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  • Susie's Snowflake

     Grade K

     

    Susie snowflake 2
    Program Description
    “Susie’s Snowflake” is an introduction to the easily recognized constellation patterns of the winter night sky, and to the characteristics of snowflakes. Susie is a young girl who observes and compares numerous physical properties of objects - including size, shape, color and texture - using her five senses. She uses the technology of lenses to study snowflakes with a magnifier and a microscope. When the sky clears and night falls, Susie and her parents join their neighbor for some stargazing with his telescope. After the planetarium presentation students will participate in a related program (“Scientific Sense”) where they will explore properties of air. They will be exposed to methods of investigation used by scientists. (Planetarium Program)

    Resources

    Pre-Visit Materials
    Lesson Plan
    Post Visit Materials

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    K-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object. (NOTE: Applies to second part of lesson, which is an investigation into the properties of air.)

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Scientific Investigations Use a Variety of Methods
    Science Knowledge is Based on Empirical Evidence

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    PS2.B Types of Interactions
    PS3.C Relationship Between Energy and Forces

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Patterns
    Cause and Effect

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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Science is a Way of Knowing

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    ELA/Literacy
    RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. (K-ESS3-2)
    SL.K.3 Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood. (K-ESS3-2)
     
    Mathematics
    MP.4 Model with mathematics.
    K.CC Counting and Cardinality
    K.CC.A Know number names and the count sequence.
    K.MD.A.1 Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.