The Steps of the Scientific Method-Structure and Function of Cells
Students will compare and contrast plant and animal cells, including major organelles (cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria, vacuoles) and learn basic functions of organisms (e.g., extracting energy from food and getting rid of waste).
Teacher will show examples of ways in which genetic variation and environmental factors are causes of evolution and the diversity of organisms. Students will discuss and relate the extinction of species to a mismatch of adaptation and the environment. Students will study examples of ways in which organisms interact and have different functions within an ecosystem that enable the ecosystem to survive.
Students will explore the origins of pollution in the atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, (car exhaust, industrial emissions, acid rain, and natural sources), and how pollution impacts habitats, climatic change, threatened or endangered species.