Standard #: SC.1.L.14.3


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Differentiate between living and nonliving things.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 1
Body of Knowledge: Life Science
Idea: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Big Idea: Organization and Development of Living Organisms -

A. All plants and animals, including humans, are alike in some ways and different in others.

B. All plants and animals, including humans, have internal parts and external structures that function to keep them alive and help them grow and reproduce.

C. Humans can better understand the natural world through careful observation.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

Course Number1111 Course Title222
5020020: Science Grade One (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7720020: Access Science Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
5020080: STEM Lab Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)


Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
SC.1.L.14.In.3 Identify characteristics of living and nonliving things, including whether they need food or water.
SC.1.L.14.Su.3 Distinguish common living and nonliving things in the environment.
SC.1.L.14.Pa.3 Recognize self and others as living things.


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Original Student Tutorial

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Teaching Ideas

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Unit/Lesson Sequence

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Student Resources

Original Student Tutorial

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Parent Resources

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Biology lesson plans for a Living Things Unit of study.



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