Course Overview:



    Unit/Essential Questions


    Introduction to the inquiry process, measurement, safety, data collection & analysis

    • How can we making inferences about various types of information and drawing conclusions help us understand our world?
    • Why, and how, do scientists gather, classify, interpret, and communicate data?
    • How do we determine if evidence is valid and reasonable?
    • Why are diverse perspectives and a team approach important to scientific research?


    • Where do rocks & minerals come from, and why are they not the same?
    • Why does the earth’s surface look the way it does?
    • Why should geology be considered when planning communities? What technologies can be used to help create safe and habitable developments?




    • How does the earth’s interior structure and processes affect earth’s surface?
    • Why does the earth’s surface look the way it does?

    Geological Time

    • How do convection currents affect our earth?
    • How do organisms, places, and scientific theories change over time?
    • How can technology help us recognize and analyze changes over time?
    • What are fossils? How do they form? What they can tell us about Earth’s past?



    • What components make up the solar system? The universe?
    • What causes the day/night cycles, yearly cycles, moon phases and seasons?
    • How has scientific knowledge changed in the field of astronomy?
    • How much we do actually know about the make-up of the universe? What don’t we know?




    Classification systems

    • How are all living things the same and how are they different?
    • How do differences among organisms affect the way in which we classify them?


    • What are the characteristics, structure, and function of microorganisms?


    • How do organisms and abiotic factors interact within an ecosystem and what are the implications for            populations?
    • Why do we use models in science?