4-LS1-2: Sensation, Processing, and Response 

Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways. (Systems and System Models)

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on systems of information transfer.

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include the mechanisms by which the brain stores and recalls information or the mechanisms of how sensory receptors function.

Science Practices
Developing and Using Models

Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.D: Information Processing

Crosscutting Concepts
Systems and System Models


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Information (e.g. sound, light, odor, temperature)
Information transfer
Sense receptors
Processing (e.g. perception and/or memories)
Response (i.e. animalsโ€™ action)


Learning Plans


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