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Minnesota Science Standards

3.3 Students will document how an organism is able to obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and maintain a stable internal environment while living in a constantly changing external environment.

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

3.3a Describe mechanisms used by organisms to sense changes in the environment.

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

3.3b Formulate and test hypotheses regarding the relationship between environmental stimuli and behavioral responses in organisms.

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

3.3c Describe how behavior can be deduced from structures, artifacts, and fossil evidence.

3.3d Demonstrate how change in the environment has produced change in a group of organisms.

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

3.4 Students categorize the components of an ecosystem on the basis of the energy relationships that exist between the various populations of organisms.

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

   
3.4a Illustrate populations living together and document the physical factors with which they interact in an ecosystem.

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

3.4b Categorize populations of organisms by the functions they serve in an ecosystem.

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

3.4c Describe examples of food chains and food webs and energy relationships.

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

3.4d Conduct experiments on the factors that affect the growth of populations.

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12. Population Dynamics

3.5 Students demonstrate, by example, that organisms have adapted to live in a specific and fairly uniform environment.

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

3.5a Describe major structural characteristics that are used to classify living organisms.

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13. Species Diversity

3.5b Hypothesize the effect of environmental changes on a trait.

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

3.5c Present a case study of the extinction of an organism.

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16. Life at Risk


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