The following is my Kindergarten Science Curriculum. As time goes on I will continue to add projects that correspond with these units. You can also find projects on my pinterest boards.
Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic – Basic properties observation, sequence according to size, sorting in to groups, asking questions developed from observation, creating picture graphs.
Force, Motion, and Energy Unit – Understanding magnets – push/pull, attract/repel, attraction/non-attraction, metal/non-metal. How and why to use magnets
- How to make your own compass from the Kids Activities Blog – A great way to teach one of the uses of magnets
- Create fishing poles with a magnet on the end of the line. Put things that are magnetic, and things that are not, in a pile on the floor. Have your child experiment with what the magnet picks up and what it doesn’t.
- Gather several different magnets and allow your child to experiment with how they attract to repeal from each other.
- Have a Magnet Marathon! from Education.com
Matter Unit – Solid, Liquid and Gas. Natural flow of water.
- Solid, Liquid, Gas Lesson taught using balloons from Fit Kids Clubhouse
- Freezing and Melting from Creekside Learning
- Changing Solids to Liquids from Creekside Learning
- Dancing Raisins – Bubbles Experiment from Happiest Mom on the Blog
Life Processes Unit – Life processes of plants and animals and their basic needs, growth of living things, and life cycles.
- Monarch Butterfly lesson including a great activity using pasta to show the life cycle of a butterfly from Somewhat Simple
- Free (you pay shipping only) Caterpillar Rearing Kits Featuring Painted Lady Butterflies from the Butterfly Lady
- How to Raise Butterflies to Lay Eggs from Creekside Learning
- School Garden Ideas for Autumn from Nature Store
- Learning how the veins in a leaf work from Zonnah’s Addictions
- Learn how a flower drinks water from Jada Roo Can Do
- Plant Maze – See how a plant grows in the direction of light from E is for Explore
- Experiment that allows you to watch Decomposition in action from bottle biology
Earth/Space Systems Unit - Shadows and how they occur
- Give your child a large piece of paper and pencil and have them trace interesting shadows that they find
- Set up a large piece of paper or sheet with a light behind it. Have your child or co-op group sit on the other side of the paper from the light. Place objects between the light and paper and have the children guess what object is making the shadow that they see.
- Set up a sundial outside to show your child how the shadow moves as the sun moves.
Taking Care of the Earth Unit - Forest and trees, conservation, recycling, pollution
- Water Pollution: Can You See It? from Education.com
- Collect recyclable items around your house and take a trip to the recycle center.
- Set up recycle bins for your household
- Plant trees with your child
Seasons and Weather Unit – Weather associated with the 4 seasons, wind, rain, snow and storms
- Weather Wiz Kids – A site filled with great weather related material – Lessons, games, printables and even more weather resources.
- Printable Weather Station from Mr. Printables.com
- Make a Tornado in a Jar from Elliemoon
- Make it Rain in a Jar from I Can Teach My Child
- Pine Cone Weather Station from Science Sparks – This is a preschool lesson but I think it will hold up for Kindergartners
- Mini Water Cycle Fun from Corkboard Connections
- Weather Around the World from Mama Smiles
- Water Cycle Lesson Plan from Teaching Resource Center
Scientist Unit – George Washington Carver, Jane Goodall, Wilbur and Orville Wright
** When making my kindergarten curriculum I started with Virginia’s Standards of Learning. While I am not a fan of the SOL tests I do not have a problem with the information that is covered. I felt using the information covered in the SOLs as a baseline for my curriculum would ensure my children were learning the same subject matter as their peers. I wanted to go beyond that though. I built up my curriculum by adding information from other online curriculums, and my sons interests. **