Strands for Curriculum Scope, and Sequence...Missouri DESE Curriculum and Assessment Strands, K-8 Grade level application

Cave Science and Conservation

Strand 3...Characteristics and Interactions of Living Organisms

Grade 1-Identify basic needs of most animals and plants (cave fauna and flora). Predict changes on these caused by altered environmental conditions.
Grade 3-Indentify basic needs of most animals and plants (cave fauna and flora). Predict changes on these caused by altered environmental conditions.

Strand 4...Changes in Ecosystems and Interactions of Organisms with their environment

Kindergarten-Describe how seasons effect plants and animals.
Grade 1-Identify how man depends on plants and animals.
Grade 4-Identify ways an organism may interact with the environment.
Grade 4-Identify different environments affected by groundwater pollution.
Grade 4-Identify examples in your region when human activity has had a beneficial or Harmful effect on other organisms.
Grade 4-Identify changes in the environment that cause organisms to behave in certain ways.

Strand 5...Processes and Interactions of the Earth's Systems

Kindergarten-Observe and describe the daily and seasonal weather.
Grade 2-Observe and describe the physical properties and components of soils in a karst terrain.
Grade 2-Observe and describe examples of slow changes in the Earth's surface and subsurface.
Grade 2-Observe and describe ways that humans use the Earth's resources in daily life.
Grade 4-Observe and describe the physical properties and components of soils in a karst terrain.
Grade 4-Compare physical properties of rocks and soils.
Grade 4-Identify major landforms.
Grade 4-Describe how weathering agents cause changes in landforms.
Grade 4-Describe erosion and solution process of water compared to rock.
Grade 4-Identify ways humans effect erosion of the Earth's materials.
Grade 4-Propose ways to solve simple environmental problems resulting from human activity.
Grade 5-Describe how human needs and activities have affected both the quality and quantity of fresh water.
Grade 5-Describe and trace the path of water as it cycles through atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.
Grade 5-Describe groundwater and how it is classified as one of the major sources of water.
Grade 5-Explain how major sources of water are important natural resources for human activity.

Strand 7...Scientific Inquiry

Kindergarten-Pose questions about objects, materials, organisms, and events in the environment. Conduct a fair test to answer a question.
Grade 1-Pose questions about objects, materials, organisms, and events in the environment.
Conduct a fair test to answer a question.

Grade 2-Pose questions about objects, materials, organisms, and events in the environment.
Conduct a fair test to answer a question.

Grade 3-Pose questions about objects, materials, organisms, and events in the environment.
Conduct a fair test to answer a question.

Grade 4-Formulate hypotheses, recognize characteristics of a fair/unbiased test.
Conduct a fair test to answer a question.

Grade 5-Formulate hypotheses, recognize characteristics of a fair/unbiased test.
Conduct a fair test to answer a question.
Make suggestions for improvements or extensions of a fair test.

Strand 8...Impact of Science, Technology, and Human Activity

All grade levels-Work with a group to identify and solve a problem with groundwater quality or quantity based on the other sections of this unit. Give due credit to contributions and ideas of each member in the group.
Grade 5-Technological solutions to problems often drawbacks as well as benefits. Identify technological advances (e.g. fertilizer) that have both positive and negative impact on human activity (production vs. environment).