VA.7-8. Virginia 2010 Science Standards of Learning
LS.1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations in which
LS.1.h) Data are organized, communicated through graphical representation, interpreted, and used to make predictions.
LS.2. The student will investigate and understand that all living things are composed of cells. Key concepts include
LS.2.a) Cell structure and organelles.
LS.2.b) Similarities and differences between plant and animal cells.
LS.2.d) Cell division.
LS.5. The student will investigate and understand the basic physical and chemical processes of photosynthesis and its importance to plant and animal life. Key concepts include
LS.5.a) Energy transfer between sunlight and chlorophyll.
LS.5.b) Transformation of water and carbon dioxide into sugar and oxygen.
LS.5.c) Photosynthesis as the foundation of virtually all food webs.
LS.6. The student will investigate and understand that organisms within an ecosystem are dependent on one another and on nonliving components of the environment. Key concepts include
LS.6.b) Interactions resulting in a flow of energy and matter throughout the system.
LS.6.c) Complex relationships within terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.
LS.8. The student will investigate and understand interactions among populations in a biological community. Key concepts include
LS.8.a) The relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in food webs.