Science, 2009
  Grade Level:   K-1  
  EALR 2:   Inquiry  
  Big Idea:   Inquiry (INQ)  
  Core Content:   Making Observations                   
  Description:   Students learn that scientific investigations involve trying to answer questions by making observations or trying things out, rather than just asking an adult. Children are naturally curious about nearly everything—butterflies and clouds, and why the Moon seems to follow them at night. The essence of this standard is to channel students' natural curiosity about the world, so that they become better questioners, observers, and thinkers, laying the groundwork for increasing understanding and abilities in science inquiry in the years to come.  
  Content Standard:   K-1 INQA —Question and Investigate— Scientific investigations involve asking and trying to answer a question about the natural world by making and recording observations.  
Students are expected to:
  • Ask questions about objects, organisms, and events in their environment.*a
  • Follow up a question by looking for an answer through students' own activities (e.g., making observations or trying things out) rather than only asking an adult to answer the question.
  • Observe patterns and relationships in the natural world, and record observations in a table or picture graph.*b
    Mathematics Connections
  • *a    K.5.A, 1.6.A Identify the question(s) asked in a problem.
  • *b    1.5.A Represent data using tallies, tables, picture graphs, and bar-type graphs.