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Last modified: Monday, July 10, 2006
KindergartenScience Content Standards.
- Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted.
As a basis for understanding this concept:
- Students know objects can be described in terms
of the materials they are made of (e.g., clay, cloth, paper)
and their physical properties (e.g., color, size, shape,
weight, texture, flexibility, attraction to magnets, floating,
- Students know water can be a liquid or a solid
and can be made to change back and forth from one form to
- Students know water left in an open container
evaporates (goes into the air) but water in a closed container
- Different types of plants and animals inhabit the earth. As
a basis for understanding this concept:
- Students know how to observe and describe similarities
and differences in the appearance and behavior of plants
and animals (e.g., seed-bearing plants, birds, fish, insects).
- Students know stories sometimes give plants
and animals attributes they do not really have.
- Students know how to identify major structures
of common plants and animals (e.g., stems, leaves, roots,
arms, wings, legs).
- Earth is composed of land, air, and water. As a basis for
understanding this concept:
- Students know characteristics of mountains, rivers,
oceans, valleys, deserts, and local landforms.
- Students know changes in weather occur from
day to day and across seasons, affecting Earth and its inhabitants.
- Students know how to identify resources from
Earth that are used in everyday life and understand that
many resources can be conserved.
Investigation and Experimentation
- Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions
and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding
this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands,
students should develop their own questions and perform investigations.
- Observe common objects by using the five senses.
- Describe the properties of common objects.
- Describe the relative position of objects by using one
reference (e.g., above or below).
- Compare and sort common objects by one physical attribute
(e.g., color, shape, texture, size, weight).
- Communicate observations orally and through drawings.