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Arkansas Science Standards for Kindergarten

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
In Arkansas, science standards for kindergarten include the subject areas of earth and space science, life science, physical science, and the nature of science. Read on to learn about these standards and the expectations for kindergartners in each subject area.

Science Standards for Arkansas Kindergartners

Arkansas science standards for kindergarten are outlined within the K-8 curriculum framework that covers four areas of scientific study. While there are 10 standards included in this framework, only nine standards include expectations for kindergartners. Each standard requires students to demonstrate specific content-area skills and knowledge, along with knowledge of safety procedures, technology and equipment related to the standard. The curriculum framework outlines the expectations for kindergarten students within each standard.

Standards for Earth and Space Science

Standard Expected Skills and Knowledge
Earth Systems: Structure and Properties Understanding Earth surface characteristics; identifying reuse and recycling opportunities for natural and man-made items; understanding water and land use; documenting weather conditions; recognizing and describing seasons; understanding safety during severe weather
Objects in the Universe Understanding the difference between celestial and other objects that may be seen in the sky

Teaching Resource

Study.com's Earth Science for Kids course is designed to help educators teach the skills and concepts outlined within these earth and space science standards. Chapters in the course cover astronomy, geology and weather lessons for elementary-level students.

Standards for Physical Science

Standard Expected Skills and Knowledge
Matter: Properties and Changes Classifying by shape, size and color
Motion and Forces Understanding spatial concepts such as left and right; demonstrating the movement of objects; understanding the impact of gravity
Energy and Transfer of Energy Classifying by relative temperature; understanding how electricity is used and may be conserved; understanding the effects and applications of magnets.

Teaching Resource

For lessons and instructional ideas that may be used in teaching the physical science skills and knowledge expected of Arkansas kindergarteners, teachers may explore this Study.com Physics for Kids course, which has an entire chapter dedicated to the study of energy.

Standards for Life Science

Standard Expected Skills and Knowledge
Living Systems: Characteristics, Structure, and Function Identifying things as living or non-living, plant or animal, and parent and offspring; understanding basic needs for living things; naming, describing and discussing the five senses; understanding and demonstrating oral hygiene
Life Cycles, Reproduction, and Heredity Understanding the growth and development of plants; demonstrating comprehension of metamorphosis
Populations and Ecosystems Understanding the concept of extinction

Teaching Resource

This Biology for Kids course is a comprehensive resource for kindergarten educators implementing these life science standards. The course includes short lessons that teachers may use in the classroom or utilize in the development of appropriate lesson plans.

Standards for Nature of Science

Standard Expected Skills and Knowledge
Characteristics and Processes of Science Recording and asking questions about observations; conducting class and group lab and field activities/studies; measuring (in non-standard units) and estimating volume, mass and length; estimating temperature; collecting empirical evidence; using investigative tools and equipment such as hand lenses and balances; applying safety rules to daily and lab activities

Teaching Resource

For educators charged with teaching these skills and abilities to kindergartners, Study.com offers a Science Experiments and Projects course that provides ideas and inspiration for in-class instruction. This Science Basics for Elementary School course also includes short, fun lessons on scientific processes and applications geared at younger ages.

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