1 The student, for at least 40% of the instructional time, conducts laboratory and field investigations following safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.
2 The student uses scientific practices during laboratory and field investigations.
3 The student uses critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving to make informed decisions and knows the contributions of relevant scientists.
4 The student knows how to use a variety of tools and safety equipment to conduct science inquiry.
5 The student knows that interactions occur between matter and energy.
6 The student knows that matter has physical and chemical properties and can undergo physical and chemical changes.
7 The student knows that there is a relationship among force, motion, and energy.
8 The student knows that natural events and human activity can impact Earth systems.
9 The student knows components of our solar system.
10 The student knows that there is a relationship between organisms and the environment.
11 The student knows that populations and species demonstrate variation and inherit many of their unique traits through gradual processes over many generations.
12 The student knows that living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
13 The student knows that a living organism must be able to maintain balance in stable internal conditions in response to external and internal stimuli.
14 The student knows that reproduction is a characteristic of living organisms and that the instructions for traits are governed in the genetic material.