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Curriculum Standards

Butterfly Pavilion is pleased to offer exceptional and unique opportunities to our learners. Due to the individualized and experiential nature of our exhibits, all requirements of the following standards may not be explicitly fulfilled, but rather may be supported through each learners’ interaction with the resources the exhibit provides. If you are looking to specific programming that can more thoroughly fulfill standard requirements, we suggest booking an on-site or outreach class, or participating in a PBL program designed by our educators.

Wings of the Tropics

2-LS2-2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics 

Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.*


2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 

Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.


3-LS1-1 From molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 

Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles, but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.


3-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits 

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.


3-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 

Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.


3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 

Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.


3-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems 

Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.


4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.


4-LS1-2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 

Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.


5-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics 

Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.


MS-LS1-4 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 

Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.


MS-LS1-5 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes 

Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.


MS-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity 

Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.