Students will classify organisms based on the distinguishing characteristics of the domains and/or kingdoms of living organisms.
Students will identify and/or describe how and/or why organisms are hierarchically classified based on evolutionary relationships.
Students will identify and/or explain the reasons for changes in how organisms are classified.
Students will identify ways in which a scientific claim is evaluated (e.g., through scientific argumentation, critical and logical thinking, and consideration of alternative explanations).
Students will describe how scientific inferences are made from observations and identify examples from biology.Content Limits :
Items referring to distinguishing characteristics of living organisms are limited to the domains of Archea, Bacteria, and Eukarya and the kingdoms of Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia.
Items will not require specific knowledge of organisms classified in any domain or kingdom; items should describe the characteristics of an organism and assess its classification.
Items may refer to prokaryotic, eukaryotic, unicellular and/or multicellular organisms, autotrophs, and/or heterotrophs, but they will not assess the definition of those terms.
Items referring to changes in classification systems should be conceptual and will not require specific knowledge of those changes.
Items may address evolutionary classification, phylogeny, and the use of cladograms, but they may not assess the definition of those terms.
Items assessing a scientific claim are limited to the classification of organisms.