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Updated January 2015

 

TITLE:             7th Grade Science

PREREQUISITES:  Requirement for 7th Grade

DESCRIPTION:  The 7th Grade Life Science course covers topics in the disciplines of cell biology, evolution, botany, zoology, ecology and anatomy/physiology.  Students participate in audio, visual, and tactile learning activities designed to increase their knowledge and interest in life science.  Additionally. students use the scientific method to collect and interpret data and report information.  This course is a great introduction to topics that students will see in high school biology and anatomy/physiology courses.

ORGANIZATION:      Year long

 

TITLE:             8th Grade Earth Science

PREREQUISITES:  Requirement for 8th Grade

DESCRIPTION: Earth Science is the study of the changes that occur on the earth and its surroundings.  Topics include plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion, weather and astronomy.  Students will learn how to conduct scientific research, analyze the data they collect and draw conclusions from that data.  A science fair project will be completed by students at the end of the first semester and a field study at the end of the year. 

ORGANIZATION:      Year long

 

TITLE:             9th Grade Physical Science

PREREQUISITES:  Requirement for 9th Grade

DESCRIPTION: Ninth graders explore basic chemistry and physics concepts in 9th grade science.  Topics include forces and motion, everyday chemistry and sound and light.  Students will be involved in a couple of research projects that require the use of the scientific method, one at the end of each semester.

ORGANIZATION:      Year Long

 

TITLE:             Biology

PREREQUISITES:      Students in Grades 10 - 12

DESCRIPTION:    Areas of study will include: the history of science, scientific method, concepts of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, reproduction, classification of living organisms, structure and function of organisms in the animal kingdom, etc.  Laboratory work will be involved.

OUTCOMES:
             1.  Students will be able to name the parts of a cell.
             2.  They will be able to describe the function of those parts.
             3.  They will be able to give the steps of the Krebs Cycle.
             4.  They will be able to perform a simple monohybrid and dihybrid cross.
             5.  They will be able to name the divisions of the plant kingdom.
             6.  They will understand the basic reproductive strategies of plants.
             7.  They will be able to show how plants fit into the balance of nature.
             8.  They will be able to set up an experiment.
             9.  They will be able to analyze data and draw conclusions.
            10.  They will be able to name the major animal phyla.
            11.  They will be able to give the advances of each phyla.
            12.  They will understand how animals fit into the balance of nature.       
            13.  They will understand how animals and plants have changed over time.

ORGANIZATION:      Year long

 

 

Title:  College Chemistry (College Credit from UMM Crookston)

 

Course prerequisites: In order to take this course you must have completed Algebra II and Geometry, have received a B- or better in freshman physical science and currently have a 3.0 cumulative GPA

 

Course description: This chemistry course is intended to be a general overview of general chemistry.  Topics include atomic and molecular structure, inorganic nomenclature, chemical equations, quantitative relationships, behavior of gases, phases of matter, solution chemistry, chemical dynamics, acid/base chemistry, oxidation-reduction process, nuclear processes, introduction to organic and bio chemistry.

 

Outcomes:

  1. To provide a fundamental understanding of chemical principles
  2. To provide knowledge and practice in handling chemicals, laboratory apparatus and instruments
  3. To develop skills in measurements and calculations in the laboratory and classroom
  4. To explore the role of chemistry in the individual’s daily life and work
  5. To apply critical thinking in problem solving

 

Organization:  Year Long

 

 

Title:  College Physics (College Credit from UMM Crookston)

 

Course prerequisites: In order to take this course you must have completed Algebra II and Geometry, and currently have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Course description: This physics course is intended to be a general overview of physics from a conceptual perspective.  Topics include describing and measuring motion, momentum, energy, both classical and Einstein’s relativity, energy of matter and wave motion.

Outcomes:

  1. Distinguishing vector and scalar quantities
  2. Measuring motion
  3. Using Newton’s laws of motion
  4. Describing motion acting in more than one physical dimension
  5. Explain gravity from a Newtonian point of view
  6. Use momentum to determine the motion of an object
  7. Explain motion from an energy perspective
  8. Understand the special and general theory of relativity
  9. Measure the internal energy of materials

 

Organization:  Year Long

Title:  Advanced Earth Science

Course prerequisites: None

Course description: This course will cover the major content areas of earth science, but the material will be presented largely through projects.  Each unit will focus on a topic and a culminating project will make up the majority of the grade for that unit.  Some projects will be individual and others will be completed within a group.  The purpose is to make earth science topics relevant to everyday life. 

Course goals:

  1. To develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of earth science
  2. Cultivate problem-solving and critical-thinking skills related to earth science topics
  3. Apply earth science knowledge to decision making about scientific and technological issues
  4. Understand benefits, as well as limitations, of science and technology

 

Organization:  Semester

 

 

Title:  Chemistry in the Community

Course prerequisites: None

Course description: This chemistry course is intended to develop chemistry-literate and science-literate citizens by focusing on chemistry for life and citizenship.  Each unit is centered on a chemistry-related societal issue or challenge.  The material is focused on water and environmental chemistry and integrates numerous decision-making activities.

Course goals:

  1. To develop an understanding of chemistry
  2. Cultivate problem-solving and critical-thinking skills related to chemistry
  3. Apply chemistry knowledge to decision making about scientific and technological issues
  4. Recognize the importance of chemistry in daily life
  5. Understand benefits, as well as limitations, of science and technology

 

Organization:  Year Long

 

                     

Advanced Biology ( Human Anatomy, Ecology)

PREREQUISITES:  Biology, and Grade 11 or 12

DESCRIPTION of Human Anatomy:  A complete survey of the human body using an up to the minute college level text.

OUTCOMES:
            1.  Students will name the major systems of the human body.
            2.  They will know the organs in each system.
            3.  They will know how each organ works.

DESCRIPTION of Ecology:  This class will serve as an introduction to the basic principles of ecology, the major ecosystems of the world, and current ecological problems.  Lab work will include ecological problems, which will include ecological surveys of adjacent ecosystems with special attention paid to the population dynamics of those systems.

OUTCOMES:

  1. Students will understand the relatedness of all life on earth.
  2. They will name the parts of an ecosystem.
  3. They will state how those parts work together.
  4. They will understand adaption and succession.
  5. They will name the major biomes of the earth.
  6. They will name the major biomes of Minnesota.
  7. They will identify the major ecological problems of the World, U.S.A., Minnesota, and Otter Tail County.

STANDARDS:            Scientific Applications - Environmental Studies

 

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