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Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.

Performance Expectation

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High School (9-12)
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
High School (9-12)
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
High School (9-12)
Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
High School (9-12)
Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.

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Grade: 
High School (9-12)
Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
High School (9-12)
Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed resulting in a net transfer of energy.

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Grade: 
High School (9-12)
Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
High School (9-12)
Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.

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Grade: 
High School (9-12)
Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.

Performance Expectation

Grade: 
High School (9-12)