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Pictures, Numbers, and Words

Pictures, Numbers, and Words

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

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Essential Understanding

The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations. 

Science Background

Organizing Information: Glencoe Science (website) – This article discusses organizing information using various strategies, including classifying, sequencing, concept mapping, making and using tables and graphs.

Organizing Information
Glencoe Science, www.glencoe.com

Data Collection in Early Childhood: NSTA Blog (website) - Data collection is an important part of science inquiry. Here are some examples of data collection methods for science investigations by young children.

Data Collection in Early Childhood
NSTA Blog, nstacommunities.org

Signature Lesson

Grow Tree Seedlings: KindergartenLlessons.com (website) - Scroll down to the second experiment. In this lesson, students plant 2 or 3 tree seeds and observe their growth.  They collect data by drawing pictures of the growing plants over time.

Grow Tree Seedlings
Kindergarten-Lessons.com

Floating and Sinking: Kids Science Experiments (website) – Students predict and test which objects will float or sink in water. They then record the data using words in a table.

Floating and Sinking
Kids Science Experiments, www.lovemyscience.com

Supporting Lessons

A Magnet Project Makes a Great Science Fair Idea! Easy Science Fair Projects (website) - Collect data and make observations as you test various objects to find out if they are attracted to a magnet.

A Magnet Project Makes a Great Science Fair Idea!
Easy Science Fair Projects, www.easy-science-fair-projects.net

Milli’s Magnificent Bubble Solution: American Chemical Society (PDF) - Make observations, record and organize data as several tests are performed to see which bubble solutions make the most magnificent bubbles.

Milli’s Magnificent Bubble Solution
American Chemical Society, portal.acs.org

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Recycling for Kids: Kindergarten-Lessons.com (website) - Take advantage of daily classroom routines to teach simple recycling techniques. Classify the garbage from lunch or snack time and record the information on a class chart.

Recycling for Kids
Kindergarten-Lessons.com

Assessment Ideas

Floating and Sinking: Kids Science Experiments (website) – Students predict and test which objects will float or sink in water. They then record the data using words in a table.

Floating and Sinking
Kids Science Experiments, www.lovemyscience.com

Literature Connections

What’s Going on?: Collecting and Recording Your Data, Burns, Kylie, (ISBN-13: 978- 0778751700)

The Great Graph Contest, Loreen, Leedy, (ISBN-13: 978-0823420292)

Mashed Potatoes: Collecting and Reporting Data, Harris, Nancy, (ISBN-13: 978-1600446405)

Related Science TEKS

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(K.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

(K.4B) Five Senses
Use senses as a tool of observation to identify properties and patterns of organisms, objects, and events in the environment. 

Related Math TEKS

K.8A   Describe and identify an object by its attributes using informal language (including shape, size, type, color, texture, or use).

K.9A   Describe and compare the attributes of real-life objects such as balls, boxes, cans, and cones or models of three dimensional geometric figures.

K.13B Solve problems with guidance that incorporates the processes of understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.

K.15A Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology. 

Additional Resources

Science Lessons - What skills do I teach? Kindergarten-lessons (website) - Find out what science skill kids need to learn and what they need to know about life, physical, and earth science.

Science Lessons - What skills do I teach?
Kindergarten-Lessons.com

Graphing - Mathematics Their Way: Center for Innovation in Education (PDF) - Graphing is a problem-solving tool used to help young children see relationships. Students compare groups of two or three objects in these activities.

Graphing - Mathematics Their Way
Center for Innovation in Education, www.center.edu

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