Month

Content

Skills

Assessment

August-

September

* Characteristics of animals

* Reproduction

* Body Plans/Animal Organization

* Classification

* Evolution

* Body Systems

Summarize animal characteristics

* Compare and contrast sexual vs. asexual reproduction

* Identify body plans/anatomy/organization of animals

* Classify organisms

* Student exercises

* Planes/anatomy lab

*Taxonomy Project

* Classification/Organization test

*Evolution Test

October

* Sponges

* Cnidarians

* Investigate and identify  
characteristics and structures of sponges, cnidarians, flatworms, and roundworms

* Sponge/Cnidarian Test

 

*Nematocyst Lab

* Sponge/Cnidarian Packet

November 

* Flatworms

* Roundworms

 

* Segmented Worms

* Molluscs

-Understand life cycles of  
parasitic diseases

 

* Dissection of animals discussion

* Investigate and identify characteristics of segmented worms, and molluscs 

* Worm Brochure

 

*Student exercises

* Live earthworm lab

* Earthworm, clam, and squid  
   dissections 
 

December

* Echinoderms

* Arthropods

* Investigate and identify characteristics and structures of echinoderms and arthropods

* Compare and contrast complete vs. incomplete metamorphosis

* Student exercises

* Starfish dissection

 * Echinoderm exam  

* Comparing arthropods lab

Crayfish dissection

*  Grasshopper lab
 

January

* Arthropods cont.

Fish 
  
 

 

* Investigate and identify  
characteristics and structures of crayfish, and grasshoppers

* Distinguish between beneficial  
and harmful insects

* Compare and contrast  
invertebrates

* Classify organisms

* Arthropod layered due 
  
  
 

* Semester final

February

* Fish cont.

*  Amphibians 

 

* Investigate and identify  
characteristics and structures of sharks and perch

* Compare and contrast types of fish

* Classify organisms

Fish layered

Fish layered due

*  Shark dissection

*  Perch dissection

*  Fish test

 

March

* Amphibians cont.

* Reptiles

* Investigate and identify characteristics and structures of reptiles and amphibians

* Explain the evolutionary importance of the amniotic egg

* Research the extinction of 
dinosaurs

* Classify organisms

* Student exercises

*  Frog dissection

* Reptile layered

* Reptile layered due  
 

April

* Birds

* Mammals

* Investigate and identify characteristics and structures of birds and mammals

* Compare birds and mammals

*  Understand wolf reintroduction

* Classify organisms

* Bird layered

* Bird layered due

*  Owl pellet lab

*  Mammals layered

* Mammals layered due

* Pig dissection/online pig dissection

May-June

* Animal Behavior 
  

 

* Compare and contrast behavior of animals

* Analyze positive and negative aspects of zoos

* Animal Behavior layered

* Behavior layered due

* Final exam