Science

Skeleton Science in Kindergarten

Skeleton Science in Kindergarten

Lyndsey has put up her Skeletons and the excitement level in her classroom is through the roof! Why? Because the best thing you can do for your students is to bring science into the classroom. Kindergarten students are natural scientists! And with the engagement of a science-based theme, such as skeletons, you are able to teach all cross-curricular academic skills with high engagement!

Plant Investigations Thematic Unit

Plant Investigations Thematic Unit

Most states have a science core standard about the living environment in which we live. Teaching the life cycle of a plant using hands-on plants themselves is a great way to meet the standard in a fun way. One of my favorite things is to fill my sensory table with potting soil with a few plants the students can dig out - and carefully view the parts of a plant. Kids love feeling like real scientists as they take their magnifying classes to find all of the plant parts. I also have a bowl of seeds the students can plant and water in the same soil. It is amazing by the end of a week or two, a lovely flower garden begins to grow!

Bring on the Snow



Whether the meteorologist is predicting snow or not, you can plan a snow day in your room! Check out SteveSpangler.com  (or of course Amazon  for an artificial snow that is fluffy and fun. Your students can help you mix up the snow, then make observations as they compare it to real snow. This sensory activity makes a great addition to any winter-related or weather unit!



Seed in a Bag



Learning about the parts of a plant takes on a new dimension when planting a bean seed in a baggie. The leaves, stem, and roots are all visible in the bag. In less than two weeks, students can see the stages of plant development. They can see the baby plant as soon as it pushes its way through the seed coat, examine the roots, measure the stem, and watch as the leaves unfurl and grow. Changes occur almost daily, so students enthusiastically make observations and comparisons.

This exciting science activity fits in with many units; plants and spring are obvious choices, but if you think outside the box it can fit into a dinosaur or fairy tale unit!  For detailed instructions, visit our online store and check out our 


Space, the Final Frontier


If you want to capture the attention of your students, just introduce the theme of space! Kindergarten kids love the mystery and excitement of space and space exploration. As an added bonus, they are willing to work on almost any skill if you give it a space twist. In the past two weeks, Kathleen's class have practiced literacy skills such as blending, segmenting, decoding, naming sight words, reading simple books, and writing. In math they have counted by tens, practiced addition, and solved word problems. 







In addition to literacy and math skills, they developed science vocabulary and learned facts about our universe. Through a solar system construct project, the students worked cooperatively to create the sun and planets. Later they followed directions to design astronauts. 

Through a unit on space, you can meet the needs of all of your students. You can tailor your activities to support struggling students, help on-level students move up another step, and challenge high students. For ideas and lessons, check out our unit, Out In Space.






And add some alien variety by joining this unit with our Alien unit!




Building Brain Power By Hand




During our exploration of insects, I challenged the students (during rotation time) to build a bug city at the Construction Center. It's amazing to me to watch what the students come up with when given a task like this because it's a clear demonstration of their level of critical thinking. For example, these pictures show what one of the groups was able to construct:

Notice how they have built up from the table, how they have made nooks for individual bugs, even how they have sorted the bugs by type to let bugs of the same family "live" together. 

It is of great importance to have activities such as this available in my classroom; because our hands are so important to our brains. By using our hands to build, to touch, to explore, we form connections that help us not only to understand the world around us, but to think about the world around us.

Here are some other skills the children are developing by working at the Construction Center:
--Respecting the work of others
--Making choices and decisions
--Negotiating ideas
--Using creative, divergent thinking
--Dialoguing and problem solving
--Determining how real objects fit together
--Experimenting with the properties of physical objects, such as gravity, weight, stability, and balance


Sensational Spiders

Spinning a Web at the Science Center

Making a Spider for my Head at the Art Center


Check out our new spider unit! Contents include:
Great New Thematic Unit!



Shared Reading Activities
I’M A SPIDER: Building Metacognition Skills

Scripted Literacy Activities:
Spider Soup: Identifying Alphabet Letters
The Sneaky Spider: Producing Rhyming Words
Home Sweet Web: Matching Alphabet Letters
Spider Walk: Beginning Sounds
Web Treasures: Sorting Objects into Categories

Independent Language Arts Activities
Category Sort: Identifying Word Meanings & Nuances
Spin a Web: ABC Order

Scripted Math Activities:
The Hungry Spiders: Identifying Numbers
Spider Shapes: Identifying Shapes

Independent Math Activities
Spider Frames: Counting and Cardinality
Spider Legs: Decomposing Numbers
Fill The Web: Ten Frame Hunt

Writing Prompts/Word Wall
Spider Word Wall
Writing Prompts:
Eensy Wensy Spider
Do I Like Spiders?


Guided Reading Books
Are You a Spider? Level A
Are You a Spider? Level C

Kitchen
Spider Cookie

Science
The Arachnid (Science Journal Labels)
Spider Facts
Sticky Spiders

Art Projects
Glitter Spider Web
Spider Construct
Spider Hat

Songs
Spin, Spin, Spin a Web
A Spider Song
Ten Little Spiders





Alien Planet

After we learned the science of outer space and important real facts, we investigated those crazy Aliens such as "The Jigaree" by Joy Cowley and "Aliens Love Underpants" by Claire Freedman.


Take your students on a trip to "Alien Planet!"




 This 99 page unit, Alien Planet, is strategically linked to the Common Core Standards. It is divided into areas of literature, music, art, literacy, math, worksheets, science, creative writing, word wall, and guided reading. The activities are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation. The lessons (games or activities) included are scripted. They are written in a format that can be easily taught by the teacher or readily handed off to a parent volunteer or a classroom aide with complete confidence that objectives of the lesson will be reached. 
Table of Contents:
Scripted Literacy Lessons With Independent Options:
Speak Alien Please: Segmenting Words
Alien Hop and Swat: Decoding and Segmenting CVC Words
Alien Zinger: Reading Sight Words (or Alphabet Letters) Fluently
Sentence Scramble: Reading and Constructing Sight Word Sentences
Alien Attack: Fluently Naming Alphabet Letters
Scripted Math Lessons With Independent Options:
Blast Off Bingo: Numbers 11-30
Teen Time Disco: Identifying and Matching Teen Numbers
Astro Park: Collecting and Recording Data
Aliens Away: Subtracting Objects
Guided Reading Books
The  Little Alien
Class Made Books
All About Aliens
Science
Alien Goo: Mixing Substances
Writing
Alien Word Wall
The UFO
All About Aliens
Art Projects
Alien Headbands
Construct an Alien
UFO
Songs/Fingerplays
Five Little Aliens
The Alien





What's The Weather Common Core Curriculum Essentials

Check out this 147 page unit today! All lessons as strategically linked to the common core standards!




Teach Common Core Standards with confidence!
The activities are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation. The lessons (games or activities) included are scripted. They are written in a format that can be easily taught by the teacher or readily handed off to a parent volunteer or a classroom aide with complete confidence that objectives of the lesson will be reached. 
Shared Reading Lessons:
Clouds: Using The Books, Little Cloud by Eric Carle and It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Rain, Rain Go Away: Sorting Short & Long Aa Vowel Sounds
Oh What Will I Wear: Word Substitution
Scripted Literacy Lessons:
Tomorrow’s Weather: Decoding Words
Splashing Puddles: Sight Words
Blizzard: Differentiation of b and d
Raining Cats and Dogs Game: Final Phoneme Substitution
Independent Activities: 
Writing Sight Words
Scripted Math Lessons With Independent Options:
Temperature Takeover: Identifying & Comparing Numbers  
The Windy Day Mix-up: Building Mental Math Skills   
  Raindrop Recognition: Subitizing           
   The Terrible Blizzard: Practice Relating Numbers One to Another.          
Weather Toss: Collecting & Interpreting Data
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                    
      Science
Creating a Weather Science Center
Water Drops: Observing & Exploring Water Properties
Water Flows Down: Observing & Exploring Water Properties
Water Painting: Observing & Exploring Evaporation
Wonderful Water: Observing & Exploring Water Properties
Art Projects
Clouds: Extending Literature
My Weather Book: Creating a Guided Reader
Songs/Fingerplays
Little Drops of Rain
The Weather
Mr. Sun
Rain, Rain Go Away
What Will I Wear Today
Guided Reading Books
Water Changes
Writing
Weather Word Wall
My Favorite Kind of Weather
What I Know About Clouds