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

Recognize common objects in the natural world through observation.
General Information
Number: SC.K.N.1.Pa.2
Category: Participatory
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

This access point is part of these courses.
5020010: Science - Grade K
5010041: Language Arts - Kindergarten
7720015: Access Science Grade Kindergarten
7710011: Access Language Arts - Kindergarten
5001010: Art – Grade Kindergarten
5011000: Library Skills/Information Literacy Kindergarten
5020070: STEM Lab Kindergarten
7701020: Access Art Grade Kindergarten

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Lesson Plans

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Day and Night:

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Your Own Backyard:

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Teaching Idea

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

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Unit/Lesson Sequences

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Sun and Moon | Day and Night:

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