Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science

The STANDARDS CORRELATION chart suggests which Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science 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.

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Elementary Standards: Kindergarten,   Grade 1,   Grade 2,   Grade 3,   Grade 4,   Grade 5,  
Middle School Standards: Grade 6,   Grade 7,   Grade 8,  
High School Standards: Biology,   Environmental Science,  

Kindergarten

(K.1)

Scientific processes. The student participates in classroom and field investigations following home and school safety procedures.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during classroom and field investigations; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

learn how to use and conserve resources and materials.

video
hands-on
online

(K.2)

Scientific processes. The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in the field and the classroom.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

ask questions about organisms, objects, and events;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

gather information using simple equipment and tools to extend the senses;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

construct reasonable explanations using information; and

video
hands-on
online

(E)

communicate findings about simple investigations.

video
hands-on
online

(K.3)

Scientific processes. The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in making decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

make decisions using information;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

discuss and justify the merits of decisions; and

video
hands-on
online

(C)

explain a problem in his/her own words and propose a solution.

video
hands-on
online

(K.4)

Scientific processes. The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to verify that organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects can be observed, described, and measured.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify and use senses as tools of observation; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

make observations using tools including hand lenses, balances, cups, bowls, and computers.

video
hands-on
online

(K.5)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that organisms, objects, and events have properties and patterns.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

describe properties of objects and characteristics of organisms;

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hands-on
online

(B)

observe and identify patterns including seasons, growth, and day and night and predict what happens next; and

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hands-on
online

(C)

recognize and copy patterns seen in charts and graphs.

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hands-on
online

(K.6)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that systems have parts and are composed of organisms and objects.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

sort organisms and objects into groups according to their parts and describe how the groups are formed;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

record observations about parts of plants including leaves, roots, stems, and flowers;

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hands-on
online

(C)

record observations about parts of animals including wings, feet, heads, and tails;

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hands-on
online

(D)

identify parts that, when separated from the whole, may result in the part or the whole not working, such as cars without wheels and plants without roots; and

video
hands-on
online

(K.7)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that many types of change occur.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

observe, describe, and record changes in size, mass, color, position, quantity, time, temperature, sound, and movement;

video
hands-on
online

(K.8)

Scientific concepts. The student knows the difference between living organisms and nonliving objects.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify a particular organism or object as living or nonliving; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

group organisms and objects as living or nonliving.

video
hands-on
online

(K.9)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that living organisms have basic needs.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify basic needs of living organisms;

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hands-on
online

(B)

give examples of how living organisms depend on each other; and

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hands-on
online

(C)

identify ways that the Earth can provide resources for life.

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hands-on
online


Grade 1

(1.1)

Scientific processes. The student conducts classroom and field investigations following home and school safety procedures.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during classroom and field investigations; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

learn how to use and conserve resources and materials.

video
hands-on
online

(1.2)

Scientific processes. The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in the field and the classroom.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

ask questions about organisms, objects, and events;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

gather information using simple equipment and tools to extend the senses;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

construct reasonable explanations and draw conclusions; and

video
hands-on
online

(E)

communicate explanations about investigations.

video
hands-on
online

(1.3)

Scientific processes. The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in making decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

make decisions using information;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

discuss and justify the merits of decisions; and

video
hands-on
online

(C)

explain a problem in his/her own words and identify a task and solution related to the problem.

video
hands-on
online

(1.4)

Scientific processes. The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to verify that organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects can be observed, described, and measured.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

collect information using tools including hand lenses, clocks, computers, thermometers, and balances;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

record and compare collected information; and

video
hands-on
online

(C)

measure organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects, using non-standard units such as paper clips, hands, and pencils.

video
hands-on
online

(1.5)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that organisms, objects, and events have properties and patterns.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

sort objects and events based on properties and patterns; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

identify, predict, and create patterns including those seen in charts, graphs, and numbers.

video
hands-on
online

(1.6)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that systems have parts and are composed of organisms and objects.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

sort organisms and objects according to their parts and characteristics;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

observe and describe the parts of plants and animals;

video
hands-on
online

(1.7)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that many types of change occur.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

observe, measure, and record changes in size, mass, color, position, quantity, sound, and movement;

video
hands-on
online

(1.8)

Scientific concepts. The student distinguishes between living organisms and nonliving objects.
The student is expected to:

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hands-on
online

(A)

group living organisms and nonliving objects; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

compare living organisms and nonliving objects.

video
hands-on
online

(1.9)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that living organisms have basic needs.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify characteristics of living organisms that allow their basic needs to be met; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

compare and give examples of the ways living organisms depend on each other for their basic needs.

video
hands-on
online


Grade 2

(2.1)

Scientific processes. The student conducts classroom and field investigations following home and school safety procedures.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during classroom and field investigations; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

learn how to use and conserve resources and dispose of materials.

video
hands-on
online

(2.2)

Scientific processes. The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in the field and the classroom.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

ask questions about organisms, objects, and events;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

compare results of investigations with what students and scientists know about the world;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

gather information using simple equipment and tools to extend the senses;

video
hands-on
online

(E)

construct reasonable explanations and draw conclusions using information and prior knowledge; and

video
hands-on
online

(F)

communicate explanations about investigations.

video
hands-on
online

(2.3)

Scientific processes. The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in making decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

make decisions using information;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

discuss and justify the merits of decisions; and

video
hands-on
online

(C)

explain a problem in his/her own words and identify a task and solution related to the problem.

video
hands-on
online

(2.4)

Scientific processes. The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to verify that organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects can be observed, described, and measured.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

collect information using tools including rulers, meter sticks, measuring cups, clocks, hand lenses, computers, thermometers, and balances; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

measure and compare organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects, using standard and non-standard units.

video
hands-on
online

(2.5)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that organisms, objects, and events have properties and patterns.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

classify and sequence organisms, objects, and events based on properties and patterns; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

identify, predict, replicate, and create patterns including those seen in charts, graphs, and numbers.

video
hands-on
online

(2.6)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that systems have parts and are composed of organisms and objects.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

manipulate, predict, and identify parts that, when separated from the whole, may result in the part or the whole not working, such as flashlights without batteries and plants without leaves;

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hands-on
online

(B)

manipulate, predict, and identify parts that, when put together, can do things they cannot do by themselves, such as a guitar and guitar strings;

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hands-on
online

(C)

observe and record the functions of plant parts; and

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hands-on
online

(D)

observe and record the functions of animal parts.

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hands-on
online

(2.7)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that many types of change occur.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

observe, measure, record, analyze, predict, and illustrate changes in size, mass, temperature, color, position, quantity, sound, and movement;

video
hands-on
online

(2.8)

Scientific concepts. The student distinguishes between living organisms and nonliving objects.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify characteristics of living organisms; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

identify characteristics of nonliving objects.

video
hands-on
online

(2.9)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that living organisms have basic needs.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify the external characteristics of different kinds of plants and animals that allow their needs to be met; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

compare and give examples of the ways living organisms depend on each other and on their environments.

video
hands-on
online

(2.10)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that the natural world includes rocks, soil, water, and gases of the atmosphere.
The student is expected to:

 

(B)

identify uses of natural resources.

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hands-on
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Grade 3

(3.1)

Scientific processes. The student conducts field and laboratory investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

video
hands-on
online

(3.2)

Scientific processes.The student uses scientific inquiry methods during field and laboratory investigations.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

plan and implement descriptive investigations including asking well-defined questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting and using equipment and technology;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

collect information by observing and measuring;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct and indirect evidence;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

communicate valid conclusions; and

video
hands-on
online

(E)

construct simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts to organize, examine and evaluate information.

video
hands-on
online

(3.3)

Scientific processes. The student knows that information, critical thinking, and scientific problem solving are used in making decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

draw inferences based on information related to promotional materials for products and services;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

represent the natural world using models and identify their limitations;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment; and

video
hands-on
online

(3.4)

Scientific processes. The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

collect and analyze information using tools including calculators, microscopes, cameras, safety goggles, sound recorders, clocks, computers, thermometers, hand lenses, meter sticks, rulers, balances, magnets, and compasses; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results.

video
hands-on
online

(3.5)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that systems exist in the world.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

observe and identify simple systems such as a sprouted seed and a wooden toy car; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

observe a simple system and describe the role of various parts such as a yo-yo and string.

video
hands-on
online

(3.8)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that living organisms need food, water, light, air, a way to dispose of waste, and an environment in which to live.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

observe and describe the habitats of organisms within an ecosystem;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

observe and identify organisms with similar needs that compete with one another for resources such as oxygen, water, food, or space;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

describe environmental changes in which some organisms would thrive, become ill, or perish; and

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hands-on
online

(D)

describe how living organisms modify their physical environment to meet their needs such as beavers building a dam or humans building a home.

video
hands-on
online

(3.9)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that species have different adaptations that help them survive and reproduce in their environment.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

observe and identify characteristics among species that allow each to survive and reproduce; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

analyze how adaptive characteristics help individuals within a species to survive and reproduce.

video
hands-on
online

(3.10)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that many likenesses between offspring and parents are inherited from the parents.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify some inherited traits of plants; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

identify some inherited traits of animals.

video
hands-on
online

(3.11)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that the natural world includes earth materials and objects in the sky.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify and describe the importance of earth materials including rocks, soil, water, and gases of the atmosphere in the local area and classify them as renewable, nonrenewable, or inexhaustible resources;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

identify and record properties of soils such as color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of plants;

video
hands-on
online


Grade 4

(4.1)

Scientific processes. The student conducts field and laboratory investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

video
hands-on
online

(4.2)

Scientific processes. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during field and laboratory investigations.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

plan and implement descriptive investigations including asking well-defined questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting and using equipment and technology;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

collect information by observing and measuring;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct and indirect evidence;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

communicate valid conclusions; and

video
hands-on
online

(E)

construct simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts to organize, examine, and evaluate information.

video
hands-on
online

(4.3)

Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

draw inferences based on information related to promotional materials for products and services;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

represent the natural world using models and identify their limitations;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment; and

video
hands-on
online

(4.4)

Scientific processes. The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

collect and analyze information using tools including calculators, safety goggles, microscopes, cameras, sound recorders, computers, hand lenses, rulers, thermometers, meter sticks, timing devices, balances, and compasses; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results.

video
hands-on
online

(4.5)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that complex systems may not work if some parts are removed.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify and describe the roles of some organisms in living systems such as plants in a schoolyard, and parts in nonliving systems such as a light bulb in a circuit; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

predict and draw conclusions about what happens when part of a system is removed.

video
hands-on
online

(4.7)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that matter has physical properties.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

observe and record changes in the states of matter caused by the addition or reduction of heat; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

conduct tests, compare data, and draw conclusions about physical properties of matter including states of matter, conduction, density, and buoyancy.

video
hands-on
online

(4.8)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that adaptations may increase the survival of members of a species.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify characteristics that allow members within a species to survive and reproduce;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

compare adaptive characteristics of various species; and

video
hands-on
online

(C)

identify the kinds of species that lived in the past and compare them to existing species.

video
hands-on
online

(4.10)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that certain past events affect present and future events.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify and observe effects of events that require time for changes to be noticeable including growth, erosion, dissolving, weathering, and flow; and

video
hands-on
online


Grade 5

(5.1)

Scientific processes. The student conducts field and laboratory investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

video
hands-on
online

(5.2)

Scientific processes. The student uses scientific methods during field and laboratory investigations.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

plan and implement descriptive and simple experimental investigations including asking well-defined questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting and using equipment and technology;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

collect information by observing and measuring;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct and indirect evidence;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

communicate valid conclusions; and

video
hands-on
online

(E)

construct simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts using tools including computers to organize, examine, and evaluate information.

video
hands-on
online

(5.3)

Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

draw inferences based on information related to promotional materials for products and services;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment; and

video
hands-on
online

(5.4)

Scientific processes. The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

collect and analyze information using tools including calculators, microscopes, cameras, sound recorders, computers, hand lenses, rulers, thermometers, compasses, balances, hot plates, meter sticks, timing devices, magnets, collecting nets, and safety goggles; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results.

video
hands-on
online

(5.5)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that a system is a collection of cycles, structures, and processes that interact.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

describe some cycles, structures, and processes that are found in a simple system; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

describe some interactions that occur in a simple system.

video
hands-on
online

(5.6)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that some change occurs in cycles.
The student is expected to:

 

(B)

identify the significance of the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles; and

video
hands-on
online

(5.9)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that adaptations may increase the survival of members of a species.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

compare the adaptive characteristics of species that improve their ability to survive and reproduce in an ecosystem;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

analyze and describe adaptive characteristics that result in an organism's unique niche in an ecosystem; and

video
hands-on
online

(C)

predict some adaptive characteristics required for survival and reproduction by an organism in an ecosystem.

video
hands-on
online

(5.10)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that likenesses between offspring and parents can be inherited or learned.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify traits that are inherited from parent to offspring in plants and animals; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

give examples of learned characteristics that result from the influence of the environment.

video
hands-on
online

(5.11)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that certain past events affect present and future events.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify and observe actions that require time for changes to be measurable, including growth, erosion, dissolving, weathering, and flow;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

identify past events that led to the formation of the Earth's renewable, non-renewable, and inexhaustible resources.

video
hands-on
online


Grade 6

(6.1)

Scientific processes. The student conducts field and laboratory investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

video
hands-on
online

(6.2)

Scientific processes. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during field and laboratory investigations.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

plan and implement investigative procedures including asking questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting and using equipment and technology;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

collect data by observing and measuring;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct and indirect evidence;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

communicate valid conclusions; and

video
hands-on
online

(E)

construct graphs, tables, maps, and charts using tools including computers to organize, examine, and evaluate data.

video
hands-on
online

(6.3)

Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

draw inferences based on data related to promotional materials for products and services;

video
hands-on
online

(C)

represent the natural world using models and identify their limitations;

video
hands-on
online

(D)

evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment; and

video
hands-on
online

(6.4)

Scientific processes. The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

collect, analyze, and record information using tools including beakers, petri dishes, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, weather instruments, timing devices, hot plates, test tubes, safety goggles, spring scales, magnets, balances, microscopes, telescopes, thermometers, calculators, field equipment, compasses, computers, and computer probes; and

video
hands-on
online

(B)

identify patterns in collected information using percent, average, range, and frequency.

video
hands-on
online

(6.8)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that complex interactions occur between matter and energy.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

define matter and energy;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

explain and illustrate the interactions between matter and energy in the water cycle and in the decay of biomass such as in a compost bin; and

video
hands-on
online

(C)

describe energy flow in living systems including food chains and food webs.

video
hands-on
online

(6.9)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that obtaining, transforming, and distributing energy affects the environment.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify energy transformations occurring during the production of energy for human use such as electrical energy to heat energy or heat energy to electrical energy;

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hands-on
online

(C)

research and describe energy types from their source to their use and determine if the type is renewable, non-renewable, or inexhaustible.

video
hands-on
online

(6.12)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that the responses of organisms are caused by internal or external stimuli.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify responses in organisms to internal stimuli such as hunger or thirst;

video
hands-on
online

(B)

identify responses in organisms to external stimuli such as the presence or absence of heat or light; and

video
hands-on
online

(C)

identify components of an ecosystem to which organisms may respond.

video
hands-on
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Grade 7

(7.1)

Scientific processes. The student conducts field and laboratory investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices.
The student is expected to:

 

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demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and

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make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

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(7.2)

Scientific processes. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during field and laboratory investigations.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

plan and implement investigative procedures including asking questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting and using equipment and technology;

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collect data by observing and measuring;

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organize, analyze, make inferences, and predict trends from direct and indirect evidence;

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communicate valid conclusions; and

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construct graphs, tables, maps, and charts using tools including computers to organize, examine, and evaluate data.

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(7.3)

Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

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draw inferences based on data related to promotional materials for products and services;

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(C)

represent the natural world using models and identify their limitations;

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evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment; and

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(7.4)

Scientific processes. The student knows how to use tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

collect, analyze, and record information to explain a phenomenon using tools including beakers, petri dishes, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, weather instruments, hot plates, dissecting equipment, test tubes, safety goggles, spring scales, balances, microscopes, telescopes, thermometers, calculators, field equipment, computers, computer probes, timing devices, magnets, and compasses; and

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(B)

collect and analyze information to recognize patterns such as rates of change.

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(7.5)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that an equilibrium of a system may change.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

describe how systems may reach an equilibrium such as when a volcano erupts; and

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observe and describe the role of ecological succession in maintaining an equilibrium in an ecosystem.

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(7.10)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that species can change through generations and that the instructions for traits are contained in the genetic material of the organisms.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify that sexual reproduction results in more diverse offspring and asexual reproduction results in more uniform offspring;

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compare traits of organisms of different species that enhance their survival and reproduction; and

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(7.12)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that there is a relationship between organisms and the environment.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify components of an ecosystem;

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observe and describe how organisms including producers, consumers, and decomposers live together in an environment and use existing resources;

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describe how different environments support different varieties of organisms; and

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observe and describe the role of ecological succession in ecosystems.

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(7.14)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that natural events and human activity can alter Earth systems.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

describe and predict the impact of different catastrophic events on the Earth;

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analyze effects of regional erosional deposition and weathering; and

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make inferences and draw conclusions about effects of human activity on Earth's renewable, non-renewable, and inexhaustible resources.

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Grade 8

(8.1)

Scientific processes. The student conducts field and laboratory investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and

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(B)

make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

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(8.2)

Scientific processes. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during field and laboratory investigations.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

plan and implement investigative procedures including asking questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting and using equipment and technology;

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(B)

collect data by observing and measuring;

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(C)

organize, analyze, evaluate, make inferences, and predict trends from direct and indirect evidence;

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(D)

communicate valid conclusions; and

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(E)

construct graphs, tables, maps, and charts using tools including computers to organize, examine, and evaluate data.

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(8.3)

Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

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(B)

draw inferences based on data related to promotional materials for products and services;

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(C)

represent the natural world using models and identify their limitations;

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(D)

evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment; and

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(8.4)

Scientific processes. The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

collect, record, and analyze information using tools including beakers, petri dishes, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, weather instruments, hot plates, dissecting equipment, test tubes, safety goggles, spring scales, balances, microscopes, telescopes, thermometers, calculators, field equipment, computers, computer probes, water test kits, and timing devices; and

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(B)

extrapolate from collected information to make predictions.

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(8.5)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that relationships exist between science and technology.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify a design problem and propose a solution;

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design and test a model to solve the problem; and

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evaluate the model and make recommendations for improving the model.

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(8.6)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that interdependence occurs among living systems.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

describe interactions among systems in the human organism;

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identify feedback mechanisms that maintain equilibrium of systems such as body temperature, turgor pressure, and chemical reactions; and

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describe interactions within ecosystems.

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(8.10)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that complex interactions occur between matter and energy.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

illustrate interactions between matter and energy including specific heat;

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(8.11)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that traits of species can change through generations and that the instructions for traits are contained in the genetic material of the organisms.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify that change in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individuals and of species;

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distinguish between inherited traits and other characteristics that result from interactions with the environment; and

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(8.14)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that natural events and human activities can alter Earth systems.
The student is expected to:

 

(B)

analyze how natural or human events may have contributed to the extinction of some species; and

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High School

Biology

(1)

Scientific processes. The student, for at least 40% of instructional time, conducts field and laboratory investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and

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(B)

make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

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(2)

Scientific processes. The student uses scientific methods during field and laboratory investigations.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

plan and implement investigative procedures including asking questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting equipment and technology;

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(B)

collect data and make measurements with precision;

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(C)

organize, analyze, evaluate, make inferences, and predict trends from data; and

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(D)

communicate valid conclusions.

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(3)

Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

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(B)

evaluate promotional claims that relate to biological issues such as product labeling and advertisements;

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(C)

evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment;

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(7)

Scientific concepts. The student knows the theory of biological evolution.
The student is expected to:

 

(B)

illustrate the results of natural selection in speciation, diversity, phylogeny, adaptation, behavior, and extinction.

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(8)

Scientific concepts. The student knows applications of taxonomy and can identify its limitations.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

collect and classify organisms at several taxonomic levels such as species, phylum, and kingdom using dichotomous keys;

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analyze relationships among organisms and develop a model of a hierarchical classification system based on similarities and differences using taxonomic nomenclature; and

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(12)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that interdependence and interactions occur within an ecosystem.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze the flow of energy through various cycles including the carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and water cycles;

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interpret interactions among organisms exhibiting predation, parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism;

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compare variations, tolerances, and adaptations of plants and animals in different biomes;

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identify and illustrate that long-term survival of species is dependent on a resource base that may be limited; and

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investigate and explain the interactions in an ecosystem including food chains, food webs, and food pyramids.

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(13)

Scientific concepts. The student knows the significance of plants in the environment.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

evaluate the significance of structural and physiological adaptations of plants to their environments; and

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survey and identify methods of reproduction, growth, and development of various types of plants.

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Environmental Systems:

(1)

Scientific processes. The student, for at least 40% of instructional time, conducts field and laboratory investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

demonstrate safe practices during field and laboratory investigations; and

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(B)

make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.

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hands-on
online

(2)

Scientific processes. The student uses scientific methods during field and laboratory investigations.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

plan and implement investigative procedures including asking questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and selecting equipment and technology;

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hands-on
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(B)

collect data and make measurements with precision;

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(C)

organize, analyze, evaluate, make inferences, and predict trends from data; and

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(D)

communicate valid conclusions.

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(3)

Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

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(B)

make responsible choices in selecting everyday products and services using scientific information;

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(C)

evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment;

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(D)

describe the connection between environmental science and future careers; and

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(4)

Scientific concepts. The student knows the relationships of biotic and abiotic factors within habitats, ecosystems, and biomes.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

identify indigenous plants and animals, assess their role within an ecosystem, and compare them to plants and animals in other ecosystems and biomes;

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predict how the introduction, removal, or reintroduction of an organism may alter the food chain and affect existing populations; and

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predict changes that may occur in an ecosystem if biodiversity is increased or reduced.

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(6)

Scientific concepts. The student knows the sources and flow of energy through an environmental system.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

summarize forms and sources of energy;

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explain the flow of energy in an ecosystem;

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investigate and explain the effects of energy transformations within an ecosystem; and

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investigate and identify energy interactions in an ecosystem.

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(7)

Scientific concepts. The student knows the relationship between carrying capacity and changes in populations and ecosystems.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

relate carrying capacity to population dynamics;

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calculate exponential growth of populations;

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evaluate the depletion of non-renewable resources and propose alternatives; and

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analyze and make predictions about the impact on populations of geographic locales, natural events, diseases, and birth and death rates.

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(8)

Scientific concepts. The student knows that environments change.
The student is expected to:

 

(A)

analyze and describe the effects on environments of events such as fires, hurricanes, deforestation, mining, population growth, and municipal development;

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explain how regional changes in the environment may have a global effect;

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describe how communities have restored an ecosystem; and

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examine and describe a habitat restoration or protection program.

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