GEMS Correlations with the
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science
Grade 1


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Science, Grade 1.

Knowledge and skills.


(1) Scientific processes. The student conducts classroom and field investigations following home and school safety procedures. The student is expected to:

(A) demonstrate safe practices during classroom and field investigations; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(B) learn how to use and conserve resources and materials.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Terrarium Habitats

(2) Scientific processes. The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in the field and the classroom. The student is expected to:

(A) ask questions about organisms, objects, and events;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(B) plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(C) gather information using simple equipment and tools to extend the senses;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(D) construct reasonable explanations and draw conclusions; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(E) communicate explanations about investigations.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(3) Scientific processes. The student knows that information and critical thinking are used in making decisions. The student is expected to:

(A) make decisions using information;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(B) discuss and justify the merits of decisions; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(C) explain a problem in his/her own words and identify a task and solution related to the problem.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(4) Scientific processes. The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to verify that organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects can be observed, described, and measured. The student is expected to:

(A) collect information using tools including hand lenses, clocks, computers, thermometers, and balances;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(B) record and compare collected information; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(C) measure organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects, using non-standard units such as paper clips, hands, and pencils.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Bubble Festival, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Tree Homes

(5) Science concepts. The student knows that organisms, objects, and events have properties and patterns. The student is expected to:

(A) sort objects and events based on properties and patterns; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Tree Homes

(B) identify, predict, and create patterns including those seen in charts, graphs, and numbers.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Tree Homes

(6) Science concepts. The student knows that systems have parts and are composed of organisms and objects. The student is expected to:

(A) sort organisms and objects according to their parts and characteristics;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Tree Homes

(B) observe and describe the parts of plants and animals;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(C) manipulate objects such as toys, vehicles, or construction sets so that the parts are separated from the whole which may result in the part or the whole not working; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(D) identify parts that, when put together, can do things they cannot do by themselves, such as a working camera with film, a car moving with a motor, and an airplane flying with fuel.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(7) Science concepts. The student knows that many types of change occur. The student is expected to:

(A) observe, measure, and record changes in size, mass, color, position, quantity, sound, and movement;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Bubble Festival, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Involving Dissolving, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Secret Formulas, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(B) identify and test ways that heat may cause change such as when ice melts;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Penguins and Their Young, Tree Homes

(C) observe and record changes in weather from day to day and over seasons; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: None at this time.

(D) observe and record changes in the life cycle of organisms.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(8) Science concepts. The student distinguishes between living organisms and nonliving objects. The student is expected to:

(A) group living organisms and nonliving objects; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Liquid Explorations, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(B) compare living organisms and nonliving objects.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(9) Science concepts. The student knows that living organisms have basic needs. The student is expected to:

(A) identify characteristics of living organisms that allow their basic needs to be met; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(B) compare and give examples of the ways living organisms depend on each other for their basic needs.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(10) Science concepts. The student knows that the natural world includes rocks, soil, and water. The student is expected to:

(A) identify and describe a variety of natural sources of water including streams, lakes, and oceans;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Elephants and Their Young, Penguins and Their Young

(B) observe and describe differences in rocks and soil samples; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Terrarium Habitats

(C) identify how rocks, soil, and water are used and how they can be recycled.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Terrarium Habitats

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