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Georgia Science Standards for Kindergarten

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get familiar with Georgia's science standards for kindergarteners with this article. You can discover what kids in this grade should study and find helpful educational tips.

Georgia's Kindergarten Science Standards

The state of Georgia uses two co-requisite strands of science standards for students in kindergarten:

  • Characteristics of Science Standards
  • Content Standards

These standards focus on different areas of scientific knowledge. The characteristics of science standards deal with the general scientific skills students need to develop. Content standards cover the specific scientific knowledge that children will gain throughout the year. The standards are applied together in the classroom, allowing students to develop well-rounded scientific understanding.

Characteristics of Science Standards in Kindergarten

Kindergarteners will focus on two main aspects of these standards: habits of mind and the nature of science.

Habits of Mind

Students will be encouraged to ask questions, make observations and try out possible solutions. They'll count, use whole numbers and make estimates that involve nonstandard measurements. They will practice using simple instruments and tools. Kids will also have the chance to create their own scientific tools.

At this grade level, kids will be able to use models and describe changes in the world around them. They will compare and describe objects. They will also work on drawing accurate pictures.

Nature of Science

While studying the nature of science, students will focus on working as a team. They will learn more about rulers, scales and magnifiers. They will also learn how to care for the living things that they might study.

Kids can study these lessons on Science Basics to easily go over the measurements, tools and scientific rules they're learning about in class. These video lessons are self-paced, so kids can work on them without feeling rushed.

Content Standards in Kindergarten

Content standards are further refined into three major subject areas covering Earth, physical and life science.

Earth Science

The importance of the Sun will be covered in this grade. Students will learn about the changes associated with day and night, as well as the objects that they see in the sky throughout the day. Kids will study rocks, soil and other earth materials.

Working on these Astronomy and Geology video lessons for kids can allow kindergarteners to find out more about the sun, moon, stars and the Earth itself. These lessons are brief, so kids can check out just a few, or work on a bunch at one time.

Physical Science

Studying physical science allows students to compare and classify some common materials around them. They'll study the motion of various objects. Kids will also discuss gravity.

These physics lessons can help kids review what they're learning about gravity at their own pace. Students can even work on short quizzes to check their understanding of this subject.

Life Science

Students will be able to compare living and nonliving objects in this grade. They will learn to categorize animals and plants according to physical features. Kids will also examine how both plants and animals are similar or different. They will focus on learning about the connections between parents and offspring. They will also look at ways that they are the same and different from their classmates.

Kids can use these lessons about animals and plants to learn more about the creatures they're studying in class. Experts about living creatures are available to answer any questions that kids have about these lessons.

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