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Virginia Science Standards

   Grade 3 - Life Processes

3.4  The student will investigate and understand that behavioral and physical adaptations allow animals to respond to life needs. Key concepts include 

* methods of gathering and storing food, finding shelter, defending themselves, and rearing young; 

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 * hibernation, migration, camouflage, mimicry, instinct, and learned behavior.

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1. Adaptation
2. Coloration
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration
   Grade 3 - Living Systems

3.5  The student will investigate and understand relationships among organisms in aquatic and terrestrial food chains. Key concepts include 

* producer, consumer, decomposer; 

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

* herbivore, carnivore, omnivore; 

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10. The Wildlife  Web II

3.6  The student will investigate and understand that environments support a diversity of plants and animals that share limited  resources. Key concepts include 

* water-related environments (pond, marshland, swamp, stream,  river, and ocean environments); 

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6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities

* dry-land environments (desert, grassland, rainforest, and forest environments); and 

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8. Terrestrial Communities

* population and community.

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5. Habitat
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
12. Population Dynamics
   Grade 4 - Life Processes  

4.4  The student will investigate and understand basic plant anatomy and life processes. Key concepts include 

* the structures of typical plants (leaves, stems, roots, and flowers); 

* processes and structures involved with reproduction (pollination, stamen, pistil, sepal, embryo, spore, and seed); 

* photosynthesis (chlorophyll, carbon dioxide); and 

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* dormancy.

   Grade 4 - Living Systems   

4.5  The student will investigate and understand how plants and animals in an ecosystem interact with one another and the nonliving environment. Key concepts
include 

* behavioral and structural adaptations; 

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

* organization of communities; 

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

* flow of energy through food webs; 

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9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers
12. Population Dynamics
14. Niche

* habitats and niches; 

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5. Habitat
14. Niche

* life cycles; and 

* influence of human activity on ecosystems.

   
   Grade 5

5.5  The student will investigate and understand that organisms are made of cells and have distinguishing characteristics. Key concepts include 

* parts of a cell; 

* five kingdoms of living things; 

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13. Species Diversity

* vascular and nonvascular plants; and 

* vertebrates and invertebrates.

   Grade 6  - Life Processes  

6.8  The student will investigate and understand that organisms perform life processes that are essential for the survival and perpetuation of the species. Key
concepts include 

*   energy transformation (from food or photosynthesis); and 

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9. The Wildlife Web I 

*   respiration, movement, waste removal, growth, irritability (response), and reproduction.

   Grade 6  - Living Systems   

6.9  The student will investigate and understand that organisms depend on other organisms and the nonliving components of the environment. Key concepts include: producers, consumers, and decomposers;

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

*   food webs and food pyramids; and 

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

*   cycles (water, carbon dioxide/oxygen, nitrogen).

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9. The Wildlife Web I 
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities





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