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Subject Area - 3:
Science and Technology and Engineering Education
  • Standard Area - 3.1: Biological Sciences
  • Organizing Category - 3.1.A: Organisms and Cells
  • Grade Level - 3.1.6.A: GRADE 6
Standard - 3.1.6.A8


Explain why the details of most cells are visible only through a microscope.

  • Assessment Anchor - S6.A.1 Reasoning and Analysis
    • Anchor Descriptor - S6.A.1.1 Explain, interpret, and apply scientific, environmental, or technological knowledge presented in a variety of formats (visuals, scenarios, graphs).
      • Eligible Content - S6.A.1.1.1 Explain how certain questions can be answered through scientific inquiry and/or technological design (e.g., consumer product testing, common usage of simple machines, modern inventions).
      • Eligible Content - S6.A.1.1.2 Use evidence to support inferences and claims about an investigation or relationship (e.g., common usage of simple machines).
      • Eligible Content - S6.A.1.1.3 Predict the outcome of an experiment based on previously collected data.
    • Anchor Descriptor - S6.A.1.2 Identify and analyze evidence that certain variables may have caused measurable changes in natural or human-made systems.
      • Eligible Content - S6.A.1.2.1 Use evidence, observations, or explanations to make inferences about changes in systems over time.
      • Eligible Content - S6.A.1.2.2 Identify variables that cause changes in natural or human-made systems.
  • Assessment Anchor - S6.A.2 Processes, Procedures, and Tools of Scientific Investigations
    • Anchor Descriptor - S6.A.2.1 Apply knowledge of scientific investigation or technological design in different contexts to make inferences to solve problems.
    • Anchor Descriptor - S6.A.2.2 Apply appropriate instruments for specific purposes and describe the information the instruments can provide.
      • Eligible Content - S6.A.2.2.1 Describe ways technology extends and enhances human abilities for specific purposes (e.g., make observations of cells with a microscope and planets with a telescope).
  • Assessment Anchor - S6.A.3 Systems, Models, and Patterns
    • Anchor Descriptor - S6.A.3.1 Explain the parts of a simple system, their roles, and their relationships to the system as a whole.
    • Anchor Descriptor - S6.A.3.2 Apply knowledge of models to make predictions, draw inferences, or explain technological concepts.
      • Eligible Content - S6.A.3.2.1 Describe how scientists use models to explore relationships and make predictions about natural systems (e.g., weather conditions, the solar system).
  • Assessment Anchor - S6.B.1 Structure and Function of Organisms
    • Anchor Descriptor - S6.B.1.1 Explain how the cell is the basic unit of structure and function for all living things.
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