Level 1

Alaska Science
Key Element C1

A student who meets the content standard should know how the words “fact,” “observation,” “concept,” “principle,” “law,” and “theory” are generally used in the scientific community.


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Performance Standard Level 1, Ages 5–7

Students will use observations to collect and identify facts.

Sample Assessment Ideas

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Sample Assessment Ideas

  • Students observe and record what birds choose from a variety of materials provided for them as potential food sources (e.g. wood chips, bird seed, bread, cotton balls, etc.)

  • Students observe that some things around them happen consistently (water flows downhill, heating ice causes it to melt.)

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Standards Cross-References
( Alaska Department of Education & Early Development Standards

National Science Education Standards

Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge). Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations. (Page 123)



Ask “How do you know?” in appropriate situations and attempt reasonable answers when others ask them the same question. (Page 298)

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