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Skills available for Minnesota first-grade science standards

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1 Exploring phenomena or engineering problems

  • 1.1 Asking questions and defining problems

    • 1.1.1 Students will be able to ask questions about aspects of the phenomena they observe, the conclusions they draw from their models or scientific investigations, each other's ideas, and the information they read.

  • 1.2 Planning and carrying out investigations

    • 1.2.1 Students will be able to design and conduct investigations in the classroom, laboratory, and/or field to test students' ideas and questions, and will organize and collect data to provide evidence to support claims the students make about phenomena.

      • 1P. Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

2 Looking at data and empirical evidence to understand phenomena or solve problems

  • 2.1 Analyzing and interpreting data

    • 2.1.1 Students will be able to represent observations and data in order to recognize patterns in the data, the meaning of those patterns, and possible relationships between variables.

      • 1P. Identify and describe patterns obtained from testing different materials and determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for producing and/or transmitting sound.

  • 2.2 Using mathematics and computational thinking

    • 2.2.1 Students will be able to use mathematics to represent physical variables and their relationships; compare mathematical expressions to the real world; and engage in computational thinking as they use or develop algorithms to describe the natural or designed worlds.

      • 1E. Use quantitative data to identify and describe patterns in the amount of time it takes for Earth processes to occur and determine whether they occur quickly or slowly.

3 Developing possible explanations of phenomena or designing solutions to engineering problems

  • 3.1 Developing and using models

    • 3.1.1 Students will be able to develop, revise, and use models to represent the students' understanding of phenomena or systems as they develop questions, predictions and/or explanations, and communicate ideas to others.

  • 3.2 Constructing explanations and designing solutions

    • 3.2.2 Students will be able to use their understanding of scientific principles and the engineering design process to design solutions that meet established criteria and constraints.

4 Communicating reasons, arguments and ideas to others

  • 4.1 Engaging in Arguing from evidence

    • 4.1.1 Students will be able to engage in argument from evidence for the explanations the students construct, defend and revise their interpretations when presented with new evidence, critically evaluate the scientific arguments of others, and present counter arguments.

      • 1E. Construct an argument based on observational evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the non-living aspects of the environment to meet their needs.

    • 4.1.2 Students will be able to argue from evidence to justify the best solution to a problem or to compare and evaluate competing designs, ideas, or methods.

      • 1E. Construct an argument with evidence to evaluate multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.

  • 4.2 Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

    • 4.2.1 Students will be able to read and interpret multiple sources to obtain information, evaluate the merit and validity of claims and design solutions, and communicate information, ideas, and evidence in a variety of formats.

      • 1E. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.

      • 1L. Obtain information using various features of texts and other media to determine patterns in the behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.

    • 4.2.2 Students will be able to gather information about and communicate the methods that are used by various cultures, especially those of Minnesota American Indian Tribes and communities, to develop explanations of phenomena and design solutions to problems.

      • 1P. Communicate solutions that use materials to provide shelter, food, or warmth needs for communities including Minnesota American Indian tribes and communities.