Minnesota Science Learning Standards — Grade K

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Use observations to develop an accurate description of a natural phenomenon and compare ones observations and descriptions with those of others.

Sort objects in to two groups: those that are found in nature and those that are human made. For example: Cars, pencils, trees, rocks.

Sort objects in terms of color, size, shape, and texture, and communicate reasoning for the sorting system.

Monitor daily and seasonal changes in weather and summarize the changes. For example: Recording cloudiness, rain, snow and temperature.

Identify the sun as a source of heat and light. For example: Record the time of day when the sun shines into different locations of the school and note patterns.

Observe and compare plants and animals.

Identify the external parts of a variety of plants and animals including humans. For example: Heads, legs, eyes and ears on humans and animals, flowers, stems and roots on many plants.

Differentiate between living and nonliving things. For example: Sort organisms and objects (or pictures of these) into groups of those that grow, and reproduce, and need air, food, and water; and those that don't.

Observe a natural system or its model, and identify living and nonliving components in that system. For example: A wetland, prairie, garden or aquarium.