From earliest times, humans have looked at the earth and sky with wonder, trying to find explanations for what they saw. Today, we have learned more about our solar system from our own experiences, and from the great wealth of information available to us. Together these two ways of learning help us to understand the world around us.
In grades K-4, student learning about Earth and sky occurs primarily by making observations as they explore, collect, describe, and record information. Students investigate the properties of water, rocks, minerals, and soil. We guide them in observing natural changes of all kinds, including cyclical changes, such as the movement of the Sun and moon, and variable changes, like the weather. This free excerpt from NSTA Pathways to the Science Standards: Guidelines for Moving the Vision into Practice (Elementary School Edition) includes a Table of Contents and Resources for the Road section.

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