2020 Colorado Academic Standards

2020 Colorado Academic Standards Online

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clear Content Area: Science // Grade Level: First Grade // Standard Category: 1. Physical Science


First Grade, Standard 1. Physical Science

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More information icon Prepared Graduates:

  • 4. Students can use the full range of science and engineering practices to make sense of natural phenomena and solve problems that require understanding how waves are used to transfer energy and information.

More information icon Grade Level Expectation:

1. Sound can make matter vibrate and vibrating matter can make sound.

More information icon Evidence Outcomes:

Students Can:

  1. Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make a sound and that sound can make materials vibrate. (1-PS4-1) (Clarification Statement: Examples of vibrating materials that make sound could include tuning forks and plucking a stretched string. Examples of how sound can make matter vibrate could include holding a piece of paper near a speaker making sound and holding an object near a vibrating tuning fork.)
  2. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated. (1-PS4-2) (Clarification Statement: Examples of observations could include those made in a completely dark room, a pinhole box, and a video of a cave explorer with a flashlight. Illumination could be from an external light source or by an object giving off its own light.)
  3. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light. (1-PS4-3) (Clarification Statement: Examples of materials could include those that are transparent [such as clear plastic], translucent [such as wax paper], opaque [such as cardboard] and reflective [such as a mirror].)
  4. Use tools and materials to design and build a device that used light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance. (1-PS4-4) (Clarification Statement: This performance expectation integrates transitional science content with engineering through a practice or disciplinary core idea.)

More information icon Academic Contexts and Connections:

More information icon Colorado Essential Skills and Science and Engineering Practices:

  1. Plan and conduct investigations collaboratively to produce evidence to answer a question. (Planning and Carrying Out Investigations) (Personal: Initiative/Self-direction)
  2. Make observations (firsthand or from media) to construct an evidence-based conclusion and use tools and materials provided to design and build devices. (Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions) (Entrepreneurial: Critical thinking/Problem solving)
  3. Scientific Investigations Use a Variety of Methods: Scientists use different ways to study the world. Science investigations begin with a question.

More information icon Elaboration on the GLE:

  1. Students can answer the question: What are the characteristic properties and behaviors of waves?
  2. PS4:A Wave Properties: Waves, which are regular patterns of motion, can be made in water by disturbing the surface. When waves move across the surface of deep water, the water goes up and down in place; it does not move in the direction of the wave - observe, for example, a bobbing cork or seabird - except when the water meets the beach. Sound can make matter vibrate and vibrating matter can make sound.
  3. PS4:B Electromagnetic Radiation: Objects can be seen only when light is available to illuminate them. Very hot objects give off light (e.g., a fire, the sun).
  4. PS4:C Information Technologies and Instrumentation: People use their senses to learn about the world around them. Their eyes detect light, their ears detect sound, and they can feel vibrations by touch.

More information icon Cross Cutting Concepts:

  1. Cause and Effect: Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute student ideas about causes.

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