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AL.1.Life Science - Students will:
Life Science - Students will:
1.1. Describe characteristics common to living things, including growth and development, reproduction, cellular organization, use of energy, exchange of gases, and response to the environment. 1.1.a. Identifying homeostasis as the process by which an organism responds to its internal or external environment
1.1.c. Identifying unicellular organisms, including bacteria and protists, by their methods of locomotion, reproduction, ingestion, excretion, and effects on other organisms
1.1.d. Identifying the structure of a virus
1.10. Identify differences between deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA). Examples: DNA - double helix, contains thymine; RNA - single stranded, contains uracil 1.10.a. Identifying Watson and Crick as scientists who discovered the shape of the DNA molecule
1.11. Identify Mendel's laws of genetics. 1.11.a. Recognizing Down's syndrome and sickle cell anemia as inherited genetic disorders
1.11.b. Using a monohybrid Punnett square to predict the probability of traits passed from parents to offspring
1.2. Identify functions of organelles found in eukaryotic cells, including the nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, mitochondria, chloroplasts, and vacuoles. Example: mitochondria releasing energy for use in cellular respiration 1.2.a. Identifying components of the cell theory
1.2.b. Identifying cells as prokaryotic or eukaryotic
1.2.c. Listing the sequence of the mitotic cell cycle
1.3. Relate major tissues and organs of the skeletal, circulatory, reproductive, muscular, respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems to their functions. 1.3.a. Arranging in order the organizational levels of the human body from the cell through organ systems
1.4. Describe organisms in the six-kingdom classification system by their characteristics. 1.4.a. Recognizing genus and species as components of a scientific name
1.4.b. Identifying contributions of Aristotle and Linnaeus to the early history of taxonomy
1.5. Identify major differences between plants and animals, including internal structures, external structures, methods of locomotion, methods of reproduction, and stages of development. 1.5.a. Describing the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration
1.7. Describe biotic and abiotic factors in the environment. Examples: biotic - plants, animals; abiotic - climate, water, soil 1.7.a. Classifying organisms as autotrophs or heterotrophs
1.7.b. Arranging the sequence of energy flow in an ecosystem through food webs, food chains, and energy pyramids
1.8. Describe the function of chromosomes. 1.8.a. Identifying genes as parts of chromosomes that carry genetic traits
1.9. Identify the process of chromosome reduction in the production of sperm and egg cells during meiosis.
AL.CC.RST.6-8.Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RST.6-8.7. Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
RST.6-8.9. Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
Craft and Structure RST.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
AL.CC.WHST.6-8.Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Research to Build and Present Knowledge WHST.6-8.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Production and Distribution of Writing WHST.6-8.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Text Types and Purposes WHST.6-8.2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes. WHST.6-8.2(a) Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
WHST.6-8.2(f) Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.