LSD Unit:   4d       Michigan Curriculum Framework (2000)       "Using" Science Benchmarks

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.4.e.1


LSD Units
 
4d

Explain how fossils provide evidence about the nature of ancient life.
Key concepts: Types of evidence - fossil, extinct, ancient, modern life forms. See EG-V.1 e.4 (rocks and fossils provide evidence of history of the earth).
Real-world contexts: Common contexts - plant and animal fossils, museum dioramas and paintings/drawings of ancient life and/or habitats.

III.4.e.2


LSD Units
 
4d

Explain how physical and behavioral characteristics of animals help them to survive in their environments.
Key concepts: Characteristics - adaptation, instinct, learning, habit. Traits and their adaptive values - sharp teeth or claws for catching and killing prey, color for camouflage, behaviors.
Real-world contexts: Common vertebrate adaptations, such as white polar bears, sharp claws and sharp canines for predators, changing colors of chameleon; behaviors, such as migration, communication of danger.

III.5.e.1


LSD Units
 
3d
4d

Identify familiar organisms as part of a food chain or food web and describe their feeding relationships within the web.
Key concepts: Producer, consumer, predator, prey, decomposer, habitat, community.
Real-world contexts: Food chains and food webs involving organisms, such as rabbits, birds, snakes, grasshoppers, plants.

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.

III.5.e.4


LSD Units
 
Kb Subsidiary
3a
3d
4d

Describe positive and negative effects of humans on the environment.
Key concepts: Human effects on the environment - garbage, habitat destruction, land management, renewable and non-renewable resources.
Real-world contexts: Household wastes, school wastes, waste water treatment, habitat destruction due to community growth, reforestation projects, establishing parks or other green spaces, recycling.