  Practice questions will be due this Thursday.

TEKS 12.F – diagram the levels of organization within an ecosystem, including organism, population, community, and ecosystem.

Wednesday & Thursday – Lesson and notes on pollution, the contamination of the environment with substances, noise, or light, that are harmful to living organisms. Scientists detect and monitor pollution by conducting tests and by observing impacts on organisms. Planning and preventative measures can stop pollution.

TEKS 12.E – describe biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem in which organisms interact.

Lesson Plans: April 8th – 12th

Monday – Lesson and notes on plants; organisms that can make their own food (autotrophic) through the process of photosynthesis. Practice questions will be due by Friday.

TEKS 12.D – identify the basic characteristics of organisms, including prokaryotic or eukaryotic, unicellular or multicellular, autotrophic or heterotrophic, and mode of reproduction, that further classify them in the currently recognized Kingdoms.

Tuesday & Wednesday – BBC’s Life Documentary, Episode 9: Plants.  Using time-lapse technology, this episode takes a look at how plants use ingenious solutions to counter life’s challenges.

Thursday – Lesson and notes on fungi such as mold, mushrooms, and yeast.  We will learn about their different characteristics, how they get their energy, and how they reproduce.

TEKS 12.D – identify the basic characteristics of organisms, including prokaryotic or eukaryotic, unicellular or multicellular, autotrophic or heterotrophic, and mode of reproduction, that further classify them in the currently recognized Kingdoms.

Friday – Field trip to Center for Earth & Space Science Education in Tyler, Texas.

Lesson Plans: April 1st – 5th

Monday & Tuesday – Test review over the first 4 concepts of the unit; Characteristics of Living Things, Cell Theory, Prokaryotic Cells, and Eukaryotic Cells.

WednesdayClassification of Living Things Unit Test Part 1.  This test will assess students understanding on the 7 characteristics of living things, the 3 principles of cell theory, differences between the prokaryotic cell and the eukaryotic cell, and differences between animal cells and plant cells.

Thursday – Lesson and notes over protists, a very large group of one-celled organisms that are eukaryotic, meaning they have a nucleus.

TEKS 12.D identify the basic characteristics of organisms, including prokaryotic or eukaryotic, unicellular or multicellular, autotrophic or heterotrophic, and mode of reproduction, that further classify them in the currently recognized Kingdoms

Friday – Microscopic Lab part 2…  Students will use a microscope to view different slides of bacteria to observe the characteristics of a prokaryotic cell.

TEKS 4.A use appropriate tools, including journals/notebooks, microscopes, computers, and other necessary equipment to collect, record, and analyze information

Lesson Plans: March 25th – 29th

Monday & Tuesday – Lesson and notes over the classification and features of  prokaryotic cells. Practice assessment questions will be due Friday, March 29th.

TEKS 12. B recognize that the presence of a nucleus is a key factor used to determine whether a cell is prokaryotic or eukaryotic

Wednesday & Thursday – Lesson and notes over the specialization in eukaryotic cells and the difference between plant and animal cells. Practice assessment questions will be due Friday, March 29th.

TEKS 12.D identify the basic characteristics of organisms, including prokaryotic or eukaryotic, unicellular or multicellular, autotrophic or heterotrophic, and mode of reproduction, that further classify them in the currently recognized Kingdoms

Friday – Microscopic Lab… Students will learn to use a microscope to view different slides of plant and animal cells, as well as bacteria.

TEKS 4.A use appropriate tools, including journals/notebooks, microscopes, computers, and other necessary equipment to collect, record, and analyze information

 

Lesson Plans: February 19th – 22nd

Tuesday – Non-Planetary Objects lesson/notes/practice questions.

Wednesday – Solar System Project (students will be assigned a planet, moon, or comet from our solar system to research and report on).  Bonus will be given to students who make a replica of their topic.

Thursday – Project continued.

Friday – Reports on Solar System Project.