Science - Grade K   (#5020010)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

Special Notes: 

Instructional Practices 
Teaching from a range of complex text is optimized when teachers in all subject areas implement the following strategies on a routine basis:

  1. Ensuring wide reading from complex text that varies in length.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Emphasizing text-specific complex questions, and cognitively complex tasks, reinforce focus on the text and cultivate independence.
  4. Emphasizing students supporting answers based upon evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

Science and Engineering Practices (NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education, 2010)

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering).
  • Developing and using models.
  • Planning and carrying out investigations.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Using mathematics, information and computer technology, and computational thinking.
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering).
  • Engaging in argument from evidence.
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.


English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Science. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:

General Information

Course Number: 5020010
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: SCIENCE GRADE K
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Type: Core Academic Course
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): K

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Sweet Sorting:

Practice sorting, counting, and comparing by visiting the Sorting Sweet Shop in this candy-themed, interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Gravity: Ouch! My Head!:

Come explore gravity and what gravity is in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Moon Time:

Learn all about the Moon and how it can be seen at night and in the daytime in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Daytime and Nighttime:

Look at the daytime and nighttime and what makes each time special as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Sun in the Sky: Daytime:

Look at the connection between the Sun and the sky during the daytime as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Buzzing Details:

Help Bobby the beekeeper answer questions about key details in nonfiction text with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial


Our Senses:

This is an accessible, easy-to-read book about our senses. It can be downloaded in Power Point, Impress, and Flash formats. For struggling or non-readers, it can be read aloud in a variety of voices. All of the books on the Tar Heel Reader site can be used with the Intellikeys keyboard and a custom overlay, a touch screen, and/or 1-3 switches. The text and background colors can be modified for students with visual impairments.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow


Explore a Model of Earth's Yearly Revolution Around the Sun:

This is a video clip that models Earth rotating on its axis, resulting in day and night; and Earth revolving around the sun, which happens once a year (every 365 ¼ days).

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Virtual Manipulative

Long or Short?:

This is an interactive game where students are prompted to distinguish between a longer or shorter object. The tool increases in difficulty as the student progresses.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.