Science in Kindergarten
Integrated Physical, Life, Earth & Space Science Exploration
Students are introduced to the fundamental processes and practices involved in scientific inquiry. In this course, students investigate concepts including forces of push and pull, the interdependence of animals, plants and their environment, growth and development of organisms, and weather and climate (including natural disasters) through hands-on inquiry based experiments.
Through the following units, students will practice asking questions, developing and using models, experimentation, creative problem-solving, pattern recognition, and constructive communication.
Understand the Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
- Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
- Communicate how organisms adapt to their environment to survive.
- Use models to represent relationships between plants or animals and the places they live.
- Create and communicate solutions about environmental problems.
- Understand human impacts on earth systems.
- Understand patterns in nature, including events that have causes that generate observable patterns.
Weather and Climate
- Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
- Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area.
- Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
- Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.
Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls
- Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
- Analyze 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 (simple machines).
- Understand the relationship between energy and forces.