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Wisconsin Science Standards

   By the End of Grade 4

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF ORGANISMS
F.4.1 Discover* how each organism meets its basic needs for water, nutrients, protection, and energy* in order to survive 

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5. Habitat
14. Niche
All Animal Sections

F.4.2 Investigate* how organisms, especially plants, respond to both internal cues (the need for  water) and external cues (changes in the environment) 

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1. Adaptation

LIFE CYCLES OF ORGANISMS 
F.4.3 Illustrate* the different ways that organisms grow through life stages and survive to produce  new members of their type 

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All Animal Sections

ORGANISMS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT
F.4.4 Using the science themes*, develop explanations* for the connections among living and  non-living things in various environments 

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5. Habitat
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers
12. Population Dynamics
13. Species Diversity
14. Niche
15. Invasive Species
16. Life at Risk

   
   By the End of Grade 8

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION IN LIVING THINGS 
F.8.2 Show* how organisms have adapted structures to match their functions*, providing means of encouraging individual and group survival within specific
environments 

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

REGULATION AND BEHAVIOR 
F.8.7 Understand* that an organism's behavior evolves through adaptation to its environment 

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

POPULATIONS AND ECOSYSTEMS 
F.8.8 Show* through investigations* how organisms both depend on and contribute to the balance or imbalance of populations and/or ecosystems, which in turn contribute to the total system* of life on the planet 

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

DIVERSITY AND ADAPTATIONS OF ORGANISMS 
F.8.9 Explain* how some of the changes* on the earth are contributing to changes in the balance of  life and affecting the survival or population growth of certain species 

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1. Adaptation
2. Coloration
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration
12. Population Dynamics


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