Object Lessons® Examining Mammals
National Science Education Standards Correlation: Grades K-4
Fundamental Concepts and Understandings
 
Examining Mammals
Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment. Investigation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Plan and conduct a simple investigation. Investigation 5
Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses. Investigation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Use data to construct reasonable explanation. Investigation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Communicate investigations and explanations. Investigation 1, 6, 7, 8
Physical Science
Properties of objects and materials Objects have observable properties that can be measured using tools. Investigation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Life Science
The characteristics of organisms Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction. Investigation 1, 2, 4
Organisms in their environments Some animals eat plants for food. Other animals eat animals that eat the plants. Investigation 2, 3
All organisms cause changes in the environment where they live. Some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, whereas others are beneficial Investigation 3, 7
Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization A system is an organized group of related objects or components that form a whole. Investigation 1, 6
Evidence, models, and explanation Evidence consists of observations and data on which to base scientific explanations. Investigation 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Models are tentative schemes or structures that correspond to real objects, events, or classes of events, that have explanatory power. Investigation 3, 5
Scientific explanations incorporate existing scientific knowledge and new evidence from observations, experiments, or models into internally consistent, logical statements. Investigation 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Form and function Form and function are complementary aspects of objects, organisms, and systems in the natural and designed world. Investigation 1, 2, 4

 

Object Lessons® Examining Mammals
National Science Education Standards Correlation: Grades 5-8
Fundamental Concepts and Understandings
 
Examining Mammals
Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation. Investigation 1,5,6
Design and conduct a scientific investigation. Investigation 5
Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data. Investigation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence. Investigation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations. Investigation 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions. Investigation 1, 2, 6
Communicate scientific procedures and explanations. Investigation 1, 6, 7, 8
Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry. Investigation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Life Science
Structure and function of living systems Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function. Investigation 2, 4, 5
Regulation and behavior All organisms must be able to obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and maintain stable internal conditions while living in a constantly changing external environment. Investigation 1
Diversity and adaptations of organisms Although different species might look dissimilar, the unity among organisms becomes apparent from an analysis of internal structures, the similarity of their chemical processes, and the evidence of common ancestry. Investigation 1, 2, 3, 4
Biological adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or physiology that enhances survival and reproductive success in a particular environment. Investigation 2, 4
Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization A system is an organized group of related objects or components that form a whole. Investigation 1, 6
Evidence, models, and explanation Evidence consists of observations and data on which to base scientific explanations. Investigation 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Models are tentative schemes or structures that correspond to real objects, events, or classes of events, that have explanatory power. Investigation 3, 5
Scientific explanations incorporate existing scientific knowledge and new evidence from observations, experiments, or models into internally consistent, logical statements. Investigation 2, 3, 4, 6
Form and function Form and function are complementary aspects of objects, organisms, and systems in the natural and designed world. Investigation 1, 2, 4