Scientific Process and Experimental Design

Students will be able to identify lab safety rules and equipment.
Students will be able to identify the steps to the scientific method.
Students will be able to conduct a laboratory experiment using appropriate safety equipment and lab procedure.

Materials Needed: lab safety video, lab safety identification handout, lab safety rap and questions, poster board, cloze notes handouts, Simpson Scientific method handout, lab materials (beaker, test tube stands, test tubes, graduated cylinder, pipets, food coloring, lab write up handout)

Scientific Method

Students will demonstrate an understanding of scientific planning and investigation.

Materials Needed: Characteristics of life sort, crickets, cricket food, sugar, rubbing alcohol, shoeboxes, copy of experimental design handout.

Scientific Investigation

The students will demonstrate and understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting an investigation

Materials Needed:
• Multiple sets of eight index cards, each card having one of the eight steps of the scientific process written on it, as follows: 1. Ask questions. 2. Conduct background research. 3. Collect observations. 4. Identify variables. 5. Formulate a hypothesis. 6. Design an experiment. 7. Analyze the data. 8. Draw conclusions. • Live earthworms, crickets, or pill bugs • Variety of items to be used to simulate environments, such as black construction paper, toilet paper tubes, wet paper towels, heat lamp, pine shavings, mulch • Copies of the two attached handouts

Properties of Water

The student will be able to understand the properties of water by comparing and contrasting adhesion and cohesion.

Experiment includes: water, pennies, beakers, straws, pipettes, paper towel

Enzymes-Reactivity of Enzymes

The student will investigate and understand the chemical and biochemical principles essential for life. Key concepts include c) the nature of enzymes.

Cell Parts

Understanding and exploring cell structure and function

Cell Parts: Exploring cell structure and function

The student will investigate and understand relationships between cell structure and function. Key concepts include a) evidence supporting the cell theory b) characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; c) similarities between the activities of the organelles in a single cell and a whole organism.

BIO.4 The student will investigate and understand life functions of Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya. Key concepts include c) how the structures and functions vary among and within the Eukarya kingdoms of protists, fungi, plants, and animals, including humans.