GEMS Correlations with the
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science
Kindergarden


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Science, Kindergarten.

Knowledge and skills.

(1) Scientific processes. The student participates in 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, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, 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, 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, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, 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, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, 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, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(D) construct reasonable explanations using information; and

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

(E) communicate findings about simple investigations.

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

(C) explain a problem in his/her own words and propose a solution.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Penguins and Their Young, 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) identify and use senses as tools of observation; 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, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(B) make observations using tools including hand lenses, balances, cups, bowls, and computers.

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, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

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

(A) describe properties of objects and characteristics of organisms;

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, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(B) observe and identify patterns including seasons, growth, and day and night and predict what happens next; 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, Investigating Artifacts, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(C) recognize and copy patterns seen in charts and graphs.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Ladybugs, Mother Opossum and Her Babies, 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 into groups according to their parts and describe how the groups are formed;

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, Penguins and Their Young, Sifting Through Science, Tree Homes

(B) record observations about parts of plants including leaves, roots, stems, and flowers;

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Buzzing a Hive, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(C) record observations about parts of animals including wings, feet, heads, and tails;

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

(D) identify parts that, when separated from the whole, may result in the part or the whole not working, such as cars without wheels and plants without roots; and

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Animal Defenses, Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Terrarium Habitats, Tree Homes

(E) manipulate parts of objects such as toys, vehicles, or construction sets that, when put together, can do things they cannot do by themselves.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground

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

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

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

(B) identify that heat causes change, such as ice melting or the Sun warming the air and compare objects according to temperature;

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

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

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

(D) observe and record stages in the life cycle of organisms in their natural environment.

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 knows the difference between living organisms and nonliving objects. The student is expected to:

(A) identify a particular organism or object as living or nonliving; and

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

(B) group organisms and objects as living or nonliving.

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

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

(A) identify basic needs of living organisms;

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) give examples of how living organisms depend on each other; 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

(C) identify ways that the Earth can provide resources for life.

Appropriate GEMS Teacher's Guides: Ant Homes Under the Ground, Buzzing a Hive, Eggs Eggs Everywhere, Elephants and Their Young, Hide A Butterfly, Investigating Artifacts, 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) observe and describe properties of rocks, soil, and water; and

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

(B) give examples of ways that rocks, soil, and water are useful.

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

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