Every science lesson should include a process skills standard AND a content standard. Additionally, investigations should be conducted to practice multiple process skills EACH nine weeks.

Process Skills Standards

The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations in which

LS.1 a) data are organized into tables showing repeated trials and means;

LS.1 b) a classification system is developed based on multiple attributes;

LS.1 c) triple beam and electronic balances, thermometers, metric rulers, graduated cylinders, and probeware are used to gather data;

LS.1 d) models and simulations are constructed and used to illustrate and explain phenomena;

LS.1 e) sources of experimental error are identified;

LS.1 f) dependent variables, independent variables, and constants are identified;

LS.1 g) variables are controlled to test hypotheses and trials are repeated;

LS.1 h) data are organized, communicated through graphical representation, interpreted, and used to make predictions;

LS.1 i) patterns are identified in data and are interpreted and evaluated; and

LS.1 j)  current applications are used to reinforce life science concepts.


Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Unit 1 – Scientific Investigation & Measurement
(13 days)
6.1 - Science Investigation & Measurement
LS.1 - Scientific Investigation & Measurement

Labs: Scientific Investigation & Measurement

Unit 2 – Cells & Heredity
(26 days)
LS.2 a-c - Cells: Structure & Development
LS.3 - Cells & Cellular Organization

Labs: Cells & Heredity

Unit 3 - Heredity
(16 days)
LS.2 d - Cell Division
LS.12 - Genetics

Labs: Heredity

Unit 4 – Animal Adaptations
(21 days)
LS.13 - Changes of Populations

Labs: Animal Adaptations

Unit 5 – Classification
(7 days)
LS.1 b - Classification Systems
LS.4 - Classification

Labs: Classification

Unit 5 - Classification
(13 days)
LS.1 b - Classification Systems
LS.4 - Classification

Labs: Classification

Unit 6  – Energy Flow
(10 days)
LS.6 d - Energy Flow

Labs: Energy Flow

Unit 7 – Photosynthesis
(10 days)
LS.5 - Photosynthesis

Labs: Photosynthesis

Unit 8 – Food Chains & Food Webs
(10 days)
LS.8 - Relationships in Communities

Labs: Food Chains & Food Webs

Unit 9 – Ecosystems
(11 days)
LS.7 - Interactions Among Populations
LS.9 - Adaptations of Organisms

Labs: Ecosystems

Unit 10 – Changes in the Ecosystem and Environment
(15 days)
6.9 - Public Policy & the Environment
LS.6 a-b - Ecosystems & Co-dependence
LS.10 - Changes in Ecosystems, Communities, Populations, & Organisms
LS.11 - Ecosystems & Human Activity

Labs: Changes in the Ecosystem

Unit 11 – Watersheds
(11 days)
6.5 c-f - Properties of Water
6.7 - Watershed Systems
LS.6 c - Relationships between Ecosystems

Labs: Watersheds

Unit 12 – Weather & Measurement
(11 days)
6.3 c-e - Thermal Energy
6.6 - Earth's Atmosphere

Labs: Weather & Measurement

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ELL 6-12 Standards