New Mexico Standards
NM.I. Scientific Thinking and Practice: Understand the processes of scientific investigations and use inquiry and scientific ways of observing, experimenting, predicting, and validating to think critically.
I-A. Use scientific methods to develop questions, design and conduct experiments using appropriate technologies, analyze and evaluate results, make predictions, and communicate findings.
I-A.1a. Use a variety of print and web resources to collect information, inform investigations, and answer a scientific question or hypothesis.
I-B. Understand the processes of scientific investigation and how scientific inquiry results in scientific knowledge.
I-B.3a. Analyze and evaluate scientific explanations.
I-C. Use mathematical ideas, tools, and techniques to understand scientific knowledge.
I-C.2a. Use mathematical expressions to represent data and observations collected in scientific investigations.
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.4a. Populations and Ecosystems: Explain the conditions and resources needed to sustain life in specific ecosystems.
II-C. Understand the structure of organisms and the function of cells in living systems.
II-C.3a. Function of Cells: Understand that many basic functions of organisms are carried out in cells, including: growth and division to produce more cells (mitosis); specialized functions of cells (e.g., reproduction, nerve-signal transmission, digestion, excretion, movement, transport of oxygen).
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.5a. Know that chemical reactions are essential to life processes.
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).