LS1- All living organisms have identifiable structures and characteristics that allow for survival (organisms, populations, species).


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Click on the GSE numbers, e.g PS1 (K-2) - POC - 2, in the table below to reach additional information about each GSE.

Grade Span Expectations (K-4)


Grade Span Expectations (5-8)

Grade Span Expectations (HS)


LS1 (K-2) - 2
Students demonstrate understanding of structure and function-survival requirements by…

2a observing that plants need water, air, food, and light to grow; observing that animals need water, air, food and shelter to grow.

LS1 (3-4) - 2
Students demonstrate understanding of structure and function-survival requirements by…

2a observing that plants need water, air, food, light and space to grow and reproduce; observing that animals need water, air, food, and shelter/space to grow and reproduce.

LS1 (5-6) - 2
Students demonstrate understanding of structure and function-survival requirements by…

2a describing structures or behaviors that help organisms survive in their environment (e.g., defense, obtaining nutrients, reproduction, and eliminating waste).

LS1 (7-8) - 2
Students demonstrate understanding of structure and function-survival requirements by…

2a explaining how the cell, as the basic unit of life, has the same survival needs as an organism (i.e., obtain energy, grow, eliminate waste, reproduce, provide for defense).

2b observing and describing (e.g., drawing, labeling) individual cells as seen through a microscope targeting cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, and chloroplasts.

2c observing, describing and charting the growth, motion, responses of living organisms

LS1 (9-11) - 2
Students demonstrate an understanding of the molecular basis for heredity by …

2a describing the DNA structure and relating the DNA sequence to the genetic code.

2b explaining how DNA may be altered and how this affects genes/heredity (e.g. substitution, insertion, or deletion).

2c describing how DNA contains the code for the production of specific proteins.

Example Extension(s)

LS1 (Ext) - 2
Students demonstrate an understanding of the molecular basis for heredity by …

2aa diagramming or modeling the relationship between chromosomes, genes and DNA, including histones and nucleosomes.

2bb describing the how foods are genetically modified and the potential health, environmental and economic advantages and disadvantages of doing so.

2cc tracing in a diagram or model the information flow - DNA to RNA to Protein -through transcription and translation