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Kindergarten Earth & Space

 

Understandings:

  • Earth materials have properties that can be observed, described, and compared.
  • Earth materials are useful in many ways.
  • Objects can be observed in the sky on a regular basis.
  • Plants have identifiable parts and can be sorted by observable characteristics.
  • Plants go through observable changes that are part of their life cycle.

    TEKS:

    Content Standards:

  • K.7A (R) observe, describe, and sort rocks by size, shape, color, and texture
  • K.7B (S) observe and describe physical properties of natural sources of water, including color and clarity
  • K.7C (S) give examples of ways rocks, soil, and water are useful
  • K.10A (S) sort plants and animals into groups based on physical characteristics such as color, size, body covering, or leaf shape
  • K.10B (R) identify basic parts of plants and animals
  • K.10C (S) identify ways that young plants resemble the parent plant
  • K.10D (S) observe changes that are part of a simple life cycle of a plant; seed, seedling, plant, flower, and fruit
  • Process Standards (ongoing):

    • K.1A Identify, discuss, and demonstrate safe and healthy practices as outlined in TEA - approved safety standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles or chemical splash googles as appropriate, washing hands, and using materials appropriately
    • K.1B Demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reusing or recycling paper, plastic and metal
    • K.2A Ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world
    • K.2B Plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations
    • K.2C Collect data and make observations using simple tools
    • K.2D Record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words
    • K.2E Communicate observations about simple descriptive investigations
    • K.3A Identify and explain a problem such as the impact of littering and propose a solution
    • K.3B Make predictions based on observable patterns in nature
    • K.3C Explore that scientists investigate different things in the natural world and use tools to help in their investigations
    • K.4A Collect information using tools, including computing devices, hand lenses, primary balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices; non-standard measuring items; weather instruments such as demonstration thermometers; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums
    • K.4B Use the senses as tool of observation to identify properties and patterns of organisms, objects, and events in the environment
    • Throughout the year:

    • K.8B (R) Identify events that have repeating patterns, including seasons of the year and day and night
    • K.8A (S) Observe and describe weather changes from day to day and over seasons
    • K.8C (S) Observe, describe, and illustrate objects in the sky such as clouds, Moon, and stars, including the sun
    • K.10D (S) Observe changes that are part of a simple life cycle of a plant: seed, seedling, plant, flower, and fruit

       

    Learning Targets:

    I can show how to use natural resources responsibly. I can observe, describe, and compare the properties of rocks. I can sort rocks by their properties. I can observe and describe properties of water from different natural sources. (including color and clarity) I can tell why rocks, soil, and water are useful. I can observe, describe, and illustrate objects in the sky. I can sort plants into groups based off of their physical characteristics. (continued into Life Science Unit) I can name the parts of a plant. (continued into Life Science Unit) I can find ways to tell how young plants looks like adult plants. (continued into Life Science Unit) I can observe the life cycle of a plant. (continued into Life Science Unit)

Throughout the Year

  • I can observe weather changes. K.8A (S)
  • I can tell about weather changes. K.8A (S)
  • I can identify events that have repeating patterns. K.8B (R)
  • I can observe objects in the sky. K.8C (S)
  • I can tell about the objects in the sky. K.8C (S)
  • I can illustrate the objects in the sky. K.8C (S)
  • I can observe the life cycle of a plant. K.10D (S)

     

Essential Questions:

  • What objects can be observed in the day and night sky? Are the same objects always there? Why or why not?
  • What properties can be observed and used to describe, compare and sort rocks?
  • What are the physical properties of different sources water? How do they compare?
  • What causes materials to change?
  • Objects can be observed in the sky on a regular basis.
  • How are earth materials like rocks, soil, and water useful?
  • Plants have identifiable parts and can be sorted by observable characteristics.
  • Plants go through observable changes that are part of their life cycle.
  • What are the parts of a plant and their purpose?
  • How are plants alike and different?
  • How do plants change and grow?

     

Misconceptions:

  • All rocks must be heavy.
  • Soil has always been in its present form.
  • The Moon can only be observed at night.
  • The Moon is changing shapes.
  • The stars are on the other side of the earth at night.
  • The Sun is not a star.
  • The Sun disappears at night.
  • The Earth is larger than the Sun and stars.
  • Phases of the Moon are caused by a shadow from the Earth.
  • Students often do not recognize that trees, vegetables, and grass are all plants.
  • Plants are not alive.
  • Plants take in all substances they need to grow through their roots.
  • Leaves take in water.
  • Plants get their energy from the soil through roots.


Vocabulary:
Rocks: color, rock, shape, size, texture
Water: clarity, color, lake, natural, source, ocean, physical, property, pond, river, stream
Uses of Rocks, Soil and Water: rock, soil, useful, water
Objects in the Sky:  cloud, moon, object, sky, star, sun, Earth
Inherited Traits: parent, plant, resemble, young
Physical Characteristics of Plants and Animals: animal, basic parts of animals (limb, eye, head, tail, fin, wing, mouth, etc.), basic parts of plants (root, stem, leaf, flower), body covering (fur, feathers, scales, hair, etc.), characteristics, leaf shape, plant, structure, survive
Life Cycles: life cycle, plant, plant's life cycle (seed, seedling, plant, flower, fruit)  

Assessment:

FOSS Materials in Our World Performance Assessment (Rocks and Soil Components)