SC.K.N.1.3

Keep records as appropriate -- such as pictorial records -- of investigations conducted.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: K
Body of Knowledge: Nature of Science
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
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.

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

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020010: Science - Grade K (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5010041: Language Arts - Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
7720015: Access Science Grade Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
7710011: Access Language Arts - Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5020070: STEM Lab Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.K.N.1.Pa.2: Recognize common objects in the natural world through observation.
SC.K.N.1.In.3: Observe, explore, and create a visual representation of real objects.
SC.K.N.1.Su.3: Observe, explore, and match pictures to real objects.

Related Resources

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Lesson Plans

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Let's Be Scientists: Notebooking with a Purpose:

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Original Student Tutorial

Record Keeping on A Science Investigation:

Join Tallula as she makes observations and records them during her backyard science investigations in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Professional Developments

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Teaching Ideas

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Unit/Lesson Sequences

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Original Student Tutorials Science - Grades K-8

Record Keeping on A Science Investigation:

Join Tallula as she makes observations and records them during her backyard science investigations in this interactive tutorial.

Student Resources

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

Original Student Tutorial

Record Keeping on A Science Investigation:

Join Tallula as she makes observations and records them during her backyard science investigations in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

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

Teaching Ideas

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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

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