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Biology Program Goals and Objectives
Grade Level 4

About the Biology Program
All students will participate in the Barrier Island Ecology Course at the same time. Small groups of approximately twelve students together with a Sound to Sea instructor each start in a different habitat area and begin a rotation. This component introduces students to the five habitats (beach/ocean, maritime forest, freshwater pond, salt marsh, and sound/estuary), geological history, basic ecological concepts and general habitat study skills that are reinforced throughout the entire program. Sound to Sea instructors encourage exploration and present various ecological concepts (such as habitats, cycles, communities, populations, species, food webs, decomposition, etc.) as students discover concrete evidence that relates to that concept. As the groups explore each habitat, students observe the differences and make comparisons. The Habitat Study skills include: observation, measurement, data collection, and analysis and assessment of habitat conditions with respect to soil, air, water, wind, temperature, and human impact; and observation, identification, classification, mapping and representative sampling of species present within the habitat.

Main Curriculum Area: Science
Other Curriculum Area: Health Education

Grade Level: 4

Primary Goals and Objectives:
These objectives will be covered during all Biology Program classes. Some objectives are more specific to one habitat than another, so if your schedule does not allow you to take all offered classes, or if there are particular objectives that you want to make sure we cover, please let us know what your specific needs are.

Essential Standard 4.L.1

Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats.

Clarifying Objectives
4.L.1.1 Give examples of changes in an organism's environment that are beneficial to it and some that are harmful.

4.L.1.2 Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.

4.L.1.3 Explain how humans can adapt their behavior to live in changing habitats (e.g., recycling wastes, establishing rain gardens, planting trees and shrubs to prevent flooding and erosion).

4.L.1.4 Explain how differences among animals of the same population sometimes give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in changing habitats.


Health Education
Essential Standard 4.MEH.1 Apply positive stress management strategies

Clarifying Objectives
Summarize effective coping strategies to manage stress.

4.MEH.1.2 Implement healthy strategies for handling stress, including asking for assistance.

Essential Standard 4.ICR.1

Understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships.

Clarifying Objectives
Explain the importance of showing respect for self and respect and empathy for others.

4.ICR.1.2 Exemplify empathy toward those affected by disease and disability.

4.ICR.1.3 Interpret facial expressions and posture to emotions and empathy

4.ICR.1.4 Recognize situations that might lead to violence.

Essential Standard 4.MS.1 Apply competent motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Clarifying Objectives
Execute combinations of more complex locomotor skills and manipulative skills in various physical activity settings.

PE.4.MS.1.2 Create movement skill sequences commonly associated with various sports and activities.

PE.4.MS.1.3 Implement changes in speed during straight, curved, and zigzag pathways to open and close space using locomotor and manipulative skills.

PE.4.MS.1.4 Identify tempo in slow and fast rhythms

Essential Standard 4.MC.2 Understand concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement.

Clarifying Objectives
Apply basic concepts of movement to improve individual performance.

PE.4.MC.2.2 Apply elements of form or motor development principles to help others improve their performance.

Essential Standard 4.HF.3 Understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Essential Standard 4.PR.4 Use behavioral strategies that are responsible and enhance respect of self and others and value activity.

Clarifying Objectives
Use self-control through structure, expectations, and engagement to demonstrate personal responsibility and respect for self and others.

PE.4.PR.4.2 Use cooperation and communication skills to achieve common goals.

PE.4.PR.4.3 Explain the importance of working productively with others.

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