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South Dakota Science Standards

   Grade 3

STUDENTS WILL: 

1.identify the basic structures and functions of plants.

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2.identify basic structures and functions of animals.

3.explain how behavioral and physical adaptations allow animals to respond to life needs. (example: finding shelter, defending themselves, hibernation, and camouflage) 

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

4.describe similarities and differences of offspring within families.

5.explain reasons for the extinction of species. (example: theories about why dinosaurs disappeared) 

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6.describe cause and effect relationships in living systems.

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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

7.describe how species depend on one another and on the environment for survival.

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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

8.investigate and understand how environments support a diversity of plants and animals that share limited resources.

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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

9.describe ways humans impact air, water, and habitat quality.

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4. Migration
5. Habitat
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
12. Population Dynamics
14. Niche
15. Invasive Species
16. Life at Risk
   Grade 4

STUDENTS WILL

1.understand basic structures and their functions in common plants. (example: leaves, stems, roots, flowers)  2.describe how component parts make up the human body system. (example: digestive, skeletal, muscular systems)  3.differentiate between vertebrates and invertebrates. 4.describe behavioral and structural adaptations plants and animals make to survive in a given environment.

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

5.explain how the size of a population is dependent upon the available resources within its community.

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12. Population Dynamics

6.examine how the fossil record, which has occurred over time, provides evidence of change in organisms. 7.describe the organization of living communities.

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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
13. Species Diversity
14. Niche

8.model the flow of energy through food webs.

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

9.identify habitats and niches.

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

10.describe various influences human activity can have on ecosystems.

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5. Habitat
15. Invasive Species
16. Life at Risk

11.describe important South Dakota natural resources.

   
   Grade 5

STUDENTS WILL:

1.describe basic process of photosynthesis in plants.

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2.use distinguishing characteristics of organisms to understand the five kingdoms of living things.

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13. Species Diversity

3.differentiate between vascular and nonvascular plants.

4.invent classification systems that serve specific purposes.

5.associate physical characteristics with family lineage. (example: height, hair color, eye color) 

6.describe parts and basic life processes involved with reproduction in plants. (example: pollination, stamen, pistil, sepal, embryo, spore, seed) 

7.understand that special relationships enable some organisms to survive. (example: adaptation, parasitism, mutation) 

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

8.describe how changes in habitat can harm and/or help the survival of organisms.

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

9.describe biotic and abiotic characteristics of various ecosystems. (example: prairie, ocean, desert) 

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

10.model the flow of energy in food webs and pyramids.

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

11.recognize that changes in habitat may harm or help organisms. (example: irrigation, land drainage, erosion, earthquakes, fires) 
5. Habitat
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
12. Population Dynamics
14. Niche
15. Invasive Species
16. Life at Risk

12.describe how natural events and/or human influences can affect survival of species.

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5. Habitat
6. Marine Communities
7. Fresh Water Communities
8. Terrestrial Communities
16. Life at Risk

13.analyze relationships among organisms in aquatic and terrestrial food chains. (example: producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, predator-prey) 

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

SIXTH GRADE LIFE SCIENCE STANDARDS

   Grade 6

STUDENTS WILL 
1.describe basic cell structures and related functions.

2.describe structure and function of the human skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and reproductive systems.

3.identify basic parts of plant and animal cells. (example: nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplast, cell membrane, cell wall) 

4.understand that cells are the building blocks of living things.

5.identify the basic life processes that occur in cells. (example: growth, energy, reproduction, waste elimination).

6.describe the difference between a hybrid and a purebred organism.

7.describe the reproduction process for various organisms and its importance to the survival of given species.

8.investigate how variation in each species is due to the exchange and interaction of genetic information as it is passed from parent to offspring.

9.investigate how the fossil record that has occurred over time provides evidence of changes in the kinds of plants and animals in the environment.

10.investigate the process of energy transformation in photosynthesis.

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9. The Wildlife Web I 

11.analyze how organisms depend on other organisms and on the nonliving components of the environment.

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

12.describe the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers in a system.

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

13.analyze energy use in food webs and food pyramids.

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

14.model cycles in ecosystems. (example: water, carbon dioxide/oxygen, nitrogen) 

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


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