MS-LS1-4: Animal Behaviors and Plant Structures - Reproductive Success
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively. (Cause and Effect)
Clarification Statement: Examples of behaviors that affect the probability of animal reproduction could include nest building to protect young from cold, herding of animals to protect young from predators, and vocalization of animals and colorful plumage to attract mates for breeding. Examples of animal behaviors that affect the probability of plant reproduction could include transferring pollen or seeds, and creating conditions for seed germination and growth. Examples of plant structures could include bright flowers attracting butterflies that transfer pollen, flower nectar and odors that attract insects that transfer pollen, and hard shells on nuts that squirrels bury.
Assessment Boundary: none
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Animal behaviors (e.g. nest building, protecting young from predators)
Animal structures (e.g. colorful plumage in birds)
Plant structures (e.g. flowers, nectar, hard shells on nuts)
Cause and Effect
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