National Science Education
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.