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    This year we will explore a broad range of relevant scientific topics using the New York State and the Next Generation Science Standards as our guide.  We will focus on living things such as cells, plants, animals, and protists.  Other topics we will study include experimental design, genetics, body systems, evolution and the geologic time scale and the interactions of living things. Through our readings, discussions and hands-on investigations, you will not only learn a wide variety of interesting facts, but you will also learn about the scientific method; the way in which scientists think, plan and carry out their experiments.