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Science Standards and GLEs

1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade Standards Addressed

This is a primary grade unit. There are no GLEs for 1st and 2nd grade.
Standards addressed at 1st and 2nd grade level are included along with standards and GLEs for 3rd grade.

 

1st and 2nd Grade Standards Addressed 

Investigation

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A1 – Science as Inquiry and Process

SA Students develop an understanding of the processes and applications of scientific inquiry.

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SA1 Students develop an understanding of the processes of science used to investigate problems, design and conduct repeatable scientific investigations, and defend scientific arguments

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SA2 Students develop an understanding that the processes of science require integrity, logical reasoning, skepticism, openness, communication, and peer review.

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SA3 Students develop an understanding that culture, local knowledge, history, and interaction with the environment contribute to the development of scientific knowledge, and that local applications provide opportunity for understanding scientific concepts and global issues.

 

 

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C1 – Concepts of Life Science

SC Students develop an understanding of the concepts, models, theories, facts, evidence, systems, and processes of life science.

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SC1 Students develop an understanding of how science explains changes in life forms over time, including genetics, heredity, the process of natural selection, and biological evolution.

 

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SC2 Students develop an understanding of the structure, function, behavior, development, life cycles, and diversity of living organisms.

 

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SC3 Students develop an understanding that all organisms are linked to each other and their physical environments through the transfer and transformation of matter and energy.

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G1 – History and Nature of Science

SG Students develop an understanding of the history and nature of science.

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SG2 Students develop an understanding that the advancement of scientific knowledge embraces innovation and requires empirical evidence, repeatable investigations, logical arguments, and critical review in striving for the best possible explanations of the natural world.

 

 

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SG3 Students develop an understanding that scientific knowledge is ongoing and subject to change as new evidence becomes available through experimental and/or observational confirmation(s).

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SG4 Students develop an understanding that advancements in science depend on curiosity, creativity, imagination, and a broad knowledge base.

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Grade Level Expectations for Grade 3

Investigation

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The student demonstrates an understanding  of the processes of science by:
[3] SA1.1 asking questions, predicting, observing, describing, measuring, classifying, making generalizations, inferring and communicating.

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The student develops an understanding of the processes of science by:
[3] SA1.2 observing and describing their world to answer simple questions.

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The student will demonstrate an understanding of the attitudes and approaches to scientific inquiry by:
[3] SA2.1 answering, “how do you know?” questions with reasonable answers.

 

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The student demonstrates an understanding that interactions with the environment provide an opportunity for understanding scientific concepts by:
[3] SA3.1 observing local conditions that determine which plants and/or animals survive. (L)

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The student demonstrates an understanding of how science explains changes in life forms over time, including genetics, heredity, the process of natural selection and biological evolution by:
[3] SC1.2 describing how some traits (e.g., claws, teeth, camouflage) of living organisms have helped them survive as a species.

 

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The student demonstrates an understanding of the structure, function, behavior, development, life cycles, and diversity of living organisms by:
[3] SC2.2 observing and comparing external features of plants and of animals that may help them grow, survive, and reproduce.

 

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The student demonstrates an understanding that all organisms are linked to each other and their physical environments through the transfer and transformation of matter and energy by:
[3] SC3.1 identifying and sorting examples of living and non-living things in the local environment. (L)

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The student demonstrates an understanding that all organisms are linked to each other and their physical environments through the transfer and transformation of matter and energy by: 
[3] SC3.2 organizing a simple food chain of familiar plants and animals. (L)

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The student demonstrates an understanding of the bases of the advancement of scientific knowledge by:
[3] SG2.1 comparing the results of multiple observations of a single local event. (L)

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The student demonstrates an understanding that advancements in science depend on curiosity, creativity, imagination, and a broad knowledge base by:
[3] SG4.1 asking questions about the natural world.

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*(L)
Some GLEs have been identified as Local. They are for local assessments and will not be on a state assessment.

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