State Curriculum - Science

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Grade K
Standard 6.0 Environmental Science: Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors (living and non-living) and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.
A. Natural Resources and Human Needs
B. Environmental Issues
1. Identify aspects of the environment that are made by humans and those that are not made by humans.
a. Identify features of the natural environment, such as parks, zoos, buildings, etc. that are made by humans.
b. Identify features of the natural environment that are not made by humans.

Note: Highlighting identifies assessment limits. All highlighted Indicators will be tested on the Grades 5 and 8 MSA. The highlighted Objectives under each highlighted Indicator identify the limit to which MSA items can be written. Although all content standards are tested on MSA, not all Indicators and Objectives are tested. Objectives that are not highlighted will not be tested on MSA, however are an integral part of Instruction.


MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at:


January 2008