Tennessee Science Standards

2009-2010 Implementation




Embedded Inquiry


Conceptual Strand

Understandings about scientific inquiry and the ability to conduct inquiry are essential for living in the 21st century.


Guiding Question

What tools, skills, knowledge, and dispositions are needed to conduct scientific inquiry?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.Inq.1          Observe the world of familiar objects using the senses and tools. 

GLE 0007.Inq.2          Ask questions, make logical predictions, plan investigations, and represent data. 

GLE 0007.Inq.3          Explain the data from an investigation.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.Inq.1               Use senses and simple tools to make observations.

Kindergarten Science lesson  

Properties of Matter Video

The Five Senses


ü0007.Inq.2               Communicate interest in simple phenomena and plan for simple investigations. 


Science Explorer

Free Kids Experiments

Zoom Science


ü0007.Inq.3               Communicate understanding of simple data using age-appropriate vocabulary.

ü0007.Inq.4               Collect, discuss, and communicate findings from a variety of  investigations.

See Inq. 2


State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Embedded Technology & Engineering


Conceptual Strand

Society benefits when engineers apply scientific discoveries to design materials and processes that develop into enabling technologies.


Guiding Question

How do science concepts, engineering skills, and applications of technology improve the quality of life?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.T/E.1         Recognize that both natural materials and human-made tools have specific characteristics that determine their use.

GLE 0007.T/E.2         Apply engineering design and creative thinking to solve practical problems.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.T/E.1               Explain how simple tools are used to extend the senses, make life easier, and solve everyday problems.

Simple Machines Lesson

Simple Machines

Simple Tools

ü0007.T/E.2               Invent designs for simple products.

Build a Better Pencil


Inventors and Inventions Video

Alexander Graham Bell Video

Invent Simple Products


ü0007.T/E.3               Use tools to measure materials and construct simple products.

Measure Materials



State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.



Life Science


Standard 1 - Cells


Conceptual Strand 1

All living things are made of cells that perform functions necessary for life


Guiding Question 1

How are plant and animals cells organized to carry on the processes of life?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.1.1                         Recognize that many things are made of parts.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.1.1                   Use puzzles to determine that there are many parts that make up a whole.


Life Science

Whole Made Up of Parts

ü0007.1.2                   Use building blocks to create a whole from the parts.

Build Whole with Parts

ü0007.1.3                   Take apart an object and describe how the parts work together.

Take Objects Apart


State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Standard 2 - Interdependence


Conceptual Strand 2

All life is interdependent and interacts with the environment.


Guiding Question 2

How do living things interact with one another and with the non-living elements of their environment?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.2.1                         Recognize that some things are living and some are not. 

GLE 0007.2.2             Know that people interact with their environment through their senses.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.2.1                   Categorize objects or images of objects as living or non-living according to their characteristics.

Living or Non-Living Video


Living or Non-Living


ü0007.2.2                   Use the senses to investigate and describe an object.


Use Senses


State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Standard 3 - Flow of Matter and Energy


Conceptual Strand 3

Matter and energy flow through the biosphere.


Guiding Question 3

What scientific information explains how matter and energy flow through the biosphere?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.3.1                         Recognize that living things require water, food, and air.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.3.1                   Observe plants and animals and make records of their similarities and differences.

Watch it Grow

Growing Plants

A First Look at Plants Video

Plant Life Cycle

Observe Plants & Animals

ü0007.3.2                   Record information about the care, feeding, and maintenance of a living thing.

Caring for Living Things


State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Standard 4 – Heredity


Conceptual Strand 4

Plants and animals reproduce and transmit hereditary information between generations.


Guiding Question 4

What are the principal mechanisms by which living things reproduce and transmit information between parents and offspring?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.4.1                         Observe how plants and animals change as they grow.


GLE 0007.4.2                         Observe that offspring resemble their parents.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.4.1                   Observe a plant to identify how it changes as it grows from a seed to the adult plant and record data using non-standard measurement devices.

Change in Plant

ü0007.4.2                   Match pictures of seedlings to adult plants and a juvenile to the adult animal.

Young to Adults


State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Standard 5 - Biodiversity and Change


Conceptual Strand 5

A rich variety of complex organisms have developed in response to a continually changing environment.


Guiding Question 5

How does natural selection explain how organisms have changed over time?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.5.1                         Compare the basic features of plants and animals.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.5.1                   Use a variety of representations to describe similarities and differences among plants and animals.

Alike & Different

ü0007.5.2                   Create a mural of an ecosystem and compare the characteristics of animals and plants within that environment.

Ecosystem Mural

ü0007.5.3                   Match pictures of animal and plant characteristics needed for survival to appropriate environments. 

Snuffy’s Safari

Animal Homes



State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Earth and Space Science


Standard 6 - The Universe


Conceptual Strand 6

The cosmos is vast and explored well enough to know its basic structure and operational principles.


Guiding Question 6

What big ideas guide human understanding about the origin and structure of the universe, Earth’s place in the cosmos, and observable   motions and patterns in the sky?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.6.1             Know the different objects that are visible in the day and night sky.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.6.1                   Create a Venn diagram to compare the objects that can be seen in the day and night sky.

Objects in the Day and Night Sky


ü0007.6.2                   Observe, discuss, and draw objects found in the day and night sky.

Objects in the Sky


State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Standard 7 – The Earth


Conceptual Strand 7

Major geologic events that occur over eons or brief moments in time continually shape and reshape the surface of the Earth, resulting in continuous global change.


Guiding Question 7

How is the earth affected by long-term and short term geological cycles and the influence of man?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE0007.7.1              Identify non-living materials found on the surface of the earth.

GLE0007.7.2              Recognize that some objects are man-made and that some occur naturally.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.7.1                   Identify non-living materials found on the school site and discuss how these materials are similar and different.


ü0007.7.2                   Investigate and compare a variety of non-living materials using simple tools.

Zoe’s Pet Shelter

Investigate Non-Living Material

ü0007.7.3                   Observe familiar environments and make lists of natural and man-made objects.

Natural and Man-Made Objects


State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Standard 8 - The Atmosphere


Conceptual Strand 8

The earth is surrounded by an active atmosphere and an energy system that controls the distribution of life, local weather, climate, and global temperature.


Guiding Question 8

How do the physical characteristics and the chemical makeup of the atmosphere influence surface processes and life on Earth?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.8.1                         Collect daily weather data at different times of the year.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.8.1                   Collect, compare, and record daily weather data during different seasons.

Weather Data

Dress Elmo

ü0007.8.2                   Infer the relationship between temperature and seasonal change by maintaining a paper chain on which dates are recorded and temperature described according to different colors.

Display Weather Data



State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Physical Science


Standard 9 - Matter


Conceptual Strand 9

The composition and structure of matter is known, and it behaves according to principles that are generally understood.


Guiding Question 9

How does the structure of matter influence its physical and chemical behavior?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.9.1             Describe an object by its observable properties.

             GLE 0007.9.2                        Identify objects and materials as solids or liquids.



Checks for Understanding

ü0007.9.1                   Observe, identify, and compare the properties of various objects such as color, shape, and size.

Properties of Various Objects

ü0007.9.2                   Observe, discuss, and compare characteristics of various solids and liquids.

Solids & Liquids


State Performance Indicators

Not addressed at this grade level.


Standard 10 – Energy


Conceptual Strand 10

Various forms of energy are constantly being transformed into other types without any net loss of energy from the system.


Guiding Question 10

What basic energy related ideas are essential for understanding the dependency of the natural and human-made worlds on energy?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.10.1           Identify the sun as the source of heat and light. 

GLE 0007.10.2           Investigate the effect of the sun on a variety of materials.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.10.1                 Place a thermometer in a sunny window and one in a shady area of the classroom and record the temperatures over time.  Compare, discuss, and record any temperature differences.


ü0007.10.2                 Investigate the temperature differences in various locations around the school.  Discuss and record the results.

Investigate Temperature Differences

ü0007.10.3                 Place a thermometer under pieces of different colored paper on a sunny window.  Compare results and discuss possible causes.

Thermometer Experiment


State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Standard 11 - Motion


Conceptual Strand 11

Objects move in ways that can be observed, described, predicted, and measured.


Guiding Question 11

What causes objects to move differently under different circumstances?


Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0007.11.1           Explore different ways that objects move.


Checks for Understanding

ü0007.11.1                 Use a variety of objects to demonstrate different types of movement. (e.g., straight line/zigzag, backwards/forward, side to side, in circles, fast/slow).

Types of Movement


State Performance Indicators

            Not addressed at this grade level.


Standard 12 - Forces in Nature


Conceptual Strand 12

Everything in the universe exerts a gravitational force on everything else; there is an interplay between magnetic fields and electrical currents.


Guiding Question 12

What are the scientific principles that explain gravity and electromagnetism?

Grade Level Expectations

None for this Grade Level.

Checks for Understanding

None for this Grade Level.

State Performance Indicators