Home Lesson Plans Activities Field Trips Standards 01 How Humans Think While Understanding the Natural World - Science as Inquiry02 What we Know Today About the World Around Us - Historical Perspectives01 Doing Scientific Inquiry02 Living the Values of Inquiry03 Using Unifying Concepts and Themes04 Doing Safety05 Relating the Nature of Technology to Science01 Understanding Inquiry & Character of Knowledge02 Interdependence of Science Technology & Society03 MALAMA I KA AINA: Sustainability04 Unity & Diversity05 Interdependence of Organisms06 Cycle of Matter and Energy Flow07 Biological Evolution08 Heredity09 Cells, Tissues, and Organs10 Human Development11 Wellness12 Learning and Human Behavior13 Nature of Matter14 Energy, Its Transformation and Matter15 Forces, Motion, Sound and Light16 Universe17 Forces of the universe18 Earth in the Solar System19 Forces that Shape the Earth
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In other words, students understand the natural world more meaningfully when they use concepts and themes to make the connections between objects, events, and experiences.

For example, in studying the unifying concept of system, as in ecosystem, student make connections between the physical and biological factors that affect mango yield. Mango yield is dependent on temperature, wind water, length of day, and pollinators.

Domain 1: How Humans Think While Understanding the Natural World

Habits of the Mind

Standard 03: USING UNIFYING CONCEPTS AND THEMES: Students use concepts and themes such as system, change, scale, and model to help them understand and explain the natural world.

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K-3

SYSTEM

Identify the components of a system that ineract to perform a function. (Examples of systems are human body, clock, solar system or automobile.)

CHANGE

Observe and describes changes that occure in nature.

SCALE

Describe changes in the size, weight, color, or movement of things, and note which of their other qualities remain the same.

MODEL

Use a model, such as a to or a picture, to describe the feature or function of the original object, device, thing, etc.

4-5

SYSTEM

Observe and describe how parts influence on another in a system.

CHANGE

Identify patterns of change in things (such as steady, repetitive, or irregular change) using data as evidence.

SCALE

Measure things that are difficult to measure because they are very large or very small (e.g., buildings, trees, seeds and a pinhead).

MODEL

Use geometric figures, numbers sequences, graphs, diagrams, sketches, number lines, maps, or stories to represent corresponding features of objects, events, and processes in the real world. Identify ways in which the representations do not match their original counter parts.

K-4 National Standards Unifying Concepts and Processes

As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should develop understanding and abilities aligned with the following concepts and processes:

  • Systems, order, and organization
  • Evidence, models, and explanation
  • Consistancy, change, and measurement
  • Evolution and equalibrium
  • Form and function

5-8 National Standards Unifying Concepts and Processes

As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should develop understanding and abilities aligned with the following concepts and processes:

  • Systems, order, and organization
  • Evidence, models, and explanation
  • Consistancy, change, and measurement
  • Evolution and equalibrium
  • Form and function
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Kindergarden

The Student:

SYSTEM

Identifies working parts of things. (Example of a system are the human body, a clock, or a car.)

CHANGE

Observes and describes changes that occur in nature.

SCALE

Describes things about an object that change and things that don't change. (Examples of features that change include size or movement.

MODEL

Use a model, such as a toy or a picture, to describe an object.

Grade 1

The Student:

SYSTEM

Identifies working parts of things that interact to form a function. (Example of a system are the human body, a clock, or a car.)

CHANGE

Observes and describes changes that occur in nature.

SCALE

Describes things about an object that change and things that don't change. (Examples of features that change include size or movement.

MODEL

Use a model, such as a toy or a picture, to describe the features of the original object, device, thing, etc.

Grade 2

The Student:

SYSTEM

Identifies the components (parts) of a system that interact to perform a function. (Example of a system are the human body, a clock, or a car.)

CHANGE

Observes and describes changes that occur in nature.

SCALE

Describes changes in the size, weight, color or movement of things, and notes which of their other qualities remain the same.

MODEL

Use a model, such as a toy or a picture, to describe the features or functions of the original object, device, thing, etc.

Grade 3

The Student:

SYSTEM

Identifies the components of a system that interact to perform a function. (Example of a system are the human body, a clock, solar system, or a car.)

CHANGE

Observes and describes changes that occur in nature.

SCALE

Describes changes in the size, weight, color or movement of things, and notes which of their other qualities remain the same.

MODEL

Use a model, such as a toy or a picture, to describe the features or functions of the original object, device, thing, etc.

Grade 4

The Student:

SYSTEM

Observes and describes how parts influence each other in a system.

CHANGE

Identifies pattern of change in things (such as steady, repetitive, or irregular change) using data and evidence.

SCALE

Measures things that are difficult to measure because they are very large or very small (e.g., buildings, trees, seed, and pinhead)

MODEL

Use geometric figures, number sequences, graphs, diagrams, sketches, numberlines, maps, stories to represent corresponding features of objects, events, and processes in the real world.

Grade 5

The Student:

SYSTEM

Observes and describes how parts influence each other in a system.

CHANGE

Identifies pattern of change in things (such as steady, repetitive, or irregular change) using data and evidence.

SCALE

Measures things that are difficult to measure because they are very large or very small (e.g., buildings, trees, seed, and pinhead)

MODEL

Use geometric figures, number sequences, graphs, diagrams, sketches, numberlines, maps, stories to represent corresponding features of objects, events, and processes in the real world. Identify ways in which the representations do not match their original counter parts.