BioEYES Standards Alignment
— 5th Grade

Utah State Science Curriculum

Common Core State StandardsThe Utah Core Standards are aligned to scientifically based content standards. They drive high quality instruction through statewide comprehensive expectations for all students. The standards outline essential knowledge, concepts, and skills to be mastered at each grade level or within a critical content area. The standards provide a foundation for ensuring learning within the classroom. [Source (PDF)]

By the end of the BioEYES week, 5th grade students will have a better understanding of the following standards in alignment with the Utah Common Core:

STANDARD V: Students will understand that traits are passed from the parent organisms to their offspring, and that sometimes the offspring may possess variations of these traits that may help or hinder survival in a given environment.

Objective 1: Show that traits are transferred from a parent to offspring.

Objective 2: Describe how some characteristics could give a species a survival advantage.

  • During BioEYES:
    • Students will learn about zebrafish and their offspring. During this discussion students will learn about how zebrafish pass down their DNA. Students will also learn about the function of DNA and how and why a female choses a male as a function of the strength of his DNA contributing to the strength of their offspring.

By the end of the BioEYES week, 5th grade students will have a better understanding of science, and in alignment with the Utah Common Core standards for Science, be able to use the following skills:

  1. Use Science Process and Thinking Skills
    1. Observe simple objects, patterns, and events and report their observations.
    2. Compare things, processes, and events.
    3. Use classification systems.
    4. Plan and conduct simple experiments.
    5. Formulate simple research questions.
    6. Predict results of investigations based on prior data.
    7. Use data to construct a reasonable conclusion.

    • During BioEYES: Students will count, observe and track zebrafish embryos as they develop into larva. They will make observations and report on their data in provided notebooks. They will need to use a classification system to determine whether the objects in their petri dishes are embryos or larva. Students will formulate simple research questions at the onset of the program and as they gather data use that data to answer their research question. Finally they will compare the larva that has developed at the end of the program week with that of embryos and adults from the beginning of the week.

  2. Manifest Scientific Attitudes and Interests
    1. Demonstrate a sense of curiosity about nature.
    2. Voluntarily read and look at books and other materials about science.
    3. Pose science questions about objects, events, and processes.
    4. Maintain an open and questioning mind toward new ideas and alternative points of view.
    5. Seek and weigh evidence before drawing conclusions.
    6. Accept and use scientific evidence to help resolve ecological problems.

    • During BioEYES: Students will be asked to make a number of observations and formulate research questions. To do this they will be asked to tap into their natural curiosity for the world.

  3. Understand Science Concepts and Principles
    1. Know and explain science information specified for the grade level.
    2. Solve problems appropriate to grade level by applying science principles and procedures.

    • During BioEYES: Students will discuss the relationship of the adult zebrafish to one another and explore which fish is the male and which is the female. Within this exploration they will be able to explain the function of DNA and where our DNA comes from using grade appropriate terminology. In addition, students will formulating hypotheses and discovering the answers to questions by applying their science principals to find the answers.

  4. Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning
    1. Record data accurately when given the appropriate form (e.g., table, graph, chart).
    2. Describe or explain observations carefully and report with pictures, sentences, and models.
    3. Use scientific language in oral and written communication.

    • During BioEYES: Students will be making observations and collecting data on embryo and larva development. They will count these organisms and graph their transition. Students will be making observations about what they see during the program week and will be asked to record these observations in the program supplied notebook using both written observations and drawings. Students will be presented with and asked to use the correct terminology for describing their observations.

  5. Understand the Nature of Science
    1. Science is a way of knowing that is used by many people not just scientists.
    2. Understand that science investigations use a variety of methods and do not always use the same set of procedures; understand that there is not just one "scientific method."
    3. Science findings are based upon evidence.

    • During BioEYES: Students will discuss who can become a scientist. The goal of the program is to make science and science careers more accessible to all students. Students will be asked to discuss to describe how we can do science and how science comes in many different forms.
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