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Science and Technology/Engineering
Curriculum Framework - Spring 2001

Biology, Grades 9 or 10

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Additional Ideas for Developing Investigations and Learning Experiences and Suggested Extensions to Learning in Technology/Engineering are in Appendix III.

Evolution and Biodiversity

Broad Concept: Evolution and biodiversity are the result of genetic changes that occur in constantly changing environments.

5.1 Explain how the fossil record, comparative anatomy, and other evidence support the theory of evolution.
5.2 Illustrate how genetic variation is preserved or eliminated from a population through Darwinian natural selection (evolution) resulting in biodiversity.
5.3 Describe how the taxonomic system classifies living things into domains (eubacteria, archaebacteria, and eukaryotes) and kingdoms (animals, plants, fungi, etc.).* [Note: there is an ongoing scientific debate about the number of kingdoms and which organisms should be included in each. The following websites provide more information: Brave New Biosphere, and The Tree of Life Project Root Page]

Boldface type indicates core standards for full-year courses. An asterisk (*) indicates core standards for integrated courses.

Last Updated: May 1, 2001
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