TABLE 6.3. LIFE SCIENCE STANDARDS

LEVELS K-4

Characteristics of organisms

Life cycles of organisms

Organisms and environments

LEVELS 5-8

Structure and function in living systems

Reproduction and heredity

Regulation and behavior

Populations and ecosystems

Diversity and adaptations of organisms

LEVELS 9-12

The cell

Molecular basis of heredity

Biological evolution

Interdependence of organisms

Matter, energy, and organization in living systems

Behavior of organisms

TABLE 6.4. EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE STANDARDS

LEVELS K-4

Properties of earth materials

Objects in the sky

Changes in earth and sky

LEVELS 5-8

Structure of the earth system

Earth’s history

Earth in the solar system

LEVELS 9-12

Energy in the earth system

Geochemical cycles

Origin and evolution of the earth system

Origin and evolution of the universe

The science and technology standards establish connections between the natural and designed worlds and provide students with opportunities to develop decision-making abilities. They are not standards for technology education; rather, these standards emphasize abilities associated with the process of design and fundamental understandings about the enterprise of science and its various linkages with technology.

TABLE 6.5. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS

LEVELS K-4

Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans

Abilities of technological design

Understanding about science and technology

LEVELS 5-8

Abilities of technological design

Understanding about science and technology

LEVELS 9-12

Abilities of technological design

Understanding about science and technology



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