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7.

recognize a part of the life cycle of a bean plant or that persons of the same age grow at different rates; and

8.

recognize a change in basic weather conditions or identify representations of daytime and nighttime.

B.LAA 1 Grade 8 Science Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors

Exceeds Standard

Students scoring at this level generally exhibit the ability to

1.

identify two or more steps in proper sequence to solve a science problem;

2.

recognize the highest or lowest example of varying conditions (hot-cold, long-short, heavy-light) by using a measurement tool;

3.

sequence the steps of a pattern based on a scenario or identify a simple graph that represents a specific situation;

4.

identify hazardous situations and match appropriate technology to common tasks ;

5.

describe how the state of water changes under varying temperature conditions;

6.

match different actions to corresponding changes in the motion of objects;

7.

identify changes in an object’s temperature as it is subjected to different temperatures;

8.

sequence how food travels from one organ to another in the human digestive system;

9.

recognize individuals’ features that identify them as being in a specific stage of their life span;

10.

identify different ways to prevent disease transmission;

11.

identify familiar human traits that children and their parents may have in common;

12.

identify several animals that live in the same habitat;

13.

identify an adaptation that helps a plant or animal live in a specific Louisiana habitat;

14.

modify an activity based on a changing sequence of weather conditions represented by symbols;

15.

identify basic characteristics of Earth, the Moon, and the Sun; and

16.

identify a polluted area and the cause.

Meets Standard

Students scoring at this level generally exhibit the ability to

1.

select two or more steps to solve a simple science problem;

2.

match correctly recorded measurements of length, weight, or temperature;

3.

select a description or graphic that best represents a set of data or complete the next step in a pattern;

4.

select appropriate ways to complete science tasks safely or recognize the appropriate use of technology;

5.

match water in solid, liquid, and gaseous states to different temperature conditions;

6.

select an action that results in an increase in speed or change in direction of a moving object or recognize that heat can transfer from one object to another;

7.

locate organs in the human digestive system;

8.

recognize a correct sequence of stages in the human life span;

9.

recognize that germs may be transmitted directly or indirectly;

10.

sort animals by common traits or match familiar animals to their appropriate habitats;

11.

match adaptation (e.g., method of movement) to habitat;

12.

match weather symbols to descriptions of different weather conditions or recognize differences between Earth, the Moon, and the Sun; and

13.

sort polluted and unpolluted areas.

Working Toward Standard

Students scoring at this level may exhibit the ability to

1.

recognize similar patterns in data;

2.

recognize measurement tools, technology, or safety procedures;

3.

identify ways to stop or slow the motion of objects;

4.

sort objects that are being heated or cooled or recognize that water has three states;

5.

recognize a basic organ in the human digestive system or that common diseases are caused by germs;

6.

sort individuals according to life-span stages;

7.

recognize differences in animal characteristics, physical adaptations, or habitats;

8.

recognize that symbols are used to represent different weather conditions, Earth, the Moon, or the Sun; and

9.

recognize a polluted area.

C.LAA 1 Grade 11 Science Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors

Exceeds Standard

Students scoring at this level generally exhibit the ability to

1.

identify a step necessary to complete a given scientific investigation or that performing processes in their proper order affects safety;

2.

make an appropriate selection based on data or identify how technology can improve information gathering;

3.

identify the difference between mixtures and compounds or how objects in a given mixture, having similar properties of color, shape, and size, can be easily separated by using their magnetic properties or density: whether they sink or float in water;

4.

match how the motion of an object on a level surface changes as the surface texture varies due to the use of different common surface materials;

5.

identify the presence of hazardous situations involving different uses of energy;

6.

compare the life cycles of a frog and a given mammal;

7.

assemble a basic food chain;

8.

identify structural relationships between the parts of the circulatory system and the functions of each part;

9.

identify how fitness activities improve one’s health;

10.

identify different healthy activities and/or diets; and identify different unhealthy activities and/or diets that contribute to a person’s susceptibility to becoming ill; and

11.

identify early warning symptoms of common illnesses that signal the need to get help.

Meets Standard

Students scoring at this level generally exhibit the ability to

1.

recognize an appropriate and safe procedure for a scientific investigation;

2.

compare situations using data or sort technology by the kind of information it can provide;

3.

recognize that substances may be mixtures or compounds, or sort objects in a mixture based on color, shape, or size;

4.

match changes in motion with different external forces or recognize that magnets may attract or repel certain substances;

5.

sort hazardous and nonhazardous exposure to heat, light, or electricity;

6.

compare the life cycles of a human and a given mammal;

7.

recognize basic food chains;

8.

identify where parts of the circulatory system are located in the human body; and

9.

match a fitness activity to a health improvement, sort healthy and unhealthy activities and diets, or match symptoms to common illnesses.

Working Toward Standard

Students scoring at this level may exhibit the ability to

1.

recognize safety or scientific procedures or match the technology used by different types of scientists;

2.

match data to a specific situation;

3.

recognize that objects can have different physical properties;

4.

recognize that in certain circumstances light, heat, or electricity can be hazardous;

5.

recognize the life cycles of different common organisms;

6.

recognize what different common animals eat;

7.

recognize parts of the human circulatory system;

8.

recognize fitness activities or that certain activities affect the body in different ways; and

9.

recognize that the body changes during an illness.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:391.4(B).

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Department of Education, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Student and School Performance, LR 35:

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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