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Topic: Classification of organisms 

Science

 Standard 7.  Understands biological evolution and the diversity of life
  Level Pre-K (Grade Pre-K)
   Benchmark 1.Knows simple ways that living things can be grouped (e.g., appearance, behavior, plant, animal)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that living things can be grouped by their appearance
     2.Knows that living things can be grouped by their behavior
     3.Knows that some living things can be grouped as plants
     4.Knows that some living things can be grouped as animals
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 2.Knows different ways in which living things can be grouped (e.g., plants/animals, bones/no bones, insects/spiders, live on land/live in water) and purposes of different groupings
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows different ways that living things can be grouped
     2.Knows that living things can be grouped into categories such as plants/animals
     3.Knows that living things can be grouped into categories such as bones/no bones
     4.Knows living things can be grouped into categories such as insects/spiders
     5.Knows the purpose of different groupings
     6.Knows that living things can be grouped into categories such as live on land/live in water
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 5.Knows ways in which living things can be classified (e.g., taxonomic groups of plants, animals, and fungi; groups based on the details of organisms’ internal and external features; groups based on functions served within an ecosystem such as producers, consumers, and decomposers)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that living things can be classified as decomposers
     2.Knows taxonomic groups of plants
     3.Knows taxonomic groups of animals
     4.Knows taxonomic groups of fungi
     5.Knows that living things can be classified based on the details of their internal features
     6.Knows that living things can be classified based on the details of their external features
     7.Knows that living things can be classified based on their function within an ecosystems
     8.Knows that living things can be classified as producers
     9.Knows that living things can be classified as consumers
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 7.Knows how organisms are classified into a hierarchy of groups and subgroups based on similarities that reflect their evolutionary relationships (e.g., shared derived characteristics inherited from a common ancestor; degree of kinship estimated from the similarity of DNA sequences)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how organisms are classified into a hierarchy of groups based on similarities of evolutionary relationships
     2.Knows how organisms are classified into a hierarchy of subgroups based on similarities
     3.Knows that organisms are classified by shared derived characteristics inherited from common ancestors

Agricultural Education

 Standard 6.  Understands basic principles of life science
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 3.Knows different types of microorganisms (e.g., fungi, bacteria, viruses) and understands the characteristics of each
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows different types of microorganisms
     2.Understands the characteristics of different types of microorganisms
     3.Knows the characteristics of fungi
     4.Knows the characteristics of bacteria
     5.Knows the characteristics of viruses
   Benchmark 4.Uses appropriate taxonomy for classifying plants and animals (e.g., genus, species, sub-species)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Uses appropriate taxonomy for classifying plants
     2.Uses appropriate taxonomy for classifying animals
     3.Uses the taxonomic term "genus" appropriately
     4.Uses the taxonomic term "species" appropriately
     5.Uses the taxonomic term "sub-species" appropriately