A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideashttp://www.nextgenscience.org/ http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/HS%20LS%20topics%20combined%206.13.13.pdf
Core Idea LS 1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Core Idea LS 2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Core Idea LS 3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Core Idea LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Life Sciences 6-13
Traits are passed from one generation to the next via genes. Topic includes genes, traits, alleles, chromosomes, sexual reproduction, mutations and variations, environmental variation, DNA, nucleotides, RNA
Biodiversity affects humans. Topics include biological evolution, evolutionary relationships, natural selection, genetic variation, adaptation, antibiotic resistance, naturally-occurring and human-induced changes in the physical environment, species extinction, and overpopulation.
High School Life Sciences
Natural Selection and Evolution
HS-LS4-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: 1) the potential for a species to increase in number, 2) the heritable genetic vatiation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, …and 4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.
HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.