South Dakota Science Standards for Kindergarten

Instructor: Leah Salyer
The science standards for kindergarten in the state South Dakota include a comprehensive look at life science, physical science and earth and space science. Read on to learn more about the standards as well as lessons that may help you fulfill these standards in your own classroom.

Main Ideas

In the state of South Dakota, the standards are based on five main ideas. These main ideas consist of:

  • Earth's Systems
  • Energy
  • Earth and Human Activity
  • Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Engineering Design Standards

The state of South Dakota also incorporates engineering into their science standards as much as possible. By integrating engineering into the science standards, the state is hoping to bring engineering into the classroom as an equal to how science is generally approached in the classroom environment. The engineering design standards for kindergarten are listed below.

K-2-ETS1-1: Ask questions, make observations and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

K-2-ETS1-2: Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

K-2-ETS1-3: Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

Physical Science Standards

The physical science standards in South Dakota for kindergarten are based on developing a conceptual understanding of a variety of natural scientific processes. Some of the standards for physical science are listed below.

K-PS2-1: Plan and carry out an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.

K-PS3-1: Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth's surface.

Physical Science Resources

Check out these lessons on Physics and Astronomy for Elementary School to find some inspiration for activities or lessons. You can even use these lessons to brush up on your own knowledge of these subjects.

Life Science Standards

The life science standards for kindergarten focus primarily on living things and what they need to grow and thrive. The standard below describes what students are expected to learn and understand about life science in this grade.

K-LS1_1: Describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

Life Science Resources

Consider checking out these lessons on Plant and Fungi Facts and Animal Facts for Elementary School to help you design your lesson plans and activities. In these resources, you'll encounter lessons on classifying plants, the plant kingdom, how plants grow, animal classifications, the human life cycle, and various animals and where they live as well as their needs to help them grow.

Earth and Space Science Standards

The Earth and space science standard focus on processes that occur on the Earth such as weather and weather tracking, environmental conditions, and environmental dependency. Standards for Earth and space science include:

K-ESS2-1: Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

K-ESS3-1: Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

K-ESS3-3: Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.

Earth and Space Science Resources

Take a look at these lessons on Weather and Environmental Science for Elementary School to help you in your preparation of lessons for these standards. Some of the topics you'll find in these resources include ecosystems, biomes, food chains, natural resources, recycling, severe weather, natural disasters, and weather symbols. You can also use the questions in the quizzes to create assessments for your students, or you can use them to lead a group discussion.

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