Science - 2019-20

K.9 - Earth and Space Systems: Patterns

The student will investigate and understand that there are patterns in nature. Key patterns include

a)  daily weather;

  • identify patterns in nature (daily weather) Bloom's Level: Understand
  • chart and graph daily weather conditions throughout the year to determine seasonal patterns. Bloom's Level: Understand / Apply
  • use and share observations of daily weather conditions to describe patterns over time. Bloom's Level: Understand

b) seasonal changes; and

  • identify patterns in nature (seasons, life cycles) Bloom's Level: Understand  Bloom's Level: Knowledge
  • describe the patterns in weather conditions that may be observed during the different seasons. Bloom's Level: Understand

c) day and night.

  • identify patterns in nature (day/night)  Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2018


Patterns exist all around us and can be observed in daily weather, seasons, and day and night.


  • One can make simple predictions in weather patterns. On a cloudy, warm day, it may rain. On a cloudy day that is very cold, it may snow. On a clear day there most likely will be no rain or snow.
  • As animals and plants grow, they get larger according to a pattern.
  • Natural objects such as leaves, seeds, and cones have patterns we can see.


Essential Questions:

 What is a pattern?

 Where can we find patterns in nature ?

 Where can we find patterns in the growth of animals and plants?

 Why is change important?

In order to meet this standard, it is expected that students will

  • observe and identify daily weather conditions — sunny, rainy, cloudy, snowy, windy, warm, hot, cool, and cold.
  • predict daily weather based on basic observable conditions.
  • chart daily weather conditions.
  • identify the pattern of the seasons
  • identify and describe the day/night pattern.
  • describe how animals and plants change as they grow. 


change - to transform

cloudy - overcast; the sky or weather is covered with clouds

cold - of or at a low or relatively low temperature (compared with the human body)

cool- not cold, but a fairly low temperature

cycle- a series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order

fall - also known as autumn; season between summer and winter

hot - having a high degree of heat or a high temperature

measure - to determine the amount or degree of something using an instrument or device marked in standard units

observe- to notice using any one of your five senses

pattern - a repeated design

rainy - water falling from clouds

season - four divisions of the year; spring, summer, fall and winter; marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours; resulting from the earth's changing position with regard to the sun.

snowy - covered with snow

spring- season between winter and summer; lasting from March to June; weather becomes warmer and leaves and plants start to grow again

summer- the season between spring and autumn, lasting from June to August; weather is warm/hot

sunny - weather characterized by much sunlight

warm - not hot but not cool

windy - moving air

winter- season characterized by cold temperatures, often son; between December and February 

Updated: Feb 18, 2020