Science

Science just isn’t taught well if it is not hands-on! Teaching vocabulary has no meaning unless it is combined with interactive, cooperative group labs that really mean something. On this page, I plan to upload ideas for teaching vocabulary, turning your classroom into a virtual lab for less than $100, science activities for grades k-6, science interactive notebooking, lab menus, technical reading, non-fiction texts, classroom management, songs, and more!

This is just a taste of what is available. If you like it, comment and let me know!

Science Alive for North Carolina

 North Carolina Kindergarten SCoS

Competency Goal 1: The learner will make observations and build an understanding of similarities and differences in animals.
Objectives1.01 Observe and describe the similarities and differences among animals including:

  • Structure.
  • Growth.
  • Changes.
  • Movement.

1.02 Observe how animals interact with their surroundings.

1.03 Observe the behaviors of several common animals.

1.04 Demonstrate how to care for a variety of animals.

1.05 Observe the similarities of humans to other animals including:

  • Basic needs.
  • Growth and change.
  • Movement.
Competency Goal 2: The learner will make observations and build an understanding of weather concepts.
Objectives2.01 Observe and report daily weather changes throughout the year.

2.02 Identify different weather features including:

  • Precipitation.
  • Wind.
  • Temperature.
  • Cloud cover.

2.03 Identify types of precipitation, changes in wind, force, direction and sky conditions.

2.04 Observe and determine the effects of weather on human activities.

2.05 Use common tools to measure weather.

Competency Goal 3: The learner will make observations and build an understanding of the properties of common objects.
Objectives3.01 Observe and describe the properties of different kinds of objects (clay, wood, cloth, paper, other) and how they are used.

3.02 Develop and use a vocabulary associated with the properties of materials:

  • Color.
  • Size.
  • Shape.
  • Texture.

3.03 Describe how objects look, feel, smell, taste, and sound using their own senses.

3.04 Observe that objects can be described and sorted by their properties.

3.05 Identify some common objects and organisms that are considered to be natural resources in our world.

Competency Goal 4: The learner will use appropriate tools and measurements to increase their ability to describe their world.
Objectives4.01 Describe how tools can be used to make comparisons.

4.02 Observe and describe how various tools and units of measure are useful:

  • Scissors.
  • Pencils.
  • Crayons.
  • Paper clips.
  • Hammers.

4.03 Use nonstandard units of measure to describe and compare objects.

4.04 Demonstrate the use of standard units of measure and compare with nonstandard units of measure. (Teacher demonstration)

4.05 Demonstrate that standard units of measure produce more consistent results than nonstandard units, allowing information to be shared.(Teacher demonstration)

United Streaming Videos

  1. Animals, Colors, and Shapes: From the cheetah’s circles to the Arctic fox’s winter coat of white, the animal kingdom is teeming with shapes and colors. In this video, animals are used to introduce students to basic shapes
  2. Animals around Us: Take students on a wildlife tour of the diverse animals and habitats found in theUnited States. The video, which showcases animals in their environments
  3. Animal ABC’s: Kindergartners, first-graders, and second-graders will learn to relate the alphabet to zoo animals in this entertaining and educational videotape.
  4. Clouds, Weather, and Life: This delightful program introduces children to the basic cloud types.
  5. Weather, Changes, and Measurement: Discover that weather is the condition of the air outside, and learn the words we use to describe weather: sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, hot, and cool. Understand that the weather may change from day to day.
  6. Properties of Matter: Come join us in the “matter kitchen” as we learn that our entire world is made of matter, including things we don’t see, such as the air we breathe. We learn to use our five senses to identify the properties of matter.
  7. Properties of Matter, Part 2: Matter is everywhere—in everything! Appropriate examples and experiments make learning about matter fun and easy to follow.
  8. Baseball Bat Factory: Baseball is considered an American pastime. Baseball bats are built specifically to be used in baseball games. All bats start as thick dowels of wood which are put on a lathe to be shaped.

Essential Questions:

  • How can animals be classified?
  • How are plants alike?  How are plants different?  How are plants and animals alike?
  • How do animals receive food and water?  How do animals receive protection from weather?
  • How often should we feed and water the animal?  How often should the animal’s habitat be cleaned? 
  • How does the weather change daily?
  • How does the weather change daily?
  • How does the weather change during the four seasons?
  • How does the weather affect daily activities?
  • What type of tool is used to measure the temperature?  What type of tool is used to measure wind direction?
  • What are the specific names of each object?  How do you use wood, clay, cloth, etc.?
  • Which objects are red?  Which objects are smooth?  Which objects are round?
  • Which objects are hard?
  • How does the object look, feel, smell, taste and sound?
  • How can a group of objects be sorted?
  • Where does water originate?  How are trees useful to humans?  Why is it important to recycle?
  • How do tools help us?  What are some tools and how do they help you?
  • How do tools help us?  What are some tools and how do they help you?
  • How many different ways can you measure an object?
  • What is the difference between the standard measurement of an object and the nonstandard measurement of an object?  How are they different?
  • Why do we measure using feet, inches, and centimeters?

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