Life Science A

 Unit 1: Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes

  • ¬†MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells, either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
    1. What makes something living?
    2. Cells: The Building Blocks of Life
    3. The Cell Theory
    4. Prokaryotes – Earth’s First Inhabitants
    5. Prokaryotes vs. Eukaryotes
  • MS-LS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

    1. The Organization of Life – from organelles to organism
    2. Organelles of the Cell
    3. Cell City Analogy
    4. Osmosis and Diffusion
    5. Mitochondria “The Powerhouse of the Cell”
  • MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

    1. Cell Differentiation
    2. Skeletal System
    3. Muscular System
    4. Digestive System
    5. Nervous System
    6. Circulatory System
    7. Excretory System
    8. Respiratory System
    9. Immune System
    10. Reproductive System

Unit 2: Heredity – Inheritance and Variation of Traits

  • MS-LS3-1: Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.
  1.  Mutations
  2. DNA – The Molecule of Life
  3. Reading DNA: Transcription & Translation
  4. Asexual Reproduction
  5. Sexual Reproduction & Genetic variation
  6. Heredity