Arkansas Science Curriculum Framework

The STANDARDS CORRELATION chart suggests which Arkansas Science Curriculum Framework standards you can cover using PASSPORT TO ANTARCTICA in your classroom. We hope you will discover additional standards you can use. These are the ones our Instructional Materials Development team felt most directly related to the activities contained in PASSPORT TO ANTARCTICA.

For additional Arkansas Science Curriculum Framework standards you can cover see the STANDARDS CORRELATION chart for the following PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE projects:

PASSPORT TO THE RAINFOREST

PASSPORT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM

PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE

LIVE FROM MARS 2001/2002

PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE

Grades K-4,   Grades 5-8,   High School

GRADES K-4 (Student Learning Expectations)

Strand 1: Physical Systems
Content Standard 1

Students will demonstrate an understanding of physical systems as a process of inquiry.

 

PS.1.1. Examine the techniques of scientific inquiry: problem solving, questioning, reasoning, creative decision making by utilizing the scientific method.

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PS.1.2. Use simple equipment (microscopes), age-appropriate tools (rulers, thermometers), skills (describing and writing), technology (computers) and mathematics in scientific investigations.

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PS 1.3. Communicate designs, procedures, and results of scientific investigations (graphs, charts, and writings).

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Content Standard 2

Students will explore, demonstrate, communicate, apply, and evaluate the knowledge of physical systems.

 

PS.2.2. Understand the physical properties of objects.

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PS.2.3. Learn about the physical world by observing, data collecting, using age-appropriate tools, describing, and hypothesizing.

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PS.2.4. Revise hypothesis by sharing and communicating observations through writing.

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PS.2.7. Classify simple machines and relate them to inventions and discoveries.

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Content Standard 3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections and applications of physical science.

 

PS.3.1. Understand that physical science is interwoven into the structure of all disciplines.

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PS.3.2. Recognize that mathematics is the basis of communication in physical science.

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PS.3.3. Understand that tools allow tasks to be done more easily.

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PS.3.4. Explore physical science related careers.

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Strand 2: Life Science Systems
Content Standard 1

Students will demonstrate an understanding of life science as a process of inquiry.

 

LS.1.1. Utilize the scientific method to investigate life sciences.

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LS.1.2. Select age-appropriate equipment and utilize technology and mathematics in the inquiry of life science.

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LS.1.3. Generate graphs, writings, and charts to communicate life science investigations.

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Content Standard 2

Students will explore, demonstrate, communicate, apply and evaluate the knowledge of life systems.

 

LS.2.1. Identify and compare characteristics of living and nonliving things.

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LS.2.4. Recognize patterns and characteristics of organisms.

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LS.2.8. Identify the features of plants and animals that enable them to live in different environments.

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LS.2.9. Define and describe a food chain and a food web.

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LS.2.10.Understand that organisms are interdependent.

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Content Standard 3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections and applications in life sciences.

 

LS.3.1. Understand that life sciences are interwoven into all disciplines.

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LS.3.2. Recognize that mathematics is the basis of communication in life science.

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LS.3.3. Identify that humans change environments in ways that can be beneficial or detrimental for themselves and other organisms.

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LS.3.4. Explore careers related to life sciences.

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Strand 3: Earth/Space Systems
Content Standard 3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections and applications of Earth and space systems.

 

ES.3.2. Describe uses and conservation of materials taken from the earth.

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ES.3.3. Identify the effects humans have on the environment (e.g., use and misuse).

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GRADES 5-8 (Student Learning Expectations)

Strand 1: Physical Systems
Content Standard 1

Students will demonstrate an understanding of physical systems as a process of inquiry.

 

PS.1.1. Understand that the laws of science are universal.

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PS.1.2. Understand that a scientific theory is based on current, accepted evidence and used to make predictions.

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PS.1.3. Generate written conclusions based on evidence acquired through experimentation.

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PS.1.4. Interpret scientific information from graphs and charts.

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Content Standard 2

Students will explore, demonstrate, communicate, apply, and evaluate the knowledge of physical systems.

 

PS.2.5. Examine the sources and analyze the preservation of energy resources.

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Content Standard 3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections and applications of physical science.

 

PS.3.1. Design and conduct different kinds of scientific investigations to answer different kinds of questions.

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PS.3.2. Demonstrate how physical science is connected to mathematics (analyze collected data).

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PS.3.3. Apply multiple strategies to problem solving.

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PS.3.4. Use appropriate equipment, tools, techniques, technology, mathematics, and technical writing in scientific investigation.

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PS.3.5. Investigate a variety of careers related to physical science.

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PS.3.6. Acknowledge the impact of scientific discoveries upon society.

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PS.3.7. Recognize that scientific discovery has been influenced by historical events.

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Strand 2: Life Science Systems
Content Standard 1

Students will demonstrate an understanding of life science as a process of inquiry.

 

LS.1.1. Recognize that science deals only with inquiry about the natural world.

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LS.1.2. Interpret scientific information from graphs and charts.

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LS.1.3 Conduct investigative science through use of the scientific method.

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LS.1.4. Generate conclusions based on evidence acquired through experimentation.

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Content Standard 2

Students will explore, demonstrate, communicate, apply and evaluate the knowledge of life systems.

 

LS.2.7. Describe how heredity and environment influence/determine characteristics of an organism.

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LS.2.9. Explain how physical and/or behavioral characteristics of organisms help them to adapt and survive in their environments.

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LS.2.10. Describe how environmental changes and genetic mutations cause species to evolve over time, thus producing new species.

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LS.2.11. Analyze ecosystems in terms of population relationships, food webs, energy flow, and biotic succession.

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LS.2.12. Evaluate human impact on the environment.

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Content Standard 3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections and applications in life sciences.

 

LS.3.1. Design and conduct life science investigations to answer different kinds of questions.

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LS.3.2. Correlate life science activities to other curricular areas (e.g., language arts, mathematics, social studies).

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LS.3.3. Apply multiple strategies to problem solving.

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LS.3.4. Use appropriate equipment, tools, techniques, technology, mathematics, and technical writing in scientific investigation.

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LS.3.5. Investigate a variety of careers related to life sciences.

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GRADES 9-12 (Student Learning Expectations)

Strand 1: Physical Systems
Strand 2: Life Science Systems
Content Standard 1

Students will demonstrate an understanding of life science as a process of inquiry.

 

LS.1.1 Understand that science is a process based on the scientific method which leads to a deeper understanding of real world situations.

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LS.1.2. Follow procedures for a scientific inquiry using step-by-step instructions, mathematical formulas, flow diagrams, and/or sketches.

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LS.1.3. Develop and implement a workable scientific inquiry independently and with a group using standard safety procedures.

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LS.1.4. Evaluate the process that scientists use to construct and validate scientific theory, such as data collection, prediction, experimentation (variables, control), bias elimination, and replication.

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LS.1.5. Make objective observations and perform error analysis on collected data.

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LS.1.6. Formulate valid conclusions.

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LS.1.7. Communicate and defend in writing a scientific argument.

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LS.1.8. Critique and interpret scientific data on charts and graphs.

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LS.1.9. Recognize that theories are models and may be revised when new data are introduced.

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LS.1.10. Understand the criteria for the formation of scientific theory and a scientific law.

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Content Standard 2

Students will explore, demonstrate, communicate, apply and evaluate the knowledge of life systems.

 

LS.2.1. Evaluate the historical developments of, and cultural contributions to the scientific body of knowledge (e.g., biochemistry, food science, genetics, blood typing).

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LS.2.4. Compare genetic variations observed in plants and animals (adaptations and mutations).

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LS.2.7. Understand that all living things contain similar genetic material that evolves because of gene mutation, natural selection, and change in environments. Species change through time, and new life forms evolve.

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LS.2.10. Interpret interactions among organisms exhibiting predation, parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism.

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LS.2.11. Investigate and formulate solutions to problems resulting from human impact on the environment.

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LS.2.12. Analyze the flow of energy through various cycles including the carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and water cycles.

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LS.2.13. Investigate and explain the interactions in an ecosystem including food chains, food webs, and food pyramids.

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LS.2.14. Interpret the functions of systems found in living organisms (e.g., circulatory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, integumentary, skeletal, respiratory, muscular, excretory, and immune).

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Content Standard 3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections and applications in life sciences.

 

LS.3.1. Analyze the role science plays in everyday life and compare different careers in the life sciences.

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LS.3.2. Evaluate long range plans for resource use and by-product disposal in terms of environmental, economic, and political impact.

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LS.3.3. Assess current world issues applying scientific themes (suggested issues: population growth, global changes in climate, ozone depletion, UV radiation, natural resources, use of technology, and public policy).

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LS.3.4. Understand that mathematics is the precise language of communication and problem solving in science.

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LS.3.5. Apply technology as appropriate tools for solving problems (microscopes, centrifuges, flex cameras, computers, etc.).

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LS.3.6. Assess the connections between pure science and applied science to the world of work by performing labs and activities common to the life sciences.

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LS.3.7. Understand broad themes of Project 2061. Such themes include systems, patterns of change, interactions, energy equilibrium, models, and scale (relative dimensions of the inclusions in a cell).

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