Connections to the Natural World
We are all inseparably a part of nature. Through this commonality, we learn about ecosystems, our place within them, our impact upon them. We apply the scientific method to understanding the natural world, how living things evolve, how we learn about them. We come to understand the beauty and wonder of the fragile world we inhabit and develop a profound respect for it.

Key Concepts: Evolution, Organism, Population, Energy, Matter, Force, Entities

Unit Understanding

Energy comes from different sources and can be converted, harnessed and stored.

Essential Questions
What are the best energy sources and why?
How does energy affect our everyday lives?


Sources of energy – Renewable: biomass, solar, wind, hydro, geo-thermal, Tidal (ocean) Non-renewable: fossil fuels, water, nuclear.

Forms of energy – electrical, chemical, gravitational, thermal, kinetic, elastic, potential, light, nuclear, electromagnetic, mechanical

Transdisciplinary Skill – Research

  • Students use organizational tool provided to gather needed information
  • Seek information by using a wide variety of sources
  • Locate and access a broad range of current and reliable information resources
  • Use information gathered
  • Use research to draw conclusions about energy source

Disposition – Creative

  • Must strive for accuracy and precision in researching for the task
  • In charge of locating, organizing and presenting research
  • Take ownership of final product when presenting to the audience