Competency Goal 1: The learner will make observations and build an understanding of similarities and differences in animals.


1.01 Observe and describe the similarities and differences among animals including:

  • Structure.
  • Growth.
  • Changes.
  • Movement.

1.02 Observe how animals interact with their surroundings.

1.03 Observe the behaviors of several common animals.

1.04 Demonstrate how to care for a variety of animals.

1.05 Observe the similarities of humans to other animals including:

  • Basic needs.
  • Growth and change.
  • Movement

Competency Goal 2: The learner will make observations and build an understanding of weather concepts.


2.01 Observe and report daily weather changes throughout the year.

2.02 Identify different weather features including:

  • Precipitation.
  • Wind.
  • Temperature.
  • Cloud cover.

2.03 Identify types of precipitation, changes in wind, force, direction and sky conditions.

2.04 Observe and determine the effects of weather on human activities.

2.05 Use common tools to measure weather.

Competency Goal 3: The learner will make observations and build an understanding of the properties of common objects.


3.01 Observe and describe the properties of different kinds of objects (clay, wood, cloth, paper, other) and how they are used.

3.02 Develop and use a vocabulary associated with the properties of materials:

  • Color.
  • Size.
  • Shape.
  • Texture.

3.03 Describe how objects look, feel, smell, taste, and sound using their own senses.

3.04 Observe that objects can be described and sorted by their properties.

3.05 Identify some common objects and organisms that are considered to be natural resources in our world.

Competency Goal 4: The learner will use appropriate tools and measurements to increase their ability to describe their world.


4.01 Describe how tools can be used to make comparisons.

4.02 Observe and describe how various tools and units of measure are useful:

  • Scissors.
  • Pencils.
  • Crayons.
  • Paper clips.
  • Hammers.

4.03 Use nonstandard units of measure to describe and compare objects.

4.04 Demonstrate the use of standard units of measure and compare with nonstandard units of measure. (Teacher demonstration)

4.05 Demonstrate that standard units of measure produce more consistent results than nonstandard units, allowing information to be shared.(Teacher demonstration)


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Donna Murray – Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant