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Proving an Ecosystem’s Health Through Succession

**Students engage in viewing day three of ecosystem changes in lab groups to determine if the ecosystem is healthy or unhealthy based on scientific data and factors. **

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Mendelian Genetics Using Monohybrids

Students will work collaboratively through a fictitious, real-world scenario to determine the probability of each breeding pair of dogs producing offspring with the desired trait for a fictitious client.

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Producing Plump Produce

In collaborative groups, the students investigate the transport of water within potato cells placed in various tonicity solutions.

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Plant, Parts, and Function

Students use prior knowledge of body systems as they make connections to systems in plants. Students learn that some plant systems have similar functions as the respective animal systems. The lesson highlights the following systems in plants: root system, shoot system, vascular system, and reproductive system.

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Generating Different Representations of Relationships

Given problems that include data, the student will generate different representations, such as a table, graph, equation, or verbal description.

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Predicting, Finding, and Justifying Data from a Graph

Given data in the form of a graph, the student will use the graph to interpret solutions to problems.

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Determining Slopes from Equations, Graphs, and Tables

Given algebraic, tabular, and graphical representations of linear functions, the student will determine the slope of the relationship from each of the representations.

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Demonstrating the Pythagorean Theorem

Given pictures or models that represent the Pythagorean Theorem, the student will demonstrate an understanding of the theorem.

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Comparing and Contrasting Proportional and Non-Proportional Linear Relationships

Given problem solving situations, the student will solve the problems by comparing and contrasting proportional and non-proportional linear relationships.

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Energy Transfer in an Ecosystem

All matter contains energy. Energy can be transferred from one object to another. Energy transformation can occur through the conversion of energy from one form to another. Energy is never created nor destroyed; it is always transferred and/or transformed. Students will demonstrate how energy is transformed and transferred in an ecosystem. To do this, students will create energy pyramids by stacking cups that represent organisms and available amounts of energy. Students will graph and analyze the data.

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Approximating the Value of Irrational Numbers

Given problem situations that include pictorial representations of irrational numbers, the student will find the approximate value of the irrational numbers.

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Expressing Numbers in Scientific Notation

Given problem situations, the student will express numbers in scientific notation.

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Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers

Given a problem situation, the student will compare and order integers, percents, positive and negative fractions and decimals with or without a calculator.

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Taxonomy Standards

Given examples, students will recognize the importance of taxonomy to the scientific community.

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Taxonomy: Major Groups

Given illustrations or descriptions, students will determine the classification of organisms into domains and kingdoms.

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Enzymes

Given illustrations or scenarios, the student will identify an enzyme and the outcome of its action.

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Animal System Interactions

Given illustrations, descriptions, or scenarios, students will describe the interactions that occur among systems in humans.

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Mechanisms of Genetics: Protein Synthesis

Given illustrations or partial DNA or mRNA sequences, students will identify the processes and purposes of transcription and translation.

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Abiotic Cycles

Given scenarios, illustrations, or descriptions, the student will describe the flow of matter through carbon and nitrogen cycles and describe the consequences of disrupting these cycles.

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Homeostasis: Ecological Systems

Given images, videos, or scenarios, identify and describe the responses of organisms, populations, and communities to various changes in their external environment.