• Curriculum:

All students will become EXPLORER Scientists by mastering the following objectives:

• HISTORY OF PLANET EARTH
• Evaluate evidence of our changing planet
• ANIMAL EVOLUTION & CLASSIFICATION
• Analyze the Theory of Evolution
• Explain the relationship of natural Selection
• HYDROSPHERE
• Explain and explore the structure of the hydrosphere
• Analyze the effects of humans on water quality
• ECOSYSTEMS
• Differentiate between abiotic and biotic factors
• Summarize the relationships among the trophic levels
• Analyze the flow of energy in a food web
• CHEMISTRY
• Introduction to the periodic table
• Learning the physical and chemical properties of matter
• ENERGY SOURCES
• Analyze consequences of energy source attainment and use
• Recognize renewable vs. nonrenewable resources
• MICROBIOLOGY
• Compare the energy production process of plants vs animals
• Explain the relationship of diet and exercise on human health
• Learn about positive and negative effects of microbes on humans and the environment
• BIOTECHNOLOGY
• Understand the affect and use of biotechnology on living organisms
• Learn about the effects of biotechnology on North Carolina’s economy & agriculture

Standards for Mathematical Practice

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

The Number System

• Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers.

Expressions and Equations

• Work with radicals and integer exponents.
• Analyze and solve linear equations and inequalities
• Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations

Functions

• Define, evaluate, and compare functions.
• Use functions to model relationships between quantities

Geometry

• Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.
• Analyze angle relationships.
• Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
• Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.

Statistics and Probability

• Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.