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Colorado Science Standards

   Grade K-4

In grades K-4, what students know and are able to do includes: 

distinguishing living from nonliving things; 

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classifying a variety of organisms according to selected characteristics (for example, backbone vs. no backbone); 

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describing the basic needs (for example, food, water, air, shelter, space) of an organism; and 

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giving examples of how organisms interact with each other and with nonliving parts of their habitat.

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   Grade 5-8

As students in grades 5-8 extend their knowledge, what they know and are able to do includes:

constructing and using classification systems based on the structure of organisms; 

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13. Species Diversity

describing the importance of plant and animal adaptations, including local examples; 

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

creating and interpreting food chains and food webs; 

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

explaining the interaction and interdependence of nonliving and living components within ecosystems; and 

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5. Habitat
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
12. Population Dynamics
13. Species Diversity
14. Niche
15. Invasive Species
16. Life at Risk

describing how an environment's ability to provide food, water, space, and essential nutrients determines carrying capacity.

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12. Population Dynamics


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