Each of the sections below present the essential (or ‘driving’) questions that students will tackle during each of the four main units. Where/when possible, they are grouped by topic.
UNIT 1: Introduction (1-2 weeks)
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UNIT 2: Wisconsin Fast Plants (14-15 weeks)
1. What are plants made of? What are plants made from?
2. How can using a microscope give us information about the internal structure of plants?
3. What are plants cells like?
4. What do plants cells do?
5. How are new plants cells made?
1. How does the new life of a plant begin?
2. When can plant fertilization take place?
3. How is the plant embryo supported by the parent plant as it develops?
4. What do newly germinated plants need to survive?
5. How do plants change as they grow?
6. How is plant reproduction similar to and different from reproduction in other living organisms, such as animals and fungi?
7D. VARIATION & CLASSIFICATION
1. How do individual plants differ from each other?
2. What are the causes of this variation between individual plants?
3. How can we describe plants?
4. How can we sort plants into groups?
5. How do scientists classify plants?
7E. ACIDS & ALKALIS
1. What are acids and alkalis like and where do we use them?
2. How can acids and alkalis be identified and distinguished from each other?
3. Is there a range of acidity and alkalinity?
4. What happens when an acid is added to an alkali?
5. Where is neutralization important?
7F. SIMPLE CHEMICAL REACTIONS
1. What is a chemical reaction?
2. How does water react with metals?
3. How does water react with carbonates?
7G. PARTICLE MODEL
1. How can we explain evidence from experiments?
2. How are theories created?
3. According to the standard particle model, what are the main differences between solids, liquids and gases?
4. How does the standard particle model explain the differences between solids, liquids and gases?
5. How might the standard particle model explain the observable (and documented) phenomena that we see within our plant growth chambers?
1. How can we tell whether or not a liquid is a mixture?
2. What happens to the solute when a solution is made?
3. How can we separate solvents from solutes?
4. How can chromatography separate and identify substances in mixtures?
5. Is there a limit to the amount of solid that will dissolve in a liquid?
6. What else affects solubility?
1. How do cells within the plant use the food molecules produced during photosynthesis?
2. How do oxygen molecules needed for respiration reach a green plant’s many cells?
3. What happens to oxygen molecules when they reach a plant cell?
4. What is the role of the leaves in gas exchange (and especially structures such as the stomata)?
5. Do other organisms respire in a similar manner to plants?
8D. ECOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIPS
1. How can green plants be classified?
2. How do plants, environmental conditions, and other organisms interact in a habitat?
3. How do living things in a community depend on each other?
8E. ATOMS & ELEMENTS
1. How many different materials are there inside of plants?
2. How many different materials are there outside of plants?
3. What are elements made from?
4. What are elements like?
5. How do we get new materials beyond the elements themselves?
6. How can we represent the changes when these new materials are made?
8F. COMPOUNDS & MIXTURES
1. How are elements and compounds different?
2. How do compounds differ from the elements from which they are made?
3. Do compounds react chemically?
4. Are there other sorts of material besides elements and compounds?
1. How does light travel?
2. What happens when light meets an object?
3. What is a spectrum?
4. How can we change color?
9A. INHERITANCE & SELECTION
1. What plant characteristics can be inherited?
2. Why are offspring of the same parent plants similar but not identical?
3. How do differences between offspring with the same parent plants compare with differences between offspring of different parent plants?
4. How are new breeds of plants produced?
5. Why do farmers produce new breeds of plants?
6. How are new varieties of plants produced?
7. Are plant varieties produced by selective breeding different from each other?
8. What is a clone?
9C. PLANTS & PHOTOSYNTHESIS
1. How do plants grow?
2. What is the role of the leaf in photosynthesis?
3. What happens to the glucose produced in leaves?
4. What is the role of the root in photosynthesis?
5. Why are green plants important in the environment?
9D. PLANTS FOR FOOD
1. Where does our food come from?
2. How do fertilizers affect plant growth?
3. How does competition with other plants affect plant growth?
4. How do pests affect plant growth?
5. What is the perfect environment for growing plants?
1. How is energy from plants involved in doing useful things?
2. How can we reduce overall energy waste by using plants?
UNIT 3: Cleaning Up, Down & All Around (11-12 weeks)
7C. ENVIRONMENTAL FEEDING
7I. ENERGY RESOURCES
8C. MICROBES & DISEASE
8G. ROCKS & WEATHERING
8H. ROCK CYCLE
9E. REACTIONS OF METALS
9F. PATTERNS OF REACTIVITY
9G. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
9H. USING CHEMISTRY
UNIT 4: Student Investigations (4-5 weeks)