Life Science Standards Covered
All organisms need energy and matter to live and grow. As a basis
for understanding this concept:
- Students know plants are the primary source of matter and energy entering
most food chains.
- Students know producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores,
and decomposers) are related in food chains and food webs and may compete
with each other for resources in an ecosystem.
- Students know decomposers, including many fungi, insects, and microorganisms,
recycle matter from dead plants and animals.
Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for
survival. As a basis for understanding this concept:
- Students know ecosystems can be characterized by their living and nonliving
- Students know that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants
and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive
- Students know many plants depend on animals for pollination and seed dispersal,
and animals depend on plants for food and shelter.
- Students know that most microorganisms do not cause disease and that many
Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting
careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing
the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions
and perform investigations. Students will:
- Differentiate observation from inference (interpretation) and know scientists’ explanations
come partly from what they observe and partly from how they interpret
- Measure and estimate the weight, length, or volume of objects.
- Formulate and justify predictions based on cause-and-effect relationships.
- Conduct multiple trials to test a prediction and draw conclusions about
the relationships between predictions and results.
- Follow a set of written instructions for a scientific investigation.
Grade Science Standards