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Elementary School | Science | Biology

Know and apply concepts that explain how living things function, adapt and change. This goal is comprised of key concepts and principles in the life, physical and earth/space sciences that have considerable explanatory and predictive power for scientists and non-scientists alike. These ideas have been thoroughly studied and have stood the test of time. Knowing and being able to apply these concepts, principles and processes help students understand what they observe in nature and through scientific experimentation. A working knowledge of these concepts and principles allows students to relate new subject matter to material previously learned and to create deeper and more meaningful levels of understanding.

Learning Objectives Grades K-2

Know and apply concepts that explain how living things function, adapt and change:

  • Identify and describe the component parts of living things (e.g., birds have feathers; people have bones, blood, hair, skin) and their major functions.
  • Categorize living organisms using a variety of observable features (e.g., size, color, shape, backbone).

Learning Objectives Grades 3-5

Know and apply concepts that explain how living things function, adapt and change:

  • Describe simple life cycles of plants and animals and the similarities and differences in their offspring.
  • Categorize features as either inherited or learned (e.g., flower color or eye color is inherited; language is learned).

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