KY.AE. Academic Expectation
AE.2. Students shall develop their abilities to apply core concepts and principles from mathematics, the sciences, the arts, the humanities, social studies, practical living studies, and vocational studies to what they will encounter throughout their lives.
2.1. Science: Students understand scientific ways of thinking and working and use those methods to solve real-life problems.
2.3. Science: Students identify and analyze systems and the ways their components work together or affect each other.
2.5. Science: Students understand that under certain conditions nature tends to remain the same or move toward a balance.
KY.CC. Core Content for Assessment v.4.1
SC-06-3.5. Biological Change: At the middle school level, students study relationships among populations and ecosystems that contribute to the success or demise of a specific population or species. Students construct basic explanations that can account for the great diversity among organisms.
SC-06-3.5.2. Biological Science: Students will understand that regulation of an organism's internal environment involves sensing the internal environment and changing physiological activities to keep conditions within the range required to survive. Maintaining a stable internal environment is essential for an organism's survival.
KY.CC.6-8.WHST. Writing Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Text Types and Purposes
6-8.WHST.2. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
6-8.WHST.2.d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
KY.PS. Program of Studies 2006
SC-6-BC. Big Idea: Biological Change (Biological Science) - The only thing certain is that everything changes. At the middle school level, students study relationships among populations and ecosystems that contribute to the success or demise of a specific population or species. Students construct basic explanations that can account for the great diversity among organisms. (Academic Expectations 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6)
SC-6-BC-S-2. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will explain how various organisms sense (e.g. hunger, fatigue, temperature awareness) and control their internal environments (e.g. fat metabolism, adrenaline release, perspiration) and how this contributes to their survival
SC-6-BC-U-2. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that sensing and controlling internal processes in response to the external environment are essential for an organism's survival, regardless of how simple or complex it is.
SC-6-BC-U-3. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that scientists vary widely in what they study and how they do their work. While there is no fixed set of steps they follow, the basic process of science involves collecting relevant evidence, logical reasoning and the use of imaginative thinking in constructing explanations for what they observe.