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Skills available for Texas kindergarten science standards

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1-4 Scientific and engineering practices

  • 1 The student asks questions, identifies problems, and plans and safely conducts classroom, laboratory, and field investigations to answer questions, explain phenomena, or design solutions using appropriate tools and models. The student is expected to:

    • A ask questions and define problems based on observations or information from text, phenomena, models, or investigations;

    • B use scientific practices to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations and use engineering practices to design solutions to problems;

    • C identify, describe, and demonstrate safe practices during classroom and field investigations as outlined in Texas Education Agency-approved safety standards;

    • D use tools, including hand lenses, goggles, trays, cups, bowls, sieves or sifters, notebooks, terrariums, aquariums, samples (rocks, sand, soil, loam, gravel, clay, seeds, and plants), windsock, demonstration thermometer, rain gauge, straws, ribbons, non-standard measuring items, blocks or cubes, tuning fork, various flashlights, small paper cups, items that roll, noise makers, hot plate, opaque objects, transparent objects, foil pie pans, foil muffin cups, wax paper, Sun-Moon-Earth model, and plant life cycle model to observe, measure, test, and compare;

    • E collect observations and measurements as evidence;

    • F record and organize data using pictures, numbers, words, symbols, and simple graphs; and

    • G develop and use models to represent phenomena, objects, and processes or design a prototype for a solution to a problem.

  • 2 The student analyzes and interprets data to derive meaning, identify features and patterns, and discover relationships or correlations to develop evidence-based arguments or evaluate designs. The student is expected to:

    • A identify basic advantages and limitations of models such as their size, properties, and materials;

    • B analyze data by identifying significant features and patterns;

    • C use mathematical concepts to compare two objects with common attributes; and

    • D evaluate a design or object using criteria to determine if it works as intended.

  • 3 The student develops evidence-based explanations and communicates findings, conclusions, and proposed solutions. The student is expected to:

    • A develop explanations and propose solutions supported by data and models;

    • B communicate explanations and solutions individually and collaboratively in a variety of settings and formats; and

    • C listen actively to others' explanations to identify important evidence and engage respectfully in scientific discussion.

  • 4 The student knows the contributions of scientists and recognizes the importance of scientific research and innovation on society. The student is expected to:

    • A explain how science or an innovation can help others; and

    • B identify scientists and engineers such as Isaac Newton, Mae Jemison, and Ynes Mexia and explore what different scientists and engineers do.

5 Recurring themes and concepts

6 Matter and its properties

7-8 Force, motion, and energy

  • 7 The student knows that forces cause changes in motion and position in everyday life. The student is expected to describe and predict how a magnet interacts with various materials and how magnets can be used to push or pull.

  • 8 The student knows that energy is everywhere and can be observed in everyday life. The student is expected to:

9-11 Earth and space

  • 9 The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among objects in the sky. The student is expected to:

    • A identify, describe, and predict the patterns of day and night and their observable characteristics; and

    • B observe, describe, and illustrate the Sun, Moon, stars, and objects in the sky such as clouds.

  • 10 The student knows that the natural world includes earth materials and systems that can be observed. The student is expected to:

    • A describe and classify rocks by the observable properties of size, shape, color, and texture;

    • B observe and describe weather changes from day to day and over seasons; and

    • C identify evidence that supports the idea that air is all around us and demonstrate that wind is moving air using items such as a windsock, pinwheel, or ribbon.

  • 11 The student knows that earth materials are important to everyday life. The student is expected to observe and generate examples of practical uses for rocks, soil, and water.

12-13 Organisms and environments

  • 12 The student knows that plants and animals depend on the environment to meet their basic needs for survival. The student is expected to:

  • 13 The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and undergo processes that help them interact and survive within their environments. The student is expected to: