7th Grade (SCI) Life Science Standards [LS1] From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
SCI-MS.LS1.04 Use evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how
characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the
probability of successful reproduction.
Clarification Statement: Examples of behaviors that affect the probability of animal reproduction could include
nest building to protect young from cold, herding of animals to protect young from predators, and
vocalization of animals and colorful plumage to attract mates for breeding. Examples of animal behaviors
that affect the probability of plant reproduction could include transferring pollen or seeds and creating
conditions for seed germination and growth. Examples of plant structures could include bright flowers
attracting butterflies that transfer pollen, flower nectar and odors that attract insects that transfer pollen,
and hard shells on nuts that squirrels bury. Disciplinary Core Ideas LS1.B: Growth and Development of
Animals engage in characteristic behaviors
that increase the odds of reproduction. Plants
reproduce in a variety of ways, sometimes
depending on animal behavior and specialized
features for reproduction.
Student Learning Targets:
Skills (Performance) Targets
The Student can ...
... with help, demonstrate a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and some of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
“The Standard.” ... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and processes that were end of instruction expectations.
... demonstrate in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations.
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