Posted: Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:20am Updated: Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:16am

This resource for teachers has been developed to provide supporting materials to help educators successfully implement the Indiana Academic Standards for Kindergarten. These resources are provided to help you in your work to ensure all students meet the rigorous learning expectations set by the Academic Standards. Use of these resources are optional; teachers should decide which resources will work best in their school for their students.

This resource document is a living document and will be frequently updated.

Please send any suggested links and report broken links to:
Nick Flowers
Elementary Math and Science Specialist

The resources, clarifying statements, and vocabulary in this document are for illustrative purposes only, to promote a base of clarity and common understanding. Each item illustrates a standard but please note that the resources, clarifying statements, and vocabulary are not intended to limit interpretation or classroom applications of the standards.

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Physical Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
K.PS.1 Plan and conduct an investigation using all senses to describe and classify different kinds of objects by their composition and physical properties. Explain these choices to others and generate questions about the objects.  
K.PS.2 Identify and explain possible uses for an object based on its properties and compare these uses with other students’ ideas.  
 K.PS.3 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. Simple Physics Experiments for Kids: Pushing and PullingDifference Between Push and Pull
 K.PS.4 Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull. Simple Physics Experiments for Kids: Pushing and Pulling
Earth and Space Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, and Simulations
K.ESS.1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface and use tools and materials to design and build a structure to reduce the warming effect on Earth's surface. Sunlight Warms Earth’s Surface
K.ESS.2 Describe and compare objects seen in the night and day sky, observing that the sun and moon move across the sky. Visit or interact with a Planetarium
K.ESS.3 Investigate the local weather conditions to describe patterns over time. Climate, Coloring, Crosswords
 K.ESS.4 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.  
Life Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
 K.LS.1 Describe and compare the growth and development of common living plants and animals.  
 K.LS.2 Describe and compare the physical features of common living plants and animals. Plant/Animal Structure and Function  
K.LS.3 Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. What Do Plants Need – Part II
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
K-2.E.1 Pose questions, make observations, and obtain information about a situation people want to change. Use this data to define a simple problem that can be solved through the construction of a new or improved object or tool.  
K-2.E.2 Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate and investigate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve an identified problem.  
K-2.E.3 Analyze data from the investigation of two objects constructed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.