Utah Learning Standards for Science — Grade K


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S.ESS.2.1a

Observe and record that big rocks break down into small rocks, e.g., boulders, rocks, pebbles, sand.

S.ESS.2.1b

Demonstrate how water and wind move non living things

S.ESS.2.1c

Sort, group, and classify Earth materials, e.g., hard, smooth, rough, shiny, flat.

S.ESS.2.2a

Compare and contrast light and dark in a day night cycle and identify the changes as a pattern.

S.ESS.2.2b

Investigate, interpret, and explain to others that the sun provides heat and light to Earth

S.ESS.2.2c

Examine what happens when you block the suns light. Explore shadows and temperature changes.

S.ESS.2.3a

Observe and record that weather changes occur from daytoday and weather patterns occur from season to season

S.ESS.2.3b

Communicate ways weather can affect individuals

S.ESS.2.3c

Describe, predict, and discuss daily weather conditions and how predicting the weather can improve our lives.

S.LS.4.1a

Construct questions, give reasons, and share findings about all living things.

S.LS.4.1b

Compare and contrast young plants and animals with their parents.

S.LS.4.1c

Describe some changes in plants and animals that are so slow or so fast that they are hard to see (e.g., seasonal change, fast blooming flower, slow growth, hatching egg).

S.LS.4.2a

Differentiate between the five senses and related body parts.

S.LS.4.2b

Identify major parts of plants, e.g., roots, stem, leaf, flower, trunk, branches.

S.LS.4.2c

Compare the parts of different animals, e.g., skin, fur, feathers, scales; hand, wing, flipper, fin.

S.NS.1.1a

Framing questions: Observe using senses, create a hypothesis, and focus a question that can lead to an investigation.

S.NS.1.1b

Designing investigations: Consider reasons that support ideas, identify ways to gather information that could test ideas, design fair tests, share designs with peers for input and refinement.

S.NS.1.1c

Conducting investigations: Observe, manipulate, measure, describe.

S.NS.1.1d

Collecting data: Deciding what data to collect and how to organize, record, and manipulate the data.

S.NS.1.1e

Drawing conclusions: Analyzing data, making conclusions connected to the data or the evidence gathered, identifying limitations or conclusions, identifying future questions to investigate.

S.NS.1.2a

Developing social interaction skills with peers.

S.NS.1.2b

Sharing ideas with peers.

S.NS.1.2c

Connecting ideas with reasons (evidence).

S.NS.1.2d

Using multiple methods of communicating reasons/evidence (verbal, charts, graphs).

S.NS.1.3a

Ideas are supported by reasons.

S.NS.1.3b

There are limits to ideas in science (i.e. what can be observed, measured, and verified).

S.NS.1.3c

Differences in conclusions are best settled through additional observations and investigations.

S.NS.1.3d

Communication of ideas in science is important for helping to check the reasons for ideas.

S.PS.3.1a

Observe and record how objects move in different ways, e.g., fast, slow, zigzag, round and round, up and down, straight line, back and forth, slide, roll, bounce, spin, swing, float, and glide.

S.PS.3.1b

Compare and contrast how physical properties of objects affect their movement, e.g., hard, soft, feathered, round, square, cone, geometric shapes.

S.PS.3.2a

Describe how parts are used to build things and how things can be taken apart.

S.PS.3.2b

Explain why things may not work the same if some of the parts are missing.