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New Mexico Science Standards

Content Standard 10:

Students will know and understand the characteristics that are the basis for classifying organisms.

   Grades K-4
Students will demonstrate awareness of living things

as single or multicellular with basic needs; 

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

as surviving in environments that meet their needs; 

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

with different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and  reproduction; 
as part of systems such as food chains; 

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

as capable of  gathering information about themselves and their environments through senses; 

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3. Natural Communication

as similar within species but unique as individuals;

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13. Species Diversity
14. Niche

describe life cycles of plants and animals.
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   Grades 5-8

Students will use information about living things including: 

the roles of structure and function as complementary in the organization of living systems;

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1. Adaptation

cells as the fundamental unit of life; 

the functions of cells which sustain life; 

cell division; 

the use of nutrients by cells; 

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

the role of heredity and environment in the characteristics of individual organisms; 

that small genetic differences between offspring and parents may accumulate in succeeding
generations and may or may not be advantageous for the species; 

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1. Adaptation

and disease as a breakdown in the structures or functions of an organism; 

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12. Population Dynamics
 

   
Content Standard 11:

Students will know and understand the synergy among organisms and the environments of organisms.
   Grades K-4
Students will:

explain how an organism's patterns of behavior are related to its environment; 

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

describe how all animals depend on plants for food either directly or indirectly;

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

describe how organisms cause changes in their environments;

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14. Niche
15. Invasive Species

describe a population;

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12. Population Dynamics

describe an ecosystem;

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

describe the impact humans have on other species;

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4. Migration
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
   Grades 5-8

Students will: 

distinguish among organisms based on the way an organism regulates its internal environment in relation to changes in its external environment; 

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

describe how organisms 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
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration
5. Habitat
13. Species Diversity
14. Niche

predict behavior in relation to changes in an organism's internal and external environments;

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1. Adaptation
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration

use knowledge of population characteristics to distinguish specific populations;

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12. Population Dynamics

categorize organisms based on the function they serve within their ecosystem;
9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II
11. Decomposers and Scavengers
14. Niche

examine the impact humans have had on other species and natural systems over time; 

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16. Life at Risk



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