South Carolina Curriculum Standards – OEE



K.E.3A. Weather is a combination of sunlight, wind, snow or rain, and temperature in a particular region at a particular time. Scientists measure weather conditions to describe and record the weather and to notice patterns over time.
K.P.4A. Objects can be described and classified by their observable properties, by their uses, and by whether they occur naturally or are manufactured (human-made). Different properties of objects are suited for different purposes.


1st Grade

1.P.2A. Objects can only be seen when light shines on them. Some materials allow light to pass through them and some do not and will create a shadow of the object. Technology such as mirrors can change the direction of light.
1.E.3A. Objects in the sky move in predictable patterns. Some objects are better seen in the day sky and some are better seen in the night sky. The Sun is a star that provides heat and light energy for Earth.
1.E.4A. Earth is made of different materials, including rocks, sand, soil, and water.   


2nd Grade

2.E.2A. Weather is the combination of sunlight, wind, precipitation (rain, sleet, snow, and hail), and temperature in a particular region at a particular time. Scientists measure and record these conditions to describe the weather and to identify patterns over time.
2.P.3A. Solids and liquids are two forms of matter that have distinct observable properties. Solids and liquids can be changed from one form to another when heat is added or removed.
2.P.4A. An object that is not moving will only move if it is pushed or pulled. Pushes and pulls can vary in strength and direction and can affect the motion of an object. Gravity is a pull that makes objects fall to the ground.  


3rd Grade

3.P.2A. Matter exists in several different states and is classified based on observable and measurable properties. Matter can be changed from one state to another when heat (thermal energy) is added or removed.
3.E.4A. Earth is made of materials (including rocks, minerals, soil, and water) that have distinct properties.
3.E.4B. Earth’s surface has changed over time by natural processes and by human activities.
3.L.5A. The characteristics of an environment influence the diversity of organisms that live there. All organisms need energy to live and grow. This energy is obtained from food. The role an organism serves in an ecosystem can be described by the way in which it gets its energy.


4th Grade

4.E.2A. The movement of water, which is found almost everywhere on Earth including the atmosphere, changes form and cycles between Earth’s surface and the air and back again. This cycling of water is driven by energy from the Sun. The movement of water in the water cycle is a major pattern that influences weather conditions.
4.E.3A. A solar system includes a sun (star), and all other objects that orbit that sun. Planets in our night sky change positions and are not always visible from Earth as they orbit our Sun.
4.E.3B. Earth orbits around the Sun and the Moon orbits around Earth. These movements together with the rotation of Earth on a tilted axis result in patterns that can be observed and predicted.
4.P.4A. Light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object. The way light reacts when it strikes an object depends on the object’s properties.


5th Grade

5.E.3A. Some of the land on Earth is located above water and some is located below the oceans. There are patterns in the location and structure of landforms found on the continents and those found on the ocean floor.
5.L.4B. All organisms need energy to live and grow. Energy is obtained from food. The role an organism serves in an ecosystem can be described by the way in which it gets its energy. Energy is transferred within an ecosystem as organisms produce, consume, or decompose food.


8th Grade

8.E.4A. Earth’s solar system is part of the Milky Way Galaxy, which is one of many galaxies in the universe. The planet Earth is a tiny part of a vast universe that has developed over a span of time beginning with a period of extreme and rapid expansion.
8.E.4B. Earth’s solar system consists of the Sun and other objects that are held in orbit around the Sun by its gravitational pull on them. Motions within the Earth-Moon-Sun system have effects that can be observed on Earth.
8.E.5A. All Earth processes are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling within and among Earth’s systems. Plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains the past and current crustal movements at the Earth’s surface. This theory provides a framework for understanding geological history.