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Mississippi Science Standards

   Grade 3

1. Investigate how objects and organisms influence other objects and organisms. (L, S) 3.1 

a. Identify major causes of endangerment and extinction. 3.1.1

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b. Distinguish between harmful and helpful human actions on the environment. 3.1.2

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5. Habitat
12. Population Dynamics

2. Explore the contribution of the components of a system to the operation of a system. (L) 3.2 

a. Identify that living organisms are made of cells. 3.2.1 

b. List basic requirements needed for cells to maintain life. 3.2.2 

c. Discuss the role of plants in the food chain. 3.2.3 

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d. Label the parts and functions of a flower. 3.2.4 

e. Describe the interdependence between major organs and organ systems. 3.2.5

3. Explore the diversity of living things. (L) 3.3 

a. Observe that offspring inherit some but not all the characteristics of their parents. 3.3.1 

b. Group animals into vertebrate classes based on characteristics. 3.3.2 

c. Identify physical and behavioral adaptations that help animals survive in their habitats. 3.3.3

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1. Adaptation
2. Coloration
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration
9. The Wildlife Web I
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers
13. Species Diversity
   Grade 4

1. Investigate the capacity of living things to adapt to their environment. (L) 4.1 

a. Define the concept of inherited traits by giving examples of human characteristics that could be passed down from parent to offspring. 4.1.1 

b. Distinguish between inherited traits and learned behaviors. 4.1.2 

c. Explain the role of animals in the food chain. 4.1.3 

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10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers

d. Compare and contrast adaptations necessary for animals and plants to survive in different habitats. 4.1.4

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1. Adaptation
2. Coloration
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration

2. Explore the interactions of components in simple systems. (L) 4.2 

a. Explain that differences exist between cells and their functions in all living organisms. 4.2.1 

b. Identify parts of various body systems (circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems). 4.2.2 

c. Group animals in invertebrate and vertebrate classes based on a variety of characteristics. 4.2.3 

d. Outline the four requirements necessary for photosynthesis. 4.2.4

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3. Discover how systems respond to stress. (L, S) 4.3 

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16. Life at Risk

a. Recognize the need for conservation of water resources. 4.3.1 

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6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities 

b. Discuss the ways man can protect and manage organisms in the environment. 4.3.2

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12. Population Dynamics
   
   Grade 5

2. Investigate the diversity of structure and methods by which living things meet their needs. (L) 5.2 

a. Investigate an ecosystem including several food chains within a community. 5.2.1

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5. Habitat
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities 
8. Terrestrial Communities
9. The Wildlife Web 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers

b. Identify the producers, consumers, and decomposers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivorous, parasites, and saprophytes interacting in a food web. 5.2.2 

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9. The Wildlife Web I
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers

c. Describe the importance of adaptations to animal and plant survival in their environment. 5.2.3 

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1. Adaptation
2. Coloration
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration

d. Identify major nutrients needed for body processes. 5.2.4 

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9. The Wildlife Web I
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers
   Grade 6

2. Investigate the diversity of methods by which living things meet their needs. (L, E, P) 6.2 

a. Differentiate between land and water biomes including the animal competition for food, water, shelter, and space within each biome. 6.2.1 

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5. Habitat
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities 
8. Terrestrial Communities

b. Observe that plants respond to light and gravity. 6.2.2 

c. Research the effects of habitat change on migratory and non-migratory species. 6.2.3

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4. Migration

d. Classify plants and animals according to structural adaptations in their environment. 6.2.4

e. Classify invertebrates and vertebrates based on their characteristics. 5.2.5



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