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Montana Science Standards

Science Content Standard 3

Students demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.

   End of Grade 4

1. identify that plants and animals have structures and systems, which serve different functions.

NatureWorks Episodes

1. Adaptation
2. Coloration
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration
9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers/Scavengers
14. Niche

2. identify and describe basic requirements of energy needed and nutritional needs for each human body system

3. develop models that trace the life cycles of different plants and animals and discuss how they differ from species to species.

4. explain cause and effect relationships in living systems and nonliving components within ecosystems.

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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/Scavengers
12. Population Dynamics
14. Niche
15. Invasive Species
16. Life at Risk

5. create and use a classification system to group a variety of plants and animals according to their similarities and differences.

NatureWorks Episodes

6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers/Scavengers
13. Species Diversity
14. Niche
   
   End of Grade 8

1. compare the structure and function of prokaryotic cells (bacteria) and eukaryotic cells (plant, animal, etc.).

2. explain how organisms and systems of organisms obtain and use energy resources to maintain stable conditions and how they respond to stimuli (e.g., development, photosynthesis, respiration).

NatureWorks Episodes

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

 3. communicate the differences in the reproductive processes of a variety of plants and animals using the principles of genetic modeling (e.g., Punet squares).

4. Investigate and explain the interdependent nature of biological systems in the environment and how they are affected by human interaction.

NatureWorks Episodes

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

 5. use a basic classification scheme to identify local plants and animals.

NatureWorks Episodes

6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers/Scavengers
13. Species Diversity
14. Niche



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