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Science and Technology/Engineering
Curriculum Framework - Spring 2001

Earth and Space Science, Grades PrePreK-2

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Additional Ideas for Developing Investigations and Learning Experiences and Suggested Extensions to Learning in Technology/Engineering are in Appendix III.

Learning Standard Ideas For Developing Investigations And Learning Experiences Suggested Extensions To Learning In Technology/Engineering
Earth's Materials
  1. Recognize that water, rocks, soil, and living organisms are found on the earth's surface.
  • Walk around the playground observing and discussing where water, rocks, soil, and living organisms are found.
  • Identify characteristics shared by naturally occurring rocks and manmade concrete. (T/E 1.1)
  1. Understand that air is a mixture of gases that is all around us and that wind is moving air.
  • Use a hand pump to inflate a basketball. Observe and discuss how and why the basketball gets larger as you add more air. (Air takes up space.)
  • Design a kite and identify which materials would be used for its construction. Classify them as natural or manmade materials. Build the kite and fly it outside. (T/E 1.1, 1.2)
The Weather
  1. Describe the weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.
  • Keep a class weather chart indicating daily temperature, how windy it is, which direction wind is blowing (use visual clues), and kind of precipitation, if any.
  • Design and build a tool that could be used to show wind direction (wind sock). (T/E 1.3)
The Sun as a Source of Light and Heat
  1. Recognize that the sun supplies heat and light to the earth and is necessary for life.
  • Record the time of day when the sun shines in different school locations and note patterns.
  • Design a shade for the window to keep the room cool in the summer or to keep the sun out for television viewing. (T/E 1.1, 1.3)
Periodic Phenomena
  1. Identify some events around us that have repeating patterns, including the seasons of the year, day and night.
  • Make a list of what you see outdoors and in the sky during the day. Make another list of things you see outdoors and in the sky at night. Discuss the differences between the day and night lists.
  • Use a thermometer to record the temperature from morning to noon over several weeks and discuss any patterns that emerge. (T/E 2.1)

Last Updated: May 1, 2001
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