9 ) Examine evidence to support an argument that the internal and external
structures of plants (e.g., thorns, leaves, stems, roots, colored petals, xylem,
phloem) and animals (e.g., heart, stomach, lung, brain, skin) function to
support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
10 ) Use evidence and scientific reasoning to explain how characteristic animal
behaviors (e.g., building nests to protect young from cold, herding to protect
young from predators, attracting mates for breeding by producing special sounds
and displaying colorful plumage, transferring pollen or seeds to create conditions for seed germination and growth) and specialized plant structures
(e.g., flower brightness, nectar, and odor attracting birds that transfer
pollen; hard outer shells on seeds providing protection prior to germination)
affect the probability of successful reproduction of both animals and plants.