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National Science Education Content Standards: 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 science standards.

Hamilton County, TN Learning Expectations:

Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
• Recognize that living things have features that help them survive in different environments. (K-3)
• Realize that organisms use their senses to interact with their environment. (K-3)
• Examine interrelationships among plants, animals and their environment. (1-3)
• Recognize that the environment and the organisms that live in it can be affected by pollution. (1,2)
• Recognize the basic requirements of all living things. (1,2)
• Recognize the differences among plants and animals of the same kind. (1-3)
• Recognize that the appearance of plants and animals changes as they mature. (2)
• Investigate the relationships among organisms in a specific ecosystem. (4,5)
• Recognize that organisms are able to change their environment. (4,5)
• Recognize the function of specific structures in organisms that allow them to obtain and use energy. (4,5)
• Investigate the life cycle of different organisms. (4,5)
• Realize that plants and animals can be grouped according to their similarities and differences in their characteristics. (4,5)
• Determine that adaptations help organisms to survive in their environments. (4,5)

Sixth through Eighth Grade
• Examine the competitive relationships among organisms within an ecosystem. (6)
• Recognize relationships within food chains. (6)
• Understand how organisms are adapted for surviving in particular environments. (6)
• Reason how environmental changes are associated with the extinction of a species. (6)
• Describe the movement of oxygen and carbon dioxide between living things and the environment. (7)
• Identify characteristics used by scientists to classify organisms into different categories. (7)
• Identify the major biomes of the world. (7)

Ninth through Twelfth Grade Grademarkers
• Investigate the diversity of organisms by analyzing systems of classification, exploring diverse environments and comparing life cycles. (Biology 1)
• Describe the transfer of energy among organisms, systems and communities. (Biology 1)
• Investigate the interactions of organisms with their environment through different relationships, population dynamics and patterns of behavior. (Biology 1)

Tennessee Science Curriculum Content Standards:

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
• The student will investigate how living things interact with one another and with non-living elements of their environment. (K-3, 4-5, 6-8)
• The student will study the basic parts of plants, investigate how plants produce food and discover that plants and animals use food to sustain life. (K-3, 4-5, 6-7)
• The student will understand the basic principles of inheritance. (K-3, 4-5, 7-8)
• The student will understand that living things have characteristics that enable them to survive in their environment. (K-3, 4-5, 6, 8)
• The student will understand that the earth has many geological features that are constantly changing. (K-3)
• The student will understand that living things have changed over time. (4-5, 6)

Ninth through Twelfth Grade
• The student will investigate the relationship and interaction between living organisms and their environment. (Life Science)
• The student will investigate the diversity of organisms by analyzing taxonomic systems, exploring diverse environments and comparing life cycles. (Life Science, Biology I)
• The student will investigate the interactions of organisms within their environments through different relationships, population dynamics and patterns of behavior. (Biology I)
• The student will investigate factors that influence and are influenced by the natural environment. (Environmental Science, Ecology)
The student will trace the interaction of humans with their environment. (Environmental Science, Ecology)

Georgia Science Performance Standards:

Kindergarten through Second Grade
• Students will communicate scientific ideas and activities clearly. (K-2)
• Students will sort living organisms and non-living materials into groups by observable physical attributes. (K)
• Students will compare the similarities and differences in groups of organisms. (K)
• Students will investigate the characteristics and basic needs of plants and animals. (1)
• Students will investigate the life cycles of different living organisms. (2)

Third through Fifth Grade
• Students will investigate the habitats of different organisms and the dependence of organisms on their habitat. (3)
• Students will recognize the effects of pollution and humans on the environment. (3)
• Students will describe the roles of organisms and the flow of energy within an ecosystem. (4)
• Students will identify factors that affect the survival or extinction of organisms such as adaptation, variation of behaviors (hibernation) and external features (camouflage and protection). (4)
• Students will classify organisms into groups and relate how they determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification. (5)

Sixth through Eighth Grade
• Students will use the ideas of system, model, change and scale in exploring scientific and technological matters. (6-8)
• Students will communicate scientific ideas and activities clearly. (6-8)
• Students will investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically. (7)
• Students will examine the dependence of organisms on one another and their environments. (7)

Ninth through Twelfth Grade
• Students will identify and investigate problems scientifically.
• Students will derive the relationship between single-celled and multi-celled organisms and the increasing complexity of systems.
• Students will assess the dependence of all organisms on one another and the flow of energy and matter within their ecosystems.

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)

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.

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

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