Utah Core Standards

The STANDARDS CORRELATION chart suggests which Utah Core Standards you can cover using PASSPORT TO THE RAINFOREST 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 THE RAINFOREST.

For additional Utah Core Standards you can cover see the STANDARDS CORRELATION chart for the following PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE projects:

PASSPORT TO ANTARCTICA

PASSPORT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM

PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE

LIVE FROM THE SUN/LIVE FROM THE AURORA

LIVE FROM MARS 2001/2002

LIVE FROM A BLACK HOLE/LIVE FROM THE EDGE OF SPACE AND TIME

Elementary Standards: Kindergarten,   First Grade,   Second Grade,   Third Grade,   Fourth Grade,   Fifth Grade
Middle School Standards: Sixth Grade,   Seventh Grade,   Eighth Grade

Kindergarten

TOPIC: Five Senses

Students will make observations using the five senses.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Identify the five senses and communicate the kind of information that each sense provides.

 

Observe common objects and living things from the surroundings using each of the five senses.

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Use appropriate language to report observations made through each sense.

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Make observations using a combination of senses and communicate observations.

 

Make observations about an object using more than one sense.

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Name the senses used to gather information in a given situation.

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Compare and report the information derived from each sense.

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Use instruments to extend the senses.

 

Make observations using tools (e.g., glasses, binoculars, hearing aids, stethoscopes, etc.) to extend the sense of sight and the sense of hearing.

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Record and compare observations made using senses alone and then observations made assisted by instruments.

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TOPIC: Animal Variation

Students will use their senses to observe, describe, and categorize animals.

 

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Observe, describe, and categorize animals according to unique characteristics (e.g., shape, size, color, body coverings, where they live, how they move, etc.).

 

Observe characteristics of animals (e.g., shape, size, color, body covering, where they live, and how they move).

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Analyze different ways animals can be categorized.

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Identify the basic needs of animals.

 

Name the basic needs of animals.

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Identify unique structures that help animals meet needs for food, air, water, and shelter.

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Identify different animal homes.

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Compare and contrast young animals with mature animals of the same species.

 

Observe and report changes that occur as baby animals mature.

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Summarize how animals change as they grow and develop.

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Compare how different animals care for their young.

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Describe and compare the use of senses in animals and humans.

 

Identify senses animals use.

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Compare and contrast how humans and animals use senses.

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First Grade

TOPIC: Plants

Students will observe and categorize plants and plant parts according to similarities and differences.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Investigate and report conditions that affect plant growth.

 

Experiment to identify conditions that influence plant growth (e.g.,amount of water, light, temperature, and type of soil).

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Draw a picture that reflects conditions for plant growth.

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Second Grade

TOPIC: Changes in Plants and Animals

Students will compare changes and adaptations of plants and animals.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Observe and describe how plants and animals change during their lives.

 

Compare and contrast the life cycles of different plants.

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Compare and contrast the life cycles of different animals.

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Third Grade

TOPIC: Ecosystems

Students will explore ecosystems and discover relationships among living organisms and the nonliving world.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Compare and contrast similarities and differences of various habitats.

 

Observe and describe a variety of habitats.

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Distinguish living and nonliving elements of different habitats.

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Identify the relationships among living organisms in a habitat.

 

Identify consumers, producers, and decomposers.

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Describe different food chains within a given habitat.

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Experiment to determine the effects of habitat changes.

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TOPIC: Ecosystems

Students will analyze the influence of people in ecosystems.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Relate effects of technology on local ecosystems.

 

Identify the present and past role of humans as consumers in the local community.

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Predict a possible future for this ecosystem and explain the prediction.

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Investigate the impact of technology on resources.

 

Plan a project that involves taking action to address an issue related to the use of resources.

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Conduct a project that involves an action to address an issue related to technology and the use of resources.

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Report the results of the project.

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Fifth Grade

TOPIC: Natural Resources

Students will evaluate conservation practices in relation to natural resources.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Identify available natural resources.

 

Classify resources as renewable and non-renewable.

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Describe the role of technology in developing natural resources.

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Describe the relationship between the use of different natural resources and the effect of their use on the environment.

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Analyze conservation practices and pollution problems.

 

Research conservation practices and pollution problems.

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Compare and contrast conservation practices in local communities with practices in other communities.

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Based on gathered information, form an opinion regarding human influences on plant and animal survival.

 

Evaluate the importance of plant and animal species in relation to human survival.

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Survey the environmental changes made by people and describe how the changes have affected plants and animals.

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Evaluate the cause and effect of changes which have led to the extinction of various plants and animals.

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Accept the responsibility to become aware of ecological and social issues related to natural resources.

 

Research an issue related to natural resources.

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Research careers that deal with ecological issues.

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Communicate with an agency or person dealing with ecological issues.

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Justify a position on an issue related to natural resources.

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Seventh Grade

TOPIC: Structure and Classification

Students will create, use, and understand the applications of classification schemes.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Distinguish between living, dead, and non-living matter.

 

Compare and contrast living, dead, and non-living things.

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Identify and describe the needs and characteristics of living things.

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Compare and contrast a variety of classification schemes.

 

Develop several classification schemes for commonly collected objects (e.g. rocks, leaves, insects, stamps, coins).

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Organize very different kinds of objects into groups (e.g. insects, vehicles).

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Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different groupings of objects.

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Explain how observation and classification aid scientific understanding.

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Eighth Grade

TOPIC: Chemical Changes and Physical Changes

Students will investigate changes in biological energy.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Relate energy requirements of plants and animals to physical and chemical changes.

 

Compare and contrast how producers and consumers obtain chemical energy.

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Diagram how matter is converted from one form to another in living things.

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Model how photosynthesis and respiration help maintain biological balance in closed systems (e.g., biosphere, terrarium).

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Formulate and test a hypothesis on the effects of temperature or light on plant and animal processes (e.g., growth rates, metabolism, seasonal adaptations).

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Analyze food webs in terms of energy flow.

 

Trace the transformation of chemical energy in food from radiant solar energy to mechanical energy in organisms.

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Determine the role of sugar in production and consumption of energy in living things.

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Explain the pattern of energy losses in a food chain.

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Estimate the energy content at each level of a simple energy pyramid.

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