Science, Standard F: Life and Environmental Science Performance Standards - Grade 8

By the end of grade eight, students will:

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION IN LIVING THINGS

F.8.1 Understand the structure and function of cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, and whole organisms

F.8.2 Show how organisms have adapted structures to match their functions, providing means of encouraging individual and group survival within specific environments

F.8.3 Differentiate between single-celled and multiple-celled organisms (humans) through investigation, comparing the cell functions of specialized cells for each type of organism

REPRODUCTION AND HEREDITY

F.8.4 Investigate and explain that heredity is comprised of the characteristic traits found in genes within the cell of an organism

F.8.5 Show how different structures both reproduce and pass on characteristics of their group

REGULATION AND BEHAVIOR

F.8.6 Understand that an organism is regulated both internally and externally

F.8.7 Understand that an organism's behavior evolves through adaptation to its environment

POPULATIONS AND ECOSYSTEMS

F.8.8 Show through investigations how organisms both depend on and contribute to the balance or imbalance of populations and/or ecosystems, which in turn contribute to the total system of life on the planet

DIVERSITY AND ADAPTATIONS OF ORGANISMS

F.8.9 Explain how some of the changes on the earth are contributing to changes in the balance of life and affecting the survival or population growth of certain species

F.8.10 Project how current trends in human resource use and population growth will influence the natural environment, and show how current policies affect those trends.

Content Standard F

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