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SCHS-S01-C01-01
Evaluate scientific information for relevance to a given problem.
SCHS-S04-C03-03
Assess how the size and the rate of growth of a population are determined by birth rate, death rate, immigration, emigration, and carrying capacity of the environment.
SCHS-S05-C04-11
Predict the effect of various factors (e.g., temperature, concentration, pressure, catalyst) on the equilibrium state and on the rates of chemical reaction.
SCHS-S01-C01-02
Develop questions from observations that transition into testable hypotheses.
SCHS-S04-C04-01
Identify the following components of natural selection, which can lead to speciation
  • potential for a species to increase its numbers
  • genetic variability and inheritance of offspring due to mutation and recombination of genes
  • finite supply of resources required for life
  • selection by the environment of those offspring better able to survive and produce offspring
SCHS-S05-C04-12
Compare the nature, behavior, concentration, and strengths of acids and bases.
SCHS-S01-C01-03
Formulate a testable hypothesis.
SCHS-S04-C04-02
Explain how genotypic and phenotypic variation can result in adaptations that influence an organism's success in an environment.
SCHS-S05-C04-13
Determine the transfer of electrons in oxidation/reduction reactions.
SCHS-S01-C01-04
Predict the outcome of an investigation based on prior evidence, probability, and/or modeling (not guessing or inferring).
SCHS-S04-C04-03
Describe how the continuing operation of natural selection underlies a population's ability to adapt to changes in the environment and leads to biodiversity and the origin of new species.
SCHS-S05-C05-01
Describe various ways in which matter and energy interact (e.g., photosynthesis, phase change).
SCHS-S01-C02-01
Demonstrate safe and ethical procedures (e.g., use and care of technology, materials, organisms) and behavior in all science inquiry.
SCHS-S04-C04-04
Predict how a change in an environmental factor (e.g., rainfall, habitat loss, non-native species) can affect the number and diversity of species in an ecosystem.
SCHS-S05-C05-02
Describe the following characteristics of waves
  • wavelength
  • frequency
  • period
  • amplitude
SCHS-S01-C02-02
Identify the resources needed to conduct an investigation.
SCHS-S04-C04-05
Analyze how patterns in the fossil record, nuclear chemistry, geology, molecular biology, and geographical distribution give support to the theory of organic evolution through natural selection over billions of years and the resulting present day biodiversity.
SCHS-S05-C05-03
Quantify the relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and the speed of light.
SCHS-S01-C02-03
Design an appropriate protocol (written plan of action) for testing a hypothesis
  • Identify dependent and independent variables in a controlled investigation
  • Determine an appropriate method for data collection (e.g., using balances, thermometers, microscopes, spectrophotometer, using qualitative changes)
  • Determine an appropriate method for recording data (e.g., notes, sketches, photographs, videos, journals (logs), charts, computers/calculators)
SCHS-S04-C04-06
Analyze, using a biological classification system (i.e., cladistics, phylogeny, morphology, DNA analysis), the degree of relatedness among various species.
SCHS-S05-C05-04
Describe the basic assumptions of kinetic molecular theory.
SCHS-S01-C02-04
Conduct a scientific investigation that is based on a research design.
SCHS-S04-C05-01
Compare the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in terms of energy flow, reactants, and products.
SCHS-S05-C05-05
Apply kinetic molecular theory to the behavior of matter (e.g., gas laws).
SCHS-S01-C02-05
Record observations, notes, sketches, questions, and ideas using tools such as journals, charts, graphs, and computers.
SCHS-S04-C05-02
Describe the role of organic and inorganic chemicals (e.g., carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, water, ATP) important to living things.
SCHS-S05-C05-06
Analyze calorimetric measurements in simple systems and the energy involved in changes of state.
SCHS-S01-C03-01
Interpret data that show a variety of possible relationships between variables, including
  • positive relationship
  • negative relationship
  • no relationship
SCHS-S04-C05-03
Diagram the following biogeochemical cycles in an ecosystem
  • water
  • carbon
  • nitrogen
SCHS-S05-C05-07
Explain the relationship between the wavelength of light absorbed or released by an atom or molecule and the transfer of a discrete amount of energy.
SCHS-S01-C03-02
Evaluate whether investigational data support or do not support the proposed hypothesis.
SCHS-S04-C05-04
Diagram the energy flow in an ecosystem through a food chain.
SCHS-S05-C05-08
Describe the relationship among electric potential, current, and resistance in an ohmic system.
SCHS-S01-C03-03
Critique reports of scientific studies (e.g., published papers, student reports).
SCHS-S04-C05-05
Describe the levels of organization of living things from cells, through tissues, organs, organ systems, organisms, populations, and communities to ecosystems.
SCHS-S05-C05-09
Quantify the relationships among electric potential, current, and resistance in an ohmic system.
SCHS-S01-C03-04
Evaluate the design of an investigation to identify possible sources of procedural error, including
  • sample size
  • trials
  • controls
  • analyses
SCHS-S05-C01-01
Describe substances based on their physical properties.
SCHS-S06-C01-01
Identify ways materials are cycled within the earth system (i.e., carbon cycle, water cycle, rock cycle).
SCHS-S01-C03-05
Design models (conceptual or physical) of the following to represent 'real world' scenarios
  • carbon cycle
  • water cycle
  • phase change
  • collisions
SCHS-S05-C01-02
Describe substances based on their chemical properties.
SCHS-S06-C01-02
Demonstrate how dynamic processes such as weathering, erosion, sedimentation, metamorphism, and orogenesis relate to redistribution of materials within the earth system.
SCHS-S01-C03-06
Use descriptive statistics to analyze data, includingĂ· ?
  • mean
  • frequency
  • range
SCHS-S05-C01-03
Predict properties of elements and compounds using trends of the periodic table (e.g., metals, non-metals, bonding - ionic/covalent).
SCHS-S06-C01-03
Explain how the rock cycle is related to plate tectonics.
SCHS-S01-C03-07
Propose further investigations based on the findings of a conducted investigation.
SCHS-S05-C01-04
Separate mixtures of substances based on their physical properties.
SCHS-S06-C01-04
Demonstrate how the hydrosphere links the biosphere, lithosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere.
SCHS-S01-C04-01
For a specific investigation, choose an appropriate method for communicating the results.
SCHS-S05-C01-05
Describe the properties of electric charge and the conservation of electric charge.
SCHS-S06-C01-05
Describe factors that impact current and future water quantity and quality including surface, ground, and local water issues.
SCHS-S01-C04-02
Produce graphs that communicate data.
SCHS-S05-C01-06
Describe the following features and components of the atom
  • protons
  • neutrons
  • electrons
  • mass
  • number and type of particles
  • structure
  • organization
SCHS-S06-C01-06
Analyze methods of reclamation and conservation of water.
SCHS-S01-C04-03
Communicate results clearly and logically.
SCHS-S05-C01-07
Describe the historical development of models of the atom.
SCHS-S06-C01-07
Explain how the geochemical processes are responsible for the concentration of economically valuable minerals and ores in Arizona and worldwide.
SCHS-S01-C04-04
Support conclusions with logical scientific arguments.
SCHS-S05-C01-08
Explain the details of atomic structure (e.g., electron configuration, energy levels, isotopes).
SCHS-S06-C02-01
Describe the flow of energy to and from the Earth.
SCHS-S02-C01-01
Describe how human curiosity and needs have influenced science, impacting the quality of life worldwide.
SCHS-S05-C02-01
Determine the rate of change of a quantity (e.g., rate of erosion, rate of reaction, rate of growth, velocity).
SCHS-S06-C02-02
Explain the mechanisms of heat transfer (convection, conduction, radiation) among the atmosphere, land masses, and oceans.
SCHS-S02-C01-02
Describe how diverse people and/or cultures, past and present, have made important contributions to scientific innovations.
SCHS-S05-C02-02
Analyze the relationships among position, velocity, acceleration, and time
  • graphically
  • mathematically
SCHS-S06-C02-03
Distinguish between weather and climate.
SCHS-S02-C01-03
Analyze how specific changes in science have affected society.
SCHS-S05-C02-03
Explain how Newton's 1st Law applies to objects at rest or moving at constant velocity.
SCHS-S06-C02-04
Demonstrate the relationship between the Earth's internal convective heat flow and plate tectonics.
SCHS-S02-C01-04
Analyze how specific cultural and/or societal issues promote or hinder scientific advancements.
SCHS-S05-C02-04
Using Newton's 2nd Law of Motion, analyze the relationships among the net force acting on a body, the mass of the body, and the resulting acceleration
  • graphically
  • mathematically
SCHS-S06-C02-05
Demonstrate the relationships among earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain ranges, mid-oceanic ridges, deep sea trenches, and tectonic plates.
SCHS-S02-C02-01
Specify the requirements of a valid, scientific explanation (theory), including that it be
  • logical
  • subject to peer review
  • public
  • respectful of rules of evidence
SCHS-S05-C02-05
Use Newton's 3rd Law to explain forces as interactions between bodies (e.g., a table pushing up on a vase that is pushing down on it; an athlete pushing on a basketball as the ball pushes back on her).
SCHS-S06-C02-06
Distinguish among seismic S, P, and surface waves.
SCHS-S02-C02-02
Explain the process by which accepted ideas are challenged or extended by scientific innovation.
SCHS-S05-C02-06
Analyze the two-dimensional motion of objects by using vectors and their components.
SCHS-S06-C02-07
Analyze the seismic evidence (S and P waves) used to determine the structure of the Earth.
SCHS-S02-C02-03
Distinguish between pure and applied science.
SCHS-S05-C02-07
Give an example that shows the independence of the horizontal and vertical components of projectile motion.
SCHS-S06-C02-08
Describe how radioactive decay maintains the Earth's internal temperature.
SCHS-S02-C02-04
Describe how scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of theories.
SCHS-S05-C02-08
Analyze the general relationships among force, acceleration, and motion for an object undergoing uniform circular motion.
SCHS-S06-C02-09
Explain the effect of heat transfer on climate and weather.
SCHS-S03-C01-01
Evaluate how the processes of natural ecosystems affect, and are affected by, humans.
SCHS-S05-C02-09
Represent the force conditions required to maintain static equilibrium.
SCHS-S06-C02-10
Demonstrate the effect of the Earth's rotation (i.e., Coriolis effect) on the movement of water and air.
SCHS-S03-C01-02
Describe the environmental effects of the following natural and/or human-caused hazards
  • flooding
  • drought
  • earthquakes
  • fires
  • pollution
  • extreme weather
SCHS-S05-C02-10
Describe the nature and magnitude of frictional forces.
SCHS-S06-C02-11
Describe the origin, life cycle, and behavior of weather systems (i.e., air mass, front, high and low systems, pressure gradients).
SCHS-S03-C01-03
Assess how human activities (e.g., clear cutting, water management, tree thinning) can affect the potential for hazards.
SCHS-S05-C02-11
Using the Law of Universal Gravitation, predict how the gravitational force will change when the distance between two masses changes or the mass of one of them changes.
SCHS-S06-C02-12
Describe the conditions that cause severe weather (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms).
SCHS-S03-C01-04
Evaluate the following factors that affect the quality of the environment
  • urban development
  • smoke
  • volcanic dust
SCHS-S05-C02-12
Using Coulomb's Law, predict how the electrical force will change when the distance between two point charges changes or the charge of one of them changes.
SCHS-S06-C02-13
Propose appropriate safety measures that can be taken in preparation for severe weather.
SCHS-S03-C01-05
Evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices and preservation techniques on environmental quality and biodiversity.
SCHS-S05-C02-13
Analyze the impulse required to produce a change in momentum.
SCHS-S06-C02-14
Analyze how weather is influenced by both natural and artificial earth features (e.g., mountain ranges, bodies of water, cities, air pollution).
SCHS-S03-C02-01
Analyze the costs, benefits, and risks of various ways of dealing with the following needs or problems
  • various forms of alternative energy
  • storage of nuclear waste
  • abandoned mines
  • greenhouse gases
  • hazardous wastes
SCHS-S05-C02-14
Quantify interactions between objects to show that the total momentum is conserved in both collision and recoil situations.
SCHS-S06-C02-15
List the factors that determine climate (e.g., altitude, latitude, water bodies, precipitation, prevailing winds, topography).
SCHS-S03-C02-02
Recognize the importance of basing arguments on a thorough understanding of the core concepts and principles of science and technology.
SCHS-S05-C03-01
Describe the following ways in which energy is stored in a system
  • mechanical
  • electrical
  • chemical
  • nuclear
SCHS-S06-C02-16
Explain the causes and/or effects of climate changes over long periods of time (e.g., glaciation, desertification, solar activity, greenhouse effect).
SCHS-S03-C02-03
Support a position on a science or technology issue.
SCHS-S05-C03-02
Describe various ways in which energy is transferred from one system to another (e.g., mechanical contact, thermal conduction, electromagnetic radiation.)
SCHS-S06-C02-17
Investigate the effects of acid rain, smoke, volcanic dust, urban development, and greenhouse gases, on climate change over various periods of time.
SCHS-S03-C02-04
Analyze the use of renewable and nonrenewable resources in Arizona
  • water
  • land
  • soil
  • minerals
  • air
SCHS-S05-C03-03
Recognize that energy is conserved in a closed system.
SCHS-S06-C03-01
Describe the scientific theory of the origin of the solar system (solar nebular hypothesis).
SCHS-S03-C02-05
Evaluate methods used to manage natural resources (e.g., reintroduction of wildlife, fire ecology).
SCHS-S05-C03-04
Calculate quantitative relationships associated with the conservation of energy.
SCHS-S06-C03-02
Describe the characteristics, location, and motions of the various kinds of objects in our solar system, including the Sun, planets, satellites, comets, meteors, and asteroids.
SCHS-S03-C03-01
Analyze social factors that limit the growth of a human population, including
  • affluence
  • education
  • access to health care
  • cultural influences
SCHS-S05-C03-05
Analyze the relationship between energy transfer and disorder in the universe (2nd Law of Thermodynamics).
SCHS-S06-C03-03
Explain the phases of the Moon, eclipses (lunar and solar), and the interaction of the Sun, Moon, and Earth (tidal effect).
SCHS-S03-C03-02
Describe biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) factors that affect human populations.
SCHS-S05-C03-06
Distinguish between heat and temperature.
SCHS-S06-C03-04
Interpret a geologic time scale.
SCHS-S03-C03-03
Predict the effect of a change in a specific factor on a human population.
SCHS-S05-C03-07
Explain how molecular motion is related to temperature and phase changes.
SCHS-S06-C03-05
Distinguish between relative and absolute geologic dating techniques.
SCHS-S04-C01-01
Describe the role of energy in cellular growth, development, and repair.
SCHS-S05-C04-01
Apply the law of conservation of matter to changes in a system.
SCHS-S06-C03-06
Investigate scientific theories of how life originated on Earth (high temperature, low oxygen, clay catalyst model).
SCHS-S04-C01-02
Compare the form and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and their cellular components.
SCHS-S05-C04-02
Identify the indicators of chemical change, including formation of a precipitate, evolution of a gas, color change, absorption or release of heat energy.
SCHS-S06-C03-07
Describe how life on Earth has influenced the evolution of the Earth's systems.
SCHS-S04-C01-03
Explain the importance of water to cells.
SCHS-S05-C04-03
Represent a chemical reaction by using a balanced equation.
SCHS-S06-C03-08
Sequence major events in the Earth's evolution (e.g., mass extinctions, glacial episodes) using relative and absolute dating data.
SCHS-S04-C01-04
Analyze mechanisms of transport of materials (e.g., water, ions, macromolecules) into and out of cells
  • passive transport
  • active transport
SCHS-S05-C04-04
Distinguish among the types of bonds (i.e., ionic, covalent, metallic, hydrogen bonding).
SCHS-S06-C03-09
Analyze patterns in the fossil record related to the theory of organic evolution.
SCHS-S04-C01-05
Describe the purposes and processes of cellular reproduction.
SCHS-S05-C04-05
Describe the mole concept and its relationship to Avogadro's number.
SCHS-S06-C04-01
Describe the Big Bang Theory as an explanation for the origin of the universe.
SCHS-S04-C02-01
Analyze the relationships among nucleic acids (DNA, RNA), genes, and chromosomes.
SCHS-S05-C04-06
Solve problems involving such quantities as moles, mass, molecules, volume of a gas, and molarity using the mole concept and Avogadro's number.
SCHS-S06-C04-02
Describe the fusion process that takes place in stars.
SCHS-S04-C02-02
Describe the molecular basis of heredity, in viruses and living things, including DNA replication and protein synthesis.
SCHS-S05-C04-07
Predict the properties (e.g., melting point, boiling point, conductivity) of substances based upon bond type.
SCHS-S06-C04-03
Analyze the evolution of various types of stars using the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram.
SCHS-S04-C02-03
Explain how genotypic variation occurs and results in phenotypic diversity.
SCHS-S05-C04-08
Quantify the relationships between reactants and products in chemical reactions (e.g., stoichiometry, equilibrium, energy transfers).
SCHS-S06-C04-04
Compare the evolution (life cycles) of stars of different masses (low and high mass).
SCHS-S04-C02-04
Describe how meiosis and fertilization maintain genetic variation.
SCHS-S05-C04-09
Predict the products of a chemical reaction using types of reactions (e.g., synthesis, decomposition, replacement, combustion).
SCHS-S06-C04-05
Explain the formation of the light elements in stars and the heavier elements (what astronomers call 'metals') in supernova explosions.
SCHS-S04-C03-01
Identify the relationships among organisms within populations, communities, ecosystems, and biomes.
SCHS-S05-C04-10
Explain the energy transfers within chemical reactions using the law of conservation of energy.
SCHS-S06-C04-06
Explain the evolution and life cycles of galaxies.
SCHS-S04-C03-02
Describe how organisms are influenced by a particular combination of biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) factors in an environment.
Curriculum Maps
Science - Biology (Honors) Cell Growth & Cycle
Science - Biology (Honors) Cells: Intro to Cells
Science - Biology (Honors) Cell Structure, Transport & Energy
Science - Biology (Honors) Ecology & Environment
Science - Biology (Honors) Evolution & Classification
Science - Biology (Honors) Genetics and Heredity
Science - Biology (Honors) Human Impact
Science - Biology (Honors) Introduction to Biology/Science and Engineering Practices
Science - Biology (Honors) Molecular Genetics DNA & RNA
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Science - Biology (Honors) Ecology & Environment The Lesson of the Kaibab Resources - Activity
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