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Science Standards

A self guided tour of the Tennessee Aquarium enables your students to apply many of your state curriculum objectives. The examples listed below indicate a few of the many ways the Tennessee Aquarium can connect your field trip to your state's science standards.  

National Science Education
Content Standards


Kindergarten through Fourth Grade

  • Develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
  • Develop an understanding of the characteristics of organisms.
  • Develop an understanding of organisms and environments.


Fifth through Eighth Grade

  • Develop an understanding of regulation and behavior in animals.
  • Develop an understanding of diversity and adaptations of organisms.
  • Develop an understanding of structure and function in living systems.


Ninth through Twelfth

  • Develop an understanding of the interdependence of organisms.
  • Develop an understanding of natural and human induced hazards.
  • Develop an understanding of environmental quality.

Alabama Science Course of Study
Content Standards 


Kindergarten through Second Grade

  • Compare size, shape, structure and basic needs of living things. (K)
  • Classify objects using the five senses. (K)
  • Describe survival traits of living things, including color, shape, size, texture and covering. (1)
  • Identify characteristics of animals, including behavior, size and body covering. (2)


Third through Fifth Grade

  • Identify how organisms are classified in the Animalia and Plantae kingdoms. (3)
  • Describe ways to sustain natural resources, including recycling, reusing, conserving and protecting the environment. (3)
  • Describe the interdependence of plants and animals. (4)
  • Classify animals as vertebrates or invertebrates and as endotherms or ectotherms. (4)
  • Describe the relationship of populations within a habitat to various communities and ecosystems. (5)


Sixth through Eighth Grade

  • Describe Earth's biomes. (6)
  • Describe organisms in the six kingdom classification system by their characteristics. (7)
  • Describe evidence of species variation due to climate, changing landforms, interspecies interaction and genetic mutation. (7)
  • Describe biotic and abiotic factors in the environment. (7)


Ninth through Twelfth Grade

  • Differentiate between the previous five kingdom and current six kingdom classification systems. (Biology)
  • Describe protective adaptations of animals, including mimicry, camouflage, beak type, migration and hibernation. (Biology)
  • Trace the flow of energy as it decreases through the trophic levels from producers to the quaternary level in food chains, food webs and energy pyramids. (Biology)
  • Identify biomes based on environmental factors and native organisms. (Biology)
  • Differentiate among freshwater, brackish water and saltwater ecosystems. (Aquascience, Marine Science)
  • Describe adaptations that allow organisms to exist in specific aquatic environments. (Aquascience)
  • Identify patterns and interrelationships among producers, consumers, scavengers and decomposers in a marine ecosystem. (Marine Science)
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of representative aquatic organisms. (Marine Science)
  • Define basic anatomical terminology associated with the study of animals. (Zoology)

  Tennessee Science Curriculum Standards       Accomplishments


   Kindergarten:

  • K.2.2 Realize that organisms use their senses to interact with their environment.
  • K.5.2 Recognize that living things have features that help them to survive in different environments. Know that different organisms tend to be found in different environments.


   First Grade:

  • 1.2.2 Realize that organisms use their senses to interact with their environment.
  • 1.2.3 Examine interrelationships among plants, animals and their environment.
  • 1.2.4 Recognize that the environment and the organisms that live in it can be affected by pollution.
  • 1.3.1 Recognize the basic requirements and basic needs of all living things.
  • 1.5.1 Recognize the differences among plants and animals of the same kind.
  • 1.5.2 Recognize that living things have features that help them to survive in different environments.


   Second Grade:

  • 2.2.2 Realize that organisms use their senses to interact with the environment.
  • 2.2.3 Examine interrelationships among plants, animals and their environment.
  • 2.2.4. Recognize that the environment and the organisms that live in it can be affected by pollution.
  • 2.3.1 Recognize the basic requirements of all living things.
  • 2.4.3 Recognize that the appearance of plants and animals changes as they mature.
  • 2.5.1 Recognize the differences among plants and animals of the same kind.
  • 2.5.2 Recognize that living things have features that help them to survive in different environments.

  Tennessee Science Curriculum Standards
     
State Performance Indicators


   Third Grade—The student is able to:

  • 3.1.spi.2. Identify the part that belongs to a specific plant or animal.
  • 3.1.spi.3. Identify the function of specific plant and animal parts.
  • 3.2.spi.1. Distinguish between living and non living things in an illustration.
  • 3.2.spi.2. Select the plants and animals found in a specific environment.
  • 3.2.spi.3. Identify the sense used to collect specific information.
  • 3.2.spi.4. Identify the environment that has been impacted by pollutants.
  • 3.3.spi.1. Identify the basic needs of plants and animals.
  • 3.3.spi.2. Recognize that animals obtain their food by eating plants or other animals.
  • 3.3.spi.3. Recognize that plants use sunlight, water and air for photosynthesis.
  • 3.4.spi.2. Select the illustration that shows an adult organism.
  • 3.4.spi.3. Select the illustration that shows how an organism changes as it matures.
  • 3.5.spi.l. Identify groups of similar organisms (i.e., plants and animals).
  • 3.5.spi.2. Identify an organism that belongs in a specific environment.
  • 3.5.spi.3. Identify the characteristics that enable a specific plant and/or animal to survive in its environment.
  • 3.10.spi.3. Identify methods for conserving natural resources.

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