SCIENTIFIC THINKING AND TECHNOLOGY

Learning Objectives

Content / Method  / Materials

Strategy for Evaluation

Expected Levels of Achievement


The students will be able to recognize the difference between living and non-living things

Use classification cards; manipulatives

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

90% achievement of recognizing living and non-living things


The students will be able to identify basic needs of plants and animals.

Use bird feeders, worm farms or ant hills for observation; provide classroom animal/plants

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

90% achievement of identifying basic needs


The students will be able to recognize that plants and animals grow and change.

Use journals; observations, life cycle posters/books, exploration center

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation; student journals

90% achievement of recognizing living things grow and change


The students will be able to name basic parts of living things.

Use posters; real-life pictures; classification cards

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation; student illustrations

90% achievement of naming basic parts


The students will be able to participate in simple investigations about non-living and living things to answer a question or make a prediction.

Use students journals; tools such as scale, microscope, tweezers; nature walks; sorts; make predictions

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation; student journals

90% achievement of participation


The students will be able to recognize and compare physical characteristics of living things from same species.

Use pictures; family photos; chart to identify characteristics (such as hair color, eye color)

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

90% achievement of recognizing and comparing physical characteristics of living things from same species


The students will be able to describe changes that occur in animals.

Use books; nature walks

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation; class discussions

90% achievement of recognizing changes in animals


The students will be able to notice change in matter and recognize that everything is made of matter.

Use solid objects; liquids; baggies; pouring materials

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation; class discussions

90% achievement of recognizing matter


The students will be able to create and describe variations of sounds.

Use sound boxes; items to make sounds

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

90% achievement of creating and describing sounds


The students will be able to recognize that light from the sun is an important source of energy for living and non-living systems and some source of energy is needed for all organisms to stay alive and grow.

Use nature walks for observation of wind, sun, etc.; windsocks; water table

class discussions

90% achievement of recognizing and explaining he importance of the sun


The students will be able to sort different types of earth materials.

Use rocks; soil; pebbles

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

90% achievement of sorting materials


The students will be able to identify a variety of uses for water.

Use charts to create ways water can be used; books; water exploration activities

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

90% achievement of recognizing uses of water


The students will be able to identify seasons that correspond with observable conditions and identify how weather affects daily life.

Use circle time and outdoor observation; nature walks; thermometer; clothing / activity sorts for seasonal weather

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

90% achievement of recognizing seasons


The students will be able to identify objects that can be found in the day or night sky.

Use manipulatives to sort (flashlights, sunglasses); nature walks; pictures

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

90% achievement of recognizing objects in the day/night sky


The students will be able to identify basic tools used in gardening at home and at school.

Use books; gardening tools; local guest speakers (experts); garden

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

85% achievement of recognizing identifying gardening tools


The students will be able to identify what people need to survive.

Use classification cards; label and sorting activities

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation; class discussions

90% achievement of recognizing what people need to survive


The students will be able to identify the influences of emerging technologies through technologies used at home and school, perform basic tasks using technology; identify parts of a computer.

Use labels; large charts; classification cards; computers; pictures

Teacher modeling, teacher observation, and participation

90% achievement of identifying the influences