Next Generation Science
MS.Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Organisms

Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. Clarification Statement: Examples of local environmental conditions could include availability of food, light, space, and water. Examples of genetic factors could include large breed cattle and species of grass affecting growth of organisms. Examples of evidence could include drought decreasing plant growth, fertilizer increasing plant growth, different varieties of plant seeds growing at different rates in different conditions, and fish growing larger in large ponds than they do in small ponds. Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms, gene regulation, or biochemical processes.