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Junior Kindergarten

The Junior Kindergarten curriculum focuses on allowing students the opportunity to learn through inquiry while building on children's natural curiosity about the world around them.  

In Junior Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two critical areas:

  1. developing a beginning understanding of what is living and nonliving; and 
  2. developing ideas about the basic properties of water.
Unit Description Major Science Concepts
Discovering Nature with Young Children Through inquiry, young students build an understanding about what is living and nonliving. Students, through exploration, are introduced to the characteristics of living things, life cycles, habitats and diversity.
  • Classify living and nonliving things.
  • Plants and animals have physical characteristics such as parts, shapes, colors, textures, and size.
  • Living things have basic needs including, for most: water, food, light, air and space.
  • All living things go through a life cycle, consisting of birth, reproduction and death.
  • Plants and animals have their needs met in particular ways in particular places.
Exploring Water with Young Children Through inquiry, students explore and develop ideas about the basic properties of water. Students learn that water flows, takes the shape of its container, sticks more or less strongly to other materials and that objects can sink or float in water.
  • Water moves in particular ways.
  • Water will flow, spill or splash.
  • Objects can sink, float, or stay suspended in water.
  • Air take up space and floats to the top of water.
  • Water takes the shape of its container.