New York State Learning Standards: Science

5th and 6th Grades

The Living Enviornment

1. Living things are both similiar to and different from each other and nonliving things.

2. Organisms inherit genetic information in a variety of ways that result in continuity of structure and function between parents and offspring.

3. Individual organisms and species change over time.

4. The continuity of life is sustained through reproduction and development.

5. Organisms maintain a dynamic equilibrium that sustain life.

6. Plants and animals depend on each other and their physical enviornment. It is used for immediate growth and activity of the animal or it is stored. Some of the stored energy is released as heat energy when the organism dies and decays.

7. Human decisions and activities have changed their enviornment and the effect of those changes.

The Physical Setting

1. Many of the phenomena that we observe on Earth involve interactions among components of air, water and land.

2. Matter is made up of particles whose properties determine the observable characteristics of matter and its reactivity.

3. Energy exists in many forms and when those forms change energy is conserved.

4. Energy and matter interact through forces that result in changes in motion.