Kindergarten Learning to be a Scientist
- Scientists investigate different things in the natural world and use tools to help in their investigations.
- Weather changes can be observed from day to day and over seasons.
- Natural events including day and night and the seasons have observable patterns.
- K.5A (R) Observe and record properties of objects, including bigger or smaller, heavier or lighter, shape, color, and texture
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.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
- K.8C (S) Observe, describe, and illustrate objects in the sky such as the 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
- I can observe the different properties of objects. K.5A (R)
- I can record my observations to tell about about the properties of objects. K.5A (R)
- The following learning targets were created from the Process TEKS that are the focus in the first quarter:
- I can use my words and actions to show how to be safe during science.
- I can use science tools to collect data and make observations just like real scientists do.
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)
- I can make observations using my five senses.
- I can share my observations in pictures and words.
- I can make good choices about how to use, recycle, and dispose of materials.
- Why is it important that everyone obey the safety rules?
- When do you use certain scientific tools?
- How can you describe the weather today?
- What weather patterns can be observed from day to day?
- What weather patterns can be observed through the seasons?
- Science is just collecting a bunch of data (not the science process, including analyzing and sharing information and conclusions).
- Scientists don't make mistakes.
- There is always a 'right' answer.
- All scientists do experiments. (In Kindergarten, the focus is on descriptive investigations, not variable-controlled experiments.)
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