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Table 1.

Connections to science education standards.

Life Science Content Standard C (NRC, 1996)
  • Grades 5–8: Students should develop understanding of structure and function in living systems, reproduction and heredity, regulation and behavior, populations and ecosystems, and diversity and adaptations of organisms.

  • Grades 9–12: Students should develop understanding of the cell; molecular basis of heredity; biological evolution; interdependence of organisms; matter, energy, and organization in living systems; and behavior of organisms.

 
Core Ideas in the Life Sciences (NRC, 2011) 
  • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

    • ○ LS2.A: Interdependent relationships in ecosystems

    • ○ LS2.C: Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience

  • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

    • ○ LS4.B: Natural selection

    • ○ LS4.C: Adaptation

    • ○ LS4.D: Biodiversity and humans

 
Practices for K–12 Science Classrooms (NRC, 2011) 
1: Asking questions
2: Using models
4: Analyzing and interpreting data
6: Constructing explanations
7: Engaging in argument from evidence
8: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information 
Life Science Content Standard C (NRC, 1996)
  • Grades 5–8: Students should develop understanding of structure and function in living systems, reproduction and heredity, regulation and behavior, populations and ecosystems, and diversity and adaptations of organisms.

  • Grades 9–12: Students should develop understanding of the cell; molecular basis of heredity; biological evolution; interdependence of organisms; matter, energy, and organization in living systems; and behavior of organisms.

 
Core Ideas in the Life Sciences (NRC, 2011) 
  • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

    • ○ LS2.A: Interdependent relationships in ecosystems

    • ○ LS2.C: Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience

  • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

    • ○ LS4.B: Natural selection

    • ○ LS4.C: Adaptation

    • ○ LS4.D: Biodiversity and humans

 
Practices for K–12 Science Classrooms (NRC, 2011) 
1: Asking questions
2: Using models
4: Analyzing and interpreting data
6: Constructing explanations
7: Engaging in argument from evidence
8: Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information 
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