Elementary Science - Kindergarten

Child and butterfly 

 
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Living Things
Essential Unit Outcomes
In this unit our kindergarten scientists will
  • Identify the features of animals and plants that make them alike and different.
  • Explain ways in which humans are alike.
  • Describe similarities in what humans and animals can do because of certain features.
  • Explain differences of animals and plants.
  • Describe the life cycles of different animals and plants.
  • Describe different living things found in different places.
  • Describe what living things need to grow and survive.
  • Describe ways that animals and plants interact with their environment.
 
The Science of Everyday Things
Essential Unit Outcomes
In this unit our kindergarten scientists will
  • Describe objects according to their properties.
  • Observe objects move in different ways.
  • Describe the cause for change in motion of an object.
  • Describe that some objects are affected by magnets.
  • Demonstrate that sound is produced by vibrations of objects.
 
Earth and Sky
Essential Unit Outcomes
In this unit our kindergarten scientists will
  • Identify objects in the day and night sky.
  • Observe and describe changes in the day and night sky.
  • Describe and record weather changes.
  • Identify man-made and natural objects in the environment.
Helpful Parent Tips
  • Encourage your children to enjoy science. Help them believe that they are scientists!
  • Read books, magazines and websites about science.
  • Encourage your children to explore their world through the senses and ask questions about the world (nature, liquids).
  • Listen to your children's explanations and allow them to construct knowledge about science.
  • Encourage your children to carefully observe and talk about what they see (changes in seasons, animals, the sky, etc.).
  • For more parent tips visit the U.S. Department of Education Website, “Helping Your Child Learn Science”   http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/science/brochure.html