New Hampshire Standards
NH.CC.RST.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Craft and Structure
RST.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
NH.LS1. Life Science: All living organisms have identifiable structures and characteristics that allow for survival (organisms, populations, and species).
S:LS1:8:1.2. Classification: Students will describe or compare how different organisms have mechanisms that work in a coordinated way to obtain energy, grow, move, respond, provide defense, enable reproduction, or maintain internal balance (e.g., cells, tissues, organs and systems).
S:LS1:8:2.5. Living Things and Organization: Students using data and observations about the biodiversity of an ecosystem, make predictions or draw conclusions about how the diversity contributes to the stability of the ecosystem.
NH.LS2. Life Science: Energy flows and matter recycles through an ecosystem.
S:LS2:8:2.1. Flow of Energy: Students will explain how food provides energy and materials for growth and repair of body parts.
S:LS2:8:2.2. Flow of Energy: Given a scenario, students will trace the flow of energy through an ecosystem, beginning with the sun, through organisms in the food web, and into the environment (includes photosynthesis and respiration).
S:LS2:8:3.1. Recycling of Materials: Students will identify autotrophs as producers who may use photosynthesis, and describe this as the basis of the food web.
S:LS2:8:3.2. Recycling of Materials: Students will explain the process of respiration and differentiate between it and photosynthesis.
NH.SPS1. Science Process Skills: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking Skills
S:SPS1:8:1.3. Making Observations and Asking Questions: Students will apply skills from previous grades and investigate similarities and differences noted when making observations.
NH.SPS2. Science Process Skills: Unifying Concepts of Science
S:SPS2:8:2.5. Systems and Energy: Students will describe how objects and substances can store energy (e.g., a battery, food, gasoline).
S:SPS2:8:4.1. Patterns of Change: Students will apply skills from previous grades and analyze how physical and biological systems tend to change until they become stable and then stay that way unless their surroundings change.
S:SPS2:8:4.2. Patterns of Change: Students will apply skills from previous grades and recognize how many systems contain feedback mechanisms that serve to keep changes within specified limits.
NH.SPS3. Science Process Skills: Personal, Social, and Technological Perspectives
S:SPS3:8:2.1. Common Environmental Issues, Natural Resources Management and Conservation: Students will apply skills from previous grades and locate and collect reliable information about the environment and environmental topics using a variety of methods and sources.
NH.SPS4. Science Process Skills: Science Skills for Information, Communication and Media Literacy
S:SPS4:8:1.2. Information and Media Literacy: Students will apply skills from previous grades and collect real-time observations and data, synthesizing and building upon existing information (e.g., online databases, NOAA, EPA, USGS) to solve problems.
S:SPS4:8:8.1. Accountability and Adaptability: Students will apply skills from previous grades and develop and execute a plan to collect and record accurate and complete data from various sources to solve a problem or answer a question; and gather and critically analyze data from a variety of sources.