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National Science Standards-Grades K-4 found on Level 1

The National Science Education Standards are the efforts of many well respected educators around our nation. The project was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council. The work encompasses among other things, a change in emphases in how science is usually taught. We at ALLSTAR wish to thank the National Academy Press for allowing us to directly use the materials from the National Science Education Standards. It is our belief that if you are involved in teaching science, evaluating science programs, or intend to use the national standards, it would be best for you to visit their web site to gain a better understanding of what the project is all about. For your convenience, we provided a hot link at the bottom of the page. We have highlighted only the content standards that apply to the ALLSTAR web site. To that end, the content standards that are not covered at ALLSTAR are intentionally left out, yet we kept the numbering scheme intact in order to maintain continuity in lesson planning.

 

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Science Content Standards: K-4

Science as Inquiry

CONTENT STANDARD A:

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop:

Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

For samples of an ALLSTAR lesson for this standard, click on the word "Example" or highlighted word(s) in the text.

GUIDE TO CONTENT STANDARD "A"

Fundamental abilities and concepts that underlie this standard include:

ABILITIES NECESSARY TO DO SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY
ASK A QUESTION ABOUT OBJECTS, ORGANISMS, AND EVENTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT Example 1
PLAN AND CONDUCT A SIMPLE INVESTIGATION. Example 1
EMPLOY SIMPLE EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS TO GATHER DATA AND EXTEND THE SENSES. Example 1
USE DATA TO CONSTRUCT A REASONABLE EXPLANATION. Example 1
COMMUNICATE INVESTIGATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS.

 

"Students should begin developing the abilities to communicate, critique, and analyze their work and the work of other students. This communication might be spoken or drawn as well as written".

 

 


Physical Science

CONTENT STANDARD B:

As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:

Properties of objects and materials
Position and motion of objects
Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism

For samples of an ALLSTAR lesson for this standard, click on the word "Example" or highlighted word(s) in the text.

GUIDE TO CONTENT STANDARD "B"

Fundamental concepts and principles that underlie this standard include:

PROPERTIES OF OBJECTS AND MATERIALS

Other examples for Properties of Objects and Materials Example 1

POSITION AND MOTION OF OBJECTS

Examples for Position and Motion of Objects N/A

LIGHT, HEAT, ELECTRICITY, AND MAGNETISM

Examples for Light, Heat, Electricity, and Magnetism Example 1!

 

" ...By grade 4, distinctions between the properties of objects and materials can be understood in specific contexts, such as a set of rocks or living materials."

 

 


Science and Technology

CONTENT STANDARD E:

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop:

Abilities of technological design
Understandings about science and technology
Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by man

For samples of an ALLSTAR lesson for this standard, click on the word "Example" or highlighted word(s) in the text.

GUIDE TO CONTENT STANDARD "E"

Fundamental abilities and concepts that underlie this standard include:

ABILITIES OF TECHNOLOGICAL DESIGN

  1. IDENTIFY A SIMPLE PROBLEM
  2. PROPOSE A SOLUTION.
  3. IMPLEMENTING PROPOSED SOLUTIONS.
  4. EVALUATE A PRODUCT OR DESIGN.
  5. COMMUNICATE A PROBLEM, DESIGN, AND SOLUTION.
Examples for Abilities of technological design Example 1

UNDERSTANDING ABOUT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Other examples for Understandings About Science and Technology Example 1, Example 2

ABILITIES TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN NATURAL OBJECTS AND OBJECTS MADE BY HUMANS

Other examples in Abilities to Distinguish Between Natural Objects and Objects Made by Man N/A

 

 


Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

CONTENT STANDARD F:

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of:

Personal health
Characteristics and changes in populations
Types of resources
Changes in environments
Science and technology in local challenges

For samples of an ALLSTAR lesson for this standard, click on the word "Example" or highlighted word(s) in the text.

GUIDE TO CONTENT STANDARD "F"

Personal health N/A
Characteristics and changes in populations N/A
Types of resources N/A
Changes in environments N/A

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN LOCAL CHALLENGES

Other examples for Science and Technology in Local Challenges Example 1

 

 


History and Nature of Science

 

CONTENT STANDARD G:

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of:

Science as a human endeavor

For samples of an ALLSTAR lesson for this standard, click on the word "Example" or highlighted word(s) in the text.

GUIDE TO CONTENT STANDARD "G"

Fundamental concepts and principles that underlie this standard include:

SCIENCE AS A HUMAN ENDEAVOR

Other examples for Science as a Human Endeavor Example 1

 

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