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Example: Secondary broad learning goals

---> Step 1 in developing a long-term plan for each course you teach is to identify broad learning goals. The purpose here is to allocate time to large goals across the year.

Course: Biology I (10th grade)

Michigan Curriculum Framework Content Science Benchmarks:

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Constructing new scientific knowledge

1. Ask questions that can be investigated empirically.

4. Gather and synthesize information from books and other sources.

Reflecting on scientific knowledge

6. Develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the natural world.

Ecosystems

1. Describe common relationships among species in their environments.

2. Explain how energy flows through familiar ecosystems.

3. Describe general factors regulating population size in ecosystems.

5. Describe how carbon and soil nutrients cycle through an ecosystem.

Constructing new scientific knowledge

1. Ask questions that can be investigated empirically.

4. Gather and synthesize information from books and other sources.

Ecosystems

4. Describe responses of an ecosystem to events that cause it to change.

6. Explain effects of agriculture and urban development on selected ecosystems.

Living things

1. Classify major groups of organisms to the kingdom level.

3. Explain the process of food storage and food use in organisms.

4. Explain how living things maintain a stable internal environment.

Constructing new scientific knowledge

2. Design and conduct scientific investigations.

Reflecting on scientific knowledge

1. Justify plans on a theoretical or empirical basis.

Cells

1. Explain how multi-cellular organisms grow.

2. Compare and contrast ways selected cells are specialized.

Living things

2. Describe the life cycle of an organism associated with human disease.

5. Describe technology used in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Constructing new scientific knowledge

2. Design and conduct scientific investigations.

3. Recognize and explain limitations of measuring devices.

Heredity

1. Explain how characteristics of living things are passed on.

2. Explain how genetic material is passed from parent to young during reproduction.

3. Explain how traits may arise in individuals from genetic mutation.

 

Constructing new scientific knowledge

2. Design and conduct scientific investigations.

6. Discuss topics in groups by making clear presentations.

Evolution

1. Describe what biologists consider to be evidence for human evolutionary relationships.

2. Explain how a new species or variety may emerge through natural selection.