DE.6. Life Processes
6.1. Structure/Function Relationship
Enduring Understanding: Living systems, from the organismic to the cellular level, demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
6.1.A. Plants and animals are similar to and different from each other in observable structures and behavior. These characteristics distinguish them from each other and from nonliving things. (Level: Essential)
6.1.B. Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival and reproduction. (Level: Essential)
6.2. Matter and Energy Transformations
Enduring Understanding: All organisms transfer matter and convert energy from one form to another. Both matter and energy are necessary to build and maintain structures within the organism.
6.2.A. Plants and animals are living things. All living things have basic needs for survival including air, water, food (nutrients), space, shelter, and light. (Level: Essential)
6.2.B. In addition to basic needs for survival, living things have needs specific to the organism such as temperature range and food requirements. (Level: Important)
6.4. Life Processes and Technology Application
Enduring Understanding: The life processes of organisms are affected by their interactions with each other and their environment, and may be altered by human manipulation.
6.4.C. The ability of an organism to meet its needs for survival is dependent upon its environment. Manipulation of the environment can positively or negatively affect the well being of various organisms that live there. (Level: Important)
DE.7. Diversity and Continuity of Living Things
7.1. Reproduction, Heredity and Development
Enduring Understanding: Organisms reproduce, develop, have predictable life cycles, and pass on heritable traits to their offspring.
7.1.C. All plants and animals go through a life cycle of birth, growth, development, reproduction, and death. This cycle is predictable and describable, but differs from organism to organism. (Level: Essential)
7.3. Technology Applications
Enduring Understanding: The development of technology has allowed us to apply our knowledge of genetics, reproduction, development and evolution to meet human needs and wants.
7.3.A. People use the variety of plants and animals found throughout the world for food, clothing, and shelter (e.g., silk for clothing, wood for building shelters). (Level: Compact)
8.1. Interactions within the Environment
Enduring Understanding: Organisms and their environments are interconnected. Changes in one part of the system will affect other parts of the system.
8.1.B. Plants and animals need enough space and resources to survive. Overcrowding leads to an increased need for resources. (Level: Important)