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    From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

Performance Expectations

  1. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function. MS-LS1-2

    Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

A Peformance Expectation (PE) is what a student should be able to do to show mastery of a concept. Some PEs include a Clarification Statement and/or an Assessment Boundary. These can be found by clicking the PE for "More Info." By hovering over a PE, its corresponding pieces from the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts will be highlighted.

By clicking on a specific Science and Engineering Practice, Disciplinary Core Idea, or Crosscutting Concept, you can find out more information on it. By hovering over one you can find its corresponding elements in the PEs.

Planning Curriculum

Common Core State Standards Connections

ELA/Literacy

  • SL.8.5 - Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest. (MS-LS1-2)

Mathematics

  • 6.EE.C.9 - Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation. (MS-LS1-2)

Model Course Mapping

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Resources & Lesson Plans

  • More resources added each week!
    A team of teacher curators is working to find, review, and vet online resources that support the standards. Check back often, as NSTA continues to add more targeted resources.
  • Movement of Molecules Into and Out of Cells is one of a series of activities from "Scientific Argumentation in Biology:  30 Classroom Activities.  Movement of Molecules engages students in planning and carrying out investigations, ...

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  • In this series of games, your students will learn about the different organelles in the cell and the functions they perform. The Parts of the Cell learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and acade...

  • In this series of games, your students will learn the differences between plant and animal cells. The Parts of the Cell – Plants vs. Animals learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic pe...

Planning Curriculum gives connections to other areas of study for easier curriculum creation.