Vocabulary:

  • Microscope
  • Magnification
  • Total magnification
  • Parfocal lenses
  • Resolution
  • Field of view
  • Focal plane
  • Depth of focus
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  • Spontaneous generation
  • Biogenesis Theory

  • Statistics (review)
  • Mean
  • Median
  • Mode
  • Precision (review)
  • Accuracy (review)
  • Significant figures/digits
  • Scientific notation
  • S.I. Base Units
  • Metric system
  • Dimensional analysis

 Learning Objectives: 

  • Demonstrate organizational skills such as keeping a daily calendar of assignments and activities and maintaining a notebook of class work.
    • Keep your binder organized and updated. 
  • Apply strategies before, during, and after reading to increase fluency and comprehension (e.g., adjusting purpose, previewing, scanning, making predictions, comparing, inferring, summarizing, using graphic organizers) with increasingly challenging texts. 
    • Use graphic organizers or step by step flowcharts to better understand the requirements of performing mathematical analysis in science.   
    • Improve understanding of material by outlining material presented in class. 
  • Use a variety of appropriate sources (e.g. Internet, scientific journals) to retrieve relevant information; cite references properly. 
    • Know how to evaluate a web site for accuracy, objectivity, and authority
  • Apply active reading, listening, and viewing techniques by taking notes on classroom discussions, lectures, oral and/or video presentations, or assigned at-home reading, and by underlining key passages and writing comments in journals or in margins of texts, where permitted.  
    • Stay on task during class, annotate provided PowerPoint notes and take additional notes during board discussions. 
    • Outline provided materials and assimilate this information into material presented in class. 
  • Apply knowledge of Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon affixes, inflections, and roots to understand unfamiliar words and new subject area vocabulary in increasingly challenging texts.
    •  Be able to define and correctly spell all vocabulary words.
  • Actively participate in small-group and large-group discussions, assuming various roles.
    • Participate in class discussions  and ask questions when needed on a daily basis.
  • Calculate the mean of a set of values
    • Be able to compute mean, median and mode when given a data set.
  • Use graphical models, mathematical models, and simple statistical models to express patterns and relationships determined from sets of data
  • Use appropriate SI units for length, mass, time, temperature, quantity, area, volume, and density, and describe the relationships among SI units prefixes (e.g. centi, mili, kilo) and how SI units are related to analogous English units.
    • Select the appropriate SI (metric) base unit for measuring any property. 
    • Provide the appropriate corresponding symbol abbreviation  for each SI unit.   
    • Given a set of metric units, state equivalent metric measures using prefixes (that is, perform conversions within the metric system). 
    • Given a value, accurately perform conversions (dimensional analysis) between different forms of measurements. 
  • Collect, organize, and analyze data accurately and precisely (e.g. using scientific techniques and mathematics in experiments)
    • Understand the concept of statistics and how they should be represented in science.
    • Be able to perform simple mathematical calculations without a calculator (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
    • Be able to perform calculations using significant figures (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).  Know the rules for each.
    • Be able to perform calculations using scientific notation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).  Know the rules for each. 
  • Describe the experiments of Redi, Needham, Spallanzani, and Pasteur to support or falsify the hypothesis of spontaneous generation. 
  • Safely use laboratory equipment and techniques when conducting scientific investigations. 
    • Understand the brief history of microscopes and the theory of how they work including total magnification and resolution.
    • Be able to label the parts of compound light microscopes and explain the function of each part. 
    • Be able to correctly use both types of compound light microscopes.
  • Identify and clarify scientific research questions and design experiments. 
    • Be able to use critical thinking skills and science reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate hypotheses, experimental design and conclusions.
  • Design and conduct investigations appropriately using essential processes of scientific inquiry. 
  • Use mathematics to enhance the scientific inquiry process (e.g., choosing appropriate units of measurement, graphing and manipulating experimental data)
  • Revise, refine, and proofread own and other's writing, using appropriate tools to find strengths and weaknesses and to seek strategies for improvement (using good writing methods). 
  • Describe the experiments of Redi, Needham, Spallanzani, and Pasteur to support or falsify the hypothesis of spontaneous generation. 
  • Manipulate variables in experiments using appropriate procedures (e.g. controls, multiple trials)
  • Interpret results and draw conclusions, revising hypothesis as necessary and/or formulating additional questions or explanations.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion, basing judgments on evidence and reasoning. 
  • Write and speak effectively to present and explain scientific results, using appropriate terminology and graphics. 
  • Use appropriate essay-test taking and timed-writing strategies that address and analyze the questions.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with test formats and test administration procedures to increase speed and accuracy. 
    • Complete tests within permitted time limits. 

Online Resources: 


Experimental Design

Math Review

Simple Statistics Significant Figures
Scientific Notation
S.I. Units, Metric Units and Conversions

Numbers in Science Lab

Tables, Charts, Graphs, Diagrams and Figures