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Living Environment: Competition and Variation

<b>Living Environment: Competition and Variation </b>

Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Key Idea:

Individual organisms and species change over time.

“Throughout time, plants and animals have changed depending on their environment. In learning how organisms have been successful in their habitats, students should observe and record information about plants and animals. They should begin to recognize how differences among individuals within a species can help an organism or population to survive. Students at this level will identify the behaviors and physical adaptations that allow organisms to survive in their environment.” From the Elementary Science Core Curriculum Guidelines

Performance Indicator:

Observe that differences within a species may give individuals an advantage in surviving and

3.2a Individuals within a species may compete with each other for food, mates, space, water, and shelter in
    their environment.

<b>Living Environment: Competition and Variation </b> has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.