Access Point #: SC.K.N.1.In.2

Identify information about objects and actions in the natural world through observation.
General Information
Number: SC.K.N.1.In.2
Category: Independent
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Big Idea: The Practice of Science

A: Scientific inquiry is a multifaceted activity; The processes of science include the formulation of scientifically investigable questions, construction of investigations into those questions, the collection of appropriate data, the evaluation of the meaning of those data, and the communication of this evaluation.

B: The processes of science frequently do not correspond to the traditional portrayal of "the scientific method."

C: Scientific argumentation is a necessary part of scientific inquiry and plays an important role in the generation and validation of scientific knowledge.

D: Scientific knowledge is based on observation and inference; it is important to recognize that these are very different things. Not only does science require creativity in its methods and processes, but also in its questions and explanations.

Related Benchmarks

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Related Courses

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5020010: Science - Grade K
7720015: Access Science Grade Kindergarten
5020070: STEM Lab Kindergarten

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Lesson Plans

Day and Night:

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Sorting Junk!:

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Look Out Below!:

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Your Own Backyard:

Each of Earth's different environments has its own natural features; this lesson uses multimedia resources to introduce a variety of environments to students. First, students will discuss local environmental features, then take a field trip to explore them. Next, they'll watch videos of different environment types, then compare and contrast their features. Finally, they will discuss the geologic features of interesting places they've visited.

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Teaching Ideas

Where Plants and Animals Live:

This site features activity ideas on comparing plants and animals in different habitats. It also includes a virtual manipulative, black line masters for activity ideas, and a family newsletter to encourage family involvement.

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The Five Senses - Differentiated Lesson for ESL/Special Needs Students:

This guided inquiry activity is designed to help students understand that people get all of their knowledge from their senses, and that is why our senses are so important.

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Unit/Lesson Sequences

Exploring the Five Senses:

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Touching and Fair Tests with Pill Bugs and Earthworms:

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Comparing Plants, Animals, and Seeds:

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Fast and Slow Motion:

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Vibrations Make Sound:

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Physical Changes:

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Sorting Lessons:

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Sun and Moon | Day and Night:

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Exploring Gravity and Parachutes:

Students explore the effects of gravity on objects and explore ways to keep objects from falling. Students then investigate parachutes to further explore gravity and factors that affect the motion that results from the gravitational force between objects and the Earth.

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1 Teaching Idea

Where Plants and Animals Live:

This site features activity ideas on comparing plants and animals in different habitats. It also includes a virtual manipulative, black line masters for activity ideas, and a family newsletter to encourage family involvement.

Type: Teaching Idea