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Georgia Performance Standard
S5L1    S5L2    S5L3    S5L4
S5L1. Students will classify organisms into groups and relate how they determined the groups with how and why scientists use classification.      
a. Demonstrate how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrate and invertebrate) and how vertebrates are sorted into groups (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal).
  • All living things are separated into different groups. These groups are called Kingdoms. The Moneran Kingdom , The Protist Kingdom , The Fungi Kingdom , The Plant Kingdom , and The Animal Kingdom . You can check out information on each of these Kingdoms at this website: The Five Kingdoms of Living Things.
  • This website also contains information on the five Kingdoms and classification:
  • Within the Animal Kingdom there are smaller subgroups such as vertebrates and invertebrates, here is a website to help explain these two groups: KidPort Reference Library.
  • Vertebrates are then separated into smaller groups again fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal. Try this website to define each type of animal:
b. Demonstrate how plants are sorted into groups.
S5L2. Students will recognize that offspring can resemble parents in inherited traits and learned behaviors.                                
a. Compare and contrast the characteristics of learned behaviors and of inherited traits.
b. Discuss what a gene is and the role genes play in the transfer of traits.
S5L3. Students will diagram and label parts of various cells (plant, animal, single-celled, multi-celled).                                          
a. Use magnifiers such as microscopes or hand lenses to observe cells and their structure.
b. Identify parts of a plant cell (membrane, wall, cytoplasm, nucleus, chloroplasts) and of an animal cell (membrane, cytoplasm, and nucleus) and determine the function of the parts.
c. Explain how cells in multi-celled organisms are similar and different in structure and function to single-celled organisms.
S5L4. Students will relate how microorganisms benefit or harm larger organisms.                                                               
a. Identify beneficial microorganisms and explain why they are beneficial. What are Microorganisms?
Good Microbes: Biology 4
b. Identify harmful microorganisms and explain why they are harmful. Bad Microbes: Biology 4