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Indiana Standards that are covered in Teter Farm Camp activities

Grade 1: 

Standard 2: Earth and Space Science 

Core Standard: 

Observe, describe and ask questions about soil components and properties.

1.2.1 Observe and compare properties of sand, clay, silt and organic matter. Look for evidence of sand, clay, silt and organic matter as components of soil samples.

1.2.2 Choose, test and use tools to separate soil samples into component parts.

1.2.3 Observe a variety of soil samples and describe in words and pictures the soil properties in terms of color, particle size and shape, texture, and recognizable living and nonliving items.

1.2.4 Observe over time the effect of organisms like earthworms in the formation of soil from dead plants. Discuss the importance of earthworms in soil.

Standard 3: Life Science

Core Standard: Observe, describe and ask questions about living things and their relationships to their environments.

1.3.2 Observe organisms closely over a period of time in different habitats such as terrariums, aquariums, lawns and trees. Draw and write about observations.

1.3.4 Describe how animals’ habitats, including plants, meet their needs for food, water, shelter and an environment in which they can live.

1.3.5 Observe and describe ways in which animals and plants depend on one another for survival.

Grade 3

Standard 2: Earth Science

 Observe and describe how natural materials meet the needs of plants and animals (including humans) (3.2.5, 3.2.6)

3.2.5 Describe natural materials and give examples of how they sustain the lives of plants and animals.

3.2.6 Describe how the properties of earth materials make them useful to humans in different ways.  Describe ways that humans have altered these resources to meet their needs for survival.

Standard 3:  Life Science 

Observe, describe and ask questions about plant growth and development.

3.3.1 Identify the common structures of a plant including its roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.  Describe their functions.

3.3.2 Investigate plant growth over time, take measurements in SI units, record the data and display the data in graphs.  Examine factors that might influence plant growth.

Grade 4

Standard 2: Earth Science

Core Standard: Describe how the supply of natural resources is limited and investigate ways that humans protect and harm the environment. (4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.6)

4.2.6 Describe ways in which humans have changed the natural environment. Explain if these changes have been detrimental or beneficial.

Grade 5

Standard 3: Life Science

Core Standard: Observe, describe and ask questions about how changes in one part of an ecosystem create changes in other parts of the ecosystem.

5.3.1 Observe and classify common Indiana organisms as producers, consumers, decomposers, predator and prey based on their relationships and interactions with other organisms in their ecosystem.

5.3.2 Investigate the action of different decomposers and compare their role in an ecosystem with that of producers and consumers.

Middle School

Standard 3: Life Science

 Core Standard Describe that all organisms, including humans, are part of complex systems found in all biomes (i.e., freshwater, marine, forest, desert, grassland and tundra).

(6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3) Core Standard Understand that the major source of energy for ecosystems is light produced by major nuclear reactions in the sun. (6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6) 6.3.1 Describe specific relationships (i.e., predator and prey, consumer and producer, and parasite and host) between organisms and determine whether these relationships are competitive or mutually beneficial. 6.3.2 Describe how changes caused by organisms in the habitat where they live can be beneficial or detrimental to themselves or to native plants and animals.

6.3.3 Describe how certain biotic and abiotic factors—such as predators, quantity of light and water, range of temperatures and soil composition—can limit the number of organisms an ecosystem can support.

6.3.4 Recognize that plants use energy from the sun to make sugar (i.e., glucose) by the process of photosynthesis.

6.3.5 Describe how all animals, including humans, meet their energy needs by consuming other organisms, breaking down their structures, and using the materials to grow and function.

6.3.6 Recognize that food provides the energy for the work that cells do and is a source of the molecular building blocks that can be incorporated into a cell’s structure or stored for later use.

7.2.5 Describe the origin and physical properties of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and how they are related through the rock cycle.

7.2.6 Describe physical and chemical characteristics of soil layers and how they are influenced by the process of soil formation (including the action of bacteria, fungi, insects and other organisms).

7.2.7 Use geological features such as karst topography and glaciation to explain how large scale physical processes have shaped the land.

7.2.8 Compare and contrast fossils with living organisms in a given location to explain how earth processes have changed environments over time.

8.2.6 Identify, explain and discuss some effects human activities (e.g., air, soil, light, noise and water pollution) have on the biosphere.

8.2.7 Recognize that some of Earth’s resources are finite and describe how recycling, reducing consumption and the development of alternatives can reduce the rate of their depletion.

8.2.8 Explain that human activities, beginning with the earliest herding and agricultural activities, have drastically changed the environment and have affected the capacity of the environment to support native species. Explain current efforts to reduce and eliminate these impacts and encourage sustainability