North Carolina Standards
NC.8.L. Life Science
8.L.3. Understand how organisms interact with and respond to the biotic and abiotic components of their environment.
8.L.3.2. Summarize the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers including the positive and negative consequences of such interactions including:
8.L.3.2.a. Coexistence and cooperation
8.L.3.2.b. Competition (predator/prey)
Evolution and Genetics
8.L.4. Understand the evolution of organisms and landforms based on evidence, theories and processes that impact the Earth over time.
8.L.4.2. Explain the relationship between genetic variation and an organism's ability to adapt to its environment.