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Updated Content Standards

Simulation:

English Language Arts
All benchmarks could apply in the area of Writing Processes
Grades 5, 6 and 7

   Prewriting
   Drafting, Revising and Editing
   Publishing

All benchmarks could apply in the area of Writing Applications
All benchmarks could apply in the area of Writing Conventions
Spelling

   Punctuation and Capitalization
   Grammar and Usage

All benchmarks could apply in the area of Research
All benchmarks could apply in the area of Communication: Oral and Visual

   Listening and Viewing
   Speaking Skills and Strategies

 

Lesson 1: Graph It! Layers of the Rain Forest

Mathematics
Data Analysis and Probability Standard
Grade 6: Data Collection:

05-07 Benchmark E.
Collect, organize, display and interpret data for a specific purpose or need.

Y2003.CMA.S05.G05-07.BE.L06.I02    Data Collection

02. Select, create and use graphical representations that are appropriate for the type of data collected.

 

Grade 6: Statistical Method:

05-07 Benchmark G.
Evaluate conjectures and predictions based upon data presented in tables and graphs, and identify misuses of statistical data and displays.

Y2003.CMA.S05.G05-07.BG.L06.I06    Statistical Methods

06. Make logical inferences from statistical data.

 

Grade 8: Geometry and Spatial Sense Standard:

08-10 Benchmark B.
Describe and apply the properties of similar and congruent figures; and justify conjectures involving similarity and congruence.

Y2003.CMA.S03.G08-10.BB.L08.I03    Characteristics and Properties

03. Use proportions in several forms to solve problems involving similar figures (part-to-part, part-to-whole, corresponding sides between figures).

 

Lesson 2: Calculating the Height of a Local Tree

Mathematics:
Grade 8: Geometry and Spatial Sense Standard:

08-10 Benchmark B.
Describe and apply the properties of similar and congruent figures; and justify conjectures involving similarity and congruence.

Y2003.CMA.S03.G08-10.BB.L08.I03    Characteristics and Properties

03. Use proportions in several forms to solve problems involving similar figures (part-to-part, part-to-whole, corresponding sides between figures).

 

Grade 9: Characteristics and Properties

08-10 Benchmark I.
Use right triangle trigonometric relationships to determine lengths and angle measures.

Y2003.CMA.S03.G08-10.BI.L09.I01    Characteristics and Properties

01. Define the basic trigonometric ratios in right triangles: sine, cosine and tangent.

Y2003.CMA.S03.G08-10.BI.L09.I02    Characteristics and Properties

02. Apply proportions and right triangle trigonometric ratios to solve problems involving missing lengths and angle measures in similar figures.

 

Lesson 3: Diversity

Science
Life Sciences:
Grade 7: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

6-8 Benchmark C.
Explain how energy entering the ecosystems as sunlight supports the life of organisms through photosynthesis and the transfer of energy through the interactions of organisms and the environment.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G06-08.BC.L07.I02    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

02. Investigate how organisms or populations may interact with one another through symbiotic relationships and how some species have become so adapted to each other that neither could survive without the other (e.g., predator-prey, parasitism, mutualism and commensalism).

 

Grade 8: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

08-10 Benchmark B.
Explain the characteristics of life as indicated by cellular processes and describe the process of cell division and development

Y2003.CSC.S02.G09-10.BB.L10.I04    Characteristics and Structure of Life /

04. Summarize the general processes of cell division and differentiation, and explain why specialized cells are useful to organisms and explain that complex multicellular organisms are formed as highly organized arrangements of differentiated cells.

 

Lesson 4: Where Does It Belong? Classifying Rain Forest Organisms

Science
Life Sciences
Grade 3: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

3-5 Benchmark B.
Analyze plant and animal structures and functions needed for survival and describe the flow of energy through a system that all organisms use to survive.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BB.L03.I03    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

03. Classify animals according to their characteristics (e.g., body coverings and body structure).

 

Grade 4: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

3-5 Benchmark B.
Analyze plant and animal structures and functions needed for survival and describe the flow of energy through a system that all organisms use to survive.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BB.L04.I03    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

03. Classify common plants according to their characteristics (e.g., tree leaves, flowers, seeds, roots and stems).

 

Lesson 5: Hungry? Interrelationships Among Rain Forest Species

Science
Life Sciences
Grade 5: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

3-5 Benchmark B.
Analyze plant and animal structures and functions needed for survival and describe the flow of energy through a system that all organisms use to survive.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BB.L05.I03    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

03. Trace the organization of simple food chains and food webs (e.g., producers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and decomposers).

3-5 Benchmark C.
Compare changes in an organism's ecosystem/habitat that affect its survival.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BC.L05.I04   Diversity and Interdependence of Life

04. Summarize that organisms can survive only in ecosystems in which their needs can be met (e.g., food, water, shelter, air, carrying capacity and waste disposal). The world has different ecosystems and distinct ecosystems support the lives of different types of organisms.

 

Lesson 6: Scratch ‘N Sniff? Rain Forest Products and Your Senses

Mathematics
Data Analysis and Probability Standard

05-07 Benchmark E.
Collect, organize, display and interpret data for a specific purpose or need.

Y2003.CMA.S05.G05-07.BE.L06.I02    Data Collection

02. Select, create and use graphical representations that are appropriate for the type of data collected.

 

Grade 6: Statistical Method:

05-07 Benchmark G.
Evaluate conjectures and predictions based upon data presented in tables and graphs, and identify misuses of statistical data and displays.

Y2003.CMA.S05.G05-07.BG.L06.I06    Statistical Methods

06. Make logical inferences from statistical data.

 

Science
Scientific Inquiry
Grade 6: Doing Scientific Inquiry

6-8 Benchmark A.
Explain that there are differing sets of procedures for guiding scientific investigations and procedures are determined by the nature of the investigation, safety considerations and appropriate tools.

Y2003.CSC.S05.G06-08.BA.L06.I02    Doing Scientific Inquiry

02. Choose the appropriate tools or instruments and use relevant safety procedures to complete scientific investigations.

 

6-8 Benchmark B.
Analyze and interpret data from scientific investigations using appropriate mathematical skills in order to draw valid conclusions.

Y2003.CSC.S05.G06-08.BB.L06.I03    Doing Scientific Inquiry

03. Distinguish between observation and inference.

 

Lesson 7: Weather — Here & There

Mathematics
Data Analysis and Probability Standard

05-07 Benchmark E.
Collect, organize, display and interpret data for a specific purpose or need.

Y2003.CMA.S05.G05-07.BE.L06.I02    Data Collection

02. Select, create and use graphical representations that are appropriate for the type of data collected.

 

Grade 6: Statistical Method:

05-07 Benchmark G.
Evaluate conjectures and predictions based upon data presented in tables and graphs, and identify misuses of statistical data and displays.

Y2003.CMA.S05.G05-07.BG.L06.I06    Statistical Methods

06. Make logical inferences from statistical data.

 

Science
Earth Science
Grade 7: Earth Systems

6-8 Benchmark C.
Describe interactions of matter and energy throughout the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (e.g., water cycle, weather and pollution).

Y2003.CSC.S01.G06-08.BC.L07.I07    Earth Systems

07. Read a weather map to interpret local, regional and national weather.

Y2003.CSC.S01.G06-08.BC.L07.I08    Earth Systems

08. Describe how temperature and precipitation determine climatic zones (biomes) (e.g., desert, grasslands, forests, tundra and alpine).

 

Grade 6: Statistical Method:

05-07 Benchmark G.
Evaluate conjectures and predictions based upon data presented in tables and graphs, and identify misuses of statistical data and displays.

Y2003.CMA.S05.G05-07.BG.L06.I06    Statistical Methods

06. Make logical inferences from statistical data.

 

Lesson 8: What Does The Lorax Know? The Lorax Teachers Concept of Deforestation

Science
Life Sciences
Grade 3: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

3-5 Benchmark B.
Analyze plant and animal structures and functions needed for survival and describe the flow of energy through a system that all organisms use to survive.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BB.L05.I03    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

03. Trace the organization of simple food chains and food webs (e.g., producers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and decomposers).

 

Grade 5: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

3-5 Benchmark C.
Compare changes in an organism's ecosystem/habitat that affect its survival.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BC.L05.I04    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

04. Summarize that organisms can survive only in ecosystems in which their needs can be met (e.g., food, water, shelter, air, carrying capacity and waste disposal). The world has different ecosystems and distinct ecosystems support the lives of different types of organisms.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BC.L05.I06    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

06. Analyze how all organisms, including humans, cause changes in their ecosystems and how these changes can be beneficial, neutral or detrimental (e.g., beaver ponds, earthworm burrows, grasshoppers eating plants, people planting and cutting trees and people introducing a new species).

 

Lesson 9: Changes, Changes, Changes! Adaptations

Science
Life Sciences

3-5 Benchmark B.
Analyze plant and animal structures and functions needed for survival and describe the flow of energy through a system that all organisms use to survive.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BB.L05.I03    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

03. Trace the organization of simple food chains and food webs (e.g., producers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and decomposers).

 

Grade 5: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

3-5 Benchmark C.
Compare changes in an organism's ecosystem/habitat that affect its survival.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BC.L05.I04    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

04. Summarize that organisms can survive only in ecosystems in which their needs can be met (e.g., food, water, shelter, air, carrying capacity and waste disposal). The world has different ecosystems and distinct ecosystems support the lives of different types of organisms.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BC.L05.I06    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

06. Analyze how all organisms, including humans, cause changes in their ecosystems and how these changes can be beneficial, neutral or detrimental (e.g., beaver ponds, earthworm burrows, grasshoppers eating plants, people planting and cutting trees and people introducing a new species).

 

Lesson 10: How Long Will It Take? Deforestation

Mathematics:
Grade 8: Geometry and Spatial Sense Standard:

08-10 Benchmark B.
Describe and apply the properties of similar and congruent figures; and justify conjectures involving similarity and congruence.

Y2003.CMA.S03.G08-10.BB.L08.I03    Characteristics and Properties

03. Use proportions in several forms to solve problems involving similar figures (part-to-part, part-to-whole, corresponding sides between figures).

 

Lesson 11: Game Day? Differences Between Plants an Animals

Science
Life Sciences
Grade 3: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

3-5 Benchmark B.
Analyze plant and animal structures and functions needed for survival and describe the flow of energy through a system that all organisms use to survive.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BB.L03.I03    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

03. Classify animals according to their characteristics (e.g., body coverings and body structure).

 

Grade 4: Diversity and Interdependence of Life

3-5 Benchmark B.
Analyze plant and animal structures and functions needed for survival and describe the flow of energy through a system that all organisms use to survive.

Y2003.CSC.S02.G03-05.BB.L04.I03    Diversity and Interdependence of Life

03. Classify common plants according to their characteristics (e.g., tree leaves, flowers, seeds, roots and stems).