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Skills available for Alaska sixth-grade science standards

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A1 Science as Inquiry and Process

B1 Concepts of Physical Science

C1 Concepts of Life Science

  • SC Students develop an understanding of the concepts, models, theories, facts, evidence, systems, and processes of life science.

    • SC1 Students develop an understanding of how science explains changes in life forms over time, including genetics, heredity, the process of natural selection, and biological evolution.

    • SC2 Students develop an understanding of the structure, function, behavior, development, life cycles, and diversity of living organisms.

      • SC2.1 using a dichotomous key to classify animals and plants into groups using external or internal features.

      • SC2.2 identifying basic behaviors (e.g., migration, communication, hibernation) used by organisms to meet the requirements of life.

      • SC2.3 describing the levels of organization within a human body (i.e., cells, tissues, organs, systems).

    • SC3 Students develop an understanding that all organisms are linked to each other and their physical environments through the transfer and transformation of matter and energy.

      • SC3.1 recognizing that organisms can cause physical and chemical changes (e.g., digestion, growth, respiration, photosynthesis) to matter and recognizing the importance of energy transfer in these changes.

      • SC3.2 organizing a food web using familiar plants and animals.

D1 Concepts of Earth Science

  • SD Students develop an understanding of the concepts, processes, theories, models, evidence, and systems of earth and space sciences.

    • SD1 Students develop an understanding of Earth's geochemical cycles.

    • SD2 Students develop an understanding of the origins, ongoing processes, and forces that shape the structure, composition, and physical history of the Earth.

    • SD3 Students develop an understanding of the cyclical changes controlled by energy from the sun and by Earth's position and motion in our solar system.

      • SD3.1 connecting the water cycle to weather phenomena.

      • SD3.2 identifying that energy transfer is affected by surface conditions (e.g., snow cover, asphalt, vegetation) and that this affects weather.

    • SD4 Students develop an understanding of the theories regarding the evolution of the universe.

      • SD4.1 contrasting characteristics of planets and stars. (i.e., light reflecting, light emitting, orbiting, orbited, composition.)

      • SD4.2 defining a light year.

E1 Science and Technology

F1-F3 Cultural, Social, Personal Perspectives, and Science

  • SF Students develop an understanding of the dynamic relationships among scientific, cultural, social, and personal perspectives.

    • SF1 Students develop an understanding of the interrelationships among individuals, cultures, societies, science, and technology.

      • SF1.1 telling a local or traditional story that explains a natural event (e.g., animal adaptation, weather, rapid changes to Earth's surface) and relating it to a scientific explanation.

    • SF2 Students develop an understanding that some individuals, cultures, and societies use other beliefs and methods in addition to scientific methods to describe and understand the world.

      • SF2.1 telling a local or traditional story that explains a natural event (e.g., animal adaptation, weather, rapid changes to Earth's surface) and relating it to a scientific explanation.

    • SF3 Students develop an understanding of the importance of recording and validating cultural knowledge.

      • SF3.1 telling a local or traditional story that explains a natural event (e.g., animal adaptation, weather, rapid changes to Earth's surface) and relating it to a scientific explanation.

G1 History and Nature of Science

  • SG Students develop an understanding of the history and nature of science.

    • SG1 Students develop an understanding that historical perspectives of scientific explanations demonstrate that scientific knowledge changes over time, building on prior knowledge.

    • SG2 Students develop an understanding that the advancement of scientific knowledge embraces innovation and requires empirical evidence, repeatable investigations, logical arguments, and critical review in striving for the best possible explanations of the natural world.

      • SG2.1 recognizing differences in results of repeated experiments.

    • SG3 Students develop an understanding that scientific knowledge is ongoing and subject to change as new evidence becomes available through experimental and/or observational confirmation(s).

    • SG4 Students develop an understanding that advancements in science depend on curiosity, creativity, imagination, and a broad knowledge base.