This bundle of ten lessons is compatible with ALL of the Kindergarten Next Generation Science Standards* for the ENTIRE YEAR!
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In these lessons, students will learn about physical science concepts including gravity, forces, such as pushes and pulls, mass vs. weight, and temperature. The life science concepts covered include gardening, photosynthesis, plant and animal survival, harvesting, seed germination, journal writing, recording data, metric system measurements. Earth science topics include food chains and webs, habitats, weather forecasting, wind, clouds, storms, emergency preparedness, environmental change, environmental protection, and so much more!
Here is what’s included in EACH of the TEN lessons:
-A clickable Table of Contents
-Teacher notes and materials list
-Next Generation Science Standards* “I can…” and “I understand…” classroom poster
-Vocabulary cards covering the topics of the lesson
-Worksheet(s) covering the lesson objectives
-Supplemental blog posts explaining the hands-on activity in detail on my website Curious Little Classroom
-An assessment covering the lesson objectives
-Answer keys for worksheets, activity, and assessment
-A comprehensive lesson plan including:
Title, Grade, Objectives, NGSS*, Materials Needed, Connections to Real Life, Connections Across the Curriculum, Anticipated Difficulties with the Content, Pre-Requisite Knowledge, Key Vocabulary, Lesson Delivery Method, Examples for Better Understanding, Assessment, Wrap Up and Review, Extensions, and Modifications.
CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE INDIVIDUAL **PREVIEWS** FOR EACH LESSON IN THIS BUNDLE.
***Balloon Pull Experiment***
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Next Generation Science standard* K-PS2-1. Students will be able to “[p]lan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.”
This lesson not only covers the Physical Science standard listed above, it also introduces students to the periodic table, elements, and atoms. The hands-on lesson uses simple, easy to use items, such as a kitchen scale, helium balloon, and small toys.
***Ramps, Gravity, and Force***
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Next Generation Science standards* K-PS2-1 and K-PS2-2.
Students will “[p]lan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.”
Students will “[a]nalyze 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.”
This lesson is all about big ramps, small ramps, gravity, and force. Build a model roller coaster ramp using a pool noodle, a marble, and a few other recycled materials. Explore a smaller ramp by building your very own pinball machine out of a shoe box! This lesson is extremely hands-on and it gently introduces students to intriguing, yet difficult to understand physical science concepts of force and gravity.
***Microclimates and Energy From the Sun***
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Next Generation Science standard* K-PS3-1, 2, where students will “[m]ake observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface [and] use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area, ie umbrellas, canopies, tent.”
This lesson really makes little scientists out of students! It begins by introducing the topic of microclimates and introduces students to a data table. It then teaches students how to take the data they collect and turn it into a bar graph. It introduces students to a thermometer and the temperature units, Fahrenheit and Celsius. It then teaches students how to use their new skills to build a structure to protect them from the heat of the sun.
***Plant and Animal Survival***
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Common Core Math standard K.MD.A.1, Kindergarten Common Core English Language Arts standards W.K.7, W.K.8, and Next Generation Science Standard* K-LS1-1
Explore Math and English through Science by examining what happens to plants and animals if they are only given salt water to drink. The math concepts covered in this lesson include taking measurements, writing in a data table, and interpreting your results. The ELA concepts covered in this lesson include participating in a shared research project to answer a question.
*****This Plant and Animal Survival lesson is also a part of the
***Full Year Kindergarten Common Core Math Bundle***
and the ***Kindergarten Common Core Measurement and Data Bundle***
Please contact me if you have purchased these bundles and have paid twice for this Plant and Animal Survival lesson and I will send you a free lesson of equal or greater value!*******
***Container Garden Project***
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Next Generation Science standard* K-LS1-1, where students will “[u]se observation to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.”
This lesson begins with a discussion of the book, Strega Nona’s Harvest, where students get an introduction to seeds and gardening. The hands-on project shows you how to write a garden journal and how to set up your own soaker hose container garden. It then goes on to explore, through a supermarket hunt, how we can help the environment by growing locally and eating locally. The assessment will help to determine whether the students have met the objectives of the lesson.
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Next Generation Science standard* K-ESS3-1.
Students will “[u]se a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plant or animals (including humans) and the places they live.”
This lesson examines a pond ecosystem by first learning about ponds through books, and then taking a trip to explore a real pond! Students will be able to look at the many tiny organisms living in a pond that they probably never noticed were there. They will examine the interactions between the pond organisms and their environment through this super hands-on lesson!
***Composting with Worms***
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Next Generation Science standard* K-ESS3-3, Earth and Space Science 3: Earth and Human Activity. Students will be able to “[c]ommunicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, air, water, and/or other living things.”
It doesn’t get any more hands-on than this lesson, which explores the biology of LIVE earthworms! Students will absolutely love getting their hands dirty and will not even notice they are learning in the process. Wrap up the lesson with an investigation of composting and its benefits for the environment.
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Next Generation Science standard* K-ESS3-2, Earth and Space Science 3: Earth and Human Activity. Students will be able to “[a]sk questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for and respond to, severe weather.”
This lesson introduces students to weather in a fun, engaging way. It covers the topics of clouds, storms, and emergency preparedness in a way that is relevant to the student’s everyday lives. The lesson culminates in a study of emergency preparedness. The students will discuss with their family how to set up a plan and a box of supplies so that they are prepared for any type of weather-related emergency.
***Anemometer Wind Study***
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Next Generation Science standard* K-ESS2-1, Earth and Space Science 2: Earth’s Systems. Students will be able to “[u]se and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.”
This lesson teaches students how to make weather observations with a focus on the wind. The hands-on projects teaches the student how to make and use an anemometer. The student will then use that anemometer, along with a thermometer and compass to make observations of the weather over a 7-day period. They will record their data on a data sheet and interpret their data by answering questions when their observations are complete.
The lesson also explores the difference between weather and climate with a discussion on biomes and the different temperature and rainfall over large areas. The student will discuss the AVERAGE temperature of the biome in which they live before moving on to complete the more detailed, daily weather observation described above.
***Beavers in Science and Language Arts***
This lesson is compatible with the Kindergarten Common Core ELA standards RI.K.1, RI.K.2, RI.K.3, RI.K.4, RI.K.5, RI.K.6, RI.K.7, RI.K.8, RI.K.9, RI.K.10.
This lesson is also compatible with the Next Generation Science standard* K-ESS2-2, which states that students should “[c]onstruct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.”
This Earth Science lesson is jam-packed with fun! It covers science and language arts standards simultaneously through a creative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) lesson. It begins by examining grade level informational books about beavers. The questions on the worksheets are aligned with the Kindergarten Common Core Standards for Informational Text.
The Earth Science standard is covered when the students take a closer look at both the physiology of beavers and the dams they build. Students will create their own beaver paper bag family and their own dam made of sticks and mud.
Printable cut outs for making the beaver family are included in the lesson!
The lesson is summed up with a comprehensive assessment which allows the instructor to determine whether or not the objectives of the lesson were met.
These lessons can be used in a general education or special education classroom, in a home school setting, or as an enrichment experience.
NGSS Lead States. 2013. Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
*"Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.”
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