First Grade Tennessee Science Standards

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Stay up-to-date with the science learning standards established by the Tennessee Department of Education for first grade, and find resources for keeping your curriculum aligned with these standards.

Tennessee Science Standards for First Grade Students

The Tennessee Department of Education has developed science standards for first grade students in public schools for topics including embedded inquiry, embedded technology and engineering, life science, Earth and space science, and physical science. The standards include conceptual ideas, grade level expectations, and specific learning outcomes for each of the science topics.

Below you'll find the science learning objectives for this grade level.

Embedded Inquiry, Technology, and Engineering

Standards in embedded inquiry, technology, and engineering center around the concept of scientific curiosity and experimentation. The tools and technologies used to conduct experiments and enhance society are also a part of this standard.

Learning Standard Student Expectations
Scientific Inquiry Explore the known world using a variety of tools.
Ask questions and develop predictions, investigate and show results.
Discuss the results that emerge from an experiment or investigation.
Technology and Engineering Learn that objects have certain features that determine their purpose.
Utilize creative thinking and design to solve problems.


To help you align your curriculum with these Tennessee science standards, offers a wide range of lessons on Science Basics for Elementary School that include a look at scientific inquiry, the scientific method, lab safety, and more. Each lesson also includes key vocabulary words and quizzes you can use to evaluate your students.

Life Science

Life science standards address student understanding of the building blocks of life on Earth and how plants and animals can change over time.

Learning Standard Student Expectations
Cells Understand how the components of living things work hand-in-hand.
Investigate body parts and structures of plants.
Interdependence Be able to differentiate between living and non-living things.
The Flow of Matter and Energy Comprehend that plants and animals grow and change as time progresses.
Heredity Understand the life cycle of animals.
Describe the characteristics that animals and their offspring share.
Biodiversity Learn how to group plants and animals based on habitats.
Comprehend the concept of extinction.


In order to ensure your curriculum is aligned with Tennessee's science standards, you can utilize the following lessons for ideas and activities you can share with your students.

Earth and Space Science

Standards in Earth and space science include questions regarding the origins of the Universe, how the Earth consistently changes and adapts. Concepts like weather, climate, and temperature are examined in this standard.

Learning Standard Student Expectations
The Universe Compare and contrast the day and night sky.
Understand when the sun and the moon are visible.
The Earth Comprehend that the Earth's surface is made of soil, rocks, water, living organisms, and man-made objects.
Distinguish materials on Earth based on their physical characteristics.
The Atmosphere Compile and analyze information about the weather.

Resources offers a variety of lessons designed to help children learn about Earth and space science topics. These resources provide you with lessons that are easy for first graders to understand.

Physical Science

Physical science standards focus on the notion that matter cannot be created or destroyed, but can be changed into different forms. The understanding that the movement of objects can be predicted is also included in this standard.

Learning Standard Student Expectations
Matter Organize objects using their physical characteristics.
Determine the difference between solids and liquids.
Anticipate changes that might occur while mixing materials.
Energy Understand how the sun affects the land, water, and air.
Motion Learn how forces can change an object's direction.
Forces in Nature Examine magnetic and non-magnetic objects.


To help you align your physical science curriculum with the state's standards, check out some of the learning resources that has to offer: