This life science unit covers the following topics: carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, water cycle, abiotic and biotic factors, levels of organization, soil composition lab, food chains and food webs, energy pyramids, population size, population density, behavior, symbiosis, animal and plant responses, and adaptations.
The notes packet is the complete packet that students received and it has all labs, notes, and practice worksheets included.
Order of the unit:
First, we taught the cycles. See the powerpoints and answer key related to cycles to know what to teach for the first section. There are numerous practice activities in the packet for cycles as well.
Then, we taught the levels of organization and abiotic/biotic factors, we did some practice, and then students brought in their own soil samples and we investigated the components.
After that, we went into the food chains and food webs notes and energy pyramids. We completed the 'marine food web' activity after doing those notes.
Next, we went into populations and behavior and followed that up by symbiosis.
Lastly, we hit on animal and plant responses.
There are a lot of powerpoints and resources here to help you through the notes packet. I apologize it is not all in one big presentation, but it is broken up by how much we were able to accomplish in one day. ( I had hour and a half classes when I taught this unit last). If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I can clarify what we did and how I taught it!