LSD Unit:   2d       Michigan Curriculum Framework (2000)       "Using" Science Benchmarks

III.2.e.1


LSD Units
 
Kc
2d

Explain characteristics and functions of observable body parts in a variety of animals.
Key concepts: Observable characteristics - fur, scales, feathers, horns, claws, eyes, quills, beaks, teeth, skeleton, muscles, exoskeleton; functions - insulation, support, movement, food-getting, protection
Real-world contexts: Vertebrate and invertebrate animals, such as humans, cows, sparrows, goldfish, spiders, crayfish, insects

III.2.e.2


LSD Units
 
Kc
1c
2d
3d
4c

Compare and contrast (K-2) or classify (3-5) familiar organisms on the basis of observable physical characteristics.
Key concepts: Plant and animal parts - backbone, skin, shell, limbs, roots, leaves, stems, flowers, feathers, scales.
Real-world contexts: Animals that look similar - snakes, worms, millipedes; flowering and nonflowering plants; pine tree, oak tree, rose, algae.

III.2.e.3


LSD Units
 
2d
4c

Describe life cycles of familiar organisms.
Key concepts: Life cycle stages - egg, young, adult; seed, plant, flower, fruit; larva, pupa.
Real-world contexts: Common plants and animals such as bean plants, apple trees, butterflies, grasshoppers frogs, birds.

III.2.e.4


LSD Units
 
2d
4d

Compare and contrast food, energy, and environmental needs of selected organisms.
Key concepts: Life requirements - food, air, water, minerals, sunlight, space, habitat. See LEC-III.5 e.2.
Real-world contexts: Germinating seeds, such as beans, corn; aquarium or terrarium life, such as guppy, goldfish, snail.

III.3.e.1


LSD Units
 
2d
4c

Give evidence that characteristics are passed from parents to young.
Key concepts: Characteristics - hair and feather color, eye color, leaf shape, flower structure.
Real-world contexts: Example of mature and immature organisms, such as dogs/puppies, cats/kittens, maple trees/saplings, beans/seedlings.

III.5.e.3


LSD Units
 
2d
4d

Design systems that encourage growing of particular plants or animals.
Key concepts: Needs of life - food, habitat, water, shelter, air, light, minerals.
Real-world contexts: Ecosystems managed by humans, including farms, ranches, gardens, lawns, potted plants.