Kindergarten Science Skills
Prior Standards Implementation
Kindergarten Science Skills (1st Grade)
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Page last edited 2/27/2009
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( based on Tennessee Curriculum Standards )
- Alien Assembly - What do aliens look like? You decide. Use the parts to build your very own alien.
- Exploring Parts and Wholes - To explore how parts of something are related to the whole thing. ( from Science NetLinks )
- Ready, Set, Let's Dough! It's a Matter of System - To allow students to discover that everyday substances are composed of parts that make a unique whole. ( from Science NetLinks )
Interactions Between Living Things and Their Environment
- Amazing Animal Senses - let your students compare animal senses to human senses
- Christmas Bear and his Five Senses - Students teach Christmas Bear how to use his five senses to learn about his surroundings. ( Author - Sandi King )
- Five Senses - A very complete online unit plan (bilingual - Spanish) that integrates all subject areas based around learning the 5 senses.
- Five Senses and Four Seasons Quilt - Students will help make a Five Senses and Four Seasons quilt and cinquain poem.
- Learning to Look - five activities in one, introducing students to sensory investigation
- Seeing, Hearing, and Smelling the World - reading level is too high for your students, but this site is packed full of great information for their teacher
- Stick Out Your Tongue and Say Aah - full of good information to help a teacher plan a unit
- Teaching Children About the Five Senses - from Nibbles ... Ideas for Families presented by University of Illinois Extension
- The Senses - experiments and activities for kindergarten and above
- Touching - presented by The Franklin Institute
Diversity and Adaptation Among Living Things
- Critter Craze - This lesson introduces the concepts of basic needs, grouping, and habitats. ( Author - Laurie Ayers )
- Explore Animal Homes - from Springboard Magazine
- The Farm - [ Reading skills required ] Visit several areas of the farm and notice the different types of things which live there. This is an excellent beginning site that teaches your students about the farm in addition to practicing beginning computer skills such as clicking once and using arrow keys.
- Match Animals to their Habitat - select one of the twelve habitats at Animal Universe and choose animals that live in that habitat (select Maybe Later on the registration screen)
- Snuffy's Safari (Sesame Street) - travel to one of three environments and search for animals that live there using Sunffy's binoculars.
- Squish the Fish - [ Reading skills required ] Help Squish travel out across the reef to find his lunch. He needs to find friends who will help him hide from his nemesis, Big Tooth Blob. Learn about shape, color, and behavioral adaptations for survival.
- The Night Sky Live - best as a whole class activity - click on an asterisk on the map to see the night sky live from someplace around the world.
- Control the Weather - ] by clicking on different buttons, you decide what the weather will be that day [click to Skip the Ad]
- Dress a Bear for the Weather - careful, he's fussy! ( this activity asks students to make a judgment about weather based on a thermometer ) this also works well for math
- Eye on the Sky - the scientist (your student) is asked to enter weather observations. Based on the entries, a summary of conditions is compiled
- Dress a Bear for the Weather - careful, he's fussy!
- Elmo's World Weather Game (Sesame Street) - Help Elmo dress for the weather. You choose the type of weather and then you dress Elmo.
- Help Bella the Bear Decide What to Wear - Help Bella the Bear make decisions about which clothing would be appropriate for the weather conditions.
- Seasonal Changes Lesson Plans From Scholastic - The activities in this theme unit take advantage of opportunities for students to practice observation and description skills, as well as extending students' experience into other curricular areas, such as language arts and art.
- Weather - Help Bobingo dress for the weather. First you help him dress for winter weather and then you help him dress for a day at the beach.
- Grouping and Describing - let students try sorting toys and labeling materials before they try to sort natural or manmade materials
Forces and Motion
- Forces and Movement - give the truck various pushes to see how the truck moves
- Guide the lander through each mission . Use you arrow keys to control the lander. The red arrow always points towards the planet. Gravity will always pull the lander towards the planet.
- Pushes and Pulls - use a hard or soft push or pull to see how the toy horse moves
Structure and Properties of Matter
- Sound & Noise: Household Science for Kids - 2 different projects to help demonstrate some of the physics of sound
- Musical Bottles - from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood at PBS Kids
- Showbox Harp - from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood at PBS Kids
- Sounds and Hearing - experiment with sounds with this BBC quiz
- What's that Noise - Listen to the sounds and then choose who made the sounds