SCI Gr K-5 Benchmarks

Introduction

fossImageBismarck Public School District uses FOSS Modules to supplement the Elementary K-6 Science curriculum. FOSS activities are matched to the way students think at different times in their lives. Students in upper elementary construct more advanced concepts by classifying, testing, experimenting, and determining cause and effect relationships among objects, organisms, and systems.

Students in Grade 7 focus on Life Science and Grade 8 focus on Earth Science.

Scientific Thinking Processes

The Sciences use the following thinking processes:

  • OBSERVING
    using the senses to get information
  • COMMUNICATING
    talking, drawing, acting
  • COMPARING
    pairing, one-to-one correspondence
  • ORGANIZING
    grouping, serializing, sequencing
  • RELATING
    cause and effect, classification
  • INFERRING
    superordinate/subordinate classification, if/then reasoning, developing scientific laws
  • APPLYING
    developing strategic plans, inventing