Standard #: SC.K.P.8.1


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Sort objects by observable properties, such as size, shape, color, temperature (hot or cold), weight (heavy or light) and texture.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: K
Body of Knowledge: Physical Science
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Big Idea: Properties of Matter -

A. All objects and substances in the world are made of matter. Matter has two fundamental properties: matter takes up space and matter has mass.

B. Objects and substances can be classified by their physical and chemical properties.

Mass is the amount of matter (or "stuff") in an object. Weight, on the other hand, is the measure of force of attraction (gravitational force) between an object and Earth.

The concepts of mass and weight are complicated and potentially confusing to elementary students. Hence, the more familiar term of "weight" is recommended for use to stand for both mass and weight in grades K-5. By grades 6-8, students are expected to understand the distinction between mass and weight, and use them appropriately.

Clarification for grades K-2: The use of the more familiar term "weight" instead of the term "mass" is recommended for grades K-2.

Clarification for grades 3-5: In grade 3, introduce the term mass as compared to the term weight. In grade 4, investigate the concept of weight versus mass of objects. In grade 5, discuss why mass (not weight) is used to compare properties of solids, liquids and gases.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

Course Number1111 Course Title222
5020010: Science - Grade K (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7720015: Access Science Grade Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
5020070: STEM Lab Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)


Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
SC.K.P.8.In.1 Sort objects by observable properties, such as size, shape, or color.
SC.K.P.8.Su.1 Match objects by an observable property, such as size or color.
SC.K.P.8.Pa.1 Recognize two common objects that are identical to each other.


Related Resources

Lesson Plans

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What is so COOL about my Robot? Warm and Cool Colors

In this lesson students will create works of art using a painted, warm colored background and a cut and pasted, cool colored robot.  This lesson will reinforce warm/cool colors and geometric shapes in a work of art.  Students will demonstrate mastery of sorting and selecting warm and cool colors.

 

Observable Properties of Matter

Students will sort objects according to their observable properties, such as size, shape, color, temperature (hot or cold), weight (heavy or light) and texture.

Finding the One!!

Students will sort and classify rocks by observable properties, such as size, shape, color and texture. (The properties of temperature and weight are not addressed in this lesson).

The Fire Wheels

The Fire Wheels MEA provides students with a problem in which they must work as a team to design a procedure to select the best toy car for a company to sell.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Sort it Out!

In this lesson, students will use a graphic organizer to record their observations on sorting matter from the read aloud book Sorting by Lynn Peppas.

Learn About the Parts of a Plant This lesson supports students interacting with nature and provides them with a framework for their observations by offering them opportunities to explore, question, and document similarities and differences among plant parts.
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In this lesson, students will sort junk boxes to help them understand Physical science benchmarks. Students will also access website to reinforce sorting and technology skills.

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In this lesson, students will learn common antonyms and will participate in an antonym matching game. They will also learn to sort objects based on a common pair of antonyms, "big" and "small". They will use their understanding of the words "big" and "small" to describe objects, both orally and in writing.

Sorting by Shape and Color Students will sort various objects by shape and color in cooperative groups.

Teaching Ideas

Name Description
Observing Objects This site features activity resources on observing and sorting objects. It also includes a virtual manipulative, activity ideas, and a family newsletter to encourage family involvement.
Sort it Out-SeaWorld Classroom Activity In this activity, students develop logic skills by investigating various ways to sort by attribute. At the same time, they are exposed to principles of scientific classification.

Unit/Lesson Sequence

Name Description
Sorting Lessons

In this sequence of lessons, students have opportunities to sort various objects by multiple properties including color, size, shape, temperature, texture, and weight.

Parent Resources

Teaching Idea

Name Description
Observing Objects: This site features activity resources on observing and sorting objects. It also includes a virtual manipulative, activity ideas, and a family newsletter to encourage family involvement.


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