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M/J Comprehensive Science 2

Subject: Science

Course Description:

Comprehensive Science 2 is the second course in the M/J Comprehensive Science Sequence. In this course students explore: The Foundations of Science, Energy, The Earth and it’s features, The Earth’s internal and external structures and how they change, The Earth’s history, living things and how they change and interact, Genetics and Heredity, and The Organization of the living world. Some of these topics are introduced and serve as a foundation for Comprehensive Science 3 and others are discussed in detail. Students will learn through real world examples and virtually visit six different continents to see science in action all over the world. Students will participate in activities and online laboratory experiences to apply what they have learned.

Major Topics:

Segment 1:

  • What is Science?
  • Scientific Theories
  • Scientific Laws
  • Scientific Method - importance
  • Scientific Method - steps
  • Experiments- variables
  • Metric System
  • Metric Conversions
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Light
  • The Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Energy Transfer and Transformation
  • Sound
  • Thermal Energy
  • Heat Transfer: Convection
  • Heat Transfer: Conduction
  • Heat Transfer: Radiation
  • Alternative Sources of Energy
  • The Earths Structure : Layers
  • The Earth as a system
  • Plate Tectonics
  • The theory of Continental Drift
  • Pangaea
  • Mountain Building
  • Volcanoes
  • Sea Floor Spreading
  • Formation of Oceans
  • Earthquakes
  • Graphing in Science
  • Seismic Waves
  • Faults

Segment 2:

  • Formation of rocks
  • Types of rocks
  • The rock cycle
  • Fossils
  • Erosion
  • Weathering
  • The Law of Superimposition
  • Radioactive dating
  • Human Impact on Lands
  • Lands Change over time
  • Human Impacts on Waters
  • Waters change over time
  • Cells
  • DNA
  • Heredity/Punnet Squares
  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis
  • Sexual Reproduction Asexual Reproduction
  • Genotypes
  • Phenotypes
  • Biodiversity: What is it?
  • Biodiversity: Why is it important?
  • Cloning/Genetic Engineering/Artificial Selection
  • Food Webs
  • Interactions of Species
  • Struggle to Survive and Thrive
  • Scientific Theory of Evolution
  • Natural Selection
  • Loss of Diversity/ Human Impacts
  • Extinction

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, FLVS guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, essays, labs, oral assessments, and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 2002070
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Prerequisits:
Recommended for 7th grade.

Estimated Completion:
2 segments / 32-36 weeks