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North Dakota Science Standards

   Grades K - 4

Standard 4: LIFE SCIENCE

Students understand the basic concepts and principles of life science.

Benchmarks

4.4.1 Understand characteristics of organisms.

4.4.2 Know the characteristics of the life cycle of organisms.

4.4.3 Understand the relationships between organisms and environments.

4.4.4 Understand how changes in life forms have occurred over time.

Examples of Specific Knowledge that Support the Standard and Benchmarks

4.4.1 all living things have basic needs in order to survive (i.e., water, air, nutrients, light)

NatureWorks Episodes

5. Habitat
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
9. The Wildlife Web I 
10. The Wildlife  Web II

4.4.2 all living things go through stages of development, inherited and non-inheritedcharacteristics

NatureWorks Episodes

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

4.4.3 all animals depend on plants; food chains, food webs; animal and plant patterns of behavior are related to the nature of their environment; organisms, including humans, cause changes in their environments that can be beneficial or detrimental

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

4.4.4 changes in structure and functions (e.g., past to present-day buffalo), diversity, fossil records

NatureWorks Episodes

1. Adaptation
2. Coloration
3. Natural Communication
4. Migration
12. Population Dynamics
13. Species Diversity
14. Niche
15. Invasive Species
16. Life at Risk
   
   Grades 5-8

Standard 4: LIFE SCIENCE

Students understand the basic concepts and principles of life science.

Benchmarks

8.4.1 Understand relationships between structure and function in living systems.

8.4.2 Understand the basic principles governing genetics and reproduction.

8.4.3 Understand the importance of regulation and behavior of organisms.

8.4.4 Understand the interactions of organisms and their environment.

8.4.5 Understand the relationships between physical and biological factors inecosystems.

Examples of Specific Knowledge that Support the Standard and Benchmarks

8.4.1 differences between living and nonliving, life activities, parts of a cell, levels of organization

8.4.2 life comes from life, genes, chromosomes, asexual and sexual reproduction, parts of a flower, genetic engineering, DNA, RNA, mutation, adaptation

NatureWorks Episodes

1. Adaptation
2. Coloration
3. Natural Communication

8.4.3 life span, respiration, excretion, absorption, nutrition, levels of growth,metamorphosis, role of disease

NatureWorks Episodes

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

8.4.4 producers and consumers, food web, natural cycles, recycling, conservation practices, adaptations, human impact on the environment (e.g., pollution, overpopulation), natural selection, extinction, evolution

NatureWorks Episodes

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

8.4.5 dependency of life on energy and matter, renewable and nonrenewableresources 

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



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