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Animal & Plant Life Cycles;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.L.1.1Summarize the life cycle of animals: Birth, Development, Reproduction, Aging and Death.1
Animal & Plant Life Cycles;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.L.1.2Compare life cycles of different animals such as, but not limited to, mealworms, ladybugs, crickets, guppies or frogs.1
Animals Need Food; Living vs. Non-Living Things;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.L.2.2Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different animals (including air, water, and food) for energy and growth.1
Gravity Pulls Things Down; Magnets & Static Electricity;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.P.1.2Explain how some forces (pushes and pulls) can be used to make things move without touching them, such as magnets.1
Habitats;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.L.1.2Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in North Carolina or different places throughout the world.1
Heating and Cooling;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.P.2.1Give examples of matter that change from a solid to a liquid and from a liquid to a solid by heating and cooling.1
Reducing Our Impact on Earth; Natural Resources;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.L.1.3Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g., reuse or recycle products to avoid littering).1
Introduction to Sound;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.P.1.1Illustrate how sound is produced by vibrating objects and columns of air.1
Introduction to Sound;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.P.1.2Summarize the relationship between sound and objects of the body that vibrate – eardrum and vocal cords.1
Introduction to Traits;NCEssential StandardsKindergartenNCES.K.L.1.1Compare different types of the same animal (i.e. different types of dogs, different types of cats, etc.) to determine individual differences within a particular type of animal.1
Introduction to Traits;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.L.2.1Identify ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance and ways they are different.1
Introduction to Traits;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.L.2.2Recognize that there is variation among individuals that are related.1
Introduction to Weather;NCEssential StandardsKindergartenNCES.K.E.1.1Infer that change is something that happens to many things in the environment based on observations made using one or more of their senses.1
Introduction to Weather;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.E.1.2Summarize weather conditions using qualitative and quantitative measures to describe: Temperature, Wind Speed, Wind Direction and Percipitation1
Introduction to Weather;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.E.1.4Recognize the tools that scientists use for observing, recording, and predicting weather changes from day to day and during the seasons.1
Introduction to Weather; Four Seasons and Day Length;NCEssential StandardsKindergartenNCES.K.E.1.2Summarize daily weather conditions noting changes that occur from day to day and throughout the year.1
Living vs. Non-Living Things; External Animal Parts; Parts of a Plant;NCEssential StandardsKindergartenNCES.K.L.1.2Compare characteristics of living and nonliving things in terms of their: Structure, Growth, Changes, Movement and Needs.1
Material Properties and Purposes; Classification of Materials;NCEssential StandardsKindergartenNCES.K.P.2.2Compare the observable physical properties of different kinds of materials (clay, wood, cloth, paper, etc) from which objects are made and how they are used.1
Material Properties and Purposes; Classification of Materials; Solids, Liquids and Gases;NCEssential StandardsKindergartenNCES.K.P.2.1Classify objects by observable physical properties (including size, color, shape, texture, weight and flexibility).1
Moon & Its PhasesNCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.E.1.2Recognize patterns of observable changes in the Moon’s appearance from day to day.1
Natural Resources; Plant Growth Conditions;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.E.2.1Summarize the physical properties of Earth materials, including rocks, minerals, soils and water that make them useful in different ways.1
Patterns in the Sky;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.E.1.1Recognize differences in the features of the day and night sky and apparent movement of objects across the sky as observed from Earth.1
Patterns of Motion & Friction; Gravity Pulls Things Down; Pushes and Pulls;NCEssential StandardsKindergartenNCES.K.P.1.2Give examples of different ways objects and organisms move (to include falling to the ground when dropped): Straight1
Plant Growth Conditions;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.E.2.2Compare the properties of soil samples from different places relating their capacity to retain water, nourish and support the growth of certain plants.1
Plant Growth Conditions; Plants Need Water And Light; Animals Need Food;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.L.1.1Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.1
Plants Need Water And Light; Plant Growth Conditions;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.L.2.1Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different plants (including air, water, nutrients, and light) for energy and growth.1
Pushes and Pulls;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.P.1.1Explain the importance of a push or pull to changing the motion of an object.1
Pushes and Pulls;NCEssential Standards1st GradeNCES.1.P.1.3Predict the effect of a given force on the motion of an object, including balanced forces.1
Four Seasons and Day Length;NCEssential StandardsKindergartenNCES.K.E.1.3Compare weather patterns that occur from season to season.1
Four Seasons and Day Length;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.E.1.3Compare weather patterns that occur over time and relate observable patterns to time of day and time of year.1
Sunlight Warms the Earth;NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.E.1.1Summarize how energy from the sun serves as a source of light that warms the land, air and water.1
NCEssential StandardsKindergartenNCES.K.P.1.1Compare the relative position of various objects observed in the classroom and outside using position words such as: in front of, behind, between, on top of, under, above, below and beside.1
NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.P.2.2Compare the amount (volume and weight) of water in a container before and after freezing.1
NCEssential Standards2nd GradeNCES.2.P.2.3Compare what happens to water left in an open container over time as to water left in a closed container.1
Adaptations and the EnvironmentNCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.L.2.2Explain how environmental conditions determine how well plants survive and grow.2
Animal & Plant Life Cycles;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.L.2.3Summarize the distinct stages of the life cycle of seed plants.2
Animal & Plant Life Cycles;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.L.2.1.dRemember the function of the following structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environments: Flowers – attract pollinators and produce seeds for reproduction2
Balanced & Unbalanced Forces;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.P.1.1Infer changes in speed or direction resulting from forces acting on an object.2
Balanced & Unbalanced Forces;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.P.1.3Explain the effects of earth’s gravity on the motion of any object on or near the earth.2
Balanced & Unbalanced Forces;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.P.1.4Predict the effect of a given force or a change in mass on the motion of an object.2
Brain Processing of Senses; Human Body Systems;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.L.1.2Compare the major systems of the human body (digestive, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, skeletal, and cardiovascular) in terms of their functions necessary for life.2
Brain Processing of Senses; Human Body Systems;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.L.1.2Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.2
Collisions;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.P.3.1Recognize that energy can be transferred from one object to another by rubbing them against each other.2
Collisions; Renewable vs. Nonrenewable Resources; Magnets & Static Electricty; Energy Transfer; Wave Properties;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.P.3.1Recognize the basic forms of energy (light, sound, heat, electrical, and magnetic) as the ability to cause motion or create change.2
Conservation of Matter;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.P.2.2Compare the weight of an object to the sum of the weight of its parts before and after an interaction.2
Earth’s Orbit and Rotation;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.E.1.2Recognize that changes in the length and direction of an object’s shadow indicate the apparent changing position of the Sun during the day although the patterns of the stars in the sky, to include the Sun, stay the same.2
Earth’s Orbit and Rotation;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.E.1.1Explain the cause of day and night based on the rotation of Earth on its axis.2
Earth's Landscapes;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.P.2.3Classify rocks as metamorphic, sedimentary or igneous based on their composition, how they are formed and the processes that create them.2
Ecosystems;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.L.1.1Give examples of changes in an organism’s environment that are beneficial to it and some that are harmful.2
Ecosystems;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.L.2.1Compare the characteristics of several common ecosystems, including estuaries and salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests, and grasslands.2
Ecosystems;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.L.2.3Infer the effects that may result from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem.2
Ecosystems; Variation of Traits;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.L.1.4Explain how differences among animals of the same population sometimes give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in changing habitats.2
Energy Transfer;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.P.3.1Explain the effects of the transfer of heat (either by direct contact or at a distance) that occurs between objects at different temperatures. (conduction, convection or radiation).2
Energy Transfer;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.P.3.2Recognize that energy can be transferred from a warmer object to a cooler one by contact or at a distance and the cooler object gets warmer.2
Extreme Weather Solutions; Ecosystems; Adaptations and the Environment;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.L.1.3Explain how humans can adapt their behavior to live in changing habitats (e.g., recycling wastes, establishing rain gardens, planting trees and shrubs to prevent flooding and erosion).2
Food Webs;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.L.2.2Classify the organisms within an ecosystem according to the function they serve: producers, consumers, or decomposers (biotic factors).2
Fossils & Extinction; Earth's Landscapes;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.E.2.1Compare fossils (including molds, casts, and preserved parts of plants and animals) to one another and to living organisms.2
Fossils & Extinction; Earth's Landscapes;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.E.2.2Infer ideas about Earth’s early environments from fossils of plants and animals that lived long ago.2
How Do We Use Food; Human Body SystemsNCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.L.2.2Explain the role of vitamins, minerals and exercise in maintaining a healthy body.2
How Do We Use Food;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.L.2.1Classify substances as food or non-food items based on their ability to provide energy and materials for survival, growth and repair of the body.2
How Do We Use Food; Food WebsNCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.L.2.1.cRemember the function of the following structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environments: Leaves – synthesize food2
Human Body SystemsNCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.L.1.1Compare the different functions of the skeletal and muscular system.2
Interactions of Earth’s Spheres;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.E.1.3Explain how global patterns such as the jet stream and water currents influence local weather in measurable terms such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation.2
Light Reflection & Vision;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.P.3.2Recognize that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object or travels from one medium to another, and that light can be reflected, refracted, and absorbed.2
Magnets & Static Electricty;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.P.1.1Explain how magnets interact with all things made of iron and with other magnets to produce motion without touching them.2
Magnets & Static Electricty;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.P.1.2Explain how electrically charged objects push or pull on other electrically charged objects and produce motion.2
Natural Disasters; Weathering & Erosion; Earth's Landscapes;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.E.2.2Compare Earth’s land features (including volcanoes, mountains, valleys, canyons, caverns, and islands) by using models, pictures, diagrams, and maps.2
Natural Disasters; Weathering & Erosion; Interactions of Earth’s Spheres;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.E.2.3Give examples of how the surface of the earth changes due to slow processes such as erosion and weathering, and rapid processes such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.2
Particle Nature of Matter;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.P.2.1Recognize that air is a substance that surrounds us, takes up space and has mass.2
Particle Nature of Matter;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.P.2.2Compare solids, liquids, and gases based on their basic properties.2
Particle Nature of Matter;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.P.2.3Summarize changes that occur to the observable properties of materials when different degrees of heat are applied to them, such as melting ice or ice cream, boiling water or an egg, or freezing water.2
Patterns of Motion & FrictionNCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.P.1.2Compare the relative speeds (faster or slower) of objects that travel the same distance in different amounts of time.2
Patterns of Motion & Friction;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.P.1.2Infer the motion of objects in terms of how far they travel in a certain amount of time and the direction in which they travel.2
Patterns of Motion & Friction; Balanced & Unbalanced Forces;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.P.1.1Explain how factors such as gravity, friction, and change in mass affect the motion of objects.2
Moon & Its Phases;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.E.1.2Explain the monthly changes in the appearance of the moon, based on the moon’s orbit around the Earth.2
Properties of Matter;NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.P.2.1Compare the physical properties of samples of matter (strength, hardness, flexibility, ability to conduct heat, ability to conduct electricity, ability to be attracted by magnets, reactions to water and fire).2
Properties of Matter;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.P.2.3Summarize properties of original materials, and the new material(s) formed, to demonstrate that a change has occurred.2
Sun and Other Stars;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.E.1.1Recognize that the earth is part of a system called the solar system that includes the sun (a star), planets, and many moons and the earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system.2
Variation of Traits;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.L.3.1Explain why organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism.2
Variation of Traits;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.L.3.2Give examples of likenesses that are inherited and some that are not.2
Water Cycle;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.P.2.1Explain how the sun’s energy impacts the processes of the water cycle (including, evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation and runoff).2
Water Quality & Distribution;NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.E.2.1Compare Earth’s saltwater and freshwater features (including oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and glaciers).2
Weather vs. Climate;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.E.1.1Compare daily and seasonal changes in weather conditions (including wind speed and direction, precipitation, and temperature) and patterns.2
Weather vs. Climate;NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.E.1.2Predict upcoming weather events from weather data collected through observation and measurements.2
External Animal Parts (K-2 Series)NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.L.1.2Explain why skin is necessary for protection and for the body to remain healthy.2
External Plant Parts (K-2 Series)NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.L.2.1.aRemember the function of the following structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environments: Roots – absorb nutrients2
External Plant Parts (K-2 Series)NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.L.2.1.bRemember the function of the following structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environments: Stems – provide support2
Plant Growth (K-2 Series)NCEssential Standards3rd GradeNCES.3.L.2.4Explain how the basic properties (texture and capacity to hold water) and components (sand, clay and humus) of soil determine the ability of soil to support the growth and survival of many plants.2
NCEssential Standards4th GradeNCES.4.P.2.2Explain how minerals are identified using tests for the physical properties of hardness, color, luster, cleavage and streak.2
NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.P.1.3Illustrate the motion of an object using a graph to show a change in position over a period of time.2
Material Properties and Purposes (K-2 Series)NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.P.3.2Explain how heating and cooling affect some materials and how this relates to their purpose and practical applications.2
NCEssential Standards5th GradeNCES.5.L.1.1Explain why some organisms are capable of surviving as a single cell while others require many cells that are specialized to survive.2

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