Level 1

Alaska Science
Key Element D5

A student who meets the content standard should participate in reasoned discussions of public policy related to scientific innovation and proposed technological solutions to problems.


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Performance Standard Level 1, Ages 5–7

Students discuss how tools are used to observe, measure, and make things that help us.

Sample Assessment Ideas

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Sample Assessment Ideas

  • Students describe a tool that they use: what the important characteristics the tool must have; what different jobs the tool can be used for; why each tool is best at doing its job; why different materials are used to make each part of the tool; what are some tools they use at home; their parents use at home; used every day; used only in one season; only used in the morning or evening.

  • Students discuss their preferences using a spoon or a fork to eat peas.

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

National Science Education Standards

People have always had problems and invented tools and techniques (ways of doing something) to solve problems. Trying to determine the effects of solutions helps people avoid some new problems. (Page 138)

People continue inventing new ways of doing things, solving problems, and getting work done. New ideas and inventions often affect other people; sometimes the effects are good and sometimes they are bad. It is helpful to try to determine in advance how ideas and inventions will affect other people. (Page 140)



When a group of people wants to build something or try something new, they should try to figure out ahead of time how it might affect other people. (Page 54)

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