Level 1

Alaska Science
Key Element B4

A student who meets the content standard should understand that personal integrity, skepticism, openness to new ideas, creativity, collaborative effort, and logical reasoning are all aspects of scientific inquiry.


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Performance Standard Level 1, Ages 5–7

Students collaborate to investigate the natural world.

Sample Assessment Ideas

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Sample Assessment Ideas

  • Students share observations while on a class field trip to investigate local plant and animal life.

  • Students observe, record, and discuss living and non-living components of their school.

Expanded Sample Assessment Idea

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Expanded Sample Assessment Idea

  • Students work in groups to predict and test which objects float and which objects sink in water.


Students will:

  1. Divide into small groups.

  2. Have access to a variety of measuring tools and large container of water with measurements on the side.

  3. Predict which objects will sink and which will float. Record predictions on a chart paper. Do not change predictions after observations are made.

  4. Select items to put into the water one at a time.

  5. Record whether they sink or float.

  6. Make a picture or word chart of the results and share with the whole class.

  7. As a class, discuss how the groups worked together, what new things they learned, and which charts worked best to explain sinking and floating.

Reflection and Revision

Discuss how they would change their work from what they learned from others.


Levels of Performance

Stage 4
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Student work is complete, correct and shows evidence of elaboration, extension, collaboration and creative incorporation of the ideas of others.
Stage 3
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Student work is generally complete, correct and shows some evidence of elaboration, extension, collaboration or incorporation of the ideas of others.
Stage 2
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Student work may be incomplete or incorrect and shows some evidence of sharing of ideas, but limited evidence of collaboration or incorporation of the ideas of others.
Stage 1
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Student work, although incomplete, is on topic but shows no evidence of collaboration or sharing of ideas.
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Standards Cross-References
( Alaska Department of Education & Early Development Standards

National Science Education Standards

Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment. This aspect of the standard emphasizes students asking questions that they can answer with scientific knowledge, combined with their own observations. Students should answer their questions by seeking information from reliable sources of scientific information and from their own observations and investigations. (Page 122)

Scientific investigations involve asking and answering a question and comparing the answer with what scientists already know about the world. (Page 123)



In doing science, it is often helpful to work with a team and to share findings with others. All team members should reach their own individual conclusions, however, about what the findings mean. (Page 15)

Raise questions about the world around them and be willing to seek answers to some of them by making careful observations and trying things out. (Page 285)

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