- 1. MS Studying the Life Sciences
This chapter serves as an introduction to life science for the middle school student. It covers the nature of science, scientific method, tools used in science, and staying safe while doing science.
- 2. MS What is a Living Organism?
This chapter is a general introduction to living things: what they are, what they are made of, and how they are classified. Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids are introduced in this chapter.
- 3. MS Cells and Their Structures
This chapter discusses cells, what they are and what they are made of. Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells are discussed, as are the major organelles of eukaryotic cells.
- 4. MS Cell Functions
Cell functions, including active transport, passive transport, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration are discussed in this chapter.
- 5. MS Cell Division, Reproduction, and Protein Synthesis
Cell division and reproduction – including mitosis and meiosis – are discussed in this chapter, as is the relationship between DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis.
- 6. MS Genetics
Genetics – from Gregor Mendel and his pea plants to modern advances, including the Human Genome Project and gene therapy – are presented in this chapter.
- 7. MS Evolution
The findings of Charles Darwin leading to the theory of evolution by natural selection, the history of life on Earth, and the evidence of evolution are discussed in this chapter.
- 8. MS Prokaryotes
Bacteria and Archaea make up prokaryotic organisms. The properties and characteristics of prokaryotes are presented in this chapter.
- 9. MS Protists and Fungi
The properties and characteristics of protists and fungi, from how they obtain food to how they reproduce, are discussed in this chapter.
- 10. MS Plants
This chapter introduces plants, from nonvascular plants to vascular plants to gymnosperms and angiosperms. Plant responses, including hormones and tropisms, are also presented.
- 11. MS Introduction to Invertebrates
This chapter gives an overview of animals and further discusses sponges, cnidarians, and worms, including flatworms, roundworms, and segmented worms.
- 12. MS Other Invertebrates
This chapter discusses additional animals without backbones: the mollusks, echinoderms, arthropods, and insects.
- 13. MS Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles
This chapter introduces vertebrates, animals with backbones - fishes, amphibians, and reptiles – from jawless fish to amphibians that must live near water to reptiles that can live anywhere.
- 14. MS Birds and Mammals
Characteristics and properties of birds and mammals are discussed in this chapter. The tremendous diversity of birds and the significance of mammals are highlighted.
- 15. MS Behavior of Animals
Types of animal behaviors, including communication, cooperation, mating and raising young, and daily and yearly cycles are presented in this chapter.
- 16. MS Skin, Bones, and Muscles
This chapter introduces the human body and its organization. The skeletal, muscular, and integumentary (skin) systems are presented.
- 17. MS Food and the Digestive System
In this chapter, food (and nutrients) and how to choose healthy food are discussed, as is the digestive system. The MyPyramid diagram is presented.
- 18. MS Cardiovascular System
This chapter introduces the heart, blood, and blood vessels, as well as discusses cardiovascular disease and health.
- 19. MS Respiratory and Excretory Systems
Presented in this chapter are how we breathe (the respiratory system) and how we get rid of waste (the excretory system).
- 20. MS Controlling the Body
In this chapter, the nervous system and the health of this system are discussed. The senses – vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste are also presented.
- 21. MS Diseases and the Body’s Defenses
How the body protects itself is discussed in this chapter. Infectious and noninfectious diseases, the first two lines of nonspecific defenses, and the specific immune response are presented.
- 22. MS Reproductive Systems and Life Stages
The male and female reproductive systems and maintaining the health of these systems – including STDs - is presented in this chapter. Reproduction, fertilization, and various stages of development and life are also presented.
- 23. MS From Populations to the Biosphere
This chapter introduces ecology and discusses the ecosystem beginning with the population. Communities, ecosystems, biotic and abiotic factors, and biomes are also presented.
- 24. MS Ecosystem Dynamics
How energy flows through an ecosystem, how matter recycles through ecosystems, and how ecosystems change over time make up this chapter.
- 25. MS Environmental Problems
Air pollution, water pollution, renewable and nonrenewable resources, habitat destruction and extinction, and the importance of biodiversity are discussed in this chapter.
- 26. MS Life Science Glossary
MS Life Science book glossary.