Science I Science II Science III Science IV Science Skills Handbook

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Table of Contents
Unit 1: Pure Substances and Mixtures
Unit 2: Heat
Unit 3: Structural Strength and Stability
Unit 4: The Earth's Crust
Unit 5: Interactions Within Ecosystems
Overview
Getting Started: Environmental Issues
5.1 Bear Necessities
5.2 The Organization of Life
5.3 Case Study: Adaptations for Survival
5.4 A Landfill Ecosystem
5.5 Inquiry Investigation: What Belongs in a Landfill?
5.6 Cycling of Matter
5.7 Microbes in Ecosystems
5.8 Inquiry Investigation: Nutrient Recycling and Plant Growth
5.9 Career Profile: Field Biologist
5.10 Ecological Pyramids
5.11 Case Study: Pesticides: Poisons in the Food Chain
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5.12 The Water Cycle
5.13 Case Study: Choosing a Waste Disposal Site
5.14 Rethinking Before Recycling
5.15 Explore an Issue: Garbage and the Community
5.16 Acid in the Water Cycle
5.17 Inquiry Investigation: Environmental Models
5.18 The Carbon Cycle
5.19 Case Study: Solutions for Global Warming
5.20 Case Study: Succession
5.21 Logging Old Growth Forest
Design Challenge: Design and Build a Solution to theLandfill Problem
Summary
Review


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Unit 6: Skills Handbook
1. SAFETY IN SCIENCE
2. PROCESS OF SCIENCE INQUIRY
2A Process of Science Inquiry
2B Asking A Question
2C Predicting and Hypothesizing
2D Identifying Variables and Controls
2E Designing an Inquiry Investigation ****
3. PROCESS OF DESIGN
3A The Problem Solving Cycle
3B Identifying a Problem
3C Selecting the Best Alternative
3D Planning a Prototype
3E Building a Prototype
3F Testing and Evaluating a Prototype
3G Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
4. RESEARCHING
4A Research Skills
4B Interviewing and Survey Skills
4C Critical Thinking
5. USING EQUIPMENT IN SCIENCE
5A Using the Microscope
5B Working with Scales and Balances
5C Using Other Scientific Equipment
5D Using Technology Equipment
5E Fabrication Techniques
6. OBSERVING & RECORDING DATA
6A Obtaining Qualitative Data
6B Obtaining Quantitative Data
6C Scientific and Technical Drawing
6D Creating Data Tables ****
7. ANALYZING RESULTS
7A The Need to Graph
7B Reading the Graph
7C Constructing Graphs
7D Using Math in Science
7E Reaching a Conclusion
7F Reflecting on Your Work
8. COMMUNICATING
8A Writing a Report
8B Creating a Design Folder
8C Multimedia Presentations
8D Exploring an Issue
9. STUDY SKILLS
9A Setting Goals and Monitoring Progress
9B Good Study Habits
9C Using Your Computer Effectively
9D Working Together
9E Graphic Organizers

Unit 5:
Interactions Within Ecosystems


The Interactions Within Ecosystems unit covers concepts related to two topics:


Living Things and Ecosystems
Students learn that living and non-living things interact to form ecosystems. They examine a number of biotic and abiotic components and assess their combined effects on the biosphere.

Humans, Technology, and Ecosystems
Students evaluate the impact of humans and their technology on ecosystems. The management of landfill sites provides a real-world example for the study of human impact.

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