National Education Standards
This year’s contest supports the following education standards:
Next Generation Science Standards
Grade 4: Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior and reproduction.
Grades K-2: Animals obtain food they need from plants or other animals. Plants need water and light
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.
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
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
Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art.
Visual Arts Content Standard: 6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
Common Core: English Language Arts Standards
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
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.
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.