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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks

Overview

Science Grade Kindergarten is a foundational course with concepts across many types of sciences including Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Through exploring, making observations, and describing, students will explore the five senses, properties and motion of objects, sound, pushes and pulls, gravity, the day and night sky, size and distance of objects, plants, and animals.

Please view the Elementary Parents’ Survival Guide: The First Four Weeks of Online Learning for guidance on helping your student in the transition to online learning.

Course Requirements

A pupil may enter kindergarten if his/her chronological age will be five before October 1st of the year of entering school. For a complete description of the policy, please see Policy JEB Age of Entrance.

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

 

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • The five senses
  • Human body and the five senses
  • Sorting objects by size, shape, color, temperature, weight, and texture
  • Sounds and vibrations
  • Fast- and slow-moving things
  • Position words
  • Pushes and pulls
  • Gravity pulls objects toward the ground
  • Making observations
  • Making predictions
  • Recording observations

Segment Two

  • Daytime and nighttime activities
  • Patterns of local weather
  • Pattern of day and night
  • Sunlight and how it affects the Earth’s surface
  • The sun’s positions in the sky
  • The moon’s look in the sky and over time
  • Sizes of objects on the ground and in the sky
  • The stars, sun, and moon
  • Comparing different animals
  • Sorting animals by the way they move
  • Comparing different plants
  • Parts of plants
  • Sorting plants by the way they look
  • What plants and animals need to live
  • Comparing plants and animals
  • Plants and animals change the environment to meet their needs
  • Ways to reduce garbage
  • Making observations
  • Making predictions
  • Recording observations
  • Collecting information
  • Creating a drawing or model of an object

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Senses
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the senses by observing and describing the eyes, ears, nose, skin, and tongue, and matching each sense to its related body part.
  • Using the Five Senses
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of using the five senses by using them to tell the difference between objects; creating and changing a material by cutting, tearing, crumpling, smashing, or rolling it; describing an object they created using the senses; and by matching an altered object to its original form.
  • Properties of Objects
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the properties of objects by recording observations and sorting objects by size, shape, color, temperature, weight, and texture.
  • Sound
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of sound by observing and identifying things that vibrate and make sound, and telling the difference between sounds.
  • Motion of Objects
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of motion of objects by identifying things that move fast and slow, making things that move, and using observations to tell what movement might happen next.
  • Pushes and Pulls
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of pushes and pulls by telling the difference between a push and a pull, matching a little or big push or pull with fast or slow movements, and testing pushes and pulls on objects and recording distances.
  • Gravity
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of gravity by learning how gravity pulls objects to the ground, collecting information about how objects fall, and describing what happens to an object during a gravity experiment.
  • Day and Night Sky
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of day and night sky by telling what daytime and nighttime are, learning patterns of daytime and nighttime, identifying the sun and moon, and comparing the day and night sky.
  • Size and Distance
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of size and distance by observing and comparing the size of objects on the ground and in the sky, using near and far to describe the distance of objects, and describing how objects appear to get smaller the farther away they are.
  • Animals
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of animals by observing and identifying different animals, describing how animals are alike and different, and sorting animals by the way they look and how they move.
  • Plants
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of plants by recording observations on different types of plants and parts of plants, and describing how plants are alike and different.
  • Animals and Plants
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of animals and plants by observing and identifying how animals and plants are alike and different; describing common needs that animals and plants need to live; and recognizing that animals and plants in books and videos can look and act the same, or different, then how they do in real life.

Pre-Requisites

None

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