VT.LS. Life Science
Enduring Knowledge: All living organisms and their component cells have identifiable characteristics that allow for survival.
S7-8:30. Students demonstrate their understanding of Structure and Function-Survival Requirements by:
S7-8:30.2. Examining cells under a microscope and identifying cell wall and chloroplasts, and by comparing the function of a common cell structure, such as membrane in all cells, with the function of a unique structure, such as chloroplasts in plant cells. (DOK 2)
S7-8:33. Students demonstrate their understanding of how Energy Flow Within Cells Supports an Organism's Survival by:
S7-8:33.1. Explaining that energy from the sun is transferred and utilized in plant and animal cells through chemical changes and then transferred into other forms such as heat (e.g., using a word equation rather than a chemical equation). (DOK 1-2)
Enduring Knowledge: Energy enters an ecosystem in the form of sunlight and flows through the system to each cell. Matter interacts, changes and recycles in an ecosystem. Populations of organisms survive by maintaining interdependent relationships with one another and by utilizing biotic and abiotic resources from the environment.
S7-8:34. Students demonstrate their understanding of Energy Flow in an Ecosystem by:
S7-8:34.1. Describing how light is transformed into chemical energy by producers and how this chemical energy is used by all organisms to sustain life (e.g., using a word equation rather than a chemical equation). (DOK 2)