This engaging hands on unit gives young students some powerful first experiences learning about the needs of plants and animals.
This unit was designed specifically to address the following Next Generation Science Standards:
K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
(I decided to combine the Life Science standard with these 2 Earth Science standards since they seem to fit together well)
The following activities are inculded in this unit:
Activity 1: Plants have needs: Students plant grass seeds and watch their grass grow over several weeks.
Activity 2: Growing Seeds Booklet: Students keep track of their grass seeds in a daily observation journal.
Activity 3: Seed Planting Comparisons: Students compare their grass to 2 other plantings; one that did not receive any water, and one that did not receive light. This helps them conclude that plants need water and sunlight to survive.
Activity 4: What do Animals Eat? For this inquiry activity, students try to match animal picture cards with food source picture cards. This leads to a great discussion on the different types of foods that animals eat.
Activty 5: A Bird Nest: After watching several videos on birds and their nests, students use a variety of materials to build a nest.
Activity 6: All Animals Need A Home: Similar to the animal and food matching activity, students are now tasked with matching animal pictures with pictures of their homes. A follow up worksheet is also part of this activity.
Activity 7: What do Animals and Plants Need to Survive? To sum up the unit, a Venn Diagram activity is used to show the common needs of plants and animals.
Activity 8: Animal Poster Reports and Grading Rubric: Students work in cooperative groups to create an animal poster highlighting animal needs. They then share in front of the class. A grading rubric is included with this activity.
Word Wall Cards and Games: Word wall cards for the unit with suggested activities are included.
Post Test: A post test is included.
This unit has differentiated activity sheets to accomodate the wide array of ability levels at the kindergarten level.
Teacher pages are also provided for each of the activites. Literature suggestions and video links are included ot help build background and content knowledge.
Check out these other Kindergarten Science Units aligned to NGSS:
Push and Pull Kindergarten NGSS
Weather and the Sun's Energy Kindergarten NGSS
Earth and Human Activity Kindergarten NGSS
If you are interested in Kindergarten science for the entire year aligned to NGSS, check out this Entire Year Bundle:
Kindergarten Entire Year:
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