Kindergarten -  Science

             Kindergarten - Science 

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SB-You may need to download the smart board program to use some of the following links.  This may be done by clicking on the following download version 9.7 .  Once you have done this you will be able to view and use the smart board activity.    Every Smart Board activity has the letters SB  for Smart Board next to it. SB


 Life Sciences Physical Sciences Science and Technology Scientific Inquiry Scientific Ways
of Knowing

  (A)  Earth and Space Sciences

(Based on State of Ohio
 Curriculum Standards)


1. Observe that the sun can be seen only in the daytime, but the moon can be seen sometimes at night and sometimes during the day.


  1. What's in the Sky? - an online book which reads to your students. After they are familiar with this story there is a version which they must read.
  2. 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.
  3. Man made landscape pictures - (whole class activity) View the pictures one at a time. Ask volunteers to classify the picture as day or nighttime and tell why.
2. Explore that animals and plants cause changes to their surroundings.
3. Explore that sometimes change is too fast to see and sometimes change is too slow to see.
  1. As the Earth Turns - Students learn that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth. (Author - Sandi King)
4. Observe and describe day-to-day weather changes (e.g., today is hot, yesterday we had rain).
  1. 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
  2. Weather Teddy   -  Find out how the weather changes what Teddy wears or does.
  3. Eye on the Sky - the scientist (your student) is asked to enter weather observations. Based on the entries, a summary of conditions is compiled
  4. Weather around the world   British flash showing weather in different countries.  Interesting.
  5. Help Bella the Bear Decide What to Wear - Help Bella the Bear make decisions about which clothing would be appropriate for the weather conditions.
  6. 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.
5. Observe and describe seasonal changes in weather.
  1. Seasonal Changes on Earth.  Why does this happen!

(B)  Life Sciences

1. Explore differences between living and non-living things (e.g., plant-rock).

  1. Activity Smart Board   You will find a lesson designed in smart board technology allowing you to determine the order of events for a day.   SB  This was Lesson was created by:  Sandra Grande
  2. Punalu'u - Black Sand Beach - on the Big Island of Hawaii
  3. Picture of a black sand beach with the rocks that the sand is made from
  4. Coral Pink Sand Dunes - in Southwestern Utah
  5. A pink sand beach in Bermuda
  6. Smart Board Lesson   SB  created by Kristine Young
  7. Video on Living and non Living  created by Kristine Young
2. Discover that stories (e.g., cartoons, movies, comics) sometimes give plants and animals characteristics they really do not have (e.g., talking flowers).  
3. Describe how plants and animals usually resemble their parents.  
4. Investigate variations that exist among individuals of the same kind of plant or animal.  
5. Investigate observable features of plants and animals that help them live in different kinds of places.
  1. The Farm - 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.
  2. Snuffy's Safari (Sesame Street) - Students travel to one of three environments and search for animals that live there using Sunffy's binoculars.
  3. Video is illustration of common needs of a plant.    Video is created by Melissa Rosin (Lake Erie College)

6. Investigate the habitats of many different kinds of local plants and animals and some of the ways in which animals depend on plants and each other in our community.

  1. Animal Homes - Drag animals to their proper habitats.
  2. Critter Craze - This lesson introduces the concepts of basic needs, grouping, and habitats. (Author - Laurie Ayers)

(C)  Physical Sciences

1. Demonstrate that objects are made of parts (e.g., toys, chairs).
  1. Exploring Parts and Wholes - To explore how parts of something are related to the whole thing. (a lesson plan from Science NetLinks)

2. Examine and describe objects according to the materials that make up the object (e.g., wood, metal, plastic and cloth).

  1. 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. (a lesson plan from Science NetLinks)
  2. Smart Board This lesson was designed using Smart Board Technology.  Please download the link above to allow you to utilize this lesson.  SB  This lesson was created by:  Emily Bloyd
3. Describe and sort objects by one or more properties (e.g., size, color and shape).
  1. Packing for the Park - Students group various objects using their physical characteristics. (Author - Sandi King)
  2. Select which items give out light - a BBC interactive quiz

4. Explore that things can be made to move in many different ways such as straight, zigzag, up and down, round and round, back and forth, or fast and slow.


5. Investigate ways to change how something is moving (e.g., push, pull).

  1. Forces and Movement - give the truck various pushes to see how the truck moves
  2. 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.
  3. Pushes and Pulls - use a hard or soft push or pull to see how the toy horse moves

(D)  Scientific Inquiry

1. Ask "what if" questions.


2. Explore and pursue student-generated "what if" questions.


3. Use appropriate safety procedures when completing scientific investigations.


4. Use the five senses to make observations about the natural world

  1. Christmas Bear and his Five Senses - Students teach Christmas Bear how to use his five senses to learn about his surroundings. (Author - Sandi King) 4 Star
  2. Five Senses - A very complete online unit plan (bilingual- Spanish) that integrates all subject areas based around learning the 5 senses.
  3. Five Senses - Research sites, online activities, offline activities and more!
  4. Five Senses and Four Seasons Quilt - Students will help make a Five Senses and Four Seasons quilt and chinquapin poem.
  5. Learning to Look - This lesson plan is five activities in one; introducing students to sensory investigation
  6. Smart Board    This is an example of Smart Board Technology.  You may download the Smart Board program from the link above.   This was created  SB by:   Shadi Ramezanzadehnamini
  7. On line quiz  of the Five Senses  Created by: Kimberly Moellenbeck

5. Draw pictures that correctly portray features of the item being described.


6. Recognize that numbers can be used to count a collection of things.


7. Use appropriate tools and simple equipment/instruments to safely gather scientific data (e.g., magnifiers and other appropriate tools).


8. Measure the lengths of objects using non-standard methods of measurement (e.g., teddy bear counters and pennies).

  1. Smart Board   his is an example of Smart Board Technology.  You may download the Smart Board program from the link above.   This was created  SB by:   Liz  Volpe

9. Make pictographs and use them to describe observations and draw conclusions.


10. Make new observations when people give different descriptions for the same thing.

  1. Sound & Noise: Household Science for Kids - 2 different projects to help demonstrate some of the physics of sound
  2. Musical Bottles - from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood at PBS Kids
  3. Showbox Harp - from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood at PBS Kids
  4. Sounds and Hearing - experiment with sounds with this BBC quiz

(E)  Scientific Ways of Knowing

1. Recognize that scientific investigations involve asking open-ended questions. (How? What if?)

  1. Alien Assembly - What do aliens look like? You decide. Use the parts to build your very own alien.


2. Recognize that people are more likely to accept your ideas if you can give good reasons for them.


3. Interact with living things and the environment in ways that promote respect.


4. Demonstrate ways science is practiced by people everyday (children and adults).

  1. Push and pull  This website will show what happens when you pull or push an object soft or hard.