Ms. Lisa L Garcia Cordes » Topics of Study & General Course Guidelines

Topics of Study & General Course Guidelines

Topics of Study:

6th Grade ~ Earth Science

7th Grade ~ Life Science
* Cell Biology
* Reproduction and Genetics
* Evolution - Change Over Time
* Earth and Life History
* Structure, Function, & Physical Principles in Living Systems

Optional Field Study Excursion ---> [April 2016}

8th Grade ~ Physical Science
* Physics
* Chemistry
* Astronomy

Optional Field Study Excursion ---> [February 2016]

For Every Standard (All Grade Levels) ~
* Composition Book
* Read the Main Concepts
* Take Notes
* Answer Questions
* Complete Labs & Activities
* Test on EVERY Standard


3D Cell Project date pushed back

I've decided to extend the due date for the 3D cell project to Friday October 19th to give you gys more time to complete them.

Ecosystem Research Project

Ecosystem Project


1. Essay  (50 pts)

a. Student will choose an animal, alive or extinct. Student will write a 5 paragraph essay.

  1.                                                            i.      Paragraph 1 should describe the ecosystem of the animal they choose. What are the biotic and abiotic factors of the environment?
  2.                                                         ii.      Paragraph 2 should include information about the animals shelter. Describe how the animal makes their shelter and what natural resources the animal uses to make their shelter. Does your animal live alone or with others in its population?
  3.                                                      iii.      Paragraph 3 should include information on the biotic factors that the animal interacts with. What does the animal eat? Is the animal a predator? Are there animals that prey on your animal? Where do they get water?
  4.                                                     iv.      A rough draft of this essay will be due by Monday October 15th.
  5.                                                        v.      Final draft due when you do your presentation and should be typed.




2. Visual (50 pts)

a. Student will create a visual for their presentation.  The visual can either be a

  1.                                                            i.      Poster: Poster should include 6 pictures and 6 facts about your animal
  2.                                                         ii.      Diorama: A 3D model of the ecosystem of your animal. Should include at least 3 biotic factors and 3 abiotic factors of the ecosystem.







3. Presentation (30 pts)

a. Students will present information about their animal and its ecosystem to the class for a grade.

  1.                                                            i.      Student will need to have a total of 10 index cards, with one fact per card, for a 3 – 5 minute presentation.

Fresh and Easy receipts

Don't forget to bring in your Fresh and Easy receipts of more than $20, maybe we can win the pizza party! :)