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Grade 3-5 Life Science Standards and Posters (8.5 x11")

Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS) for 3-5 Life Science with Illustrated Posters

A Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS)

3-5 Life Science Progression:

LS1.A Structure and  Function
Organisms have both internal and external macroscopic structures that allow for growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.

LS1.B Growth and Development of Organisms
Reproduction is essential to every kind of organism. Organisms have unique and diverse life cycles.

LS1.C Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
Food provides animals with the materials and energy they need for body repair, growth, warmth, and motion. Plants acquire material for growth chiefly from air, water, and process matter and obtain energy from sunlight, which is used to maintain conditions necessary for survival.

LS1.D Information Processing

Different sense receptors are specialized for particular kinds of information; Animals use their perceptions and memories to guide their actions.

LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

The food of almost any animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants, while decomposers restore some materials back to the soil.

LS2.B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

Matter cycles between the air and soil and among organisms as they live and die.

LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

When the environment changes some organisms survive and reproduce, some move to new locations, some move into the transformed environment, and some die.

LS2.D Social Interactions and Group Behavior

Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes.

LS3.A Inheritance of Traits
Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information; the environment also affects the traits that an organism develops.

LS3.B Variation of Traits

Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information; the environment also affects the traits that an organism develops.

LS4.A Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
Some living organisms resemble organisms that once lived on Earth. Fossils provide evidence about the types of organisms and environments that existed long ago.

LS4.B Natural Selection

Differences in characteristics between individuals of the same species provide advantages in surviving and reproducing.

LS4.C Adaptation
Particular organisms can only survive in particular environments.

LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans
Populations of organisms live in a variety of habitats. Change in those habitats affects the organisms living there.

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*ALSO Look for NGSS Performance Expectations included in the PDF below

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Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS) for 3-5 Life Science with Illustrated Posters
Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS) for 3-5 Life Science with Illustrated Posters
Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS) for 3-5 Life Science with Illustrated Posters
Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS) for 3-5 Life Science with Illustrated Posters
Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS) for 3-5 Life Science with Illustrated Posters
Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS) for 3-5 Life Science with Illustrated Posters
Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS) for 3-5 Life Science with Illustrated Posters
Disciplinary Core List of Standards (NGSS) for 3-5 Life Science with Illustrated Posters

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