- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 175
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
- New lessons are still being added
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Course SummaryThis Middle School Life Science Curriculum Resource and Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you teach life science. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.
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How It Works
You can use this Life Science course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of Life Science, from an introduction to scientific thinking and methods to the parts of the atom and timely environmental concerns. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific Life Science course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like the basic needs of living things or the chemicals of life. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your curriculum, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on the parts of cells includes key terms like chloroplast, mitochondria and nucleolus.
As you work on your Life Science lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like DNA replication if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like the workings of the optic nerve or cell division.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from conducting safe scientific research to the theory of evolution can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on ecosystems or the different types of microbes? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about Charles Darwin, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on genetics and hereditary traits, you can point your students to the transcripts on genetics and Punnett squares, the characteristics of alleles and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from understanding the guiding principles behind natural adaptation and selection to key facts, like the different geological time periods.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on the use of natural resources? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are the causes of global warming?
Below is a sketch of the Life Science curriculum modeled on a 34-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Introduction to Life Science||Scientific methods, thinking and tools; areas of life science and experimental design|
|Week 2||Characteristics and Chemicals of Life||Atoms, elements, chemical bonds and states of matter|
|Week 3||The Parts of Cells||Nucleic structure, organelles and osmosis|
|Week 4||DNA Replication and Mutation||Defining DNA, copying errors and enzyme function|
|Week 5||Cell Division and the Cell Cycle||Asexual and sexual reproduction, meiosis and mitosis|
|Week 6||How Living Organisms Get Energy||Free energy and matter, cellular respiration and feedback systems|
|Week 7||Classification of Organisms||The dichotomous key, evolution and taxonomy|
|Week 8||The Origin and History of Life on Earth||Biogenesis, cell and spontaneous generation theories; evolutionary change and major geological eras|
|Week 9||Genetics and Hereditary Traits||X and Y chromosomes, alleles and incomplete dominance|
|Week 10||Genetic Engineering Basics||Defining genetic engineering, DNA plasmids and examples of genetic engineering|
|Week 11||Natural Selection and Evolution in Life Science||Darwin's four observations, macroevolution and microevolution|
|Week 12||Microbiology and Types of Microbes||Algae, bacteria, fungi and protozoa|
|Week 13||Introduction to Ecosystems||The carbon cycle, ecological relationships, food chains and fossil fuels|
|Week 14||Types of Ecosystems||Biomes, ecological succession and primary productivity|
|Week 15||Changing Ecosystems||Endangered and invasive species, biological diversity, over-exploitation and pollution|
|Week 16||Invertebrates||Arthropods, echinoderms, mollusks and worms|
|Week 17||Vertebrates||Amphibians, fish, reptiles and sharks|
|Week 18||Birds and Mammals||Unique features of birds, mammals, hominids and primates|
|Week 19||Animal Behavior and Communication||Innate and learned behavior, carrying capacity and circadian rhythm|
|Week 20||Mammal Reproduction and Development||Female reproductive systems, male reproductive systems and the role of the placenta|
|Week 21||The Respiratory System||Anatomy, lung function and respiratory diseases|
|Week 22||The Cardiovascular System||Anatomy, blood types, cardiac conditions and the lymphatic system|
|Week 23||The Blood Vessels||Inferior and superior vena cava, arteries, pulmonary trunk and veins|
|Week 24||The Digestive System||Anatomy of the intestines, mouth and throat|
|Week 25||The Urinary and Endocrine Systems||Anatomy and function of glands, kidney, liver and pancreas|
|Week 26||The Brain and Nervous System||Anatomy of the brain, central and peripheral nervous systems and neurons|
|Week 27||The Muscular System||Categories, location and purpose of muscles|
|Week 28||The Skeletal System and Connective Tissue||Fibrous connective tissue, joints, osteoblasts and osteoclasts|
|Week 29||Sight, Hearing and Other Senses||Ear, eye and taste mechanisms|
|Week 30||Health Issues and Concerns||Disease control, diet, exercise and immunity|
|Week 31||Plant Biology and Structure||Nonvascular and vascular plants, the nitrogen cycle, plant anatomy and pollination|
|Week 32||How Plants Grow and Reproduce||Life cycles of ferns and mosses, photoperiodicity and tropisms|
|Week 33||Environmental Concerns||Air and water pollution, global warming and the ozone layer|
|Week 34||Natural Resources||Energy conservation and consumption, fossil fuels, hydropower and nuclear energy|
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