LS4- Humans are similar to other species in many ways, and yet are unique among Earth's life forms.




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Grade Span Expectations (K-4)


Grade Span Expectations (5-8)

Grade Span Expectations (HS)


LS4 (K-2) - 9
Students demonstrate an understanding of human heredity by …

9a observing and comparing their physical features with those of parents, classmates and other organisms.

9b identifying that some behaviors are learned.
LS4 (3-4) - 9
Students demonstrate an understanding of human heredity by …

9a identifying similarities that are inherited from a biological parent.

9b identifying that some behaviors are learned and some behaviors are instinctive.
LS4 (5-6) - 11
Students demonstrate an understanding of human heredity by …

11a differentiating between inherited and acquired traits.

11b observing, recording and comparing differences in inherited traits (e.g. connected earlobe, tongue rolling).
LS4 (7-8) - 11
Students demonstrate an understanding of human heredity by …

11a recognizing that characteristics of an organism result from inherited traits of one or more genes from the parents and others result from interactions with the environment.

11b tracing a genetic characteristic through a given pedigree (e.g., genealogical chart, Queen Victoria – hemophilia or hypothetical example) to demonstrate the passage of traits.

11c identifying that genetic material (i.e. chromosomes and genes) is located in the cell’s nucleus.
LS4 (9-11) - 10
Students demonstrate an understanding of human body systems by …

10a explaining how the roles of the immune, endocrine, and nervous systems work together to maintain homeostasis.

10b investigating the factors that affect homeostasis (e.g. positive and negative feedback).
Example Extension(s)
LS4 (Ext) - 10

Students demonstrate an understanding of human body systems by …

10bb investigating and reporting on a human diseand its consequential disruption of homeostasis(e.g. diabetes, cancer, AIDS).