Biodiversity

 

Scope & Sequence

Semester 1

  • Ecology 
  • Soils 
  • Agriculture 
  • Introduction to Chemistry  

 

Semester 2  

  • Chemistry of Life 
  • Evolution 
  • Genetics 

 

Essential Learnings 

Semester 1 

 

  • Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem.  
  • Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity.* 
  • Earth Materials and Systems 
  • Natural Resources 
  • Growth and Development of Organisms 
  • Human Impacts on Earth Systems 
  • Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms. 
  • Structure and Properties of Matter 
  • Chemical Reactions 

 


Semester 2

  • The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes 
  • Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.  
  • Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.  
  • Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation. (Cause and Effect) 
  • Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment. (Patterns, Cause and Effect)