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New Hampshire Science Standards

Standard 3a

Students will demonstrate an increasing ability to recognize patterns and products of evolution, including genetic variation, specialization, adaptation, and natural selection.

Proficiency Standards
By the end of grade six, students will be able to:

1. Classify a variety of organisms based on their characteristics, and use this scheme as a tool to organize information about the diversity of life forms.

NatureWorks Episodes

1. Adaptation
2. Coloration
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration
13. Species Diversity

2.Describe/identify random differences between individuals of the same species of plant or animal, e.g. students can examine parts of plants of the same species and recognize variations, and can construct graphs and charts showing the variations.

3. Describe/identify similarities and differences among multiple offspring of same parents, and between parents and offspring.

4. Collect data on inherited characteristics and use the data to explain how traits are passed from generation to generation.

NatureWorks Episodes

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

5. Relate the structure of body parts to function, e.g. when presented with teeth (or models of teeth) from various animals, students can make inferences concerning what the animal eats.

NatureWorks Episodes

1. Adaptation

6. Create examples of food chains and webs in several types of ecosystems, e.g. deciduous forest, fresh water, desert, etc.

NatureWorks Episodes

6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers
   
Standard 3b

Students will demonstrate an increasing ability to understand how environmental factors affect all living systems (i.e. individuals, community, biome, the biosphere) as well as species to species interactions.

Proficiency Standards
By the end of grade six, students will be able to:


1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the process of photosynthesis and its importance for all life forms.

NatureWorks Episodes

9. The Wildlife Web I 

2. Identify and describe the basic requirements for sustaining life, e.g. plants and animals need food for energy and growth.

NatureWorks Episodes

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

3. Conduct an investigation which illustrates how the environment affects the viability of plants or animals within that environment.

NatureWorks Episodes

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
15. Invasive Species
16. Life at Risk

4. Describe and give examples of the various types of interactions that occur among organisms (e.g. predator-prey, symbiotic, producer-consumer-decomposer, host-parasite) to demonstrate how organisms compete or cooperate with each other to gain food, resources or space.

NatureWorks Episodes

10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers
12. Population Dynamics
15. Invasive Species
16. Life at Risk

5. Identify and describe examples of New Hampshire animals and plants that live together in one ecosystem, e.g. forest, seashore, lake, river, stream.

NatureWorks Episodes

All NatureWorks Episodes were partially shot in New Hampshire.

Standard 3c

Students will demonstrate an increasing ability to understand that organisms are linked to one another and to their physical setting by the transfer and transformation of matter and energy to maintain a dynamic equilibrium.

Proficiency Standards
By the end of grade six, students will be able to:

1. Identify common materials that cycle through the environment, e.g. carbon, water, carbon dioxide, oxygen.

NatureWorks Episodes

6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers

2. Explore through models, experiments, and observations how matter and energy interact in any ecosystem.

NatureWorks Episodes

6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers

3. Describe how organisms can acquire energy directly or indirectly from the energy of the sun.

NatureWorks Episodes

9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II



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