Science

Previous Kindergarten Curriculum

Physical Science

  • Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials including wood, plastic, metal, cloth, and paper by their observable properties (color, texture, hardness, and flexibility) and whether they are natural or human-made.
  • Conduct investigations to understand that matter can exist in different states (solid and liquid) and has properties that can be observed and tested.
  • Construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces (blocks, snap cubes) can be disassembled and made into a new object.

Life Science

  • Use information from observations to identify differences between plants and animals (locomotion, obtainment of food, and take in air/gasses).
  • Recognize differences between living organisms and non-living materials and sort them into groups by observable physical attributes.
  • Explain how humans use their five sense in making scientific findings.
  • Make observations to describe that young plants and animals resemble their parents.

Earth Systems

  • Analyze and interpret weather data (precipitation, wind, temperature, cloud cover) to describe weather patterns that occur over time (hourly, daily) using simple graphs, pictorial weather symbol and tools (thermometer, rain gauge).
  • Develop and use models to predict weather and identify patterns in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Earth and Human Activity

  • Use a model to represent the relationship between the basic needs (shelter, food, water) of different plants and animals (including humans and the places they live.
  • Explain the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather in Tennessee.
  • Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact from humans on land, water, air, and other living things in the local environment.

Engineering Design

  • Ask and answer questions about the scientific world and gather information using the senses.
  • Describe objects accurately by drawing and/or labeling pictures.

Engineering, Technology, Science, and Society

  • Use appropriate tools (magnifying glass, rain gauge, basic balance scale) to make observations and answer testable scientific questions.

Upcoming 1st Grade Curriculum

Physical Science

  • Make observations to determine how sunlight warms Earth's surfaces (sand, soil, rocks, and water).
  • Use a model to describe how light is required to make objects visible. Summarize how illumination could be from an external light source or by an object giving off its own light.
  • Determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials (transparent, translucent, opaque, and reflective) in the path of a beam of light.

Life Science

  • Recognize the structure of plants (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) and describe the function of the parts (taking in water and air, producing food, making new plants).
  • Illustrate and summarize the life cycle of plants.
  • Analyze and interpret data from observations to describe how changes in the environment cause plants to respond in different ways.
  • Conduct an experiment to show how plants depend on air, water, minerals from soil, and light to grown and thrive.
  • Obtain and communicate information to classify plants by where they grow (water, land) and the plant's physical characteristics.
  • Recognize how plants depend on their surroundings and other living things to meet their needs int he places they live.

Earth Systems

  • Use observations or models of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
  • Observe natural objects in the sky that can be seen from Earth with the naked eye and recognize that a telescope, used as a tool, can provide greater detail of objects in the sky.
  • Analyze data to predict patterns between sunrise and sunset, and the change of seasons.

Earth and Human Activity

  • No standards for this domain.

Engineering Design

  • Solve scientific problems by asking testable questions, making short-term and long-term observations, and gathering information.

Engineering, Technology, Science, and Society

  • Use appropriate tools (magnifying glass, basic balance scale) to make observations and answer testable scientific questions.