Science Curriculum Map 2014

Science Curriculum Map
In science, emphasis is placed on the inquiry process, developing investigative skills and understanding the nature
of science. Instruction centers on developing student understanding of sounds, sound creation and transmittance;
visible light and how it behaves; properties of matter, and phases of matter; atoms and elements and how they
combine; cellular structure, function and organization; characteristics of oceanic environments and systems; the
changing nature of the Earth’s surface; and geologic processes that occur on the Earth.
Throughout the year:
Scientific Method
1st Quarter
Changing Earth – Erosion, Weathering, Deposition
Plate Tectonics – Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Mountain Formation
Rock Cycle – Igneous, Sedimentary, Metamorphic, Fossils
2nd Quarter
Ocean Environment – Aquatic Zones, Continental Margin, Salinity, Pressure, Currents, Tides
Cells and Organization of Living Things – Parts of a Cell, Five Kingdoms, Vascular/Non Vascular, Parts of a
Plant, Vertebrate/Invertebrates, Ecology-Human Impact
3rd Quarter
Cells (cont)
Structures and States of Matter - Solid, Liquid, Gas, Parts of an Atom, Formulas, Elements, Compounds,
Periodic Table, Solutions, Suspension, Mixtures
4th Quarter
Light – Reflection, Refraction, Opaque, Transparent, Translucent, Speed of Light, Visible Spectrum
Sound- Wavelength/Amplitude, Pitch/Frequency, Absorption, Speed through Mediums
SOL Review