2020 Colorado Academic Standards

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clear Content Area: Science // Grade Level: Fifth Grade // Standard Category: 2. Life Science

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Fifth Grade, Standard 2. Life Science

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More information icon Prepared Graduates:

  • 6. Students can use the full range of science and engineering practices to make sense of natural phenomena and solve problems that require understanding how living systems interact with the biotic and abiotic environment.

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1. Plants acquire their material from growth chiefly from air and water.

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Students Can:

  1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. (5-LS1-1) (Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the idea that plant matter comes mostly from air and water, not from the soil.)

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More information icon Colorado Essential Skills and Science and Engineering Practices:

  1. Support an argument with evidence, data or a model (Engaging in Argument from Evidence) (Personal: Initiative/Self-direction).

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  1. Students can answer the question: How do organisms obtain and use the matter and energy they need to live and grow?
  2. LS1:C Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms: Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water.

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  1. Energy and Matter: Matter is transported into, out of and within systems.

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More information icon Prepared Graduates:

  • 6. Students can use the full range of science and engineering practices to make sense of natural phenomena and solve problems that require understanding how living systems interact with the biotic and abiotic environment.

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2. Matter cycles between air and soil and among plants, animals and microbes as these organisms live and die.

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Students Can:

  1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. (5-LS2-1) (Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the idea that matter that is not food [air, water, decomposed materials in soil] is changed by plants into matter that is food. Examples of systems could include organisms, ecosystems, and the Earth.) (Boundary Statement: Does not include molecular explanations.)

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More information icon Colorado Essential Skills and Science and Engineering Practices:

  1. Develop a model to describe phenomena (Developing and Using Models) (Personal: Initiative/Self-direction).
  2. Connections to the Nature of Science: Science Models, Laws, Mechanisms and Theories Explain Natural Phenomena. Science explanations describe the mechanisms for natural events.

More information icon Elaboration on the GLE:

  1. Students can answer the questions: How do organisms interact with the living and nonliving environments to obtain matter and energy? How do matter and energy move through an ecosystem?
  2. LS2:A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: The food of almost any kind of animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants. Some organisms, such as fungi and bacteria, break down dead organisms (both plants or plant parts and animals) and therefore operate as “decomposers.” Decomposition eventually restores (recycles) some materials back to the soil. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their particular needs are met. A healthy ecosystem is one in which multiple species of different types are each able to meet their needs in a relatively stable web of life. Newly introduced species can damage the balance of an ecosystem.
  3. LS2:B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems: Matter cycles between the air and soil and among plants, animals and microbes as these organisms live and die. Organisms obtain gases, and water, from the environment, and release waste matter (gas, liquid or solid) back into the environment.

More information icon Cross Cutting Concepts:

  1. Systems and System Models: A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.

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