Carolina Biological_Discover Carolina–April 2024

High School

From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes


Students who demonstrate understanding can:



Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy. HS-LS1-5

Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on illustrating inputs and outputs of matter and the transfer and transformation of energy in photosynthesis by plants and other photosynthesizing organisms. Examples of models could include diagrams, chemical equations, and conceptual models

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include specific biochemical steps.

Science and Engineering Practices

Developing and Using Models

Modeling in 9–12 builds on K–8 experiences and progresses to using, synthesizing, and developing models to predict and show relationships among variables between systems and their components in the natural and designed world(s).

Use a model based on evidence to illustrate the relationships between systems or between components of a system. (HS-LS1-5)

Common Core State Standards Connections

  • SL.11-12.5 - Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. (HS-LS1-5)