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    LIFE SCIENCE CURRICULUM

    Unit 1: Introduction to Life Science
    • Writing a Hypothesis/Scientific Method
    • The Language of Science/Prefixes and Suffixes in science
    • Tools of a Life Scientist
    • The Microscope
    • Graphing           
     microscope
    Unit 2: What is Life? 
    • Geological Time Scale
    • Characteristics of Living Things
    • Needs of all Living Things
    • Chemistry of Life
     
    Unit 3: Cells, Tissues, Organs & Organ Systems
    • Prokaryotic vs Eukaryotic Cells
    • Animal & Plant cells
    • Division of Labor in cells and cell organelles
    • Diffusion
    • Mitosis: cell reproduction
     
    Unit 4: Classification of Living Things:
    • Taxonomists
    • 7 Taxa (classification groups)
    • 6 kingdoms
    • Reading and Making dichotomous keys
     
    Unit 5: What causes Disease?
    • Viruses & Bacteria Structure, Function and diseases caused by
    • Protists: Amoeba, Euglena, Paramecium
    • Fungi: Mushroom, Yeasts, and Molds
    • Diagraming of specimens and Microscope Analysis

    Unit 6: Vascular Plants:

    • Structure & Function of a Leaf, Root, and Stem
    • Angiosperms & Gymnosperms, seed germination
    • Parts of a Flower, dissection, stamen vs. pistil, Parts of a fruit
     
    Unit 7: What are Biomes?:
    • Animal Phyla & differentiation