7th Grade (SCI) Life Science Standards [LS4] Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
SCI-MS.LS4.01 Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document
the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the
history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate
today as in the past.
Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on finding patterns of changes in the level of complexity of anatomical structures in organisms
and the chronological order of fossil appearance in the rock layers Disciplinary Core Ideas LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and
The collection of fossils and their placement in
chronological order (e.g., through the location
of the sedimentary layers in which they are
found or through radioactive dating) is known
as the fossil record. It documents the
existence, diversity, extinction, and change of
many life forms throughout the history of life
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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