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Indiana Standards for First Grade Science

IN.CS. Content Standards

1.1. Physical Science

1.1.2. Characterize materials as solid or liquid, investigate their properties, record observations and explain the choices to others based on evidence (i.e., physical properties).

1.2. Earth and Space Science

1.2.1. Observe and compare properties of sand, clay, silt and organic matter. Look for evidence of sand, clay, silt and organic matter as components of soil samples.
1.2.3. Observe a variety of soil samples and describe in words and pictures the soil properties in terms of color, particle size and shape, texture, and recognizable living and nonliving items.

1.3. Life Science

1.3.2. Observe organisms closely over a period of time in different habitats such as terrariums, aquariums, lawns and trees. Draw and write about observations.
1.3.3. Observe and explain that plants and animals have basic needs for growth and survival: plants need to take in water and need light, and animals need to take in water and food and have a way to dispose of waste.
1.3.4. Describe how animals’ habitats, including plants, meet their needs for food, water, shelter and an environment in which they can live.
1.3.5. Observe and describe ways in which animals and plants depend on one another for survival.

IN.PS. Process Standards

PS.1. The Nature of Science: Students gain scientific knowledge by observing the natural and constructed world, performing and evaluating investigations and communicating their findings. The following principles should guide student work and be integrated into the curriculum along with the content standards on a daily basis.

PS.1.4. Make predictions based on observations.
PS.1.6. Make and use simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.