Academic Content Standards
1.C.1: Explain the biogeochemical cycles which move materials between the lithosphere (land), hydrosphere (water) and atmosphere (air).
1.C.2: Explain that Earth's capacity to absorb and recycle materials naturally (e.g., smoke, smog, sewage) can change the environmental quality depending on the length of time involved (e.g. global warming).
1.C.3: Describe the water cycle and explain the transfer of energy between the atmosphere and hydrosphere.
1.C.4: Analyze data on the availability of fresh water that is essential for life and for most industrial and agricultural processes. Describe how rivers, lakes and groundwater can be depleted or polluted becoming less hospitable to life and even becoming unavailable or unsuitable for life.
1.C.6: Determine how weather observations and measurements are combined to produce weather maps and that data for a specific location at one point in time can be displayed in a station model.
1.C.7: Read a weather map to interpret local, regional and national weather.
1.C.9: Describe the connection between the water cycle and weather-related phenomenon (e.g., tornadoes, floods, droughts, hurricanes).
2.B.8: Investigate the great diversity among organisms.
2.C.2: Investigate how organisms or populations may interact with one another through symbiotic relationships and how some species have become so adapted to each other that neither could survive without the other (e.g., predator-prey, parasitism, mutualistism, commensalism).
2.C.3: Explain how the number of organisms an ecosystem can support depends on adequate biotic (living) resources (e.g., plants, animals) and abiotic (non-living) resources (e.g., light, water, soil).
2.C.7: Explain that photosynthetic cells convert solar energy into chemical energy that is used to carry on life functions or is transferred to consumers and used to carry on their life functions.
3.A.1: Investigate how matter can change forms but the total amount of matter remains constant.
3.D.2: Describe how an object can have potential energy due to its position or chemical composition and can have kinetic energy due to its motion.
3.D.3: Identify different forms of energy (e.g., electrical, mechanical, chemical, thermal, nuclear, radiant and acoustic).
3.D.4: Explain how energy can change forms but the total amount of energy remains constant.
3.D.5: Trace energy transformation in a simple closed system (e.g., a flashlight).
Content correlation last revised: 12/3/2009