Cheney Middle School

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Class Description (Science)

Course Description: Students will develop understanding of key concepts to help them make sense of the life sciences. These ideas build upon students’ science understanding from earlier grades and from the disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts of other experiences with physical and earth sciences. There are five life science topics in middle school: 1) Structure, Function, and Information Processing of Organisms 2) Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms 3) Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems 4) Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems 5) Natural Selection and Adaptations. The performance expectations in middle school blend core ideas with scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts to support students in developing useable knowledge across the science disciplines.