Instruction and Assessment Connection for South Dakota Science Standards
Survey of Biology (V03) - Semester One
Life Science (LS)
Core Idea 1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Learning Standard Test Questions
HS-LS1-2 Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. 1, 2, 3, 4
HS-LS1-3 Plan and carry out an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. 46, 47, 48
HS-LS1-4 Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms. 62, 63, 64, 65
HS-LS1-5 Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy. 52, 53, 54, 55
HS-LS1-6 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. 49, 50, 51
HS-LS1-7 Use a model of the major inputs and outputs of cellular respiration (aerobic and anaerobic) to exemplify the chemical process in which the bonds of food molecules are broken, the bonds of new compounds are formed, and a net transfer of energy results. 56, 57, 58
Core Idea 2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Learning Standard Test Questions
HS-LS2-1 Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales. 14, 15, 16
HS-LS2-2 Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales. 11, 12, 13
HS-LS2-3 Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. 59, 60, 61
HS-LS2-4 Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem. 17, 18, 19, 20
HS-LS2-5 Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. 21, 22, 23
HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable but moderate to extreme fluctuations in conditions may result in a new ecosystem. 8, 9, 10
HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity. 24, 25, 26
HS-LS2-8 Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce. 5, 6, 7
Core Idea 4: Biological Unity and Diversity
Learning Standard Test Questions
HS-LS4-6 Use a simulation to research and analyze possible solutions for the adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity. 27, 28, 29, 30
Earth and Space Science (ESS)
Core Idea 3: Earth and Space Science
Learning Standard Test Questions
HS-ESS2-1 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedback that cause changes to other Earth Systems. 31, 32, 33
HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. 34, 35, 36
HS-ESS3-3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity. 37, 38, 39
HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. 40, 41, 42
HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity. 43, 44, 45


Total Questions: 65 points
Performance Task: 11 points
Overall: 76 points