New Mexico Standards
NM.II. Content of Science: Life Science: Understand the properties, structures, and processes of living things and the interdependence of living things and their environments.
II-A. Explain the diverse structures and functions of living things and the complex relationships between living things and their environments.
II-A.2a. Populations and Ecosystems: Explain biomes (i.e., aquatic, desert, rainforest, grasslands, tundra) and describe the New Mexico biome.
II-A.3a. Populations and Ecosystems: Explain how individuals of species that exist together interact with their environment to create an ecosystem (e.g., populations, communities, niches, habitats, food webs).
II-A.5a. Populations and Ecosystems: Describe how the availability of resources and physical factors limit growth (e.g., quantity of light and water, range of temperature, composition of soil) and how the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles contribute to the availability of those resources to support living systems.
NM.II. Content of Science: Physical Science: Understand the structure and properties of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the interactions between matter and energy.
II-A. Know the forms and properties of matter and how matter interacts.
II-A.1a. Explain how matter is transferred from one organism to another and between organisms and their environment (e.g., consumption, the water cycle, the carbon cycle, the nitrogen cycle).
II-B. Explain the physical processes involved in the transfer, change, and conservation of energy.
II-B.1a. Know how various forms of energy are transformed through organisms and ecosystems, including: sunlight and photosynthesis; energy transformation in living systems (e.g., cellular processes changing chemical energy to heat and motion); and effect of mankind's use of energy and other activities on living systems (e.g., global warming, water quality).