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LIFE SCIENCE (August - October) Standards listed AS PRESENTED/TAUGHT in my class. These are the minimum standards expected by the State of Georgia. In many instances, more knowledge is required to help the minimum make sense. Should you have any questions about requirements of my class, please contact me personally and I'll be glad to address any concerns.

1. Students will diagram and label parts of various cells (plan, animal, single-celled, multi-celled).

a. Identify parts of a plant cell (membrane, wall, cytoplasm, nucleus, chloroplasts) and of an animal cell (membrane, cytoplasm, and nucleus) and determine the function of the parts.

b. Explain how cells in multi-celled organisms are similar and different in structure and function to single-celled organisms.

c. Use magnifiers such as microscopes or hand lenses to observe cells and their structure.

2. Students will relate how microorganisms benefit or harm larger organisms.

a. Identify beneficial microorganisms and explain why they are beneficial.

b. Identify harmful microorganisms and explain why they are harmful. 

3. Students will classify organisma into groups and relate how they determined the groups with how and why scientist use classification.

a. Demonstrate how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrate and invertebrate) and how vertebrates are sorted into groups (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal).

b. Demonstrate how plants are sorted into groups.

4. Students will recognize that offspring can resemble parents in inherited traits and learned behaviors.

a. compare and contrast the characterists of learned behaviors and of inherited traits.

b. Discuss what a gene is and the role genes play in the transfer of traits.