CURRICULUM MAP

 

Classification Station

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will learn why scientists classify animals and will classify the animals living in kelp forests, with an emphasis on how California sea lions interact with their environment.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.

Georgia Standard: S7L1   

 

Crazy Classification

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will explore how classification is used to identify an organism.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.

Georgia Standard: S7L1   

 

The Key to It All

Source: Siemens STEM

Resource Type: Activity

In this activity students will create their own unique creatures and then make dichotomous keys that will allow their classmates to identify the creatures. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically.

Georgia Standard: S7L1   

 

Blueprint for Life

Source: Siemens STEM

Resource Type: Activity

In this activity, students will explore DNA as a code for biological traits and extract samples of DNA from the interior of living cells. *Users can scroll down to any of the Resource Titles or search them at the top right*

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms reproduce either sexually or asexually and transfer genetic information to determine the traits of their offspring.

Georgia Standard: S7L3   

 

Can You Extract DNA from a Strawberry?

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Activity

All living things store genetic information in DNA, but can you actually extract DNA from a plant? Learn how to squish the DNA out of a strawberry! Try it yourself with our step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable support materials, or on the Science-U.org website.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain how organisms reproduce either sexually or asexually and transfer genetic information to determine the traits of their offspring.

Georgia Standard: S7L3   

 

Georgia Forests Virtual Learning Journey

Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Resource Type: Activity

STEAM Challenge #1: Food Chain Lanterns

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.

Georgia Standard: S7L4   

 

Oh Sea Lions!

Source: Georgia Aquarium

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

Students will discuss how limiting factors such as predation, resource availability, and competition impact California sea lion populations.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.

Georgia Standard: S7L4   

 

What's in an Owl Pellet?

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Activity

Science-U campers find out what's on an owl's menu when they dissect a ball of bones and fur called an "owl pellet" - a regurgitated chunk of undigested food that is part of an owl's digestive process. Can you determine what an owl eats by dissecting an owl pellet? Try it yourself with step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout, or at the Science U website.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.

Georgia Standard: S7L4   

 

Georgia Forests Virtual Learning Journey

Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Resource Type: Lessons

These lessons focus on the forest and how the pieces are dependent on one another.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.

Georgia Standard: S7L4   

 

When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time

Source: PBS Learning Media

Resource Type: Videos

These videos take students on a journey through the fossil record and introduce patterns that let scientists know that these organisms share common ancestors.

Skill: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information from multiple sources to explain the theory of evolution of living organisms through inherited characteristics.

Georgia Standard: S7L5