North Carolina Essential Standards
Research shows that young students work well in a cooperative learning environment. Students should be actively involved in exploring phenomena in the natural world posing questions and seeking answers as they arise. Students develop simple skills of observation, measurement and number sense as they actively participate in simple investigations. During investigations, students must have the opportunity to use tools such as magnifiers, thermometers, rulers, or balances to gather data and extend their senses. They must have ample time to talk about their observations and compare their observations with those of others. They should be encouraged to employ oral language, drawings and models to communicate results and explanations of investigations and experiments. In a cooperative learning environment, students learn that when people give different descriptions of the same thing, it is better to make new observations instead of debating who is correct. Students must always use appropriate safety procedures, including listening skills, when conducting simple investigations.
1.E.2 Understand the physical properties of Earth materials, including rocks, minerals, soils, and water, that make them useful in different ways.
1.E.2.1 Summarize the physical properties of Earth materials, including rocks, minerals, soils, and water, that make them useful in different ways.
1.E.2.2 Compare the properties of soil samples from different places relating their capacity to retain water, nourish and support the growth of certain plants.
Balance and Motion
1.P.1 Understand how forces (pushes or pulls) affect the motion of an object.
1.P.1.1 Explain the importance of a push or pull to changing the motion of an object.
1.P.1.2 Explain how some forces (pushes and pulls) can be used to make things move without touching them, such as magnets.
1.P.1.3 Predict the effect of a given force on the motion of an object, including balanced forces.
1.P.2.1 Explain how some forces (pushes and pulls) can be used to make things move without touching them, such as magnets.
K.P.1.2 Give examples of different ways objects and organisms move (to include falling to the ground when dropped): straight, zigzag, round and round, back and forth, fast and slow.
1.L.1 Understand characteristics of various environments and behaviors of humans that enable plants and animals to survive.
1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food, and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.
1.L.1.2 Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be me by their environments in North Carolina or different places throughout the world.
1.L.2 Summarize the needs of living organisms for energy and growth.
1.L.2.1 Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different plants (including air, water, nutrients, and light) for energy and growth.
1.L.2.2 Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different animals (including air, water, and food) for energy and growth.
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Balance and Motion