Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Teaching Resources

Science 5.1

Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices. The student is expected to:

  • (1) Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms have structures and behaviors that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to:
  • (2) compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive in a specific environment such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals; and
    • (A) differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding a bicycle.
    • (B) demonstrate safe practices and the use of safety equipment as outlined in Texas Education Agency-approved safety standards during classroom and outdoor investigations using safety equipment, including safety goggles or chemical splash goggles, as appropriate, and gloves, as appropriate; and
    • (C) make informed choices in the conservation, disposal, and recycling of materials.

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