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Minnesota Science Standards for Kindergarten

Instructor: Shelby Golden
You can explore Minnesota's science standards for kindergarteners with this article. Check out information about what students will learn and explore some study options.

Kindergarten Science Content Standards in Minnesota

Kindergarteners in Minnesota will study physical, earth and life sciences. Science standards are used to ensure that all students have the chance to build a strong foundation of scientific understanding, preparing them for more advanced studies in higher grade levels. Each subject includes some form of in-class assessment, or benchmark, which will allow teachers to ensure that students are completely grasping the subject matter they're working with.

Physical Science

Matter is the main focus of physical science in kindergarten. Students will study the properties of objects and determine the physical qualities of items. Teachers will check student understanding by having them categorize objects based on different criteria, such as size, color or other differentiations.

Earth Science

Working on earth science will allow kindergarteners to study how weather and the seasons change over time. Students will also learn how to describe the weather they experience. Throughout this grade, student progress will be assessed by having children record changes in the weather. Kids will also track and record the apparent movement of the sun over the course of the day.

Life Science

The characteristics associated with living systems will be covered in this grade. Kids will be able to explore natural systems to learn more about the living and nonliving parts. Students will apply what they're learning by comparing plant and animal life. They will also recognize the parts of plants and animals. Finally, kids will demonstrate an understanding of the differences between living and nonliving things.

Kindergarten Science and Engineering Principles

In addition to content standards, students in this grade will also spend time learning about science and engineering principles. Students will learn how to ask scientific questions and investigate the natural world. They will study objects that occur naturally, as well as those that are manmade. In kindergarten, students will also begin to see how their own observations compare with others'. These principles will continue to be used as students grow and complete higher grades.

Resources

Scientific principles can be difficult for younger children to understand. This Science for Kids Course has been carefully designed to include short lessons and fun quizzes that help kids easily absorb what they're learning. Kindergarteners can go over the basics of scientific discovery and weather with this course. They'll also be able to explore facts about plants and animals. These lessons are self-paced and repeatable, so kids can go over this material as many times as they like. This course is supported by scientific experts that you can get in contact with if your child is struggling with a particular concept.

You can also check out these lessons for some useful tips for helping kindergarteners learn. These Kindergarten Classroom Management Strategies can be applied as younger children study scientific concepts. This lesson on Technology in the Kindergarten Classroom can provide ideas on how to use technology to benefit the understanding of kids in this grade. Finally, these Kindergarten Teacher Tips can help you ensure that you are providing the best educational environment for this age level.

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