National Education Standards

This year’s contest supports the following education standards:

Next Generation Science Standards

  • LS1.A – Structure and Function

Grade 4: Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior and reproduction.

  • LS1.C – Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms

Grades K-2: Animals obtain food they need from plants or other animals. Plants need water and light
Grades 3-5: Food provides animals with the materials and energy they need for body repair, growth, warmth, and motion. Plants acquire material for growth chiefly from air, water, and process matter and obtain energy from sunlight, which is used to maintain conditions necessary for survival.

  • LS2.A – Interdependent relationships in ecosystems

Grades 3-5: the food of almost any animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants, while decomposers restore some materials back to the soil.

  • LS2.D – Social Interactions and Group Behavior

Grade 4: Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes. Groups may serve different functions and very dramatically in size.

National Science Education Standards

  •  Life Sciences

Characteristics of organisms – organisms have basic needs and can only survive in environments where these needs can be met.

Organisms and environments – an organism’s behaviors are related to the environment in which it lives.

National Standards for Arts Education

  • Visual Arts Content Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

  • Visual Arts Content Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art.

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

Visual Arts Content Standard: 6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

  • Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.

Common Core: English Language Arts Standards

  • Language

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1a Use collective nouns

  • Reading: Informational Text

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

  • Writing – Research to Build and Present Knowledge

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.