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Science Elementary School Programs - First Grade

Science, as defined by the National Academy of Sciences, is the "use of evidence to
construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the
knowledge generated through this process."

Recurring themes are pervasive in sciences, mathematics, and technology. These ideas
transcend disciplinary boundaries and include patterns, cycles, systems, models, and
change and constancy.

The study of elementary science includes planning and safely implementing classroom
and outdoor investigations using scientific processes, including inquiry methods,
analyzing information, making informed decisions, and using tools to collect and record
information, while addressing the major concepts and vocabulary, in the context of
physical, earth, and life sciences. Districts are encouraged to facilitate classroom
and outdoor investigations for at least 80% of instructional time.

In Grade 1, students observe and describe the natural world using their five senses.
Students do science as inquiry in order to develop and enrich their abilities to understand
the world around them in the context of scientific concepts and processes. Students
develop vocabulary through their experiences investigating properties of common objects,
earth materials, and organisms.

  • A central theme in first grade science is active engagement in asking questions,
    communicating ideas, and exploring with scientific tools in order to
    explain scientific concepts and processes like scientific investigation
    and reasoning; matter and energy; force, motion, and energy; Earth and
    space; and organisms and environment.
    Scientific investigation and reasoning
    involves practicing safe procedures, asking questions about the natural world, and
    seeking answers to those questions through simple observations and descriptive
    investigations.
  • Matter is described in terms of its physical properties, including relative
    size and mass, shape, color, and texture. The importance of light, heat, and sound
    energy is identified as it relates to the students' everyday life. The location and
    motion of objects are explored.
  • Weather is recorded and discussed on a daily basis so students may begin to
    recognize patterns in the weather. In addition, patterns are observed in the appearance
    of objects in the sky.
  • In life science, students recognize the interdependence of organisms in the
    natural world.
    They understand that all organisms have basic needs that can be
    satisfied through interactions with living and nonliving things. Students will investigate
    life cycles of animals and identify likenesses between parents and offspring.

Taken from Chapter 112. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science
Subchapter A. Elementary