This is a bundle of NGSS Kindergarten lessons and assessments written and illustrated by Karen Ostlund and Sheryl Mercier.NGSS Kindergarten Science The Sun- Observe Effects of Sunlight on Earth’s Surfaces and NGSS Grade K Science Energy: The Sun, Build Structures to Shade the Sun, are sold individually at the following:
Kindergarten Science The Sun- Observe Effects of Sunlight on Earth’s Surfaces
K-PS3-1. Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
Students make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on the Earth’s surface. Prior knowledge is assessed by discussing what students know about the Sun and sunlight. A poster and activity sheets are provided for a whole class activity to provide background and review concepts about how sand and water feel when placed in the Sun and shade. Students cut out pictures of containers of sand and water and arrange them in order to predict differences in how these Earth materials feel in the Sun and shade and then show results by sequencing the pictures from warmest to coolest containers. Next, partners engage in an investigation to compare how sunlight affects dark rocks, light rocks, and soil. Activity sheets are provided in which students again sequence the pictures of Earth materials from warmest to coolest in the Sun and shade in order to predict and then show the results of their investigation. Then an individual assessment with activity sheets is provided for students to show what they know by drawing pictures of materials in the classroom, outside in the Sun, and outside in the shade and circling if each material is warmest, warm, cool, or coolest and drawing pictures to demonstrate an understanding of the cause and effect relationship that sunlight warms Earth materials.
Vocabulary concept cards, student recording sheets, poem with actions, song, teacher background and rubrics are included.
NGSS Grade K Science Energy: The Sun, Build Structures to Shade the Sun
K-PS3-2. Use tools and materials provided to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
Kindergarten students act as engineers as they design a structure to provide shade all day. A full and half size Engineering Journal are provided for recording. The lesson begins with a whole class activity in which students observe and classify objects according to how well they block light. In the individual performance assessment, students design, build, and test their structure to keep out the light and warmth of the sun. Teacher background, rubrics for scoring, journal pages, science notes, vocabulary cards, and detailed teaching tips are included.
Students use provided tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface. Students use the science and engineering practice of planning and carrying out an investigation to demonstrate their understanding of the disciplinary core idea of conservation of energy and energy transfer as well as the crosscutting concept of cause and effect.